Griffith: I feel vindicated
The shutting down of the feeding ground for criminal elements which was the Life Sport Programme is the beginning of the end for the evil forces that have attempted to destroy this nation, National Security Minister Gary Griffith said yesterday.
Griffith issued a media statement yesterday one day after Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced the “immediate” termination of the controversial programme, following the tabling of the “Report of the Central Audit Committee on the Comprehensive Audit of the Payment System of the LifeSport Programme” in the House of Representatives, at Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain.
“I feel vindicated by the revelations made by the Honourable Prime Minister’s report based on the audit of the programme, which confirmed exactly what I have been saying for months: that intelligence reports revealed the LifeSport Programme was littered with corrupt activity and heavily assisted major criminal elements,” Griffith said.
Griffith added, “I will fight and defeat the enemies of the State, regardless of their political affiliation or what position they hold in this society.
“None of them will be spared. As I indicated from day one of my appointment as National Security Minister, I intend not to do what is politically correct, but to do what is right, and I am prepared to put my life on the line for it, because there have been evil forces in strategic places who have been fighting me because it is affecting their business of organised crime, but good would overcome evil in this battle to defend our country.
“Recently, at a church service, I was told that I am on an assignment from my God to do what needs to be done, and I intend to bear whatever cross that I have to carry to bring peace to this great nation.
“I assure the citizens of this country that whilst on my watch, no one has the authority to protect or cover any individual who is an enemy of the State, a criminal element or holding any position to allow them to aid criminals.”
The Minister said anyone with information and evidence to support the findings of the audit report or any wrongdoing that was not highlighted, can contact him and the Ministry of National Security.