By Albert Akpor
PRIMATE Theophilus Olabayo of the Evangelical Church of Yahweh has described Mondayâ€™s conviction of Chief Bode George, former Chairman, Board of Directors of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for fraud as a warning signal to political office holders whose purpose in office is to plunder the nationâ€™s treasury.
The cleric who urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to expedite action and go after other corrupt office holders said the war against corruption would be meaningless and selective if other known persons who stole the nationâ€™s money were not brought to book.
According to him, â€œwhat is happening, starting from bank directors who gave stupid loans to themselves and their cronies and now to the conviction of Bode George, is a clear indication that God is about to librate Nigeria.
â€œHow can somebody steal money that he cannot spend in his life time, his generation to come cannot spend?Â The problem we have today in this country is because some people think and believe they are untouchables and therefore, they can do whatever they want whether in their private capacity or as public office holders.
â€œThey completely forget that God, the silent judge, is watching every step we take.Â Again, our anti-corruption agencies will have to watch it and leave above board. The EFCC in particular should wake up and go after more corrupt people just the way they have done to Bode George. But if they compromise, it means they too are corrupt and are doing selective prosecution.â€
Apostle Olabayo also warned against trivializing the crisis in the Niger Delta, saying: â€œThe war in the Niger Delta is far from over except meaningful development is put in place at the various communities that have been destroyed through oil exploration.Â What we have seen in the Niger Delta is a guerrilla warfare; a full scale war will happen in the country if adequate care is not taken.â€