It was not the first time a demand that death for corrupt public officers should be part of the nation’s code would be made. But it is gaining more momentum now and should be properly examined by the National Assembly members. Some protesters had stormed the National Assembly on Wednesday, during which they demanded a legislation that would prescribe death penalty as punishment for corruption in the country. According to newspaper reports, the protesters said there was no way Nigeria would made progress if corruption in public office was not brought under control.
In the letter to the House of Representatives, the protesters wrote: “Corruption, as we are all aware of, has eaten so deep into the fabric of this great nation and we are strongly advocating the death penalty to anybody who is found guilty of corrupt practices, no matter how highly-placed such an individual is in the society”. They added that: “Nigeria has tried every other measure of deterrent but to no avail.
“We want this great nation to toe the path of countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, China and other world powers who have achieved so much developmental strides as a result of their zero tolerance for corruption.” They said they were confident that with President Muhammadu Buhari in power, the fight against corruption would be fast-tracked. Their demand that corruption be confronted frontally may have found synch with the anti-corruption posture of President Buhari. But will the president back death penalty? Big question!