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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has decried the reported
allegations of last-minute looting of the nation’s resources, hurried
recruitment into the public service and rushed privatization of key
financial institutions by the Jonathan Administration, warning that
such egregious actions will have serious repercussions.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity
Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said apart from the
instances of such cases that have been reported by the local media, it
has been inundated with calls and messages by concerned Nigerians,
alerting it to the unscrupulous actions of some Jonathan
Administration officials.

It said while the Jonathan Administration remains in office till
midnight of May 28th and governance in the country will not stop
because a new President has been elected, it is incumbent upon the
outgoing Administration not to create any more problems for the
incoming government than it had already done, or to tie the new
government’s hands through some suspicious actions.

APC said while it is true that the incoming Buhari Administration will
not get itself bogged down by an endless probe of the activities of
the Jonathan Administration, all actions taken since the result of the
May 28th presidential election was announced may come under the

”For example, the National Council on Privatization, which is headed
by the Vice President, has just approved the financial bid opening for
transaction advisers for the privatization of the three Development
Finance Institutions in the country – the Bank of Agriculture, Bank of
Industry and Nigeria Commodity Exchange. The question is: What is the
rationale for rushing this exercise with just weeks left for this

”Also, there have been reports, yet unrefuted, of a planned hurried
recruitment into the Nigeria Immigration Service, after a previous
attempt ended in a national tragedy and the fleecing of innocent job
seekers by mindless federal government officials. Apart from the fact
that this last-minute recruitment is suspect, it is irregular.

”The Civil Defense, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board
(CDFIPSB) is only empowered to recruit, promote and discipline only
senior officers (levels 8 and above). The power to recruit, promote
and discipline junior officers is vested in the different services, in
this case the Nigeria Immigration Service.

”Therefore, the recruitment exercise now being conducted by the
Federal Civil Service under the auspices of the Presidential Committee
to Assist on Immigration Recruitment usurps the functions of the Board
as it relates to recruitment of Senior Officers (level 08) and that of
the Immigration Service as it relates to Junior Officers (levels 07
and below),” the party said.

It also called attention to a published report that the Minister of
the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed, plans to
use the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) to carry out a
secret employment of no fewer than 500 workers before the end of April

”We do not know if this report, as well as others, is true. But if
indeed these rushed privatizations and hurried recruitment exercises –
in the twilight of the Jonathan Administration – are true, they raise
serious questions concerning the reasons behind such actions. We are
therefore compelled to call on President Jonathan to call his
Administration officials to order, lest they engage in actions that
can later embarrass his Administration

”This is against the backdrop of the precarious situation into which
the Jonathan Administration has plunged the nation’s economy, no
thanks to years of ceaseless and unprecedented profligacy by the
outgoing Administration, as well as mind-boggling acts of corruption
and looting of the public treasury by some Administration officials
and their collaborators,” APC said



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