Civil Servants The Reason Why APC Hasn’t Delivered Promised Change – Senator Dino Melaye

By Ikenga Chronicles February 17, 2017

Dino Melaye, the controversial Kogi State Senator, and member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has laid the blame for the failure of the APC to provide the change it promised, on civil servants.

Senator Melaye who was talking to members of the media said the promised change has not fully happened because civil servants and other politicians who are at the heart of corruption in the country have refused to internalize the change ideology;

“The change mantra is not about the All Progressives Congress (APC). The civil servants who are responsible for major corruption in the system are still the same people.”

“The message of change is not only to members of the APC. It is to Nigeria and Nigerians on how we conduct ourselves; and, how we operate government agencies and activities.”

“Nigerians, we must have attitudinal change, we must decide that the country is in recession now and we are approaching depression so we must begin to take the right steps inwardly.”

“Civil servants in this country, politicians, those who find themselves in positions of authority must become born-again, and begin to act positively towards ameliorating our past.”

Melaye said that once this attitudinal change is embraced by all, then corruption will be brought to a standstill, and Nigeria will be better for it.

He further challenged Nigerians to always stand firm and question those who abuse their offices and/or steal from the country. Using the N250million grass-cutting corruption case of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) as an example, Mr. Melaye opined that Nigerians would have been able to pressurize the SGF into resigning.

“I have insisted that on his honour the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, ought to have resigned by now like I said the last time, he should be reciting the psalms and asking for mercy.”

“But unfortunately, it is when we start punishing criminals in power, when we start punishing thieves in power, when Nigerians stop celebrating mediocrity and corruption that we will begin to have headway.”

“These days, a man steals money from government and what you do is to celebrate him; then we cannot get out of the woods. Let me say that in an unjust society, silence is a crime.”

“People who abuse processes and the laws of the land must be questioned. We must all get out of cocoons and begin to ask questions. It is laughable that Babachir Lawal is still seating in council as SGF. I mean, it does not portray any sense of responsibility at any level.”

“I want to say that not only him but every other thief in power must be questioned. Nigerians must demonstrate the capacity to ask questions. If I. Dino Melaye, is found wanting, Nigerians should come out and ask me questions. They should be bold to tell me that I have abused my oath of office.”

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