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Bankole: The Potrait of Political Arrogance

06/07/11

Bankole: The Potrait of Political Arrogance

Permalink 12:12:00 am, by kali Email , 427 words   English (US) latin1
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*Nigeria: Bankole - The Potrait of Political Arrogance

By Kali Gwegwe

The decision of the immediate past speaker of Nigeria's House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole to dictate when to respond to official invitation from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was most regrettable and should be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians.

By his actions, Bankole attempted to rubbish the collective efforts by government and the citizenry to sanitise the nation's economic, social, and political landscape that is bedeviled by pandemic corruption. With this shameful act, it will take more efforts and time to convince the international community that the much talked about war against graft in Nigeria is genuine. ( Continues below….. )

Dimeji Bankole

Photo Above: Dimeji Bankole, Speaker Nigeria House of Representatives (November 1, 2007 - June 2, 2011).

Let us not forget the fact that as a nation, Nigeria cannot make much headway if the global business community does not have confidence in the ability of government to isolate corruption from private and public businesses in the country. It is the economic sector that sustains the socio-political framework of every nation. ( Continues below….. )

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Photo Above: Nigerian Naira Notes

With the Bankole saga very fresh in mind, this writer is compelled to suggest that the National assembly quickly create a law that will punish whoever that refuses to honour the invitation of any of the anti-graft agencies in the country. With such law, Bankole and his likes will not make the mistake of ignoring the invitation of either EFCC or ICPC in future. ( Continues below...... )

Nigeria National Assembly Complex

Photo Above: Nigeria National Assembly Complex

Many had thought that Bankole will hurriedly use the opportunity of his invitation by EFCC to clear his name of all charges and insinuations. By his actions, he has indirectly given credence to the opinion of the EFCC and thereby raising even more suspicion. With the quality of the nation's justice system, there was no need for him to attempt to hide from the long arm of the law.

Thank God that despite all the pride and arrogance he displayed, the arm of the law was long and strong enough to catch him. At least, the whole world will know the truth. More than that, the international community will be convinced that we are serious about the war against graft. Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Did Bankole throw stones? Let the courts answer this question.

Kali Gwegwe writes from Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and can be reached at kali.gwegwe@nigerianfootballpost.com ( 0806 407 4810 )

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34 comments

Comment from: Mr LUCKY....spain [Visitor]
Mr LUCKY....spainThe open robbery politics practice in Nigeria is not done anywhere in the world.l cannot imagine a place where a few individual take law into their hands,turn against the people, society that voted for them.It is ridiculous so to say.
The EFCC has done well to have arrested Bankole otherwise it would have been a different story today after he must have departed the shores of Nigeria.
However Bankole is not the only corrupt figure in this case hence efforts should be made to bring others to book.

Mr LUCKY...spain
06/07/11 @ 01:39
Comment from: Orobosa Alonge [Visitor]
Orobosa AlongeMr. Bankole should pay for his misdeeds> I thank God that the the era of corruption is slowly but surely dying away. Corrupt leaders should learn from speaker Bankole that dishonesty has its consequences.
Mr. Jega, the Chairman Of INEC should be commended for conducting credible election for the first time in our great country. Had he acted like Mr. Maurice Iwu, the INEC Chairman, all the corrupt politicians would have been returned to power.
06/07/11 @ 02:13
Comment from: Mansur Dalhatu [Visitor] Email
Mansur Dalhatuwhen PDP says there is no zoning as a standing rule, why should they said that Speaker House of Representative be given to the south west? Thanks to our Honourable members for choosing their choice. Gen. OBJ pls note that, this country is bigger than your thinking. We live to see next senate president if David Mark will deny the wishes of the distinguish senators. Bye for now.
06/07/11 @ 03:28
Comment from: Imoh Moses [Visitor]
Imoh MosesBankole should be dealt with
06/07/11 @ 04:02
Comment from: gloria [Visitor]
gloriaThis should serve as a lesson for all our leaders. Bakole and his likes should not forget that no body is above the law even though it seem so in our country. indeed those who live in glass house dont throw stones.
06/07/11 @ 04:51
Comment from: Forfaka [Visitor]
ForfakaIn which court of law is RT.Hon.Dimeji Bankole going
to be tried?Our secular court will certainly set him
free because that court is run by the Ogbonis and he
is one of them.All Yoruba politicians are members.
In a sharia court,Mallam Dimeji Bankole like his
muslim brother,Senator Ahmed Sani Yarina is only
answerable to Allah and besides he is shielded by
the same immunity clause that protects,Buhari,IBB,OBJ
and others.
You can't just arrest the erstwhile speaker for helping
himself and colleagues with a bit of peanuts while,
Buhari,IBB and OBJ are allowed to keep their loots.
06/07/11 @ 05:15
Comment from: kingsley oji [Visitor]
kingsley ojiis EFCC good through to face Bank ole....what prove do them have to prove to the court....Bank ole as am concern did what he did as a good Nigeria and has no way to be throw a stone by Efcc or any Nigeria....meanwhile Bankole you will be free soon ....na your boy kingsley from East.
06/07/11 @ 05:34
Comment from: alex [Visitor]
alexEFCC should deal with all the top Nigeria Potrait of Political Arrogance....like ohakim ,Bankole,T.A orji, and other please Good luck should help Abia state with LIGHT abay...this man here no day do anything...lucky abay,na me the talk from umuahia
06/07/11 @ 05:50
Comment from: ADEMILUA NIYI EBENEZER [Visitor]
ADEMILUA NIYI EBENEZERwell only one they i had with ex speaker Bankole at national Youth Summit,says much about him .I thought the way he was talking and displaying his intectual sagacity he'll be so clean and live above corruption.Wel i'm not judging let the law takse it's course.
06/07/11 @ 07:27
Comment from: Ojukwu [Visitor]
OjukwuNigerian government should not use EFCC an weapon of destruction to disloyal politicians only. The same punishment should be melted out to all culprits.
06/07/11 @ 07:28
Comment from: Ekeke Ikechukwu [Visitor]
Ekeke IkechukwuOn this issue, our government should endeavour, put all effort to find out the truth of this mater. it is not right that Bankole refuses to honour an invitation by (EFCC).this shows that there is something behind this. "clear concience fears no accusation".if our government should mitigate over this issue, this will give our on coming politicians the power to embezzle the governmet fund and in the other hand give the country bad name
06/07/11 @ 07:43
Comment from: Osa [Visitor]
OsaPoints well stated, but let me add, until the laws in Nigeria are equally applied to every citizen, regardless of political affiliation, Nigeria will continues to languish under the heavy weight of ignobles like this man. Are Nigerian politicians blinded to the fact the IMF boss has the law applied on him recently like any other man? Nigerians must wake up to realize that this simple act by this man is a slap on the face of EVERY nigerians under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We the people have just been insulted by a man who headed the law making body of Nigeria. This man saw the same law as a shame that must to be ignored. The law must be applied, and have him arrested, the way it could have been applied to any Nigerian. The stolen money could have provided an affordable hospital but one satan took it for him self and the lives it could have been applied remains ingnored. Shame on you
06/07/11 @ 09:06
Comment from: Justina [Visitor] Email
Justinacorruption will thrive when leaders are not willing to step on toes. Immunity clause should be amended. Afterall most politicians hide under this clause and commit attrocities. Part of their loot are used to prosecute court cases while the remaining goes to them and their families.
The way the former speaker's case will be handled will determine how others will act. Afterall, being mentioned in such urgly cases is no more a shameful thing!
06/07/11 @ 09:26
Comment from: audi babba [Visitor] Email
audi babbaDear Bank - ole,
An ole is a thieve according to the Yoruba man.
Does Bankole's name suggest that he was named a thieve?
Banlole, many youths thought you were their idol but by the look of things you have disappointed all the youths and every Nigerian. If he cannot prove his innocence then the law should take its cause. It very shameful of a national figure like him to misbehaved in office.
Although many are left roaming our cities without being apprehended such as OBJ who stole much from the treasury and is seeing himself as untouchable. God will one catch them and disgrace the either here or in the hereafter.
06/07/11 @ 10:33
Comment from: edokpayi [Visitor]
edokpayiDictating when to respond to the EFCC invitation was unfair and unfortunate. Notwithstanding, our dear charismatic Dimaji Bankole will come out of the EFCC net very clean.
06/07/11 @ 10:52
Comment from: BANEGO PETER. O [Visitor]
BANEGO PETER. OI FIND IT UNINTERESTING TO NOTE THAT A MAN OF BANKOLE - ONCE A LEADER OF THE HOUSE OF REP; WELL EDUCATED PERSON COULD AFFORD TO RESIST THE CALL BY EFCC TO ACCOUNT FOR HIS STEWARDSHIP DURING HIS TENURE IN THE OFICE.THIS THE MAXIMUM HEIGHT OF IRRESPONSSIBILTY .I NOW SEE REASON BANKOLE WAS UNABLE TO GO BACK FOR A SECOND TIME IN THE OFFICE. HE SHOULD REALISE THAT A JOURNEY TO ANY DESTINATION BEGINS WITH STEP MOVEMENT. HE IS TOO YOUNG TOBE FLEXING MUSCLES WITH ELDERS. BEWARE!
06/07/11 @ 11:06
Comment from: Ekanem [Visitor]
EkanemHE IS TOO YOUNG TO BE FLEXING MUSCLES WITH ELDERS. BEWARE..You are absolutely correct
06/07/11 @ 14:16
Comment from: paul uzokwe [Visitor]
paul uzokweThe entire people running the government are corrupted.The government only decide the people to prosecute and the people to set free even if guilty or their evil actions are known, because they would not like to be treated badly when they leave the office.If we have a leader,what stops him from prosecuting the past leaders that are walking freely in the streets of Nigeria and doing what they like.Even the current leaders dine with them.Is that Democracy?
06/07/11 @ 16:28
Comment from: ozi momoh [Visitor]
ozi momohBankole is just an example of how d so called elected public officials treat d law with despice nd reckless arrogance.They feel above d laws while we d less mortal are subservient to them.One only hopes dat a clear example which will signal a new beginning,will be made of him if he is liable in order to serve as deterrent to others.CERTAINLY,judgement day will come 4 all d corrupt few who av deprive d majority.O'GOD save Nigeria.
06/07/11 @ 17:52
Comment from: ogunniyi Olawale [Visitor]
ogunniyi OlawaleBankole only should not be belame, the system should be
rather be blame. I beleive that nearly all reps are invovled
in the saga. Nobody should point accussing finger on
Bankole we should rather wait for the court to decide.
06/08/11 @ 03:08
Comment from: Kingsley Emeghara [Visitor]
Kingsley EmegharaBankole is a national disgrace and embarrassment. How can someone who rose to the position of the No 4 citizen of a great nation like Nigeria allow himself to be rubbished, publicly paraded and treated like a ciminal? This is simply because of greed, else how do you explain one person stealling 10 billion naira from an impoverished society. The worst of it all is that he is not even remorseful of his sins. Look at the way he looks at the EFCC officials with disdain and utter disrespect for the law. He should face the wrath of the law to serve as deterrent to other. No body is above the law. President Jonathan should ensurer Bankole and others are bought to book if he must deliver on his electoral promises.
06/08/11 @ 03:59
Comment from: worried man [Visitor]
worried manYaradua Family, IBB, OBJ, Buharia,Lucky Igbiniedon and others should be thrown into prison for Corruption. Even the wife of GEJ. They are all thieves.
06/08/11 @ 05:40
Comment from: Worried Man [Visitor]
Worried ManOBJ; IBB; Buharia, Gowan, Abudulkarim Abubaka, Shonekan, Yaradua Family, Abacha Family , even GEJ wife should be thrown into prison show Nigerians and the rest of the World that we are fighting Corruption. Bankole should be shot dead publicly to teach the office holders at Fedral level lessons on how to deliver. OMG, am so sorry for the masses of Nigeria. In the next 50years, Nigeria will be worst than it is Today.
06/08/11 @ 05:47
Comment from: Godfrey [Visitor] Email
GodfreyIt is too early to condem Bankole,let us wait 4 d court judgement.
06/08/11 @ 13:57
Comment from: DANLAMI GABI [Visitor] Email
DANLAMI GABII think the leaders should bear it in mind that leadership is not exploitation to public funds.Time is comming that we will be going to their houses and dragging them to vomit our money who ever they are.How can corruption stop in Nigeria, when the people that are claiming to be leaders are all looters.The minimum wage that a mini Nigerian are Longing to get become a great debate in the house of assembly, and a single thief is hijacking 10 billion Naira in the name of shearing in the house. Any leader that ate any money that i need to get in Nigeria ate a cause on him and his family. That is why God is punishing them by making their children way-word.
06/08/11 @ 18:15
Comment from: Nathan micah [Visitor] Email
Nathan micahBankole must finish dancing to the music he played...els those other bad eggs will never learn there lessons.
06/09/11 @ 01:41
Comment from: Dickson [Visitor]
DicksonEverybody wants to disgrace everybody at the slightest opportunity. If Bankole is guilty of corruption, the whole senate is guilty too. He is the mouth piece of the senate, so as their minds think,so his mouth speaks. He speaks on their behalf and not for himself as an individual, as he is the speaker of the "HOUSE". He can never act as an individual entity. He would have been impeached and arrested long time ago if he had the power to act alone. Common sense is common in this issue. EFCC should dig the rest of them for all of them are linked in the chain of command.
06/09/11 @ 20:01
Comment from: GERALD EJIFUGHA [Visitor]
GERALD EJIFUGHAEFCC SHOULD PLEASE DEAL WITH THIS BOY CALLED BANKOLE.A BOY OF 41 YRS USING NIG MONEY LIKE HIS OWN TOWEL.BUT EFCC.YOUR GOOD WORKS CAN NEVA BE COMPLETE WITHOUT THE ARREST OF IKEDI OHAKIM FORMER GOV OF IMO STATE.THIS CRIMINAL COMMITED CRIMES/STOLE STATE FUNDS TEN TIMES MORE THAN BANKOLE.BANKOLE.GOD WILL PUNISH YOU.
06/10/11 @ 05:15
Comment from: dennis [Visitor]
dennisi agree with all the comments just to add that bankole misscalculated and acted unwisely no wonder he lost in the election however what applies to him must apply to all i do hope we dont make so much noise about the issue only to die a natural death lather.
06/10/11 @ 08:06
Comment from: DR obioma [Visitor] Email
DR obiomaBankole may not have stolen all that money alone, but as a leader of the house then, he should take responsibility for any wrong that goes on in the house including financial misappropriations.
Public office holders in nigeria are so used to mismanaging power and money, forgetting the fact that it is a call to duty. If Bankole is found guilty, he should be jailed, he is too proud, an office holder should be a servant-leader.
06/10/11 @ 08:41
Comment from: Ifeanyi O [Visitor]
Ifeanyi Owith this display of justice pursuit by the government of Nigeria without regards to the personality involved in this suspected crime,it shows that we are actually making head-way for the actualization of a true demcratic and justice-filled nation.go ahead with his trial and let justice prevail.let upcoming politicians and leader take caution in the discharge of their duties.
06/10/11 @ 11:18
Comment from: Segun M Adeniyi [Visitor] Email
Segun M AdeniyiMy fellow nigerian, out govt system ne PA DI PA DI GOVT. Anybody it like has no problem.
06/11/11 @ 02:28
Comment from: Bliggs Egwu [Visitor]
Bliggs EgwuThis is what I call political shenanigans....
06/13/11 @ 08:08
Comment from: edewede [Visitor]
edewedebankole should be use as a scape goat for incoming house to learn from.
06/13/11 @ 12:15

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