…Says immunity for the executives root of corruption
Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oba Omowonuola Oyeyode Oyesosin, has called for the removal of immunity clause from the constitution for the war against corruption to succeed in the country.
Speaking yesterday during the public lecture organised as part of activities for 2018 Press Week celebrations of Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ), Osun State council, the monarch said if the war against corruption would succeed the media should rise against the immunity clause which prevents the executive from being prosecuted while in office adding that the moment a governor or a president knows that he is being protected by law he will continue to perpetrate various atrocities in office.
The monarch who maintained that the immunity clause was the most dangerous clause in the Nation’s constitution said that if the people know that they don’t have immunity they won’t do what is bad. Said he “remove immunity from the constitution every president governor, senator will do what is right and you will see what happens. “
The Monarch while recalling his experience during the late General Abacha regime said that the former maximum ruler sent his men after him for speaking some words which he considered was harsh to his administration.
The 82 year old monarch who said he was a guest of the NUJ when he made some utterance considered harsh against the Head of State.
Oba Oyesosin said he told newsmen during the event that Abacha was talking about peace, but was not looking for peace.
“The following morning, “I received ‘guests’ from Abuja. They told me I spoke against Abacha. It became a big problem for me. When they would not allow me rest, I called one of my sons, who is a journalist to help me out.
“The man I called told me to address newsmen again and claim my initial statement was editorialized. I did that and it was then that I was left off the hook.
“I was given admission to study Mass Comm. I thank God I did not take up the offer. I would have been killed, if I had toed that line because I don’t like double speak,” the monarch said.
In his paper titled ‘Youth Unemployment As Correlates of Insecurity in Nigeria’, the chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Urban Development and Regional Planning, Hon Temitope Olatoye Sugar, urged youths in the country to be more active on the political scene.
Represented by the Dr Tunde Amusat, Olatoye said youths should stop agonising, urging them to start organising themselves and participate more in political process.