Arms Deal Scandal Has Brought Shame Upon Nigeria – Bamidele

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Former House of Representatives member, Opeyemi Bamidele has said that the $2.1 billion arms scandal has damaged the reputation of Nigeria in the international community.

Bamidele, in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Sunday by his media aide, Ahmed Salami, described the unfolding revelations on the alleged sharing of arms funds by key figures of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as “very embarrassing and breach of public trust.”

While congratulating former Senator representing Ekiti Central, Babafemi Ojudu, on his appointment as Special Adviser, Political Matters, to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bamidele tasked political office holders under the present regime to render selfless service to the nation and not loot the treasury like some officials of the immediate past administration.

He reminded them that “Nigerians voted for Buhari based on his enviable anti-corruption credentials,” warning them not to betray the confidence reposed in them.

“One cannot but feel ashamed as a Nigerian about the information on how public official shares money running into billions of naira to political associates as a show of patronage. One could only feel the enormity of damage this has done to our corporate image if you travel out of Nigeria.

“This is highly embarrassing to all of us and I personally feel disappointed as a patriotic Nigerian,” Bamidele said.