Cor­rupt of­fi­cials must hang, Gen. Ejiga says

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Fran­cis Okeke

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.

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