Corrupt officials must hang, Gen. Ejiga says
Retired Major General Geoffrey Ejiga from Benue State yesterday called on the National Conference to come up with recommendations prescribing death by hanging for corrupt politicians and other public officers.
Ejiga said corrupt Nigerians have moved from stealing millions to billions, stressing that only the hanging of corrupt officials will stem the tide of corruption.
“Corruption should attract capital punishment. China is hanging corrupt officials and you can see where it has taken China. We must also hang corrupt officials if we must get it right in this country,” he said.
Meanwhile, immediate past president of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) of Nigeria Peter Esele yesterday chanted solidarity slogans at plenary when he was making his three-minute presentation at the National Conference.
Esele was challenged by a delegate who raised a point of order protesting his mentioning of the name of former governor Sam Egwu of Ebonyi State in a critical manner.
The labour leader had in his speech said he does not care what religion or ethnicity Nigeria’s leader comes from as long as the person is able to provide basic amenities.
He said the Nigerian president he needs is one “that is able to put food on the table, one that will provide jobs to the teeming unemployed and one that will make sure our hospitals work.”
However, he accused past political office holders “sitting in this hall” of causing the problems Nigeria face today, mentioning what happened during Egwu’s tenure as minister of education when he organised a “a lavish party when ASUU was on strike.”
This statement irked a delegate who took exception to it even though most delegates sided with Esele.
“At that time, I wrote a letter asking for his sack as a minister,” Esele said.
Egwu was not in the hall when Esele spoke.