The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) on Friday condemned the Buhari government for “protecting” Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information.
Imo Ugochinyere, CUPP spokesperson, in a statement, expressed concern over the alleged pressure being mounted by the presidency on the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, to discontinue the investigation of a N2.5billion Digital Switch Over (DSO) fraud rocking the National Broadcasting Commission because Mohammed, whose ministry supervises the commission was allegedly linked to the fraud.
“It is surprising that President Muhammadu Buhari will keep boasting of fighting corruption when in the real sense of it, his government is corruption personified”, it said.
“The Federal Government is currently prosecuting the Director-General of NBC, Kawu Modibbo, on the matter while Lai Mohammed is left alone despite that he was linked to the fraud. He is still busy speaking for the government that claim to be fighting corruption while Kawu is being made the scapegoat.
“What we have seen so far is that Alhaji Mohammed has continued to be making inflammatory comments in order to continue to appease the Presidency for shielding him from prosecution.
“He has also been in the forefront of very dubious efforts to compromise security agencies in Kwara State in his desperate bid to deliver the state for his paymasters by all means just to continue to be in their good books and avoid prosecution.
“We, therefore, demand the arrest and prosecution of Alhaji Lai Mohammed over this monumental fraud to prove that this administration is indeed committed to fighting corruption.”