by Abdulbaq Jari Katsina,
Expectations are high that after swearing in of General Muhammad Buhari he will carry out a thorough investigation of former administrations especially Jonathan administration with special interest to looking into; 20 billion missing funds, power privatization, NNPC, etc. That is a constitutional duty and a moral responsibility. Looking into how power shortage, fuel scarcity, and public funds are looted, launching an investigation I believe will be for the sake of Nigeria.
But carrying out an investigation, referring the matter to court; the trial, examination, reexamination and passing of verdict will take long time. Perhaps some cases may even go beyond four years, that is to say exhausting the first tenure. The looters will of course hire the best lawyers to defend them. It is also possible that some of them may scout free as court only defend on material evidences and what the lawyers will say and present. Nigerians and the incoming government cannot afford to wait that longer.
The government cannot have a better way of regaining the stolen funds without taking the long, uncertain way. This was once done by a country in southern America. The government has all the agencies: ICPC, EFCC, DSS, Police, interpol etc, working for her. Other government agencies and private sectors like the banks will be there to help willingly or unwillingly. The government can use that to identify all the looters, their associates, wives, children etc, what they have in their accounts both in Nigeria and abroad, their assets and everything. The government will then request their account frozen. Thereafter they will be contacted with all the details about them, and they will be advised to return the looted money. The government can promise them protection if they refund the money. That way, the government can have all the money (over $6 trillion) to do all the good work it promised to Nigerians. Of course, some of them their sins can only be washed in prison, those that looted security funds that resulted Into the death of soldiers and innocent citizens of Nigeria will only be forgiven in hell. Things must be set right for Nigeria to develop.
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Comrade Abdulbaq Jari Katsina,