Most Nigerians would definitely agree with Elder statesman, Yusuf Maitama-Sule who has suggested that government officials who have been convicted of looting public funds should be banned from partaking in partisan politics or hold public office.
Speaking to News Agency of Nigeria in Kano, on Sunday, September 18, the former Minister for National Guidance said such can only be viable if a law which bars looter from serving public office can be initiated and passed by the National Assembly. He said:
“This will be possible when there is a law to back it and we hope the law will be enacted soon to support the idea.”
Maitama-Sule commended the efforts of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), adding that government officials are now afraid to make mistakes or commit any crime in public officer.
“EFCC has done extremely well in the discharge of its responsibilities so far, as there are a lot of recovered looted funds now.
“But the biggest challenge for EFCC is that it can investigate but it does not have the power to spend money and utilise it for other purposes.”
In his opinion, the EFCC should be authorized to utilize monies recovered from looters. He also commended President Buhari for restoring peace in Nigeria.
“We have to thank God Almighty for the peace that has since been restored in the country and we will continue to pray for its sustenance. No meaningful development can be achieved in any country without peace and even the ‘most diehard cynics’ know that President Buhari has done well in terms of restoration of peace in the country.”