Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomhole, is not hiding his dislike for the incidents that took place during the administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. Such dislike perhaps now affect anyone known to have been connected with that administration.
During a meeting with the new council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Edo State chapter in Benin, the governor wondered why handcuffing of the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh should be raising issues when no one sympathises with those who are accused of lesser crime and are paraded by the Police in handcuffs.
Governor Oshiomhole argued that those who are accused of diverting funds meant to prosecute the war against terrorism leading to the death of soldiers and innocent civilians should be bothered with proving their innocence than attracting public sympathy.
“I saw some headlines querying why should Metuh be in handcuffs. If people who steal he-goats, dried grass cutters are in handcuffs; I have been to the police station several times and I see young men who rob not more than N500,000 naira in handcuffs, they are paraded and made to seat on the floor. Why should certain set of criminals be treated as if they are not suspected criminals and serious crimes at that?
“When you all reported lavishly how under the former president, the former defense chief set up a military tribunal to try soldiers who ran away from battle field and they were condemned to death, it was only Femi Falana who was consistent in fighting their case. Those are Nigerians who were to be killed for running away because they couldn’t confront a Boko Haram that was well armed while they were asked to go and fight with their bare hands and we were told that weapons, ammunitions and everything had been provided”.
“Now, those who shared that money, this is not the usual security money, this is special appropriation to fight Boko Haram, $2.1 billion, people just shared it, everybody was using their son, co-opting young children into this while other people’s children were sentenced to death. And anybody who partakes in that and they put him in handcuffs, they say, why should he be in handcuff because he is an elite and the media will report it without also showing us pictures of some Nigerians whose fathers are not known, but are not less Nigerian than any of us, who are always not only in handcuffs but are put on the floor in various police stations and paraded even before they are charged to court and we all look at them and turn to the next pictures, it doesn’t attract a commentary,” Oshiomhole said.
He appealed to the media to join President Muhammadu Buhari in fighting the anti-corruption war as the President will need all the support from well-meaning Nigerians to withstand the pressure from those that live on the commonwealth of the nation.