A support group of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, BAT Vanguard, has implored the president to order the probe and auditing of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) under the administration of his immediate successor, former President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a press statement in Abuja, convener of the BAT Vanguard, Sola Olofin, urged Tinubu to also order further investigations into some government officials who have been probed by anti-graft agencies.
The probe and auditing, Olofin noted, has become necessary to recover looted funds that could be used for the development of the country at this critical stage.
He said, “There is a compelling need to probe/audit all the MDAs and some individuals who have been fingered in the audacious and scandalous sleaze that marred the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The flurry of revelations emanating from the investigations carried out by anti-corruption agencies of the wanton looting and stealing of Nigeria’s commonwealth by these unpatriotic individuals is one that should be further escalated, thoroughly and holistically investigated.
“The few arrests and probes made by the past administration and the mind-boggling findings make this call for further probe an inevitable necessity. Or how would one explain that just a single official of the government stole as much as N109 billion? Or that trillions of Naira was siphoned by “subsidy cabal” with the active connivance of the Central Bank of Nigeria, or the arrest and probe of a Minister of Power who allegedly stole N22 billion, or revelations by the House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on MDAs helping themselves with Government resources upwards of N8 trillion and so on and so forth.”
The BAT Vanguard however pointed out that the call for auditing is not targeted at the Buhari administration, but rather a continuation of anti-corruption investigations that the immediate past president started.
Olofin said, “The audit will enable the Federal Government to recover looted funds back to the government purse which will greatly assist in the implementation of the ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda.
“This call should not be misconstrued to President Tinubu probing the Buhari Administration, but on the contrary and as a matter of fact, be a continuation of the probe initiated by President Buhari of persons in his government and that of President Goodluck Jonathan who helped themselves and cronies with public funds.”
Olofin advised Tinubu to consider merging some government agencies before reviewing the National minimum wage, saying this would cut down the cost of governance.