The plan by the federal government to seek foreign loan of
The vacation of the lawmakers is bound to slow down the process of getting the loan approved. And even when the lawmakers resume, the approval of the loan may face some tough time from the opposition lawmakers, especially the
The party further alleged that the Jonathan administration is spending or setting aside an average of N2 billion to impeach each governor of the APC states.
It said the federal government has no business borrowing money if it had accounted for the
In a statement issued yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary,
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 schoolgirls 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.
"They must also inquire from the administration why it should be borrowing
If after all the scrutiny, the
"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
APC wondered why the Jonathan administration that had roundly pilloried. Governor 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 the
Speaking in the same vein, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has warned the PDP-led federal government against the dangerous tactics of polarizing the country along fault lines as a means of diverting the attention of Nigerians from its ineptitude and apathetic posture to corruption and insecurity.
Reacting to a report in a weekly paper alleging that a former Russian spy has linked the APC to terrorists and extremists, the former vice-president said these sponsored allegations by the PDP administration would not help the country.
He said no responsible government should seek to create division, suspicion and animosity among its citizens by linking the opposition leaders with terrorist activities or accusing them of harbouring extremists.
According to Atiku in signed statement yesterday, the PDP has officially and publicly through its National Publicity Secretary, labelled APC the "
He maintained that the PDP tactics of divide and rule is a reflection of desperation because the citizens are openly clamouring for change.
Similarly, the Minority Leader in the
The APC and leader of opposition in the green chamber through a statement issued by his media aide,
He said: "The federal government by setting an illegal benchmark has been creaming off about
Gbajabiamila also said: "The request for
The lawmaker advised his colleagues in the
He further called for a comprehensive audit of what has happened to all the money allocated by the
"Secondly, we have the MTEF which laid out government expenditure framework for the next 3 years. We must stack this alongside this recent request and see if there is any place for such.
"Thirdly, what was the amount of debt forgiveness or forbearance given to Mohammed Abacha? That amount if any must be stacked against the loan sought to determine whether granting same makes any sense.
"Fourthly, what are the conditions for the loan? What is the repayment schedule and who bears the burden? "Fifthly, what did the recently held
"Sixthly, it was reported that government had set up a forensic audit to investigate the alleged missing
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