An Ijaw group, the Ijaw People’s Development Initiative, IPDI, in Delta State, last weekend, called on President Godluck Jonathan to grant presidential pardon to the former governor of the state, Chief James Ibori, before his exit from Aso Villa, next month.
National President the group, Mr. Austin Ozobo, in interactive with newsmen, said:
“Chief Ibori has suffered enough and there is no justification for not granting him mercy, as had been done to others.”
Ozobo said Ibori was not the only corrupt leader in the country, but unfortunately, he has undergone
indescribable hardship more than others.
“Ibori should be freed. Hundreds of persons, who stole heavily from government purse are walking freely in the streets. The continuous imprisonment of one corrupt man among a million other corrupt citizens cannot change the menace of high level corruption in the country.
‘’Ibori’s immurement could be seen as a witch-hunt and such is highly provocative and uncalled-for. The Nigerian government must quickly do something about his matter. ‘’
Vanguard reports that despite the imprisonment that Ibori is passing through, Deltans hold him in high esteem and his great achievements while in office cannot be shown disapproval by this discouragement.
‘’There should be no sacred cow among political office holders. Ibori’s case is not different, he is a victim of circumstances. Release him and let him breathe fresh air and let other corrupt public office holders be tried as well.”
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