Buhari May Consider Amnesty For Corrupt Politicians – Fayemi


The immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Dr.

Kayode Fayemi, has said the President-elect,

Muhammadu Buhari, may consider granting amnesty

to corrupt politicians who are ready to return stolen


He, however, said Buhari’s promise to extend hands of

friendship across the political divide in his acceptance

speech shortly after winning the poll, does not mean

that he would not prosecute corrupt government

officials who served in the President Goodluck

Jonathan administration.

Fayemi said this during a programme on BBC titled,

HardTalk, which was monitored by our correspondent

on Monday.

He said although the All Progressives Congress

government would bring all corrupt government

officials to book, amnesty may be considered as “a

form of incentive” for corrupt persons who voluntarily

come out to return stolen funds.

He said the APC government would use all means to

ensure that justice and fairness were established.

He said, “Corruption is not going to be dealt with by

punishment alone. It is also going to be dealt with by

incentives to those who are prepared to have a

conversion. If you come voluntarily and say, look, I

have stolen some money and I am prepared to return

the money, Gen. Buhari would not say no to that.”

Asked whether granting amnesty to those who are

willing to return stolen funds was not a breach of

criminal laws and justice, Fayemi added another

condition, “if our processes and procedure are dealt

with, we will definitely look at that.”

The former governor added, “Returning the funds is a

form of justice to Nigeria because those funds will

now be available for the teeming population. There

would be a range of options for dealing with corruption

but that does not mean that justice will not take its full


“Buhari said he would not interfere with the judicial

process and that if anyone is found guilty of

malfeasance or corruption then that the law would

take its course. Buhari didn’t mention any individual

but anyone who is found guilty or who behaved badly

in terms of corruption would be brought to face the


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