June 17, 2024

CACOL Petition President Tinubu On Allegation of Budget Padding

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CACOL Petition President Tinubu On Allegation of Budget Padding

…N500 Million Allocated To ‘Senior Senators’ In The 2024 Budget

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, G.C.F.R.
President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces
Presidential Villa
Aso Rock
Abuja.

Your Excellency,

ALLEGATIONS OF BUDGET PADDING AND FIVE HUNDRED MILLION NAIRA ALLOCATED TO “SENIOR SENATORS” IN THE 2024 BUDGET: APPEAL FOR YOUR SWIFT INTERVENTION

The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has written to President Bola Tinubu, the letter signed by the anti-corruption crusader chairman, Comrade Debo Adeniran sighted by Nationalmoment Media, requesting the presidency to come out clean on the allegation of budget padding currently making waves in the country.

Your Excellency would graciously recall that The BBC Hausa service on Saturday had, in a report, quoted Senator Ningi, the Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum, as alleging that the Federal Government was operating an N28tn budget, contrary to the N25tn passed by the National Assembly.

Senator Abdul Ningi representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, alleged that N3.7 trillion was padded into the 2024 budget. The Senate on Tuesday subsequently suspended Senator Abdul Ningi, for three months for alleging that the 2024 budget was padded with N3 trillion.

As if that was not enough, Senator Jarigbe, representing Cross River North senatorial district, on the Senate floor during its session on the allegation of 2024 budget padding indicated that some Senators got ₦500m naira each from the 2024 budget.

We would like to point out that the suspension of Senator Ningi is hasty, vexatious, unwarranted and ill-advised. He ought to be treated as a Whistleblower and not an outcast more importantly as he is representing some group of people on the Senate which is supposed to be operating as an open platform of representatives of the people and not as a secret cult.

Surprisingly, his allegation was trivialized and the blames heaped on him with his eventual suspension for three months. The recent revelation concerning giving 500 Million Naira from the national budget to some Senators should be properly investigated and should not be swept under the carpet.

Mr. President, without doubt, some powerful, vested interests, obsessed with short term gains are sabotaging the anti-corruption war and giving covert assistance to this proven cases of corruption in the Senate and even Presidency. The result is the continuous reign of impunity and pillaging of our national wealth.

While the whistle blowers, who have fulfilled constitutional and societal expectations as well as the nation continued to bleed on daily basis, a wrong and dangerous lesson is being entrenched that it pays to do evil.

Cacol, Tinubu

In the light of the fore going and bearing in mind the recent action meted out to the suspended Senator Ningi, we urge you to intervene decisively in this brazen act of corruption by;

1. Order the Accountant-General and or Auditor-General of the Federation to make a joint public statement with whoever is responsible for the accounts of the Senate to affirm or repudiate the damning allegations.

2. Directing the anti-graft agencies to thoroughly investigate the allegations with a view to prosecuting anyone found culpable.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

Yours in Service to Humanity,

Debo Adeniran
Chairman, CACOL
08037194969
dadnig@yahoo.com
www.deboadeniran.com

CC:

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC

Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC

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