Reacting to ‚Äúreports, comments and agitations aimed at creating the totally false impression that the President Goodluck Jonathan is not doing enough to curb corruption', Dr. Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, released a statement that restated President Jonathan's commitment to the eradication of corruption in Nigeria.
The statement said, ‚ÄúCertainly, nothing has been done or left undone under the President‚Äôs watch to justify the labeling of his administration as ‚Äėsoft on corruption‚Äô.
‚ÄúHe has appointed a tried and tested corruption investigator to head the EFCC. He declined to swear in a nominee for the chairmanship of the ICPC when questions were raised by the public about the propriety of his nomination and clearance by the Senate; and recently nominated a more acceptable replacement. Much of the politically-motivated agitations alleging tardiness in the war against corruption revolve around the Administration‚Äôs handling of the reports of probes that have been undertaken into the management of fuel subsidies in the country.
‚ÄúPresident Jonathan wishes to reaffirm, once again, that there will be no sacred cows in the matter and that any organisation or individual found guilty of fraud or corruption will ultimately face the full weight of sanctions prescribed by the extant laws of the country. The report of the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidies has already been referred by the President to the EFCC through the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation.
‚ÄúIn compliance with the President‚Äôs clear and unequivocal directives, the EFCC is currently undertaking a thorough and painstaking investigation of all indictments made by the committee with a view to establishing water-tight cases that will be taken before courts of competent jurisdiction as quickly as possible. The report of the Committee headed by Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, which was set up by the Federal Government to verify fuel subsidy payments, has also been received and is being expeditiously reviewed. Appropriate action will follow.
‚ÄúPresident Jonathan urges Nigerians to be patient and assured that the guilty will definitely not go unpunished as justice will certainly be done in the matter. It is also noteworthy that to strengthen ongoing reforms and transformation of Nigeria‚Äôs Petroleum sector, and in furtherance of efforts to achieve greater transparency and accountability in government, President Jonathan recently approved the re-composition of the executive management team of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
"Furthermore, in continuation of efforts by his Administration to sanitise Nigeria‚Äôs entire petroleum sector, entrench probity, transparency and accountability, and rid the sector of fraud and corruption to ensure that ordinary Nigerians enjoy more benefits from this God-given natural resource, President Jonathan has directed that the report of the technical committee which reviewed the Petroleum Industry Bill be speedily evaluated and appraised by relevant government ministries and presented to the Federal Executive Council for approval before being returned to the National Assembly for speedy promulgation.
‚ÄúPresident Jonathan remains fully committed to the diligent and effective implementation of his Administration‚Äôs Agenda for National Transformation and the eradication of official corruption which is evidently antithetical to the attainment of the stated goals of his administration. In the prosecution of the war against corruption, President Jonathan believes that the interests of national peace, stability, progress and development override all other considerations and are therefore beyond any compromise.The President continues to uphold this belief in all his private and official actions.
‚ÄúHe therefore urges Nigerians to be wary of those who seek to heat up the polity by politicising the issue of corruption in the pursuit of their selfish personal and sectional agenda.‚ÄĚ
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"Coming In From The Cold" In California, USA July 09, 2012
Jonathan is not soft on corruption? That's rubbish. We know he is not hard on it either. You are either for or against something; there is no middle ground here. It's either Yes or No. People under him dey steal left and right, and you say he is not soft on corruption.
Oh, I just thought of something - Jonathan is not soft on corruption and he is not hard on it either; he is the middle of it. Dis country na yeye. I have been to so many; Nigeria is the worst. Let someone prove me wrong. Anyone who has hope in this country is probably hoping that one day, he will have his or her own chance to steal too.
The great upheaval shall come. That's the only rescue we need. Nothing sensible can resolve this decay. There used to be a time when people stole 10% to 20% of money entrusted to them, and used 90% to 80% to accomplish 90% to 80% of what they needed to accomplish.
They say a stitch in time saves nine. What we are experiencing today is what people get when they don't stitch in time. We did not nip stealing in the bud and the thieves got greedier and became much more emboldened to steal more.
While we watched and did nothing about it, the stealing gradually escalated to 30%, 40%, 50%, 80%, 90%. Along with this level of stealing that gave them so much money to buy justice, also came the culture of killing and assassinations. Now they can even kill and buy their way out. Didn't Uduaghan boast recently that he has the power to kill whomever he wanted? That's what happens when we let problems get out of hand.
Whoever thinks that Nigeria can be repaired without bloodshed is deceiving himself. My only prayer is for it not to be too much. These excessively greedy bastards must GO patapata, if you know what I mean.
I don't know how much money anyone needs to live. Most of the time, they waste this money and do not care about people's suffering. Some of them buy homes in foreign lands and rarely visit these homes. BASTARDS!!!
T. Adam London, UK July 03, 2012
To say Jonathan is soft on curruption is to credit him with at least doing someting about it. He is not soft on curruption, he subscribes to its necessity and represents it. His presidency is its product and he is not meant to tamper with it because it is the foundation that sustains his administration. It is what gives him the impetus to pooh-pooh the requirement for his asset declaration.
I think that he is forever grateful for and to it as shown by the number of thanksgiving ceremonies staged to date either by him or on his behalf.