The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, has lashed out at President Goodluck Jonathan, describing his ceding of the position of Commissioner, Administration and Finance in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as cheating.
CNPP said as the major financier of ECOWAS, Nigeria ought to retain significant power to control the huge resources it was investing in the body as was applicable in other regional bodies, including the World Bank and United Nations.
Addressing journalists yesterday, CNPP chairman, Alh. Balarabe Musa, said it was wrong for Nigeria to be contributing over 60 percent of ECOWAS funds without having a say on how it will be spent, adding that it would reflect in the non-protection of Nigeria’s interest.
‘’Between July 2003 and 2009, Nigeria’s contribution to ECOWAS amounted to $629,768,000 or N99,467,500,000, whereas Sierra Leone’s contribution within the same period was $8,100,789 or N1,279,460,000, going by the present exchange rate.
‘’Nigeria has now offered the slot of Political Affairs, Peace and Security portfolio with the attendant cost implications. Nigeria was already very prominent in this area even without holding the post of ECOWAS Commissioner in that area because of her high profile in contributing towards peace keeping and logistics whenever required,’’ Balarabe Musa said.
While blaming the ministry of foreign affairs for misleading President Jonathan, the CNPP called on him to reverse the order as ceding the seat would amount to distracting Nigeria from her regional responsibility.
‘’If this is allowed to stand, Nigeria would be denied the natural responsibility that she shoulders in the region by virtue of the advantages she has in the region,’’ the CNPP chairman warned.