SERAP, CACOL Back Soyinka’s ‘Hall Of Shame’
The Socio-Economic Right and Accountability Project, SERAP, has thrown its weight behind Nobel Laurette, Wole Soyinka’s call for the setting up of a Hall of Shame.
Recall that the professor, while delivering his speech during the conferment of the national award on late chief MKO Abiola, Kingibe and Gani Fawehinmi had said President Muhammadu Buhari’s government should set up the Hall of Shame for corrupt past leaders and politicians the same way he had started a Hall of Fame for those who had contributed to the nation’s development.
“As we inaugurate hall of fame, we should inaugurate hall of shame on another hand.
“Hall of Shame should be in line with Hall of Honours. Many unsung heroes and heroines.The torture, dehumanizing of Nigerians were horrendous,” Soyinka had said.
SERAP, in its reaction by its Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, said it was in support of Soyinka’s call, stating that the call made a lot of national sense.
Mumuni, said, “I believe that as we have incorporated honours for those who have done us proud. We should also have a Hall of Shame where it will be documented that some persons have looted our treasury blindly.
“The call of Soyinka to me is very timely and it makes a whole lot of national sense.”
Similarly, a civil society organisation, the Centre for Anti-Corruption said corrupt leaders should not be glorified even after justice has been served but be put to shame.
A statement by its Director, Debo Adeniran read, “We should have the name, shame, and nail corrupt leaders policy everywhere and every time. It is to serve as a deterrent to other young and aspiring leaders.
“Corrupt leaders should not return from jail and be welcomed into their community as we saw in Delta State.
“Basically, Soyinka’s call is a good way to go and it will deter political leaders from going the way of unbridled corruption and looting.”