Group says Nigeria is sliding into a Banana Republic.
The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately relieve the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe, and his Petroleum Resource counterpart, Diezani Alison-Madueke, respectively, of their duties.
CNPP, in a statement by its Secretary General, Willy Ezeugwu, on Thursday, accused Mr. Orubebe of overheating the polity in his (Orubebe) native Delta State over his governorship ambition by defying a presidential directive on 2015 campaign.
It said the minister had continued to carry on with a larger than life image.
The group of opposition parties said unless Mr. Jonathan was not serious with his avowed war against corruption and political slandering and was only plating with the senses of Nigerians, should such public officers continue in office.
CNPP also said that what was happening in the oil sector was most damning as it shouldn’t be that oil companies indicted in the fuel subsidy fraud were still doing business with the federal government.
“Due to vested interest, public officers in the oil sector led by the petroleum minister, Allison Madueke and other PPPRA officials have re-established business with fraudulent oil companies indicted in the oil subsidy probe,” it said.
“This is most unacceptable and clearly a slap on the Nigerian people and seems to vindicate the saying that the Nigerian economy is ran on corruption. This we must rise against as a nation and force the President to do what is right and correct – sacking the minister and her cohorts.”
The group also asked the President to sack his Chief of Staff, Mike Ogiadomhe, over his role in misleading the administration and fostering corruption.
It launched attack on the director general of the nation’s satellite commission, Ahmad Rufai, noting that the latest embarrassment over the failure of the counting machine installed by the agency in the House of Representatives was just one of the many incompetence and fraud associated with the satellite agency since his (Rufai) era.
“If steps are not taken to relieve these public officers of their job immediately, we in union with the civil society will have no choice than to mobilise Nigerians on the street till this change is effected.
“We are gradually sliding into a Banana Republic where impunity continues to override our senses of responsibilities,” CNPP warned.