Abuja - The much-publicised $2,1 billion arms
deal is trivial compared to the alleged looting spree at the Federal Ministry
of Education under the watch of Nyesome Wike, the Rivers State Chapter of the
All Progressives Congress (APC) has said.
APC said the scandal, which involved the alleged
misappropriation of money allocated for the purchase of weapons for the Army,
was “child’s play” if likened to Wike’s tenure at the education ministry, when
funds were said to be unaccounted for.
APC, which suffered defeat to Wike’s People’s Democratic
Party (PDP) was reacting to the recent revelation by the People’s Coalition
Against Corruption alleging corruption at the ministry.
The group had alleged massive theft and diversion of
resources from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, the alleged swindling of over
N100 billion Universal Basic Education Fund, as well as the alleged conversion
and diversion of over N20 billion of the Ministry of Education budgets in four
years under Wike’s watch.
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In addition, according to the group alleged between 2012 and
2015, Wike using his position as Minister of State for Education to award
himself contracts through his companies and cronies.
Wike, currently the governor of Rivers, has dismissed the
Nonetheless, on Wednesday, APC appealed to the Presidency
and relevant agencies to launch a full-scale investigation into Wike’s alleged
“As we commend and congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari
for his drive to eradicate or reduce corruption to the barest level possible in
our nation’s polity, we wish to encourage him not to relent no matter the odds
and the efforts of corrupt Nigerians to fight it back. We totally agree with
him that if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill us as a nation,” the
- CAJ News