Seized $9.3million Controversy: APC raises 15 questions for President Jonathan

APC Chairman John Odigie Oyegun

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to come clean on the circumstances surrounding the 9.3 million US dollars that was impounded in South Africa, which has become the latest in a series of global ridicule to which the scandal-prone Jonathan administration has subjected Nigeria and her people.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party also called on the National Assembly to launch an urgent investigation into the issue, saying the silence of the peoples’ representatives on the issue is deafening, unfathomable and unacceptable.

It said there is no doubt that the President is at the centre of the whole issue, considering the presidential treatment given to the plane and its cargo, since the plane departed from the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, away from the reach of the Nigerian Customs Service which could not therefore have cleared the plane and its passengers.

”It is absolutely urgent for President Jonathan to clear the air on this alleged off-the-shelf equipment or arms purchase, which runs against all known protocol for such purchases anywhere in the world. Military equipment and weapons are not bean cakes to be purchased by the road side. There are globally-acceptable protocols for such purchases by governments, otherwise what differentiates a government from an insurgent group that is shopping for arms?

Questions for the President:

1. ”Is the Jonathan Administration not aware that the UN General Assembly on April 2nd 2013 adopted a landmark Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) precisely to regulate the international trade in conventional weapons by avoiding the kind of road-side purchase that the Nigerian government is said to have been involved in? Though the ATT has not come into effect, the fact that Nigeria is among the few countries to have signed and ratified the treaty shows that the country is concerned by unregulated arms trade,’’ the APC said.

The party said the resort to ”procedural error” to explain away the whole issue cannot work, because Nigerian authorities cannot pretend not to be aware that currency brought into or taken from South Africa is monitored by law, and that anyone bringing into that country more than R25,000 in South African currency or U$10,000 or the equivalent thereof in foreign currency must declared such.

2. It said that in any case, those who are using ”procedural error” as an alibi are being too clever by half. This is because if entering or leaving a country with undeclared $9.3 million is mere ”procedural error”, why was Sule Lamido’s son convicted for not declaring a mere $50,000 dollars at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport?

The APC said in the spirit of fairness, it has however decided to give President Jonathan and the government he heads the opportunity to make urgently-needed clarifications by answering a number of questions relating to the $9.3 million scandal.

3. “Is the money indeed meant to purchase a helicopter as has been reported?

4. “To which arm of the government or security force does the money belong?

5. “Who appropriated it and for what purpose?

6. “Why was the money being ferried in cash by the same government that has been spending huge time and money to promote a cashless policy? Is the resort to cash to avoid a paper trail for the transaction, in which case it is illegal?

7. ”Mr. President, we are aware that each arm of security has an account with the CBN for the purpose of arms purchase and such transactions are properly documented, so why was this not the case in this instance?

8. “Mr. President, why did it take your government all of 10 days to admit its involvement in this scandal, considering that the embarrassing incident happened since Sept. 5th and was not known until Sept. 15th?
9. “Does this saga not give credence to the widely held view that you are indeed benefitting from the the Boko Haram insurgency and that you have deliberately allowed it to escalate to this level?

10. ”Mr. President, has this saga not confirmed the suspicion that your 2015 reelection bid has been factored into your handling of the Boko Haram insurgency?
11. “Has this saga not given more credence to revelations that the sponsors of Boko Haram are those closest to the President?
12. Has this saga not finally confirmed that the President knows more than he is telling the nation about the sudden escalation of the Boko Haram insurgency, especially in the run up to the 2015 elections?

13. ”Mr. President, has this saga not confirmed that powerful forces in your administration are all working in concert to use the Boko Haram insurgency to secure tenure extension for President Jonathan?
14. “Is not clear now why the Senate President infamously declared two days ago that election is not on the table since the country is in a state of war?
15. “Have we not been proven right in our declaration at the panel discussion in the British House of Commons on Sept. 8th 2014 that the Jonathan administration will attempt to cash in on the Boko Haram insurgency to postpone elections?”

The party said the answers to the questions raised would go a long way in showing Nigerians that their government is not clandestinely buying equipment and weapons to fuel the Boko Haram insurgency and then profit from its own act of perfidy.

It said while the President is compiling his answers to the posers, he should ask his spokespersons to stop adding insult to injury by saying the CIA, FBI, Mossad etc also travel abroad with undeclared cash, in clear violation of the laws of their destination countries, to buy arms.

”Mr President only gangsters and terrorists conduct their businesses in this manner. Therefore, please call your spokespersons to order, while you are preparing to come clean to Nigerians on this latest scandal,” APC said.


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  • Spoken word

    GEJ is a lost cause. anybody raising any issues now is just wasting their time.

    • Chris1408

      True talk

      • CONSOLIDATION 2015

        President Goodluck Jonathan will rule this country till 2019 and nothing haters can do about it. Haters should go get better jobs to do or relocate.

        • BABAZARIA

          The time has come for us in Naija to follow the foot steps of Scotland. Nigeria should please be broken up into the 6 (Six) Geo-political Zones and each to take its fate in its hands. Enough is Enough. Any Region that fails to survive should as well go into EXTINCTION.

        • TRUTH MASTER

          Sebi the President will vote himself into office eh?

          • BABAZARIA

            Let the PDP Governors just declare and swear him in, since they have virtually finished endorsing him as their SOLE CANDIDATE.

        • Wähala

          Over my dead body!

  • yusuf

    We should be waiting for an event that will be used to divert Nigerians attention, like the looming fuel scarcity that will be deliberately overblown to make Nigerians forget. Oh God save Nigeria.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      It has happened already….Yesterday’s attack in Kano!!!

    • AL

      The Kano FCE attack of course!!

  • TOG123

    Answers please..

  • Chris1408

    GEJ will not serve one second past his time if not before then. We can’t afford the disgrace this moron is putting on us. Corruption, stupidity and incompetence are his trademark.

    • CONSOLIDATION 2015

      You open your mouth to call your president a moron.. I don’t blame you, it just shows the character you are made of. I have one question for you: What have you been able to achieve in your entire life? Are you proud of it? How many people have you been able to affect their life positively? My advice for you is that you kindly check your self first before others. You don’t have to be a president before you can effect those desired changes of yours in your world.

      • Chris1408

        I guess you’re one of the parasites sucking Nigeria dry and pulling it backward. Just say amen to this simple prayer. “May your family and generations unborn be what GEJ has turned Nigeria to”. Please say amen.

        • collins

          Aaaaah nobody can say amen oo.gej regime na disaster

      • Mulumba

        oga, everybody is entitled to his or her own opinion. This is a public space not your sitting room!

      • Scalywag

        Ok. Don’t worry sir. GEJ is a GENIUS. How’s that?

    • tolu

      #JEG BRING BACK OUR HONOUR

  • Mr. Abdin

    The level of impunity in the polity is very unfortunate we hope to keep on praying for change so that our dear country out of this present quagmire.

  • wode

    APC, nice posers! This is a credence to having a virile opposition. In fairness to the Presidency, we await its answers to these questions and others raised by other people and groups. e.g. those raised by Festus Keyamo..

  • tobilade

    at Lai is being decent
    wat a testimony!

  • Man of God

    Globally, I have not read, heard or aware of any leader so poor, less vissionary, egocentric and destructive to nation building than president Goodluck Jonathan (JONATAN) Yoruba dialect.
    May God Almighty continue to reveal all his clandestine plans and pull him down and all his errands and associates if it’s to the detriment of well-being of all Nigerians indiscriminately and may all our religions leaders be of God and for God not for flesh and worldly material as demonstrated by the mischoosen CAN president, Orisajafor. He’s a disappointmenter to true and ideal Christians

    • CONSOLIDATION 2015

      I will advice you change this your user name to something else, but definitely not Man of God. Using such derogatory words against your leader certainly is not biblical. The bible advice you pray for those in authority over you because God is the one that put them there (they might not be the best or doing according to your expectation). You have your vote to remove those that you feel are not leading you well through democratic legitimate means. Using foul language against them just help to expose your intellectual capacity. I put it to you that you are the one that is a disappointment to true and ideal Christians and not President Goodluck Jonathan.

      • TRUTH MASTER

        Praying for thieving leaders cannot be what the Holy Bible meant. Praying for untruthful leaders cannot be what the Holy Bible meant. And who are you to judge anyone anyway? Didn’t your own Bible tell you not to judge others?

      • Chris1408

         Just say amen to this simple prayer. “May your family and generations unborn be what GEJ has turned Nigeria to”. Please say amen.

  • Wähala

    The legit questions the APC has raised need urgent answers/actions taken to address & punish the culprits if anyone is found culpable in violation of arms & int’l money laundering laws. It is not enough to play cheap partisan politics with a mega-sensitive issue of lifting $10million of our common patrimony with private jets belonging to cronies of the President of the Frederal Republic of Nigeria… it’s an impeachable offense! The world is watching President Zuma of South Africa closely so, it won’t wash to just castigate Alhj. Lai Mohammed and distract Nigerians with further wanton bombing mayhem in Kano, and their yeye adoption of the same criminal Nigerians don’t want on the ballot paper as their flag bearer in 2015… Dr. Dumbo is persona-non-grata, he belongs to Den Haag and the ICC for the senseless murder of 59 sleeping students for political dividend. He’s a war criminal. My bet is he can’t answer any of the posers so, Alhaji Lai et al, should seriously consider their options about applying to the UN, ICC & other world bodies about bringing Jona Dumbo to justice. Shikena!

  • concerned9ja

    This is robust opposition. God bless whoever took part in packaging these posers together. Why is this hovrrnment behaving as if every Nigerian is an imbecile like this president?

  • Ayyuba Ibrahim

    We are waiting for the answers to the questions

    • BlackieUmukoro

      Which questions ?

    • Yahaya Loko

      Yes, but ultimately our wait would be futile cos the answers to the questions would never be available to us. I bet you!

  • BlackieUmukoro

    When you wear the face of a rat, you are bound to be attacked by the cat, and so it is with APC that has taken on the coloration of a rat

    • bash

      Pls answer these questions for ur agogoro broda Jonah so that we will know that u are a real pdp spokes man, just answer the questions that’s all we need from u, mumu.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        You bash animals. Poor animals
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • bash

          Mr human being answer the questions period.

  • Fatai kuteyi

    President Jonathan needs to answer to that, He should let Nigerian know why not through the CBN.

  • Truthometer

    While waiting for the answers, another scandal is about to erupt. Stay tuned to NTA Dumbo.

  • abujakenneth

    I have 17 questions for APC, watch out tomorrow

  • Akeem Amao

    I know that this irresponsible leaders would ignore the question! This is the more reason why they must be shown out of office on or even before 2015 by was of impeaching the president of this nation.
    We now have so many reasons to get him impeached but would The Senate look into it? NO. Will Nigerians be well I informed? NO. Will logical steps be taken to ensure accountability? NO. So where do use go from here.

    As an opposition, can we not sue the government to prompt accountability that we deserve?

  • Akeem Amao

    Akeem Amao • a minute ago
    I know that this irresponsible leaders would ignore these questions! This is the more reason why they must be shown out of office on or even before 2015 by way of impeachment.

    We now have so many reasons to get him impeached but would The Senate look into it? NO. Will Nigerians be well Informed? NO. Will logical steps be taken to ensure accountability? NO. So where do we go from here?

  • juachebe

    Why is the National Assembly silent on this our collective shame? This government has ridiculed us before the international community.

  • Gbo_lee

    May God bless the APC for giving the Nigerian democracy a major and genuine opposition and alternative to the clueless PDP that Nigerians have been subjected to since 99. The government and their media soldiers Abati and co will take another 10 days to come up with another response that will be flawed. Very shameful government. Change!! APC!!