By Dipo Awojobi – The Deputy Whip of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Omotayo Oduntan on Thursday supported the Nigerian Senate on its plan to make a law that would prescribe capital punishment for kidnappers in the country.
Oduntan from Alimosho Constituency II in the House made the remark at a media parley held at the Assembly Complex in Ikeja, Lagos, while reacting to the plan of the senate to support death penalty for kidnappers.
The lawmaker, who decried the rising cases of kidnapping in the country, said that such a step would deter many young people from engaging in the crime.
“I am in support of capital punishment for kidnappers says it will serve as a deterrent to many who think the crime is a way to make cheap money.
“It will reduce the rate of criminality in the country. it is not normal at all for young people who think they can make quick money through kidnapping to engage in such crime,” she said.
The lawmaker urged the National Assembly to extend same punishment to politicians who embezzle public funds to serve as deterrent to others.
“As I am in support of capital punishment for kidnappers, politicians who embezzle public money should be given the same punishment to serve as deterrent to others who might want to toe the same line.
“Criminality and corruption will reduce to the barest minimum with capital punishment. It is not normal to embezzle money that is meant for generations to come,” she said.
She, however, urged the Federal Government to provide jobs for the citizens, stressing that the kidnappers saw the menace as a means of making quick money.
The female lawmaker then urged women in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari to show example of good character, honesty and integrity in governance.
According to the former Vice Chairman of Alimosho Local Government, all efforts must be made to ensure that the masses experience change in their socio-economic life.
She said, “I will advise all women in position of authority to be fair to people, to be honest, and be good examples to other women.
“They (women politicians) should be mirror of courage, good character, honesty and let them be committed to lift the common man in the streets.”
Reacting to the crisis in Edo State House of Assembly and the emergence of Hon. Elizabeth Ative, a female lawmaker as the Speaker of the House, Oduntan urged her to ensure she makes a good impact and leave behind a good legacy.
The lawmaker urged the rich in the country to help the masses come out of hardship and suffering.
She also advised the citizens to be patient with the President, and expressed optimism that the economy would improve for the better soon.