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Grant amnesty to repentant looters, says SAN

Date: 2016-04-10

Source: http://www.punchng.com/grant-amnesty-to-repentant-looters-says-san/

A former Military Administrator of Bauchi and Osun states, Col. Theophilus Bamigboye (retd.); a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mallam Yusuf Ali; and the Bishop of the Diocese of Kwara, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Dr. Olusegun Adeyemi, on Sunday urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the anti-graft agencies to ensure that the anti-corruption war was not selective.

They also advised him not to spare any corrupt person in the country, irrespective of the person’s political affiliation or status.

A former Military Administrator of Bauchi and Osun states, Col. Theophilus Bamigboye (retd.); a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mallam Yusuf Ali; and the Bishop of the Diocese of Kwara, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Dr. Olusegun Adeyemi, on Sunday urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the anti-graft agencies to ensure that the anti-corruption war was not selective.

They also advised him not to spare any corrupt person in the country, irrespective of the person’s political affiliation or status.

Bamigboye and Ali spoke during interviews with journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on the sideline of presidential/award luncheon and fund raising of the Rotary Club of Ilorin GRA.

Adeyemi spoke in an interview with journalists during the diocese’s synod at Eiyenkorin, Ilorin.

Ali, who noted that the anti-corruption campaign was going on well, advised the Federal Government to grant amnesty to corrupt people who were willing to return their loot.

He believed that this would make the recovery of stolen money easier.

Ali said, “I agree that the anti-corruption war must be holistic; holistic to the level that even those who have not been caught are tracked down. There should be amnesty; call people who you have found to have taken our money to return the money. What is important to us is how to get the money. Sending people to jail will not translate to money.

“So if you have taken our N20 and you are ready to give back N19, you can keep the N1 and we take the N19, we are still better off.”

Bamigboye, who is the President, Rotary Club of Ilorin GRA, urged Buhari and the anti-graft agencies to recover all Nigeria’s stolen money.

He said, “Of course, I support the anti-corruption war. It should be holistic. If you are a thief, you are a thief. If you are caught, you return what you have stolen. We should recover all stolen money.”

Adeyemi stated that it would be wrong for some corrupt people to be indicted and prosecuted while other corrupt people are left untouched, adding that there must not be any sacred cow in the anti-graft war.

He added that Buhari must not be cowed or afraid in his efforts to reposition the country.

Adeyemi said, “Let President Buhari always remember to call for prayers. He cannot do it alone. He was a soldier, now he is a politician, and he is somebody who is into perfection. He should not be afraid. There are many people who love forthrightness. Let us work as a single entity.”

The Deputy Governor of Kwara State, Mr. Peter Kisira, called for divine intervention in the affairs of Kwara State and in Nigeria.

Kisira, who was represented at the synod by the Permanent Secretary, Political, Cabinet and Special Services, Mr. David Adesina, urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the resuscitation of the national and state economies.

He also deplored anti-social behaviours and vices in the society and called for attitudinal change.

Kisira said, “Events of the recent past have confirmed, in no unmistakable terms, that we are already at end times. It is no longer news that insurgency, terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery, economic strangulation, poverty, youth restiveness, cultism, sexual abuse, and the likes are today the order of the day across the globe.”

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