FAROUK GATE: FUEL SUBSIDY PALAVER June 12, 2012Posted by seunfakze in CHANGE, POLITICS.
Tags: bribery, corruption, Farouk Lawan, Fuel subsidy scam, Nigeria, Otedola
Two days ago, I had written about LAWAN & THE CABAL, a piece asking LAWAN to come clean and clear his name given the bribery smear with Mr. Otedola. I had asked him to stand on the mountain tops and declare with blaring trumpets his stance. Earlier That day, Hon. Farouk Lawan had not only evaded but somehow avoided Omojuwa and I doing a live recording of what could have been an evidence-based report of his then ‘denying’ account. That same day, a rebuttal from his person had come out in public disclaiming the allegation from Femi Otedola. As we all know, the song now is different. Farouk indeed collected the money. I am saddened to have read new reports this morning saying he collected it to trap Otedola. Such foolery!
The situation room is clear. The message is loud. The details murky. The situation grim. One thing is certain: whoever is capable in crimes against Nigerians (while pretending to serve our interest) should and MUST face the due process of the law. Farouk Lawan included. Those indicted in the fuel subsidy probe report, who have indeed corroborated with Otedola, to bring huge setbacks to the probe should also prepare for war. The wrath of the people will be swift, very lethal and quite destructive in its move.
The Fuel Subsidy report remains our focus, Hon Lawan can face the music for all I care. This is a lesson to all young men, all well meaning Nigerians. Keep your distance from these evil men when you dine with them. PDP again has shown its resolve to bury this country in poverty and corruption no matter what it takes. Whatever happens in the forthcoming weeks will reveal the resolve of the people.
For those who care, the fuel subsidy report is the message. You cannot flaw it. Take Farouk Lawan away for his carelessness, let him face the consequences of his actions. Lt also those indicted in the report face the consequences of their looting. In the public court, there are no sacred cows.
We watch. We wait. We will act.
LAWAN & THE CABAL June 10, 2012Posted by seunfakze in CHANGE, POLITICS.
Tags: corruption, Farouk Lawan, Fuel subsidy scam, House of Rep, Nigeria
POWER/FAME has an amazing way of exposing someone’s true character. This has played itself out in countless situations in our nation. The report of the fuel subsidy panel by the house of representative committee put many disturbing revelations before Nigerians. Indeed, Nigerians, home and abroad, became livid when the report of the Farouk Lawan-led committee came out; a report which showed how a third of our national revenue had been stolen by a cabal of vampires not up to a thousand. The unfortunate allegation against Farouk Lawan however, which came out two days ago, putting to question his integrity has only brought out the monstrous effect of corruption before Nigerians, bringing the character of politicians to question again.
Let me be clear on one fact: I salute the courage and effort of this committee, and I appreciate them for daring to bring many issues which could have been swept under to fore. I expected Hon. Farouk Lawan to be threatened, harassed, and embarrassed for unearthing the scam before us. No one would dare expose such evil and wickedness of callous corrupt Nigerians without damning consequences. For once, Farouk and his committee enlivened our hope that men of character can still stand and be counted in Nigeria. This previous assertion is, however, being put to test.
The allegation before Farouk is two ways. One, I expected it to happen, as obviously, any attention to soil his reputation will cast aspersions to the integrity of the report and ultimately almost
Ad to the dest of the report itself. This attempt would absolutely fault the report and inevitably bring an end to whatever probe or inquiry is being sort by the judiciary or anti-corrupt agencies.
Second., as much as i do not want to doubt the integrity of Hon. Lawan (as i know how hard it is to bring out such report without reprisals), I would have expected to come out and dissociate himself in clear and unmistakeable terms such allegation and DARE them to bring forth any evidence as they may seem suitable in the allegation. This is the path Malam Nasir Elrufai had towed in past and what endears a lot of young to him. How do we measure the integrity of persons like Hon. Lawan if he cannot refute the allegations before him?
We had an avenue to clear the air on this issue yesterday but our efforts to do this proved abortive. Something is definitely wrong somewhere. I give him the measure of doubt that he deserves given the situation but I dare Hon. Lawan to come out and prove his detractors wrong, publicly and evidence-based. This is a National issue.
Ethics and principles have long been a down-trodden issue in Nigerian government and politics. Many young Nigerians had their meter of hope in honest men improved when Hon. Lawan came out, the last we need is to have such hope trampled by this allegation.
We need honest men in Public offices who would go to lengths, evidence-based, to admit their honesty and disprove any waging tongue alleging corrupt practices when necessary. Should Lawan fail to give evidence-based denial and dare his detractors, we may be in the tussle for the survival of the report probe for a while.
Our refusal to ACT decisively as clusters of citizens is sending out the wrong signal to the authorities. They assume, they think the fuel subsidy “noise” is another issue we have forgotten given the National Distraction songs played to our hearings.
We have been robbed. Our resources have been depleted. We cannot keep up being passive onlookers. We have a duty to demanding our leaders do the right thing.