The coalition of arewa civil society groups has called on Nigerians to resist the ambition of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to lead Nigeria.
According to the group, the vice president mismanaged the National Social Intervention Programme and should be investigated.
The coalition Vice President Osinbajo is unfit to be president of Nigeria owing to the questionable way he handled the federal governments social intervention programmes under the supervision of his office.
Comrade Musa Attah, Convener of the coalition, said the presidential aspiration of Vice President Osinbajo does not suit the purpose given his track record in the mismanagement of the various social intervention programmes of the federal government hitherto domiciled in his office until recently before the creation of the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development.
He saod, ”It is instructive to ask questions about how Vice President Yemi Osinbajo managed the National Social Investments Programmes (NSIP), intended to tackle poverty and hunger across the country.
”For the records, the suite of programmes under the NSIP focuses on ensuring a more equitable distribution of resources to vulnerable populations, including children, youth and women, under the supervision of the office of the vice president.
”The n-power programme, conditional cash transfer programme, government enterprise and empowerment programme, the home grown school feeding programme and the tradermoni empowerment scheme were all intended to bring succour to the vulnerable groups in the country.
”Therefore, it is curious how such laudable initiatives were mismanaged by the office of the vice president, which warranted the president to create a new ministry and transfer the responsibility of managing these programmes to the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development.
”What Nigerians might not be aware of is that under the supervision of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the National Social Intervention Programmes became an avenue for corrupt enrichment by the Vice President and his cronies. they diverted funds meant for the vulnerable groups to private pockets.
”The heist committed by the vice president and his cronies in implementing the programmes is quite despicable and a shame, given the multitude of evidence pointing to gross mismanagement and abuse of office. therefore it is unimaginable for the vice president to indicate interest to rule this country. the implication of a Yemi Osinbajo presidency in nigeria is that the country’s resources would be diverted to private pockets most brazenly, as we saw in the NSIP.
”We must recall that in November of 2018, the House Of Representatives committee on emergency and disaster preparedness indicted Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in its report, accusing him of illegally approving the billion north east intervention fund, which was mismanaged by the national emergency management agency (NEMA) under his watch.”