Just as Nigerians are expressing worries over President Muhammadu Buhari’s methods of fighting corruption, a 70-year-old member of parliament in China identified as Bai Enpei has been sentenced to death for graft. Enpei, who was accused of receiving bribes, is the latest official to be punished for graft under a campaign launched by President Xi Jingping. The former senior legislator with China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress, was accused of taking ‘a huge amount of bribes’ and holding excessive assets with unidentified sources.
China began investigating Enpei for graft in August 2014 and he was expelled from the Communist Party of China by the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) in January 2015. The CCDI investigation found that Enpei took advantage of his post to seek profits for others and accepted “a huge amount in bribes.” State-run Xinhua news agency reported that as part of Enpei’s punishment, his political rights have been withdrawn for life and had all his personal property have also been confiscated. Enpei has been sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve. The China example may explain to Nigeria how to tackle corruption with zeal and also follow due process.