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Corruption: Drama As Delegate Rains Curses

Corruption: Drama As Delegate Rains Curses

| On 11, Apr 2014

A lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria and delegate at the ongoing National Conference, Dr. Haruna Yerima, caused a stir at plenary yesterday when he rained all manner of curses on corrupt public officials, who will not hearken to pleas to return their loots.

Haruna was speaking at the resumed debate on the presidential address of March 17, 2014 otherwise referred to as inaugural speech delivered by President Goodluck Jonathan. He also said the violence in Borno State was predetermined because of the bastardization of education in the state by the immediate past state government.

He further said that a certain public official in the state once boasted that he was happy that over 60% of Borno indigenes cannot read and write, adding that “somebody” today owns four private aircrafts.

“Finally, I just want to pray that God almighty, You know that some people have stolen our money in this country and have stashed them outside. Please touch their hearts, let them bring this money, if they failed, destroy these riches.

“Some people have bought houses all over the world, touch their hearts, let them bring this money, if they failed to bring this money, let fire, earthquake (and) landslide destroy these houses.

“For those who have stolen our nairas and dollars, touch their hearts, let them bring back these dollars and nairas, if they failed to do that, please God let fire visit them…,” Yerima prayed before the conference chairman, Justice Idris Kutigi, was able to stop him from raining more curses.

Earlier, a former governor of Imo State, Chief Achike Udenwa, had called for a holistic approach to eradicating the menace of corruption in the country. He said it was not enough to say there is corruption in the land when no one agrees that he or she is corrupt.

“I think what will help us in fighting corruption is to look back on the causes of corruption…There is no type of corruption that is permissible. There is no type of corruption that is justifiable but we must identify the causes,” he said.

Udenwa mentioned insecurity, societal pressure and greed as the root causes of corruption in the country.

For her part, a PDP zonal women leader from Kebbi state, Hajiya Mariya Waziri, also spoke passionately about the oneness of Nigeria and why women education should be given a priority by government at all levels.

“We must give women more opportunities, collaborate with them and tap into their wonderful potentials. To do all these, women must be educated. There is, therefore, the need to do a revolution on the education of the girl-child, especially in the northern part of this country,” she said.

Meanwhile, the debate on the inaugural speech has ended with majority of delegates commenting on the president’s address and setting tones for further discussions. However, nine delegates shunned the debate without official reasons given save for NLC delegate and president, Abdulwaheed Omar, said to be unavoidable engaged elsewhere yesterday being the last day of the debate.