By Emmanuel Oladesu
Save Nigeria Group (SNG) convener Pastor Tunde Bakare yesterday warned against discarding the report of the House of Representatives ad-Hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Managment. He lamented that public attention was being shifted from the report to the bribery allegation against Farouk Lawan.
Condemning the “bribe giver” and “bribe receiver”, saying the duo of Lawan and businessman Femi otedola would have been in police custody by now in a saner society.
The cleric told reporters in Lagos that the ad-Hoc Committee should be protected because President Goodluck Jonathan allegedly spent N3 trillion on fuel subsidy without appropriation.
He also chided the President for failing to restore security, warning that there would be a thorny path to 2015. The cleric said the President would be held responsible for the bankruptcy and balkanisation of Nigeria for failing to show effective leadership.
Bakare, who noted that politicians are only thinking about the next election and not about the next generation, urged men of goodwill across the country to prevent President Jonathan to steer the nation away from bankruptcy and balkanisation.
He said: “There is no misgiving about the House report. President Jonathan spent N3 trillion without appropriation. They are talking about bribery, bribe giver and bribe taker. We don’t know the liar yet.
The bribery allegation should not shift our attention from the issue. Jonathan spent N3 trillion without appropriation. This is a distraction to take the minds of Nigerians away from the issue. The organs of government are sick from head to toe. The only hope left is the fourth estate of the realm”.
The founder of the Latter Rain Assembly expressed displeasure at the involvement of Lawan in the bribery allegation, saying that a hero has turned a villain.
He said: “The events of the past two weeks are sad, sickening and scaring. In a decent society, Otedola and Lawan should have been behind bars by now.
Otedola is their man. Unfortunately, Lawan’s naivety got him into a terrible mess. He had the opportunity of being a hero, but he went down as a villain because of naivety and greed. Obasanjo said the House was full of thieves. These are the Boko Harams of our days.
“There are two sets of law in Nigeria. The same thing that killed France before the French revolution. He who gives and receives bribe is a criminal. But it is said that he contacted State Security Service (SSS) for marked money to be given as a bribe. Where did the money come from. It is disastrous. These are oil vultures. Corruption in Nigeria is endemic.”
Pastor Bakare called for a prophetic revolution devoid of bloodletting to prevent the extinction of the country.
According to him, change is possible without killing, stressing that, while Hitler and Abacha could not be stopped, their countries still experienced change after their tenures.
Pastor Bakare added: “Even, IBB stepped aside. Evil men will self-destruct. The Augean stable should be cleared ahead of 2015”.
The cleric, who was the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) running mate in the 2011 election, said he was not privy to the on-going talks between the party and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
Via The Nation