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Returning Stolen Funds Without Being Sanctioned Is Worse Than Looting – Tunji Braithwaite

by on November 30, 2015
 

Tunji Braithwaite has described the anti-corruption crusade of  the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government as corruption itself. Stating that the president was only pampering corrupt politicians.

Tunji Braithwaite said allowing the corrupt government officials to return stolen funds without being tried was a bigger crime than the act of stealing the funds.

He said, “It is a crime against the state for anybody to steal public funds. Returning stolen funds quietly without being sanctioned is even worse than the crime of stealing the money”.

“Buhari is pampering those corrupt leaders by just obtaining looted funds and not jailing them. With all the bragging and the promises he made during the campaign, we expected that his war against corruption will be rootless”.

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“These public thieves carted away our national assets and in the process, impoverished many Nigerians. Corruption is also responsible for the infrastructural decay we are experiencing. The roads are bad and many Nigerian youths cannot find jobs”.

“I think it is morally reprehensible for any government to let those returning stolen funds to go scot-free. Buhari must mention their names and stop pampering them. Corruption has robbed us of valuable infrastructure and the opportunity to develop as a country”.

 “I once had a similar case and the criminals were convicted while the stolen funds were traced and recovered. So it is possible to recover stolen funds and prosecute those involved. He should prosecute the thieves, trace the stolen funds and enforce restitution of the public resources. Not mentioning their names is tantamount to pampering them.”

Omolara Adegoke- Abuja

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