Nigerian Community in the Netherlands
Press Statement on the State of the Nigerian Nation
It was with a sense of déjà vu that Nigerians resident in the Netherlands, like our compatriots all over the world, received the news of the removal of subsidy on PMS in Nigeria. While the furore resulting from the said removal of subsidy and the subsequent unilateral reduction of the pump price by the Presidency is yet to abate, we side with the millions of downtrodden Nigerians and ask that the price be returned to status quo while efforts are made to address the immediate effect of such removal.
The Nigerian Community in The Netherlands wishes to state that the Nigerian Government has never been honest and loyal in its intentions vis-à-vis previous removal of subsidy in the past. We join our people at home and abroad to say that "removal of the subsidy on fuel translates to another subsidy for the corrupt political and elite group in the country".
We honestly see the subsidy as the only benefit that Nigerians get from the country's oil wealth and remained assured that the money saved by ending the subsidy will only end up in individual pockets of our self-serving and corrupt leaders.
We implore the government of President Goodluck Jonathan to take a serious look at the size of his government and show honesty of intentions by first, reducing the size and openly begin to manage the "wastage in government". The lack of trust of the people on the promises of the government cannot be condemned in any way considering Nigeria's rating on the list of corrupt nations.
In the same breath, the NCN condemns the wanton attacks on life and properties by the Boko Haram terrorist group. We ask that the government takes its responsibility in the area of security of lives seriously and move proactively to address the issue before it becomes another divisive tool. We strongly believe that the financiers and backers of this monstrous group are not unknown to the government considering the arrest of a member of the senate and the pronouncement of the President that there are members of the group in government.
While commiserating with the families of those who lost lives and properties in the Kano attacks as well as all other previous attacks, we resolutely call on the security agents of the nation state, Nigeria, to rid itself of the corrupt elements and ensure the safety of our people.
The NCN is constituted for the betterment of sons and daughters of Nigeria living in the Netherlands within the context of the Diaspora and more importantly the overall wellbeing of Nigeria as a viable and prosperous nation. Our country Nigeria is in turmoil and has been in this state for a considerable period of time. Corruption, weak governance and abject cluelessness have contributed to a situation which is completely unacceptable to our people.
It should not come as a shock to the current government that Nigerian citizens require practical and concrete solutions to the problems facing the country now. We demand competence and credibility from our government officials of all genres. All aspects of government including security, management of oil and gas resources, education, financial management and planning need to be overhauled and recalibrated. Our populace deserves nothing less.
To this end, NCN will be organizing a seminar to discuss the situation in Nigeria at RCCG House, Hettenheuvelweg 18, 1101 BN Amsterdam Zuidoost, The Netherlands on Saturday, 28 January 2012 starting at 17:00 CET. Nigerians and other interested parties are welcome to attend.
Further mobilization activities will be communicated as the situation in Nigeria develops.
God bless Nigeria.
The Steering Committee
Nigerian Community in the Netherlands
January 24, 2012