As reaction continues to trail the comment of President Muhammadu Buhari on $16 billion spent on power projects by the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has asked that the issue goes beyond a jibe and be subjected to a public probe.
On Tuesday, while receiving members of Buhari Support Group (BSG), Buhari tackled the former president for wasting $16 billion on power projects without corresponding supply, hinting that his government will probe money that went into the power sector.
However, in a swift reaction, Obasanjo dismissed the president’s claim as ‘ignorant’, asking him (Buhari) to read a section of his book ‘My Watch’ where he said spending on power projects while he held sway were detailed.
Adding its voice to the conversation, CNPP, the umbrella of political parties in Nigeria, asked Buhari to take the issue beyond commenting and go a step further by instituting a public probe of the power spending and other expenditure during Obasanjo’s tenure.
In a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, on Wednesday, CNPP noted that openly probing Obasanjo administration on the expenditure on power projects will prove Buhari’s anti-corruption posture, maintaining that it will give his (Buhari) anti-graft war a teeth.
“We expect President Buhari to institute a full scale public inquiry into the spending on power by former President Obasanjo’s administration. This will give teeth to his anti-graft war.
“His administration’s concentration on one particular administration, while leaving the ones before the former President Goodluck Jonathan government has been the reason for our doubt of the sincerity in his war against corruption,” the statement said.
CNPP insisted that Nigerians deserved to know what actually transpired in the power sector, adding that “it is time to prove to Nigerians that he is really fighting corruption.”
Continuing, it said that “We now call on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately begin the probe and assure all Nigerians that he is not selective on his anti-graft war.
“Mr. President must equally probe members of his own cabinet fingered in corruption cases to make his own war on corruption total.”