1 November 2012

Nigeria: Subsidy Fraud - Group Wants Ministers Sacked

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Cartoonist depicts corruption in Nigeria

A civil society coalition under the umbrella of End Impunity Now (EIN) has called for the immediate sack of Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke and Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala.

They also want boards and managements of all implicated government agencies in the subsidy scam removed.

The group made the call yesterday at a press conference and rally in Abuja, saying that unless President Goodluck Jonathan acts on their demands, Nigerians will never take his anti-corruption crusade serious.

The leader of the campaign and Executive Director of the ANEEJ, Reverend David Ugolor, said the two ministers were directly involved in the subsidy frauds committed against the nation.

He said: "We demand for the sack and sanction of the petroleum minister because she bears direct oversight responsibility for the mess, while the minister of finance and coordinating minister of the economy is responsible because of her indirect oversight functions. We continue to also demand for her resignation and for appropriate sanctions."

He said nine months after the January protest in the country, no significant trials have been conducted to any reasonable extent, nor has any significant convictions been made.

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