This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
MURIC HAILS GOV NGGILARI’S JAIL SENTENCE
HAILS GOV NGGILARI’S JAIL SENTENCE
The former governor of Adamawa State, Bala Nggilari, was
yesterday sentenced to a five-year jail term by the Adamawa High Court, Yola,
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) hails this judgement. We
commend Justice Nathan Musa for his boldness in handing down the judgement
despite the ex-governor’s high profile. By the same token, we salute men of the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for its commitment to the fight
This judgement is a
game changer. It is a yellow card for fraudulent governors who believe that state
government houses are meant for personal aggrandizement. Now they know it is no
longer business as usual.
The sentence handed down to the ex-governor will reassure
ordinary Nigerians that justice is no longer for sale and that Nigerian prisons
are no longer meant for the poor alone.
MURIC certifies that
this is an indubitable evidence of change in the Nigerian legal system. We
recall that the Buhari administration anchored its campaign during the 2015
presidential election on ‘change’. This judgement shows that the campaign
promise is being fulfilled. The change mantra is on course.
Nigerians are used to hearing of governors stealing their states
dry without anyone challenging them. For the first time in the history of this
great country, a governor has not only been prosecuted for corrupt practices,
he has also been jailed. Gone are the days of stealing with impunity and the
fear of Buhari is now the beginning of wisdom.
As we round up, we jog the consciences of all sitting governors
and other public officials around the country. The handwriting is on the wall.
They should take a cue from Nggilari. Those eyeing public offices for the
purpose of enriching themselves should also watch out. We charge Nigerians to
take charge of their own destiny. They should not allow yam thieves to deceive
them. It is only looters who wish Buhari dead and spread negative propaganda
about the current war against corruption.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)