ANY corrupt politician who thinks that he or she can get away with the ill-gotten wealth had better be ready to refund or face the music. Nasir El-Rufai, governor-elect of Kaduna State and former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, said on Tuesday, May 12, that the incoming government of Muhammadu Buhari would ask corrupt politicians to return every kobo stolen by them or be ready to go to jail.
He, however, assured those (politicians) who were not corrupt that they had no cause to fear. El-Rufai said the measure had become imperative because the incoming All Progressives Congress-led government would be in a dire financial strait on assumption of office. “We will politely ask those who stole government money to return the funds. This is because the people, who are in government now, are there to work for themselves. But the APC government is made up of people who are ready to work for the masses and the betterment of the country,” he said.
The governor-elect who hosted executive members of the National Union of Textile Garments and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, in Kaduna, said that politicians who looted the treasury must be ready to return all the ill-gotten funds after May 29.
The former minister, who decried the poor state of the textile industry in Kaduna State, gave an assurance that his administration would revamp it. “We will work with the textile unions to ensure that the lives of the average Nigerians get better.”
Speaking earlier, Oladele Hunsu, president of the union, recalled el-Rufai’s feat as minister of the FCT and urged him to take steps towards reviving the textile industry.
— May 25, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT