Re: Parliament wants immunity
SIR: There is no doubt that taking into consideration a statement made by the pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu to the effect that corrupt elements in the society would not sit idle while corruption is being fought by the government but would rather want to fight back at all cost and by all means, will make the people to take a second look at the National Assembly members’ move to confer immunity on their leaders. .
Without mincing words, if the process that threw up Senator Bukola Saraki as the Senate President could be linked with suspicious moves and forgery that connote crime commission under the laws of the land, then the suffering masses who have been impoverished by elite corruption will not fold their arms more so when the possibility of corrupt elements taking solace in the National Assembly to frustrate and undermine the efforts of the president cannot be ruled out.
• Why the sudden awakening for legislative immunity at a period when the administration of President Buhari can be seen to be making a headway and progress in checking the endemic corruption in the polity?
• Where were these proponents of the immunity when corruption was glaringly seen to be thriving under the administration of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ)?
It is, therefore, glaring even to the layman on the street that the proposed immunity smacks of an act of kite flying which the people will be prepared to resist with the last drop of their blood.
• Odunayo Joseph,
Mopa, Kogi State
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