by Chi Ibe
The Save Nigeria Group, SNG, has given President Goodluck Jonathan a two-week ultimatum to take legal action against perpetrators of the petroleum subsidy report.
Pastor Tunde Bakare,leader of the SNG who said this at a press conference in Lagos was supported by fellow activists Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and the President of Women Arise, Joe Okei-Odumakin.In his speech entitled ‘Kleptocracy unlimited’, Bakare said the report of the House of Reps ad-hoc committee on the management of petroleum subsidy revealed “an organised banditry.”
Soyinka demanded the immediate prosecution of indicted government officials involved in the subsidy scam. He said Nigerians had been dehumanized over the outcome of the probe and has called on Nigerians to be prepared to protest against corruption in the country.
“All I can say is that we have been overwhelmed into insensitivity by sheer excess. I have studied very carefully those figures and I have had to take a couple of aspirin after every paragraph, after every figure to ask myself and pinch myself are we really living in the real world? Or whether this is some kind of fantasy world which is projected onto the pages of newspapers.
“These are not figures plucked out of thin air. We have listened very carefully, the sources of these figures are being cited, the reaction of House of Representatives has been noted; but we have not heard any of these figures disputed by the relevant instruments of government.
“One can no longer use the words like disdain and contempt, we have moved beyond that. We are being treated, not even like first or second class citizens, when we are brushed in this way, we are being dehumanized. It goes beyond just insults from arrogance, people who believe that they can get away with murder.
“Just as we thought we had recovered from the pension scam, along came a humongous scam, material assault on the resources of the ordinary people. All that I will ask is a specific plea that the populace should be ready for another determined march on corruption.”
Soyinka demanded that subsequent public hearings to be televised and held in public view hence forth.
Obtained from agency reports.