Friday, February 3, 2017
ROMANIA SURRENDERS TO CORRUPTION, AS A FAULTY SYSTEM WINS.
Icheoku says in 1989 Romanian people rose up against their leader Nicholae Ceausescu and killed him alongside his wife Elena Ceausescu for corruption among a litany of other crimes of his despotism. Twenty eight long years later, the government in Bucharest have legitimized corruption and you wonder what lesson did they learn from the fate which befell Ceausescu. Query, should the Ceausescus have been killed for corruption if the result is for his subsequent successors in office to turn around and become as corrupt as he was, if not more.
To add insult to injury, the corrupt Romanian politicians have now legalized corruption and said it is okay to demand and accept or take bribes, provided you do it in parchments or tranches but not in one fell swoop. According to their warped narrative, accepting any amount in corrupt proceeds must not exceed $40,000 at once; thus technically making it okay to accept $1 million provided it is spread out in 250 installments. ICHEOKU says it defies every rhyme and reason that any country would adopt corruption as an official policy of state, regardless of how permeated corruption may have become in the Romanian society. At least the government would have continued with its lip service approach to fighting corruption, but to go out of its way to so brazenly embrace corruption telegraphs a very wrong message and it is condemnable and ICHEOKU hereby condemns it as unbecoming of any civilized society.
A country where minimum wage is among the least in the world; where people are still finding it difficult to make ends meet and poverty is still one of the highest in continental Europe, but its political class finds it classy to glorify such a criminal misbehavior of official corruption, making the misconduct of bribery no longer illegal. What a mind boggling blow to the effort to bring the country up to date and in conformity with civilized behavior and tame its corruption. It is unbelievable that in a country where 1,170 cases were prosecuted and damages worth $1.07 recovered just within only three years, its politicians are giving impetus to this malady. ICHEOKU agrees with Romania President Klaus Iohannis that the adoption of the pro-corruption measure is a mourning for the rule of law, which has received a grave blow from the enemies of justice. ICHEOKU agrees too that such open adoption of corruption would greatly encourage the abusive behavior of public workers, dishonesty, and immorality within the Romanian society. What a people who in short owes the Ceausescu apology.