Thursday, January 12, 2012

Subsidy beneficiaries financed Jonathan’s election, says el-Rufai

The Nation
11 January 2012

Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Nasir el-Rufai has said “untouchables who financed Goodluck Jonathan’s election are the beneficiaries of fuel subsidy”. 

The former minister spoke on a televised programme, Matters Arising.

He said governors were in support “of the withdrawal of subsidy so that they will have money and less deductions from the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC)”.

He said: “They (governors) are the driving force behind Goodluck Jonathan and half of the blame should go to governors.”

Petroleum subsidy, he noted, “is a charge on the Federation Account; so, it is deducted first before money is shared”.

Last year, el-Rufai said “the average deduction from the Federation Account was about N22 billion per month; after the elections, it rose to over N100 billion a month”.

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