The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP alleged that plans are ongoing by indicted federal authorities officers to make use of the invasion of CA-COVID palliative warehouses to flee investigation into the reported stealing and legal diversion of funds and palliatives supplied by the federal authorities to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is even is the get together mentioned it’s appalled by the scandalous try by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, to create an impression that the CACOVID palliatives besieged within the aftermath of the EndSARS protest have been the identical federal authorities palliatives for which she is required to present account.
The assertion learn: “Our get together desires to tell the minister that such childish antics can’t sway Nigerians, as the general public is already conscious that CACOVID palliatives got here from donations from wells which means people and organizations which is totally totally different from the N500 billion voted by the federal authorities, which has not been accounted for.
“If something, this try by the Minister to muddle-up points and confuse Nigerians solely goes to validate allegations of stealing and diversion of funds and palliatives supplied by the federal authorities and positioned below her purview.
“Of course, the CACOVID palliatives has nothing to do with the alleged stealing and diversion of funds within the money disbursement of N20,000 to undocumented beneficiaries resulting in widespread outcry by Nigerians that bulk of the cash might have been diverted.
The embattled Minister has not defined the explanation for the apparent circumventing of statutory public finance report system and applicable documentations by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), resulting in the alleged diversion of funds to personal purses.
“Also, the CACOVID palliatives don’t have anything to do with the billions of naira claimed to have been spent on college feeding at a time the colleges have been shut and faculty kids have been of their respective houses in numerous areas throughout the nation.
“It is revealing to state that our get together had earlier gotten winds of allegations within the public area that some indicted federal officers compromised preparations at CACOVID warehouses to set off an invasion by agitating Nigerians, as a decoy to frustrate investigation into the alleged stealing and diverting of federal authorities palliatives by authorities officers.
“Indeed, the push for self-exoneration by the minister in addition to her forgiveness showboating, apparently in an try to posture a foreclosures of an investigation into the dealing with of Federal Government palliative funds, goes to validate the allegations.
“But Nigerians can’t be swayed by such antics as they massively smacks of guilt and desperation to evade investigation and conceal corruption.
Moreover, it’s evident that the besieging of the CACOVID warehouses was additional infected by bottled-up anger and frustration over the corruption that characterised the dealing with of federal authorities palliative funds by the Minister, who now postures for foreclosures of investigation into the manifest atrocities in her ministry.
“Our get together holds that this specific try to cowl corruption locations an enormous burden on the Buhari-led administration and we name on Mr. President to come back clear on the dealing with of federal authorities funding on COVID-19.
“The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development should therefore end her unnecessary showboating and self-exoneration and get ready to give account of the allegedly diverted billions of naira provided by the Federal Government for COVID-19 palliatives instead of seeking to hide under CACOVID palliatives looting.”
The PDP additional known as on President Muhammadu Buhari to order an open and unbiased public enquiry into the dealing with of the funds launched by the federal authorities as COVID-19 intervention fund.
“The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs ought to give account of how a lot was launched to her, the particular purchases, with particulars of contractors; particulars of distribution of palliatives and brokers in all states; in addition to particulars of financial institution withdrawals and beneficiaries of her N20,000 disbursements.
“Nobody ought to conceal below CACOVID to foreclose investigations into the stealing of funds meant for the poor and weak in our nation.
“The PDP however restates our call for calm but urges the Federal Government to end such provocative antics being played by its officials to cover corruption,” the assertion added.