BY JOSEPH ERUNKE
THE National Conference Committee on National Security has recommended the removal of immunity clause from the 1999 constitution to tackle the menace of what it called “impunity” among office holders in the country.
Co-chairman of the committee and former Inspector General of Police, IGP, Alhaji Mohammadu Gambo Jimeta, in an interview with newsmen, yesterday, added that the measure was aimed at ensuring that no citizen of Nigeria is above the law.
He identified immunity enjoyed by political office holders in Nigeria as the bane of the war against graft, which he noted gave rise to insecurity in the country.
He said: “We have recommended that immunity should be removed from our statute books. No citizen of this country should be above the law. The issue of national security is all-embracing and touches on everybody’s life. We decided to take the central issues: Good governance, corruption, impunity of rulers and the way and manner our laws are being made, which is totally abnormal from what happens in a civilized society, that is why there is a grave revolt.”
Alhaji Gambo disclosed that the panel addressed bad leadership, corruption, deliberate neglect and total insensitivity to the laws of the land among others and proffered appropriate recommendations to deal with the issues.
He added: “Having reviewed all the areas and the pitfalls we have gone through, we have made recommendations on the various subjects that are necessary to prop up good life for the citizens of Nigeria.
“But we limited discussions to the national security architecture.
Looking at what the state has put on the ground to ensure that Nigerians can go to bed and sleep with both eyes closed, to ensure that Nigerians can do their business without let or hindrance, to ensure unlimited access to the remedy of the law courts and other arbitrating bodies.”