20th June, 2012
The National Youth League (NYL), a coalition of youth organisations and social movements, working to realise participatory democracy in Nigeria, has called on Nigerians to reject the recent hike in electricity tariff and address other ills plaguing the country.
In a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Evwibovwe Irikefe, the youth appealed to Nigerians not to overlook the unfolding events, like the hike in electricity tariff, fuel subsidy scam, corruption, UNILAG palaver and other germane issues.
“It is shocking that the Federal Government, superintending a corruption-infested system, is seeking to impose greater hardships on harmless and hapless citizens by seeking an approval for N1.8 trillion foreign loan. This is coming on the heels of revelation that N1.7 trillion was stolen from the fuel subsidy regime,” the NYL leader stated.
He wondered why the Jonathan-led government has not deemed it necessary to prosecute all those indicted in the report of the House of Representatives’ ad-hoc committee on fuel subsidy regime.
“Why is it taking the Jonathan-led government a long time to prosecute the ‘oil thieves’ in the fuel subsidy scam? The inaction of the government is a calculated attempt to protect the looters since they eat and drink together,” he added.
The Deputy National Coordinator of NYL, Comrade Saib Azeez Kayode also tasked the government to tackle corruption and save the country from further ridicule.
He demanded the immediate implementation of the reports of the power sector reform, fuel subsidy probe and pension probe.
He added that all those implicated in the reports should be investigated and charged to court to serve as a deterrent to others.