The tendency of corrupt politicians joining the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) being sheltered from prosecution, according to Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, is immoral and should be avoided.
Governor Ortom made the remarks on Monday at the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi, where he received the National President of the Nigeria Civil Service Union, Comrade Lawrence Amaechi, and his delegation for a courtesy call, during which he was presented with the award “The Defender and Shepherd of the Masses.”
He pointed out that there is no law in the constitution that protects corrupt APC leaders from prosecution, emphasizing that doing so encourages corruption by a government that campaigned on fighting corruption as one of its campaign promises.
Governor Ortom lamented that the APC-led administration seems to be the worst in terms of corruption, pointing out that a serving minister who allegedly stole billions of naira was currently being shielded from prosecution.
The Governor said he remains committed to the fight for justice, equity and fairness for all, stressing that he chose to remain the mouthpiece of the oppressed and those who have no voice.
While noting that no intimidation from any quarters would force Benue people to rescind the ranching law, Governor Ortom said the award would spur him to be more proactive and sensitive to the plight of his people and civil servants.
Leader of the delegation, Comrade Amaechi sympathised with Governor Ortom and people of the state over the spate of insecurity and other unfortunate happenings and prayed for its end.
He thanked the Governor for appointing one of them, Comrade Ojotu Ojema in his administration and pledged the union’s sustained support, even as he requested that the Governor attends commissioning of the NCSU State secretariat.