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Jailing Looters: Start With Your Party Members, PDP Tells Buhari |RN

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“Mr. President has been pursuing perceived political enemies, and innocent opposition members while dining and wining with corrupt persons…”

Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said it welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari’s renewed declaration to jail treasury looters.

However, the opposition party challenged the president to show integrity in his anti-corruption fight with the immediate investigation and prosecution of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for alleged corruption.

The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, also challenged President Buhari to permit an investigation into alleged graft by the sacked Director General, Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura; former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, as well as the Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS),Yusuf Usman.

Besides, the party challenged the president “to allow an investigation into the alleged squandering of over N11 trillion in the petroleum sector, under his direct supervision as minister, including the alleged N9 trillion illegal oil contract as detailed in the leaked presidency memo, the alleged N1.4 trillion corrupt subsidy regime and alleged diversion of N1.1 trillion worth crude oil using 18 illegal companies allegedly linked to Presidency cabal and APC chieftains.”

It added “the president should also allow the investigation of his ministers, who as former governors, were indicted of stealing billions of naira belonging to their states, particularly, a former governor, who was indicted by his state for allegedly diverting over N40 billion to finance APC’s 2015 Presidential campaign.

“Mr President must also investigate how billions of naira allegedly moved from parastatals under his Petroleum ministry to finance the failed attempt to change the leadership of the National Assembly as well as the certificate scandals among his ministers and special advisers and jail all those involved.

“These are the people Nigerians have been expecting President Buhari to investigate, prosecute and if found wanting to be sent to jail. Unfortunately, Mr President has been pursuing perceived political enemies, and innocent opposition members while dining and wining with corrupt persons, a development that has completely called to question the integrity of his anti-corruption fight.

“Since President Buhari came into office, he has not allowed any investigation into the corrupt activities under his Presidency, instead he has been attracting to himself, all manner of corrupt persons and giving them the perfume of sainthood, once they identify with his APC.”  (The Sun)

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Looters Planning Anti-Buhari Protest in London, Says Presidency |The Republican News

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The Presidency has urged Nigerians to see through what it called veiled protests by looters who have been jolted by President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration to seek re-election in 2019, with the aim of distracting him while in London for official engagements.

According to a source in the Presidency who pleaded for anonymity, the camps of alleged looters, barely 24 hours after President Buhari declared his intention to seek re-election, are working to frustrate the genuine ambition of the president.

The source said, “The camps of alleged looters and corrupt elements within and outside the country have been jolted, forcing them to push panic buttons including renting a motley crowd of professional demonstrators to protest against the President on his arrival into the United Kingdom.”

The source also alleged that extremely corrupt Nigerians “who are custodians of slush funds stolen from Nigeria, and hiding in UK or are resident cronies of such elements, have colluded to form a league of protesters with a singular aim of distracting and disorganising the scheduled state visit of the President to England, for bilateral talks with Prime Minister Theresa May and other dignitaries.

“Esteemed Nigerians home and abroad, friends and business investors in Nigeria, should please see through the veil of the motive behind the Abuja House, Kensington London demonstration.

“It was an orchestrated act of desperation and a ploy to blackmail and hoodwink the President from concentrating on his anti-corruption campaign, which is fast gaining grounds locally and internationally,” the source said.

Continuing, the source added: “This unpatriotic act is not unconnected to the Federal government policies to name and shame corrupt citizens and looters; to collate a database of Nigerians with homes in the UK who are not paying the right taxes, and the hot drive to prosecute all financial defaulters through bilateral and multilateral means.

“The protest was benchmarked on an assemblage of local grievances and national challenges which the government is already tackling head-on. Such as the herdsmen versus agrarian farmers clashes, fuel scarcity which no longer exists and trumped-up charge of hunger in the land at a time when prices of food items are beginning to drop and inflation on the decrease,” the source said.

The source reiterated President Buhari’s mantra that corruption is endemic and Nigerians need to kill it before it kills Nigerians.

“It is obvious that this is a clear-cut incident of corruption fighting back. Many of the beneficiaries of corruption and slush funds cannot withstand another devastating blow of Buhari’s anti-corruption sledgehammer.

“Hence, they are resolute to derail the apple cart in order to save their ugly faces and sit back to enjoy the loot in their personal banks. Some of the protesters are not even Nigerians but hired hatchet men paid to do the dirty job,” the source states.

“The protesters are bent on embarrassing and humiliating the President throughout his stay in the UK”, the source said, adding that insider information reveals that the protesters plan to take their demonstrations to the venue of CHOGM  holding later in the month in Britain, which President Buhari is attending as a Commonwealth Head of State.

The Senior Special Assistants, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, when contacted to react to the development,  said that the President would not be distracted from his mission in the United Kingdom.   (The Sun)

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