Churches, activists drag Jonathan to UN over pardon for Alamieyeseigha, homosexual rapist

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) and Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) have dragged the President Goodluck Jonathan-led Federal Government to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) expressing “serious concerns about the state pardon granted former Bayelsa State Governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha by President Goodluck Jonathan.”

The groups said they “consider this to be entirely inconsistent with the country’s international human rights and anti-corruption commitments, and the promises made by the government of Nigeria to the United Nations during its Universal Periodic Review in 2009.”

The complaint was submitted to the UN as part of an update to the submission made by the groups to the UPR this month.

The 2009 UPR asked the government of Nigeria to pursue its “fight” against corruption so that “all its citizens” can enjoy peace, health and security. The government of Nigeria accepted all the recommendation.

WEA and SERAP said that, “However, despite these commitments to the international community, the government of Nigeria has not taken seriously its expressed commitment to combat corruption.”

The groups also said that, “By granting pardon for Alamieyeseigha the government has also seriously undermined the integrity and efficacy of the fight against corruption, eroded the credibility of public institutions (in particular anti-corruption institutions and agencies), undermined the deterrent effects of punishment for corruption, and engendered public cynicism.”

According to the groups, “The granting of pardon will also lead to a vicious cycle of corruption and impunity of perpetrators, and this can only continue to rob the government of its capacity to deliver services to the poor, and ensure that corrupt public officials keep the proceeds of their misconduct. This is double jeopardy for the victims of corruption in the country.”

The groups said that “This shows the government’s lack of political will to genuinely combat high level official corruption in Nigeria, and sends a wrong message that certain individuals who are close to the government will enjoy impunity for their misconduct and will be above the law.”

“Because corruption has been an intrinsic part of the way successive governments have operated, it will be impossible for the country to achieve development, sustainability and end poverty and discrimination if corruption persists,” the groups also said.

“We are also concerned that the granting of pardon amounts to a fundamental breach of the constitution of Nigeria, which among others requires the president to eradicate all corrupt practices and abuse of power. We hope to see the Universal Periodic Review of Nigeria reflect the concerns outlined in our submission (and this update), and include in its outcome document the following recommendations addressed to the government of Nigeria”:

a.    Rescind without further delay the alleged state pardon granted former Bayelsa State Governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha

b.    Ensure full repatriation and recovery of the stolen public funds by Diepreye Alamieyeseigha

c.    Ensure full transparency and accountability in government institutions

d.    Improve financial oversight of government’s expenditure

e.    Build judicial capacity to enhance the prosecution of corrupt public officials

Mr. Alamieyeseigha was detained in London on charges of money laundering while he was governor in September 2005. He escaped from the UK in December 2005. He, however, pleaded guilty in court to a six-count charge in July 2007, and was sentenced to two years in prison on each count charge.

WEA is a network of churches in 129 nations that have each formed an evangelical alliance and over 100 international organizations joining together to give a world-wide identity, voice, and platform to more than 600 million evangelical Christians

SERAP is a Nigerian based human rights and anti-corruption NGO.

 


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  • concernednigerian

    So what has UN got to do with the internal affairs of a sovereign state? Thew Nigerian project ends in December 2014. You can therefore ask for independence. Please sdtop the noise making.

    • sympatheticnigerian

      prior to 2014 what has Nigeria been doing in the UN? Why should we belong to UN and UN should not be concerned with our affairs? Why are we concerned with UN affairs and the affairs of other countries and the UN and the UN should not be concerned with us? Do you want to live outside society and the world? I am just asking questions.

    • Es3

      You may need to educate them that UN will do absolutely nothing as the action was not illegal in anyway!

      • jonathan

        Up Jonathan, Up mpitikwelu, Up Es3, Up afam, Up deri, Up concernednigerian, up kerley, up Yussuff

  • Afam

    Just passing…GEJ you invited the ants so …..

  • Es3

    What a lousy way to waste time!!!

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    President Jonathan has now shown Nigerians his true stinking corrupt colour
    and his shameless fuel importers who have promised to sponsor him again in 2015 shall be disgrace by Nigerian voters in 2015.
    President Jonathan is representing and encouraging official corruption in Nigeria presidency and denting the image of Nigeria with his corrupt and unconstitutional abuse acts.
    In a civilize climate Jonathan would have long been impeached by the National Assembly.Corruption reins in Nigeria under current dispensation.

  • hrh liz

    get a life guys…Jesus set the example

  • Since when did Falana become a member of an evangelical group in Nigeria-That conscienceless Igbo smoking lawyer, who had no time for Okada riders sacked from their daily jobs-in -Lagos now has enough spare hours to play around with-cause it involves Ijaw man-Alam-if these types of noise had been made by 9jas against boko haram–that sect would have become a thing of the past-in the Fulani North-The entire idea behind these rubbish is for those who eat from the SS–via governors like Dickson and Amaechi, is to pile up un-necessary pressure on the president-to break him down–that is their modus operandi-but the president is laughing at their tricks–since we now know them and their demiic antics -they did same with the renaming of UNILAG-the church in Bayelsa-state-Now the pardon granted Alams–with their surrogates from the south east–So Falana can be hired to come here and tell us lies about Universal Periodic Review of the human rights council–the Human right council is more concerned with people like Alams who were wrongedly imprisoned by the state of 9a! Ijaw leaders who were illegally impeached-by ribadu-would the council not ask to know why Alams was the only governor to be hunted down by ribadu ati obj-and jailed? Where are the other governors who were sent to prison by obj-out of the 31 ribadu announced to the Senate–only Ijaw man Allam and by extension Ibori was jailed–yet some animals are still crying for their blood-while their regional rogues roam the streets of abuja as free men-I have never seen an issue such as this one which concerns Alams–ever brought to the notice of the troikas handling matters concerning SUR at the the human rights council-itsa only a mad man that will do such–so take the case there for us to see-Was OBJ taken to the council when he bombed Odi and Umechem? animals

  • OGB

    He dat has taken his hand into the Bee Hive must be stung by the bees GEJ u called for all dis