Monday, 20 April 2015

Grant Ibori Presidential Pardon Because Every Other Looter Are Walking Freely On The Streets- Group

The Ijaw People’s Development Initiative, IPDI, in Delta State over the weekend called on President Jonathan to grant presidential pardon on former Delta State Governor, James Ibori explaining that every other looter who has stolen form government coffers are walking freely in the streets.

The National President of the group, Mr. Austin Ozobo said Ibori has suffered enough, even more than anybody and urged the president to grant him presidential pardon before leaving office next month. Below is what he told journalists.

“Ibori should be freed. Hundreds of persons, who looted heavily from government coffers are walking freely in the streets. The continuous incarceration of one corrupt man among a million other corrupt citizens cannot change the menace of high level corruption in the country.

‘’Ibori’s imprisonment could be seen as a witch-hunt and such is highly barbaric and provocative and the Nigerian government must quickly do something about his matter. ‘’Despite the ordeals Ibori is passing through, Deltans hold him in high esteem and his great achievements while in office cannot be discountenanced.

‘’There should be no sacred cow among political office holders. Ibori’s case is not different, he is a victim of circumstances. Release him and let him breathe fresh air and let other corrupt public office holders be tried as well.”

But my people this is a serious issue. Do you think President Jonathan should grant him a presidential pardon? Has he suffered enough? Should corrupt leaders be forgiven and not punished? Are groups meant to openly plead for corrupt leaders?


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