The former president of Nigeria Dr Good luck Ebele Jonathan yesterday, set straight rumors form media news that he was involve in the bribe scandal of $1.3billion Oil Prospecting License, OPL 245 oil block agreement concerning the Italian oil company, ENI and Royal Dutch Shell of the Netherlands.
Information reaching us indicates that the Italian prosecutors had, in court documents filed last month in Milan, claimed that ENI Chief Executive, Claudio Descalzi, and his forerunner, Paolo Scaroni, Had a meeting with Dr. Jonathan personally to converse the agreement.
They further assumed that Dr. Ebele Jonathan and former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, gained from the $466 million purportedly used to bribe a number of Nigerian government officials and an extra $54 million withdrawn by one Abubakar Aliyu, who the prosecutors claimed was Jonathan’s representative.
On the other hand, in a report by Ikechukwu Eze, his media guru, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan said he has no idea or received anything from the strange name called Abubakar Aliyu and insisted that he has no connection with any shady deals saying that his hands are clean over the Malabu deal. This is coming as the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, is accusing Nigerian Government(Present administration) of the sustained persecution of Ijaw people and the Niger-Delta and wondered why the Malabu oil deal had been singled out for probe while other oil blocks awarded at the same time and through the same process were left untouched.
Read through on what Jonathan has to say:
‘’Our attention has been drawn to news reports published mostly by online media, which suggested, through innuendo, rather than factual evidence, that former President Goodluck Jonathan received kickbacks in the $1.3bn OPL 245 oil block deal involving oil giants ENI and Royal Dutch Shell.
‘’With regards to the publication, we wish to make it clear that former President Jonathan was not accused, indicted or charged for corruptly collecting any monies as kickbacks or bribes from ENI by the Italian authorities or any other law enforcement body the world over.
‘’In the first place, we have to categorically state that the negotiations and transactions for the oil bloc deal pre-date the Presidency of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, which began on May 6, 2010 and ended on May 29, 2015.
‘’It may interest those promoting this false narrative to know that all the documents relating to the transactions, issues and decisions of the Federal Government on the Malabu issue, during the Jonathan administration, are in the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation & Minister of Justice.
As a President in charge of the affairs of the Nation, there is no uncertainty that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan met with executives of all the oil majors functioning in Nigeria and urged them to, among other things, sustain the expansion of the Nigerian oil industry by ramping up their money and meet the terms with the Local Content Act that he promoted and signed into law.
‘’We, however, wish to state, for emphasis, that at no time did the former President hold private meetings with representatives of ENI to talk about fiscal issues.
All the meetings and negotiations former President Jonathan had with ENI, other IOCs and some aboriginal operators were conducted officially, and in the attendance of important Nigerian Government officials, and were done in the best interest of the country.
‘’We make bold to point out that the former President never sent any Abubakar Aliyu, as the innuendoes in the fake information put forward, to ENI, the IOCs or any indigenous operator to seek support or amass any bliss on his behalf.
‘’We will like to point out for the umpteenth time that whether in office or out of office, former President Jonathan does not own any bank account, aircraft or real estate outside Nigeria. Anyone with contrary information is challenged to publicly publish same.
‘’As the President who signed the Freedom of Information Act into law, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan lifted the veil on authority and encouraged intelligibility knowing that wickedness breeds in secrecy. It is the belief of the former President that journalists and media houses should take advantage of this law in their investigative journalism, rather than rely on rumours.
We hope that these clarifications will aid upcoming reports which should be factual.
’’ It’s witch hunt against Niger Delta –IYC relating the Malabu oil deal probe as offensive, IYC, which also carpeted the Federal Government on its stance on dialogue over the Niger-Delta, said the Malabu oil deal has been subjected to nonstop probe because it is owned by a Niger Deltan. In a gossip with journalists in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, IYC President, Udengs Eradiri, enjoined the Federal Government and foreign countries involved in the probe to hands-off, for the sake of peace in the section. He said:
“Malabu probe is designed to witch-hunt the Niger Delta people. The Federal Government should hands off the Malabu issue because you cannot be probing Malabu and leaving others that emanated from the same process.
“This is a country where oil blocks were awarded and billed to cronies and nobody is saying anything about them but because Malabu is owned by a Niger Deltan and an Ijaw man, it is being probed everyday for no cause. If they want to scrutinize Malabu, they should scrutinize every other person that has been awarded oil blocs in this country. They awarded oil blocs to their friends, cronies and brothers.
“OPL 244, OPL245 and OPL 246, which were awarded the same day through the same process and most of the oil blocks were awarded to people from the North; they are enjoying their generosity but everyday Malabu is subjected to probe. The signature bonus in this country is $20million but Malabu paid $210 million as signature bonus and yet nobody is talking but we the Niger Delta people will not be quiet.
“This is how they brought down All States Trust Bank, Oceanic Bank, Diezani Allison, and Jonathan administration, dragging him in the mud every day. This is how this administration sacked Ijaw people in the NNPC. The Federal Government and the foreign countries should hands off Malabu.
” Dialogue with N-Delta leaders The IYC President, who also carpeted the Federal Government over the persistent delay in negotiations with Niger Delta leaders, worried that the action of the Federal Government is an indication it is not ready to bring peace and improvement to the region.
“Look at the negotiation in the Niger Delta, they are neither here nor there. We are not expecting President Muhammadu Buhari to answer all the Niger Delta nuisance but he should give us his devices on how he will ensure that oil flows in the region because military action will not work. IYC will continue to speak against the injustice in the Niger Delta,” The speaker added.
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