Group reveals how Obasanjo stole operation feed the Nation, others



Group
reveals how Obasanjo stole operation feed the Nation, others



By Our
reporter  



January 29,
2018



Online
Special



 



A Civil
Society group, Movement For Nigeria has revealed how former President Olusegun
Obasanjo converted some national  assets
into personal use during his time as President.



 



The group
said the action of the ex-president amounted to stealing of assets belonging to
Nigerians and called for his immediate prosecution by anti graft agencies.



 



Addressing
journalists in Akure on Monday, Olaiya Ayomide, National Co-ordinator of the
group listed the national assets to include Obasanjo Farms Ota, Bell
University, amongst others.



 



He expressed
surprise on the inability of successive administrations to recover such
national assets converted to personal properties by Obasanjo.



 



He said in
the interest of justice, equity and fairness, consistent with the treatment
meted out to other treasury looters, the federal government must immediately
take over all the assets that Dr. Obasanjo acquired with Nigeria’s money.



 



He urged the
President Buhari administration not to allow itself to be blackmailed by the
ex-president, saying such has become his antics once he is being investigated.



 



He said
Nigerians are of the worn out strategy of corrupt individuals jumping into
public criticism of any government of the day so that they can claim they are
being persecuted for their outspokenness once the nation’s anti-corruption
institutions begin probing or prosecuting them.



 



According to
Ayomide, Obasanjo became an overnight critic of the Buhari administration only
after finding out that the anti-corruption agencies have traced several of the
high-profile theft of public fund to him or his cronies.



 



He explained
that, “In fact, it is most worrisome that his days of appropriating our
commonwealth date back to his first coming as a military leader when
appropriated Operation Feed the Nation (OFN) and converted same into Obasanjo
Farms Nigeria (OFN) Limited.



This was to
later metamorphose into his current Ota Farm. He has therefore converted
Federal Government property into his personal asset in what has remained one of
the world’s worst case of abuse of office.



 



“This same
farm in Ota has been used as a conduit for siphoning public funds using bogus
contract for the supply of livestock at inflated prices to the Presidency
during popular festivities and holidays.



The practice
remained in place until the present government put a stop to it as part of cost
saving measures and to judiciously use public funds. It remains to be seen if
this discontinuation of the fraudulent contract is one of the grouses that the
former president has against Nigerians and the basis on which he is today doing
everything to punish us all by instigating instability.”



 



Abayomi said
the rot in the power sector is equally a direct consequence of the theft of
billions of naira which  Dr. Obasanjo
claimed he invested in the sector.



 



He said the
money had been the subject of several investigation by the National Assembly,
including the $10.6 billion probe.



 



“Unfortunately,
death threat and blackmail made federal lawmakers to abandon the investigation
in all instances. It is reassuring that one particular anti-graft agency has
now made sufficient headway to file charges against Obasanjo, which has now
made him to become an emergency critic just so that he can alleged witch-hunt.



 



“Several of
the ministers that served under Obasanjo in his eight year as a civilian
president have also begin to cooperate with the relevant law enforcement
agencies that are investigating money stolen under his government in exchange
for lessened punishment.



 



The feelers
out there are that their testimonies indicted their former boss and also
exposed non-public officers that colluded with him using NGOs as cover. Those
indicted with Obasanjo are the ones he has now invited to form an alliance that
will give them the same level of influence as an opposition party under his
supposed Coalition for Nigeria.



The strategy
as we have been made to understand is that anyone of them that is now arrested
or arraigned for corruption will simply claim to be a victim of vendetta,” he
said.



 



He urged the
government to have the courage to tell citizens when it is being blackmailed
into dropping corruption investigations or cases against high-profile former
office holders so that the decision to accede to their demands can be subject
to public debate because citizens will always back the government to combat
graft and not succumb to any arm-twisting tactics from someone like Obasanjo.



 



THE
NATION NEWSPAPER




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