ABUJA: THE Transition Monitoring Group has rejected the federal government’s recent settlement with the family of late General Sanni Abacha over funds looted from the Nigerian public treasury and reportedly stashed in foreign accounts.
The rights group, in a statement by its Chairman, Ibrahim Zikirullahi, said it was “mind-boggling” that those running the Nigerian State were not making any efforts to “disguise their sleazy and rotten deals.”
“It is exasperating that functionaries of the State are beating their chests about cutting a deal with the family of a confirmed looter of the Nigerian treasury. It is a reflection of the nadir, the lowest point, to which public morality and rectitude have crashed in our country,” TMG stated.
The group viewed the settlement, which has seen the government drop criminal charges against the eldest son as affront on the sensibilities of Nigerians.
“The claimed recovery of the stolen monies is not enough. We expect the principal actors to get severe punishment commensurate to the grand scale larceny they committed.”
The group claimed that Federal Government war against corruption had become a “huge joke” with serious repercussions for Nigeria’s image.
“A settlement like this gives the impression that treasury looters can plunder public monies as they like and find smart ways to negotiate with the state to avoid the punishment due to them, while still holding on to a good chunk of the loot.”
The group raised concern at the lack of prosecution of culprits.
“A justice minister (Bello Adoke) who knows his onions would have been counting the number of jailed principal actors and their collaborators who engaged in these unforgivable acts of treasury looting,” TMG stated.
“We vehemently kick against the very idea that the state should be negotiating with confirmed treasury looters. These are people who denied ordinary Nigerians the right to education, health and other forms of basic social services because of their greed and avarice,” the group added.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY