BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday took a critical look at the NYSC exemption certificate forgery saga of former minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun during which it pointedly told President Muhammadu Buhari to stop parading himself as ‘Mr. Integrity”.
This is just as it berated the All Progressives Congress (APC), for congratulating Adeosun, even after she had admitted her culpability on issues of forgery and corrupt practices, stressing that the development showcased the ruling APC as a party of corruption; an iniquitous fold, where thieves receive medals instead of condemnation.
The opposition PDP said its position followed revelations that the Federal Government smuggled the disgraced erstwhile minister of Finance out of the country to prevent her from exposing how the cabal in the Presidency, including close relations and associates of President Buhari fleeced the nation of trillions of naira.
These were contained in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, who said that there are clear evidences that Adeosun could not have circumvented the Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA), National Security Adviser (NSA), the Police and even the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) without the tacit approval of the Buhari Presidency.
In the words of Ologbondiyan; “Furthermore, how did Adeosun evade checks by the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) in Abeokuta and the Ogun State House of Assembly for clearance as commissioner, with her status as a dual citizen, if not armed with inherent tendencies for fraud? It is clear that the Buhari Presidency exploited this factor to swindle the nation, in the finance ministry?
“Moreover, the PDP is worried that President Buhari in appointing Adeosun, with her divided citizenship allegiance, to hold the sensitive office of the minister of finance, exposed our nation to the dangers of having our security and economy information sold to international interests.”
The opposition PDP explained that this might not be unconnected with the anti-Nigeria financial policies, including damaging foreign borrowing negotiations, which have returned Nigeria to a debtor nation.
According to the PDP; “Until President Buhari brings Adeosun back to explain how the Presidency cabal and APC leaders frittered away more than N10 trillion in 3 years, the Buhari Presidency and the APC lack the moral rectitude to pontificate on corruption as they have become directly complicit.”
The PDP therefore called on the international community, particularly, the British Government, not to shield Adeosun from facing the course of justice.
It particularly urged the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, to note that Adesoun has already confessed to a fraud in Nigeria and must not be allowed a shelter in her nation.
The PDP also called on the international community to put an eye on all officials of the Buhari administration, including ministers, special advisers and APC leaders as it has become obvious that they are being used to fritter trillions of Nigeria’s national resources while citizens wallow in poverty, hunger and starvation.