The All Progressive Congress has provided more cases of alleged public funds looting by some officials of the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
The ruling party said until the corruption mess created by the past government was cleaned up, Nigeria would not be able to fulfill its potential. This was contained in the August 30 statement by APC national publicity secretary, Lai Mohammed.
“Those who would rather give comfort to the looters by dismissing the media exposure of looting cases as mere hell-raising should realise that no sane person can be silent in the face of what is unfolding as the worst cases of brazen stealing of public funds in Nigeria’s history.
”On August 16, 2015, we listed some instances of the breath-taking looting of the treasury by some officials of the immediate past administration. Today, we bring three more heart-rendering cases to the attention of Nigerians. We will not relent until closure has been brought to this issue.”
The following cases were identified by Mohammed:
“A mind-shattering 2.2 billion-US-dollar arms scandal.
“A 6.9 million-dollar fraud by the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to President Jonathan, committed under the guise of buying three mobile stages for the President.
“A 2.5 billion-Naira scam involving the rent of house boats.
”While those charged with handling these cases are finalising the details of bringing the suspects to justice, our immediate concern is the attempt by the PDP, under whose umbrella the looting took place, to blame the Buhari administration for the mess and then infer that things have been worse in Nigeria in the last three months under the APC-led federal government than in the 16 years under the PDP. This is totally provocative, shameless and uncharitable.
”They say we are yet to fulfil our campaign promises to Nigeria, but they have forgotten that if only the PDP/Jonathan administration had not stolen Nigeria blind, there would have been more than enough money to give school children in Nigeria not just one, but three meals a day and even pay 5,000 Naira to 50 million most vulnerable Nigerians, not just the 25 million we promised in our manifesto.”
The party assured Nigerians of Buhari’s commitment to eliminating corruption and ensuring good governance for the benefit of people. The APC noted, however, that the new administration needed time to bring things to order.
“It is clear to all Nigerians that the debilitating impact of 16 years of PDP’s misrule cannot be reversed in just three months. It is an obvious truth that it is always easier to destroy than to construct, but nothing will stand in the way of the Buhari administration’s commitment to improving the quality of life of Nigerians and making our country to function again.”
The ruling party and the opposition have been indulged in mutual accusations in the recent period. The PDP had earlier blasted the APC saying that the country economy had witnessed serious decline within the three months of Buhari’s government rule.
Recall that reacting to the August 16 statement about the purported instances of funds looting, the PDP characterized the allegations as “reckless, irresponsible and highly provocative”.