Against the labour union’s clamour for capital punishment to the tune of death sentence on any public official found guilty of corruption, a Lagos state House of Assembly member in a Daily Independent report has suggested life imprisonment.
Honourable Nurudeen Solaja who represents Ikorodu constituency, advocated that life jail be meted out to those convicted of looting treasuries in the country.
Solaja said: “I would suggest that those who corruptly enrich themselves while serving the country in whatever capacity should be made to serve life imprisonment. Serving life jail, such people should not be given special treatment.”
The two presidents of Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress had declared support for President Buhari’s campaign against corruption.
The unions said: “If capital punishment was introduced and worked elsewhere to eliminate corruption, then we are for it. If it worked in China, we must be ambitious enough to move beyond our lamentation to arrive at our destination.
“The organised labour is in support of capital punishment to eradicate or at least reduce the scourge of corruption,” it said.
Solaja however said: “Making corrupt officials to serve jail term would make them to realize what they have done than death sentence. There is no much lesson to learn if you kill somebody for the evil he has done.”
The lawmaker said that corruption has done so much damage to the country’s growth and commended the initiative of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to kill corruption in the country.
He described critics of Buhari’s government especially the Peoples Democratic Party as not sincere.
He further said: “Except for those who want to criticize for the sake of it as the case of PDP the government has taken some good steps in the last 100 days that deserve applause from those that are sincere.”
According to Solaja, some of the glaring accomplishments that every Nigerian ought to appreciate are the improvement in power generation and distribution and the oil sector reform.
For Nduese Essien, a former mister of lands housing and urban development, the president should make public the list of former political office holders who returned stolen funds back to the Nigerian government, adding that if the names of the looters were published, the move will make more impact in the fight against corruption.