Chris Steven., Abuja
Against the background of revelations coming out of the ongoing investigation into the 2.1billion dollars arms deal, the leadership of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has cautioned the President Muhammadu Bharti led government not to enter into any plea bargain with anyone found guilty in the messy deal.
NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba who addressed press conference in Abuja on Tuesday on the state of the nation warned that the government should avoid the pitfalls of the past anti-corruption war in which under the technicalities of laws, high profile public officers escaped the much needed justice for their sordid behaviour in looting the public treasury.
He particularly said the revelations by the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki and his erstwhile director of finance, Shuaibu Sales were mind blogging and justify as well as reinforce the Labour movement ‘s call for capital punishment in cases of corruption in public office.
“We believe with prescription of more stringent punishment for corruption cases, few will dare to go this extent. We as a nation and people cannot continue like this, except we want to continue to be laughing stock of other nations and except we want to create a state of anarchy. Because certainly, our teeming youths and the army of the unemployed who look unto their country for their means of livelihood, will not fold their hands while a few individuals corner the National resources ” he said
Comrade Wabba who said the ongoing messy revelations on the 2.1billion dollars have vindicated the Congress ‘unqualified support for the fight against corruption noted that the federal government must also name politicians and public officers who have returned their looted funds as a way of creating more confidence in the war against corruption.
This was as he added that the amount returned should also be made public stressing that Nigerians deserve to have information concerning the anti-corruption crusade.