BY EMMA OVUAKPORIE
ABUJA—Following the findings of the Presidential Advisory Committee, PAC, headed by retired General Theophilus Danjuma, that the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan was engrossed in corruption and high level debt profile, media team of the presidential flag bearer of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, has called on the president to resign.
In a statement by Ribadu’s campaign organisation and signed by the Head of Media and Communication, Ibrahim Moddibo, Ribadu stated that the PAC, which was set up by President Jonathan himself on January 20, presented a report to the president which raised alarm over widespread and substantial increase in the level of corruption in all sectors of government.
The report claimed that as a result of the high level of corruption, Nigeria had remained internationally uncompetitive and that it had hampered the implementation of several policies as vision 20-2020.
The media team said the committee also raised concerns over the depletion of the Excess Crude Account at a time of rising oil production and prices and excessive expenditure on the legislature.
“We are baffled that despite the common knowledge that corruption is the bane of the country’s growth and development, President Jonathan has allowed this menace to thrive during his administration.
“It is even more compelling that it is the president’s own advisers who are not only admitting this, but apparently chastising the government for its inactions by calling on the president and his administration to be more proactive in the fight against corruption,” the media team stated.
The campaign team suggested that since Jonathan was asking the Minister of State for Health to resign on corruption charges, “the president, who seems to be helpless in the face of this national problem, should also resign on the grounds of the findings of the PAC.
“Part of the vision of Malam Nuhu Ribadu is to tackle corruption head on. Being someone who understands the damage corruption does to the psyche and economy of Nigerians, Ribadu would ensure that he uses his past achievement of successfully fighting corruption to tackle the menace.”