Oby Ezekwesiri has challenges the President for failing to punish perpetrators who killed citizens without consequences in the country.
Nigeria’s former Education Minister, Oby Ezekwesili says the country has reached a point where killings are condoned and perpetrators go unpunished thereby developing a “culture of impunity”.
Ezekwesili made the remarks in reference to the recent attacks by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen who targeted communities in Southern Kaduna State leading to the death of 17 unarmed villagers on the first day and five more the following day, as reported by Sahara Reporters.
In a series of tweets on Saturday, she accused the government and its agencies of “habitually” leading the way in “entrenching the culture of impunity” by failing to punish bad behavior even as she blamed the citizens of failing to “collectively demand accountability from government.”
Ezekwesili demands that President Muhammadu Buhari should “please, please, surprise us and PROVE ME WRONG by actually breaking the PATTERN in Kaduna State and everywhere else in our country, where citizens are KILLED in their Communities and NO CONSEQUENCES follow.
According to Ezekwesili, the fastest route to the destruction of Nigeria is the “culture of Impunity”.
She defines impunity as the “exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action,” asking, “imagine then how horrible it is for such thing to become a Culture!”
“Name every crime or misdemeanor that has become the Norm and gained ‘wide acceptance’ in Nigeria and we can tell for a fact that it did not just suddenly attain that status. It happened initially once, was ignored, a few others joined and did it, ignored and many others repeated,” she noted.
Ezekwesili continued: “Let me use the example of the Crime known as 419 (Advanced Fee Fraud) to explain how destructive the Culture of Impunity can be. 419 is named after a formerly relevant section of the Criminal Code of Nigeria. 419 has brought the worst disrepute to our country globally.
“Some of our young Nigerians who were born after 419 had become a Norm within our society may never imagine that it was a crime that was once a ‘fringe racket’ by a few gangs of people — a very few gang were involved in 419 as of the late 80s and early 90s.
“90s military-led Nigeria, our society watched on, some of the officials of institutions like the @PoliceNG ignored and in fact became friends of the few 419 ‘king-pins’ that were defrauding people within and outside our country. There was zero consequence for 419. More joined.”
She said that, “As more people waded into the ‘profitable’ criminality of 419 in the late 90s, decade of the millennium and the decade of 2010 – Date, a crime named after Criminal Code 419 started mutating into many variants of fraudulent schemes and now has all kinds of ‘fancy names’.
“So, the ruin of our country can be traced to several other Crimes and Misdemeanors that happened once, ignored, repeated by a few and ignored; repeated by many more and again ignored until the whole society simply NORMALIZED the evil.”