By Ajibola Abayomi,
April 6, 2018.
The Campaign for Democracy (CD) has declared that the recently release list of looters by the Federal Government was incomplete and laced with political bias.
In a statement signed by the General Secretary of the group, Comrade (Evangelist) Ifeanyi Odili, CD noticed with dismay the attempt by the Federal Government to display transparency by releasing a long list of Nigerians suspected to have stolen public money and are currently undergoing trial.
Odili noted that though the list was commendable on the surface but when examined in its entirety, it was completely jaundiced by a sheer display of insincerity.
He said the CD observed with dismay that all the people that had been picked up at one time or the other over corruption allegations were members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The statement in parts reads thus:
“But we also observed that once these people renounced their membership of the PDP and cross over to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, they automatically become saints. All charges against them will either be promptly dropped or technically frustrated by the anti-graft agencies that brought up the charges.
“A particularly appalling case is the several cases of corruption leveled against the immediate past Executive Secretary/Chief Operating Officer of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), who was being investigated for alleged flagrant abuse of financial rules and regulations, executive rascality, embezzlement of public funds and monumental diversion of government funds by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offences Commission, ICPC.
“This same man, who was a former Commissioner for Health in Ekiti State was in 2016 arraigned before a Federal High Court in Lagos over an alleged payment of $2.2million Dollars without going through a financial institution.
“But the moment this man crossed over from PDP to APC, he has become a free man and he is now dictating political tunes in his Ekiti home town as he goes about with impunity.
“What do we say of the former Minister of Police Affairs, Musiliu Obanikoro? Where are the corruption charges preferred against him? Or Sulivan Chime, the former governor of Enugu State, who defected from the PDP to the APC? All their sins have been forgiven them.”
The CD demanded that in the spirit of fairness, all those facing corruption allegations must return to the courts to have their day.
“Otherwise, the anti-corruption crusade of the Buhari government is a total ruse and must Be rejected by all right-thinking Nigerians”.