Speaking Through it’s twitter handle, @USEmbassyAbuja, The United States Mission in Nigeria expressed deep disappointment over the recent pardon of corrupt officials by the Government of Nigeria (GON).
It went ahead to tweet that the United States consider it as a setback in the fight against corruption.
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Recall that the National Council of State headed by President Goodluck Jonathan, granted a state pardon to the former Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreiye Alamieyeseigha and other ex convicts. Other beneficiaries include former Bank of the North head, Shettima Bulama, former Chief of General Staff during the Abacha regime: General Oladipo Diya (rtd.); former Chief of Staff Supreme Military Council and brother of late President Musa Yar’adua: Major General Shehu Musa Yar’adua (Post Humous); ex-Major Bello Magaji NA/6604, Mohammed Lima Biu; Major General Abdulkareem Adisa (Post Humous) and former Major Segun Fadipe.
Nigerians have reacted in various ways over the decision, ranging from widespread expression of shock to mild support.
Meanwhile, Civil Society Groups, CSNAS, says the state pardon granted to Diepreiye Alamieyeseigha is an abuse of power, a great disappointment and vowed to vowed to resist the decision.
The organized Labour Union also condemned the act, and requested that it should be reversed. Labour Union doesn’t consider the decision to serve the best interest of the country, especially considering Government’s claim to be fighting corruption.