Ikubese Advocates Life Imprisonment for Corrupt Public Officers, Special Anti-Corruption Courts, Single Part Time Assembly

.. Warns Against Publishing Fake News Ahead of 2023 Elections

By Dupson Collins, 27th November, 2022

Ahead of the 2023 General Elections, a Former Presidential Aspirant, Dr Thomas-Wilson Ikubese has recommended for the incoming government in Nigeria to sign into law life imprisonment for any corrupt public officers found guilty of corruption and establish Special Anti-Corruption Courts for speedy trials of corruption cases.

The YesWeFit Revolutionary Movement Convener was speaking as a guest speaker at the 8th Annual Public Lecture and Awards of the Association of Independent Newspaper Publishers, South West Zone held at Sunbeth Hotel in Akure, Ondo State.


Dr Wilson said despite the shortcoming since the country returned to democratic governance 23 years ago, he noted that it’s call for celebration, saying this is the longest period of democratic governance in the history of Nigeria.

He stated further that for the country to continues its journey towards deepening democracy, the influence of religion and ethnic identities in politics, the cost of politics, among others must be eradicated in the political space of Nigeria.

“Nigeria is a multicultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious country which operates a federal style structure and a presidential system of government as provided for in the constitution”.

He commended the Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu for the introduction of many new innovations, supported by the deployment of appropriate technology, to protect the sanctity of the choice made by Nigerians at the polls ranging from voter registration to voter accreditation and result management.

Dr Ikubese noted that the introduction of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) with its dual fingerprint and facial biometric accreditation process and INEC Result Viewing (IReV) Portal which has made the result management procedure more transparent will prevent election rigging.

He charged INEC as the plaintiff to ensure that persons arrested for electoral offenses are arraign and prosecuted in line with the provisions of the national electoral act.

He called on Nigerians to cast their votes for the most credible candidates with character, competence and capacity to deliver and not on the basis of tribe, monetary inducements, expectations of political appointment/patronage or religion.

He appealed to publishers of Newspapers in Ondo State to verify its news content before publishing and ensure it’s devoid of emotions and falsehood, saying members of the public are relying on them for updates on political activities in the country.

His words: “Fake news is a threat to national security. I therefore enjoin your members in this season to authenticate political news item before going ahead to publish them in the interest of our dear nation”.

According to him, ” If we will live to see the Nigeria of our dream, the incoming Executive and National Assembly must work together to make political offices less attractive”.

In his recommendation, Ikubese said the Lawmakers should Legislate that political office holders should earn remunerations within the scope of federal civil servant, scrapping off all the bogus allowances, collapsing the Senate and House of Representatives into a single part-time organ, where members earn modest sitting allowances.

Each organ of government publishing the statements of account, reflecting income and expenditure monthly, made available in the public space and establishing Special Anticorruption Courts where cases of corruption are tried and judgement obtained within six months, devoid of frivolous adjournments.

Adopting life imprisonment without an option of fine as the penalty for public officers who are found guilty of embezzling public funds by the courts

Making provision for states to control their resources and paying royalty to the Federal Government and making provision for Regional Government, wherein responsibilities are shared between it and the Federal Government, ranging from security to economy.

Demonetizing party primaries by pegging the cost of nomination forms at a rate affordable to average Nigerians and making direct primaries mandatory and every political office holders must use Made in Nigeria cars as their official vehicles, visit Nigerian hospitals for their healthcare and have their children school in Nigeria.

The Medical Doctor who doubled as the Chief Medical Director of Sckye Hospitals Ltd said the recommendations were some of the postulations in his manifesto when he contested for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2019.

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