Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro
The Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, has described as cheap blackmail allegations that he confiscated a large cache of fire arms procured for the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), saying that he never violated any law or regulation on weapon.
Moro was reacting to the allegation making rounds in the press especially in the social media that he has diverted some weapons meant for some parastatals, especially the NSCDC.
The Minister in a statement Thursday described such rumours and allegations as “ wicked, mischievous, malicious and a deliberate attempt to disparage me”.
He said: “I make bold to say that there is no iota of truth in this. This is outright falsehood and diabolic. If this is done in the guise of politics, it is unfortunate and sad. It is taking politics too far”.
“I am a law abiding public officer. By the grace of God and the magnanimity of Mr. President and Commander-in-Chief, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, I am a Minister today. I know my limits and very conscious of tomorrow when I shall be called upon to give account of my stewardship”.
Moro emphasised that he cannot do anything that would undermine the high office of a Minister or embarrass the government and people he swore to serve faithfully.
“I have a pedigree and clean record of service. I am a patriotic Nigerian. I dare say that no amount of blackmail or falsehood by the mischief makers would deter my unwavering commitment to serve my father land”, he said.
He added: “To the best of my knowledge, I am not aware of any missing fire arms purchased for the Civil Defence Corps, let alone confiscating same. While I took delivery of the arms and ammunitions donated to the NSCDC by the Nigerian Army as it is statutorily required as the supervising Minister.
" It is on record that the Nigerian Army escorted same to the armoury. It is equally on record that I have since written to all the State Governors and the Minister of the FCTA to provide armoury for the NSCDC to safe-keep their arms".
"I am saddened by this unwarranted character assassination. I cannot imagine how far people can go to bring someone to disrepute all in the name of politics. I sincerely urge all Nigerians and foreigners to disregard this tissue of lie in its entirety", he stated.
On the recruitment exercise into the parastatals under the Ministry of Interior, the minister explained that the parastatals have their own mechanism or procedures that must of a necessity comply with the principles of federal character.
He however wondered if the current rounds of allegation against his person and office is in any way connected with some people’s 2015 ambition, advising them to let him concentrate on his office.
"The 2015 elections are still very far, I am not standing on the way of any body, I think I deserve to be left alone and concentrate on my job of being the Minister of Interior for all Nigerians", he said.
"For the avoidance of doubt, let me assure all Nigerians and Mr. President, that I have never been a gun runner, am not a gun runner and will never be a gun runner", he insisted.
"Besides I have never since I was born been arraigned in any Magistrate Court or for that matter any other court in Nigeria or else where on gun running charges", he stated.