Charly Boy says the only way corruption can be effectively tackled is by making the crime a treasonable offence.
The entertainer, real name Charles Oputa, described corruption as murder in disguise while noting that majority of Nigerians are at the mercy of a “few politician”.
Charly Boy said this Thursday during a news conference organised by the “Occupy Unlimited” group, a civil society group advocating for good governance and a corruption-free society.
“Corrupt leadership has been killing ordinary Nigerians slowly and steadily over the years,” said Charly Boy, national coordinator of the group.
“It is time to properly define it as ‘murder in disguise’, and treat as treasonable offence against our dear country.
“Over 180 million people are surviving at the mercy of few politicians who have mastered the art of creating division among her own people through religion, ethnicity, corruption, and frivolous issues.
Charly Boy said the death penalty should be applied on all politically-corrupt persons if Nigeria is serious about getting majority of its population out of economic hardship.
The singer said Nigeria would be better off emulating the likes of China and Pakistan, where corruption attracts capital punishment.
While noting that “corruption is hiding under the immunity clause to loot and plunder”, he called for a review of the clause.
“This is a process of holding politicians accountable not only to their promises, but in their service to the Nigerian nation. The mass protest will begin at the Unity Fountain in Abuja down to the National Assembly.
“We are a coalition of ordinary Nigerians from different parts of the country, with no political affiliations; we believe in the interest of our country. We also believe strongly in the fight against corruption by President Muhammadu Buhari.”
Charly Boy announced that the Occupy Unlimited Group will stage a peaceful protest against corruption in the Federal Capital Territory on November 15.