Taraba State traditional rulers council has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to facilitate the release of the former state Governor, Rev Jolly Nyame who was convicted for corruption.
The traditional rulers council made this appeal when President Buhari visited Jalingo for the All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential campaign.
The Emir of Muri, Abbas Tafida who represented the Chairman of the traditional Council in Taraba state, Shekaro Angyu Masaibi had pleaded with Buhari to intervene in the case of Rev Nyame on compassionate ground having demonstrated remorse while in detention.
He commended the President on his effort in the anti-graft war, while also urging Nigerians to consider the President as God’s gift to the country
According to him, “As a father I want to make one plea with you and I ask you to be patient. Our former Governor, Reverend Jolly Nyame is convicted of criminal acts and is now in prison. I acknowledge and accept the action of our judiciary.
“I acknowledge and accept the need to correct this country by taking punitive measures on anybody who violates the law for his selfish purpose. But as a father, Mr President sir, I want to say I have seen him and I have known that he has regretted his actions.
“I have seen him and have accepted that he has seen a lot of corrections, and as a father I cannot hide my innate sympathy.
“I will therefore, not now, but at the right time and I say it for all to hear, come with a delegation to plead for your mercy at the right time in the right manner and in consideration of the overall national interest.
“We are not going to ask you to do anything out of the way. And we are not going to change your policy of correcting Nigeria. Nigeria must be corrected and must be corrected now and you are the right person to do it.
“But, please Mr President…we here live by law and to love one of us is not out of place.”
He said as monarchs, the traditional rulers in Taraba state will not coerce citizens to vote for any particular candidate in the forthcoming elections unlike what obtained in the past.
“We are not going to force, direct or coerce anybody into voting anybody. We are going to stand neutral; we are going to guide our people into the importance of voting and standing to support their votes.
“And we call on the political participants to understand that voting is God’s gift to all of us and nobody should do anything to abuse the programme of democracy.”
In response to his plea, President Buhari noted that his administration will not relent in the fight against corruption.
While noting that the Judiciary is quite slow in prosecuting the offenders, he added that the system must be followed to ensure that corruption is brought to the minimal in the country.
He said, “I have taken note of the representation of your representative about the former Governor here who was convicted with another governor.
“I have taken note of that, but look at the time it took from looking at the books to successfully prosecute him and his other colleague from Plateau state. There are a lot others.
“This system is very slow and since it is the system we have to follow it. I came in a different system I treated it differently. But I too, I was treated differently. So, I have this experience.”