The Last Amendment And The Unknown Party (2)

(By Macdonald Amaran)

The young Nigerians I am talking about would amaze this country in 2015. Since people have refused to allow 2015 to come before they determine who gets what, let me sound the alarm: It would not be business as usual. Look around you. People are tired of all the more talk and less action, too many leaders and too little leadership. People are also not satisfied with the improvements and changes they have and are experiencing. The unknown party is the real game changer. They are very expensive, so no one will be able to afford most of them. They have a mind of their own; they can see for themselves; they know whom to choose when the time comes. They are not thugs, but intelligent young men and women. Their party is unregistered and its membership is unknown. They are Nigerians Without Party (NWP), the game changer.

…..Continued from last Friday

WE cannot really change it, but we can commence the process of change for those in their JSS1 or the age bracket of 12 since 13 seems to be gone, so they meet and lead a Nigeria, of One Nation Bound in Freedom Peace and Unity. To think that a political party whether new or old will change this country for good is a mere dream. It can become a reality if you and I are the change we want to see. The young Nigerians I am talking about would amaze this country in 2015. Since people have refused to allow 2015 to come before they determine who gets what, let me sound the alarm: It would not be business as usual. Look around you. People are tired of all the more talk and less action, too many leaders and too little leadership. People are also not satisfied with the improvements and changes they have and are experiencing. The unknown party is the real game changer. They are very expensive, so no one will be able to afford most of them. They have a mind of their own; they can see for themselves; they know whom to choose when the time comes. They are not thugs, but intelligent young men and women. Their party is unregistered and its membership is unknown. They are Nigerians Without Party (NWP), the game changer.

  They simply seek good leadership. They can see a 16-year-old girl whose height was not enough for her mouth to reach the microphone. Knowing full well you have something to offer, the world would create a stage for you.  A box was placed for the little 16 years old girl to address the United Nations. The great girl’s words went like this, ‘One pen, one book, one teacher can change the world.’ Back home our debate was whether or not we marry them at 13! How sad!

   I do know that laws have a way of dying naturally because they are against the will of the people whether the law has been existing or we want to enact it. The truth is ‘somebody’ would have to give her consent away at 13. All we need do is to check ourselves to ascertain whether or not we are that ‘somebody’. Amendments are made to correct existing or anticipated wrongs laws. Law makers are saddled with that onerous responsibility.

  Whilst we grapple with that, we may look at death penalty: to be or not to be? A principle of law states that for circumstantial evidence to ground a conviction it must be unequivocal, cogent and lead to the irresistible conclusion that the accused person committed the crime. A good case in point is Pulinus Udedibia Vs The State. My take on death penalty is simple; where a capital conviction of murder involves circumstantial evidence as its ground, which is in the absence of direct evidence, life sentence should be passed. For example, if a man comes out with a dead woman in his hand, a gun and haemorrhage all over his body from a room with one entry, neighbours who saw him heard gun shots. See Basil Akpa V. The State 2008. Also the Ron Williamson case in 1982 when Debbie Carter was raped and murdered. Ron Williamson and his friend Denis Fritz were charged in 1987 with capital murder in America. Ron was sentenced to death for an offence he did not commit (hold it please Judges, or the Jury as in the Ron case are bound by evidence adduced before them. Prosecution must discharge the moral burden of proving its case beyond reasonable doubt as required by law. Where that fails judges/ the jury is bound to acquit the accused. It is for this reason that the position exists that ‘it is better for 99 guilty persons to go scot free than for one innocent man to be convicted.’ Let me add that the rationale may be that those 99 may meet justice someday) Ron would eventually spend 11 years in Prison before the DNA testing came to his rescue and Dennis. U.S. District Court Judge Frank H. Seay as an epilogue to his decision granting a new trial ‘‘ God help us if ever in this great  country we turn our heads while those who have not had fair trials are executed that almost happened in this case’’ I Recommend Life imprisonment for circumstantially related cases.

  However, consider this scenario. In a situation where a man hails from the South, born and raised in the North, married to a South-Westerner and his two son are married, one to a Northerner and the other from the Middle Belt and his daughter is married to an Easterner all of Nigeria, with all in-laws gathered to witness the receiving of his Nobel peace prize award held in Nigeria for the first time and someone or group of persons throw a grenade in the auditorium. Unfortunately a life is lost; the culprits were apprehended, tried and convicted for murder by a court of competent jurisdiction! Would they be sentenced to life or death?  Usually you should find water in the desert aside from Oasis. But a nation has created a seaport out of a desert. Really, whatever the mind of a man can conceive, believes in his heart, Napoleon Hill said, his hands can achieve it.

  There is so much we need to do to get this country back on track. PDP APC ‘NWP’ would need to work for the good of the nation whether PDP retains power or APC wrestles it from them. And the Unknown Party, i.e. Nigerians Without Party, will play a game changing role. They are the real game changers.  In spite of the amendments made yesterday, today and the ones we may make tomorrow, they will certainly not be the last amendment.

Concluded.

• Amaran is a legal practitioner, an unpublished author/motivational speaker from Port Harcourt.

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