The Presidency on Tuesday chastised the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying it was not enough to own up to committing mistakes, but that it should return the funds it allegedly looted while ruling the country.
The National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, delivering a speech at a function on Monday, admitted that his party made some mistakes and was very sorry.
He also asked the Nigerian populace to forgive and give it a second chance.
But reacting to the apology, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the party should complement its apology with the return of the money said to have been looted in its 16 years reign.
“The PDP presided over an unprecedented looting of the public treasury, perhaps the worst of its kind in Nigeria or anywhere else in the world.
“Therefore, the best evidence of penitence for such a party is not just to own up and apologise, but to also return the looted funds as anything short of that is mere deceit.”
The minister said returning the stolen money to the treasury would make life more meaningful to Nigerians as it would be judiciously spent.
Mohammed also advised that the PDP should, as part of its show of penitence, stop frustrating the efforts of the present administration to promote the growth of the country.
“PDP, press the reset button. Stop sabotaging the work of this administration, which is packing the mess you left behind, through your reckless statements and unfounded allegations.
“Play responsible opposition politics. Put Nigeria’s interest over and above partisan interest. Temper your desperation to return to power. Spend quality time in the purgatory and you will be forgiven,” he warned.