The Arewa Consultative Youths Movement (ACYM) has said it won’t succumb to blackmail over its earlier call for President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited over its low remittance to the federation account.
The president of the forum, Malam Kabiru Yusuf, said his attention has been drawn to a press statement in circulation purportedly signed by him (Kabiru Yusuf), disassociating his office from the Tuesday statement by the ACYM calling for the probe of NNPC.
The statement was asking President Buhari to, as a matter of urgent national importance, direct a full-scale investigation into the alleged non-remittance of oil earnings to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) by the NNPC.
According to him, the said press statement which was signed by a rented impostor, Kabiru Yusuf, was in line with the desperate but failed move by the NNPC and its cohorts to cover the alleged monumental fraud and the exposed non-remittance of oil earnings by the NNPC to CBN.
He said, “we are aware of desperate attempts by certain persons working for NNPC to force the fake statement on our highly respected media to see same as though it emanated from the authentic president of ACYM Kabiru Yusuf.
“And for the avoidance of doubt, the ACYM still stands by its Tuesday statement signed by kabiru Yusuf, asking President Buhari to probe the subject matter.
“ACYM as a non-partisan association can never succumb to such cheap blackmail and we advise the NNPC to face the issue rather than making this desperate but failed attempt to divert public attention on this economic sabotage.
“As a group, we believe that the shortfall was capable of plunging the country into a serious crisis if unchecked.
“It said it was t.fore important for the President to probe the matter to ascertain the causes and ensure that things change for the better.”
Our earlier statement partly reads, “Arewa youths are indeed concerned about the widely reported shortfall in the remittances of the NNPC into the CBN coffers.
“It is our humble opinion that all those involved should be probed to ascertain if t. were any underhand dealings that led to the situation.
“The President should not waste time in directing relevant persons or government agencies to probe the NNPC on this matter.
“T. must be reasons why remittances can drop so sharply and Nigerians would like to know these reasons.
“We urge the President not to delay in commissioning this very important probe.”
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