Senator Dino Melaye has said the reason Nigerians are yet to feel the
impact of change promised by the ruling All Progressives Congress
(APC) is because of the civil servants who according to him, are
responsible for major corruption in the country and have refused to
repent and internalize the change mantra within their hearts.
Melaye, who stated this during a chat with the media in Abuja, noted
that change mantra was not about the APC as a political party but
about the way Nigerians conduct themselves and operate government
agencies and activities.
He urged civil servants, politicians and those in positions of
authority to become born-again and begin to act positively towards
ameliorating the mistakes of the past so that the impact of the change
mantra can be felt by the people.
The senator also said that people who abuse processes and the laws of
the land must be questioned by Nigerians, pointing-out that the
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal,
ought to have resigned had Nigerians come out of their cocoons to
question his indictment in the N250 million grass-cutting scandal in
He said: "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.
"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
"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
"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
"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."