The group in a statement released on Thursday by its Director of Communications, Abubakar Sidiq Usman said that the Jonathan administration has, by this action once again, proved beyond reasonable doubt that the pocket of few individuals opportune to hold public offices only to turn them to money making ventures is more important than the wellbeing of millions of other Nigerians whose survival depends largely on the funds being looted day in day out.
The group wondered why the government of President Goodluck Jonathan has chosen to vilify a man who chooses to stand on the part of honour, exposing the monumental corruption in the oil industry when he should be praised, rewarded and given higher responsibilities that will change the fortunes of the country.
It said it is even more worrisome that aside acting promptly on the report of the ‘Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria and other investigating bodies’ which it said found the CBN governor guilty of financial recklessness and misconduct even when reports of investigations into high level corruption within its government is gathering dust wherever it is, the president in his serial rape of the country’s laws, suspended the CBN governor without recourse to Section 11 (f) of the CBN Act which empowers the President to remove the CBN Governor if he has the support of two-thirds majority of the Senate.
“We have not forgotten that the House Committee report on fuel subsidy, the Nuhu Ribadu report of corruption in the oil industry, the KPMG report on NNPC and a couple of others exposing monumental fraud and indicting a good number of individuals have never seen the light off the day since they were submitted to the president, whereas, the report of the ‘Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria and other investigating bodies’ which no one has an idea of how it came about the indictment of Sanusi Lamido is hurriedly being implemented. Something must definitely be fishy somewhere.”
“While we are not against the government taking punitive measures against Sanusi or any other government official found to have abused the privilege of office, APYF notes that the suspension of the CBN governor at a time a can of worms is been opened in the NNPC, particularly the revelations exposing the alleged missing 20 billion dollars in the NNPC accounts is a strong indication that President Jonathan does not only silence whistle blowers, but abhors corruption for the purpose of political expediency,” the statement said.
The APYF said Sanusi’s suspension nonetheless, it remains concerned about the missing $20 billion oil money, vowing that no amount of intimidation in any form would change the story so long as the government does not come clean about what exactly has happened to the missing fund.
While expressing the readiness of the group to support the CBN Governor in the challenge of the illegal suspension placed on him by our corruption hugging president, the group reminded President Goodluck Jonathan that Nigerians will continue to hold him responsible for the consequences the missing $20 billion oil money would have averted in the life of ordinary Nigerians.
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