BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—Former governor of Edo State, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, yesterday, described the allegation of embezzlement of campaign funds levelled against Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State by President Goodluck Jonathan as ridiculous.
He said that rather than accuse the governor of embezzlement of campaign funds, the President should first arrest those who were involved in the pension fund saga and the alleged missing N20 billion from the Federation Account.
Oyegun, in a chat with Vanguard, said: “In politics, when you want to hang somebody, you accuse him of stealing money. But first the President should tell us who stole our N20 billion and they should ensure that all those who stole pension funds are arrested and prosecuted.
“Campaign funds are not public funds. It is a case of misplaced priority. It looks like the President is more concerned with campaign funds than with public funds. We had been told how many kilometres of road N20 billion can tar, let him punish those who are stealing public funds before talking about private campaign funds. The President’s outburst is ridiculous,” Oyegun insisted.
On the continued violence in the North perpetrated by the Boko Haram sect, Oyegun said: “There is no way to describe what is going on in the name of Boko Haram in this country. The Muslims are supposed to be extreme Muslims, here they are kidnapping Muslim children, what part of their struggle for God can justify such a dastardly act.
“Secondly, how can those children be abducted and the kidnappers are not be apprehended by security forces? How many pick up vans were required to transport them? How was it that those who abducted the kids travelled to the schools, fired shots, and abducted them, yet we did not hear of any response from any of the security agencies?
“I wonder how safe we are in this country. I am really sad for this country, none of us is safe in this country,” he said.