We Will Release Another List Of Looters– Lai Mohammed

By Ikenga Chronicles April 16, 2018

We Will Release Another List Of Looters– Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government said that the battle lines have been drawn with alleged public treasury looters.

In a statement, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said that not even the antics of the hack writers and the threat of litigation will prevent the government from releasing more names of the alleged looters.

Mohammed noted that since the release of the first two lists, corruption has been fighting back. He explained that the governmennt has been facing overt and covert intimidation and blackmail.This, he however said, was not enough to deter the government from going ahead to release more names.

The Minister further stressed that it was the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that dared the government.

“Hack writers have inundated the social and traditional media with articles casting aspersion on the lists, while some newspapers have even resorted to writing editorials against the Federal Government over the release of the lists. Most of the write-ups have accused the government of politicising the anti-graft war by releasing the lists. We strongly disagree with them.

”We do not have the power to try or convict anyone. That is the exclusive preserve of the courts. But we have the power to let Nigerians know those who turned the public treasury into their personal piggy banks, on the basis of very concrete evidence, and that is what we are doing,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed said the government has always known that corruption will fight back, fast and furious, hence it is not surprised at the hiring of hack writers to attack the very idea of naming and shaming the looters, or the hysterical threats of litigation

”All the fuss about politicising the anti-corruption fight is aimed at preventing the government from releasing more looters’ names and at the same time muddling the waters. But 1,000 negative write-ups or editorials will not deter us from releasing the third and subsequent lists. For those who have chosen to give succour to looters, we wish them the best of luck with their new pastime,” he said.

The Minister said the pressure being mounted on the government over its decision to expose looters is not unexpected, adding: “We know where the pressure is coming from. However, the die is cast. We will not stop until we have released the names of all those who have looted our commonwealth. Those who have not looted our treasury have nothing to be afraid of.”

He challenged anyone who feels that he or she has been wrongly accused to seek redress in court, rather than engaging in exhibitionist sophistry.

Alhaji Mohammed also reminded Nigerians that it was the PDP that dared the Federal Government into releasing the list of PDP looters, hence the argument that the list only contained the names of PDP members falls short without proper contextualisation.

“We are not underestimating the desperation of the looters, but we wish to assure Nigerians who are justifiably outraged at the mindless plundering of the nation’s wealth also of our determination not to back down. Nigerians must know those who have wrecked the country and mortgaged the future of their children,” Alhaji Mohammed added.

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