The Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Bauchi state, Alhaji Bashir Rimi-Zaya has advised President Muhammadu Buhari against sending those accused of looting the public treasury to jail, stressing that they should be allowed to continue living with the terrible shame they brought upon themselves.
Making this call on Saturday during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi, the state capital, he however requested that all public funds stolen by corrupt officials should be recovered from them.
Rimi-Zaya expressed support to the President on the fight against corruption and efforts at recovering stolen funds, saying “retrieve the loots from the looters but don’t prosecute or send them to jail.
“Anyone who has stolen public fund, even if it is me, should return the exact amount to the public treasury.
“But, I am begging Buhari to set the looters free and allow them to continue to live in terrible shame they have brought to themselves.”
The PDP chieftain further expressed satisfaction with the judiciary in the handling of corruption cases but cautioned that the government should be discerning in some of the matters.
“We all know that there are good judges and good lawyers, and there are bad judges and lawyers, therefore, Buhari should ensure that corrupt cases are sent to credible judges and lawyers,” he stated.