IMPUNITY! That seven-letter word, according to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, “arises from a failure by States to meet their obligations to investigate violations; to take appropriate measures in respect of the perpetrators, particularly in the area of justice, by ensuring that those suspected of criminal responsibility are prosecuted, tried and duly punished; to provide victims with effective remedies and to ensure that they receive reparation for the injuries suffered; to ensure the inalienable right to know the truth about violations; and to take other necessary steps to prevent a recurrence of violations”.
In Nigeria, many of our leaders have indulged in acts of impunity despite the fact that all and sundry especially the elite decry it. Suffice it to say that impunity is costing Nigeria so much politically, socially, economically and otherwise. This realisation must have prompted Niyi Osundare, a professor of English and the latest Nigerian National Merit Award winner, to opine that impunity is the biggest problem in Nigeria now.
How? Find out in the two-hour interview Realnews editors had with Osundare who dissected the various topical national issues plaguing the nation. In his very frank and fearless manner Osundare fired broadsides at all the known and unknown enemies of the country including the Ivory Tower where he belongs, all in the hope to get Nigerians see sense and change for the better. The interview, which is the cover story for this week’s edition of Realnews is entitled: “Nigerian Politicians are Thieves – Osundare”. You will enjoy reading it.
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— Jan. 26, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT