By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja
The National Youth Council of Nigeria has tasked the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) to be more professional in the discharge of its duties.
The NYCN gave the charge at the end of its emergency meeting held in Abuja, on 5th of December, 2019.
In a statement on Monday, signed by National Publicity Secretary of NYCN Amb. Akoshile Muktar and Comrade Adedamola Olugbode, Vice President, leadership of the association bemoaned the way and manner, the ICPC conducts it affairs.
“The leadership of the Council is concerned about the way and manner the ICPC has unilaterally turned itself into a cog in the wheel of progress towards a regime of digital broadcasting in Nigeria.
“It is rather curious that this is at a time the government of the day, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, is working assiduously and investing huge sums of money to make the Nigerian economy sufficiently diversified to engage our teeming unemployed youth in productive endeavors.
“The Digital Switch Over is one such programme that the government made a priority from very early in its first tenure, due to the capacity of the broadcasting industry to provide employment for our populace over the long-term.
“It is rather curious that an agency of government would be working at cross purposes to the stated objective of the government, against the greater good of the Nigerian people” the NYCN stated.
It was against this backdrop that NYCN resolved that the ICPC discontinue forthwith the jamboree prosecution and persecution of the chairman of Pinnacle Communication s and the DG of NBC.
“That the ICPC apologize to Nigerians over their conduct during the course of this matter.
“We call on the Presidency to set up an independent panel of inquiry to investigate this matter and to unmask the people behind this well-orchestrated plot to sabotage Nigeria, by capitalizing on President Buhari’s war on corruption to mask their evil intentions.
We wish to state that the Leadership of the over 80 million Nigerian youth demand for an end to this witch-hunt and save the judiciary their precious time to adjudicate on important matters.
“We wish to put on record the unflinching support of the NYCN for the programmes of the federal government anchored on the war against corruption, with a view to building a more resilient economy that will have the capacity to keep our youth busy and away from crime and violence that has become the order of the day in our country today.
“Curiously, the matter under discussion, being the ongoing prosecution of the Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the Chairman of Pinnacle Communications Limited, over an alleged diversion of funds.
“It is worrying that an organization of the ICPC’s stature would reduce itself to posturing as though it were carrying out a hatchet job for vested interests, through the visible gaps in the arguments it has made to the public on the subject matter.
“That the ICPC chose to go to the media to conduct a showy trial even before approaching a competent court is the first case in point that buttresses our position. That the ICPC would announce to the nation that the Minister of Information, who had given approval for the money to be disbursed to Pinnacle Communications, would be serving as prosecution witness because he signed the approval in error would be laughable if scarce government resources weren’t being expended on this exercise, not to talk of the cost to the nation in investments from the DSO being stalled.