RECESSION: ‘WE MUST END CORRUPTION, STRENGTHEN OUR INSTITUTIONS, INTRODUCE DEATH SENTENCE’ – EHOLOR
Democracy Observer-General and founder of human rights group, One Love Foundation, Chief Patrick Eholor has said that unless Nigerians begin to fight corruption with a greater frenzy, the second wave of the recession will bite much harder than the first.
Eholor, in a telephone interview with Jungle Journalist Media Limited, suggested a strengthening of our institutions, trial and death execution/life imprisonment for defaulters, and recovery of stolen funds back into the economy.
His words: “It’s an unfortunate circumstance that Nigerians have found themselves. You deserve those who govern you, and unfortunately, we have never had the opportunity to choose who governs us. We’ve never had leadership in this country, just banditry and bandits who call themselves leaders instead of them referring to themselves as emperors.
“The only way we can salvage this situation is to strengthen our institutions and if possible, to have a proactive law to try every corrupt civil servant and politician, service chiefs and others; to introduce death sentence or life imprisonment for those who have stolen our common patrimony and recover the moneies they have stolen and put that money into infrastructure, health sector, educational sector and other public interests, and reduce the number of churches and mosques we have in this country.
“Unfortunately, most of them have become merchants of misery, and I therefore suggest we borrow a leaf from China and Rwanda.
“If we follow suit, a better Nigeria is possible. Don’t forget the trademark of president Muhammadu Buhari that if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill us”, he argued.