Bishop Onaiyekan seeks amnesty for corrupt officials who return stolen funds

John Onaiyekan, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja

The Catholic Bishop of Abuja Arch Diocese, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, has urged the Buhari administration to pardon Nigerians involved in money laundering, if they are willing to return all their stolen funds.

Mr. Onaiyekan stated this at the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Nyanya, Abuja, as part of his new year message to the nation.

A PREMIUM TIMES reporter attended the mass, and interviewed the bishop after the Service to clarify some of the comments he made during the mass.

Mr. Onaiyekan said the ongoing anti-corruption campaign of the federal government has shown that graft can only be eradicated over time, not immediately. He said the fight against fraudulent acts must be handled with care.

“It is okay to expose people and disgrace them, but that will not solve the problem,” the archbishop said.

“If we want our money back, we have to strategize so that the countries that are keeping our money can feel challenged to return them.

“The time has come such that once we have those facts we can call those nations thieves that they are, and say bring back our money.”

Mr. Onaiyekan said the best strategy towards ensuring the return of the stolen monies would be to reach an agreement with the people involved in money laundering, to have them return what they have stolen.

“But the easiest way to get the money back is if you can convince the people to go and bring the money back themselves, then it will be easy.

“One way to convince people to go and bring back such money is to convince them that you will not disgrace them, after they have done that,” Mr. Onaiyekan stated”.

He therefore said a special kind of amnesty might be required.

Mr. Onaiyekan however added that his idea of amnesty does not include plea bargain, which only leads to the return of part, not all, stolen funds.

“This is different from the popular plea bargaining where you tell a person who has stolen hundred billion to return fifty billion and be forgiven; that for me is not the right thing.

“If you have stolen hundred million and you are ready to bring back all, then we will leave you and not send you to jail, Nigeria can do that,” said Mr. Onaiyekan.

He said corruption is embedded in the Nigerian system and therefore requires a systemic change to reverse the situation.

“It was built into the system, so the system must change, so that corruption can be fully dealt with,” Mr. Onaiyekan said.

The archbishop also charged the federal government to swing into proper action in the new year, for the fulfilment of its campaign promises.

He noted that the beginning of 2015 saw various forms of campaigns, from all sides, with numerous promises made, adding that the success of the All Progressives Congress, which was built on a promise of change would be in the spotlight in the new year.

“At the beginning of 2015, it was election campaign; the party that won promised change.

“We can say that from May(2015) till now, it has been a period of consolidating, making strategies and preparing.

“Now that we have entered 2016, it will now be a year in which we will now begin to see exactly where we are going and how we are moving,” Mr. Onaiyekan said.

He added that the movement will entail all of the nation’s all, with security and anti-corruption campaign at the forefront.

“Moving in terms of security, finished mopped-up operation with Boko haram, dialogue with those who would like to talk to us and forgive those who have repented.

“We must find a way to discuss, negotiate the peace and tranquillity of our nation,” he said.

Also in his new year message for the world, Pope Francis said the major cause of violence globally is the growing rate of indifference portrayed by those who otherwise could have helped reduce the pain suffered by victims of violence.

The Pope in his message for the celebration of the 49th world day of peace, Friday, said conflicts arise, not just because there are terrorists or bad leaders, but because people look on and do nothing when it doesn’t affect them.

The message, which is titled: “Let us overcome indifference so that we can win peace,” also noted that the prolonged neglect of victims of violence will only result in further chaos.

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  • amazing2012

    A disgrace ! Please keep shout up !! Is it your money ? Did Nigerians agree with your statement ?
    You guys are the problem of reform in Nigeria.

  • tundemash

    My fellow Africans, this year 2016, lets fast and pray for breakup of Nigeria. This year shall not pass us by. Below are the benefits of disintegration

    1. ABSENCE TERRORISM
    …There shall be no more Islamic terrorism and suicide bombers

    2. FREEDOM OF WORSHIP
    ..There shall be freedom of worship. No girls will be abducted and forced to recite any book called Koran

    3. APPRECIATION OF EXCELLENCE
    ..End to exalting the Dunce and academic inferior over and above the smart and intelligent

    4. FAIRNESS
    ..End to Federal character principle that erodes the very essence of equitable standards

    5. STANDARDS WILL BE RESPECTED
    ..A WAEC failure will never be eligible to contest presidency in the constitution of emergent progressive nations

    6. EQUITY & JUSTICE
    ..No selective prosecution. All corrupt citizens regardless of past military service will face the law. No exemptions

    7. DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES RESPECTED
    ..The Judiciary and its decisions shall be respected. Court orders obeyed.

    8. PROSECUTION/PUNISHMENT FOR TERRORISM
    ..Zero tolerance for terrorism. Wherever it appears will be a capital offense. They will not be protected.

    9. YOUTH EMPOWERMENT
    ..All public officers will be active young men between 30 and 50, and not gang of clueless retired clowns.

    10. NO GENDER BIAS
    .There shall be no discrimination in hugging & shaking of hands, the Queen inclusive

    • Mama Kay

      Imposter use your own handle and not hijack someone else.

      • Frank Bassey

        Dis is new yr. Dont continue in your old ways. Look at the message not d messenger. Focus right. You might feel it is still early in the year but remember it is already tomorrow in Sydney. Olodo.

        • Burbank

          “Dont continue in your old ways”
          Good advice – practise it.

        • tundemash

          Dunce, does your comrade in crime need to use my handle to pass on his fraudulent message ?

      • Burbank

        He’s trying to be a FFK.

      • tundemash

        The rogues also like good names. He’s a shameless imposter.

    • Rommel

      And in that country which you seek after the break-up,will a Phd holder who cannot speak English in a hurry be a president? will loot and share not become a policy? we have observed oh wise one how the governors are governing so I wonder which part of Nigeria will this which you seek become available? who will implement it?

    • Burbank

      “tundemash”???
      LOLz…imposter.

      • tundemash

        U dey mind the fraud ?

    • SAM .A

      Fake Ibo man , why do you start a New Year with forgery? You forged Tundemash moniker just like Nnamdi Kanu your hero in Biafraud used Nnamekaenyi Ezebuiro ,in RM 303 @ Golden Tulip Hotel and your precedence political god father Ekweremadu forged the Senate procedure.We shall not give you a save haven here this year , Fraudulent Child of Baby Factory.

    • tundemash

      shameless imposter !!!

  • Mama Kay

    Bishop, will there be amnesty for all the other thieves in prison and on remand?

    Just because some are rich and others are poor should not be the reason to avoid justice.

    After all, being just is being God fearing.

  • sam

    Lets confirm that Dasuki did not give this priest money to pray for Jonathan.

  • Truthometer

    Mr. Bishop sir, I don’t think it’s necessary to pardon the treasury looters that return their loots. Rather, they should be jailed as a deterrent to others. The corrupt officials are supposed to be role models to others. I think you should think of pleading amnesty for the petty thieves in our prisons, throughout the country, not your political friends. I respect you a lot sir, but we might part ways if you continue to lobby for your political friends that ruined this our beloved country called, Nigeria. Please, don’t go Kukah way or else, the online salvo might be heading your way.

    • NoSpinEd

      It is important that we have clarity on what the objective is: We want all our stolen wealth back. The most effective tool for reaching that objective is a judicious application of this principle : “Speak softly but carry a big stick.”
      1. If you return all your stolen wealth and we can verify that you deed, we might reduce your penalty and show you mercy.
      2. If you hide your loot and we find it by other means, we will still retrieve our wealth but we will make and you and your family a public example.

      • Burbank

        Gbam.

      • persona

        The issue is that the men that did all these crimes are men of no conscience. If they didn’t over the years confess to their priests, why should they confess to government about the true figures they stole?
        Until they are cornered like rats, they will not give up what they have.
        A group of people who chose party over people, who chose pain over progress should be prosecuted and if found guilty made eligible for reduced sentences based on the volume of loot they drop.
        I will suggest the 300 year sentence so that government can get the maximum out of these criminals. Soldiers got killed, children orphaned, people displaced and we will just say drop and go? Even God of the priest would not be happy.

  • Giganto

    This a very dangerous suggestion! It means that there in need to punish people who attempt to commit crime or those who return the proceeds of their crime. Where is the morality of this person then?

  • Oumba Olumba

    Why wont this corrupt Yoruba man campaign for amnesty for thieves? This is one of the people destroying Nigeria. Why should thieves who have stolen monies that could have built hospitals and provided affordable housing and excellent medi-care for Nigerians have amnesty? Who gives amnesty to the man stealing goats in Akure or the bugler who stole only N200K from an operation. This is injustice.

    The Arch Bishop is clearly out of his mind and needs some Phychiatric or sychological examination asap. How dare he? Or is it because some of these hediorts would have donated some these monies to his Church as OFFERINGS or Sowing of SEEDS? Arch Bishop should apologise to Nigerians for insulting us very early in a new year.

    I really don’t understand why some men of God no longer think before opening their mouths to speak. His Church preaches penance. Which Nigerian thief and past leader has been penitent? Is this Bishop saying we should grant amnesty to Ibrahim Babangida for the missing $12.7b dollars in 1991? Or Aremumu Obasanjo for his $25m Haliburton saga? Come on Bishop! Be careful

    • Tony Evans

      Olumba, too bad you only see the tribe of the speaker. Would you have been happier if he was Ibo with the same comment? Grow up and discuss the issue rather than being bigoted. I am Yoruba and I totally disagree with the bishop. Tribe has nothing to do with it. Wise up!!

  • Rommel

    While it is not our place to pronounce judgement on this individual,what else would we expect from one who claims to minister for God if not mercy? do we expect him to ask for punishment? so I do not condemn this priest but to remind him that by the leave of God,men made laws to govern men according to what we see that whosoever denies a little child milk because of greed should not be allowed to walk freely as a free man,worse has been the acts of those who looted funds meant for the well being of the citizenry,some used such to enrich foreign lands by purchasing property at outrageous prices such that even those that sold to them marvel yet some say we should grant amnesty to such people,when the poor cried,did they care? when little kids were dying from preventable diseases,did it mean anything to them? my good cardinal,why did you arouse out loath in such a manner at such a day,the very first day of the year? why do you seek such evil against your country,yet do I not blame thee,for you are a minister of the most high or so you claim,for which reason,I will expect nothing other than mercy from thee but to us,we demand Justice,so that our land can replenish that which was lost through the activities vile and cruel human beings,who prefer to deny children of milk, toffees,good education, health, people who rob citizens of a decent future so that they can carouse with their numerous lovers,should we take the money back,what of the interests? what of the pleasures so far gained by them? how do we repair damages caused by their activities? let them be made to sleep in small darkened rooms where even decent breeze will become a rare commodity for as long as it takes,only that can give us a semblance of justice and perhaps,they too will have time towards penitence such that God himself can have pity on their poor souls.

    • persona

      Happy new year bro.
      Mercy is ok as long as you are not telling criminals they can negotiate afterwards.
      The challenge I have with the idea is this: it is an uneven scale. Those who stole and affected more people are eligible for negotiation according to the preacher which negates the death of Christ: Jesus was a sacrifice and even his father refused to heed his cry for mercy at the point of death for sins he didn’t commit.
      The preacher should also recall that the good book says that when a thief is caught, he is made to refund seven times what he stole as against the concept of settling with your adversary lest he takes you to the judge. The accused are now with the judges, call for settlement is over.
      If this is considered, the jail sentences bordering around theft all over our prisons should be negotiated also for an even scale judgement. Nigeria is already where we had no business staying by the actions of these rogue elements and we may as well right the wrongs through due process because the contravened the law acting with clear conscience and impunity.
      Except the judgement is already very much near the churches, they should stay out of it. The Islamic group earlier stated that they refused the Jonathan lucre; the church is yet to say whether they were offered, declined the payment or chopped it. Judgement must indeed start from the house of God.

  • Moe

    Sir, with all respects due you should cease talking the way you are talking.

    You are not one of us! If that fact skips some minds, we are reminding you that you are a representative of the vatican city.
    You represent Rome as an ambassador to Nigeria from the Roman Catholic church.

    You can understand (from this perspective) why your use of words like “we” or “our” is disturbing. Stop feeling among. You are not one of us.

    Look at this picture of yourself, do you honestly want to tell us that you can enter a Nigerian village with that hat and dogs won’t chase you?
    Stop feeling among! Please!

  • linkhadj.

    Amnesty for treasury-looters? Wonder shall never end in this country. One is however not surprised! Did Kukah not toe the same way sometimes ago? One can then see why our 2.4 billion naira ‘dansukied’ foes special prayers by the religious leaders should be recovered before the next suggestion that treasure-looters should be given national honours.

  • Good Governance

    This is sheer insanity, unbelievable, Bishop should as well advocate for the armed robbers to be given amnesty. Does he know what he is saying at all, if amnesty should be given to this criminals, it simply means anyone could indulge in this criminality and then wait for amnesty to be given to him or her.
    Arrant Nonsense!!!

  • Ogom

    Essentially, “Turn the other (butt) cheek”.

  • Du Covenant

    In countries that have made progress, there is clear seperation between religion and state. I beg Nigerian religious leaders to stay away from politics, they seem to have no good advise for our leaders. The fact that anyone contemplates stealing our commonwealth should be a punishable crime let alone carying the act. Only petty thieves get punished in Nigeria and this is very wrong!.

  • Good Governance

    It is not good sometimes to be too comfortable, one would start to think with his belly instead of his brain, that is the case of the bishop.

  • AP

    By Michelle Faul | AP December 30, 2015LAGOS, Nigeria — Nigeria’s government will not release two prominent detainees despite several court orders for their release, and will not comment on the situation of a third, wounded detainee, President Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday.

    Buhari, a former military dictator who calls himself a born-again democrat, did not discuss the propriety of defying court orders when he spoke on national TV.

    • Burbank

      Guantanamo?

  • Abiboss

    I think Nigeria needs to separate nation from religion. Another prophet said something similar that Buhari should be careful the way he treats Jonathan. I don’t know the reason these prophets and bishops are involved in politics. I am a Christian but I don’t support thieves. They are telling Nigerians that they are above the law. What about those students who cheated and Sent parking from school? What about that little boy who stole bread and the hand was cut off? What about the policeman who took #20 bribe and was fired in order to make him a scapegoat? I think bishop also needs to extend his hand of amnesty to armed robbers, kidnappers, terrorists, rapists and a host of others so that they can start on a new slate. What is the difference between armed robbers and looters? They both kills but looters kill in large scale than armed robbers. Armed robbers keep money in Nigerian economy while the looters benefits foreign economies through money laundering. Looters steal in billions. If looters don’t steal anymore, the numbers of armed robbers will go down. It is not vice versa.

    • 9ja is finsihed under buhari

      TELL BUHARI TO SHOW US HIS CERTIFICATE–WHY DID BUHARI COLLLECT MONEY FROM AMAECHI—AND FASHOLA—DASUKI NKO-?–IF BUHARI IS A MAN OF INTEGRITY HE WOULD NOT HAVE COLLECTED $300,000 FROM DASUKI ATI 5 VEHICLES–FROM JONATHAN

      • Burbank

        Did you make any police report against Buhari?

        • eddy

          Dont mind the internet warrior.

      • rhad

        you are the dispatch man abi? Very soon you will be called to give evidence.

      • Abiboss

        I don’t think you know what you are talking about. You are free to go to court if you have evidence against them. Do you think Jonathan and PDP were absolutely clueless when they decided not to pursue any of their claims in court? I believe you are one of those who benefited from the loots. I know some of you who sent your kids here to study abroad from the loots you got from Jonathan. I know it is kind of hard for all of you right now. You can’t spend the way you used to do anymore.

  • S.A. Badru

    President Buhari said in America last summer that $150 billion have been stolen away.
    That cash trove is roughly equivalent to 4 years of Federal Republic of Nigeria’s revenue.
    In 16 years of so-called ‘democracy’ of 15 years, 4 years national income was stolen away.
    That is the extent of the emergency facing Nigeria today. But where’s the rapid response?
    Premium Times may need to raise its gaze. This is a theft emergency, not just routine theft.
    The 800 million Naira Naira added to EFCC budget is not decisive by itself without a plan.
    How does President plan to retrieve Nigeria’s four stolen years?, should occur to journalists.
    No one in Nigeria sees a thought-out plan but instead sees routine city police process here.

    • 9JAS IN A TRANCE

      BUDGET OF MADNESS 2016: BUHARI’S ALLOWANCES AND FEEDING WILL SINK NIGERIA.

      A total allocation of N2.2billion to the President Muhammadu Buhari (N1.75billion) and his deputy for feeding is the highest of similar allocation to any leader in the world. The figure was N710m higher than what was budgeted for the same purpose under former President Goodluck Jonathan.

      According to the budget document, N1.415bn was allocated to the President alone for general travels and transport. This amount, when compared to the N944.62m that Jonathan got in 2015, was N470.38m or 49.7% higher.

      A breakdown of the N1.415bn allocated for the President’s travels shows that the sum of N714.5m is proposed for local travels while N701.16m is budgeted for international travels.
      Both sums, when compared to the N640.34m and N304.32m allocated for the same purposes under Jonathan for local and foreign trips, represent an increase of N74.16m and N396.84m.

      For foodstuffs and catering materials, a total sum of N114.9m is allocated for Buhari alone, indicating an increase of N45.09m or 64.6% over that of Jonathan.

      In terms of honorarium and sitting allowances, N307.64m was budgeted for the President as against N223.24m allocated for the same purpose in 2015.

      In the same vein, N49.1m has been proposed for the President in the 2016 fiscal period for publicity and advertisement as against N29.8m in 2015 by Goodluck Jonathan.

      • Burbank

        President Buhari said in America last summer that $150 billion have been stolen away.
        That cash trove is roughly equivalent to 4 years of Federal Republic of Nigeria’s revenue.

    • Burbank

      Gbam

  • iS 9JA IN A TRANCE?

    BUDGET 2016: BUHARI’S ALLOWANCES AND FEEDING WILL SINK NIGERIA.

    A total allocation of N2.2billion to the President Muhammadu Buhari (N1.75billion) and his deputy for feeding is the highest of similar allocation to any leader in the world. The figure was N710m higher than what was budgeted for the same purpose under former President Goodluck Jonathan.

    According to the budget document, N1.415bn was allocated to the President alone for general travels and transport. This amount, when compared to the N944.62m that Jonathan got in 2015, was N470.38m or 49.7% higher.

    A breakdown of the N1.415bn allocated for the President’s travels shows that the sum of N714.5m is proposed for local travels while N701.16m is budgeted for international travels.
    Both sums, when compared to the N640.34m and N304.32m allocated for the same purposes under Jonathan for local and foreign trips, represent an increase of N74.16m and N396.84m.

    For foodstuffs and catering materials, a total sum of N114.9m is allocated for Buhari alone, indicating an increase of N45.09m or 64.6% over that of Jonathan.

    In terms of honorarium and sitting allowances, N307.64m was budgeted for the President as against N223.24m allocated for the same purpose in 2015.

    In the same vein, N49.1m has been proposed for the President in the 2016 fiscal period for publicity and advertisement as against N29.8m in 2015 by Goodluck Jonathan.

    • rhad

      is that from Togo’s budget? Which budget did you see 2.2 billion for feeding. You must be be hallucinating or advertising your fiscal and economic ignorance

    • Afolabi

      U are misinformed

    • Truthometer

      Beer parlor gossip from poorly educated, but extremely ignorant corruption apostle. Nobody should take this character serious.

  • Man_Enough

    I buy the idea. We will save a lot of money which would have been otherwise used for prosecution.

    • Burbank

      gbam

    • Reymeline

      If that is accepted, a lot will also steal and not all thiefs were caught, he will says the worst is to collect the money back. The must be a purnishement for any mismangement of fund especially this one that involve security threat. Do you know how many pple die both civilians and soldiers in the war against Boko Haram. Let us spent a lot to purnish those pple so to serve as detriment to others.

      • Man_Enough

        Amnesty is a 1-off thing. It is applied when there are too many people involved like the militancy issue. After this future offenders will face the full weight of the law. That is why time limit is attached for those who want to take advantage of the amnesty.

  • blackdove

    This Bishop is disgracing Christianity. Thou shall not steal says the Lord. Do I need an interpreter? These so called religious leaders cannot cherry pick which biblical or Quaranic or Judaic laws to follow.
    These people committed the most egregious of crimes against Nigeria and Nigerians. The least they could do is return all they stole with interest and do some time.
    Those who do the crime must be prepared to do the time!

    • DASUKI

      DUHARI STEAL BY ACCEPTING MONEY FROM DASUKI–?-CAN HE BE DESCRIBED AS A THIEF–FOR COLLECTING 5 VEHICLES ILLEGALLLY FROM DASUKI?

      • Burbank

        Did you or anyone make a police report?

      • Truthometer

        Have you taken your antipsychotic medications yet? It’s of no use making any national comment before then. Nobody is going to take you serious, bro.

      • Afolabi

        U need urgent medical attention

  • YES A LAWYER

    Defiance of Court Order is indeed a “HIGH TREASON” if there is one like that in our penal books. It becomes the “HIGHEST TREASON” (if such exists in our penal books) if the defiance is unfortunately coming from the head and mouth of a democratically-elected President who shoulders the obligation of being the Enforcer of law in Chief. Sections 6 and 287 of the amended 1999 Constitution vindicates me. Until President Muhammed Buhari withdraws his unfortunate arrogant statement and apologizes to Nigerians, I withdraw my support for President Muhammed Buhari and apologize to all Nigerians for actively supporting the machineries that brought a tyrant back to power.

    The Constitution of Nigeria is the plank upon which democracy is standing and if it is destroyed, democracy is gone. It is sacred and must remain inviolable. In law, nothing stands on nothing. If you put something on nothing, it will collapse. Open defiance of Court orders is literally rumpling the Nigerian Constitution and casting same to the trashcan.

    Let it always be remembered and may history and historians record that at a time like this I rose to condemn presidential impunity. The time to rise and stop Mr. President Buhari in his unconstitutional path is now. I eternally believe Thomas Paine when he reasoned that “IF THERE MUST BE TROUBLE, LET IT BE IN MY OWN DAY THAT MY CHILD MAY HAVE PEACE” May God save Nigeria from Traitors. May God bless Nigeria and give her peace! I choose to say no more.”

    • Burbank

      “May God save Nigeria from Traitors.”

      That’s why Nigeria jailed Nnamdi Kanu, Dasuki Sambo and Dokpesi.

  • Burbank

    “Catholic Bishop of Abuja Arch Diocese, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, has
    urged the Buhari administration to pardon Nigerians involved in money
    laundering, if they are willing to return all their stolen funds.”

    In China, Xi Jin Ping will shoot the heads of corrupt criminals point-blank with AK-47s, even if ALL the money is recovered.

    • Alhambara

      Agree totally. And if we don’t address this corruption issue the Chinese way there will never be hope for Nigeria. We can go ahead and deceive ourselves all we want.

  • GbemigaO

    Has he taken the altar wine too much?

    • aisha ani

      It is very possible, the wine is a little bit sweet and it ain’t non alcoholic. Back in the day brother John used to drink beer before he got ordained.

  • Gugurus Ekpa

    Bishop Onaiyekan, shame on you. Useless Bishop. You stand by thieves and barely speak for the common man. Shame on you again.

  • SAM .A

    Bishop Onaaiyekan is one of the Bishops respected in Nigeria before , recently he has been behaving as if his past promotion was actually a byproduct of Nigeria corruption enterprise , he has recently left the flock and the pulpit to be political bishop of the Elites who have perpetuated fraudulence and corruption, he speaks for them ,appeal for leniency for these cohorts of mass murderers without law taking its course is against the Bible that he knows inside out . PMB should not listen to this turn coat . He will be the first person to hit the street if fight against corruption fails. The Bishop is becoming a liability rather than asset.

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    The Bishop should tell it to the marines! His unsolicited, unkind and unconstitutional counsel deserves scorn and repudiation and is a disservice to decent citizens looking to build a better nation.

  • Olu from South Africa

    Corrupt officials kó……corrupt clergies nì. Irrelevant advice.

    • SIGN NOW

      YORUBA MAN HAVE U SIGNED THE PETITION AGAINST BUHARI

  • Nkem

    “If you have stolen hundred million and you are ready to bring back all, then we will leave you and not send you to jail, Nigeria can do that,”.
    Which kind Bisholp Onaiyekan be this? So if they steal and you let them go? Where is the deterrent. And why is the bishop not talking about the tithes and offerings paid by corrupt government officials too? Would the churches return those ones as well??? The bishop and his colleagues should just restrict themselves to preaching against corruption, plus they should refuse the tithes and offerings that come from proceeds of corruption.

  • PolyGon2013

    The Bishop is probably one of the beneficiaries of those looters. No way Sir, we want those looters to pay dearly for their crimes, even if they returned all the money that they stole!

    • David Molajo

      @PolyGon2013:disqus

      This is illegality being promoted by the Catholic Cardinal. It is an offence to negotiate criminal law.

  • Afolabi

    Nigerians should not forget in a hurry that a lot of religious leaders in this country benefited from the looted funds. The Bishop may be making case for himself and his colleagues. Too bad

  • wazobia scatter!!!!!!

    spoken like a true thief ……………………………………….

    • a fraud

      He spoke like a politcal Ibo man that he is—a fraud

  • ojays

    Its rather unfortunate that this comment was made. Am sure it will be retracted. There was an allegation that church leaders were bribed to campaign for GEJ, i believe this is the confirmation of it. Let the leaders of CAN return what was given them illegally and be ready to face the music. I demand immediate resignation of this one and the others involved in the filthy lucre.

    • REDEEM

      THIS SOCALLED CATHOLIC PRIEST SHOULD LOOK AT THE CROSS UPON WHICH JESUS CHRIST WAS CRUCIFIED AND ASK BUHARI TO CONFESS HIS SINS TO THE NATION STATE OF NIGERIA OR FOREVER SHUT UP–ASK BUHARI TO TELL US THE TRUTH ABOUT HIS CERTIFICATE—-2.8B—ANOTHER RECENT STEALING OF HIS 5.6 FROM NNPC—5 VEHICLES FROM DASUKI ATI 300,000 DOLLARS———————-JESUS THE CHRIST IS ALIVE IS IS WATCHING OVER OUR REGIONAL CANCERS————–ONLY THE TRUTH CAN HEAL IT–ONLY TRUTH CAN SAVE OUR DIRTY SMELLY SOULS——IS BUHARI PREPARED TO CONFESS

      • Sir Demo

        Do u notice no one take a serious note of the rubbish you ve been posted? I just feel for your people, if u have any, hence this response. I for ignore you like other sane minds,

  • JUST A LAWYER

    Defiance of Court Order is indeed a “HIGH TREASON” if there is one like that in our penal books. It becomes the “HIGHEST TREASON” (if such exists in our penal books) if the defiance is unfortunately coming from the head and mouth of a democratically-elected President who shoulders the obligation of being the Enforcer of law in Chief. Sections 6 and 287 of the amended 1999 Constitution vindicates me. Until President Muhammed Buhari withdraws his unfortunate arrogant statement and apologizes to Nigerians, I withdraw my support for President Muhammed Buhari and apologize to all Nigerians for actively supporting the machineries that brought a tyrant back to power.

    The Constitution of Nigeria is the plank upon which democracy is standing and if it is destroyed, democracy is gone. It is sacred and must remain inviolable. In law, nothing stands on nothing. If you put something on nothing, it will collapse. Open defiance of Court orders is literally rumpling the Nigerian Constitution and casting same to the trashcan.

    Let it always be remembered and may history and historians record that at a time like this I rose to condemn presidential impunity. The time to rise and stop Mr. President Buhari in his unconstitutional path is now. I eternally believe Thomas Paine when he reasoned that “IF THERE MUST BE TROUBLE, LET IT BE IN MY OWN DAY THAT MY CHILD MAY HAVE PEACE” May God save Nigeria from Traitors. May God bless Nigeria and give her peace! I choose to say no more.”

  • Pere Willie-Harry

    Editor Premium Times,

    Re: Imminent arrest of Goodluck Jonathan

    There is some fear in Bayelsa state. The people believe that ex President Goodluck Jonathan
    will soon be arrested. Paid advertorials are being inserted in newspapers in Nigeria to campaign
    against Jonathan’s arrest. The arguments put up in those advertorials betray panic and suggest
    that those funding it have access to certain information which the general public doesn’t have.

    The advertorials start by declaring Goodluck Jonathan as the ‘only hero of Nigerian democracy’.
    Goodluck Jonathan is the only Nigerian president who voluntarily lost election and stepped down.
    Other presidents were forced to leave or frustrated out in their tenure extension bids, they argue.
    The advertisers say the corruption under Goodluck Jonathan does not surpass his predecessors’.
    It is in that light of their published defensiveness that I can understand Cardinal Onaiyekan’s plea.

    • izon redeemer

      U are a pig headed fool–I do not think u are even from the niger delta—–who the hell is buhari to go about threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria? Has buhari been interrogated over the 5 vehicles he collected from dasuki and the $300,000 he got from dasuki and Jonathan—–are the prisons in nigeria only meant for ijaws –did buhari appear b4 the late oputa panel my 2.8b-that tried to investigate his theft of my 2.8b oïl wind fall with his Fulani tribal marks? but he wants tompolo to be arrested and treated like dasuki and kalu abi?-animals

      • Sir Demo

        Pls follow your doctor prescription diligently na!

  • Thepeople

    This Bishop has the shameless boldness to make pronouncement on national issue that affect our moral fabric. He should be in hiding.Nigerians and posterity would remember him as one of those inept clergy who threatened to discipline Father Mbaka for telling truth to power in the dying days of the despicable PDP Jonathan government. Now he has become an appologies of the forces of corruption that have ruined our country

  • New Nigerian

    Dear Cardinal, please make una no make people start to think say una don share in the loot o! …please follow the lead of the pope by being on the side of the masses and not the side of the looters

    Killing corruption means naming, shaming and serving justice on those who tried to kill Nigeria. Anything less than that is only sending corruption to hibernation to wake up again after Buhari have, God willing, served his 2 terms. This scenario is exactly what we the masses pary NOT to be. Corruption must be killed before it kills Nigeria. Those who stole our commonwealth must never be able to hide in plain sight and constitute themselves above the law with impunity – Ever again.

    • REDEEM

      @WHALA–GO AND SIGN THE PETION AGAINST BUHARI MUMU

    • REDEEM

      @WAHALA GO AND SIGN THE PETITION AGAINST THE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES OF BUHARI–MUMU

      • Sir Demo

        Redeem pls go redeem the political reverends and bishops to face dem flocks.

      • New Nigerian

        You are beginning to see double. Who is @Wahala? This is what defending plutocrats does to anyone, you begin to fear your own shadows and see things!….you end up your comment with this guy way back in boarding school, he was from Lagos – God bless him – with each statement, he will end it with something like ..were, ooloshi, oode …so folks start to call him one of those ..he would be walking towards you and you say, WERE or OOLOSHI or OODE…he started to fight it and it stuck. Folks would call one of them and run away and he’d chase them around. So Now I know Redeem is interchageable to MUMU…so anywhere you here MUMU say that’s me!

  • AJIE

    To the Civil Society Organizations, Lawyers, Lawmakers, NJC, Benchers, etc Call on President Buhari to Resign From Office for His Disobedience to Court Orders

    On May 29th 2015, a former Military Dictator, Muhammadu Buhari sequel to a contested election in March 2015 against a sitting President in Nigeria, the first time in Africa, an incumbent handed power peaceably, smoothly, heroically to a political rival. Whereupon Mr Buhari then took the Oath of Allegiance to protect the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and the President’s Oath of office to discharge his duties faithfully, in accordance with the Constitution and the Laws of Nigeria.

    Within President Buhari’s first year in office, too soon after he took the revered Oaths, he and state agents acting under his supervision, now demonstrate total lack of respect for Court Orders and at his maiden media chat on Wednesday 30th Dec., instant, Mr President made puerile attempts to justify these breaches, he said inter alia that some persons his regime locked up in cells dehumanized against court orders, Nnamdi Kanu had travelled without his passports. But under the Immigration Act, the President or the Minister may deport anyone who travels without a valid travel document or detain for a period not exceeding 7 days. In holding Mr Kanu beyond the required period they have infracted on the Immigration Act, the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and subsisting court orders.

    With regard to issues of “self-determination”, the crux of Nnamdi Kanu’s campaign of the Independent People of Biafra, IPOB, having communicated IPOB’s intent to all and the United Nations as required by UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ratified by Nigeria, that people of any community or group may wish to exercise the right of self-determination with a view to pursuing their economic, social and cultural development; aware that their dignity as human persons had deteriorated and been consciously degraded under the present dispensation, sadly appearing power inebriate.

    Call on President Buhari to resign from office or face impeachment proceedings. Alternatively avoid another Burundi, call him to comply with the Orders of Courts.

    Attorney Carol Ajie, LLB(Hons) Benin; B.L(Lagos); MCIArb(UK); LL.M Int’l Legal Studies (Georgetown)

    • Thepeople

      Childish!

      • umunnem

        Childish ke? How can…
        Step outside and see if the moon is shinning. If it is, then her madness has returned.
        You dont seem to know her.

        • Sir Demo

          Chai! You bad no be small o. See how finish the witch.

  • Ijeuwa

    Corruption has eaten so deep into the Nigerian psyche that so called men and women of God are openly canvassing amnesty for the corrupt friends and benefactors. They don’t want to see them disgraced. So much for speaking out against evil.

  • Oh!

    We are Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo all rolled into one, but we identify as Yoruba because that is where we were raised!
    We are offended when certain groups turn a clear issue of wrong-doing into a tribal or ethnic issue! It does not matter where they go, they still find a way to offend us………and (as noticed with other intellectuals on this forum) we do not like the feeling of being offended!

    Come with facts and we will entertain you!
    Approach us with your weak tribalistic, nonsensical, and ill-conceived nonsense and we have only the following for you:
    1. Clear your doubts
    2. Ignore you .

    So far, we have taking the ‘ignoring path’ more often that we will admit. Sadly, ignoring the asininity of certain folks does not dampen their urge to propagate the ridiculousness we all associate them with.

    This is why we are proposing the following measures.:
    When these clowns say the ridiculous things they are prone to saying, we should have someone find them and bite them!