‘Why Diezani must step aside for forensic audit’

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The Gatekeeper Foundation has insisted that the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke must be relieved of her position in order to ensure noninterference with the forensic audit of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Diezani-Alison Madueke
Diezani-Alison Madueke

The audit was approved by President Goodluck Jonathan towards investigating the alleged non-remittance of $20 billion by NNPC to the Federation Account.

Briefing journalists in Abuja on Saturday, the Executive Director of Gatekeepers Foundation, Blessing Agbomhere said that it will not be right for a government that said it is fighting corruption to allow Diezani to preside over her own case.

According to him, Diezani is not bigger that Nigeria and should stop running away from the National Assembly if she had nothing to hide.

He stressed that it was his group that protested at Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna to stop Diezani from heading the organization.

“She must bring our money and I am ready to go to court over this issue. What is good for Sanusi is good for Diezani. She must step aside for the forensic audit to be carried out.

“The President should sack Diezani now to allow the forensic audit to take place. She is not bigger than Nigeria, she is not bigger than the National Assembly.

“Why is she afraid to appear before the Senate if she had nothing to hide,” Agbomhere queried

Replying his critics who believed that protesting in Vienna was not good for Nigeria, he said: “I went to Vienna to protect the image of Nigeria and not to soil it.”

On his interest in this matter, he said: “I am a Nigerian and a taxpayer in this country. There is no way the action or inaction of the government won’t affect me and my generation unborn. We have a right to ask her about our money and she must bring the money.”

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