The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, for allegedly using a non-existent national carrier to defraud the country the sum of N1.2billion.
The party said that President Muhammadu Buhari should unleash his anti-corruption bulldog on Sirika, following allegations that funds released for the phantom project were diverted to finance his 2019 re-election bid.
In a statement on he issued on Thursday in Abuja, PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said that last July it alerted Nigeria on the unveiling of a non-existent national carrier, which it described as a huge scam designed to create an impression of achievement, as well as a conduit by the All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders and the Buhari Presidency to siphon public funds for selfish purposes.
Ologbondiyan said that the “indefinite suspension of the Nigeria Air project was part of the fraudulent script written by the Buhari Presidency, which knows that it cannot go far with the lie, since the project does not exist in the first place.
“Nigerians now know the reason for the rush to London to ‘unveil’ mere drawings of airplanes, name, logo and imaginary routes of a non-existent fleet as our national carrier, without any structures, operational license, clear partnership agreements and no form of ground activity anywhere in our country.
“What the APC and the Buhari Presidency failed to understand is that lies, no matter how ornamented, always have their expiring dates. The truth may be suppressed for a while, but it always has a way of coming to light.
“It is now clear to the world that the Buhari administration is corrupt and lacks the capacity to productively engage against acts of corruption. This is the major reason our economy went into a recession and foreign investors have lost confidence in our nation,” the PDP said.
It therefore demanded that the N1.2billion sent allegedly used for the project be immediately recovered and directed to critical interventions in the aviation sector, including the unpaid pensions to retired workers.