One city. One big win. Now it’s your turn By Adamu Auta
On Nov. 4th, 2014, voters in Tallahassee, Florida made history by approving the first city Anti-Corruption Act in the United States by an overwhelming 2 – 1 margin.
A small but dedicated group of progressives, conservatives, and independents put aside their differences to wage an historic battle against corruption in their community, and they won.
They weren’t afraid to call the money pouring into our political system what it is: corruption. They went all in with comprehensive reforms instead of settling for half measures. And they did it all by side stepping entrenched politicians and putting a citizen initiative directly on the ballot — no politicians required, just we, the People.
Now back to Nigeria, the fight against bad governance and corruption starts with Buhari and ends with Buhari. Whenever anti graft is mentioned in Nigeria the name of Mr President always tag along, to certain people this is a good development but to people like me this is definitely a bad sign and a poor development in our society, developed countries did not get to where they are today because of a single individual effort but base on collective interest and strengthen the various institutions to last over time. We are so used to mediocrity that little action or decision been taken by this new government against corruption send Nigerians into a joy mode, the anti graft agency like what most people would say are now waking up well waking up is good but remaining awake is better. Probing and investigations is what Nigerians read or hear from various newspaper, radio station and the new Media (social media) that is making them go agog now what would be Nigerians reaction when the actual arrest and convictions start taking place?
Personally I don’t belong to those involve in such charade, I would join in the celebration when I hear the EFCC Wining big against the perceive looters of Nigeria resources. Plea bargain does not have a place in our criminal justice system if truly we want to fight corruption in its totality,because enforcing plea bargain is indirectly saying it’s okay to loot public funds so long as you can refund (after making lots of profit) it when government agencies ask for it. countries that enforces plea-bargain into their system had enjoyed stability on anti graft war before introducing the plea bargain as a matter of fact plea bargaining was established by United States in 1970 in the case of Brady vs united state at the Supreme Court. In Nigeria the fight for corruption has just taken off so such ideas need to be quashed out of our system for now, deterrence and punishment should be the order of the day, people should know that when you syphon public funds the law is there to punish you not just there to punish you but actual punishment is taking place.
For we to be able to fight corruption to a minimal level empowering our institutions should be our focal point, sustainability of policies should the the order of the day, over the years policies have been introduced, implementation has taken place but sustaining such policies has been our major down fall,policies needs to survive above a particular government.
Another solution to our corruption. Squalor is Moral consciousness and Moral responsibility, one may ask how? Very simple the day we Nigerians decide to stand for what is right as against what is beneficial to us that is the day we can truly claim we are ready for change. Stand for what is morally right irrespective of whosoever engages in the immoral act. Example in all honesty how many Nigerians can stand against their bosses decisions if such decision is against what Nigeria stands for? Or what you feel is morally wrong by you?
The fight for a better Nigeria should start from me and you not from Muhammadu Buhari, personally he has nothing to lose, beside his government can only last for 8yrs but Nigeria is forever. THE JOKE IS ON US.
“I am free, no matter what surrounds me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them.. I am free because I know that I alone am Morally responsible for everything I do”- ROBERT HEINLEIN
“The Hottest place in Hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality”- DANTE ALIGHIERI
NASARAWA STATE AND IT’S LOCAL GOVERNMENT WORKERS
It is with great sadness that the good people of Nasarawa state cannot speak up because they are shocked that the Governor they voted for can owe them Salary for good 2 months without any reason for such cruelty not forgetting the remaining 10% of their May salary which is yet to be paid, coupled with the fact of the uncertainty of the Development levy he is about to introduce as a means of collecting back the minimum wage he implemented during his first tenure. The Governor needs to have the sympathy of this civil servant at heart and do the need full by him.
Respectable members (statesmen) decided to pay Mr President a courtesy visit and remind him that this is not a military Regime and that his fight against corruption should be done through the right channel (i.e constitutional process) well they gave their reasons, but it should be noted that such act is the reason why we are in this mess right now, if the looters where not warned to steal our resources through the constitutional process then I believe Mr President should not be cautioned on how to go about enacting justice.
The committee has done their job already which was to ensure a peaceful election and Nigerians are eternally grateful to them, I feel that’s where it should end. For those who might feel their human right has been trampled upon by Mr President act, our various “competent court of law” is there for them to sue the Government, beside certain personnel have sued the government before and even went ahead to demand for damages and the court has ruled in their favour..
God save Us from Us
Adamu Auta could be reached on twitter : @adamu318, e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org