Buhari, Orji Uzor Kalu, And Sowore: The Failure Of Blackstone Ratio

By Ikenga Chronicles December 6, 2019

Buhari, Orji Uzor Kalu, And Sowore: The Failure Of Blackstone Ratio

— Dr. Vitus Ozoke

Buhari’s government may indeed be lacking in any organizing moral and philosophical compass. Just what is the central core of this government? How does the same government that sends Orji Uzor Kalu to prison for 12 years for corruption, and receives popular applause, turn around, on the same day, to attempt to rearrest Omoyele Sowore in court after it has been ordered to release him from a 124-day illegal detention?

With that latter action, whatever political capital and goodwill the government garnered from Orji Uzor Kalu’s imprisonment vanished completely. It clearly shows that this government is not guided by any set of consistent and coherent policy values and dictates. Its random acts of courage are almost instantly countered with, and erased by, inexplicable deeds of tyrannical cowardice. You cannot be serious about fighting corruption at the same time you are determined to muzzle up free speech and shred rule of law.

And even from a strategic perspective, what paid moron in the corridors of Aso Rock offered the advice to engage in these two conducts on the same day, and within little space and distance of each other? Not that you should do it, but if, in your obsession with self-destructing unforced errors, you have chosen to shoot yourself in the foot, could you not have waited for a later time as you continue to bask in the current glory of Orji Uzor Kalu’s significant and consequential imprisonment?

By attempting to rearrest Sowore in court, in what has since become clear as a blatant act of executive impunity, you have succeeded in dislodging and displacing the Kalu story from trending news headlines, and replacing it with Sowore’s. That is not the behavior of a well-organized government. You cannot successfully navigate this behemoth of a ship called Nigeria by lunging through random acts of chaos and confusion. Anti-corruption is not just what you do, it is how and when you do it. The worst form of corruption is the absence of self-discipline – that discipline that keeps you from gratuitously hurting yourself.

Benjamin Franklin, extending the Blackstone Ratio, from 10:1 to 100:1, insisted that it was better that a hundred guilty persons should escape punishment than have one innocent person suffer. It does not matter how many Orji Uzor Kalus you send to prison if you cannot obey court orders and stop harassing Omoyele Sowore. If sending the Orji Uzor Kalus of this world to prison and freeing Omoyele Sowore present a moral conundrum, then, by all means, cut everybody loose. Enough of this silly contradictions. They are confusing.