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Charlyboy to lead protests against corruption in President Buhari’s government


-Charlyboy to lead protests against Buhari’s aides facing corruption allegations. 

-The protest is designed to make President Buhari take decisive actions against such aides.

Veteran Nigerian musician, Charles Oputa popularly known as Charly Boy, has disclosed he would be leading his group in a daily protest to force President Muhammadu Buhari to act on corruption allegations levelled against top members of his government.

Some of the officials identified include suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and recently, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru.

Recall Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state, recently criticized the Buhari administration for being partial in the handling of cases involving corrupt officials within his government and that which affects members of the opposition.

In a statement released on Monday and signed by Deji Adeyanju, Bako Abdul Usman, Ariyo Atoye, and Moses Paul, the group vowed to commence a daily sit-out at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, from Tuesday to bring public attention to the attitude of the Buhari led administration in prosecuting alleged corrupt officers within its  government.

Making reference to the recent saga between NNPC’s boss, Maikanti Baru and the minister of state for petroleum resources, Ibe Kachikwu, the group accused the president of deliberately shielding corruption.

It listed other acts that showed the president was supporting corrupt officials in its government.

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“The $43 million found in the Osborne Apartments allegedly stolen and hidden by the suspended Director of the National Intelligence Agency, Mr. Ayo Oke is one.

“The mismanagement and theft of funds meant for the welfare of people displaced by the ongoing war against Boko Haram in the North-eastern part of the country by the suspended Secretary General of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal to the tune of N270 million (Two Hundred & Seventy Million Naira) is another one.

“Allegations of bribery to the tune of N120 billion (One Hundred and Twenty Billion Naira) against the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Navy, Senator Isah Missau.

“Allegations of corrupt enrichment made by the Ekiti State House of Assembly against the Minister of Mines & Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi, to the tune of N40 billion (Forty Billion Naira),” the statement said.

He said Nigerians, “are dismayed by the apathy displayed in this regard by the Federal Government.”

“Instead, the reports of the investigation of some of these allegations have been totally ignored by the President. In other cases, these officials seek to use the apparatus of the Nigerian State to silence these allegations and stifle their investigation and prosecution.

“An example is the application made by the Inspector General of Police before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, seeking an order restraining the Senate from investigating the allegations of bribery made against him.”

“In the light of these disturbing developments and the insouciance of the Federal Government in fighting them, we shall commence a daily sit out at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, from Tuesday October 17th, 2017 to highlight these allegations of corruption against these and other top officials of the Buhari administration and strongly demand that President Buhari takes action against them in line with his anti-corruption campaign.

The sit out will commence from 09:00am and will hold daily until the president moves to decisively tackle these issues.”

Prior to the President’s return to the country, Charly Boy had led his group in a protest demanding President Buhari returns to the country from his medical vacation away in London or resign from his position as the President.

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