$25bn NNPC contract controversy: Lamido mocks Buhari

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Former Governor of Jigawa State, and a frontline presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Sule Lamido, chides President Muhammadu Buhari over the controversies surrounding the $25 billion contract in the NNPC despite all the hues of anti-corruption war and the widely celebrated integrity.

Receiving former Governor Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State in Bamaina, Jigawa State, who was on campaign tour of his aspiration for the PDP National Chairman, before his official declaration for the race this Thursday in Abuja, Lamido observed a controversial $25 billion which was not captured in the 2017 budget was spent by a commission of the federal government which claims to be upright.

The former Jigawa Governor further chideed the All Progressives Congress (APC), for ridiculing Nigerian citizens. Lamido declared: “it is only in this country that a government that is supposed to be for all would be mocking other Nigerians for criticising it. When you complain, they will call you wailing wailers.”

He maintained that: “government doesn’t mock its citizens no matter what, rather, it should encourage you by, at least, explaining things to the people.”

The PDP presidential aspirant further said that Buhari should forever be grateful to the PDP because he is the “the greatest beneficiary of PDP misrule”.

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He described the APC as an amalgamation of tyrannical, jealous and evil people, stressing that the continued unity of Nigeirans depends largely on PDP which must take over power by 2019.

“Nigerians must unite to revolt against slavery, hunger and starvation come 2019 and no amount of threat, intimidation, incarceration will silent me from speaking about the wrong doings of the APC Government,” Lamido advocated.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, had in a letter to President Buhari alleged that the NNPC Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, awarded contracts to the tune of $25 billion without due process. Kachikwu also accused Baru of insubordination and imbalance employment in NNPC

The President has since intervened and restored cordial relationships between the junior minster and the NNPC GMD.