A member of the House of Representatives for Agie/Lapai federal constituency of Niger State on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon Mahmud Mohammed, has reiterated the commitment of the present administration towards zero tolerance for corruption and urged all public office holders to stay above board.
The federal lawmaker who spoke on the heels of the current allegations and counter allegations of budget padding in the green chamber, urged any member or group of members with evidence of any infractions against other members regarding the 2016 budget to first and foremost, explore the internal workings of the House through a petition to the Ethics and Privileges Committee.
According to him, this internal mechanism of the House has the capacity to sanction any member found wanting and that, it would serve as deterrent to others. Mohammed said the Ethics and Privileges Committee of the House is made up of men of integrity who would do justice to the matter at hand.
“I want to appeal to every member, including the former chair of the Appropriations Committee to make a petition to the Ethics Committee for Investigations, because that way, every one would be given a fair hearing.”
He said, “The due process would be followed in arriving at whether or not any of the accused persons is culpable or not.
“I am not in support of corruption. The current administration is not in support of corruption and the House cannot condone corruption in any way. We would not spare anybody and I believe that those making allegations should subject those allegations to the internal workings of the House.
“I appreciate the feelings and reactions of Nigerians since this matter started. They have a right to feel bad. Therefore, I urge members to exercise maturity and allow due process of exploring our internal mechanism to deal with this matter.
“Anybody and I mean anybody whom it is proven that caused any infractions should face the full weight of the law,” Hon Mahmud Mohammed declared.