The All Progressives Congress, APC, has criticized the federal government and some members of the National Assembly for making attempts to sweep under the carpet the facts surrounding the $9.3 million seized by the South African Government.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday by the party National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the APC said the cover-up plans manifested clearly at the House of Representatives on Tuesday, when Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha rejected a debate on a motion seeking a probe into the issue that has rubbished the country in the global community.
The statement further said the rejection by Ihedioha became more suspicious amid allegations that $50,000 bribe had been given to some members of the House to submerge the motion.
APC, however, applauded its members in the lower chamber of the house for staging a walk-out in protest against the decision not to give room for a debate on the issue, adding that their actions showed that they are in support of many Nigerians who are asking for clarity over the issue.
The party said Nigerians would want to know how possible it was for such a huge amount of money to be smuggled into South Africa despite the limitation placed on certain amount of money that can be taken out of the any country.
The party said while the Senate has already launched a probe into the issue, Nigerians would have preferred that the probe be done openly, instead of behind closed doors so that there would not be any shade of doubt about the transparency of the investigation.
It however expressed the hope that the Senate will do a thorough job to unravel the circumstances surrounding the cash smuggling gate.
”It is shocking that those who were elected by the people will fail to act in the interest of the people. But then we in the APC are not really surprised at this development, going by the antecedents of the Jonathan Administration and his party, the PDP. Thank goodness, every day the PDP and the government it has sired at the centre are showing why they should not be voted back into office,” it said.
The party insisted that the present administration and its allies must prove that they are clean regarding the controversies surrounding the money as it also question the rationale behind why a government that has spent millions of naira to promote a cashless policy decided to fly 90 blocks of $100,000 each to another country in violation of that country’s laws.
APC urged all Nigerians and Civil Society Organizations to ensure that the issues surrounding this scandal are unearthed in the interest of the country and it’s people.