Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday berated President Muhammadu Buhari over revelations that Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, evaded the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said media reports that Shittu did not participate in the compulsory youth service is an indication that President Buhari’s administration is full of people with questionable character.
It said contrary to the repeated efforts by the president’s handlers to present him as “ Mr Clean”, President Buhari carries a “a weighty integrity burden.”
“The PDP insists that President Buhari has the moral burden of explaining what gains he derives from appointing fraudulent characters into very sensitive positions, a development that questions his integrity as a leader.
“President Buhari should provide answer to allegations that such individuals are being used as henchmen to fritter away trillions of naira from our treasury to service All Progressives Congress (APC), interests and the Presidency cabal.
“Nigerians know how President Buhari refused to sack, let alone prosecute the erstwhile Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, despite her culpability in certificate forgery and how the agents of the federal government escorted her out of the country to prevent her from opening up on the corruption allegations in the Presidency,” the PDP stated.
The opposition party challenged the president to explain why, “he has refused to sack or prosecute his Special Assistant on Prosecution and Chairman of the Special Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, despite declaration by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) that he parades a fake certificate.”