By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar.
Former All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in Cross River, Mr. Odey Ochicha has has appealed to the federal government to grant people who stole from public funds amnesty so as to fast track the recovering of looted funds.
He made the appeal while chatting with newsmen in Calabar.
By so doing, “most of the looters will not be hiding their ill-gotten wealth from one place to another as well as living in fears”.
The new device to take this huge amount back from them to me is simple grant them amnesty. Give them three to four months for them to willingly bring them out.
“On expiration of the time, any one who fails to return his or her looted funds will face stiff punishment, he advised”.
“Tell their wives and children to persuade them to return whatsoever they may have stolen from the state treasury, he added”.
Ochicha described corruption as a “dangerous monster” which is currently militating against the growth and development of Nigeria.
According to him,”for the country to be better, the public must come all out to support the anti-corruption war.
He expressed confidence that a corrupt free Nigeria in ten years will be better than most developed countries in the world.
The APC chieftain said the effects of corruption to a nation is to that of cancer to human immune system, adding that not just stealing of public funds is corruption but as ethnicity, nepotism, selfishness, greed and godfatherism are all components of corruption and should be fought head-on.
Ochicha said that “no meaningful development can be achieved with endemic corruption. All developed nations frown seriously at the monster and bastard called corruption because it impedes progress, development and prosperity and is to a nation what cancer is to the body”.
“It is corrosive, dangerous, and destructive. Ethnicity, nepotism, selfishness, greed and godfatherism are all enemies of rapid progress and accelerated development of any nation, he added”.
“The one solution to being like Dubai in UAE is for us all to resolve to do away with these devils and we will be up there as an advanced, developed, modern and world class nation in just 10 to 25 years, he said.
“We have all it takes to be developed a world class country. We can make it. Yes, we can with determination and focused leadership, he added”.