Saturday, January 26, 2008

MYA backs ditching the immunity clause

At Davos - read here. Along with the appointment of Professor Asobie as Chair of the board of NEITI, the organisation I work for, there are signs of systemic thinking from the Presidency. Getting rid of the immunity clause will effectively destroy the licence to steal for state governors from now on, and seriously dent the plutocratic nature of Nigerian politics. With Prof Asobie at the head of NEITI, the organisation will be sure to make extractive transparency meaningful for the people. Things may just be looking up...


Anonymous,  4:27 pm  

MYA may yet go down in history as the person that turned around Nija. Of course OBJ would like that title, and to an extent he might be right. The problem with OBJ is that he is of the 'old order'. Yes he kicked off the 'Reform' agenda, but he himself was basically an unreformed individual. He was incredibly corrupt and not averse to military tactics to get things done.

But this is the nature of reform. One leader is the last of the old order, the next the first of the new order. Think, Gorbachev/Yeltsin, De Klerk/Mandela etc.

Good luck to him.

Anonymous,  5:11 pm  


Oyibo boy, you think you understand Nigeria? Pls do not delude yourself.

Do Ministers have immunity? Do heads of parastatals have immunity? Do lawmakers have immunity? Do policemen have immunity? Does GMD NNPC have immunity? Do FCDA directors have immunity? Did state governors/administrators during military rule have immunity?

Only Governors/Dep Gov. and the President/VP have immunity, but its not a bad start.

Anonymous,  10:13 pm  

Naija boy, I am not sure which part is BS, as we have come to the same conclusion.

The rule of law is the first step towards stable institutions. When we have an institutional basis for running our country, it should not matter who does or does not have immunity.

There is actually nothing wrong with immunity, as a concept. It can actually shield the whole polity from being brought down resulting from legal actions against elected officials.

What we had/have in Nigeria is not really immunity, but impunity. Even if this were dealt with, immunity clause or none, things would be better in Nigeria.

Rumba Stylee,  9:24 pm  

Nkan ti'ba muni muni ti ko ri'ni mu, iyen gaan ni a npe ni "immunity."

Anonymous,  8:58 am  

Ooto lo so, ore mi.

Sandrine,  7:41 pm  

"Oyibo Boy".Wow! What a strong argument!Where are we,back in middle school? What's next, "yo mama"?And of course you don't sign your name.How predictable.Why don't you try to make your point without being nasty about it? It would be refreshing.
Just a thought.

Modibbo,  1:07 am  


The nastiness was started by Naija boy, it was a personal, attack and racist to boot.

Also, a little sad (for him), because he assumed me to be 'Oyibo' - for some reason. Probably because I see something positive happening in Nija. We Nigerians have come to generally see no good thing coming out of our country.

I don't share that view.


Sandrine,  2:40 pm  

Sorry if I wasn't clear.I meant to address anonymous 5:11on his name calling.I believe opinions can be shared without insulting people.
Take care.

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