• Friday, March 01, 2024
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Selective fight against corruption is better than no fight

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Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was president for five years and he had the powers to probe any previous regime but decided not to. That was his style and his style must be respected.

President Muhammadu Buhari has the powers to probe any previous regime and if he decides to probe the immediate past regime, we must respect his decision and style.

What we should oppose is the idea of innocent Nigerians being persecuted and prosecuted for what they didn’t do.

President Buhari needs money to fulfil his campaign promises and if he has credible information that certain individuals have hundreds of millions of dollars or several billions of naira or dollars in their personal accounts just because they held political offices, he should go after them, retrieve the monies and jail them. This will set in motion a new way of doing things where politicians will know beforehand that they could be jailed when they leave office for looting and stealing our collective wealth.

Nigerians cannot be dying in different hospitals from malaria, civil servants with families being owed several months, tomatoes and other foodstuffs out of the reach of the common man, yet individuals that probably didn’t have up to N100,000 in their bank accounts now have over N150 million, for example, and you are talking of witch-hunt.

Any Nigerian that stole money and is accusing anyone of witch-hunting is akin to an arrested armed robber claiming that the state commissioner for police targeted him since the police have not arrested all the armed robbers in the state. Defending a thief is wrong and can never be justified or defended.

Afam B. C. Nnaji