A group called the Nigerian Solidarity Forum (NSF) has condemned the call by a non-governmental organisation, Advocacy for Integrity and Economic Development (AIED) for the arrest and extradition of Senator Buruji Kashamu to the United States for prosecution.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, at the weekend, by its president, Mathias Ude, the forum accused AIED of acting a script to satisfy its paymasters and not for the interest of the generality of Nigerians.
Ude said, if the anti-graft organisation were concerned about Nigeria’s foreign policy and corrupt officials, why don’t they call on the government of the United States of America to return all stolen funds that are kept in their custody, as well as protest some of the nefarious acts perpetrated by the US government to Nigerians?
The forum, through its president, explained in the statement that many Nigerians were being molested in one way or the other abroad.
Such ill-treatment meted out to some Nigerians, the statement said included racism, killing, assault and trafficking and asked what AIED had done in tackling or addressing such injustice to Nigerians in abroad.
The statement further said if AIED chose to close their eyes on such acts abroad, they should also close their eyes on Kashamu’s case, adding that AIED joining issues with Nigerian government over the matter, has proved their incapacitation in assisting the government in fighting corruption by being one sided.
The group, therefore, called on AIED to withdraw the matter from the Federal High Court, in order to allow the senator serve his people who elected him into the National Assembly.
It also faulted the clandestine move by AIED to stop Senator Kashamu from participating in the fourth coming national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), scheduled to hold on August 17, 2016 in Rivers State.
The Nigerian Solidarity Forum (NSF) stated that the action of the AIED further buttresses their interest as personal and not for the interest of the nation as they claimed.