Nigerian Area Fada and social commentator, Charles Oputa AKA Charly Boy has made quite a humorous but serious point about the level of corruption in the sector that interprets and applies law in Nigeria.
The former President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), said this on Sunday at the 13th Chief Gani Fawehinmi Annual Memorial Lecture and Symposium with the theme, “Nigeria’s Anti-Corruption War: Whither The Legal Profession and The Judiciary?”
According to Charles Oputa, his late father, who was a justice of the Supreme Court, Chukwudifu Oputa, will be cringing in his grave over corruption in the nation’s judiciary.
Charles Oputa also who said corruption had reached an intolerable level, disclosing that he was currently involved in an activism project designed to tackle corruption and injustice in the country.
“The masses are being corrupted by fear, my father, Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, must be cringing in his grave because of the corruption in the nation’s judiciary. Corruption has not just become our way of life in Nigeria, but has become our legal tandem.
“The Nigerian people are being looted by all sides, religious leaders are not helping the people, they are continuously hypnotizing my people with miracles, signs and wonders,” he said.
“I am involved in a street project titled, ‘our mumu don do’; this is a project through which I believe the judiciary can be cleansed of by a movement led by the masses. Lawyers have become contractors, judges have opened mega banks in their homes at their villages, justice in Nigeria comes at a price.”
“Not all members of the judiciary and legal profession are bad, but current events have ridiculed the legacy left behind by my father and other legal icons. The docility of the Nigerian populace has to be addressed with the emancipation of their minds because the humanity of Fawehinmi no longer exists in the country,” he said.