Kaduna State governor-elect, Malam Nasir El-Rufai yesterday said his administration would only go after individuals whom he tagged as “armed robbers,” who stole millions or billions of naira from the state coffers, and not those who stole few thousands.
El-Rufai stated this yesterday during the inaugural lecture that forms part of activities lined up for today’s swearing-in ceremony of the governor-elect in the state.
According to El-Rufai, such individuals who looted the state’s treasury would be forced to return such funds to government coffers.
He added that he would not give Kaduna people excuses because there were poorer states than Kaduna that are doing great.
“We will not condone act of insincerity. We will insist on accountability. This is why we said we are not going to chase kobos but we will chase billions and millions of naira stolen from the government resources.
“We will forgive the hundreds and a million stolen because those who stole such small funds are only hungry; we have to strike a balance. Those who stole thousands or a million are pickpockets and can be forgiven; but we are only interested in armed robbers who stole billions and millions of naira.
“We intend to make Kaduna great again and I promise to do that; if we fail it’s not because of lack of commitment or sincerity. We all know how things have gone bad in the state,” he said.
He said his administration was not trying to witch-hunt anybody but only interested in bettering the lives of Nigerian children.
El-Rufai also frowned at the lack of stable electricity in the country, saying the outgoing government was only trying to punish innocent Nigerians for voting them out.
“Just few days ago Nigerian megawatts dropped from 4,000 to just 50 megawatts. The system just stopped working because they are leaving office. These are man-made difficulties; it’s a way of punishing 160 million people because they voted them out of government,” he said.
Earlier in his address, chairman of the inaugural lecture, General Martin Luther Agwai (rtd) averred that there were teams of wonderful magicians who would perform magic and that Kaduna State governor-elect was one of such magicians.
The former Chief of Defence Staff and SURE-P chairman said he had no regret preaching the gospel of change, which he alleged was responsible for his sack.
Meanwhile, the guest speaker, Professor Pius Adesanmi delivered a paper titled ‘Building Rome in a Day with One Kobo: El- Rufai and the Challenge of 21 Century Kaduna.’