Thursday, February 12, 2015

Jonathan Explains What He Meant By ‘ Stealing Is Not Corruption ’

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday clarified what he
meant by stealing is not corruption, saying he was quoted
out of context.
Responding to questions during a presidential media chat on
Wednesday, the President explained that the remark flowed
from a discussion he had with a former chief justice of the
federation, who told him of how he had to distinguish
straight acts of stealing from other forms of corruption he
acted upon.
“People who told you I said stealing is not corruption did not
tell you I said stealing is good.
That is why philosophers say that the primary reason
people disagree is because people use one statement to
explain two typical things or vice versa.
“I made that statement because I quoted the former Chief
Justice of Nigeria, Mustapha, (when) I called a meeting
then, with the anti-crime organisations and the judiciary.
“The CJN, Mustapha decided to take a look at the files that
dealt with corruption and more than 80 per cent of them
were just cases of stealing. But people use corruption to
cover all. What I am saying is that let us go to the South-
West and go to a typical community and they look at you
and say this man is corrupt, people will be looking at you.
But call that same man “ole”, that is thief, and see what will
happen to him. Our people hate thieves more than corrupt
people, yet most times, we use corruption to cover the

“A thief should be called a thief and treated as such. In my
village, when an adult steals, they strip him unclad,
humiliate him and his family, but if you say this man is
corrupt, they won’t know what you are talking about. We are
using corruption to cover it all up.
“So, let us communicate properly. It was not me that said it,
I quoted Mustapha. He examined the corruption cases and
he saw that they were just cases of stealing.
“We are identifying thieves; we can talk about what the
agencies are doing. We have made more convictions in this
period than before. But I always say that the answer is not
convicting more people. We must make sure that they don’t
steal. Do not put the money where they can steal it. That is
what we are doing.”

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