[Lagos]–Former Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, Human Rights lawyer and activist, Festus Keyamo, among others have lauded the anti corruption battle by President Muhammadu Buhari, describing it as a good omen and an effective tool for fighting corruption.
While Keyamo said on Sunday in Lagos that the various revelations about money stashed and abandoned in some places were the positive effect of the whistle blowing, the former Minister of Education disclosed in Sokoto, on Monday that efforts by the president to fight corruption in all its ramifications is good for Nigeria.
Shekarau, the chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), however, cautioned against selective justice in the anti corruption war, called for improved funding of the nation’s security agencies and also canvassed support for the agricultural sector through the reintroduction of commodity boards in the country.
“Anybody, who gets any money fraudulently should be arrested, thoroughly investigated and prosecuted.
“I am a strong advocate of anti corruption fight, as I set up an anti corruption and public complaints commission in Kano State in 2005.
“Nobody should be above the law in this direction; there should also be respect, adherence and respect for the rule of law.
”You are innocent until you are proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt,” the former minister said.
“Food security is next to nothing and any nation that fails to provide it remains weak and vulnerable”, he added.
Keyamo, while hailing the initiative behind the Whistle blowing programme, said that people are now contributing to the success of the anti corruption fight, but he recommended that the judicial structures should be strengthened to boost the success of the fight.
“People are now ready to blow whistle, the populace now have confidence in assisting the government to fight corruption through whistle blowing.
“The war against corruption which seemed to be lost is now turning back to a win situation and revival for the country. The only warning is that we are not yet there but we have taken a huge step forward.
“Whistle blowing is very good and everybody is now a watchdog. I commend the policy, a situation whereby everybody can raise alarm and also alert the Economic Financial and Crime Commission.
“We are gradually winning but we are not there yet as there are many things to be done in this regard,’’ he said.
“The second part of the anti-corruption fight is that we must strengthen the arm of prosecution if we don’t want corruption cases as an exercise in futility.
“The investigative part of the alleged crime must be diligent so that by the time people are taken to court, the case is solid enough and it will be easy for the prosecution to do the job.
“In most cases, by the time the case gets to the prosecutor, the case is hazardly done. But on the other way round, investigation should have been properly carried out and prosecutor will do his part.
“Investigation must be thorough before it gets to the prosecutors, it is important that investigations are well sorted out so that the prosecution becomes easy,” he said.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg