More reactions follow recovery of N3.04 billion from former NNPC GMD

The bundles of cash recovered from Former GMD of NNPC, Andrew Yakubu's residence
The bundles of cash recovered from Former GMD of NNPC, Andrew Yakubu's residence

Nigerians have continued to react to the recovery of N3.04 billion from the residence of Andrew Yakubu, a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, in Kaduna.

An operation by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on February 3 on a building belonging to a Mr. Yakubu yielded $9,772,800 and £74,000 cash.

Nigerians, Friday, took to Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms to express their outrage at the discovery. Others lampooned the ruling APC on its stance when the ex-GMD was sacked by former president Goodluck Jonathan.

A Facebook user, Ita Ndifreke, said, “Yet we complain that there is recession. Naira has no value. When these volume of US dollars is stacked by only one Nigerian. Imagine the volume of US dollars hidden by our politicians. I keep on telling Nigerians that our politicians are responsible for the mess we find ourselves today. The former GMD would have been satisfied with his salary which was enough for him.”

Commenting on the development, Stephen Osazuwa, another Facebook user, said, “I keep saying it that Nigerians are incapable of ruling themselves. This is just another example where someone would be appointed to an office, only for him to loot the entire place clean. If it were possible, i would have loved that we be recolonized!”

On Twitter, a popular user who tweets via @Mr Aydee, lampooned the APC over its stance when former president Goodluck Jonathan sacked Mr. Yakubu.

“Before you blame GEJ for Yakubu’s criminality. So there’s NO ambiguity, this was APC’s position when GEJ fired Andrew Yakubu as NNPC GMD,” @MrAydee tweeted, refering to the APC’s description of Mr. Yakubu’s removal by Mr. Jonathan in 2014 as “unceremonious”.

Another twitter user, Juliet ‘Kego, tweeting via @JulietKego, said, “So many Yakubus in Aso Rock, NASS, Govt lodges, State HoAs, some with their bunkers in banks in Panama, UK, America, Dubai, Swiss.. #Justice!”

Paul Irumundomon, a Facebook user, however, expressed pessimism about the hoopla the news generated, adding that Mr. Yakubu would soon be allowed to travel overseas.

“This man will apply to travel overseas tomorrow and they will grant him a waver on medical ground. Confused country, no shame anymore. This man is not ibori; you can see that Ibori is just an icy on the cake,” he said.

“Joe Biden, a former president, took a train back home, while Obama took a chopper home, after Trump’s inauguration. In Nigeria, where we import tooth picks, politicians buy cars (and) mechanics have to be imported for tune up services.”

Andrew Yakubu Photo: www.thenigerianvoice.com
Andrew Yakubu

Photo: www.thenigerianvoice.com

Rasaq Gbolahan, a poet and culture enthusiast, expressed deep outrage at the discovery, noting that treasury looters do not deserve to live in peace.

“Brethren, Andrew Yakubu is a national disgrace, a portrait of shame that hangs on the wall of our dying country. Take it to the bank! The man has portrayed the main ideology behind man’s inhumanity to man. He has depicted what Robert Burns says in his poem,” he wrote.

“Where we have countless people suffering, wandering the streets, feasting on leftovers,

sweating under the sun, many gone to rest in undisclosed cemeteries, many lamenting with tears streaking their faces.

“And we have Andrew Yakubu sitting on bags of money. And you want me to continue to write poems about this country. You want me moisten this land with my sweat. You want my children to experience the tragedy that bears the name of our country. Tell Andrew Yakubu, that may they not find peace. They who loot and pillage our land.”

A commenter, Mukhtar Umar, expressed surprise over the fact that the former NNPC boss was caught. He also claimed to know him personally and advised the government to bring him to justice in order to serve as deterrent to others.

“I did not expect Yakubu would be (caught) in corruption cases. I know the man personally; he used to address me about life and career matters. I’m confused there is no public office holder or political leader to trust again since Yakubu was caught red-handed. Please, EFCC, bring him on board and show examples to (other) Nigerians.”


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  • Jb

    CAN you are silent on this national disgrace from your member.

    • Rrrr

      CAN can never talk because CAN is a beneficiary of corruption in Nigeria.

      • Julius

        Amen !!

  • persona

    A southern Kaduna Christian caught….CAN CAN’t talk. The same deafening silence when an aircraft ferried money to SA. When we are done deceiving everyone under the guise of ethno-religious pandering, we will be back to address our self inflicted pains.

  • Julius

    I noticed that there was no ‘witch hunt’ fake cry. Folks, we are getting somewhere !

  • Rommel

    Soon,his arrest will turn religious,someone will accuse him of being a sponsor of mayhem while others will say he was busted because he is christian,whatever it is,Nigeria is in a deep pit but what did the Jonathan administration do after removing him from office? does it mean that removal from office is considered enough punishment for someone who steals public funds? what this man looted is peanuts compared to those close to Aso rock then under Dumbo and that Nigerians! is how our money lost value,this man can afford to buy dollar at N1000 simply because he has so much looted funds

    • haba mallam

      This is islamization of Nigeria, he is minority Christain that why, if he where a Hausa Fulani the mumu hausa northerners with their herdsmen and boko haram illiterates could have let him, Separation is the answer.LOL classic Otile talks from Southern Nigeria IBO or Delta man. Please don’t forget to come out this weekend to celebrate the release of our son from Jail in UK. The son of the soil, father of our nation his EXCELLENCY Mr James Ibori. Separation is the answer Buhari must go, no islamization in Nigeria. This is how they talk, the erats lead by OTILE.

  • haba mallam

    Yes this is islamization of Nigeria, he is minority Christain that why, if
    he where a Hausa Fulani the mumu hausa northerners with their herdsmen
    and boko haram illiterates could have let him, Separation is the
    answer.LOL classic Otile talks from Southern Nigeria IBO or Delta man.
    Please don’t forget to come out this weekend to celebrate the release of
    our son from Jail in UK. The son of the soil, father of our nation his
    EXCELLENCY Mr James Ibori. Separation is the answer Buhari must go, no
    islamization in Nigeria. This is how they talk, the erats lead by OTILE.

  • Dawood

    This adds more fuel to the racist accusation that the black man can’t rule himself. How can we continue to call the statement racist when the Yakubus, Sarakis, Wikes, Maduekes and Jonathan’s continue to provide daily evidence? And wasn’t it yesterday the rented pot-belied protesters were calling for Buhari’s head? We know who and where the problems are, but the looters and their agents are working very hard to distract us. LOOK AT THAT SHINY OBJECT OVER THERE! BUHARI WON’T RETURN FROM HIS MEDICAL LEAVE! And like zombies, we look, allowing for the Yakubus of Nigeria to steal more. God help Nigeria.

  • sammyctu ode

    When I tell people that we are not ripe to rule ourselves they abuse me. This is another example to justify my thinking. What we should be asking ourselves is our financial system so porous that these animals can steal/loot all these monies just like that? Remember that obaseki as GMD incurred billions of Naira in hotel accommodation at Nicon Noga that nnpc paid for. All the past GMDs of NNPC should be probed. The current OPEC Secretary General is one of them. He dare not touch one dollar of OPEC’s money but while he was at Nnpc billions was flowing into his hundreds of bank accounts. Look at what the animal diezani did at Nnpc. To me nnpc should be disbanded cos it’s a sesspol of corruption that has been milking Nigeria dry.

    • Tunsj

      Perfectly stated.

  • Sir Demo

    Where is that online Ogbanje boy OTILE?