The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has renewed its call on President Goodluck Jonathan to dismiss three key all officials of his administration deemed to have been compromised, warning that failure will draw the wrath of an increasingly frustrated public against the government.
The CNPP said the Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke; CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido and National Security Adviser, Owoeye Azazi, should be asked to resign their posts in or be sacked by the president or face public anger in the “coming weeks”.
The group said the petroleum minister had remained in office despite being indicted by the House of Representatives’ fuel subsidy report, and continues to “insult” Nigerians with renewed efforts to increase petrol pump price after the house report confirmed she superintended the massive theft that took place in the oil sector.
“Alison-Madueke has full responsibility for all the theft of subsidy money that took place under her watch and should at least pretend to be remorseful enough to resign,” CNPP said.
It accused the CBN governor of selling the nation a “dummy” in his banking reforms, which the CNPP said has now become clear the agenda was rooted in Mr. Sansusi’s “ethnic and personal agenda”. The group said the only dividend of the reform is the massive job losses it has triggered.
“The humiliation suffered by Sanusi Lamido at a bankers committee meeting that made him embarked on a vendetta mission to wreck some commercial bank is now common knowledge. How else do you explain that a bank was able to buy up another bank it owed N20 billion to under the Sanusi Lamido abracadabra?” the statement asked.
“His questionable donation of public fund in his home state and the subsequent firefighting to stem the resulting public outcry has shown that this man is a fanatical ethnic jingoist who has no place in a country striving for national integration.”
The CNPP said the NSA, Mr. Azazi must be fired for the rising insecurity and for his recent comment blaming the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) for the insecurity in the north.
“After all, Azazi has told Nigerians that he knows that the PDP is the cause of country’s problems, yet he cannot arrest the people he has identified as the source of the nation’s headache.
“This man has almost N1 trillion at his disposal to combat the insurgency that has placed this country on the list of near-failed states and there is nothing to show for it, instead the armed insurrection against the state grows bolder by the day. It is now public knowledge that heads of foreign missions in Nigeria now refer to Azazi as the leading contractor of the nation,” the group said.
The CNPP urged President Jonathan to be mindful of the international implications of allowing compromised officials to continue to serve in his government and by implication the image of the nation.
“It beggars belief that these characters remain in office and continue to parade themselves as agents of change and development to the international community when their peers in other climes would be serving jail terms for half the crimes these compromised Nigerians have committed here,” the group said.