Outgoing Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has on Monday said his administration had nothing to hide in respect of the claim by former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Lamido Sanusi that $20bn oil money was not remitted to the Federation Account by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
The Presidency was responding to Buhari’s resolve to probe the reported Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) missing $20 billion and allegations by the All Progressives Congress (APC) of last-minute looting of the treasury and rash actions by the outgoing government, especially after the March 28 presidential polls.
To lend credence to this, Mr. Jonathan said he had directed that the full report by PriceWaterHouse which was commissioned to carry out a detailed investigation into the activities of the NNPC be made public immediately.
Addressing State House correspondents, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, said the release of the report was to put to rest any doubt about government’s transparency in the oil sector.
According to Abati, the incoming administration of Buhari is free to review all actions and policies of the President Jonathan administration, including revenues and expenditure on projects.
Abati said the President’s decision to order the release of the audit report was to demonstrate that he had nothing to hide.
If we recall, Buhari had while receiving an APC delegation from Adamawa State on Sunday, expressed surprise that instead of probing the allegation by Sanusi ,who is now the Emir of Kano, the Jonathan-led Peoples Democratic Party administration chose to fire him.
He stated that since Sanusi’s claim was documented, his administration would take a look at it after the May 29 handover date.
Buhari said, “On the issue of corruption, I heard that some people have started returning money. I will not believe it until I see for myself.
“You all remember what the Emir of Kano talked about when he was the governor of the CBN. He said $20bn, not N20bn, was unaccounted for; they said it was a lie. Instead of investigating it, they sacked him. And God in his infinite mercy made him the Emir of Kano. In any case, that is what he wanted. And since this was documented, our administration will take a look at it.”