Few hours ago, the Attorney General of Israel, Avichai Mandelblit, formally charged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a series of corruption cases. According to the indictment, “Netanyahu accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars of champagne and cigars from billionaire friends, offered to trade favors with a newspaper publisher and used his influence to help a wealthy telecom magnate in exchange for favorable coverage on a popular news site.” The Prime Minister had denied them.
Without going into the details of the merit or otherwise, the very fact that an AG can move against a Prime Minister this way for justice is a practical demonstration of why some nations continue to rise while Nigeria continues to carry its national demo – corruption. The cases against Mr. Netanyahu are so commonly practiced here that if we execute similar legal system, they will use the national budget to expand the prisons for the LGA, state and federal politicians!
Receiving cigars, favorable coverage on a newspaper and favours – yes, those are charges against a prime minister. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo and Ahmadu Bello would be rolling in their graves on what they missed in architecting the foundation of Nigeria.
Israel’s attorney general on Thursday formally charged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a series of corruption cases, throwing the country’s paralyzed political system into further disarray and threatening the long-time leader’s grip on power.
Capping a three-year investigation, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit charged Netanyahu with fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in three different scandals. It is the first time a sitting Israeli prime minister has been charged with a crime.
I watched the prime minister’s rebuttal and I could not believe it was a prime minister responding. Simply, the Israel nation is bigger than any person.