Buhari’s Anti-Corruption Crusade Will Yield No Result–Dino Melaye

By Ikenga Chronicles November 8, 2016

Buhari’s Anti-Corruption Crusade Will Yield No Result–Dino Melaye

Controversial Kogi State Senator, Dino Melaye has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari’s famous anti-corruption crusade will be a failure if it continues to be carried out the way it is currently going.

Melaye, who accepted that the president is sincere about fighting corruption however lamented that the current way of doing it, with nobody having been convicted for close to two years, is faulty and will yield no results.Dino Melaye stated this in an interview he granted to Punch newspaper. According to him;

“The President is sincere about his corruption war. But is the approach right? He cannot say so. I want to say the approach of Mr. President in fighting corruption will yield no dividends because in the ongoing trials, no single Nigerian has been successfully prosecuted and jailed.”

Senator Melaye highlighted that because of the fact that those being prosecuted have access to huge sums of money, they can easily manipulate the judiciary, thus making it difficult for them to be convicted;

“Because of the magnitude of resources available to the looters of our national treasury, they will have a way of manipulating Nigerian courts. Most of the cases are still at the court of first instance and one year after, witnesses have not been examined and cross-examined in the courts. Then you will use two years in the court of instance, you will use another two years in the Court of Appeal and you have the Supreme Court. By that time, the President might have been out of power, money not retrieved from the looters, time and resources wasted because the Federal Government is also engaging lawyers and congesting the courts.”

He believes that the only way to get results is if amnesty is given to the looters, and a time frame given for the return of the loots. If those involved fail to do so, then an expeditious trial will then be carried out, that will ensure that they are convicted within six months;

“I believe in transparency, accountability and respect for the rule of law. But in this particular incident, I am advocating for an economic amnesty in the sense that government will invite all looters and ask them to return the loot within a stipulated period of time, for example six months. If in six months the loot is not returned, then we should have a court that will expeditiously sentence them within the shortest time possible. By so doing, it will be a win-win situation for all because ultimately, at the end of the day, we want these monies to be recovered so that they can be used for the development of this country.”

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