Why I Am Unable To Prove Corruption Allegations Against Diezani – Buhari Opens Up

By Amako Nneji October 12, 2016 09:13

Why I Am Unable To Prove Corruption Allegations Against Diezani – Buhari Opens Up

President Muhammadu Buhari, has said that he is unable to prove corruption allegations against former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The position of the Buhari administration on the former Minister, was made manifest in the newly-launched biography of the President, titled: Muhammadu Buhari – The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria.

Author of the book, Prof. John Paden, alleged that the former Petroleum Minister, and her Associates, were at the heart of oil bunkering scandal during her tenure, which has not been proven.

The book recalled, that the Buhari administration faced a major challenge in its early days, as it grappled with the options on how to track stolen oil.

The former Minister, is also being hunted, because of her closeness to former President, Goodluck Jonathan.

Recall, that Alison-Madueke left the country, shortly after the 2015 general elections. She was reportedly down with cancer, and was hospitalized in an undisclosed hospital in London, United Kingdom, UK.

In spite of her health status, there were strong indications that the Federal Government had no strong case against her.

According to the book, ships with bunkered oil, often had forged documents purportedly issued by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and the origin of the products cannot be traced, because Nigerian oil cannot be fingerprinted with precision.

Most of the stolen oil, the book said, ended up in China, a situation that made Buhari visit China, to explore ways for the two countries to tackle the issue.

“The shipping of stolen oil to China with the connivance of Chinese criminal networks, was a subject President Buhari discussed with Chinese President, Xi Jinping, who promised to cooperate.

“China was in the process of cracking down on corruption, and began to investigate the Nigeria oil scandals. At the heart of the oil bunkering scandals, was the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, and her Associates.

“While Alison-Madueke was being treated for breast cancer in London, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, arrested her key Associate, Donald Chidi Amamgbo, over allegations of financial crimes.

“He had received permission from the Minister, to pump billions of dollars of Nigeria’s oil, despite lacking the requisite experience.

“In addition, the former Minister had approved billions of crude oil swaps, (exchange of crude oil for other goods), without a contract, according to a former Group Managing Director of NNPC, Austin Oniwon.”

The book which was launched recently in Abuja, also chronicled other allegations of corruption leveled against Alison-Madueke.

However, the former Aviation Minister, and a vocal critic of Buhari, Fani-Kayode, has described the book as been laced “with tissues of lies”, and to demonise former President Jonathan’s Associates.