A group, Voice of Arewa Youth, VAY, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to constitute a neutral body to probe alleged claim that the NNPC withheld N3.8 trillion of the N8.1 trillion generated from oil receipt and $2.1 billion said to have been unilaterally withdrawn by the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
The group warned that the four-man committee set up is made up of parties in the matter and may not be unbiased.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, leader of the group, Mallam Bello Khalifa stressed that as desirable as the probe is, considering the deficit of development in the country, the composition of the probe panel was faulty maintaining that an interested party in a matter cannot be an unbiased umpire.
He explained that prior to the committee, some of its members had openly accused persons in the former administration particularly the former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozie Okonjo-Iweala of not been prudent in the handling of the nation’s finances.
He said, “As laudable as this move is considering the deficit of development in the country, our fear is that the exercise if not properly handled might not yield the expected result.
“This is evidenced in the suspicion that exists between the members of the present executives and the previous one. While the present administration accuses the former of lack of prudence in the management of the nation’s resources, the previous administration sees the incumbent as speaking as an opposition and advises it to put on the toga of a government”.
The group further appealed to the President to steer clear of issues that could portray him as not keeping to his words when he declared that his governments will not witch-hunt members of the past government.
It would be recalled that the National Economic Council had recently set up a committee comprising of governors of Gombe, Edo, Akwa Ibom and Kaduna States to probe the alleged claim that the NNPC withheld N3.8 trillion of the N8.1 trillion generated from oil receipt and $2.1 billion said to have been unilaterally withdrawn by the Goodluck Jonathan administration in the last six months of its tenure.


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