The Deputy Whip, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mrs. Omotayo Oduntan, on Thursday supported the Senate on its proposed capital punishment for kidnappers in the country.
Oduntan (APC-Alimosho II) at the House stated this at a media parley held at the Assembly Complex in Ikeja, Lagos, while reacting to the Senate’s prescription of death penalty for kidnappers.
The lawmaker, who decried the rising cases of kidnapping, said such step would deter many young people from engaging in the crime.
“I am in support of capital punishment for the kidnappers; it will serve as deterrent to many who thought the crime is a way to make cheap money. It will reduce the rate of criminality. 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 embezzled 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 that line. Criminality and corruption will reduce with capital punishment. It is not normal to embezzle money that is meant for generation and the generations to come,” Oduntan said.
She, however, urged the Federal Government to provide jobs for citizens, stressing that the kidnappers saw the menace as a quick means of getting money.
Oduntan, who was the former Vice Chairman, Alimosho Local Government Area, urged women in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari to show example of good character, honesty and integrity in governance.
According to her, all efforts must be made to ensure that masses experience change in their socio-economic life.
She said: “I will advise all women in position of authority to be fair to people, be honest, be a good example 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 Edo Assembly crisis and emergence of Mrs Elizabeth Ative, a female lawmaker as the Speaker, Oduntan urged the new Speaker to ensure that she made a good impact and leave a good legacy.
Besides, the legislator urged the rich in the country to help the poor masses come out of hardship and suffering.
She urged Nigerians to be patient with the President, expressing optimism that the economy will improve for the betterment of all.
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