Power project: Arewa Forum demands Obasanjo’s probe

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Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has backed the call on President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to probe former President Olusegun Obasanjo over the alleged $16billion power project scandal.

ACF said it would send a signal to other public office holders on the need to manage the nation’s resources properly.

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National Publicity Secretary of ACF, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, in an interview with The Nation, said it was worrisome that those that were responsible for the failure of the power project, were not brought to justice despite the previous probe by the National Assembly.

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“The calls by some Nigerians on President Buhari to probe the alleged $16 billion power project scandal is not misplaced, considering the harm corruption has inflicted on the nation and the promise by this regime to fight it.

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“From 1999 to date, the promises made by our political leaders to improve power supply have mostly been observed in the breach.

“The National Assembly had sometimes probed the alleged corruption associated with power supply, but Nigerians are yet to know the fate of that probe.

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“Most worrisome is the lack of the political will to bring to justice those found guilty by the probes which have, unfortunately, continued to encourage corruption by making it a way of life and culture.

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“Therefore, the change we need is to make public officials, however highly placed, account for their malfeasance while in office.

“The probe will serve as a deterrence to others and also instil prudence in managing public office for performance,” Biu said.

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