By Osaigbovo Iguobaro Benin
Former governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole has advised the federal government to be ruthless with treasury looters in order to close impunity gap between the ruling class and the citizens.
He challenged the government to go after all individuals involved in the cherry-picking and financial malfeasance of Nigeria’s wealth, not to dilute the anti-corruption war of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall that the federal government through the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, recently published lists of treasury looters in the country, prompting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to threaten action in court.
Oshiomhole spoke on the sidelines of the House of Representatives member representing Ikpoba-Okha/Egor Federal Constituency in Edo state, Hon. Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma’s daughter’s wedding reception at the weekend in Benin City.
“My only complaint is that the federal government ought to go more ruthless with treasury looters because there are a lot of people who should be in court who are not there. You know among those things and even several other ones.”
He revealed that the ongoing probe into the activities of treasury looters have confirmed his cynicism then as a governor when he said certain persons who served in Goodluck Jonathan government, stole government money; adding that persistent stream of criticisms were against him.
According to him, “when I was in office, I said the kind of money they stole was huge; and it was in dollars; They hired writers to say how did I know?.
The former Organised Labour leader, urged the electorate to be circumspect in dealing with persons with bad intentions who disguise as friends just toto sway supporters personal gains.
“I am no longer a small boy, I have interrogated power practically, horizontally that we cannot be lamenting today without understanding that the treasury was boggled yesterday.
“I have said so, somebody sneaked into your kitchen whule you werd asleep and took everything out and when you wake up, he tells you, girl eh!….Secondus: ‘I am sorry, I stole the pot, in fact, I broke into the kitchen. And he cleaned his mouth. Should we continue on that part?’.
“I think the promise of democracy is that good or bad, the people have the right to know.
“It is particularly important that when that armed robber, tries to do facial surgery…some are jumping new boats to change their identities so that they can come back. No, I think the people have the right to know.
“It is not about them, but you”, he said.
The former national Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sen. Ali-modu Sheriff and the Bride’s father, Hon. Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma, had earlier counselled the new Couple on perseverance and guide against the influence of third party.