There is nothing being done differently from the way it has
always been with the PDP and her voracious agents in control.
While executive aimlessness and recklessness persists, there
seems to be a competition between them the Legislature to
outdo each other in the art of corruption and subversion of
the people’s welfare.
The people’s helplessness and resignation to fate in the face
of government’s inability or refusal to be ‘touched with the
feeling of their infirmities’ is mistaken for diffidence. Thus
the government believes the people can be deceived and
hoodwinked all of the time.
One legendary method used by government to divert the people’s
attention from the core issues of bad governance, deeply
ingrained corruption, lack of will or principled personal
character on the part of our rulers, is the resort to
formation of spurious (actually comical) intervention
committees, panels, taskforces or agencies whose functions
characteristically range from the ambiguous to the absurd.
This government has once again pulled out this trick with the
recent announcement of a
Petroleum Revenue Special Taskforce purportedly to sanitize
the petroleum industry. Apart from obviously being a knee jerk
reaction, this move has once again highlighted the insincerity
of this government in handling the rot that is the petroleum
industry. For starters, even if we assume there is a need for
such a Task Force, there is simply no way, I repeat, No way
that a taskforce working outside the framework and bureaucracy
of the oil industry can sanitize it.
The choice of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu to head the Task Force is
another gimmick not lost on critical observers. It has
vindicated my earlier postulation even before the elections
that Ribadu’s foray into Presidential contest against Jonathan
was a ploy to divide northern votes and frustrate the chances
of Buhari in the 2011 elections. I had long predicted that he
was actually working for Jonathan and would be compensated
with a ‘juicy’ appointment after the election. A host of other
members of the task force are simply political jobbers lined
up for compensation for one role or the other they must have
played in helping Jonathan clinch the Presidency, while others
are there to help cover the tracks of the president’s men in
the oil industry that has come under serious fire following
the sordid revelations of corruption in the sector in the heat
of the subsidy debate.
This move is unmistakably an afterthought designed to shore up
a battered image of this government after it has bungled
fatally in the handling of the so called subsidy withdrawal.
Recall that the Petroleum Minister has prior to the withdrawal
of subsidy outlined what she claimed to be a blueprint for
post subsidy safety net structure to provide palliatives
against the effects of