The Use of the Holy Bible, the Holy Qu’Ran, Juju and Others for Oath of Office: To Fight Corruption in Nigeria
Solomon A. M. Ekwenze
Anambra State University, Igbariam Campus
November 11, 2012
The rate and magnitude of corruption (official and non-official) in Nigeria now appear endemic. Many solutions have been proffered and put in place. None appear to have shown any sign of a remedy. Not minding that all the government officials entrusted with the common-weal of our people take oath of office, corruption is still a brooding omini presence in Nigeria.
On one occasion, a Nigerian took an Oath before a Juju when Oba Market was burnt down. In his oath he denied the allegation that he burnt the market. There and then, he charged the person(s) that set fire or looted the market to show up and return their loots. The arsonists and looters brought their loots in broad day light because Juju (Iyalala) was involved.
Based on the preceding paragraph, this article will expound the need and the reason why all public officials in Nigeria should swear all oaths ie the Bible, the Qu’ran, juju etc brought to them for oath before their assumption of office. No one should lead or be entrusted with the resources of our people without believing in all that the people believe in, because 'All anomalies are inadequate.' Jesus could never say 'fellow sinner' because He had no sin. Public officers should not use or manage the resources of the people they do not share the same faith with; they used their votes to win election because all believe in ONE GOD. Experience has shown that some politicians, whether Christians, Muslims or adherents of other religions go for and use charms before, during and after elections. So like General Hamurabi 'where there is no way, the people should create way'. Criticism may be either positive or negative; I accept both for writing this article. The essence of this work is therefore a timely refocus of public and scholarly attention on Oath of office and allegiance to curb the menace of corruption in Nigeria.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: oath taking, The Holy Bible, The Holy Qu'ran, Jujuworking papers series
Date posted: November 12, 2012
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