|Pius Anyim, Sec to Fed Govt.|
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim has assured that those who are found culpable in the ongoing probe in the subsidy saga in the downstream sector of the petroleum industry would be punished according to the provisions of the law.
He gave the assurance yesterday at the Inaugural Lecture of the Course 5 of the Institute of Security Studies, Bwari, Abuja with the theme: ìNigeria in Transformation.
While reiterating that the removal of the subsidy was in the best interest of Nigerians and in line with the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan, owing to the corruption of the whole process said: This subsidy withdrawal is one interesting thing that has brought amazing responses from Nigerians. Everybody including the civil society groups agreed that the system is corrupt. We know that the system has been hijacked by some people.
ìThe total cure for this evil (subsidy cabals) is to do away with subsidy, If there is any where you can make cheap money; it is through this subsidy system. Therefore, if the president wants to enrich himself and his friends, he will not remove it. The former Senate president stressed that the Federal Government was determined to root out those cabal from the system and that law would catch up with those found culpable in the on-going probe by the Ad-hoc committee of the House of Representatives and the one set up by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.
Anyim further stated that it was only through the transformation agenda of the current administration, which calls for attitudinal change that Nigeria could move forward. He said that the transformation agenda seeks to change the minds of Nigerian people, whom he described as the greatest obstacle to countryís quest for development, peace and stability, to be more patriotic.
I want to believe that our country over the years have not done well because we are all guilty of not being patriotic enough, and that is why we are not where we are supposed to be as a nation. The problem with Nigeria are Nigerians and anytime we are ready to change (our attitudes), we can then move forward. That is the transformation agenda.
We must change from thinking self to thinking for the generality of the country. Nigeria must be stable. God has put us together and there is no going back because Nigeria must be great. The future of Nigeria is for all of us to protect.”