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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Iyabo Obasanjo's Criminal Debacle: Above The Law?

Iyabo Obasanjo remanded in police custody, weeps"

Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello has no basis to be pitied for allegedly undermining the law or the constitutional authority of the EFCC in a classic case of “above the law” political philandering. The criminal case against Senator Obasanjo-Bello should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and while it is legally expedient to quote ‘a man is innocent until proven guilty”, it is a blatant affront to try to subvert the judicial process by not submitting oneself to constitutional authority; having being indicted for breaching your oath of office. Any complicity in the courts or EFCC in any "quietly subverting or trumping the code of EFCC criminal act" will reflects negatively on EFCC and Yar’dua’s anti-corruption posturing for playing outside the rules.

Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello performance in this criminal charade was not only a show of demagoguery of a corrupt politician but an assault on the Nigerian democratic tenets. Iyabo Bello-Obasanjo’s show of shame and emotional outburst to garner self-pity, truly manifest her ruthless quest, driven by raw ambition and emotions, to sweep our judicial process under the carpet.

Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello tears for self pity has no significance or meaning and counts for nothing in Nigeria rule of law. It is bogus for Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello to argue that she should be remanded outside of prison custody while fighting to clear her name. Nigeria have one prison system; and all, regardless of being a serving senator or the daughter of a corrupt ex-president does not grant any one the right, not to be subjected to the same system. It is absolutely absurd and it will be a travesty of justice!

The courts, with due respect and integrity and no respecter of persons, should decides every ones fate that have been subjected to the due process of our legal system. Any attempt or an orchestrated attempt or an end-trial conspiracy by OBJ and his cohorts to thwart the legal process before the case is resolved, should be regarded as a slap to Nigeria democracy and should be forcefully resisted with all the might and constitution of the Nigerian people.

Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello criminal ploy is a ruthless tactic, meant only to continue to pillage on their corruption antics and it is an extension of one of the worst regimes of modern day Nigeria – the OBJ govt. The likes of Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello and the vestiges of OBJ criminal gangs should be curtailed and effectively put in a lockbox, with no apparent reign in any facet of the Nigerian government; Yardua inclusive.

At the conclusion of Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello trial, all parties should be heard and all dissent should be given a fair hearing; our legal process should be transparent and be able to show integrity and courage in our most difficult and trying times as Nigeria continues the march towards a corrupt free, full-fledged democratic nation.

The Nigeria court is the arbiter of justice and any justice that is meted outside the courts jurisdictions, is unconstitutional, null and void, and without any basis. Let Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello suck it up, and stand trial for her crimes. Nigerians must continue fighting for the rule of law and transparency in our courts. All rational Nigerians must respect our judicial process.

In Nigeria, no man or rather woman, should be above the law!

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