Organised labour- the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress-at the beginning of the week said looters should be given the death sentence in order to serve as deterrence to others.
Labour said it was only by killing looters that the anti-corruption crusade being championed by President Muhammadu Buhari could succeed.
But most governors, who reacted to the labour suggestion on Thursday, said the death sentence would be too harsh.
Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun said he would rather.....canvass that looters be sentenced to life imprisonment, rather than the death sentence prescribed by the organised labour.
Amosun said this while addressing the state workers who had marched to the Oke Mosan state secretariat in Abeokuta to give their backing to Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade.
The state chapters of the NLC and TUC organised the rally.
His counterpart in Plateau State, Simon Lalong, also said he would rather prefer life imprisonment to death penalty.
Also both governors of Ekiti and Rivers states, Ayodele Fayose and Nyesom Wike respectively, out rightly rejected death penalty for looters.
Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State said he was comfortable with whatever the people want in relation to punishment for looters.
Mimiko, who spoke through his information commissioner, Kayode Akinmade, said if it was the wish of the people of the country that looters should be killed by law, “so be it’’ but that the process of law must be followed in carrying out such executions.
He said, “We are not under a military rule; this is democracy and we have constitution that we follow. If it is put in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, irrespective of whether you are a governor or not, so be it. If that is what Nigerians want, it is okay.
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