I’ll support the death sentence for corruption, but only for those who steal N1 trillion, not N1 billion, Ndume adds, stressing that the corruption of politicians is “small” in comparison to those in other professions.

May 17, 2024 | Politics | 0 comments

The Senate Chief Whip, Ali Ndume, has stated that corruption in Nigerian politics is driven by the people and should not warrant severe punishment because, according to him, Nigerian politicians “steal and share with the people.”

Ndume made these remarks while discussing the distinction between corruption by politicians and others. On May 14, he appeared on Channels TV’s Politics Today to address the issue of the death penalty as a deterrent for those caught with drugs.

He argued that politicians’ corruption is relatively minor compared to other forms of corruption. “If you compare us politicians to all the corruption, it is very small. Our corruption is people-driven. If you steal, you will share it with the people. If you don’t, you won’t be re-elected. There is no reason for stealing,” he said.

Ndume continued, “I have been to the National Assembly, and I must be honest, even on TV. If the death penalty were to be included for corruption, I would support it, but not for someone who stole one million or one billion. However, someone who steals one trillion of government money should be executed.”

The senator also expressed his support for the death penalty for drug dealers. He stated, “The death penalty is the best deterrent for those caught with drugs. If you deal with drugs, you are killing people. You have destroyed lives and killed many.”

Recently, the Senate passed the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act (Amendment Bill) 2024, which prescribes the death penalty for individuals found guilty of trading in hard drugs and narcotics.

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