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Nigeria’s problem corruption, not Boko Haram -Tam David-West

Prof. Tam David-West

FORMER Minister of Petroleum, Professor Tam David-West, weekend in Lagos, said injustice, infidelity of leaders and corruption, rather than the activities of Boko Haram and the like, would break up Nigeria.

Prof David-West who spoke on Beyond Subsidy, What Next?, at a seminar by Labour Writers Association of Nigeria, LAWAN, lamented  that “Injustice and lies of our leaders will break this country, not Boko Haram.”

According to him,” I am sure that Book Haram will not break Nigeria neither will Niger Delta militants. How can managers in charge of pension spend N32.8 billion when pensioners are dying? It was also reported that President Goodluck Jonathan earmarked N1 billion for food per year in a country where it is difficult for people to eat one cup of rice. Injustice will kill Nigeria.

“Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, make use of the sect to rig elections and after it, they abandon them. Granting amnesty is not enough. I believe the leaders should meet with them in secret and settle the matter.”

The former minister reiterated his argument that there was nothing like fuel subsidy and lamented that he had been challenging advocates of subsidy to a national debate, but none had accepted.

He claimed that the nation’s refineries had been consistently sabotaged so that there would be an excuse to depend on imported products, saying, “nothing is working in the system including the palliatives the Federal Government promised after the suspension of fuel subsidy protests by organized labour.”

David-West lamented that the pump price should not be more than N40 per litre if Nigeria was refining total consumption locally, stressing that “the palliative measure the Federal Government promised is not visible because our leaders are not sincere. I have never seen this kind of President in my life whose promises are never fulfilled.”

via Vanguard Nigeria

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