Senator Dino Melaye of the ruling All Progressive Congress, (APC), and represents Kogi West Senatorial District has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to grant presidential pardon and amnesty to treasury looters .
“Though an unrepentant advocate for integrity and forthrightness especially from public office holders, I however sincerely want to recommend that Mr. President grant Presidential Amnesty/Pardon to all those who looted our treasury provided they return all proceeds of their loot to the government within six (6) months of the declaration of the Amnesty,” the Chairman of the Senate Committee on FCT, said in a statement on Sunday.
“This, I believe will encourage the voluntary return of the the looted funds, empower the government financially to immediately commence the implementation of projects and programmes that will stimulate the economy and raise the peoples’ standard of living, and save the judiciary and other law enforcement agencies the agony of fruitlessly pursuing the looters in and out of the courtrooms.
“In the long run, this would be a win-win situation for both the government and people of Nigeria,” he added, “at the expiration of the six months’ ‘Moratorium’, all those who failed to comply would then be made to face the reality of aggressive and expeditious prosecution and eventual jail terms for convicts in accordance with the laws of the land.”
According to the senator, ‘His Excellency and Distinguished’ should be removed from the names of President, Vice president, Governors and Senators respectively. ”
“In this regard, I recommend that henceforth no President, Vice President, Governor, or Deputy Governor should answer the name ‘His Excellency’ until the material condition of ordinary Nigerians has also become ‘Excellent’.
No Senator should continue to answer ‘Distinguished’ until the the masses of the people begin to experience a distinguished existence and no Federal or state Legislator should wear the badge of ‘Honourable Member’ until the ordinary citizen is himself living a life that can be classified Honourable in every material particular,” he suggested.