A group, under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Society Organization for Good Governance and Change Initiative, has urged Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of House of Representatives, to stop wasting tax payers’ money in the guise of probing the activities of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
A statement by the Coalition on Monday signed by Jaiyeola Mohammed, urged Dogara to stop using tax payers money to vilify the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo and Mustapha Maihaja, the Director General of NEMA.
“The worrisome aspect of the whole issue is the deployment of funds from the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives to malign the character of NEMA’s DG and by extension that of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who happens to be chairman of the board of NEMA.”
It further added: “We have it on competent authority that massive amount of monies has been earmarked by the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives for this unethical and evil plot at the detriment of taxpayers’ funds.
“While we admit that the Speaker of the House of Representatives has a right to prosecute personal political battles, it is, however, our considered opinion that such campaigns should be executed with funds from his private purse and in his capacity as Yakubu Dogara, and not the other way round.
“This act is not only despicable; it is indeed a gross abuse of office and detrimental to the continued peace and stability of the country.
“We also have it on good authority that the Speaker of the House of Representatives has indeed vowed to ensure that the activities of NEMA are grounded by casting aspersion on the image of the DG NEMA and the Vice President.
“Little wonder the various reports the House of Representatives has released in recent times paramount of which is the accusation that the Vice President illegally approved the sum of N5 billion for NEMA.”
“The Coalition for Civil Society Organisations for Good Governance and Change Initiative is indeed constrained to alert the members of the unsuspecting public of this smear campaign initiated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.