By Agbonsuremi Augustine Okhiria
I expect everyone to look at the possible reasons the US will NEVER hand over her citizens for trial in Nigeria.
First our justice system is riddled with corruption and our policing and investigative mechanisms are infested with inadequacy of process and fairness.
Remember that for an offense of bribery that was committed in Nigeria by officials of Siemens in Nigeria, the Germany authorities prosecuted their citizens and they were sent to jail.
The flipside of that case was that top Nigerian officials, including at least one former head of government and ministers named and indicted in that bribery scheme were never questioned let alone prosecuted.
The Germans couldn’t have handed their citizens over to Nigeria for trial under any imagination.
If they did, they will be set free before the trial even began.
No sane country with a good and reliable justice system will hand over their citizens for trial in a country where the entire justice system is soaked in favoritism, corruption and a lack of process. I am looking at the bigger picture.
The Kyari issue is what is replete in our system – officials taking advantage of their offices to get rich. This is across board, from the presidency to the teachers in the classroom.
Our system is so bad that no country will entrust their citizens in our hands for the trial of their citizens. Instead of getting excited Nigerians ought to be sober and concerned that there is no justice system in Nigeria.
Buruji Kashamu the late Senator was wanted in the US for drug offenses but he not only evaded extradition using our court system, he was rewarded by a promotion to the Nigerian Senate to make laws for Nigeria.
My challenge is that Nigeria doesn’t have a trusted system.
Our system is callously infected and infested with corruption, greed, incompetence and nepotism. Nothing good can evoke trust from our system. And this is the crux of the matter when we talk about restructuring.
I have read the indictment papers on Kyari and I was not surprised. This is the situation with every segment of our society where many officials use their offices to benefit their friends and family members.
There are intelligent individuals, upright in their conducts and character all over the place in Nigeria but the system does not permit them to shine.
The few who get to the the corridor of power are swamped by the system and are frustrated or converted.
All we need is a restructuring of the entire system.
The PMB administration has shown a lack of interest in this so far. In fact evidence abound that this government is preserving the status quo, and not doing enough to change the system.
We have a beautiful country, a beautiful people but lacking in good leadership.