The All Progressives Congress (APC) has strongly warned against any
attempt to put pressure on the House of Representatives Committee that
is currently probing the disturbing jet scandal involving Minister of
Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison-Madueke.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its Interim National
Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the
investigation into the scandal is of great public interest, hence
those who are reportedly piling pressure on the House Committee on
Public Accounts should back off.
It said the allegation that the minister has spent 10 billion naira of
taxpayers’ funds to junket around the world in chartered private jets
is very serious and cannot be swept under the carpet as the PDP-led
Federal Government will like to do.
”Scandal is the hallmark of the PDP-led Federal Government and the
presidency, hence both may not feel the public anger at the report
that a minister, whose most notable ‘achievement’ is her contribution
to Nigerians’ burden with her fixation on endless fuel price
increases, has been frittering away the country’s resources on the
altar of unprecedented profligacy.
”But Nigerians are interested in knowing the truth. Since the
presidency has shown no interest in unraveling the truth about the
latest scandal to hit the country under its watch, the House of
Representatives which has taken on the challenge of seeking the truth
should not be hindered by anyone.
”Nigerians will like to know whether or not the minister spent the
huge funds on jets, who authorized the spending of such funds, whether
or not the expenditure was appropriated by the National Assembly and
which laws allow a government minister to junket around the world even
on private trips,” APC said.
The party commended the House Committee on Public Accounts for its
diligence and stated willingness to be fair to all and to carry out a
It urged the committee members to continue to put the interest of
Nigerians above any individual or party’s interest and to rebuff any
attempt to pressure them against carrying out their constitutional
Alhaji Lai Mohammed
Interim National Publicity Secretary