Nigeria: The Untouchables

Adeola writes about the Nigerian Untouchables: They told us that only one man named Umar was a little corrupt compared to the other 35 governors we have in Nigeria. It was to justify his choice as the anointed one.

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  • Chukwuma Odelugo

    What makes President Yar’Ardua not corrupt? Who investigated him as Governor and concluded that he was free of corruption? Or was this just a self-declaration of honesty? How did this non-corrupt President come to power? Did he come to power as President the way a non-corrupt or honest person would come to power? Even if he did not steal the election, is he not a direct beneficiary of a stolen election? Is the definition of “stealing” different in Nigeria? How did the President’s son-in-law come to power as Governor of Katsina State, beating the former of Speaker of the House of Representatives (who was, by the way, partly responsible for the death of Obasanjo’s third term plot!)? The Election Tribunal in Katsina voided that election. Does this mean that the non-corrupt President’s son-in-law is corrupt? Did this “honest” President know that his son-in-law stole his Governorship mandate? Did the President then admonish his son-in-law and apologize to the people of Katsina State for stealing their votes? Yes, this President may be less corrupt? But then, are there degrees of corruption (like in murder), like “First Degree Corruption”, “Second Degree Corruption”, and so on? Isn’t there just one corruption? IF YOU STEAL ANYTHING (MONEY OR ANYTHING ELSE) FROM ANY SOURCE (INDIVIDUAL OR GOVERNMENT), YOU ARE A THIEF! The fact that other persons stole more than you did is not relevant. You are still a thief!

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