James Ibori’s Guaranteed Innocence and the Blessing of Tribalism in Nigeria

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When I read the article titled ‘The Welcome Party for Ibori’ by Simon Kolawole, it was thought provoking journalism considering the context of Delta State’s ex-Governor, James Ibori’s much celebrated release from Belmarsh Prison, London, England. Many Nigerians mostly see Ibori’s celebrated release by mostly people from his home state of Delta as a national disgrace and most rightly so. However, when you consider Nigeria’s history of convictions for corruption, many who complain about Ibori’s smug prison release may simply be tribalists who would do exactly the same if “their man” was convicted and eventually released. The real crushing national disgrace for Nigeria is that it still cannot convict her Big Thieves in her own courts and rely on foreign governments to convict “selected” offenders. Yet, Nigeria celebrates Independence. Continue reading

Nigeria’s Big Thieves and Small Thieves

“We hang the petty thieves & appoint the great ones to public office” – Aesop. Was Aesop not talking about Nigeria? #UniPortFour – 11 Oct 2012

The tweet above was sent in reaction to the broadcast of the lynching to death by inferno of four University of Port Harcourt students alleged to have stolen a mobile phone. It was a major international embarrassment even though the international press did not run with it. Shortly afterwards there was another broadcast of a girl accused of stealing a Blackberry phone in a market in Lagos having a phone shoved up her vagina! On the other hand politicians and bureaucrats that are accused of stealing millions and billions of dollars from state coffers become more popular and powerful in the country. Continue reading

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