11 November 2012

Nigeria: Ribadu's Report - Huriwa Accuses FG of Manipulation

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Mallam Ribadu handing oil report to Petroleum Minister Dizeani Madueke

A democracy focused non-governmental organization - Human Rights Writers' Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has dismissed the Presidency criticism of the Nuhu Ribadu-led crude Oil Revenue special Task Force Report just as the rights group accused the federal government of manipulation of facts in a bid to perpetually allow the wheel -of-corruption and monumental economic crime to continue to run in government.

In a statement jointly endorsed by the national coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National media officer, Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA warned the federal government that the patience of the long suffering and impoverished citizenry is running out even as the group expressed optimism that Nigerians may resort to civil unrest and disobedience if the monumental corruption going on in government is allowed to continue.

HURIWA wondered why a government that claims to have the popular mandate of the people to govern transparently has now transformed itself and the organs of government serviced with tax payers money to become veritable defender of the corrupt officials who have successfully and brazenly stolen Nigeria blind of the nation's crude oil revenue.

Human Rights Writers' Association of Nigeria stated that; "We are ashamed that a presidency official speaking on behalf of the President who has sworn an oath of office to promote transparency and accountability, has become the one openly castigating the well considered findings of a special task Force headed by an incorruptible man (Nuhu Ribadu) and who indeed has in spite of several threats, blackmail and intimidation proceeded to present a report whereby it was discovered that over $180 million disappeared from the public fund in the petroleum sector under the watch of the current administration".

HURIWA said that the anti-transparency stand of the Jonathan administration may sooner rather than later be challenged by the brutalized long suffering masses who are disdainfully dismissed as docile and indecisive.

Senior Special Assistant to President Jonathan on public Affairs Dr Doyin Okupe told newsmen that the Ribadu committee did not meet up on the terms of reference of its assignment.

But the Human Rights Writers' Association of Nigeria dismissed the Presidency's criticism of the Ribadu panel report as "deceptive", "manipulative", "unpatriotic", engaging in semantic dramatization/equivocation even as the Rights group said the anti-accountability stand of this government amounts to a great disservice to Nigerians' collective quest to kill corruption before the menace kill us.

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