President Muhammadu Buhari is morally burdened by his silence over alleged looting by officials of his government, says the Peoples Democratic Party. The opposition party in an official statement cited allegation that Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, had become stupendous wealthy since he was appointed three years ago.
“Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communication, has been accused of owing his aides N13m; that he has no fewer than 12 houses across the nation; bought a N93m printing press; bought 25 luxury cars for his personal use, among others”, the PDP stated.
The PDP said the ruling All Progressives Congress should rather return alleged looted funds spent on electing President Buhari.
Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP spokesman in the statement, asked the APC “to end their false sanctimony”. “The APC and its Federal Government cannot continue to play the saints when state governors, who stole hundreds of billions of naira meant for the development of their states to fund President Buhari in 2015, are still enjoying cover as members of the Buhari kitchen cabinet”
The PDP said Buhari, as the APC presidential candidate in 2015, “had informed that he was insolvent” … “he however took Nigerians by surprise as he enjoyed one of the most expensive presidential campaigns in the history of our nation”.
“This is the APC, whose government, has been rated by international bodies including the Transparency International (TI) which latest report shows that corruption and sleaze had escalated under its watch.
“This is the same government where ministers and officials indicted for corruption and looting of public funds, particularly in the oil and gas sector, which is directly under the purview of Mr. President, are shielded and condoned,” said the PDP.
The PDP on Tuesday begged Nigerians for forgiveness over its past mistakes in government.
But Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, said the apology could only be complete if the party returned public funds looted while it was in power.