Sanusi suspension: Jonathan’s plan to cover up $20 billion scandal -APC

PremiumTimes NG Newspaper is reporting that the All Progressive Congress (APC) has accused the presidency of seeking to use the suspension of Lamido Sanusi as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to divert attention from the allegation of missing $20 billion in oil funds.

The party also challenged the government to charge Mr. Sanusi to court if found wanting of misspending public funds, as the government claims, instead of “mob-lynching him through paid hatchet men”.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said the way the presidency has been campaigning to malign Mr. Sanusi, using the report of the ‘obscure Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria’, shows that it is working hard to sweep the issue of the missing funds under the carpet and punish Mr. Sanusi for daring to expose the fraud.

It said if the federal government had used half the energy it has been deploying to discredit Mr. Sanusi toward the investigation of the missing oil funds, the monumental corruption case would have been solved by now.

“Irrespective of the tepid and unconvincing denial by the presidency, it is clear that the main reason the presidency moved against Sanusi is because he blew the lid on the 20 billion dollars funds which the NNPC allegedly failed to remit to the Federation Account.

Fortunately, discerning Nigerians are not hoodwinked by the Presidency’s choreographed mudslinging against a whistle blower, and the sponsored campaign that amounts to shooting the messenger just because his message is not palatable.”

“While the presidency has chosen to pull the wool over the eyes of Nigerians over the missing oil funds, we call on the National Assembly to get to the bottom of Sanusi’s allegation and save Nigerians from a rapacious and a rampaging cabal that is hell bent on bringing Nigeria to its knees through runaway corruption,” APC said.

The party said the questions that are begging for answers include: What happened to the missing 20 billion dollars? If indeed a part of the funds has been used for kerosene subsidy, who authorized the spending of money that was not appropriated, in violation of the nation’s constitution? Who reinstated the subsidy that had been removed by a presidential directive? If $8.76 billion of the missing money was used for kerosene subsidy, who and who are the beneficiaries, since it is clear that Nigerians are not enjoying any subsidy on kerosene for which they are shelling out at least 150 Naira per litre?

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