Against the backdrop of political office holders in the out-going administration at states and Federal government levels fleeing the country, a former Kaduna State Deput‎y Governor Engineer James Bawa Magaji has called on the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, to find a way of stopping them for leaving the country for the next three months.
Speaking with Journalists at his Kaduna residence yesterday, Engineer Magaji who was the Kaduna State governorship‎ candidate in the 2015 election on the platform of the Labour Party, LP averred that if those whose political tenure is expiring in the next few days have no skeleton in their cupboard, there won’t be any need for them to run away from the country under whatever pretence.
‎He expressed worries that some states are leaving behind huge debts for their successors to inherit, stressing that such state governors must be held accountable even after leaving office, and must be made to remain in the country to give explanations and account for their stewardship while in office.
He said, if Ministers, State Governors and other political office holders are allowed to flee the country, it might be difficult to hold them accountable for their actions if found wanting eventually, “ Nigerians must rise up and hold government officials accountable for their actions and inactions” he stressed.
“Political office holders are made to declare their assets when going into office, they must also be made to render accounts when leaving such offices.
“If they have nothing to fear or hide, they should be available to make clarification on issues that might require clarification to the in-coming administration, because if there is nothing to hide, there should be nothing to run away from.
“I am calling on the EFCC to seek a court injunction to restrain political office holders who served in one capacity or the other in the out-going administration to remain in the country for the next three months to answer questions where necessary after the handing over on May, 29th.”
According to Engineer Magaji who expressed optimism that Nigeria will bounce back again with the in-coming administration all things being equal, the political office holders who are running abroad under the pretence of going to rest, should take such rest in Nigeria if they are sincere and have nothing pursuing them.
He further expressed the fear that if the current trend of political office holders fleeing the country is not addressed urgently, “ out of the out-going 20 state governors, it may be difficult to get more than four of them available in their states to hand over to their successors, such responsibility may be left for their deputies and in some ministries their permanent Secretaries‎.
“EFCC should step into the situation and see to it that political office holders remain in Nigeria for the next three months after handing over” he reiterated.

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