APC lambasts Jonathan over $1 billion Boko Haram loan

Lai Mohammed

The party says the Jonathan administration is corrupt, inept and has no need for $1 billion loan.

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, has asked the National Assembly to properly scrutinize the puzzling request by President Goodluck Jonathan for a 1 billion dollar loan to fight the insurgent group Boko Haram, saying the administration has no business borrowing money if it had accounted for US$20 billion in oil funds or plugged the official stealing of 300,000 barrels of oil per day.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said even if the missing oil fund is only between 10 and 12 billion dollars as admitted by the FG, the amount represents more than 10 times the fund which the FG is now seeking to borrow under conditions that are yet unknown.

It described as disingenuous and sheer blackmail the argument that the money is for national security or that it would facilitate the release of the over 200 school girls who were abducted about 100 days ago.

“That argument is hollow. In the first instance, trillions of Naira have been allocated yearly – in the past few years – for security and defence, yet the fight against the insurgents rages on with deadly consequences. Secondly, the only reason the school girls have remained in captivity is the sheer cluelessness and incompetence on the part of the Jonathan Administration, which waited for all of 19 days before even admitting that the girls were kidnapped in the first instance.

”Therefore, putting more money in the hands of an incompetent and massively corrupt administration can only encourage more incompetence and corruption. That is why we are asking the National Assembly to put national interest above all other considerations by taking a dispassionate, non-partisan look at the President’s request.

”What we are saying in essence is that the National Assembly must summon security and military chiefs to explain how the huge funds allocated to security sector in the past has been spent, before more funds can be pumped into the sector. They must be asked what happened to the military equipment said to have been procured in recent years.

”They must also inquire from the administration why it should be borrowing 1 billion dollars when it has yet to account for the missing 20 billion dollar oil money, plug the daily stealing of 300,000 bpd and unravel the massive frauds that have hallmarked the tenure of this administration (pension fraud, oil subsidy scam, Malabu fraud etc). If after all the scrutiny, the National Assembly still feels it must approve the loan, so be it, but it (National Assembly) must know that its own integrity and credibility are on the line,” APC said.

The party also reminded Nigerians that the Nigerian civil war, which lasted three years, was prosecuted by the government without resorting to any external borrowing, due to competent and transparent management of the nation’s economy.

”On the contrary, trillions of Naira have been pumped into the Boko Haram war in the past five years, and Nigerians still do not have any indication of how soon the insurgency will end or what happened to the huge allocated funds. Instead, what the tax payers are being asked to do is to shell out more funds to finance the incompetence and corruption of a reckless administration, whose officials fly around the world in jets that burn billions of Naira but cannot allow them to be probed by the National Assembly,” it said.

APC wondered why the Jonathan Administration that roundly pilloried Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno State, when he alerted Nigerians to the need to adequately equip and motivate our men and women in uniform, has now turned around to admit that the military needs modern hardware to fight the insurgency.

The party said it aligns with those who have cautioned against the National Assembly giving a blank cheque to the administration, due to its inability to account for the past budgetary allocations for the security and defence, as well as its sheer cluelessness and palpable incompetence.

”This year alone, 20 per cent of the total national budget of 4.962 trillion Naira, which is about 968.127 billion naira, was allocated to Defence. How much of that money has been released so far and how has the funds been spent? What about the equally huge allocations in the previous years?

”With the Jonathan Administration allegedly spending or setting aside an average of 2 billion Naira to impeach each Governor of APC states, and the PDP-led Administration using the common wealth to bribe voters in a desperate bid to win elections at all costs, approving the 1billion dollar loan may amount to giving more ammunition to the Administration to stifle the nation’s democracy or even threaten the very existence of the country,” it said.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed
National Publicity Secretary
All Progressives Congress (APC)
Lagos, July 20th 2014


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  • redeem

    RUSSIAN security experts are worried over the possibility of the All Progressives Party (APC) taking over the reins of ts now cleargovernment in Nigeria next year, branding the party a coalition of Muslim extremists.

    The thinking in Russian political and security circles about the future of Nigeria was made known by a former presidential and Kremlin adviser, Alexander Nekrassov.

    Nekrassov, regarded globally as a political analyst and commentator, made the disclosure in a celebrated editorial opinion written for the respected Al-jazzera news channel.

    He noted that the thinking in Russia was to support President Goodluck Jonathan to continue in office and, if necessary, to extend emergency rule in the North-East base of Boko Haram and postpone the forthcoming general elections.If this article had been about Jonathan APC would have rushed to have the pieace shplashed all over the front pages of sharia reporters-

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Russia will not decide for Nigeria what is good for the country and her people. Russia itself is stuck in time and space, and is encouraging terrorism by the Ukrainian Separatists who have recently shot down a commercial jetliner, killing 298 innocent people.

      Russia itself has been turned to a pariah by the West because of its activities in the Ukraine. And Putin – like Pres. Jonathan – currently broods no opposition in his country.

      And the Jonathan Administration is so desperate it will pay anyone to write to demonize the opposition. Do you understand now?

      So please give us a break!

      • djay

        The clown won’t understand and never will understand, he thinks Nigerians are as foolish as they want to make us to believe. We are more than that and Nigerians are very much aware of how the clueless one has been ruining the country

      • ashibogu

        When I remember Russia I remember the tragic and painful death of 298 souls destroyed by their proxies in Ukraine. Can anything good come out of Russia? The answer is capital NO!

    • ashibogu

      Who is Russia? A terrorist nation that extinguished the light of 298 souls for nothing. I don’t want to hear anything Russia. Russia reminds me of blood and sorrow. Indeed, when I remember Russia water run for my eyes!

      • Ijeuwa

        Redeem, may be it’s time to use your other handles. You’ve been making a foooool of yourself here. If you’re authentic, why not use your real name? Alternatively, ask them to pay you more so you can use your real name, even though your family will suffer for it forever. Before you go, please say AMEN to this prayer: May your life and that of your family be run the way Jonathan and his PDP are running Nigeria.

    • Wähala

      Now Al-Jazeera is “the respected news channel” ba? No longer the Janjaweed mouthpiece for the APC kwo? So, an outlaw nation like Russia ruled by the tyrant LiliPutin is giving opinion your drunken paymaster is heeding ba? I guess Akpethesi and Vodka have their similarities. Oloshi. Keep drinking, your worthless life depends on it. For murdering 70 children among others, Russia is in no position to counsel anyone on terrorism, they sponsor it globally… just like Dumbo is sponsoring Boko Haram locally for political gains. Heartless Animals!

      • redeem

        what evidence do u have to show- that it was the Russians that shot down the Malaysian airliner-Besides-why did those working at the control tower divert the plane towards the war torn areas of Ukraine-what was the pilot doing in that zone? There is ample evidence to show that Surface 2 AIR MISSILES were fired by the US backed rebels on the day the planed crashed- Again tell us what the russian stands to gain from such an exercise-those who would achieve something from the mass murder of members of the global human family is d US–and not d Russians——————so the culprits are the yankees–similar to the story of the smoking gun over Iraq–concerning the weapons of mass destruction—which were never found——but because Saddam Hussein must die in accordance with the dictates of the Jews-some excuse has to be found to enable the US invade Iraq———————-I can now see why u align self with the janjaweeds in APC—cause u have -no brain–very shallow in thought-and deeds like the janjaweeds in APC ati boko haram–the Russians have spoken against the janjaweeds in APC-that is the news—are the Brtish not investigating links between APC ati boko haram- also?———-Al Jazeera still remain the mouth organ of the janjaweeds in APC ati boko haram—–cheers

        • Ijeuwa

          Mr. Redeem, may be it’s time to use your other handles. You’ve been making a foooool of yourself here. If you’re authentic, why not use your real name? Alternatively, ask them to pay you more so you can use your real name, even though your family will suffer for it forever. Before you go, please say AMEN to this prayer: May your life and that of your family be run the way Jonathan and his PDP are running Nigeria.

  • redeem

    Its now clear that APC is behind the planting of the fake Sanusi story that the president stole 20b-despite the fact that the senate has cleared the presidency on more than 2 occasions-of all the allegation–is like asking tinubu to expalin how he came by 16 foreing bank accounts-I am not in support of the loan-because of the thieves in charge of security–such as dasuki–gusua badey and IGP-we should learn how to cut our coat according to our size-APC would want the war to continue because the more people their agents in boko haram kill, the more chances they think they have of ruling Nigeria come 2015–Aware the fighters in boko haram are fulanis–and all the presidential candidates in APC are fulanis-

    • TRUTH MASTER

      So the APC forced the FG to admit that between 10 and 12 billion dollars in oul funds are missing?

      And must you insult people because of your hatred for the opposition? Must all Muslims and northerners be insulted because Pres. Jonathan wants a second term? Is this how to build a nation? Will Jonathan solicit the votes of Muslims and Northerners in 2015?

      As a Christian, I was taught not to judge others, so I won’t be judged. Apparently, you have no values!

      • redeem

        Nigeria will remain “ungovernable” for Jonathan: There are now strong indications that the effort of the military and other security operatives against these undesirable elements in our society may not yield the desired results soon as some very powerful persons in the government are bent on making sure that the country remains “ungovernable” for President Goodluck Jonathan.

        These people are not prepared to co-operate with the federal government to find lasting solution to this menace, rather they have continued to fan the ember of religious and ethnic crisis by all means. Are the british not investingating links betwen the janjaweed in APC ati boko haram–is russia the issue–they have spoken about their fears–APC is an islamic party period

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Can someone tell ugly, Lai Mohammed that attacking PDP is not a policy. What is APC’s alternative? We have heard all the allegations before. can we hear something else?

  • SAM BABALOLA

    Redeem , forget about Russia and whatever they say, Russia is one of the sponsors of Terror, u must thank u star u were not in M77,( May thier gentle and innocent souls RIP) you would have had a taste of Russia’terrorist act , may be they supply arms to BH and Putin as usual saying the opposite.
    Do u really have a job? Why do you reply to all posting here? How much do you collect from PDP pigs to pick all these crumps?
    Please , wise up and go and find out what happened to Kalu the YEA master of Abacha the butcher era.

  • redeem

    Nigeria will remain “ungovernable” for Jonathan: There are now strong indications that the effort of the military and other security operatives against these undesirable elements in our society may not yield the desired results soon as some very powerful persons in the government are bent on making sure that the country remains “ungovernable” for President Goodluck Jonathan.

    Added to the fact that these APC people are not prepared to co-operate with the federal government to find lasting solution to this menace, rather they have continued to fan the ember of religious and ethnic crisis by all means. Are the british not investingating links betwen the janjaweed in APC ati boko haram–is russia the issue–they have spoken about their fears–APC is an islamic party period

  • odiate obong

    instead of trying to work with jonathan and save this country,they are so anti jonathan

  • Broodyn

    Instead of all this noisemaking APC should think of how to work with the federal Government to tackle the issues of this nation. If there is no Nigeria there will be no APC, no PDP, no political party.