Nigeria Air: PDP Demands Sirika’s Arrest Over Alleged N1.2bn Fraud

September 20, 2018
Press Statement

Nigeria Air: PDP Demands Sirika’s Arrest Over Alleged N1.2bn Fraud

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded for the arrest and
immediate prosecution of the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika
for using a non-existent national carrier to defraud the nation to the
tune of N1.2 billion.

The party says President Muhammadu Buhari should speak out on this act
of corruption under his watch, particularly following allegations that
funds released for the phantom project were diverted to finance his 2019
re-election bid.

The party said the purported indefinite suspension of the Nigeria Air
project is part of the fraudulent script by the Buhari Presidency, which
knows that it cannot go far with the lie, since the project does not
exist in the first place.

It would be recalled that the PDP had in July alerted the nation that
the unveiling of a non existent national carrier was a huge scam
designed to create an impression of achievement, as well as a conduit by
corrupt All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders and the Buhari
Presidency to siphon public funds for selfish purposes.

Nigerians now know that the reason for the rush to London to ‘unveil’
mere drawings of airplanes, name, logo and imaginary routes of a
non-existent fleet as our national carrier, without any structures,
operational license, clear partnership agreements and no form of ground
activity any where in our country.

What the APC and the Buhari Presidency failed to understand is that
lies, no matter how ornamented, always have their expiring dates. The
truth may be suppressed for a while, but it always has a way of coming
to light.

It is now clear to the world that the Buhari administration is corrupt
and lacks the capacity to productively engage against acts of
corruption. This is the major reason our economy went into a recession
and foreign investors have lost confidence in our nation.

The PDP demands that the N1.2 billion be immediately recovered and
directed to critical interventions in the aviation sector, including the
unpaid pension owed to retired aviation workers.

Finally, the PDP counsels the APC and Buhari Presidency to know that
Nigerians can now see through their corruption and lies for which they
will deal them a humiliating verdict at the polls, come 2019.


Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary