28th February, 2011
Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF condemned in strong terms the reception given to Chief Bode George, who recently gained freedom from prison.
The forum believes that an ex-convict like Bode George should not be given any recognition in the society, particularly that he was sent to prison for stealing funds belong to society.
In a statement signed by National Publicity Secretary of the Forum Mr. Anthony Sani, ACF frowned at a situation where some ex-convicts and criminal are glorified after looting public treasury.
It observed it was not the first time such receptions were given to ex-criminals convicted in the country.Â The forum further pointed out that it observed that PDP has a passion for such carpet receptions, noting â€œGovernor Fasoye of Ekiti State, Governor Alamasiegha of Bayelsa State and Governor Dariye of Plateau State, all of whom were indicted for looting public treasury in the past and enjoyed carpet reception.
The ACF also said theÂ â€œthank giving servicesâ€ for corrupt leaders inÂ churches and mosques, as well as honorary awards and traditional titles to peopleÂ known to have helped their private pockets into commonwealth is unacceptable and should be discourage immediately.
The Forum pointed out that if governmentâ€™s campaigns against corruption has any meaning and must yield positive result, then corruption as a stigma must find itself into popular consciousness, instead of being honoured and glorified by government functionaries like former presidents, religious leaders and traditional leaders
By Femi Adi/Kaduna