Query Ministers Over Lavish Inauguration Parties, Opposition Parties Tell Buhari

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Two opposition parties, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate three of his ministers after they were purported to have organised parties following their inauguration.

Uche Secondus, PDP National Chairman, and Ikenga Ugochinyere, spokesperson of CUPP, expressed their reservations over the ministers’ conduct in separate interviews.

Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs; Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior; and Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, had allegedly engaged in merrymaking after they were sworn-in as members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) by President.

Akpabio, in particular, was seen in a video which circulated on social media dancing to the tune of MC Galaxy, a popular musician, in what resembled an outing.

Also, a video clip has surfaced of federal ministry workers who engaged in a sort of a carnival for some of the ministers.

Reacting, Secondus said it was lamentable that the ministers were throwing parties when the country was plagued with a multitude of challenges. 

“President Muhammadu Buhari has just recycled these same old ministers who had not performed. There is nothing to celebrate. Are they celebrating criminality? Are they celebrating looting?

“Nigerians have come to know that the country is not moving forward. We will never move forward with this setting.

“They are celebrating insecurity!  They are dancing on the graves of people who are being killed every day! What more? There is no vision and no economic blueprint of a government for even ministers to implement,” Secondus told the Punch.

On his part, Ugochinyere contended that the ministers were expected to be busy conceiving innovative strategies to addressing the current national challenges rather than celebrating their appointment.

The CUPP spokesperson questioned the credibility of some of the ministerial appointees, claiming that they lack the knowledge of the seriousness and urgency of tackling national challenges.

“The lavish parties and carnivals hosted by almost all the ministers appointed by Buhari is a clear pointer to the fact that these set of appointees were celebrating their access to the treasury.

“The CUPP therefore call on the President to immediately query all those who held lavish parties,” Ugochinyere said.

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