CORRUPTION: Shehu Sanni Mocks Southsouth Governors


Renowned Nigerian human rights activist and President of Civil Rights Congress, Shehu Sanni, has mocked the Nigerian ruling class including state governors over the embarrassment they cause the country as a result of corruption.

He said this while reacting to the shame caused the country by former Governor James Ibori of Delta State who has pleaded guilty to charges of stealing of public funds while in office.

Sanni, who posted his reaction on Facebook, the social internet site, derisively urged the governors of the Niger Delta region of the country to copy smart ways of stealing without being caught from their counterparts in the Southeastern and Northern parts of the country.

Sanni mentioned former Governor of Bayelsa State, Dipreye Alamieyeseigha, of being the first to be so arrested and humiliated in London for corruption, adding that Ibori is already having his share of the humiliation.

“My candid advice to Niger Delta governors is to ask and learn from their Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo counterpart governors the safest way of stealing and laundering money in London or Dubai or the US. These major ethnic groups’ governors are more specialised and discreet,” he taunted.

The rights activist further criticised the outcome of the recent meeting held by some northern leaders who came out to condemn the Joint Task Force over allegations of human rights abuses in the north as well as call for a new revenue sharing formula and organisation of a Sovereign National Conference, saying they were out to deceive the people.

According to him, “Babangida Aliyu (Governor of Niger State) and Sule Lamido (Governor of Jigawa) gathered their northern friends in Abuja…They came out with a position.

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“The key point is that they condemned the JTF for what they said is human rights abuses against northerners, they also condemned the sharing of the national revenue of which they said favoured the southern states. They also strongly support a Sovereign National Conference and the restructuring of Nigeria.

“I have no problem with their demand. My worry is that with Babangida Aliyu and Lamido being top most supporters of Jonathan, why should this move not be suspicious?

“Are these people not agent provocateurs? With an unlimited access to Jonathan, why this populist move to whip up sectional sentiment in the name of Northern Agenda?

“With their 2011 election position, when did they realise they are northerners and they need to defend it? Why should Babangida Aliyu, the Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum not involve all 19 of them?”

He said though he respected the views of those who will disagree with him on his opinion, “as far as I’m concerned I won’t be carried away or be deceived by these establishment faithful.

—Eromosele Ebhomele

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