Following the consistent insistence of Nigeria’s President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari on probing into the sleaze in the country’s main source of economy, especially the NNPC, many corrupt politicians have basked in the ambiance of overwhelming trepidation.
Excluding fuel subsidy, which many allege to be a drain pipe, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, is considered to have been enmeshed in deep corruption for the past 16 years. To these grounds, the Corporation has questions to answer on issues bordering on unremitted funds.
Before his election, Buhari had given respite to corrupt politicians when he announced during one of his campaign rallies, that every “sin” committed before May 29 hand-over date, will be forgiven.
However, all that have changed as the retired General made a u-turn over the weekend, vowing that his administration would probe the $20 billion allegedly missing from the coffers of the NNPC.
Speaking on Sunday when he played host to a delegation from Adamawa State led by the state’s governor-elect, Bindow Jibrilla, in his campaign secretariat, Mr. Buhari said although he received information that some persons already started returning money to government coffers, he would only believe it when he “sees it”.
“I heard that some people have started refunding money, but I will not believe until I see it.
“His royal highness, the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was removed from the Central bank because he said that about $20 billion was missing, instead of the government to investigate the matter, they refused, instead they sacked him. As God will have it, he is now the Emir of Kano and that is exactly what he wants to be.
“He has already written all the detail report on it, the incoming government will not ignore it, even though we have promised to draw a line, but $20 billion is too big to ignore. This is Nigerian money and it must be investigated,” Mr. Buhari said.
Following these current developments, it was learnt that there is serious anxiety among the top leadership of the NNPC.
“Everybody in the oil industry is afraid over Buhari’s u-turn; there was relief in the industry when he said he would probe corrupt activities that took place before May 29, but his decision to now probe the missing N20b has changed all that.
“It is clear that he may even go beyond that missing N20b because the NNPC is a terrain he knows very well. So, he has put all politicians, especially those in the oil industry, on their nerves”, a source said.