by Isi Esene
The All Nigeria Peoples Party has described the People Democratic Party-led government as corrupt while responding to the leaked report of the Petroleum Revenues Task Force chaired by Nuhu Ribadu.
The ANPP demanded an apology from the PDP government for the “decade-old daylight robbery of the whole federation.”
The party said it is deeply concerned over reports that “Nigeria lost about N4.64trn over the last decade from the cut-price deals struck between multinational oil companies and government officials.”
The party, through its national publicity secretary, Emma Eneukwu, called on the National Assembly to look into the matter to ascertain the true position of things.
“We submitted that instead of trying to sweep this glaring and damning disclosure under its long-worn carpet, this present PDP government should own up to the decade-old daylight robbery of the whole federation, and apologise to the hapless Nigerian citizens who are the unfortunate victims.
“This is when the nation, as one body, shall then go after all the indicted officials, companies, private individuals and multinationals who have participated in the great rip-off of Nigeria,” the ANPP spokesman said.
The party reportedly noted that The Presidency has since tried to water down the gravity of these revelations by saying that because the Ribadu Committee had not formally submitted its report to the appropriate authority, the report in the public domain is suspicious.
“However, we wish to ask whether the Leadership newspaper report of a forged Export Clearance Permit of more than one and a half billion dollar is also suspicious or the letter written by the Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga to President Goodluck Jonathan, promising to investigate the source of the discovered fake document in his Ministry and brief the president accordingly is suspicious?
“On the other hand, we believe that the people have a lot to fear from the government if 24 million barrels of crude oil can afford to leave the shores of this nation under suspicious circumstances. We are also aware that coupled with the Reuters-broken report of the deep graft in the NNPC, what we are faced with is capable of ridiculing us in the comity of nations,” the ANPP remarked.