Group condemns Jonathan over ‘missing’ $20 billion, insecurity

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

The group said the president is fiddling with frivolities while the nation is burning.

A group, The Broom Initiative, has criticized President Goodluck Jonathan over his handling of the alleged $20 billion missing oil money and the deteriorating security in North East Nigeria.

The group, a think-thank of professionals, condemned the suspension of the governor of Central Bank, Sanusi Lamido, by President Jonathan while the Senate was investigating allegations he raised that $20 billion of oil revenue was missing.

Mr. Sanusi had accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, of failing to pay the sum into government treasury.

A statement signed by the group’s leaders, Micheal Ighoma and Ibrahim Mohammed, faulted the president’s handling of the allegations.

The group said rather than address squarely the hard questions posed by the evident corruption at the NNPC, the government has employed arm-twisting tactics to portray the accuser as the accused, devised alternative narratives to discredit the accuser and keep undignified silence on the weighty and damaging allegations.

“To think that the Presidency would stoop to tactics that can be shown to be clearly unconstitutional, tactics straight out of Idi Amin’s playbook, tactics aimed at discrediting the messenger, rather than address the issue of missing (or unaccounted for) billions; the evident stench of corruption at the NNPC and its supervising Ministry – Petroleum Resources, is nothing short of mind boggling,” the group said.

The group said Mr. Sanusi’s suspension is perhaps the most incredible act of recklessness so far carried out by the present government.

“How sincere is a government that allocates ₦2 billion to the existential fight against the Boko Haram insurgency, whereas ₦70 billion was allocated to the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme. Jonathan’s financial commitment to security challenges in the northeast pale into insignificant considering what is being spent on the Niger Delta militants,” the group said.

“But the Jonathan administration has once again demonstrated to us where its priorities lie, pouring N70 billion down the amnesty drainpipe, while ignoring the immediacy of the problem in the Northeast by sending ill equipped under motivated service men to their death and abandoning helpless civilians to a life of uncertainty and fear.”

A group, The Broom Initiative, has criticized President Goodluck Jonathan over his handling of the alleged $20 billion missing oil money and the deteriorating security in North East Nigeria.

The group, a think-thank of professionals, condemned the suspension of the governor of Central Bank, Sanusi Lamido, by President Jonathan while the Senate was investigating allegations he raised that $20 billion of oil revenue was missing.

Mr. Sanusi had accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, of failing to pay the sum into government treasury.

A statement signed by the group’s leaders, Micheal Ighoma and Ibrahim Mohammed, faulted the president’s handling of the allegations.

The group said rather than address squarely the hard questions posed by the evident corruption at the NNPC, the government has employed arm-twisting tactics to portray the accuser as the accused, devised alternative narratives to discredit the accuser and keep undignified silence on the weighty and damaging allegations.

“To think that the Presidency would stoop to tactics that can be shown to be clearly unconstitutional, tactics straight out of Idi Amin’s playbook, tactics aimed at discrediting the messenger, rather than address the issue of missing (or unaccounted for) billions; the evident stench of corruption at the NNPC and its supervising Ministry – Petroleum Resources, is nothing short of mind boggling,” the group said.

The group said Mr. Sanusi’s suspension is perhaps the most incredible act of recklessness so far carried out by the present government.

“How sincere is a government that allocates ₦2 billion to the existential fight against the Boko Haram insurgency, whereas ₦70 billion was allocated to the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme. Jonathan’s financial commitment to security challenges in the northeast pale into insignificant considering what is being spent on the Niger Delta militants,” the group said.

“But the Jonathan administration has once again demonstrated to us where its priorities lie, pouring N70 billion down the amnesty drainpipe, while ignoring the immediacy of the problem in the Northeast by sending ill equipped under motivated service men to their death and abandoning helpless civilians to a life of uncertainty and fear.”


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