Wrist-Slapping Rogues for Votes:
Bode George Goes Home Free
Convicted rogue, Bode George is out of prison and there was so much pomp and pageantry you would think another Nelson Mandela had been freed from Robben Island. Bode George's release from prison was recorded live on television, he was resplendent in rich robes, and men, women, and children came out in aso ebi regalia to welcome home a convict. There was singing, dancing and nonstop jubilation. There was even a church thanksgiving service. We understand that former president Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan made themselves available to receive and presumably congratulate him on his illustrious graduation from prison. A nation's leadership doesn't sink lower than this.
For those who may have forgotten, Mr. Bode George, a revered chieftain of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) was convicted in October 2009 on 47 counts of illegal award of contracts worth N84 billion while he was chairman of the NPA. He was sentenced to two years imprisonment without an option of fine - the latest in a pattern selective wrist-slapping for the corrupt elite such as Tafa Balogun, Lucky Igbinedion and Cecilia Ibru. Bode George is said to have lived the life of a prince in "jail" and he may have forgotten how and why he was in jail in the first place.
The PDP owes the Nigerian people an explanation and an apology for their odious and disgraceful behavior. In one fell swoop, they have exceeded the excesses of the First Republic a thousand times. Soon, Nigeria may well be the first nation on earth where honesty and hard work are illegal and criminal. Already, those noble traits earn anyone foolish enough to practice them the opprobrium and ridicule of fellow Nigerians. Our so-called leaders practice all of the evil traits that we tell children to disavow: Corruption, stealing, state-sanctioned murder, nepotism, laziness, and criminal neglect of institutions that were set up to take care of our people and our nation. This is just not right; it is inexcusable. Things are getting to a head and we are, to say the least, appalled.
What is even more frightening is an emerging trend of early release of rogues to garner votes. Recently, Senator Teslim Folarin was similarly sprung from prison in order to help our rulers garner votes in the PDP primaries. Now Bode George is being welcomed with pomp in order to help get votes in April elections. We shudder to think what would happen if the government of the day manages to "extradite" Mr. James Ibori from justice abroad. That celebration would be something.
What just happened is a travesty and President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP ought to be ashamed of what they have turned our nation into.
@ Yorubaman people's outrage led to a blackberry messenger campaign yesterday. Personally I think our revolution is on the way and just as it was in the middle east, one event will be the tipping point...
The future is grim.
Only in Nigeria can such show of shame be openly displayed, only in our unfortunate nation called Ngeria.
We saw similar abomination in Yenagoa when their former rogue Governor made his home-coming after thatquasi jail term.I prayed that may we never see such absurdity again in this land when acertified banditwhom his peopleshouldhang high and leave him there hanging would be given such a welcome by the same people from whom he stole so much money.
It has happened again and by far worst than what we witnessed before. Worst on the ground thatFormer President Obj, the manin whose regime EFCC was inagurated and who always boast of zero tolerance for corruption was there physically to welcome and tocelebrate the home-coming ofconvictedbandit Bode George.Habba Obj!
EFCC project cost Ribadu his career and almost cost him his life before he took flight, but today,shameless and heartless Obj is celebrating the return of a disgraceful individual that was investigated by EFCC and was duely charged and was later found guilty as charged byCourt of justice.
What then can we say? ThatObj was all alongdecieving the whole World about his campaign againstcorruptions? It sure appear so today, that Obj lied to us.Poor Obj!
A convicted criminal has been let loose and society will be worse for it because he will avenge his incarceration. Instead of going to the markets to buy intestine, pomo and edo to prepare food for their husbands, these hired market women and other villagers thronged the airport to receive their Lion. Apart from the pomp and pageantry that followed his release, what baffles me is the number of years he was given to serve when compared to N84b that is stolen. The message here is steal N84b and go to jail for 4 years. Bode George will ever remain an ex-convict and nothing could remove this tar. Can he or his children walk tall on the streets and beat their chests? They must always be referred to children, wives and brothers of Bode George, the ex convict. Truly our society is sick
I think that for once NVS is dead-wrong:
the nation CAN sink lower...
Prof of Penkelesinkology
Olabode George returns to Kirikiri
Source: [URL=http://www.wazobiareport.com/reports/Olabode-George-returns-to-Kirikiri]Bode George returns to Kirikiri[/URL]
The most outrageous of this is the number of unthinking Nigerians who still continue to cheer for GEJ.
See Page 22 here
Re: NVS StandPoint: Wrist-Slapping Rogues for Votes:
Do not worry. E go better.
If people want change, then they must demand for change by force. Change does not come on a platter of gold.
Gulps, brb, :wits' endapxin...did i read that right? Peanuts? Dat person must be pea-brain