Akin Akanke, Abuja
The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has kicked against calls for the sack of the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah over the purchase of two bulletproof cars.
At a press conference jointly held by NYCN and COCSON, the coalition condemned what it described as attack on the personality of the minister.
The NYCN president, Comrade Henry Nwabueze, said the outcry that has greeted the purchase of the cars seems antagonistic and hasty devoid of the primary essence of criticism, which is correction.
“We are concerned about the stability of our democracy and worried that the manner with which the opposition jumps to castigate and condemn personalities who have sacrificed their time, energy for the progress of this country is destructive and negates the doctrine of social engagement. The issue of the purchase of operational vehicle by NCAA forms the crux of the matter,” he said, leaving many at the new conference wondering whether he had been paid to depend the embattled minister.
The group’s defence of the minster came days after the Bureau of Public Procurement confirmed that the NCAA failed to follow due process in the purchase of the cars.
“It is worrisome that the only instrument of check and balancing from some Non- Governmental Organisations is destructive criticism particularly the anti Jonathan elements. What we need is constructive criticism if we must impact to the transformation of Nigeria. Wisdom predicate restrain and not haste.”
Ignoring the widespread condemnation of the scandal, he said it was also worrisome to note that the call for the sack of the Minister was coming from the opposition.
“This approach to fight anybody considered to be a loyal to the President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is wrong. We condemn it and plead with Nigerians not to play politics with important issues.
“If individuals could purchase same on the reasons of insecurity and still deprive the public of the service of the Nigerian police who ride along them on any trip they make, consequently any condemnation on this proactive gesture lack merit,” he said without a word on whether it was alright to spend public funds without due process.
“We condemn the call for the sack of the minister,” he said, stating that the claim that she would influence the work of the panel headed by Alhaji Isa Sail Bello is unfounded and illogical.