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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Afenifere wants FG to stop war against Globacom, Adenuga

Pan Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere has once again called on the federal government (FG) and its agencies to let Globacom be by stopping the war against the emerging telecommunications giant and its chairman, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jnr.

Afenifere in a press statement made available to Daily Champion and signed by its National Publicity Secretary, ‘Yinka Odumakin, said the call has become vital so as not to strangle the only Nigerian company that is obviously doing well.

He recalled that for the second time in one and half years, Afenifere is constrained to call on the Federal Government to stop the war against Globacom and its Chairman Otunba Mike Adenuga, noting that during the peak of former President Obasanjo’s obsession with tenure elongation, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) violently stormed the house of Otunba Adenuga in a mafia-like operation and eventually forced him to go on exile.

According to the group, a massive investigation was thereafter launched into the business activities of the organization and till date all the public knows is that the Senate Investigation Committee exonerated Adenuga from any wrong doing while it was proved that the Petroleum Technologyt Development Fund (PTDF) funds in ETB had been repaid with interest.

Afenifere also noted that the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr.

Michael Andooaka, had few days came out to tell the nation that he was considering a request from the British Home Office to interrogate Adenuga for irregular documentation over importation of telecoms equipment.

“We ordinarily would have no problem if it were the Nigerian Customs that raised question over importation of this equipment. As at the last time the President spoke about inviting the British Police to come and train the Nigerian Police, he did not tell the nation that the Nigerian Customs has been concessioned to the British Home Office,” the group said.

Afenifere therefore declared its rejected over the attempt to compromise the sovereignty of the country in the effort to make a businessman uncomfortable.

“We reject this attempt to compromise the sovereignty of Nigeria in the attempt to make a businessman uncomfortable,” Afenifere warned, stressing that the office of the Attorney General could be playing into the hands of international community simply because there is an inherited war being waged against Globacom.

Afenifere further said that the Yoruba nation is worried and the entire country should be that Globacom, which is a leading player in the telecoms sector is being constantly put under siege.

Here is a company that has over 40,000 direct employees and is giving indirect employment to millions of Nigerians. If the entrepreneur cannot be encouraged, the least the Government could do is to stave off any action that makes its operations unconducive.

The group maintained that Afenifere will never support any wrong doing or breach of the law, and in the case of Globacom, “no agency of law enforcement in Nigeria has accused it of any wrong doing.”

Afenifere, thus called on President Umaru Yar’Adua to call those responsible for creating this hostile environment for business to order immediately as bad signals are being sent to potential investors.

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