- MURIC director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, has faulted a bill seeking full amnesty for Nigerian treasury looters
- He stated that the bill seeks to take Nigeria backwards at a time when the world is applauding President Buhari’s war against corruption
- The group urged speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, to avoid soiling his name in posterity by allowing the bill to scale through a second reading
- MURIC stated that it would be highly disastrous for the nation if the bill is eventually passed into law due to the actions of the lawmakers
A proposed bill seeking full amnesty for Nigerian treasury looters has been greatly condemned by the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), which described it as “satanic”.
According to reports, Professor Ishaq Akintola, the MURIC director, on Wednesday July 4, reacted to the bill.
He stated that MURIC “is flabbergasted by the audacity of members of the House of Representatives in attempting such a headlong collision with the ongoing war against corruption”.
He further stated: “Nigeria’s lawmakers are venturing where angels fear to tread. It is provocative, shameless and luciferous”.
“Coming at a time when the country is regaining its glory in the international community as a former most corrupt country in the world, this satanic bill seeks to take Nigeria’s public officials back to the inglorious days of graft with impunity.
“It will be recalled that Nigeria was declared the Most Corrupt Country by Transparency International in the year 2001, ranked Second Most Corrupt in 2003 and Third Most Corrupt in 2004.
“Twelve years later, in May 2016 to be exact, former British prime minister David Cameron still had cause to describe Nigeria as one of the two most ‘fantastically corrupt’ countries in the world.
“It is on record that the doggedness of the Buhari administration’s war against corruption has won accolades worldwide.
“Within just one and a half years of its inception, the same Transparency International which ranked Nigeria as the world’s Most Corrupt Country moved the country to number 136 least corrupt nation out of 175 countries in its Corruption Perception Index of January 2017.
“It is most dishonorable that members of the House of Representatives now seek to undo what the Federal Government (FG) has been able to achieve in its current fight against corruption. The bill seeking amnesty for looters is a declaration of war against the Nigerian people.
“MURIC calls on the House of Representatives to stop this bill immediately.
“It must not be allowed to go through the second reading. We remind the Speaker that posterity will not forgive him if he allows this stench to soil his good name.
“Neither should the House take the docility of Nigerians for granted. National Assembly may be sitting on a keg of gun powder if it goes ahead to pass this obnoxious bill into law.”
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that based on the proposed law currently awaiting second reading in the House of Representatives, looters of Nigerian treasury may get full and complete amnesty.
The features of the proposed law will grant looters the opportunity to escape any form of probe, inquiry or prosecution after fulfilling certain conditions.
The said looter shall not be forced by any Nigerian authority to disclose source of the looted funds.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video of a Nigerians giving their opinion on how looters should be punished.