SAN FRANCISCO, April 16, (THEWILL) – The Federal Government has vowed not stop revealing the names of those who allegedly looted the nation’s resources, as more lists will be released soon.
This was declared by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in a statement by his special assistant, Segun Adeyemi.
According to him, the pressure being mounted on the government over its decision to expose alleged looters is not unexpected.
“We know where the pressure is coming from. However, the die is cast. We will not stop until we have released the names of all those who have looted our commonwealth,” the statement read.
“Those who have not looted our treasury have nothing to be afraid of.”
The Minister revealed that since the release of the first two lists of alleged looters, there have been overt and covert attempts to intimidate and blackmail the Federal Government into discontinuing the release of more names.
He however, assured Nigerians that no amount of pressure, including the antics of hack writers and threats of litigation, would prevent the government from releasing more names of the alleged looters of the public treasury.
“Hack writers have inundated the social and traditional media with articles casting aspersion on the lists, while some newspapers have even resorted to writing editorials against the Federal Government over the release of the lists.
“Most of the write-ups have accused the government of politicising the anti-graft war by releasing the lists. We strongly disagree with them.
“Although, government does not have the power to try or convict anyone accused of corruption, the government has the power to let Nigerians know those who turned the public treasury into their personal piggy banks on the basis of very concrete evidence, and that is what we are doing.
“But 1,000 negative write-ups or editorials will not deter us from releasing the third and subsequent lists.
“For those who have chosen to give succour to looters, we wish them the best of luck with their new pastime..”