Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja
The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has cautioned the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, not to appoint into his cabinet persons, who have corruption indictments hanging over them, saying that such appointments would be counterproductive. CNPP also warned members of the National Assembly not to elect such persons as leaders of the Complex. CNPP gave the warning yesterday in an emailed statement signed by its Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu.
The group further advised that those with known links to extremism and purveyors of hate speech must also not be rewarded with federal positions. CNPP noted that it is appalling that that persons, who have been indicted for corruption in the past, are in the forefront of those that are jostling for positions. It further added that persons, who have been linked to the insecurity bedevilling the nation, have also shown interests in occupying sensitive positions at the federal level. “We know that indictment does not constitute conviction, but it is only fair that such indicted persons should also be acquitted by the law courts before snatching up position that will basically leave above the law for the duration of their tenure.
This position is necessitated by the fact that these characters had earlier used their positions to frustrate their trial for the corruption that took place under their watch in the positions they earlier held. “Nigerians must warn these men to stay away from the positions they are jostling for as their occupation of these posts will only frustrate the fight against corruption that Nigerians are now committed to. It will also frustrate the ‘change’ agenda of the new government, given that there is no way a person, who has evaded standing trial for corruption, would willingly support the stamping out of corruption.