When Central Bank Governor Lamido Sanusi introduced some reforms to sanitize the banking sector which resulted in the discovery of large scale and monumental fraud by chief executives, the same people responsible for the fraud grouped together and initiated mindboggling attack on the person of the governor and for years the looted resources were deployed to wage a ruthless media campaign aimed at demonising Lamido and hopefully engineer his sack by the President. Now we know that these unpatriotic bank helmsmen should have been tied and shot going by the irreparable damage they have caused the economy and the avoidable loss running into billions of dollars which innocent people have to contend with.
The history of Nigeria is replete with the nation being made to struggle to free itself from the antics of some undesirable people whose stock in trade is to be lawless or to take advantage of some lacuna to inflict pain on the nation so long as they stand to individually benefit. Over the years, Nigeria had paid a very heavy prize due to the activities of saboteurs.
The appointment of Mrs Dezieni Allison-Madueke as Nigeria’s first female Minister of Petroleum Resources must have angered some groups of economic saboteurs and their sundry collaborators in the nation’s oil industry who feared that the reforms which the minister has committed herself to executing have the potential to kick them out of business. The fact that such reforms were long overdue and are in fact inviolable in the nation’s match towards growth is immaterial to these people who must continue to profit illegally from such unpatriotic acts. The recent media campaign launched against the minister, citing some very flimsy and motor park reasons says a lot about how trenchant some people can be in their diabolical desire to damage the reputation of patriotic and innocent Nigerians whose only fault is that they are unbending in their resolve to serve their fatherland diligently.
Nigerians can no longer be hoodwinked by the tantrums of any pseudo groups who hide behind the facade of deceit and falsehood to achieve aims that are clearly against national interests. This country has for long been trampled on and serially raped by buccaneers and vultures that suck its blood repeatedly through illegalities leaving its carcass for all to see. If good Nigerians go to sleep and surrender to economic saboteurs, the future of the country will be bleak. The likes of Dizieni Madueke are supposed to be hailed and celebrated for the pains and discomfort they go through to implement necessary reforms to make the country a better place to live in. These reforms are necessary even though painful if we are serious about getting this country out of the woods. The oil industry in particular which is the nation’s cash cow has long been left to the elements such that all manner of people cash in on the loopholes to line their pockets while the nation suffocate in the pain of their misdeeds.
That is not to say however that any public figure who abuses his brief should not be dealt with. In the Nigeria that we are building today, there should be no hiding place for executive rascality by anybody no matter how highly placed. The same law that is deployed to deal with economic saboteurs should be the same law that has provisions for punishment for those charged with the responsibility of implementing government policies. The only distinction is that those who suffer losses arising from government actions should not be allowed to damage the reputation of patriots. They cannot inflict pain on the country and be allowed to take others down with them. The fact that some people are crying wolf where none exist is a pointer that the reforms in the oil sector are indeed on course. The Presidency should as a matter of priority support the minister to go ahead with the painful reforms regardless of the frustrating antics of some people so as to position the country for greater heights. This is the only way the country can positively move forward and take its proper place in the comity of nations.
Ahmed, a public affairs commentator contributed this piece from Abuja
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