Cash Seizure: APC Slams Jonathan
Opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), wants President Goodluck Jonathan, to address the nation on the controversial arms deals, involving Nigeria and South-Africa, which has seen the latter seizing monies meant for arms purchase by the Nigerian government.
In a statement issued in Lagos, on Tuesday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the issues surrounding the first seizure of $9.3 million were yet to be resolved before this latest alleged scandal.
“Again, Mr President, Nigerians are urging you to please, come clean over these cash-for-arms scandals. They want you to answer critical questions on the legality of your administration’s repeated conduct. They want to know the identities of the two Nigerians, who were arrested with an Israeli in South Africa over the first illegal deal, especially since the Israeli, has been named.
“Nigerians want to know why the purported arms procurement for the government is done illegally between private companies that are neither known nor registered for dealing in arms and why are the movement of monies not transparently documented for what they really are, if they are truly for legitimate purposes?
“They want to know whether indeed the weapons which the government is seeking so furiously to procure are for the battle against Boko Haram or for a sinister motive, considering the desperation of your administration to continue to rule at all cost and by any means possible. They want to know whether every Nigerian should begin to fear what will happen in the days and weeks leading to the forthcoming general election, against the backdrop of your administration and party’s do-or-die politics.
“Mr President, if the funds involved in the latest seizure were sent through bank transfer, can the government explain why Oritsejafor’s plane was stuffed with cash and transported to South Africa? Can your administration’s embarrassing explanation that it is customary for other country’s security agencies, including with MOSSAD, KGB and CIA, to cart plane loads of cash across the world to purchase black market weapons hold any more water now? These are some of the questions Nigerians are asking, not an untenable spin by untruthful government officials,’’ it said.
Source: Nigerian Tribune