The Convener of the Coalition of Democrats For Electoral Reform (CODER), Ayo Opadokun has called for the prosecution of former military officers who held political position, as a means of curbing impunity in the country.
Speaking at the maiden Bashorun M.K.O Abiola Memorial Lecture in Lagos on Sunday, Mr. Opadokun said former military officers are political military renegades who have criminally appropriated for themselves huge national resources through inflated contracts and through direct pillaging of the public purse.
“Since the inglorious Obasanjo regime, military men have cornered many high political offices. General Obasanjo, as President, brought in General Ahmadu Ali as PDP Chairman. Commodore Bode George was made Deputy National Chairman of the PDP. Director-General of Umar Yar’Adua’s campaign Brigadier David Mark, one of General Babangida’s anchor persons (who in an interview once said that Bashorun Abiola could only be President over his dead body) is now painfully and regrettably presiding over Nigeria’s National Assembly,” he said.
Mr. Opadokun said Nigerians should look in the direction of Latin-American countries and how they dealt with former military dictators for examples of how these “former military chieftains” should be treated.
“In the Latin American states of Argentina and Brazil, for example, prosecution of former military top-shots has taken place. Many of them are now in prison with their ill-gotten assets returned to the public treasury,'' he said.