Retired super cop, and former Deputy Inspector General of Police, (DIG) Parry Osayande, has given President Muhammadu Buhari hard knocks over the state pardon granted two former governors – Joshua Dariye of Plateau State, and Jolly Nyame of Taraba State – jailed for massive corruption during their tenures in office.
Osayande, former chairman of the Police Service Commission, PSC, said President Buhari’s action has set the country back about 200 years.
Speaking to journalists on Thursday in Benin, Osayande backed the call by the Northern Elders Forum for Buhari’s resignation from office having failed to secure the lives and properties of Nigerians.
He said the 2023 general elections would be the right time for Nigerian youths who constitute majority of the voting population, to vote the right people leveraging on the provisions of the new Electoral Act which seemed to reduce the possibility of rigging.
Describing the state pardon for the two former governors as “criminal conspiracy”, Osayande said “That is absolute rubbish! How can you do a thing like that? Somebody who has stolen public funds; people are dying, and then you say you have pardoned such a person? What about somebody who was dying of hunger and stole chicken to go and feed his family and he was given nine months’ imprisonment? Was such a person pardoned?
“This is criminal conspiracy; it is not done in a civilised society. They have taken us about 200 years backward”.
According to him, “All the politicians are jokers and they are taking us for a ride. It is high time the youth which form the majority, should forget about money and use their votes with the improvements made by the new electoral law because by bringing in technology, rigging will not be as easy as it used to be. Therefore, the youths have a more formidable weapon to use in the new Electoral Act. Vote the charlatans out of office.
“So, if the government is not sufficiently responsible to come and carry out the functions defined by the constitution, then vote it out.”
Throwing his weight behind the call for President Buhari’s resignation, Osayande said “Somebody is talking about interim government; is there any government here? In any case, why can’t the president resign if he cannot carry out his functions?”