President Buhari Prosecute Executive Thieves after Drastic Judicial Cleanup

President Muhammadu Buhari as we know him to be is a man of his words and certainly he will examine all incriminating evidences that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of former or current government officials involved in the stealing Nigeria’s crude oil.

Nigerian Executives involved in illegal sale and diversion of crude oil monies generally have their money hidden in local and foreign banks, as such professional and uncorrupted policing will be needed to successfully find out those involved in illegal sale of crude oil. The international police will certainly do their job without fear of compromise.

Mr. President, the real challenge is the judiciary where corruption remains endemic and dishonesty has longed replaced integrity.

As we all know the Nigeria’s judiciary continues to profess cleanup of corruption in the court system but to this day unethical practices on the bench remain chronic as evidenced from complaints by some recently retired Chief Justices.

Again and again, public institutions like the judiciary and their occupiers remain riddled with greed and silent corruption, and some of these magistrates, judges and justices continue to disregard the rule of law with impunity.

In general, judges are very powerful persons and each has a choice if he or she wants to be fair, competent and impartial or not.

Mr. Buhari, for many years now, we have had policies, reforms and training to help reduce judicial corruption and other malpractices yet the dysfunctional, harmful, derelict, and even dangerous acts continue to flow out from our different courtrooms.

As long as our courts are filled with dishonorable persons and “all kinds of people" , in the words of former Chief Justice Dahiru Musdapher, judgments will continue to be accompamend with marks of indecency and injustice.

President Buhari, if the prosecution of suspected former or current government officials is to yield any gain for the nation let’s do everything to fish out judicial officers with obvious antisocial tendencies as they are threats to public fairness.

Let’s use technology, psychological evaluation process and public disgrace to monitor and screen out those with crooked tendencies, or those whose grasp of reality is markedly materialistic and who suffer from professional shamelessness.

Dr. John Egbeazien Oshodi is a Forensic/Clinical Psychologist, a Consultant in National Psychology, and a former Secretary-General of the Nigeria Psychological Association.

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Articles by John Egbeazien Oshodi, Ph.D.