Former president Olusegun Obasanjo, OBJ declared that he rather submit to the gallows than obstruct the wind of ‘change.’ We believe he knew and meant what he said and in the event he did not, that doesn’t hinder or deter the pursuit of justice.
Former president Ibrahim Babangida, aka, IBB and his foster brother, General Abubakar Abdusalami also know what justice is, being past leaders who have led administrations that metered harsh punishments including death sentences on Nigerian innocent, criminals and bandits. They both understand what justice means and its importance to development.
Outgoing president Goodluck Jonathan is no baby either. As commander in chief of the Federal republic of Nigeria and the Nigerian Armed forces, Jonathan has overseen the administration of justice and sentencing to all degrees of punishment including death of Nigerian citizens and soldiers, guilty and innocent alike.
Petty thieves are sentenced. Armed robbers are sentenced. Soldiers are sentenced as are civilians. Without justice there can be no peace, there can be no progress and there can be no development and we as Nigerians are confident that the outgoing Peoples Democratic Party, PDP understands and is pledged to upholding this fundamental aspect of civil society.
The outgoing PDP administration has been protected by and has protected its founding Generals, the Babangidas, Gusaus and Abdulsalamis. The past thirty years of Nigeria has seen one family at the helm. For Nigeria to move forward, 30 years of what I refer to as IBB and sons, that’s IBB and his PDP sons to be more elaborate, must be investigated for wrong doing and if found guilty, must face the tune.
Over 480 billion dollars has been stolen in these past IBB and PDP sons 30 years. This robbery has hampered not only the development of Nigeria, but the entire continent. Land has been usurped as well as all state assets as the looting of billions causes expanding inflation and has led to a permanent situation of hardship and destitution for the citizens.
Money That Sponsors Terror
The looted billions has found its way into the hands of terrorists who have threatened existence in Africa. Not only must all culprits be brought to justice, but these moneys that find their way into the hands of Boko Haram, al Qaeda and other terrorist groups must be tracked and recovered.
Nigeria’s transition to democracy was a systematic transfer of power to civilian patriots of the military dictatorship. It is well known that Spy Aliyu Gusau and General IBB sprung an old pal, OBJ from jail when they created the PDP party to install him as ‘civilian’ president. Gusau since remained in the PDP administrations at different levels of office with a dossier of spy, incriminating information to hold all officials to their pledge to serve and protect PDP and IBB interests.
All past leaders and their coterie are innocent until proven guilty, however there is no herd immunity and no defense by tribe, association or order. We the people of Nigeria who have served our various sentences under corrupt administration and on occasion in penitentiaries and even been sentenced to death for our occasional crimes and as victims of police and army brutality and terror, will pursue justice without exclusion and equity in justice. Without equity there is no justice and as such, we demand that the incoming government upholds the constitution by probing all past administrations and whoever is found guilty must be sentenced appropriately.
With no probe, there shall be no hope. Nigeria can never recover and progress unless stealing is discouraged by making sure that ‘it does not pay,’ and funds, assets and land is recovered.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something] Email: [email protected] Twitter: @EveryNigerian