Professor Christopher Imumolen, the presidential candidate for the Accord party, has vowed to put an end to the ongoing instances of impunity and lawlessness that seem to have plagued Nigerian society for decades.
Nigerians have been incorrectly labeled as lawless for decades because there hasn’t been any desire to punish crime or criminal acts when they are committed.
The young presidential candidate believes that if the government starts to take seriously the issue of the prompt and adequate dispensation of justice for crimes committed by anyone or any group of people without fear or favor, a change in mentality will come naturally.
In a recent interview with Television Continental (TVC), the Addo of Abaji stated that a system that permits people to break the law without being held accountable is a system that sets itself up for the anarchy, instability, and ongoing security upheavals that are currently being seen throughout the nation.
“I have never believed that Nigerians are lawless people. Rather, I’ll choose to put the blame at the doorsteps of a system that blatantly refuses to punish infractions or acts of criminality when they are committed,” he told a panel of interviewers.
“Are those who insist that Nigerians are lawless not surprised to see them adapt quickly when they travel outside the shores of this country?
“That clearly attests to the fact that they only accept and live the way they live because the system back home does not take the issue of meting out punishment to those who commit crimes, including the most heinous like kidnappings, rebellions against the state, and wanton killings of people of a particular tribe in the name of ethnic cleansing, seriously.
“We have had convoys of governors, and lately that of the president, waylaid, attacked by bandits with no consequence. Can that happen in saner climes where the issue of security is tackled, using technology in gathering intelligence?
“So, this is an area where me and my government will beam a searchlight should I be given the people’s mandate to become president come 2023.
“We shall not only, as a matter of expediency, pursue a policy that seeks to identify trouble spots, and those behind them, but we shall be strengthening our security system through digitalisation to make the process of crime-fighting and punishment for law breakers a key objective.
“And I am confident that once Nigerians begin to see this change in attitude where people, no matter their status, titles or level of influence, are not treated as sacred cows but are made to answer for their crimes by the government of the day, Nigerians will naturally begin to adapt,” he added.