Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika should resign for allegedly defrauding Nigerians as regards the suspended Nigeria Air project, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said.
Sirika had on Wednesday announced the suspension of the Nigeria Air project, two months that it was launched.
And in a statement on Thursday, the PDP alleged that the minister used a non-existent national carrier to defraud Nigeria to the tune of N1.2 billion.
“It would be recalled that the PDP had in July alerted the nation that the unveiling of a non-existent national carrier was a huge scam designed to create an impression of achievement, as well as a conduit by corrupt All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders and the Buhari Presidency to siphon public funds for selfish purposes,” the statement added.
“Nigerians now know that the reason for the rush to London to ‘unveil’ mere drawings of airplanes, name, logo and imaginary routes of a non-existent fleet as our national carrier, without any structures, operational license, clear partnership agreements and no form of ground activity anywhere in our country.
“What the APC and the Buhari Presidency failed to understand is that lies, no matter how ornamented, always have their expiring dates. The truth may be suppressed for a while, but it always has a way of coming to light.
“It is now clear to the world that the Buhari administration is corrupt and lacks the capacity to productively engage against acts of corruption.
This is the major reason our economy went into a recession and foreign investors have lost confidence in our nation.”
It further said the PDP “demands that the N1.2 billion be immediately recovered and directed to critical interventions in the aviation sector, including the unpaid pension owed to retired aviation workers.”