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Prof Wole Soyinka Tells Nigerians, Prepare For Massive Protest Over Fuel Subsidy Scam

April 30, 2012

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Monday urged Nigerians to be ready for another determined protest, over the fuel subsidy scam.

Soyinka said at a press conference organised by the Save Nigeria Group (SNG) in Lagos that revelations from the subsidy probe dehumanised Nigerians.

The controversy had continued to trail the report of the fuel subsidy probe which was submitted to the House of Representatives by its Farouk Lawan-led Committee.

“I have studied the figures revealed by the probe and I pinch myself to be sure that I am really living in the real world.

“Nigerians are being bludgeoned into sensitivity by sheer excessive corruption by public officials.

“We are being treated, not even as second class citizens, but excessively dehumanised,” Soyinka said.

He said that Nigerians must be ready to come out and demand an end to the insolence of corruption to which they had been subjected for long.

The Nobel Laureate said that further inquiries on the subsidy scam must be made public and televised live.

“An open examination of what is going on is what is needed now. Let us see those involved attempt to exonerate themselves from this guilt,” he said.

Soyinka urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission(ICPC), to immediately launch the prosecution of all those involved to prevent Nigeria from being a laughing stock in the world.

“So far, we have not heard any of the figures disputed by relevant government parastatals in the oil industry.

“The facts on ground are enough for the EFCC and ICPC to establish a prima facie case against those indicted,” he said.

Earlier in a written text of their stand on the issue, SNG Convener, Pastor Tunde Bakare, queried how Nigeria spent N3 trillion in 2011 above the N245 billion budgeted for subsidy the same year,  as revealed by the probe.

Bakare commended the House of Representatives for its consideration and adoption of the subsidy probe report in a record time of two days.

“This shall go down in history as one act of redemption by a chamber of the National Assembly that has not done much since 1999, to endear itself to the people it represents,” he said.

He said that the time had come to save Nigeria from the grip of corruption, warning that the SNG would call the people out for massive protests if those indicted were not seen to be prosecuted speedily.

Also speaking, Dr Okei Odumakin, the President of Women Arise, a nongovernmental organisation, said that all those indicted by the probe must be prosecuted.

Odumakin said that institutionalised stealing must not be allowed to continue and the people must come out against corruption.

“The resources belong to all Nigerians. Nigerians, therefore, must be strong hearted and determined to take back what belongs to them,” she said.

NAN reports that representatives of several civil society groups  were also at the briefing. (NAN)

Culled from Leadership of Monday 30th April 2012

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Kabolobari permalink
    April 30, 2012 15:50

    Whoever did this to us!

  2. Anthony David permalink
    April 30, 2012 16:51

    when the time comes nothing can stop it. We will figth for our right

  3. Okeremute paul Obogrow permalink
    April 30, 2012 18:11

    This is long overdue! The dehumanization of Nigerians by Nigerians has reached it’s limit. This is far worst than what happened in the era of slave trading, yet we keep demanding for appologise from the colonial masters. The sheer wickedness and inhuman treatments by the govt must come to an end and it must be now!

  4. A Aminu permalink
    May 1, 2012 05:59

    It is laughable reading one of the indicted persons in the fuel corruption scam, Dr Ahmadu Ali telling pressmen that he is a non executive chairman of PPPRA, the body indicted in the subsidy fraud.
    The boards of both the PPPRA, and the NNPC should be prosecuted for taking laws into their hands and approving excessive sums of money beyond that allowed by law in the budget of the various heads and sub-heads. Not only the boards, but the chief executives, and other public office holders involved, as it is only this way that such irresponsible spending would be curtailed.
    Dr Ahmadu Ali was alive and well, and in government as the chairman of the PDP when Chief Olabode George, a non executive chairman of NPA was sent to jail, along with 5 other non executive board members for disobedience of a government circular which limits the spending of the board and the executives of Govt parastatals, what did he say. Did he rise in his defense?
    He should be ashamed of himself and his stupid defense. Dr Ahmadu Ali stole at PPPRA and he must be prosecuted. So did many others including the marketers, and many others.

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