Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Politicians behind subsidy riot – Jonathan

17 January 2012

 US backs subsidy removal •Cautions FG on implementation
Written by Leon Usigbe, Abuja, with Agency Report

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has described protests in parts of the country which trailed the discontinuance of fuel subsidy as political riots, blaming politicians for the nation’s woes.

The president urged Nigerians, particularly the elite, to desist from acts that were capable of distracting the government and compounding the current security challenges in the country.

According to him, “from inception, our administration has demonstrated absolute commitment to the promotion of democratic ideals and unwavering respect for the rule of law.

“By the same token, we expect that all stakeholders would continue to operate within the ambit of the law at all times. Rights and privileges come with responsibilities.

“I wish to reiterate my commitment to working unrelentingly for the enduring welfare and well-being of Nigerians at all times.

Jonathan blamed politicians for the many evils bedevilling the country, saying “if NYSC uniform now attracts evil men, before once you wear NYSC uniform, people can give you a ride freely.

“Who are those creating these problems? They are not ordinary men and women in our villages. They are politicians.

“It is politicians who are exploiting the situation negatively. We are even making our youths to hit themselves in the name of politics. We will all change.”

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