$6.8 Billion Fuel Subsidy Fraud: It’s Time For Action And Not Mere Rhetorics!

By Pastor Tunde Bakare

(Being text of a press conference by Save Nigeria Group (SNG) on official responses to calls for the prosecution of subsidy thieves, on Monday, May 14, 2012)

Gentlemen of the Press: We addressed you two weeks ago over the report of the House of Representatives on its probe of the subsidy regime between 2009-2011 which exposed the mind-boggling looting of our treasury to the tune of N3 trillion in 2011 alone, whereas only N245 billion was appropriated. Given our experience over the years of several probes with shocking revelations and no follow-up actions once reports are submitted, we gave two weeks within which we expected to see “concrete steps taken in the direction of prosecuting all those indicted in the subsidy scams”, failing which we said we would commence citizens’ actions to compel compliance.

We have keenly followed all that has happened in the last two weeks and we are compelled to express our views on them to expectant citizens:

1. The Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN), was first to respond to our demands in a press statement where he sought to buy time for the government when he made the following claims:
a. The President had not yet received the report and as such could not act on it;
b. The report of the House of Representatives was a mere “fact finding” exercise which is an insufficient basis for prosecution;
c. Further investigations are required before prosecution can commence.

 The AGF’s statement is doublespeak, which is at best a tactic to delay justice and at worst a ploy to deny justice by lulling the nation into forgetfulness. The following recent developments, in spite of the collapse of our moral walls as a country, show that the AGF’s position is untenable:

i. The aviation sector probe was still in session when Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode and Prof. Babalola Borisade (former Aviation Ministers) were arrested and charged to court;

ii. It took just an allegation of bribery by the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against the Herman Hembe Committee for the House to disband the committee and set up a new panel. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has gone ahead to obtain a court order to prosecute Hon. Hembe and his deputy Azubuogu Ifeanyi while the new panel is still sitting;

iii. The accounting firms of Akintola Williams & Co and Olusola Adekanola & Co were fired by the Ministry of Finance before the House adopted the report. What were the “further investigations” conducted on the “fact-finding” report of the House before these firms were punished?

iv. All investigations by the EFCC, ICPC and CBC are fact-finding and their outcomes are the basis of prosecution;

v. Prosecution is itself a form of investigation as it is the process through which guilt or innocence is established.

2. The House of Representatives has informed the country that it has transmitted its report to the presidency and anti-graft agencies. While we restate our commendation of the House for conducting a notable probe in spite of undue pressures, we are still taking them up on two critical issues as regards the report and the oversight functions of the National Assembly:

 a. The issue of 1,100% overspend of the budget is a fundamental one. While we note the National Assembly’s resolution that overspending should be criminalised in future, are we to take it that Sections 80 and 81 of the 1999 Constitution are not currently in operation? We are of the firm belief that the fiscal recklessness is a clear constitutional violation that should be dealt with as such and not glossed over. While we await the National Assembly’s decision on this, we will be heading to court to ask for judicial pronouncements on Sections 80 and 81 of the 1999 Constitution which deal with appropriation and spending from the Federation Account;

b. What is the extent of the National Assembly’s oversight functions? Are they merely responsible for "fact-finding" exercises? We raise this because we are aware that there have been many probes by the National Assembly whose reports have been dumped in the mortuary of probe reports. The immediate past House, for instance, carried out the following probes, among others, with far-reaching recommendations:

i. The Power Probe which exposed the $16 billion expenditure with no value added to the power sector;

ii. The Probe of Unspent Funds which revealed how N4.3 trillion was not remitted to the Federation Account by ministries and agencies of the government.

Not one person was brought to book in the above cited cases, yet we are aware that the resolution of the National Assembly on the 'doctrine of necessity' was not treated as a "fact-finding" exercise and the presidency did not wait for weeks to be served the resolution before it took effect.

The nation waits for the day every report or resolution of the National Assembly pertaining to good governance and probity will have the force of the resolution on the 'doctrine of necessity'.

3. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has issued a statement acknowledging receipt of the House Report with a promise to prosecute those indicted after it has done its own investigations. The EFCC’s argument seems plausible to the extent that it is not intended to pursue the agenda of an executive arm that is enmeshed in scandals and would prefer the nation forgets and moves on.

Only last Thursday, the EFCC secured a court nod to prosecute the former chairman of the House Committee on Capital Markets Hon. Herman Hembe and his deputy Azubuogu Ifeanyi based on the allegation of Ms. Arunma Oteh that they collected $4,095 each in estacodes from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) without making the trip for which the estacode was intended. If the EFCC could move swiftly to prosecute sitting representatives over a total of $8,190 (approximately N1.2 million), our people will be outraged if it cannot do the same on the theft of N3 trillion because many of those who are indicted are in the executive arm. We are of the considered opinion that a good starting point would be compelling the companies and individuals the House as a matter of fact has established were wrongly paid to refund such monies forthwith.

The House of Representatives report presented to the EFCC reveals myriad infractions of the Public Procurement Act, EFCC Act, and the Penal Code. The same way Hembe and his deputy are currently being tried, the EFCC does not need extended investigations to arrest all those who received payments in foreign currencies without importing any products. Note that most of the companies and individuals involved have not denied the allegations against them. Also, in line with Public Service rules, and as was done to former Health Minister Prof. Adenike Grange, any or all of the public officers and ministers indicted by the report should step down or be suspended while investigation continues.

WHAT NEXT?
We have acknowledged all that has been said in the last two weeks to show that we are a responsible organization prepared to exhaust as many options as are available to us, only opting for public protests as a very last resort.

However, all we have heard hitherto has been mere rhetoric with no concrete actions from constituted authorities. It is not lost on us that the President, under whose watch N3 trillion was stolen, has not directly addressed this monumental scandal except through remarks on his behalf by presidential aides. An ethical president ought to have made a national broadcast on this series of events unrivaled anywhere in the world. Yet, we are ready to extend the rope to see what comes of the EFCC’s promise within a reasonable time. We will watch every step they take with our firm resolve that this report will not go into the mortuary of probe reports.
      We call on all Nigerians to remain vigilant as they will be hearing from us periodically in this season of systematic and sustained campaigns we have entered on the cusp of unprecedented change.
      For those who are tempted to ask what we intend to accomplish if we only got words in two weeks, they should ponder on whether or not we would have heard more than the usual deafening silence if we had merely folded our arms.

Let us press on!

Thank you all.

Pastor ‘Tunde Bakare
Convener, Save Nigeria Group (SNG)    
 

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TIME TO CLEAN THE BAD IMAGE ON NIGERIA

The whole Nigeria is infected with CORRUPTION.The only problem is that President GEJ is carefree of the bad image from Niger Delta in general and Bayelsa State in particular.OBJ would have moved against Yorubas during his time if they had done such.l am a Lecturer from Oloibiri in Bayelsa State to show you that l know what l am writing.
You may look at the case of Ambassador felix Oboro in Venezuela.Greed made him to become drug baron,looter of embassy funds,inflating and pocketing visa and e-passport money and damaging the good image of Nigeria.FGN is aware but because he is from my State,Bayelsa,It sees no evil and talks no evil.Ambassador Oboro who was searched for drugs at airport has been reappointed because it is our turn in power.
He admitted in Sagbama,Yenagoa and in Brass that he looted embassy funds and was unto drugs.President GEJ should therefore remove him to start with the cleaning.

Fuel subsidy

Pastor Bakare we are with you but l would advise we raise a militant wing that will protect us,these people cant work,they only know how to make cheap money from Govt,they will not give up without using the military,but l can assure you the military in nigeria are divided,all well need to do is use our military wing to kill those who have stolen our money through pension funds,fuel subsidy and others if the Govt cant give us justice ,then we have no alternative than take the law into our hands and give the thieves jungle justice,if we want freedom or peace we must be ready for war,anything from what l have said will fail,mark my word,,no pain no gain,once we kill about 29 of the people messing up our country the rest will run and then we can deal with therest that are left in nigeria

We are in Support

My Pastor, ride on.Only fools will not understand what the SNG stands for.I 'll like you to brace up to partner with Local Govt Groups and if they are not existing already,Pls begin to form them.We are waiting.We are against injustice.We are against corruption.

Dele, what is better..........

Dele,
u are a coward and a more confused Nigerian except you are in support of these looters.Being a vice President in CPC politcal party has nothing to do with Thieves for goodness sake.Open your eyes man.

fighting Corruption

its surprising u talk like this.
Are u saying being a Pastor,Bakare should keep mum when he sees corupt people leading us to destruction? Go back to read the Bible and see Prophets of the ONLY LIVING GOD fighting against INJUSTICE.
I support Bakare ,Pls Keep shouting.

@Dele Cole, what better is

@Dele Cole, what better is bakare making our country, himself and His CPC has done more damage to the country than good, remember the utterance of Buhari during campagn with Bakare standing right beside him, that if he did not win the election, the country will be ungovernable for PDP/GEJ, the result of that utterance gave birth to boko haram, did you khow how many innocent souls this group has killed? and property destroyed, look this SNG is just a fluke to fight PDP/GEJ if not the group is based here in lagos and till now they have not seen anything wrong in the sack of 788 doctors. or lagos state is not part of nigeria. i beg let us rest with all this people everybody is just trying to make money to the detriment of nigerians. God will fight for us. and not the fake SNG.

SNG.

NIGERIAN

Satanize Nigeria Group and their league of Mischievous Losers!

I support the war against corruption but not shadow chasing. Yes about N240 billion was budgeted for subsidy in 2011 but the govt ended up spending N2.5trillion. It doesnt sound right but its nothing unusual. The important issues are: 1) didnt we buy fuel at control price of N65 per litre last yr?
2)was the landing cost of fuel not about N141 per litre last yr?
3)didnt the govt pay the balance of about N76per litre for you and I?
4)was the country not WET with fuel all thru last yr such that you and I didnt have to queue to buy fuel?
The extra budgetary expenditure may not be right but it's nothing unusual. It is ON RECORD that In 2007, N278 billion was spent on fuel subsidy though only N100billion was budgeted for subsidy that yr. Also in 2008, N633 billion was spent on subsidy, though nothing(zero naira) was budgeted for subsidy that yr. Mr president may have made the wrong judgement in not asking for supplementary appropriation but definitely the INTENT was not to commit fraud

For Satanize Nigeria Group(SNG) and other Mischief Makers!! 2

I support the war against corruption but not shadow chasing. Yes about N240 billion was budgeted for subsidy in 2011 but the govt ended up spending N2.5trillion. It doesnt sound right but its nothing unusual. The important issues are: 1) didnt we buy fuel at control price of N65 per litre last yr?
2)was the landing cost of fuel not about N141 per litre last yr?
3)didnt the govt pay the balance of about N76per litre for you and I?
4)was the country not WET with fuel all thru last yr such that you and I didnt have to queue to buy fuel?
The extra budgetary expenditure may not be right but it's nothing unusual. It is ON RECORD that In 2007, N278 billion was spent on fuel subsidy though only N100billion was budgeted for subsidy that yr. Also in 2008, N633 billion was spent on subsidy, though nothing(zero naira) was budgeted for subsidy that yr. Mr president may have made the wrong judgement in not asking for supplementary appropriation but definitely the INTENT was not to commit fraud

For Satanize Nigeria Group(SNG) and other Mischief Makers!

Going by the history of fuel subsidy expenditure in this country since 2006, subsidy payment of about N2.5 trillion or even more in 2011, is COMPLETELY in order.
In 2006 the landing cost of fuel was N67 per litre but fuel was sold at N65 per litre at the pump. Thus govt paid the balance (price differential) of N2 per litre as subsidy, which came to a total of N276 billion that yr.
In 2007, with the price differential still at N2 per litre, a total of N278 billion was spent on subsidy.
By 2008, with the price differential now about N7 per litre, a total of N633 billion was spent as subsidy.
N421 billion and N673 billion was expended on subsidy in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
By 2011, the price differential had risen SHARPLY to N76 per litre (landing cost of N141 per litre minus pump price of N65) due to escalation of crude oil price. Thus expectedly N2.5 trillion was spent on subsidy in 2011. This explains everything to SANE minds except for MISCHIEF makers

For Satanise Nigeria Group(SNG) and other Mischief makers!

Going by the history of fuel subsidy expenditure in this country since 2006, subsidy payment of about N2.5 trillion or even more in 2011, is COMPLETELY in order.
In 2006 the landing cost of fuel was N67 per litre but fuel was sold at N65 per litre at the pump. Thus govt paid the balance (price differential) of N2 per litre as subsidy, which came to a total of N276 billion that yr.
In 2007, with the price differential still at N2 per litre, a total of N278 billion was spent on subsidy.
By 2008, with the price differential now about N7 per litre, a total of N633 billion was spent as subsidy.
N421 billion and N673 billion was expended on subsidy in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
By 2011, the price differential had risen SHARPLY to N76 per litre (landing cost of N141 per litre minus pump price of N65) due to escalation of crude oil price. Thus expectedly N2.5 trillion was spent on subsidy in 2011. This explains everything to SANE minds except for MISCHIEF makers

For Satanise Nigeria Group(SNG) and other Mischief makers!

Going by the history of fuel subsidy expenditure in this country since 2006, subsidy payment of about N2.5 trillion or even more in 2011, is COMPLETELY in order.
In 2006 the landing cost of fuel was N67 per litre but fuel was sold at N65 per litre at the pump. Thus govt paid the balance (price differential) of N2 per litre as subsidy, which came to a total of N276 billion that yr.
In 2007, with the price differential still at N2 per litre, a total of N278 billion was spent on subsidy.
By 2008, with the price differential now about N7 per litre, a total of N633 billion was spent as subsidy.
N421 billion and N673 billion was expended on subsidy in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
By 2011, the price differential had risen SHARPLY to N76 per litre (landing cost of N141 per litre minus pump price of N65) due to escalation of crude oil price. Thus expectedly N2.5 trillion was spent on subsidy in 2011. This explains everything to SANE minds except for MISCHIEF makers

Please can somebody find out

Please can somebody find out for me if spending outside the Appropriation Act is not an impeachable offence. The Law Makers should use their powers to make other arms of government respect them otherwise their resolutions and laws will never be taken seriously

@Kool, you are a real douche bag!!! a female sanitary pad!

you are going around popping my moniker off your stinking mouth behind my back. you got one thing right, i am a true blood...not an ethnic bigot like you. again, i'll throw down! if you want to call me out, do it like a man.

There is no going back now.

Nigeria has got to a point where it is near impossible to salvage IT by CONVENTIONAL MEANS.

I am not an Anarchist, for those who have read my posts over the years know that I have been very considerate, reserved and civil in my postings.

You may think this is a distraction-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSmgL43sSWY&feature=fvwrel
in reality Nigeria is in a state of absolute confusion and unrealism and nothing the people do now will make it any worse.

It can only get better for as the Black eyed Pea sang, 'Where is the love'?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpYeekQkAdc&ob=av3e
This is applicable to the world at large as it is in this PDP HELL HOLE!
They sang, 'Father Father help us. Send us some guidance from Above.' Nigerians have been praying for over 12 years now. What has it led to? Action that will bring reason back to these unconscionable fellas in power may be the answer of these years of prayers. There should be no going back now.

Mismanagement and illusion of Mind

The illusion of have it all, even at interest of other have cause so much damage to all our national and public life. Everybody in Nigeria want to be rich, even how the get money is not a problem. We need revolution in Nigeria, we need to change the mentality of our people, to develop intrest in our National interest. Mismanagement have cause our country the potential to be a powerful country in Africa and in the region. Imaging what 6.8 billion dollar could have done, a lot things. But Greedy and illusion of having it all and materialistic philosophy that engulfed our society. Have denied our leaders to see their suffering of their own people. There is so much injustice in Nigeria. Is only Nigeria you can loot billion and you walk free. Shame on this anti ruling class, the have failed the entire generation of people. The moral value and spirit of brotherhood that is core philosophy of African have gone in our society.

Bakere is a noise maker

SNG and failed politician and preacher Bakere have withdrawn their threat of protest because Fashola is not in the mood to sponsor any protest,because of being in the receiving end of strike. Bakere has tested politics and has found the difference between pulpit and politics.He do not understand political dynamics, he wanted to benefit from the mass protest he led under SNG by visiting Jonathan at the villa, that led to 50k dollar scandal. He did not learn any lesson he hurriedly switch to Buhari camp and Buhari was deceived to take him and Odumakin, thinking they have clout. Now election was over and they miserably failed they have gone back to the business of making business out of people's frustration, using fighting corruption as their unique selling point.

If IBB stole $12b in 8yrs, and Dumbo stole $6.8b in 1yr...!

@ Sapele Water:

Assuming all things remain constant :
a) How much would Dumbo have stolen after his term?
b) How much is the difference?
c) What is the percentage of that difference?
d) Who is the greater thief?
f) Who is the 'smarter' thief?

Now, do you see how supid you are? Are all Aborigines like you?

Your stupid post confirms my belief that you aborigines must be deported back to your plantations in Papau New Guinea! Those from Bahamas, back, thru Furrah Bay via Freetown! You're nothnig but trouble for other peaceful Nigerians. Lazy animals. This your oyl is really goozing thru your noses, as if all life depend on it. Look at your doctorate, a bofoon, moronish clown that can't even express himself. Yet, you have the audacitiy to post rubbish here. Idiot, your uncle is a crook! This scandal will engulf him, say you read here it on SR. Drunkard!

Jonathan is Part of The Problem!!!

Any man or woman that turns blind eyes to fraud & corruption is part of the problem confronting Nigeria. Jonathan has proved many times that he lacks strength of character & courage to go after rogues and thieves that have made Nigeria postrate. If a leader is good and he's there for the interest of the people, such a leader would look any crook in the face and bing such persons down and make them to pay dearly for defrauding Nigeria. But sadly, Jonathan is part of the problem we have in Nigeria just like his predecessors like IBB, OBJ.

Those in govt from top to bottom are grossly corrupt and enemies of the people. Are they happy with the way things are going in Nigeria? Are they satisfied with hopelessness that has enviloped the whole country where peoples' lives are not safe even in the village? Jonathan should prove to Nigerians that he means well for us by probing and punishing all fuel subsidies thieves.

SNG

As far as I am concerned, only Pastor Bakare and other members of SNG have an idea how to stop these elements.

Nigerians must learn to challenge these thieving miscreants parading themselves as politians and leaders. One of them is already in Jail, yet they have learned nothing.

But you can start it

Tony, Pastor has taken a cross to bear. If you are so concerned about the dead in the cause of fighting evil and wickedness, then make it your own cross to carry against the oppressors - the bad leadership.

Mr pastor is either u quite

Mr pastor is either u quite pastorial business and join politics or visa ve, because both does not go together and can not.Both in the sight of man and God period.

Lacking in faith that anything good can come from Naija

Sapele water you sound like one who has lost faith in this geographical expression called Nigeria. For one somebody has stood up for good of all. If all the so called "men of God" or abi "men from God" will have the audacity to take a stand for and speak out like this gently man Pst Bakare, at least members of the variously religious organisations who are part of the Government will think twice b4 they engage in the mountain of fraud that is hunting us now. Come to think of it who actually is in a better position to speak against these issues if not those men of God or men from God.

TONY H, U SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF URSELF

Tony h, you should be ashamed of urself. Look at what is happening in Nigeria under the watchful eyes of ur GEJ. Since GEJ has refused to speak regarding the findings of the subsidy probe, there is no doubt he is part and parcel of the humongous looting exposed. How did he get the billions used in rigging the election? What have u and ur Niger Deltans like Deri gained since GEJ became president? Only time shall tell. He will soon leave office and the position another takes. Suffering and smiling Niger Deltans. Your leaders are all thieves and do not mean well for u people but that deeply rooted tribalism in u have refused to make u guys see clearly. Evil and corrupt generation. God will continue to bless Pastor Bakare and his gruop for standing for what is right. When Yaradua cabal was dealing with GEJ, where were u TONY H?

@Sapelewater - Here is your starter list of true Nigerians

"Let idiots like Bakare stay in the church business and let true Nigerians fighting for a real cause show face". (Sapelewater, 2o12)

@Sapelewater ... why don't you give us a list of just 5 true Nigerians who are already fighting or preparing to fight the real cause? May be you need help with this list.

How about this as a starter ... Sapelewater, Deri, Onari, OC, Stanley Igwe, Ifeanyidemocracy4ever, ...
See, I have even named more than five true Nigerians for you. True Nigerians indeed. I de laugh oh. hahaha !!!

Conflict of Interest--Tunde Bakare

The problem with this group is that someone need to tell Pastor Tunde Bakare to step-aside for the group to have credibility. Good Corporate Governance would remove Bakare as the "face" of the group since he has an "apperarance" of bias since he contested against GEJ and lost. Any outcry from Bakare , regardless of legitimacy, could be deemed a sour grape. Let him step-aside since there are lots of "good minds" sorrounding him to make the case for the Save Nigeria Group.

The government is playing us for fools

The Nigerian government is playing us for fools. What more evidence of wrongdoing do you need when it has been confirmed that some of the firms in the report did not import any petrol? The Head of the NNPC should have been sacked by now but as usual the President is hoping that the noise over the report will die down. You've got a real battle on your hands with this one President Badluck.

@Tony h. You are fool,@sapele water you have no sense at all.

Thank you pastor Bakare for your patriotism only a fool will tell us to continue worshipping the thieves in govermnet, even jonathan is part of the thieves because its all about pdp affairs. Its very sad to see some idiots like Tony h and sapele water,deri, ifeanyi democracy bastards supporting looters.@sapelewater it wasn't bad when Bakare led sng to abuja to fight for gej to be made acting president fool? MY prayers for you guys is that your lives would be looted where ever you reside in the world and blood of innocent nigerians dying needlessly because of corruption will fight you and will not allow you to be prosper(Amen).

@sapele water: Re: Anything with Tunde Bakare is another politi

@ sapele water
U claim " Let idiots like Bakare stay in the church business and let true Nigerians fighting for a real cause show face"

Fool so a Pastor is not a Nigeria. Have you heard of Rev. Martin Luther King ? Without his fight, there won't be an Obama today. Have you heard of Rev. Jesse Jackson? He was a U.S. Presidential candidate. It is only a jungle like Jonathan's Nigeria where drunks, liek Sapale water, has a voice !
Rev. Tunde Bakare has raised some question, instead of you to challenege him intellectually, you claim he has to be in the church because he's a Pastor. Are Pastors not humans ? FOOL !

By the way, where were you 2 years ago when Turai was messing up your moron Jonathan? I guess you were in the creek, doing oil bunkering, while the likes of Tunde Bakare stood up for justice then. FOOL !

@sapele water: Re: Anything with Tunde Bakare is another politi

@ sapele water
U claim " Let idiots like Bakare stay in the church business and let true Nigerians fighting for a real cause show face"

Fool so a Pastor is not a Nigeria. Have you heard of Rev. Martin Luther King ? Without his fight, there won't be an Obama today. Have you heard of Rev. Jesse Jackson? He was a U.S. Presidential candidate. It is only a jungle like Jonathan's Nigeria where drunks, liek Sapale water, has a voice !
Rev. Tunde Bakare has raised some question, instead of you to challenege him intellectually, you claim he has to be in the church because he's a Pastor. Are Pastors not humans ? FOOL !

By the way, where were you 2 years ago when Turai was messing up your moron Jonathan? I guess you were in the creek, doing oil bunkering, while the likes of Tunde Bakare stood up for justice then. FOOL !