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$2.1bn Arms Deal: Lagos Cleric, Nwosu, Urges Buhari To Recover Looted Funds

Posted: Jan 24, 2016 at 7:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

*Tasks President On Position Of Oil Minister

By Ejikeme Omenazu, Lagos

Public Affairs Commentator and cleric, Rev. Dr. Felix Nwosu, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to
set machinery in motion for the full recovery of the $2.1billion meant for arms purchase which was
allegedly distributed among top politicians by former National Security Adviser, General  Sambo Dasuki
Nwosu, who spoke in Lagos, stated that as a man of integrity, Buhari should ensure that everyone
who was linked to the scandal refunded whatever amount that was traced to him or her.
He stated that if indeed Buhari is serious in his avowed fight against corruption, he must ensure that the
amount is fully returned to the Federal Government’s coffers.
Nwosu said that everyone who fails to return the amount linked to him or her should forefeet his or her properties to the government, to act as a deterrent to people who may want to misappropriate public funds in future.
The cleric, who is the General Overseer of Christ Foundation Sabbath Mission (CFSM), stated that it is ironic the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has ruled Nigeria out of loans facilities while the country cannot finance her N6.8 trillion 2016 budget, adding that the blatant rape of the national treasury must stop.
Nwosu stressed: “The $2.1billion is not a small amount. If it is shared among Nigerians, it will go round and everyone will get at least N1 million. The money should have transformed the nation. But it went into private pockets while the nation is stagnated.
“We need to pump in money for agriculture, education and the economy generally. The current N6.8 trillion budget is based on loans and the IMF has ruled out loan facilities for Nigeria. How can Nigeria move forward when such moneys re tied up in individuals’ pockets?”
Nwosu stated that other oil producing nations LIKE Saudi Arabia and Libya have good welfare packages for their citizens and even pay allowances to the citizens, but majority of Nigerians allow in poverty while government officials and politicians loot the economy dry.
He called on Buhari to make Nigerians proud by using his powers well to turn things around in favour of the people, lamenting that there was a change of government and not a change of hears among politicians.
Nwosu also counseled Buhari to urgently relinquish the position of Petroleum Minister and leave the job for a qualified technocrat with integrity who he can properly supervise with his knowledge and experience in the oil sector.
He said that Buhari is stressing himself unduly by combining his position as the President and Commander-in-Chief with that of oil minister, as the job takes him out of the country frequently for conferences on global oil and gas situations.
Nwosu said that Buhari is demeaning himself and his exalted office by always sitting among ministers of other countries, stressing that it is only a Nigerian president that doubles as minister all over the world.
According to him, “It is only in Nigerians that the President is also a minister. It demeans him as a president to be sitting with ministers of other countries and it distracts him from other crucial national issues, while he over burdens himself at his age.
“I expect his advisers to counsel him well. He should also look at Section 138 of the Constitution properly and act accordingly. The nation has a lot of problems facing her.
“The president should not concentrate most of his time on only one sector no matter how important oil is to the economy. He should also focus attention on other sectors and issues for the nation to move forward.”