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Politics Seized $5.7million: Stop Embarrassing Nigeria,You Can't Threaten South Africa -APC Tells Jonathan



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Following the seizure of seizure of $5.7 million of Nigerian arms money by the South African authorities, the All Progressives Congress, APC has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to stop embarrassing the country.

A statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday by APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, read, "Again, Mr. President, Nigerians are urging you to please come clean over these cash-for-arms scandals. They want you to answer critical questions on the legality of your administration's repeated conduct. They want to know the identities of the two Nigerians who were arrested with an Israeli in South Africa over the first illegal deal, especially since the Israeli has been named.

''Nigerians want to why the purported arms procurement for the government is done illegally between private companies that are neither known nor registered for dealing in arms? And why are the movement of monies not transparently documented for what they really are, if they are truly for legitimate purposes?

''They want to know whether indeed the weapons which the government is seeking so furiously to procure are for the battle against Boko Haram or for a sinister motive, considering the desperation of your Administration to continue to rule at all cost and by any means possible. They want to know whether every Nigerian should begin to fear what will happen in the days and weeks leading to the forthcoming general elections, against the backdrop of your Administration and party's do-or-die politics.

''Mr. President, if the funds involved in the latest seizure were sent through bank transfer, can the government explain why Oritsejafor's plane was stuffed with cash and transported to South Africa? Can your Administration's embarrassing explanation that it is customary for other country's security agencies, including with MOSSAD, KGB and CIA, to cart plane loads of cash across the world to purchase black market weapons hold any more water now? These are some of the questions Nigerians are asking, not an untenable spin by untruthful government officials,'' it said.

On the threat issued by Nigeria to South Africa, the APC said ''Mr. President, you cannot threaten another country when your Administration is willfully breaking the laws of that country. In this case, your Administration stands on a weak moral ground, as its hands have been caught in the cookie jar. Therefore, issuing infantile threats is laughable, unacceptable and wrong.

''Even at a time when we were ruled by military dictators and our country was a pariah nation, we did not experience these repeated and embarrassing national disgrace and clandestine, terrorist groups' approach to the purchase of arms. How can Nigeria truly be a respected member of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) when our own government and its operatives are self identified and self confessed money launderers?'' APC queried.

The APC statement concluded by appealing to the Jonathan led Administration to tread softly in the interest of all Nigerians, who will be the ones to suffer the repercussions of the government's repeated illegal conduct.

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