By Stanley Onyekwere
Self acclaimed founder and chairman of Nigeria Unity and Peace Corps (NUPEC), Prof. Humphrey Ogoengbunam, has raised the alarm on a purported move to misinform and defraud officers and hapless people especially youth in the society.
This is coming just as President Muhammadu Buhari expected to append his signature to the Nigeria Unity and Peace Corps (NUPEC) Bill, however a frosty relationship between the founder and a stand-in leader has come to the fore.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, last week, Prof Ogoegbunam alleged that the man he mandated to stand in for him when he took ill and was taken abroad for treatment has continued to deceive and defraud the unsuspecting public, by collecting money from them, a behaviour he dissociates himself from.
“It has come to my knowledge that one Mr. Chinedu Nneji kept instigating his associates to be misleading the general public on the origin and present state of NUPEC with a singular intention of misinforming and defrauding them.
“I decided to clear the air in order to protect the innocent and uninformed officers as well as the general public,” he stated.
He explained that he founded the organisation “as a voluntary peace mediating and advocacy civil society organisation to function in a paramilitary mode of operation fully funded in 1987.”
Ogoegbunam had through a letter of authority he personally signed mandated the said Chinadu Nnaji in 2013 , to act as Commandant General of NUPEC.
The letter reads: “You are hereby authorised to act on my stead as Commandant General.
“This will enable me to take proper treatment of my ailment.”
Also, the letter mandated one Mrs. Elizabeth Omini to act as assistant to Nnaji throughout the period of his absence.
He however said, in spite of the misunderstanding within, President Buhari should go ahead and sign the bill into law, so the corps can help curb unemployment among teeming youth.
Meanwhile, he denied
any conflict between him and Dr. Dickson Akoh, leader of a sister organisation whose bill was merged and considered as one by the National Assembly.