We don’t need a loot­ers’ list

Sunday Trust - - VIEWPOINT - Joshua Li­nus wrote from Woji, Port Har­court, Rivers State.

For over one week now, the ma­jor is­sue dom­i­nat­ing dis­cuss is the loot­ers’ list which was re­leased by the Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Cul­ture, Al­haji Lai Mo­hammed. First of all, I don’t un­der­stand of what good that list is to Nige­ri­ans, if the peo­ple who looted the coun­try are not pros­e­cuted. Also, there is no ev­i­dence to show that those peo­ple on the list stole money; no court has con­victed them. There are some peo­ple who have been in court over cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tion since this ad­min­is­tra­tion as­sumed of­fice and we are yet to see the end of the trial. No­body ac­cused of cor­rup­tion since it came into power has been jailed. So, it is not about re­leas­ing a list.

This gov­ern­ment came in with the promise to fight cor­rup­tion and in fact make Nige­ria bet­ter, but we are yet to see changes, three years down the line.

If in­deed this gov­ern­ment is se­ri­ous about fight­ing cor­rup­tion, it should charge all those who have been in­dicted of steal­ing public funds to court and it should also urge the ju­di­ciary to ex­pe­dite hear­ing in the cases so that those found guilty can face the law. Also, it was ob­served that many PDP mem­bers who were hith­erto ac­cused of loot­ing and have now de­fected to the All Pro­gres­sives Congress, are not on the list. There should be no sa­cred cow in the fight against cor­rup­tion.

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