The National Youth Supreme Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to explain to Nigerians why it has not been able to prosecute any of the stalwarts of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) indicted for corruption.
According to This Day, the president of the PDP affiliated group, Adai Edwin Adai, in a statement on Tuesday, February 14, accused the administration of ignoring allegations levelled against the former governor of Rivers state and now minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; the secretary to the government of the federation, (SGF), David Babachir Lawal, as well as the alleged N500 million bribe by the multinational company, MTN to the chief of staff to the president, Alhaji Abba Kyari, and other APC stalwarts.
The group said: “We read with amusement the purported reports by the federal government that it has recovered a total of $151 million and N8 billion through whistle-blowers but none recovered from looters in the present APC administration.
“While we await the government of the day to tell Nigerians the names of those the supposed looted funds were recovered from through whistleblowers, we wish to encourage and applaud the whistle-blowing policy and advise Nigerians to continue to demand good governance from this administration and not be distracted with the latest innovations of the ruling party.
According to Naij.com, the group queried why the APC-led government had not recovered the alleged N13.12 million loan the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, borrowed from one of the parastatal under his ministry, the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
It said the federal government was yet to give the full detail of the steps taken by the administration to investigate allegations of several misappropriations in Lagos state during the tenure of the minister of works, housing and power, Mr. Babatunde Fashola.
It was also pointed out that nothing had been done to probe the allegations made by the Justices of the Supreme Court against the minister of science and technology, Mr. Ogbonaya Onu, and Amaechi.
It said: “The judges are already in court defending themselves on several count charges of fraud and money laundry but President Buhari’s ministers are working freely and unhindered.
“We are also waiting for the final report of investigations into the misuse of office and cases of corruption hanging on the neck of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu. There is a saying that those who go to equity must do so with clean hands.
“Nigerians will also remember the huge fraud and several cases of forex racketeering under this administration. Nothing has been done and its still business as usual as friends and cronies of this government are buying dollars at a cheaper rates and making billions of naira by reselling same in the black market.
“We therefore believe that the new so-called whistle-blowers successes recorded by the APC-led federal government is a distraction to divert attention from failures and incompetence of this administration.
“We demand that the government publish the names of all those the monies were recovered from apart from the former GMD, Yakubu.”
The PDP group alleged that the only reason the ruling party is sending its anti-corruption watchdog against the former Group Manager Director (GMD) of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Andrew Yakubu, was because he is preparing to run for governorship in Kaduna State in 2019 elections.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people held a rally in support of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Valentine’s Day a week after a protest was held against his government. The pro-Buhari supporters also protested against those they suspected of trying to make the administration fail.
Babachir David Lawal, secretary to the government of the federation met the protesters on Tuesday, February 14 said those fighting against the Buhari administration were those who benefited from the corruption in the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
He went on to say that “President Buhari will spend eight years in power and those who want him dead will be gone before him so they won’t be able to return the country to the period of Jonathan”.