A few Nigerian politicians and Lawmakers had a lot to say about this list:
You should understand that the APC was not in power for the 16 years when the mindless looting took place. There is also what is called plea bargain whereby people return stolen money and also plead with the government not to publish their names. There are many of such cases. President Muhammadu Buhari will not protect anybody. The APC just took over power not too long ago. Maybe when the APC has left power, another government can probe the party and publish its own list – Joe Igbokwe (Publicity Secretary, Lagos APC) – Uncle Joe, what does this mean? I need you to explain further.
Of course, if it is called a looters’ list, it must include everybody regardless of party affiliation. Why should it not include APC members? If it is a list of those who have stolen Nigeria’s money, then it should include everybody that stole. The argument that one party was in charge for 16 years and so should be the only one on the looters’ list is wrong. – Senator Femi Okurounmu (An ex-lawmaker)
I don’t know what the person who prepared the list is doing. What they have done is an opposition members’ looters’ list. I am sure that they are still working on the list of the looters of members of the All Progressives Congress because I cannot see any on the current list unless they are telling Nigerians that once you are an APC member and you loot, you are not a looter. Dr. Ali Ahmad (Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly)
Yes, of course. It is inherently corrupt to exclude APC members. When you do that, it is nothing but corruption. If you are shielding acts of corruption in your own house and then attacking others, it is corruption. It is the highest form of corruption because it is nepotistic and discriminatory. It also shows a lack of transparency. The excuse that the list contains only PDP members because the PDP was in power for 16 years, is nothing but pedestrian. It is a flimsy excuse.
In any case, the logic is flawed by the fact that 50 per cent of the APC consists of former PDP members who were part of the 16 years of the so-called corruption. •Akin Osuntokun (Spokesman, Coalition for Nigerian Movement)
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