Kachikwu’s letter exposes hypocrisy of Buhari’s anti-graft crusade – PDP

Kachikwu’s letter exposes hypocrisy of Buhari’s anti-graft crusade – PDP
October 06 07:29 2017

The Peoples Democratic Party has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of supervising a corrrupt administraton while claiming to be fighting corruption.

Reacting to the leaked memo by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, on the alleged corrupt activities of the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Dr Maikanti Baru, the opposition party called on the President to suspend and prosecute Baru immediately.

Kachikwu had in the leaked memo accused Baru of sidelining him in appointments and awarding contract of $25bn without the input of the NNPC board.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Dayo Adeyeye, who spoke at a press conference at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Thursday said it was absurd that Buhari had refused to speak on the issue since the minister raised the matter in a memo to him (Buhari) on August 30.

“The PDP wishes to express its shock at the loud silence of President Muhammadu Buhari on the humongous corruption scandal and other illegalities currently being exposed at the nation’s cash cow, the NNPC, in which two of his henchmen, Ibe Kachikwu and Maikanti Baru are the dramatis personae.

“As a political party, we expect that the President, who prides himself as an indefatigable corruption fighter, would, for once, try to live above board, by genuinely allowing one of his own, accused of corruption, get properly investigated and prosecuted as a show of his impartiality in the war against corruption.

“He should do this to correct the open impression Nigerians have about his so-called anti-corruption war; that it’s just a tool of persecution of perceived enemies.

“We view the allegations levelled against Baru by Kachikwu as too grave to be swept under the carpet and we insist that the NNPC GMD must be treated like an accused person who should not have the opportunity to influence investigation into his alleged misdeeds.

“In this light, we demand an immediate suspension of the NNPC GMD so that proper investigation can be carried out by the relevant anti-corruption agencies,” he said.

Adeleye argued further that if there was sincerity in the anti-corruption war, Buhari should not have waited for any prompting before taking a decisive action on this matter.

He said the PDP suspected that Buhari might be trying to shield Baru as he allegedly did for the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.

“The sum involved in the NNPC scandal is $25bn. Less than 10 per cent of that ($2.1bn) is involved in the so-called arms fund allegedly converted by the former National Security Adviser, for which hundreds of Nigerians have been arrested and hounded. Nigerians can now see the hypocrisy in the so-called anti-corruption fight.

“We may as well say that the privileged class of All Progressives Congress members enjoys total immunity from the anti-corruption campaign.

“Tired of this double-faced corruption fight and cover-ups we demand an immediate commencement of investigation into this latest exposed sleaze by another of President Buhari’s men,” he added.

“We wonder what the stench will be when the real and hidden atrocities being perpetrated under the watch of President Buhari are finally exposed when Nigerians throw the APC government out of power in 2019.

“The allegations raised by the minister of state for petroleum resources are a confirmation of our earlier stance that the APC administration is in tatters, an administration without coordination, but one planted firmly in the hands of a few cabal, stealing the nation dry while the President continues to feign ignorance of the sickening stench.

“We suspect and our suspicion is reinforced by the unfolding events that powerful people in the corridors of power are tacitly involved in this.

“If the President’s powerful Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, could sit on the NNPC board and such a calamity is taking place without an eyelid being blinked, we are forced to believe that the stealing is being done to the advantage of the President, who has shown by his body language that the only thing that matter most to him for now, is his second term ambition.

“Will it be considered ‘hate speech’ if we say the money being stolen by President Buhari’s men is being kept aside into a special pool for the prosecution of his second term ambition?” he asked.

Adeyeye called on the President to prove Nigerians wrong by allowing his allies being caught up in alleged acts of “brazen stealing of our commonwealth,” to face the law and go to jail if found guilty.