#FuelSubsidyReport: “It is too early to take a decision,” says Jonathan

by Lekan Olanrewaju

President Goodluck Jonathan has spoken out about the newly released fuel subsidy probe report, stating that it is too early for him to take any decision, but promising that he will act “in the best interest of Nigerians”.

The report of the Honourable Farouk Lawan led probe indicted several firms in the scam involving illegal payments to the tune of N1.7 trillion, but the President, through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, has told Nigerians not to worry, and that action will be taken in due time. Speaking to The Punch, Dr Abati said “Nigerians can be rest assured that President Goodluck Jonathan will act in the best interest of Nigerians in this matter. After the report is properly laid before the Federal Government, President Jonathan will not condone any wrongdoing and he will act in the best interest of all Nigerians.”

He also said the president could not “jump the gun” and fire those indicted, as the House had not completed its own part.

“It is premature to take a decision because the House has not even completed its own process.” he said.  “The committee set up by the House upon completion of its assignment will present its report at a plenary session, the House will deliberate on the report and take a position and then communicate the position to the executive arm of government.”

“It is only then that the executive arm of government can begin to react. The executive will study the recommendation from the House, articulate its position and take a decision.”

“The ad hoc committee report does not amount to the position of the House.” he continued.  “Let the House complete its own work. The executive cannot jump the gun.”

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