Punch highlighted the reports of their correspondents who interviewed some State Governors, concerning their position on the suggestion of the Labour Union that any Government official found guilty of corruption should face death penalty, and their various answer didnt support the agitation of the Labour union. Below are the extracts from the interviews granted.
Ogun State Governor, Amosun:
“Everybody knows President Muhammadu Buhari is transparent and meants well for the nation and would never want to hear anything about corruption.
“Even under 100 days in office, electricity is improving. People know that if you try it you are gone. I always say this, whether you are a governor, permanent secretary or labour leader, you cannot be corrupt under a leader that is not corrupt, because you will be punished.
“Unfortunately as a governor, I cannot be saying that capital punishment should be meted out to corrupt public officials. Because I cannot say that, that is why I will say that anybody that is found wanting, whether you are governor or any other public officer should be jailed for life.”
According to the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, who spoke through the Director of Press Affairs, Mr. Emmanuel Nanle, says;
“In all his discussions, Lalong has never mentioned death sentence. He has always preferred life imprisonment to taking human life because to him life is sacred.”
Ekiti Governor, Ayodele Fayose, who reacted through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, said jail sentence was better and capable of reforming thieves.
“In countries where death penalty was introduced, it has not stopped looting. In advanced countries like US, jail sentence is the penalty. What we need is proper moral education to change orientation of the people. Jail sentence is better; it can reform,” he told one of our correspondents in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Rivers State Governor, Wike Nyeson through his special adviser on media, Opunabo Inko-Tariah said;
“Nigerians have a role to play by deriding looters and not to praise them for their fiscal irresponsibility. There should be a strong punitive measure to discourage looting because of its domino effects. When a treasury is looted, there won’t be money for the provision of necessities such as hospitals, roads, etc.
“Maybe because it happened in Ghana and the economy improved, the labour organisations want it in Nigeria. But that was a military regime and Jerry Rawlings was a military man. However, the extant laws on looting need serious and urgent review, even if the death penalty is discouraged.”
Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State through his information commissioner, Kayode Akinmade said;
“We are not under a military rule; this is democracy and we have constitution that we follow. If it is put in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, irrespective of whether you are a governor or not, so be it. If that is what Nigerians want, it is okay.
“Everybody is against corruption, but there is a process of making law. Thank God we have a National Assembly and the state assemblies who are representative of the people. If such bill could be sent to the national and state assemblies and be passed into law, it must become a law.
“If the process is followed and it is the wish of Nigerians that looters be killed, why not? Let it become a law. It is a fact that Nigerians are not happy with this corruption tag, which has slowed down our economic development but if we have a law that will bring about capital punishment for the looters, it is okay.”
While Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State declined comment on whether looters should be sentenced to death or not.
In Enugu State the Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Mr. Louis Amoke, said he would need to consult his principal, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, to get his position on the matter.
“I will have to get in touch with him to know his position on the matter, it is very sensitive and I will not talk without finding out from him,” Amoke said.
The Governor of Nasarawa State, Umaru Al-Makura, however, said he supported that capital punishment be meted out to corrupt public office holders.
“I really agree with the NLC over call for capital punishment for any public office holder who is found guilty of looting public funds,” he said.
Culled from Ladun Liadi Blog.