The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) noted with dismay the new disclosure of high-level corruption that has since become the hallmark of the government headed by President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress ( APC).
This was confirmed by the coalition in a statement released on Saturday via its spokesperson Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere. questions
In the latest revelation backed up with appropriate documents, it was reported that in 2016 Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Federation’s Auditor General, Mr. Anthony Ayine, received whopping N10bn from the Treasury Single Account (TSA).
The documents further showed that the two government officials approved two withdrawals of N5bn each from the TSA in 2016, totaling N10bn.
The funds allegedly belonging to the National Health Insurance Scheme ( NHIS) were reportedly withdrawn without the approval and knowledge of the Executive Secretary and the NHIS management, prompting a lawyer based in Lagos to petition the Special Presidential Investigation Panel (SPIP) and raising alarm about the unauthorized withdrawal of funds.
This new disclosure, coming up on the heels of many related claims of corruption in other government agencies like the Niger Delta Development Commission, the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, certainly calls for alarm.
It is not only shocking but also disappointing that all these are happening under the watchful eye of President Buhari who has been flaunting the anti-corruption war as one of the cardinal programs of his administration.
It appears to opposition political parties that this APC government is in competition to beat the record of the corrupt regime of late Sani Abacha in direct stealing from public purse.
Depending on this disclosure, the CUPP hereby calls for the Auditor-General to be promptly charged, questioned, and prosecuted.
We are also asking that the Vice-President should step aside to clear his name and allow proper investigation into the matter.
Opposition political parties are of the opinion that anything short of these our minimal demands would only reinforce the general perception that the present administration is not serious in any way with its celebrated anti-corruption war and that the war is merely intended to counter perceived government enemies, particularly those in opposition political parties.