President Goodluck Jonathan has been asked to display convincing strongwill in fighting corruption. This call was made by the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Friday. The legal body urged the president to champion the move to get the National Assembly to amend the constitution with a view to removing immunity clause in order to underscore his seriousness in fighting corruption at all levels.
The NBA which made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of its 2-day Peace and Security Summit in Abuja, yesterday, called for a comprehensive review and reform of the criminal justice system “to eliminate anachronistic provisions and re-fashion the statutes in order to adequately address the new and threatening crimes of today.”
Citing the recent slap on the wrist for convicted pension boss, Mr John Yakubu Yusufu who was given a two-year jail term with an option of fine of N750, 000 in exchange for over N23billion he stole from the Police Pension Fund, the NBA, said it has become necessary for the Criminal/Penal Code to be reviewed by the National Assembly.
Speaking through its National President, Okey Wali, SAN, NBA said it has noted that: “There is no noticeable strong will on the part of government to fight corruption and there is no effort either to find out why citizens suddenly ring themselves about with bombs, or bear arms against the society, to kill and be killed.”