IBORI: The shame of a country that seems destined NEVER to become a nation

February 28, 2012


[Well, the English justice system has done it for the corrupt Nigerian judicial system:  made Ibori confess to being guilty of looting  Delta  while he was governor for eight years.  Nigerian Newspapers that have been filled with news of a plea bargain have acted a script that is now too familiar to most Nigerians:  be messengers to whoever can pay.  Well, after throwing tons of ill-gotten cash around, cincluding building his own high court where he was "tried" and freed of all guilt, Mr. Ibori seems headed to the Big House where the English prosecutor seems determined to send a man that has gotten away with two previous convictions in Engish courts prior to becoming one of the most powerful men in Nigeria.  A mere decade or so separated his Acts I and II in English courts.  The link to one of the stories on Ibori's Capitulation Day is below, thanks to Sahara Reporters who has stuck with the Ibori Story for quite a while:  the 1991 UK conviction, etcetera. 

 “Mr Ibori lied his way into public office ... He deceived the authorities and the voters. He was never the legitimate governor and there was effectively a thief in government house", SR quotes Ms. Wass, the prosecutor as saying.  What a damning judgement on a country that believes it can somehow arrive at legitimacy and respected nation by pretending at governance.  TOLA]



“Mr Ibori lied his way into public office,” she stated, matter-of-factly. He deceived the authorities and the voters. “He was never the legitimate governor and there was effectively a thief in government house. As the pretender of that public office, he was able to plunder Delta state’s wealth and hand out patronage. As the illegitimate recipient of public office he was able to bleed the public purse.”



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