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Published On: Wed, Oct 15th, 2014

$9.3 bn arms deal: NYA gives FG ultimatum to set up Commission of Inquiry

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By Mercy Agabi

The Northern Youth Assembly, has given the federal government a 3week’s ultimatum on the $9.3million arms deal and has threatened to involve the United Nation’s (UN) Security Council if they fail to set up a Commission of Enquiry into the matter.

In a press statement signed by the group’s National Publicity Secretary, Comrade AdikwuOmaleJoshua, the Assembly expressed itsdisapproval on the $9.3 million money laundering scandal smuggled into South Africa in a private jet, which was claimed to bemeant for the purchase of arms by the Federal Government of Nigeria, the jet is owned by the President of CAN, Ayo Oritsejafor.

The National President of the Assembly, Ambassador Ibrahim Waiya, stated this while answering questions from the journalists in Kano, during his meeting with the civil society organizations to canvass for their support.

“The action of the Nigerian government has not only contravened its long advocated money transactions campaign of the CBN cash policy, which discourages the movement of huge money in cash, but has also breached the South African Laws that deal with transfer of foreign exchange of such proportion, Waiya added.

This decision, according to the group, is intended to support and consolidate the recently adopted resolution of the United Nations Security Council on discouraging the inflows of illegal money between countries to track down the sources of funding of the terrorists groups and procurement of arms by unauthorized individuals and groups.

According to the president of the Assembly, the ultimatum given to the President Goodluck Jonathan will lapse on October 18, 2014.

While responding to a question as to what their action is likely to be, if President Goodluck Jonathan fails to set up a commission of inquiry into the matter on the expiration of the ultimatum, Waiya said plans are underway for the presentation of the matter to the UN’s Security Council, for investigation by a coalition of over 200 Groups from the six geo political zones in the country, also parts of our prayers will be for the adoption of a resolution to impose travel sanctions against President Goodluck Jonathan, top Nigerian Government officials and CAN President Mr. Ayo Oritsejefor.

Also while commenting on the recent endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan as the PDP sole candidate for the forthcoming 2015 general elections in Nigeria, Ambassador Ibrahim Waiya said the decision of the PDP stakeholders was ill –timed, undemocratic, unpopular and very unfortunate, especially as the democratic rights of the other presidential candidates, willing to contest have been shattered, and thereby disenfranchising them as the citizens.


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