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Published On: Tue, Apr 28th, 2015

$20bn: My Govt. has Nothing to Hide, Jonathan Tells Antagonistic Buhari

LAGOS APRIL 28TH (URHOBOTODAY)-President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday declared that his administration had nothing to hide on the alleged missing $20 billion oil money. Jonathan made the declaration while reacting to reports attributed to President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, that he (Buhari) would re-visit the alleged missing $20 billion after the inauguration of his administration.
The President has consequently ordered the relevant agencies of government to release the report of the forensic audit that was conducted following the allegation by a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and now Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

The said audit report by PriceWaterHouse Cooper had indicted the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and recommended that the corporation refunds $1.48 billion to the Federation Account. Jonathan spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, while addressing State House correspondents on various issues in Abuja.
According to him: “President Jonathan is deeply concerned by the continuing suggestions that his administration still has anything to hide about the unproven allegation that about $20 Billion is unaccounted for by the NNPC during his tenure.
“To lay the matter to rest, President Jonathan in line with Section 7(2) of the NNPC Act, has directed that the full report of the PWC Forensic Audit of the NNPC accounts be released immediately to the public so that all Nigerians will be properly informed on the matter.”
The President similarly carpeted the All Progressives Congress over allegations that his administration was engaging in last minute looting of the public treasury, rushed privatization and hurried recruitment into the federal civil service.
The President described the statement credited to APC spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as unfair and combative. He said the incoming administration of Buhari had the liberty to review all the actions of his government as it may deem fit, adding that the incumbent government would continue to discharge its duties of governance until the handover date.
According to Abati: “We have noted with concern, the allegation by the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, that officials of the Federal Government are engaged in “last minute looting of the nation’s resources, rushed privatization of key institutions and hurried recruitment into the public service.
“We also consider as most unfortunate and uncharitable, the suggestion by Alhaji Mohammed that the Jonathan Administration is trying to tie the hands of the incoming government merely by continuing to discharge its constitutional responsibilities until the end of its tenure.
“The Jonathan Administration which continues to do its best to ensure a smooth and peaceful handover over of power to the President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, deeply regrets the unfairness and combative frame of mind reflected in Alhaji Mohammed’s statement.
“President Jonathan has done his best in the past five years to discharge his constitutional responsibilities for good governance and effective leadership of the nation. Without any prejudice whatsoever to the freedom of the incoming administration to do as it pleases, within the confines of extant laws when it assumes office, the Jonathan Administration will continue to discharge its responsibility to govern until May 29, 2015. In continuing to fulfil the obligations of his office however, President Jonathan has not, and will never condone any form of unscrupulous conduct on the part of state officials.
“President Jonathan will also never authorise any attempt to create any problems for the incoming administration as the APC spokesperson, who ought to know that the outcome of the March 28 presidential elections does not imply a cessation of governance, unjustly alleges.
“As Alhaji Mohammed threatened in his statement, the incoming administration will be perfectly within its rights to review all actions of the present government as it may deem fit.
“We see nothing wrong with that. After all, the present Administration reviewed the actions of previous governments on assumption of office with resultant benefits for policy and project implementation.”

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