The member representing Akure North/South Federal Constituency, Olowookere Ajisafe, has pledged the support and cooperation of the eighth National Assembly to President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign, stressing that the time to repair Nigeria has come.
Ajisafe disclosed this while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said President Buhari should ensure that his campaign is holistic and devoid of sacred cows, urging him to as a matter of expediency support the lawmakers in reforming the extant laws that will assist him fast-track their implementation.
The lawmaker, who condemned the current level of poverty in the country, said all those that looted the treasury must be made to return the money, advising the federal government not to accept plea-bargain in place of the huge funds stolen by few individuals.
“I feel strongly that the eighth Assembly should support President Buhari in this anti-corruption war. But I also feel that Mr. President should also support us in reforming our extant laws, because there are certain areas of lacuna that make implementation difficult.
“Today, those who stole billions of naira and pauperised the states are walking freely. Some have been caught, but they were given ridiculous fines that are not up to two percent of what they stole, but there are those who stole ordinary goats and are in jail.
“That is not acceptable in a country like Nigeria and the president must ensure that we do not treat some people as sacred cows. If you steal government money, you must be made to return it, there should be no room for plea bargain. The law was made for the poor and the rich and that is what Buhari and indeed every Nigerian should stand for.”
Ajisafe took a swipe at successive governments for neglecting Akure, the Ondo State capital, particularly in the area of transportation. “I already have a motion on the deplorable state of roads in Akure. Akure is the only state capital that links several states and is still underdeveloped. In fact we are among the three states that are not linked with railway network in the country,” he lamented, while advocating for railway in the state.