The Nigerian news circle is still awash with reactions from Nigerians all around the world regarding the release of a convicted criminal from Prison, and the celebration / jubilation that followed. According to a news title: Bode George – Release Party sparks outrage from All Africa News, a serving minister was even sent to represent Mr. President at the event.
“Chief Bode George who was convicted for 163 count criminal charges
bordering on abuse of public trust, contract splitting and financial
misappropriation to the tune of N100 billion does not merit that show of
“There is nothing wrong in rehabilitating a prisoner. But turning an
occasion that calls for penitence and soberness to a carnival of sorts
is a disservice to Nigeria, and a clear signal that the wobbly
anti-corruption war of the Goodluck Jonathan administration is finally
dead. It also ridicules Nigeria in the eyes of the world,”
And here is former Mr. President felicitating with the released criminal:
With the news was on the TV and the radio stations, and the story was the morning discussion for today in my place of work. In all these, I ask: why do we celebrate corruption in Nigeria? why do we celebrate corruption in Nigeria? why do we celebrate corruption in Nigeria?
Why are people not ashamed of the wrongs they did – and why does a man like Bode George still have supporters? This is a man who should come out of prison, bow his head in shame and go to his house in peace and quiet.
released at about 10.50am to loyalists, party men and family who
thereafter celebrated his release with a thanksgiving service at the
Cathedral Church of Christ in Marina and an elaborate reception. He was
driven off the facility in a 2010 Black Toyota Prado SUV in a convoy of
vehicles including commercial buses chartered by loyal party men.
politician was convicted on several criminal counts of fraud, over
inflation of contract and money laundering amongst others while he was
Chairman of the Board of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) by the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
top party men at the church service include Ogun State Governor Gbenga
Daniel; Oyo State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Taofeek Arapaja; former
President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; Defence Minister, Mr. Adetokunbo
Ademola; Dr. Adegboyega Dosunmu and General Tajudeen Olarewaju amongst
other dignitaries. read on: click here
With dignitaries in the form of a past President, Army Generals, the Nigerian Police, Ministers, Deputy governors in attendance, is there any hope for this country? And although the officiating priest was said to have spoken against corruption and the loss of moral values in Nigeria, I would have been happier if the Church was closed down and if these PDP clowns were not allowed to enter the Church to drag the name of God into the mud. Not only has morality failed in this country, our religious values have gone down the drain.
Would they, Cathedral Priest and other officiating ministers have gone thanking God for the release of a convicted criminal from prison? Would these men of God be greatfull to God for the prevalence of evil over good? And by the time the PDP pays the Church officers for the “good work” they have done – holding a Christian mass to jubilate over evil, would these monies go “into the work of God” too. I have come to a conclusion that Christianity is almost at a point of failure in this country.
This is not the first time corruption / corrupt people will be celebrated in Nigeria. From the streets to the Church, corruption has now become a National tradition, and I wonder what kind of hope Nigeria has in that the next generation are already learning corruption in theory and practice.
let us discuss. Comments and Opinions are welcome!