Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari is not likely to forgive immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan and other corrupt Nigerians.
This, according to the All Progressives Congress (APC), is because of the mind-boggling level of looting of the nation’s treasury by the public officials.
PM News reports that a statement issued in Lagos by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party’s national publicity secretary, revealed that anyone who attempts, either by deeds or words, to sabotage the recovery efforts is not a patriot and deserves nothing but public reproof.
The statement read: “It is absolutely gratifying that Nigerians are vehemently opposed to the few who would rather have the government of the day turn a blind eye to the looted funds and, in their words, carry on with the process of governance.
“Truly, what sort of governance can go on if the billions of Naira in a few hands are not recovered? In the first instance, the government needs every kobo of the funds it can muster to bring about the change it has promised Nigerians.
“Secondly, leaving such hair-raising funds in the hands of the few looters is dangerous, because they can use the funds to destabilize any government.
“In fact, no one will be surprised if the looters use their dirty funds to sponsor public demonstrations against the government’s determination to recover the funds.
“Thirdly, allowing those who privatized the commonwealth to get away is offering a thumbs-up for looting. No responsible government will do that.”
The APC added that Nigerians have to be conscious of happenings as regards the stolen funds and listed the instances of the looting for public consumption.
“They and their paid hirelings have tried to employ sophistry to muddle the waters, but Nigerians are much wiser, and will not succumb to the dirty antics of the looters’ megaphones.
“3.8 trillion Naira out of the 8.1 trillion Naira earned from crude oil (2012-2015) withheld by NNPC, 2.1 billion US dollars from Excess Crude Account unaccounted for, Department of Petroleum Resources’ unremitted 109.7 billion Naira royalty from oil firms, 6 billion US dollars allegedly looted by some Ministers of the last Administration, 160 billion barrels of crude worth 13.9 billion US dollars lost between 2009 and 2012.
“15 million US dollars from botched arms deal yet to be returned to Nigeria, 13 billion US dollars? in NLNG dividends mostly unaccounted for, 30 billion Naira rice waiver?, 183 billion naira? unaccounted for at the NDDC.
“The level of looting that went on in other sectors is better imagined, hence the need for all Nigerians to rally around the Buhari Administration to recover the loots, bring the looters to justice and to put in place measures to prevent such looting in the future,”the statement read further.
Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s vice president, had recently reiterated the present administration’s commitment to ensuring that corrupt officials are brought to book.