Arrest of judges for graft a shame, says Onaiyekan
The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan has called for a thorough investigation of the judges arrested over allegations of corruption, describing the development as a national embarrassment.
Onaiyekan, who said this in Ilorin, Kwara State at the weekend, expressed disappointment with the way the National Judicial Council (NJC) handled some matters relating to the allegedly corrupt judges. He, however, called for a thorough investigation into all the cases affecting judicial officials, insisting on transparent investigation.
The cardinal declared the support of all Catholic bishops in the country to the fight against graft. He, however, warned against the abuse of fundamental human rights.
Onaiyekan said the entire world was now watching how the Buhari government is tackling corruption hence the need for suspects to be given fair hearing.
He suggested that proceedings in the National Assembly should be made to be on a part-time basis and lawmakers be paid only sitting allowance more so that the nation is experiencing economic recession. He cautioned the lawmakers not to make the electorate to lose confidence in their ability to lead them.
Answering another question, Archbishop Onaiyekan urged the Federal Government not to pay lip service to the issues affecting residents of the Niger Delta region, who are victims of oil spillage.
The cleric charged the Federal Government to provide a solution that would take care of them by the international oil companies to alleviate their sufferings with well-coordinated welfare programme.
Archbishop Onaiyekan disclosed that past governments have not been fair to people of the region where the nation gets her revenue. The cardinal also called for dialogue with the Boko Haram sects particularly on the release of the remaining Chibok girls that are still in captivity.