The group says they will ask the court to investigate how the Federal Government ended up spending N1.6trillion as against the N240b budgeted for subsidy in the 2011 fiscal year.
The convener of the group, Tunde Bakare,while speaking at a press conference in Lagos to address the fallout of the recently suspended nation-wide strike condemned the truncation of the industrial action.
“We cannot sweep under the carpet the spending of over N1.3 trillion without appropriation by the National Assembly. We shall neither “move on” on this matter until the full weight of the law comes on all those involved in this illegal spending.” Mr. Bakare said.
The group also said it is suing the federal government for deploying military personnel on peaceful protesters, who had sought and got the necessary approval from appropriate quarters to conduct the protest, and who also conducted themselves in a civil manner.
“The violent violation of our rights to peaceful protests by the Federal Government through the deployment of troops and tanks to the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park at Ojota on Monday,16 January 2012. This violation is totally uncalled for. Before we rallied at the Park, we sought the necessary permission from the Lagos State Government and wrote to notify the Lagos State Commissioner of police and asked him to provide protection. The police men deployed to the park were mostly idle throughout the five days we spent at the Park, as there was no breakdown of law and order.” Mr. Bakare said
SNG also rejected and condemned the decision of labour leaders to accept the N97 perlitre price announced by President Goodluck Jonathan and gave the labour leaders a one week ultimatum to meet with the Belgore Committee, a committee set up by the president to conduct talks with the labour groups over the subsidy affair,and come up with something good. Mr. Bakare said the protests would resume if the labour groups do not come up with satisfactory negotiations.
“While the conduct of the controlling leadership of labour at the peak of the movement does not engender much confidence in their fidelity behind closed door, we still enjoin them to bring all negotiations with the Belgore Committee to a close within a week and report back to the people who still reserve the right to resume their protests if the negotiators compromise the essence of this popular action.”
The SNG plans to hold a victory rally on Saturday at the GaniFawehinmi Park as a mark of appreciation of the new found spirit of Nigerians as demonstrated in the 5 days of peaceful protest at the park.