The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, yesterday, urged President Goodluck Jonathan to as “a matter of urgent national importance”, institute an independent inquiry into the account of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, from 1999 to 2013, with a view to uncovering the alleged rot in the corporation.
The probe, according to the CNPP, will put a stop to revenue leakages.
The CNPP, in an open appeal to Dr. Jonathan, argued that no sane person could dismiss with a wave of hand previous and current monumental disclosure from the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Malam Sanisu Lamido Sanusi.
It noted that the drums of war from several quarters and “do-or-die attitude” being displayed as the country approaches 2015 general elections seem to echo and revolve around who signs the Oil Signature.
The CNPP through its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, said: “To us the missing link is the accuracy of Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s figures, not the absence of rot in the NNPC; which the independent inquiry will be mandated to unravel and cleanse for posterity.
“We are making this patriotic appeal not only to stop the revenue leakages bleeding our country to stupor, but also to save our democracy and our dear country from harm’s way.
“It is our considered view that the 2015 general elections will be free, fair and more transparent, if President Jonathan can muster the political will to clean the Augean stable in the NNPC, since the inception of our democracy or even his regime.
“A transparent audit t by an independent inquiry, without prejudice to the PIB Bill, which from all indications has been kept in view, will ventilate the fouled atmosphere in the industry.
“President Jonathan would wittingly ink his name in the hall of fame of history, clear his name from this rot, sacrifice those who are tainting his name and protect our fledgling democracy and our dear country, if he honours this appeal.
“It is pertinent to note that no sane person can dismiss with a wave of the hand the monumental disclosure from the Governor of Central Bank and the constitutionally-authorised Economic Adviser to Mr President – no matter how inaccurate his figures might be.
“To us, the missing link is the accuracy of Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s figures, not the absence of the rot in the NNPC, which the Independent Inquiry will be mandated to unravel and cleanse for posterity.
“For example, can we dismiss his allegation that NNPC’s claim of expending $8.49b in paying subsidy is doubtful? More so after NNPC had officially earlier reported not making deduction for fuel between April 2012 and 2013 and when the National Assembly duly appropriated first N888b and secondly Supplementary Budget of over N100b in 2012 for fuel subsidy.
“Is the sustenance of the so-called (the late) General (Sani) Abacha $10 per barrel- sealing of Production Sharing Contract (PSC) formula of deep offshore Oil Wells not questionable? For Nigerians would wish to know why only $10 per barrel is paid into the Federation Account, even when Crude Oil sells for over $100 per barrel. What a grave injustice to Nigerians?
“Or do we page with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, that NNPC is ATM of PDP-led Federal Government?”
Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi
Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has called on his fellow politicians to put issues of 2023 aside and focus on how to rescue the country from the current economic crisis.
Obi said that solving the economic problems of Nigeria was more important than political permutations geared towards the next general elections.
The former Anambra State Governor stated during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
He expressed that the next election has no impact on people’s current livelihoods.
Obi also blamed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for not adequately preparing Nigerians for the impact of COVID-19, stating the monies borrowed by this government were not properly put to use.
“Every other country is discussing the recession and how to pull their people out of poverty.
“So what we should do now is to concentrate on the monetary and fiscal policies to start pulling people out of poverty,” Obi said.
Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku
Former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has expressed that the Federal Government should reconsider the 2021 budget owing to the recession.
Nigeria officially entered into its worst economic recession in 33 years after the nation recorded a GDP contraction of 3.62 percent in the third quarter of 2020.
He stated that Nigeria is broke and cannot afford the luxurious items in the N13.08 trillion budget proposal.
Atiku in a Twitter thread on Sunday stated that COVID-19 only complicated an existing economic problem.
Atiu went on to express that had President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration listened to advice, the recession could have been avoided.
“We could have avoided this fate by a disciplined and prudent management of our economy.”
“This could have been avoided had this administration taken heed to the patriotic counsel given by myself and other well-meaning Nigerians on cutting the cost of governance, saving for a rainy day, and avoiding profligate borrowing,” Atiku said.
He further said that now is not the time to trade blames but to focus on ways to manage the situation and called on Buhari’s government to “swallow its pride, and accept its limitations, so that they can open their minds to ideas, without caring who the messenger is.”
I Won’t Join Political Enemies To Shoot Down Tinubu – Fayose
Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has described Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as one of the greatest builders of men in Yoruba land and Nigeria at large.
The chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said this in Ado Ekiti on Saturday while speaking with journalists as part of the events commemorating his 60th birthday.
Fayose stated that Tinubu has paid his due politically, hence he vowed not to join political enemies of the former Lagos State Governor to shoot him down.
“I am not championing the course of Tinubu, I am not in the position to do that, but there is no denying the fact that Tinubu is a prominent Yoruba leader, whether in APC or in PDP. There is no gainsaying that fact. Fayose is a prominent son of Yoruba nation. Governors Nyesom Wike, Ifeanyi Okowa, Okezie Ikpeazu, are prominent sons of southern Nigeria.
“What I am trying to say is that we can’t hide their identities and goodwill for political reasons. We can’t deny their contributions. Other leaders from the North like Ahmadu Bello Sardauna, they made different impacts not necessarily like Awolowo. So, Tinubu has paid his dues. I have paid my dues, Okowa has paid his dues, Wike has paid his dues, we need to acknowledge them.
Fayose also insisted that he won’t dump PDP despite the crisis rocking the south-west caucus of the party.
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