The Federal Government has issued a statement of its resolve to deal ruthlessly with anyone caught engaged in pipeline vandalism and the sabotage of power infrastructure that have combined to reduce power generation/transmission as well as fuel supplies in recent times, thus unleashing untold hardship on the Nigerian populace.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed explained on Sunday that repeated vandalization of oil pipelines simply amounts to economic sabotage and the Federal government will henceforth not deal with whoever that is caught with kid gloves.
”Vandals, whatever their motives are, cannot and will not be treated with kid gloves because their actions constitute a clear and present danger to the nation’s economic, social and political well being.
The attack on the Forcados Export Terminal that has affected gas production by oil firms and reduced gas supply to power generating plants and the shutdown of the Utorogu gas plant are totally condemnable and cannot be allowed to continue.
”Also, while this Administration will not do anything to abridge the constitutional rights of any individual or group to carry out protests, it will also not tolerate a situation in which anyone will hide under the guise of legitimate protests to sabotage power infrastructure. The shutdown of the national transmission facility in Osogbo and the Ikeja Disco by some unionists amount to economic sabotage,” he said.
”However, nothing will make this government to slow down in its anti-corruption fight and no one who is corrupt will be spared,” he assured.
”When oil and gas facilities are vandalized, the impact is felt directly by Nigerians. When power infrastructure is sabotaged for whatever reasons, Nigerians bear the brunt. While those actions may be aimed at discrediting the government, those who pay the price are the vast majority of innocent, law-abiding and well-meaning Nigerians, not just the vandals or the saboteurs. This is why Nigerians must not allow the few recreants behind these attacks to hold sway,” he said.