The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has reacted to the sentencing of Ex-Governor Jolly Nyame to 14 years imprisonment.
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory headed by Justice Adebukola Banjoko yesterday found Nyame guilty of corruption.
MURIC Director, Ishaq Akintola, in a statement, commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for doing a thorough investigation.
It commended the judge, noting that her pronouncement will serve as a deterrent for other kleptomaniacs in public service.
The group also hailed the Federal Government for vigorously pursuing the war against corruption.
MURIC added: “Nyame’s imprisonment has cemented the resolve of this administration to bring about change in Nigeria. This will bring to five the number of ex-governors sent to jail since the beginning of President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against corruption.
“Although he was later set free, James Bala Ngilari, ex-governor of Adamawa State, bagged five years in March 2017. Babangida Aliyu, former Niger State governor, tasted the bitter pill on 25th April, 2017 when he was remanded in prison.
“Sule Lamido, ex-governor of Jigawa State was also remanded in prison on 2nd May, 2017. Jonah Jang, the former governor of Plateau State was remanded in prison custody on May 16, 2018. It is an unprecedented challenge of the status quo ante.
“MURIC therefore calls on Nigerians to show appreciation for this positive development. It implies that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Those who had lost hope in the Nigerian project should now reposition themselves as more evidence has emerged to prove that the stage is set for a better Nigeria.
“The main reason for people losing hope in this country has been the general lack of accountability. Crooks in government were stealing with impunity and nobody was ever questioned or arrested. Our values were bastardised.
“Criminals were celebrated. But change is here. Those who stole our common patrimony are now being made to face the music. It therefore behoves true patriots to rally behind President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration.”