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Fuel Subsidy Report: Cabals Move to Impede Debate
Pointers have indicated that series of cabals involved in the epic fuel subsidy fraud have begun to intrigue in order to ensure that the Farouk Lawan report will not be taken seriously by Nigerians and their representatives.
There is strong evidence that the promoters of the 70+ oil marketing companies involved in the scam, as well as members of the political class (ministers, senators, honourables and governors both serving and former) are engaging their finest political maneuverings to turn the tides in their favour.
Tactics being used by the cabals include silencing the print media with economic inducements to bribe journalists and dull public opinion and outcry. However online social media brands have disallowed this trend to thrive; the proliferation of news blogs amongst the intellectual and social Nigerian population is a big threat to the machinations of the cabals.
Another more advanced tactic the cabals is to instigate hostilities in the lower chambers of the National Assembly via threats to impeach the Speaker, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal for his refusal to soft-pedal on the report. In what appears to be the first time ever Nigerian lawmakers would justify their financial remuneration to their fellow countrymen, majority of the honourables and their leadership seems bent on transparency in the country’s dealings being provided to the citizenry. The veil of corruption may be lifted if the cabals fail in their plan to impeach the Speaker.
The head of the Ad-hoc committee that produced the report, Hon. Farouk Lawan is also a target for the cabals and efforts to undermine his credibility which started before the report was released Wednesday have intensified.
The report has indicted several government officials, government agencies and private companies of consorting to defraud the Nigeria’s commonwealth by over N 1 trillion. Some of the prominent government officials indicted in the report include Diezani Allison Madueke, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, and Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, the Governor of Gombe.
Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Publicity, Hon. Zakari Mohammed, confirmed the cabals manouverings. He said: “The attention of the House of Representatives has been drawn to calculated attempts by indicted firms and their backers in government to plot the removal and discrediting of the House leadership for allowing the subsidy report to get to the public without being doctored to spare them.