- President Buhari has been urged not to consider persons with fraud charges in his new cabinet
- Dr Dennis Aghanya who gave the advice said sidelining corrupt persons yet to be prosecuted and those standing trial would bestow more credibility on the president
- Going further, he argued that keeping those standing trial out of Buhari's cabinet will forestall them funding their trials with public funds
President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged not to consider including names of persons standing corruption trial and those with corrupt tendencies in his new cabinet.
The executive- secretary, Anti-Corruption and Research Based Data Initiative (ARDI), Dr Dennis Aghanya gave the advice in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.
He said sidelining corrupt persons yet to be prosecuted and those standing trial would bestow more credibility on the president as one with zero tolerance to corruption.
Aghanya further explained that it would be most expedient to keep those standing trial out of his cabinet to forestall them funding their trials with public funds.
“This has become necessary to avoid situations whereby cabinet members would use public funds to defend their corruption cases pressed against them by the EFCC or any other anti-graft agencies.
“To achieve this, the EFCC and all the anti-graft agencies in the country should also re-double their efforts in the discharge of their duties in public interest to ensure that names of persons in this category are forwarded to Mr. President to guide him in his appointments.
“The EFCC in particular is overwhelmed with cases bothering on economic fraud and may therefore not remember to ensure this duty.
“This also important so that nobody would take the blame game to the doorstep of Mr. President after he has made his appointments’’, Aghanya said.
He also said: “from our investigation so far, a good number of persons distributing their CV’s around for appointment are caught in this web of allegation."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Arewa Youth Awareness Forum (AYAF) warned President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to be on the wrong side of history, due its support for Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila as the next speaker of the House of Representatives.
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