By: Dayo Fasasi
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has stated that there are 55 confirmed people who have stolen N1.34 trillion from the Nigerian treasury from 2006 to 2013.
Mohammed said “There are just 55 people who stole N1.34 trillion from the Federal Government. These were former governors, ministers, politicians and bankers”, though he neglected to list them.
Mohammed proclaimed, “If only one third of these looted funds could be recovered, it would build 635km of dual carriageway, it will educate 3974 children from primary school to tertiary institutions at N25m per child, also in addition would have built 20,000 housing unit of two bedroom flat and one ultra-modern hospital in each state of the federation and finally would give us 183 First Class school.”
The minister also said that the president, Muhammadu Buhari, is a corruption free man. This why the government was able to launch a fight against corruption campaign last week.
Mohammed continued to say, “Buhari’s failure to sign a N400 million bullet proof car vouchers not only saved Nigeria N400 million, but N200 million multiplied by 36 ministers. When Buhari, rejected the new bullet proof cars, no minister could ask his ministry of new cars.”
He further claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption is not selective as people claimed, rather it’s against every corrupt practices.
Mohamed cited the case of his ministerial confirmation, where he was allegedly asked for N400 million for the senators confirmation. “I was afraid, when I got nominated as the minister because I did not have the money for confirmation. Someone told me that I will need N400 million for confirmation – N1 million for the 109 senators and N5 million for the principal officials.” He vividly said that no senators could ask any nominee for confirmation money because they saw the president’s body language.