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Nigeria Has Remained Stagnant Because We Let Evil Go Unpunished – Ali Baba

Ace Nigerian comedian and actor, Ali Baba has hinged the “stagnation” in the country on the failure to duly punish evil.

In an Instagram post he shared on Thursday wherein he reacted to the recent arrest of notorious suspected kidnapper, Evans, and the call for his release by some sections of the society, the comedian lamented the spate of unpunished crimes in Nigeria.

He wrote: “I said it before, that we got here, where our country now stagnates, as a consequence of what we failed to do, what we allowed and a combination of all we did individually and collectively. But most assuredly, as a result of letting evils in our society go unpunished.

“Someone goes into government, owning only a bungalow, comes out after a term in office with several properties, serious balances in their domicilary accounts, several cars… yet there is no way, that official’s salaries and allowances can fund all those. And when questions are asked, it’s witch hunting. How much was your paid tax since you are the owner of all these wealth indicators? How did you make the money?

“Can you imagine some idiots are asking that a confessed kidnapper be freed? We are not talking petty thieves, who steals food to feed his family. Someone who caused families pain. Made the lives of their victims hell. And even got some killed. How do you people sleep at night? I have a friend, a commissioner in Ogun State, whose father in-law was kidnapped, ransom was demanded and paid. Yet, over 5 or 6 years on, the body of the man has not been found.

“Did you see the robbers in the Zenith bank video that went viral? How can you listen to such heartless criminals and say it’s ok to forgive. How would the family of the police officer take it? Now you know why corruption is fighting back. All those who have survived through lawlessness and illicit businesses, are the ones fighting back on behalf of corruption.

“Same goes for so-called unknown soldiers. There is a disagreement, next thing a bunch of soldiers will hop on a vehicle raze down a police station, burn down a BRT bus, shoot and maim… And this happens every now and then. Yet no heads roll. That’s why they will do it again.

“Herdsmen enter someone’s farmland. Trample on planted crops, an on going business concern. Even schools. No consequences. A legislator opens a colleague’s head with a mace. No punishment. Someone kidnaps a sitting governor and brags about it. Nothing happens to him. You embezzle pensions of elders who served Nigeria. And walk free. You burst pipelines. And get Amnesty of 1.3m monthly. What do I know…”

I said it before, that we got here, where our country now stagnates, as a consequence of what we failed to do, what we allowed and a combination of all we did individually and collectively. But most assuredly, as a result of letting evils in our society go unpunished. Someone goes into government, owning only a bungalow, comes out after a term in office with several properties, serious balances in their domicilary accounts, several cars… yet there is no way, that official's salaries and allowances can fund all those. And when questions are asked, it's witch hunting. How much was your paid tax since you are the owner of all these wealth indicators? How did you make the money? Can you imagine some idiots are asking that a confessed kidnapper be freed? We are not talking petty thieves, who steals food to feed his family. Someone who caused families pain. Made the lives of their victims hell. And even got some killed. How do you people sleep at night? I have a friend, a commissioner in Ogun State, whose father in-law was kidnapped, ransom was demanded and paid. Yet, over 5 or 6 years on, the body of the man has not been found. Did you see the robbers in the Zenith bank video that went viral? How can you listen to such heartless criminals and say it's ok to forgive. How would the family of the police officer take it? Now you know why corruption is fighting back. All those who have survived through lawlessness and illicit businesses, are the ones fighting back on behalf of corruption. Same goes for so-called unknown soldiers. There is a disagreement, next thing a bunch of soldiers will hop on a vehicle raze down a police station, burn down a BRT bus, shoot and maim… And this happens every now and then. Yet no heads roll. That's why they will do it again. Herdsmen enter someone's farmland. Trample on planted crops, an on going business concern. Even schools. No consequences. A legislator opens a colleague's head with a mace. No punishment. Someone kidnaps a sitting governor and brags about it. Nothing happens to him. You embezzle pensions of elders who served Nigeria. And walk free. You burst pipelines. And get Amnesty of 1.3m monthly. What do I know…

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