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I am a political scientist by training but at heart I am a change maker with an insatiable drive to correct the injustices that plague Nigeria.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Corrupt Leader and his cronies

Former Governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu will never cease to amuse me with his uncivilised character, this man obviously thinks because he came along with three seating ACN governors to the court makes him above the law. He thinks he's too much of himself. There was empty chair in the dock which he vehemently refused when the judge instructed him. Honestly, opposition or no opposition, this man... should be made to feel the full wrath of the law. PDP corrupt ex officials never disobeyed court orders in past. Hello! Lagosians are so gullible with their Bola foolishness. I sincerely want to know why any sane person would want to have three accounts with different names in the same bank and he does same in multiple banks. I heard he studied in Toronto, how many accounts was he having before he left Toronto, what work was he doing as a student. We are indeed dealing with a crook. If I may ask, is it not contempt of law to refuse to enter the dock and sit? Frankly speaking, most judiciary in civilised country would have him charged but in Nigeria, anything is possible, sacred cows everywhere, so my question remains, if the judge can not call an accused to obey court protocols, what is the possibility that such a spineless judge can convict Tinubu. Phoney politicians, mediocre judiciary. Late Gani will be turning in his grave now when he hears how Tinubu used his Shakara to disobey the court. I use to know the law is no respecter of persons, not in this case! All na Shakara! Who no go no know. Thief na thief. He's nothing but a common thief and code of conduct bureau should please bear its fangs for once. Failura to do so will be setting a very bad precedent. Besides, unscrupulous lawyers are major part of the headache in Nigeria and they contribute largely to the culture of impunity more than any class of charlatans relegating the country into lawlessness
Written by: Kester Raymond Okodede

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Kidnapped: pleading for action

This story has so many dimensions of fraud, scandal, and disappointment. Where is the Rochas Okorocha government’s response? Where is the urgency regarding rescuing the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in Imo State Nigeria, Lady Chioma Ogoke, with contradicting reports of her regaining freedom?. In the U.S. when an individual is missing, the person’s information is spread across media outlets. Law enforcement agencies from local, state and federal agencies respond with swift actions. If the person went missing near a body of water, divers are sent in to search. If the person went missing near a woods or forest, bloodhounds are brought out to track the person’s scent.

Volunteers come out in force to search for sometimes weeks. Families hold candle light vigils and are constantly reaching out to media for assistance. Unfortunately, none of this has occurred in this case by the Government of Rochas Okorocha in Imo State. This is a major government official Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in Imo State Nigeria…it is scary to think of what the response would be if it was an “average Joe.”

Other government officials are consumed by fear. They are living in constant terror not knowing if they will be next. Do government officials do their best work under these conditions? The message that the Government of Rochas Okorocha seems to being sent to the kidnappers is to go forth because there is no reaction, no intervention, no justice. I ask of you Governor Rochas Okorocha is this the type of reaction/behavior that will move Imo state Nigeria forward?