A former Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Nduese Essien, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to publish names of treasury looters who had returned the country’s stolen funds.
Essien, who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday, in Eket, Akwa Ibom State stated that publishing the names of the looters will make more impact in the fight against corruption.
The ex-minister said, “President Muhammadu Buhari should publish those names that have willingly returned stolen wealth or those who have been forced to return stolen money.
Essien said that the sum of money that has been returned, where it is paid into and its ultilisation should also be made known to the public.
“We don’t want a situation where money is returned and we don’t know where the money has gone to,” he said.
Essien lauded the government’s anti-corruption war, saying that it had made people to sit up.
He however called on the government to ensure that recovered fund was used to develop the country and in the interest of the masses, who had been deprived.
“People are now afraid of indulging in corrupt activities for fear of being investigated after leaving office,” he said.
He expressed optimism that the anti-corruption war would work under Buhari, because he would not condone corrupt practices, adding that the war should be extended to persons working in the Presidency.
“Anti-corruption crusade is not supposed to hinge entirely on the past; it should also prevent those who are working with the President presently from getting involved in corrupt activities,’’ he said.