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N255 million for two cars: This is not the first of its kind

01 November 2013, 10:45 Julius Ngbede Philips

Now my candid opinion over this issue of N255 million armored BMW car owned by the aviation minister is neither out of fear nor favour but an opportunity to enable me properly scrutinise and figure out what I feel is the truth in her case.

My grudge with Oduah is not of the fact that she acquired doctored, crazy and highly inflated price of armoured cars to improve her security apparatus but her actions in this case are calculated to defraud, deceive confuse, steal, misappropriate and loot the tax payers' treasury of this country. Worst of it all, a huge expenditure of this kind was made without the concurrence of our eminent senate and that makes her case more criminal than it appears.

Stella Oduah is purchasing a N255 million worth of vehicles when our students are at home languishing in despair. Oduah is buying two cars worth N255 million when the federal government is looking for money to meet the demand of ASUU.

I have a few questions for the aviation minister if i may, ma' you spent N255 million on cars alone, do you have a scholarship scheme and how many Nigerians are benefiting from it? how many persons who are unable to fend for themselves on account of ill-health, old age and displacements are on your payroll?. well wonders shall never seize!

This should not be like the case of Patricia Etteh's who used N600million to renovate her apartment, this goes to show that women would make the worst leaders in this country if given the chance this case must not be treated with levity.

Their is no point in the senate suggesting her to resign, rather she should be probed and sacked out of that office she lack the commitment to be there in the first place. The issue of financial scandal is becoming a tradition in this country, we should stop treating resignation with dignity in a matter cascaded in deceit, forgery, theft and looting of public funds. If you are discovered to have misused or misappropriate your office or embezzled public fund, you should still be punished and notwithstanding resignation should follow.

This is why Patricia Etteh's case should be revisited and thus punish if found guilty if we want to tell ourselves the truth. I stand out to urge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate this scandal and sanction any persons found to have transgressed the law in any manner. Resignation should not be a stop to an investigation neither should it be an absolute bar to protection let us stop shying away from the truth this country must move forward.

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