Cleric wants National Hall of Shame for convicted officials

Rev. Rufus Ositelu, the Primate of Church of the Lord Worldwide, has called on Federal Government to set up National Hall of Shame for convicted officials.

A statement in Lagos on Thursday said the Primate made the call during the grand finale of the 80th Tabieorar celebration in Ogere-Remo in Ogun.

Ositelu said that photographs of convicted persons with details of their crimes should be publicly displayed for posterity.

He said this would serve as deterrent to prospective unpatriotic and corrupt persons.

The primate urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to relent in his fight against corruption, stressing that corruption had been the monster that had eaten deep into the fabrics of Nigerian economy.

Ositelu said that the government should create special courts to adjudicate on corrupt cases.

He said that that all hands must be on deck to fight corruption so that Nigeria could move forward.

“Transparency, accountability, good governance and the fear of God should be the watchwords,” he said.

The primate said that there should not be abject poverty in a country with abundant human and natural resources.

He attributed the poverty in Nigeria to greed and corruption in high places, adding that corruption had led to social deprivation, insecurity, criminality and kidnapping.

Ositelu also called on the government to use intelligence information to drive security security forces to forestall criminality.

He said that he supported state policing because the federal policing system was grossly inadequate and ill-equipped to cope with the current security challenges.

Ositelu stressed the need to return the Chibok girls to their parents, while the Internally Displaced Persons should be properly rehabilitated.

According to him, the government should provide good schools, hospitals and other social amenities for the citizenry.

He expressed regret that public schools were introducing religious dresses, an action, he described as planting the seed of discord in the psyche of future leaders of the country.

Ositelu also condemned the high rate of unemployment in the country, especially among the youths.

The primate called on the government to correct the infrastructural deficit currently militating against the growth of the economy.

He said that the call for immunity and life pension for legislators was not in the public interest in a country currently battling with corruption among public officials.

According to him, part-time legislature will discourage the “infiltration” of the National Assembly by indolent, corrupt and selfish individuals.

Ositelu condemned the culture of constituency projects by the legislators, which he said, usurped powers of the executive arm of government.

The primate said he welcomed elimination of wastages in government through merging of government agencies with overlap functions, especially the merging of EFCC and ICPC.

Ositelu called for far reaching reforms in the judiciary to bring corrupt judges and their accomplices to book in order to restore the dignity and credibility of the judiciary.

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