Anthony Ogbo, (Nigeria Moment), Houston –
An investigative report published by International Guardian, Anthony Ogbo examines the APC incoming administration repression against the Petroleum Minister Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Here is the Story Excerpts….
■ A prevalent vindictive approach already taken by the APC in-coming regime led by President-elect, Muhamadu Buhari over petroleum issues has permeated the delta region with bitterness and anger. The worsening tension over continued threats on the incumbent petroleum minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke has been seen by various groups of the Delta as a retaliatory push by the incoming administration against a minority – their indigene – who stood up to the cartels who had always monopolized the petroleum sector.
■ But Alison-Madueke did not back off from the growing intimidation. She quickly responded by suing the Premium Times and 10 other individuals and organizations, obtaining an injunction, and restraining her bullies from “publishing or causing to be published any further defamatory statements in respect of “$20 billion, $49 billion or any other figure allegedly missing or unaccounted for.
■ In a fierce response to a call for his arrest over these comments, the wife fired another shot, vowing that Nigeria will boil if anybody arrests her husband. Hajia Dokubo-Asari had a different view of Buhari’s possible executive excesses toward his foes. There is nothing wrong with probing public officers or entities, but according her, “the probing must be all round not selective.”
■ During Obasanjo’s handle of petroleum ministry, bribery and corruption of the sector went global and defaced Nigeria’s image on issues of ethics and fiscal responsibility. It may be recalled that the United States government at the time slammed a punitive fine of $236 million on six foreign companies for offering heavy bribes to Nigerian government officials during the Olusegun Obasanjo presidency.
■ The president elect, Mr. Buhari was also not exonerated with issues of petroleum management abuses and fraud. His claims of modesty has been haunted by his past negative records of public accountability. For instance, as the chairman p of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) between 1998-99, Buhari failed to account for a missing 2.5 billion naira, confiscating all related documents and obstructing all investigative channels.
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