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Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by 2iic(m): 1:52am On Mar 21, 2013
The Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has described the state pardon granted a former governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, by President Goodluck Jonathan, as an act of impunity and a symbol of corrupt mentality.

Also,the Nigerian Bar Association on Wednesday described the pardon as a bad signal in the anti-corruption campaign.

Alamieyeseigha, who was convicted of corruption charges, was pardoned alongside other ex-convicts, including Shettima Bulama, Lt. General Oladipo Diya, Major-General Tajudeen Olanrewaju, the late Major General Musa Yar’Adua and the late Major-General Abdukareem Adisa.

Soyinka, on Wednesday, lent his voice to those of civil society groups, international community and individuals who had stridently condemned the President’s action.

He spoke in Lagos during a programme ushering in the Lagos Black Heritage Festival.

Referring to a statement made by the Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Media, Dr. Reuben Abati, who had, on a TV programme, described those who are criticising Jonathan over the matter as suffering from “sophisticated ignorance”, Soyinka said he did not mind being called such a name for bearing his mind on the state pardon.

“On the state pardon granted the former governor, I want to join the bandwagon of the ignorant persons. I am happy to be counted among them. For me, this kind of impunity is not unconnected to the controversy, which has been surrounding the N4bn allocation being sought by the First Lady Mission. It is part of the same corrupt mentality,” he said.

The renowned writer added that it was also disappointing that some ministers had given contradictory interpretations to the object of the pardon.

Soyinka said it was not right for Jonathan to lump Alamieyeseigha’s case with those of the other people granted pardon alongside him.

According to him, the cases of other ex-convicts were largely political, as evident in the antics of the late Sanni Abacha junta that implicated them in a controversial coup.

The Nobel laureate said, “What is going on right now gives the picture of a government that is floundering and justifying the unjustifiable. It amounts to encouragement of corruption. The felon is wanted by the United States Government. We have a case of an officer of the law – a governor – who went to another country and broke the law of the nation. He jumped bail.

“I believe that such a person does not deserve a state pardon. So, I have joined the league of the ignorant persons condemning the act. I criticise and deplore President Jonathan for granting pardon to the former governor.”

Reacting to the development after inaugurating the web-portal of the NBA in Abuja, NBA President, Mr. Okey Wali, SAN, said the presidential pardon had sent a bad signal in the war on corruption.

But he also noted that Jonathan acted within his constitutional powers.

“It is no doubt a moral issue; it is a bad signal in the fight against corruption.”

Noting that the President’s action was constitutional, in line with the provisions of section 175 of the 1999 Constitution, Wali added, “Nigerians have made their feelings known.”

He also reacted to plans by the Federal Government to finally remove the subsidy on petroleum products.

Jonathan had, at the Nigerian Economic Summit in Lagos on Wednesday, said the Federal Government would still remove fuel subsidy.

The NBA has, however, asked the Federal Government to fulfill its promise to implement far-reaching palliative measures before the final removal of fuel subsidy in the country.

The NBA President urged the Federal Government to make good its promise to implement some palliative measures in order to alleviate the hardship imposed on Nigerians as a result of the hike in the price of petroleum products.

Wali said, “We believe that the government will fulfill its promise to Nigerians.

“The NBA still has not seen much of the promise but we strongly believe that they will keep to their word by putting all the necessary infrastructure in place before taking any further action on fuel subsidy.”

Wali aso said the NBA was committed to enforcing discipline in the legal profession.

Features of the web portal include the full list of all the lawyers called to the Bar, as registered in the Supreme Court from the pre-Independence days till date.

It also contains the profiles of over 25,000 active lawyers, who have carried out their verification exercise, as directed by the NBA in 2011.

http://www.punchng.com/news/alamieyeseighas-pardon-symbol-of-corrupt-mentality-soyinka-nba/

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Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by solopumpy227: 2:05am On Mar 21, 2013
Only a fool will justify Mr. Jonathan's action but what do we expect from a Government is rooted in corruption. This man needs to go for everyone's sake.

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Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by OurYansh: 4:44am On Mar 21, 2013
God bless Prof. Wole Soyinka. Only a morally bankrupt and despicable turncoat like Abati will support the "Scumbag's" decision to pardon such a convicted criminal....

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Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by Tolexander(m): 5:51am On Mar 21, 2013
What a reasonable and responsible man ready to associate with his people not minding the name they were called.
Oluwole Soyinka deserves to be in the hall of fame in 'there is this country'.

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Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by tatosh: 8:17am On Mar 21, 2013
Ok a lot has been said about our crook of a president
SOLUTION: LET'S KICK HIM OUT 2015!!

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Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by maasoap(m): 8:28am On Mar 21, 2013
And to imagine that this man may contest and win election again in his state, Bayelsa is something I don't want to believe.

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Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by BlackPeni5: 8:56am On Mar 21, 2013
Yay! Soyinka has told us something new...
Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by dridowu: 8:56am On Mar 21, 2013
#SMH# FOR NIGERIA
Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by Afritop(m): 8:57am On Mar 21, 2013
ALAMS PARDON IS ALSO A SYMBOL OF A FAILING PARTY THAT OFFERS CORRUPTION AND MORAL DECADENCE TO THE CITIZENRY OF THE COUNTRY

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Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by mrofficial2(m): 9:02am On Mar 21, 2013
Telling us what we know already. Jonathan has the traits of corruption and also a puppet, loyal to his puppeteers.
Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by Emmalex771(m): 9:03am On Mar 21, 2013
Lwkmd
Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by ChEkWaSIyKe(m): 9:06am On Mar 21, 2013
To worsen d situation, Gudluck even said he will give him minister for petrolium. Mr. President did u finish ur NYSC @ all? Ur mumu don too much
Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by Ekeneegwu: 9:08am On Mar 21, 2013
a country deep in mess..the truth is glaring yet MA UNCLE AT THE TOP chooses to feed us with lies( what on earth is that ALAMS pardon was directed by God)...soyinka pls remind ma uncle that we are not school kids..
Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by joseph1832(m): 9:09am On Mar 21, 2013
Professor Soyinka has said it all, the crimes committed by the others were political! But that of Alameiyeseigha is blatant corruption.

What still baffles me is that this same man will announce to the whole world that he is fighting corruption! What arrant hypocrisy.
 
Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by danot1030: 9:10am On Mar 21, 2013
All i see is a country insincere with the war against corruption crusade... a government promoting the act of corruption, vindicating criminals and the same time singing war against corruption.
Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by KINGwax(m): 9:13am On Mar 21, 2013
It annoys me wen people like wole soyinka wastes his time like ds as if Nigeria has a president!

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Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by Pacesetter2: 9:13am On Mar 21, 2013
I thank God for still giving us a leader who understand the masses & not being ashamed named our name.


To GEJ...2015 is on the way
Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by BlueMurder(m): 9:15am On Mar 21, 2013
With that singular inglorious action, the "fight" against corruption crumbled.
Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by lekzy7(m): 9:15am On Mar 21, 2013
Is this the Jonathan i voted 4?mayb is his replica :oIs this the Jonathan i voted 4?mayb is his replica
Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by Iykopee(m): 9:17am On Mar 21, 2013
indices of a failed constellation named nigeria grin

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Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by ifihearam: 9:26am On Mar 21, 2013
ChEkWaS IyKe :
To worsen d situation, Gudluck even said he will give him minister for petrolium. Mr. President did u finish ur NYSC @ all? Ur mumu don too much

Did you finish JSS 3?
See who is asking and callingg my president mumu
You can't even spell petroleum correctly. Mtcheeewww

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Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by ifihearam: 9:27am On Mar 21, 2013
KINGwax: It annoys me wen people like wole soyinka wastes his time like ds as if Nigeria has a president!

Ehn you should be the president.

Anu ofia

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Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by Nobody: 9:28am On Mar 21, 2013
Show me a man who isn't corrupt and you show me a man who hasn't been offered enough money yet.

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Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by danniyal(m): 9:28am On Mar 21, 2013
I dont know why we keep lamenting over this issue as if we dont have a choice.We nigerians can collectively end this madness by saying goodbye to Jonathan and PDP in 2015.

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Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by adahib: 9:28am On Mar 21, 2013
soyinka has said it all.now let us for the "okupe clones" to come and call him names.
Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by ochukoccna: 9:29am On Mar 21, 2013
I voted for Jonathan not for PDP shocked shocked shocked
^^^^^^^^^^

Where are the braindead mumus who once advocated the above?

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Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by ifihearam: 9:29am On Mar 21, 2013
lekzy7: Is this the Jonathan i voted 4?mayb is his replica :oIs this the Jonathan i voted 4?mayb is his replica

Yes my brother he is thesame man you voted for,whatever he is doin is for the greater good of the country.

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Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by sobastical(m): 9:30am On Mar 21, 2013
Tired of saying or commenting on anything about this country, but I pray I don't lack the grace to keep praying for the country
Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by ddeola: 9:31am On Mar 21, 2013
Soyinka is right !
Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by DonaldGenes(m): 9:32am On Mar 21, 2013
ChEkWaS IyKe :
To worsen d situation, Gudluck even said he will give him minister for petrolium. Mr. President did u finish ur NYSC @ all? Ur mumu don too much
Naybe he went maybe Not but I doubt He wrote his waec sinqly!!! He is an unhinqed man to the core...

And that toofoolery called Abati..I don't blame him sha,after all he is beinq paid to talk not just to talk but to lick his oqa at the mumu-top yansh
Re: Soyinka: Alamieyeseigha’s Pardon, Symbol Of Corrupt Mentality by ifihearam: 9:32am On Mar 21, 2013
I now see why Prince Afegbua said Wole Soyinka is suffering from mental cirrhosis.

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