A pan Nigeria group, Nigerian Patriots(NP), has called for the immediate resignation of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs over alleged mismanagement of stimulus packages as well as for jeopardizing the Social Investment Fund aimed at cushioning harsh effects of the COVID-19 lockdown.
The Nigerian Patriots described the COVID-19 pandemic and its purported fight in Nigeria by the federal and State Governments as a big scam that must not go unpunished.
Duke Olunloyo, the Chancellor of Nigeria Patriots(NP), in a statement on Wednesday, noted that the much-touted School Feeding Programme initiated by the Federal Government have failed woefully,
He alleged that some government officials and their cronies were using the current health challenges in the country to loot the commonwealth of Nigerians.
The statement quoted the group as wondering how a government can deceive its own people and rip them off, relating it to the Abacha loot in which trillions of dollars were stolen by the dead dictator and his family.
Meanwhile, other groups, the World Igbo People Assembly,(WIPAS), the Oodua United Forum,(OUF) and the Northern Youth Council(NYC), also queried government’s claim on School Feeding, considering that children are not currently in school due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The groups asked the Humanitarian Affairs Minister to return the billions so far claimed to have been spent on the alleged non-existent programme.
But the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Umar Farouq, in a swift response decried the lack of cooperation by some State governments in the country in getting government palliatives to vulnerable Nigerians.
Speaking during a working visit to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Abuja, the minister refuted allegations of mismanagement of funds stressing that state governments’ collaboration would ensure transparent discharge of their mandates.
According to her, people ask questions about the Ministry’s activities with regards to interventions, a situation she said gives the Ministry concern, adding that there is a structure that all stakeholders needed to work with to ensure transparency.
“In tune with what is happening around us which people are very much concerned about the intervention that should get to the citizens of the country, we are here today to exercise one of those mandates of this ministry which is to provide effective coordination of humanitarian intervention both nationally and internationally which NEMA is leading”.