Senator Dino Melaye has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to give presidential pardon and amnesty to treasury looters .
In a statement on Sunday, Melaye, who is the chairman, Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), said this action will ensure quick recovery of such funds.
“Though an unrepentant advocate for integrity and forthrightness especially from public office holders, I however sincerely want to recommend that Mr. President grants Presidential Amnesty/Pardon to all those who looted our treasury provided they return all proceeds of their loot to the government within six (6) months of the declaration of the Amnesty.”
Adding that, “at the expiration of the six months’ ‘Moratorium’, all those who failed to comply would then be made to face the reality of aggressive and expeditious prosecution and eventual jail terms for convicts in accordance with the laws of the land.”
He also stated that asides encouraging voluntary return of looted funds, granting presidential pardon/amnesty to looters will also empower the government financially to immediately commence the implementation of projects and programmes that will stimulate the economy, raise the peoples’ standard of living and save the judiciary and law enforcement agencies the agony of fruitlessly pursuing looters in and out of the courtrooms.
“In the long run, this would be a win-win situation for both the government and people of Nigeria,” he added.
Senator Dino Melaye also suggested the removal of ‘His Excellency and Distinguished’ from the names of the president, vice president, governors and senators respectively.
According to him, “No Senator should continue to answer ‘Distinguished’ until the masses of the people begin to experience a ‘distinguished’ existence and no Federal or state Legislator should wear the badge of ‘Honourable Member’ until the ordinary citizen is himself living a life that can be classified ‘honourable’ in every material particular.”