Alams’ Pardon: The Privilege Of Indignation By Anthony A. Kila

By Anthony A. Kila

President Goodluck Jonathan’s pardon for Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha is expectedly eliciting quite a lot of surprise, indignation and condemnation. Public commentators and individual citizens have used the media to express their disappointment and anger; there is a palpable sense of rage and frustration on the Internet. On the surface and maybe to an outsider, such anger and indignation are understandable and logical because, let’s not forget, the beneficiary of this controversial pardon was a former air force officer turned politician, convicted of stealing public funds in Nigeria, gained international fame for money laundering and jumping bail, thanks to his ability to cross-dress and disguise.

I say this general indignation is understandable only on the surface because it is based on the assumption that Nigerians were not expecting such a move from this administration. Everybody is acting like a good innocent and hard work-driven population that has just accidentally fallen victim of some sort of unpredictable injustice. Is that really so? Can we all truly in our heart of hearts say that we knew Dr. Goodluck Jonathan well enough to vouch for and count on his being in tune with the general feeling that corruption is at the root of all the evils befalling our country? If so where is the proof? What exactly has he done to fight corruption in the past? These same questions can be asked of all those in power, but it is the President that issued this pardon, so let us stick to him.

We do not spend enough time and resources to explore and embed the rights and duties each of us has as a citizen. As a country, we spend too little time on civic education, and in that little time we do not take time to explain and understand that in democracy, indignation is a privilege not a right. For one to be able to complain about the way things are going, one needs to have done everything possible to avoid such state of things. For our indignation to be legitimate we need to have done or at least be ready to do our own bit.

None of those ruling us come from Mars. Before becoming President, Dr. Jonathan went through a series of electoral processes, including a period of electioneering. We all knew that he was deputy to Alamieyeseigha. How many of those that are so surprised and angry today took time to find out what his position was on the deeds and misdeeds of his former boss?

During the 2011 electioneering period, how many people deemed it necessary to find out if this man that was to be our party’s presidential flag bearer was complacent with or ignorant of the operations of his former boss? Did we ever wonder why he did not blow the whistle on him? I am sure any employer would ask this kind of questions if they knew their prospective driver or manager had close links to a fellow suspected of stealing (never mind if convicted).

A lot of time we complain about the behaviour and misconducts of those in office, but what have we done as a people to stop them from behaving in such ways? If on any every issue we attack or defend a public figure not on the merit of the question, but with reference to his ethnic group or declared religion, why should we expect such a person to act on merit? We cannot continue to pay deference to and celebrate those that become rich by looting our commonwealth or by abusing their offices and expect them to stop their plundering and mismanagement or just hope that others will not do the same once in power.

Miracles might happen but it is not the norm; if we want those in charge of our affairs to be decent and respectful of our being and wishes then we have to compel them to do so. We have to realise that citizenship and the right to exercise it come with duties and even sacrifices. Just as we spend time and use our intelligence to find the best barbers and hairdressers for our hair and best schools for our children or discover and purchase the best electronic gadgets, we need to invest time and courage for our country to prosper, gain and give dignity. Most Nigerians are not stupid, when we see people giving out money in order to get into office we cannot seriously believe that they are doing so for the interest of Nigeria. Nobody pays to serve.

Politicians will not by their own freewill or out of pure generosity or patriotism encourage citizens to be rational and independent; it is not in their interest. Where possible they will rather have their citizens blindly divided along ethno-religious cleavages so they can go to the centre to negotiate crumbles for you whilst they share the pie amongst themselves and cohorts.

Don’t believe the hype, democracy is not an easy stroll; to make it work we all have to be vigilant and ready to do our bit. Though it was the president that granted this pardon, we as citizens must also not lose sight of those that approved it. Some opposition representatives were in that Council, some ex this, ex that were also present, let us find out what they did to stop or expose this pardon.
 

 

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What's up, its good paragraph concerning media print, we all be
familiar with media is a wonderful source of facts.

Alams’ Pardon: The Privilege Of Indignation

Oluyede
Nice one I totally agree with you.

I don't understand why you

I don't understand why you people are making noise. Let us adopt corruption into our constitution. It must be a crime not to steal public funds. We must petition the UN if Ibori is not released immediately by the British. "Yahoo-Yahoo boys" must be awarded national honours. Attempts must be made to train more people to perfect the business activities (quota system must be applied). Our young women who wants a job must be required to prostitute themselves to find one or stay in. Kidnappers and armed robbers should be given chieftaincy titles. All judges must be encouraged to demand and receive bribes ( instead of just more than a few of them at present). More Pastors and Imams should be trained and 10% of our incomes must go to them so more airplanes can be bought for the propagation of religions that has only made us more foolish and hopeless.
Proper education and rational thinking must be a crime.

I don't understand why you

I don't understand why you people making noise. Let us adopt corruption into our constitution. It must be a crime not to steal public funds. We must petition the UN if Ibori is not released immediately by the British. "Yahoo-Yahoo boys" must be awarded national honours. Attempts must be made to train more people to perfect the business activities (quota system must be applied). Kidnappers and armed robbers should be given chieftaincy titles. All judges must be encouraged to demand an receive bribes ( instead of just more than a few of them at present). More Pastors and Imams should be trained and 10% of our incomes must go to them so more airplanes can be bought for the propagation of religions that has only made us more foolish and hopeless.
Proper education and rational thinking must be a crime.

We are making progress

Nigerians will recall that their president said last year that Transparency International had said that Nigeria was in the second position after the US in the fight against corruption. I have just seen a preview of Transparency International's report for 2013. After the Alamieyeseigha pardon, the agency has had to update its report. The good nes is that Nigeria has noe been declared as occupying the first position in the fight against corruption with the US coming a distant second. Up Jonathan!!!

Kikla; Where were you when OBJ was pardoned and made president?

Kila. OBJ was rushed out of prison and pardoned by Nigerian state. Alex Ekwueme and his G34 group extracted Nigeria from the hands of dictators and formed PDP. But when it was obvious that Ekwueme would use PDP to become Nigeria's president - a dream that was scuttled by Buhari when Ekwueme was Shagari's vice - Nigeria hurled OBJ from prison, pardoned him and made him President. So what is the brouhaha about the state pardon of Alamiesiegha? Alams was not even made Nigeria's president like in OBJ's case. Which sinner is greater or lesser than the other?

gej dont mind them-with dem with their SMELLY tribal minds

Was it not the same ethnicity that Ribadu used to impeach Alams-un-constitutionally? How many Fulanis did he send to jail? And which group in 9ja stood on the side of truth to defend Alams? Yet when GEJ pardoned him the same people who clapped when Buhari and Abacha hanged kensarowiwa say No! U yearn to know why I talk about the 3 old regions in 9ja-Because Andy Uba, Orji Kalu, tinmubu and Yerima are free-Alams is not! Tell us why Alams was the only governor out of the 33 indicted by ribadu on behalf of OBJ to go to jail-Pardons are granted 2 humans not rats and lizards-they are given to un-convict d likes of Alams who were falsely jailed by the tripod-if Alams had been the only governor to be pardoned among the 33, It would have been a different ball game-But since he was the sole candidate in the gulag of Obj ati Rabadu, GEJ deserves all the praise-nothing but praise! Long live GEJ! Long live the Izon nation-pain u go die!

Deri and the ethnic issue

Dear Deri
When will you express an opinion without bringing in ethnic issue and defending the Ijaws into the matter.
What will it take for you to admit that there is good and evil.
Even if we get an Ijaw state these bad people will ruin it.

Alams’ Pardon: The Privilege Of Indignation

Dr Kila yes I get your points but it is the press that should be doing these things.
Most people especially in the rural areas have no access to do all this due diligence

HE WAS NEVER QUALIFIED

Dr Dumbo aka Clueless, was never qualified to be VP, let alone President and that's why both him and late Yar'adua were unable to campaign in 2007 without the presence of OBJ in all their rallies. In effect, it was OBJ and his cohorts that cajoled unsuspecting Nigerians into voting PDP in 2007, never mind the fact that the elections were the worst in history. By 2011 and having felt the pulse of yet another gullible electorate, the ethno-religious divide was exploited to the fullest, resulting in Dr Dumbo becoming Nigeria's President through a combination of lies and deceit. OBJ too was instrumental there. Now, on the verge of becoming the worst ever President in Nigeria's history, Dr Dumbo is now a raging bull in a China Shop, where corruption and outright larceny are his guide to the much hyped, but empty 'Transformation Agenda'. When the time comes, Dumbo will be the one looking for Presidential Pardon!

How m governors have been jailed by efcc-bring out the list-

Did we not have the history of how late chief Gani was jailed 31 times by the military? Yet did we not reject him at the polls-and used our leprosy fingers to vote for OBJ? why did 9jas say no to a man who gave his soul to the nation why? Ours for now is to insult the president of the FRN-just because he is an ijaw man-His mistake als is that of surrounding himself with hypocrites from the old region-Those who eat with him in the morning but mock him in Minna in d evening-go to Rivers and Bayelsa they own those states! Hence we say the fire works designed to torment Alams is based on nothing but fear-that Jonathan has now realized that the Okahs of these world were set up by d vultures to make him distance himself from his roots-an examination of the pardon granted Alams by the critics again shows the same pattern-they come from the voice of the thieving regional elites. Those who think they own us more than the God that deposited us in the oily SS-

anoda crap-why did 9jas let late Gani down-were dey brain dead

Buhari-it was who sacked over one million civil servants at a go-Do 9jas still deem it necessary to beam the search light on his past records as HoS? A man who refused to allow late Tai Salarin have his asthma medication? Are we not aware that the Wife of Tai Solarin spent hours and days begging Buhari to allow her visit the husband in jail! Was it not the same Buhari who freed Alhaji Alhaji ex CBN governor ati Uba Ahmed? But put late Fela in jail over the same offence? Was Pa Ajasin who was freed twice by the court not kept in jail by Buhari-What about Ambrose Ali the late Edo state governor-whom Buhari accused of having corruptly enriched himself while in office-so kept him in jail until he went blind-are we not aware of these facts-So 9jas do not know that Alams was the only governor sent to jail by OBJ out of the 33 rogue governors-Not aware Alams was d only governor 2 be illegally impeached by ribadu? anoda crap from a regional mind-period!

which anger in the land-buharis or tinubu-33 govrnors nko

Anoda uncultured, unthinking thinker here to abuse the ppl of d SS-over their hospitality 2 dem! Since his ancestors are often d ones considered for contracts in d zone by d Alams! D Maharajas who would again benefit from the pardon granted Alams, are not Ijaws- When Alams was illegally impeached by Ribadu, he took a lawyer from the SE, to help fight his case-d rest is history-Over 90 percent of the noise makers here, are our next door neighbours! Those whom GEJ, d first lady, Alams, Sylva, Amaechi and now Dickson often patronize-they are the owners of all d contractor in Bayelsa state-Dickson has even gone on to award d hotel project to them. Mortgaged the future of that state-while indigenes of SS, bear the brunt of the insult on Alams-and gej! soon it will be we all voted 4 GEJ!look at this insane writer-he did not even deem it necessary to tell us how Alams became the only governor in 9ja that Ribadu-jailed-but because others are writing to insult GEJ he must also write-Kalas!

This too shall pass

You have spoken well Mr Killa and may God continue to increase you. Nigeria, as many have observed is yet to be a nation and this is being exploited by our politicians. In a normal country, Jonathan would never have dared this, but knowing that he can always play the ethnic card coupled with his knowledge that there are hungry people without scrupples who will always do his dirty jobs at a price even if it means desicrating their fatherland. What people like Jonathan fail to learn is that there is always a time for reckoning when his manipulations will be of no use again, when he will look back and not see those urging him on now. We had it with Abacha and we survived; this too shall pass away. A word is enough for the wise