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The U.S. Government & Transparency International Condemn Presidential Pardon for Alamieyeseigha & Others

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AlamsThe United States Government has condemned the pardon granted some ex-convicts by the National Council of States headed by President Goodluck Jonathan.

On Tuesday, the former Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreiye Alamieyeseigha, the former head of the Bank of the North, Shettima Bulama and some other Nigerians were granted a presidential pardon. However, that of Alamieyeseigha and Bulama has caused some uproar because of their records as ex-convicts.

In reaction to this, the  U.S. Mission Nigeria tweeted this earlier today using the Twitter account  @USEmbassyAbuja

Similarly, the global anti-corruption organisation Transparency International has called on President Jonathan to rescind the pardon granted to Alamieyeseigha.

In a press statement made available to Elombah.com, the organisation said:

“This decision undermines anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria and encourages impunity. If the government is serious about uprooting public corruption, sanctions against those who betray the public trust should be strengthened, not relaxed,” said Akere Muna, vice-chair of Transparency International.

“Mr. Alamieyeseigha will now be able to stand for public office again.

“President Jonathan should show that he is committed to fighting corruption and endorse the efforts of law enforcement agencies to end impunity for corrupt officials.

“Nigeria was ranked 139 out of 174 countries in the 2012 Corruptions Perceptions Index. Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has prosecuted and convicted a number of high-profile corrupt individuals since its inception in 2003, but most of them have escaped effective sanctions.”

The Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to President Jonathan, Doyin Okupe however disagrees on this.

It is out of place to suggest that the pardon is tantamount to abandoning the fight against corruption in Nigeria. This is too far from the truth,” he said.

What are your thoughts on this?

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

23 Comments

  1. 'Mide

    March 15, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Aja to ti s’onu ko le gbo fere ode ( A lost dog cannot hear the howling whistle of the hunter). Gave up on these folks long time ago. At some jump off point , Nigerians would have to step up our initiative . We deserve more as a people and foreigners should not be seen to setting us on a moral pathway.

  2. Yvonne

    March 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I have absolutely no words for my country at this point. We travel 5 miles forward for every 2000 miles backwards. At this rate, I don’t see how we will ever reach the finish line. smdh

  3. Toyin O

    March 15, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    It breaks my heart really…its almost like dead end

  4. Kenny

    March 15, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    No wonder Africa is been tagged the dark continent. This will beat the drum that will force every deaf Nigerians to hear, that Badluck jonathan has no vision for the country, a president who cannot express himself and he claim, he has a Phd. What a shame, bunch of shit bags.

  5. madman

    March 15, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    abeg… leave my President alone. The good people of Nigeria voted for him. There’s something called democracy.

    • Abana

      March 16, 2013 at 11:10 am

      You are truly a madman.

    • sandra

      March 16, 2013 at 11:37 am

      You should know madman by now. His comments are usually full of sarcasm.

  6. omoibo

    March 15, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Nigeria is led by a bunch of morally bankrupt leaders that do not give a rats azz as long as it benefits them GEJ included…… Nothing coming out of naija can surprise me anymore, I dey laugh… This quote best describes naija “Identify the dominant philosophy of a society & you can predict its future”

  7. bola

    March 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I think I have mentally checked out of Naija. I give up and I do not give a rats ass anymore!I am done.

  8. omo

    March 15, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Hmmm… na wa o, see grammar! the senior special assistant on “PUBIC AFFAIRS”( lol, yes i really mean pubic ) said ” the pardon is tantamount… who ask am if the matter ‘TANTAMOUNT’. See the way the US officials made their comment simple & straight to the point. Nigerian politics stinks! This is really sad.

  9. Myne Whitman

    March 15, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    It was quite demoralizing to hear, but hey, we’re Nigerians, we bounce back and we keep moving. #sufferingandsmiling

  10. Iris

    March 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    “It is out of place to suggest that the pardon is tantamount to abandoning the fight against corruption in Nigeria. This is too far from the truth”

    Seriously?! That’s the best they could come up with? They couldn’t even pretend they had a logical or credible reason. I hope when these people sleep at night they remember that somewhere a suffering man, woman or child is cursing them and either way things will come round full circle. Issorai.

  11. Peppy

    March 15, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Thanks for the some people like the US dudes, at least lets hope that there is an aorta of truth in this country, President Goodluck Jonathan is a bundle of disappointment, he is granting them pardon because he will soon join them, birds of the same feather flock together they say, People that should be wrathing in jail are being pardoned on what basis, mtchewwwww,one day God will definitely uproot all these rotten eggs starting from the bad judge : Goodluck

  12. omo

    March 15, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    This is so anonying & embarrassing for me personally. Especially for those of us who live in united states and have made efforts trying to tell/show people the good side of Africa, especially our country Nigeria. The 419 scandal was a big & horrible one. And now this big corruption news in naija that just seem to be getting worse by the day. There’s corruption everywhere, around the world even in united states( JESSE JACKSON is a good example ). But naija’s own is just on a bad level. As one who’ve lived in US for many years, i’ve come across all kinds of people(nationality) here, and it’s sad to say there r still alot of people/Americans who still believe we/Africans/ Nigerians live in jungle or bushes. I remember when i was in nursing school, there was this Akata chic who just had an issue with NIGERIANS in the same class with her. I noticed she & her group prefered to be around the EHTIOPIANS in our class. I later realised she & her friends have been fed with so much bad stories & hate for Nigerians. I did try to enlighten her /them as a group, but it didn’t work. Anyways, me that mumu later qanta sha- Ha ha ha LOL! BUT Honestly there r some who r very enlightened & know so much abt Africa & my country Nigeria cos they toke time out to learn or better still, have been to Africa. Like someone said…” no wonder Africa is tagged the Dark continent. I will add to that by saying that even Oyinbo people refer to as the ” THIRD WORLD” too. Really? what is that? what does that even mean? I thot we r all human being created by God! Well, as i grew older & stayed longer in the US I believe i now understand why they say that. Do i like it – NO! and never will. I still do not understand how the citizens of a nation do & give their best to better their country & some big bele politicians/govt just keep messing it up. At this point, wherever we r outside or inside Nigeria. Let’s continue to uplift our nation before GOD!

  13. nich

    March 16, 2013 at 12:35 am

    and still some idiots will vote for him again………..

  14. Walking oreo

    March 16, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Well done see the man some of you voted for the president. He is letting Alamieyeseigha , a corrupt man into the streets again . How will we ever grow . we try to move forward but yet he brings us ten steps backward anytime we try .I wish I could stand up and be bold and Fight against corruption .. Truly Truly Corruption will destroy our generation and other generations to come

  15. iamfascinating

    March 16, 2013 at 4:54 am

    hmmn, GEJ needs prayers o.

  16. Annie

    March 16, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Yes heis corrupt but the best governor bayelsa state ever had, the only one that moved the state forward. Everything you see in bayelsa he did so sincerely I don’t the pardon. Besides his case was a political matter backed up by obj and we all know there are worse people than him but are not revealed because they have support from the Olga’s @the top…..he was a good governor and bayelsans actually want him back so everyoda person should go and knack their head on the wall…..US should go and sort out their own corruption issues and stop trying to control everybody.

    • omoibo

      March 16, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      You my friend are a prime example of what’s wrong with Nigeria with that type of thought process.

  17. Deedee

    March 16, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Wow @Annie, so because he did well in Bayelsa, he should be pardoned for all the crimes he committed, with people like u having dis kind of mindset, Naija can never move forward,chai, i sorry for my country!!!!!!!

  18. keji

    March 16, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    U see it now ? if the oga’s @ the top re corrupt [email protected] do u xpect 4rm the followers ? [email protected] a man ? Badluck Ebele Jonathan. me as a person i must 2 yarn u can do me anothia..,, oshi!
    Many pple join political parties for [email protected] dey wuld gain 4rm such association, Esp [email protected] so called People Deceiving People (P.D.P.). Only very few join on ideological conviction.

  19. @Kulprozpa Coded

    March 17, 2013 at 11:38 am

    What a shame.. D Federal Govt. has since bcom a pitiful epitome of sanctimonious bellyaching. What a terrible shame.

  20. sam isaac

    March 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    it is quite an unfortunate situation in this country. It has become a recurrent decimal were we celebrate mediocrity and honor criminals. The question is what legacy are we leaving for the coming generation? The truth is that there is a political and class divide, thats why evil, corruption and nepotism go unabated. Maybe its better we go our different ways. Bcos as it is, nigeria is nobodys. At best is to share of the national cake. I imagine if we have an Oodua, Biafra, Arewa country, there will be a better sense of national patrotism, becos no one will want to see his own destroyed or sabotaged

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