#SoundOff: ‘Stealing Is Not Corruption’ And The Stoning Of Saraki, By @FavourAfolabi

#SoundOff: ‘Stealing Is Not Corruption’ And The Stoning Of Saraki, By @FavourAfolabi

By Favour Afolabi | Op-Ed Contributor on September 25, 2015
Senate President Bukola Saraki

Former President Goodluck Jonathan once said “If you differentiated between Corruption and Stealing, the people will stone those that STEAL as the meaning of being CORRUPT might still confuse them.”

I will break it down for you – for free – Jonathan was right on his “Stealing is not Corruption” analogy – as much as both instances are similes, the interpretation in the public space especially when addressing lesser educated people in the hinterlands can carry different meanings.

Jonathan postulated that “if you called someone a THIEF, he will most likely be stoned especially in the village setting but if you told the same people someone was Corrupt, they don’t get to easily interpret it as STEALING – and can therefore not realize the enormity of the offense in question.”

It is therefore surprising to me that “even though this Saraki incident of being stoned in Ilorin justifies what Jonathan was saying, some of you are either not smart enough to realize this or being intentionally dumb” in not admitting same.

Yet, when Jonathan said this, some folks said “he was condoning and encouraging Corruption” – truly, a prophet is never appreciated in his own home.

Favour Afolabi is a political commentator who runs fbablogs.com in his spare time; and owns a real estate brokerage services company. He tweeted from @favourafolabi.

The opinions expressed in this mail are solely those of the author.


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