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Treasury looters should be charged with TREASON

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Dr.-Odion-Ojo

By  Dr. Odion Ojo

Treason , according to some dictionaries,  states that it   is the  offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign.
It is a violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state, or country.
It is also a betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.
Origin of treason:
The  offense of attempting , by overt acts , to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign .
Outside legal spheres, the word “traitor” is used for one that has committed treason and  may also be used to describe a person who betrays (or is accused of betraying) his own political party, nation, family, friends, ethnic group, team, religion, social class, or other group to which he may belong.
In the modern world, there are a lot of nations which divide the treason into some laws. “Crimes Related to Insurrection” is the internal treason, and may include a coup d’etat. “Crimes Related to Foreign Aggression” is the treason of cooperating with foreign aggression positively regardless of the national inside and outside. “Crimes Related to inducement of Foreign Aggression” is the crime of communicating with aliens secretly to cause foreign aggression or menace. Depending on a country, conspiracy is added to these.
According to Brazilian law, treason is the crime of disloyalty by a citizen to the Nation.
The word treason can be traced back to the Latin word traditio(n-), which comes from the verb tradere meaning “to hand over, betray.” If you commit treason, that’s what you do: YOU BETRAY. The word is typically used to refer to the betrayal of a government or a country, like when a spy shares national secrets with another country, but it can be used to refer to personal betrayals as well.These are just a few definitions of treason .
Now I want to pick some words from these different explanations described above.
1 “…..It is also a betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery….”
Doesn’t this apply to the treasury looters in Nigeria? Please tell me , my fellow country men and women. This group of looters have betrayed our trust  and faith. The trust over 170 million Nigerians bestowed on them . When the government allocates some funds for different projects to be  done for its citizens and some people just took the money and divert into their personal accounts , amounts to breach of trust and faith. That means they have committed  treasonable offenses.
2. …..”personally injure the sovereign ….” By looting the country’s funds and treasury, these people have injured and still injuring the sovereignty of the country Nigeria and her citizens. That means they have committed treasonable offenses.
3. …….”the word “traitor” may also be used to describe a person who betrays (or is accused of betraying) his own political party, nation, family, friends, ethnic group, team, religion, social class, or other group to which he may belong” . Basically what this is saying is that when you are called a traitor you have committed treason. This is what this group of clowns are doing to their ethnic groups, political parties and the whole country . You wonder why anyone that has any integrity will be changing political parties like they are changing underclothes. They change and join a winning or ruling political parties in their state or in the country. This is a no brainer. They want to continue to embezzle money. Why cant the citizens wake up and support the president? I am not saying the administration per se right now , but the man Buhari, who we believe has some integrity . And let us put this bloody corruption in the coffin . You ask yourself this mind bungling question why do people want to tell the government to leave somebody that  has robbed them , betrayed  their community and stole their livelihood alone? This person has government’s stolen money all over the world while people are dying in abject poverty . When the government arrests these individuals then people want to tell the government to temper justice with mercy . Haba!! Do we need brain surgeons to perform  operations on our brains or psychiatrists to prescribe some psych medications on all of us? This is absolutely farcical.
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“Crimes Related to Insurrection” is the internal treason, and may include a coup d’etat’.
I am going to leave this distinctness to General Babangida , saliba mukoro, Bamaiyi and the rest of them to deal with . I am not going to put my dogs in that debate.
The interesting part is “Crimes Related to inducement of Foreign Aggression” is the crime of communicating with aliens secretly to cause foreign aggression or menace. We can say ‘communicating with aliens secretly to cause menace ‘ can mean embezzling our money and sending it to foreign countries and causing menace by destabilizing our economy and suffering for our citizens . Does this not sound like treason to you ? Is this not what is happening to the country ? Is this not what treasury looters are doing to the country?  Lets go further .These foreign countries get our money, then they turn around and tell us they are “donating $10billion for      a project”. Then we say ‘Hallelujah!! They just saved us from crisis and are helping to  develop our country ‘. But you forget that they have other billions that our corrupt officials stole from us resting in their coffers ! Do you have to be a rocket scientist to figure this out ? Now do i blame these countries ? No !! And USA has given the present administration tools to get these corrupt politicians arrested. But you have some judges that will undo the good the president is trying do in fighting this corruption.  They put them in EFCC detention for few weeks and after that nothing is heard about the cases again . You ask yourself why do you put somebody in prison that stole 50,000 Naira from his associate  and let someone that stole 100,000,000 DOLLARS from 170 million citizens  go free? By the way UK has James  Ibori  in prison . If he had been charged in a Nigerian  court, nothing would have happened to him! So who is fooling whom ? Now we are hearing that some African countries , like Togo, Benin republic and South Africa and others  are harboring some of our stolen money . And we are sitting here like lame ducks trying to play big brother. . USA would invade or destabilize a country that tries to mess up their economy because this is called ‘National interest’. And any country will be justified in protecting her national interests by any means necessary. If for example Benin Republic  is that stupid to aid and abate these thieves then we deal with the country  by any means so that it will not be a safe haven for those treasury  looters . You put a stop to that nonsense . The other countries will not allow or at least think twice before they allow the looters to bring stolen money to their countries.
I recollect sometime around 1985-1986 when a friend of mine in the Texas house of representative told me if i had some money to invest. My answer was negative since i just started practicing , working with a friend of his . He said we needed to invest in prophylactic(rubber). The information was that HIV  and  aids were going to be common and millions all over the globe were going to die from them , therefore stocks would increase in prophylactic. You see Politicians get inside information and can benefit from it . Thats what politics is all about. You get inside information before the public gets it. You are allowed to have your ‘day job’ and still work for the people, at least, in the Unites States . No problem making money legitimately. But for you to just carry money like an arm robber and put in your account ?!!Nigerian politicians just carry the money and divert into their personal accounts without any shame and dare anybody to challenge them.
We just heard about funds from oil and gas being diverted to some personal accounts , even since the present administration came  on board and saying we have to stop this nonsense called corruption . This people don’t care . This is absolutely crazy ! They are bold and the administration has to teach them a lesson .
You are to go construct a road . You took the money and don’t even try to do the job . A couple of years later , another appropriation in made for the same road ! Nobody asks what happened to the previous appropriation funds . Why? Because the crooks tie everybody’s hands so nobody can whistle blow  on them . Don’t you see that’s  why some of them always say it is selective prosecution.  So what that particular idiot is telling us is “i am guilty but why am i the only one you are charging to court”? They go further and talk about their “fundamental human rights are being violated”. What in  hell are you talking about ? You just embezzled millions of dollars ,not only Naira , from the citizens: money for hospitals to be built, money for roads, money for safe drinking water, money for power supply. Basic  human needs for the  people . You have violated their human rights. Millions have died because you embezzled the money  provided to do things that will make life a little easier for them . And you  are complaining of your rights being violated ? Are you drunk or on drugs ?
When a family financial situation changes , the head of the family makes the first sacrifice :’Ngozi, Amina, Yemi dont worry you and the kids can eat the remaining food and i will just drink some water…..’Tomorrow maybe  i can get some money from chief’. That is what a leader does. The president has said that we need to tighten our financial belt to salvage the economy of the country but some of them are talking about new cars and other frivolous things that they want and deserve! Doesn’t this  sound like treason to you , according to the above definitions ? Then they need to be charged for TREASON.
5…….According to Brazilian law, treason is the crime of disloyalty by a citizen to the Nation.
Are these groups of looters not disloyal to the country Nigeria ? Then they need to be charged for TREASON
6 “…….which comes from the verb tradere meaning ‘to hand over, betray.’If you commit treason, that’s what you do: you betray. The word is typically used to refer to the betrayal of a government or a country……”
This is very straight forward in the sense that when you are not loyal to your fatherland you are committing treason. And these treasury looters are disloyal to the citizens of Nigeria and to the country at large.
By all these definitions, these treasury looters SHOULD BE CHARGED FOR TREASON. Lets think about it , they  betray our trust, they are disloyal to the citizens and the country, they send our money to foreign countries thereby causing menace in Nigeria, they have caused several deaths because of death traps on the roads, power failure and too numerous sins to mention .
 I have said it before and i will say it again , lets put corruption in the coffin like president Buhari has advocated. The country can not say she does not have enough money to prosecute these  gloms . How can we allow the thieves to get away with their loots ? If the country does not have enough money , then we all might as well forget it and stop wasting our time about fighting corruption , not to talk of putting it in the coffin. You dont have to be involved in a coup d’tat to be charged with treason . These looters have to , i mean have TO BE CHARGED WITH TREASON.
Dr odion ojo was Edo state AD governoship candidate in 2003



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