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[OPINION] Diezani Madueke, Oshiomhole And The Stolen $6billion Nigeria’s Oil Revenue By Obinna Akukwe

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Diezani Madueke, Nigeria’s former oil minister is the person the entire watchers in the oil industry including the international community, government officials, oil magnets and friends of Jonathan believe as the super minister that stole Nigeria’s $6.2 billion dollars as revealed by Adams Oshiomhole, Edo State Governor.

President Buhari of Nigeria had travelled to the US two weeks ago and during his meeting with President Obama and other State Department officials in Washington, was given a list of oil thieves who stole the nation blind under the presidency of Goodluck Jonathan.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State who was with part of President Buhari’s delegation, giving a hint of what the list contains said that, “The PDP destroyed the country. I mean from the lips of American officials; senior officials of the State Department said one minister under PDP cornered as much as $6billion…“The man said even by Washington standard, which is earth-quaking”
Another prominent Nigerian and wife of late MKO Abiolaa, who, like me, is also conversant with certain facts about the oil industry and happenings around the diplomatic community, challenged the figures and claimed that the amount the unnamed Jonathan’s minister stole is $9.3 billion dollars. According to Queen Zainab Duke-Abiola, the Akasoba of Kalabari land in the Niger Delta, she had evidence from the White House that a former Petroleum Minister stole $9.3 billion.
Duke Abiola, said that: “According to the information available to us, the minister stole more than $9 billion; not Australian dollars, but US dollars.”
“And what I am saying is that the money should be used to develop the Niger Delta. Use this to help the impoverished Niger Deltans,” she added.
I do not want to go into the controversy of whether it is $6 billion dollars or $9.3 billion dollars, but all I know is that from information available to me, the figure of Duke Abiola, who also hails from the Niger Delta, is nearer to what insiders believe Sweet Diezani cornered from the national treasury. Diezani has become a butt of joke among diplomatic circles worldwide at how a pretty African woman can loot and impoverish her people, including fellow women.
Diezani Madueke, is a woman who has so much power around the Presidency of Jonathan that if she had listened to simple advice, including the ones I gave publicly, she would have turned Nigeria on the path of greatness. I closely monitored the level of power this woman wielded, such that she became a source of constant quarrel between the President and his wife Patience. This woman simply had the First Lady in derision and all attempts by Patience to make her husband see Diezani as Jezebel failed till weeks before the rescheduled Presidential elections.
Nigerians must know that that it was Diezani Maduke that brought down the Jonathan Government, giving credence to the alleged warning the First Lady had given the then President. US officials had always pointed out to Jonathan the level of corruption existing in the system and how they are being committed by his friend and cronies. They have always pointed in the direction of Diezani as one person whose level of loot is actually earth shaking, even by US standards. There were even attempts to convince Jonathan to sack her quietly, but the later was too weak to take any step against the pretty lady, until her greed swallowed his presidency.  It was a sober and regretful Jonathan, after conceding defeat to Buhari, was in no mood to see Diezani, and when she was bent on bursting in on the former, was shouted out of his office. Jonathan’s eyes opened too late. He was already on his way to Otuoke .
 Nigerians must know that it was the US and UK pressures that made it possible for Buhari to be president of Nigeria. They quietly eased Jonathan away, and I got wind of such grand plot. They cited levels of corruption unseen in the history of Nigeria, and pointed also at Jonathan’s insistence on retaining a most corrupt woman as Oil Minister.
Diezani greedily put hand in every oil deal. In a piece I published earlier in April 2012 titled ‘Injustice! How Babangida, Abacha, Obasanjo shared Nigeria’s Oil Blocks’ and another one in February 2015 titled ‘30 Facts about Owners of Nigeria’s Richest Oil Blocks in the Midst of National Poverty’ I stated concerning Diezani that “in April 2011 Mike Adenuga attempted to buy Shell’s OML 30 for $1.2 billion dollars. The Minister for Petroleum and Nigeria’s most powerful woman refused the sale of the OML30 to Adenuga citing national interest. This block was later sold to Heritage Oil for $800 million dollars eleven months later”.
 In this deal, Nigeria was shortchanged of a whopping $400 million dollars (N80 billion naira). Everybody fingered Diezani Madueke’s influence for the open theft which favored Shoreline Energy, the local partner to the deal. Since she tasted the forbidden apple, she cut deals off all oil blocks till the last one done two months to the end of the Jonathan administration.
Her last deal two months to end of Jonathan’s regime, involved the transfer of operatorship of another of the country’s most valued oil fields, OML 42, with capacity of estimated 700 million barrels, from NPDC, subsidiary of NNPC, to Neconde Energy Ltd. The irrationality behind the transfer caused Nigeria’s oil workers under National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) to down tools paralyzing economic activates all over Nigeria in March, 2015. As usual the presidency told Nigerians that it was the opposition party that is sabotaging it. The oil workers, having watched how OML 30 was sold in 2011, plus subsequent others, decided to protest the last one.
Nigeria was losing about 250,000 barrels of oil to oil thieves daily and the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Yakubu at the Oil and Gas Conference in Abuja in March 2014, put the crude oil theft for 2013 alone at $11 billion dollars. Acording to Yakubu ““in 2013 alone, the country lost 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day (bpd). By implication, computing these figures at an average price of $100 per barrel, it would result in a total loss of $10,950,000,000 (300,000 x $100 per barrel x 365 days= $10,950,000,000) in 2013 alone”. Is Diezani unaware of this?
While this theft is ongoing, another theft involving deliberate sale of millions of barrels of Nigeria’s crude was ongoing, without recourse to any procedure. This is advanced official oil theft. This one goes through what looks like official channel but usually the quantity is in batches of 1 or 2 million barrels. This is the type of deal President Buhari said that one minister was selling 1 million barrels of oil daily and putting the money into private account. They sold many hundreds of batches of 1 and 2 million barrels over a period of 5 years, netting between $ 100 and $ 200 million dollars per deal. For estimated 100 such deals, it amounts to $20 billion dollars stolen, sold, pocketed without recourse to Federation Account. Was Diezani unaware of this too.
In another widely circulated piece ‘Stolen! $142 billion dollars Nigeria’s Oil Revenue in 5 years, in the Midst of National Poverty, Additional Financial Mathematics’ I have stated that  “Total probable missing/ stolen or unremitted Oil funds in 60 months(of Jonathan’s regime) = 142.2 billion dollars” and I tabulated how I arrived at the figures accordingly. Coincidentally, President Buhari told journalists in the US last month that Nigeria is looking for $150 billion dollars stolen in ten years.  Therefore, we are at the same page.
Diezani Madueke led the greatest financial rape on Nigeria. I asked a PDP chieftain what they are doing with all the looting in the oil industry and he told me that they are preparing for 2015 presidential elections. This conversation was late January 2014.thirteen months to the elections. However, I had the feeling, with the level of looting, that probably there is attempt to plunder the nation ahead of possible breakup..  My countercheck with the various militant camps and leaderships, including NDPVF,MASSOB,OPC, and other groups did  not suggest any high scale preparation associated with plot to break up and balkanize Nigeria. I resolved that this is pure greed. I raised alarm in certain places and happily elements within the international community heard, a topic scheduled for another day. I thank Nigeria’s online media community for invaluable cooperation whenever I raise such alarms, and players within NNPC and CBN whose information are valuable.
$6 billion dollars in the hands of one Jonathan’s Minister can build twelve (12no’s) of 2nd Niger Bridge at the cost of $500 million dollars (N100 Billion naira) each and silly Igbo leaders will not have to fall down and beg any Jonathan to give the South East an overprized PPP Bridge, as though the money being looted by one “Sweet Babe’ cannot give us one.
$6 billion dollars can build 12 brand new six lane Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway or 18 brand new Enugu-Onitsha Expressways and the average of twenty Igbo and Niger Delta blood spilled weekly on those roads due to accidents associated with poor state , will not occur.
$6 billion dollars can create 2 million jobs in Nigeria if prudently managed, and by means of economic viral effect, take 10 million people out of poverty line, and one Jonathan’s minister diverted it and somebody is playing ethnic and religious card. Nonsense!
$6 billion dollars is part of the $142 billion dollars answered prayer from God to the Nigerian masses, including my church members , disciples, and followers  and some silly things , powered by the Queen of the Coast, stole it, using it to fly private jets, buy perfumes, Victoria Secrets, Mary Kay Products and properties overseas. I do not want to talk more, but I want the oil looters to know that many Nigerians know where they hid their money.
Sweet Diezani and her co travelers drawn from all tribes and religions, who connived to steal various sums from oil theft ranging from $6 billion dollars and accumulating to over $142 billion dollars should stop using part of the loot to lobby some prominent northerners for soft landing, they should return our money quietly and publicly before the Thunder of God will Fire them to non-existence for lending hand to the devil in destroying Nigeria.
Obinna Akukwe via facebook.com/obinnaakukwe, @ObinnaAkukwe

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5 Comments

  1. amiable

    August 4, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    hmm. this woman have gathered enough money 4 her 20 generations to come.

  2. Bankole Coker

    August 4, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Bravo Obinna! Very very insightful. You’re blessed for this revelation.

  3. Kolafem

    August 5, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Who says Nigeria cannot pay #5000 as social security benefit for the unemployed?

  4. By odoh martin

    August 5, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Only time shall review all dis.

  5. jk

    August 6, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Hope it is true and that the president would have the political will to identify all these people for the past 10 years as he has said, punish them accordingly, recover all the money and invest them for the good of the Niger Delta’s and the Nigeria public as a whole. Please, it should not end up in the coffers of the APC and should not also be a selective recovery.

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Who Will Explain Coronavirus To Buhari?

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Coronavirus (COVID-19), an exorable doom, threatens life on the planet. It is exorable because it is conquerable. This explains why world leaders are taking the charge to combat this ominous apocalypse. It is a time for leadership from the fore-end; a time when citizens must hear their leaders speak to them; see them take action, making assurances and fulfilling those promises. The counsel, consolation and firm statement of a leader is imperative at this moment.

In Canada, Justin Trudeau, prime minister, despite being in self-isolation and his wife battling the virus after contracting it at a conference in the UK, is leading the fight against this dreaded disease from the fore. He is providing regular updates of the efforts of his government to roll back this scourge, listening and speaking to citizens.

In a popular broadcast on March 13, Justin spoke to citizens of Canada announcing measures to relieve the financial stress brought on by the pandemic on Canadians.

“We do not want any Canadian to have to worry about whether or not they’re going to be able to pay their rent, whether or not they’re going to be able to buy groceries, or care for their kids or elderly family members. We need to make sure that Canadians have the options and the ability to follow the best public health advice and keep themselves safe,” he said.

In the UK, Boris Johnson, prime minister, leads the struggle against coronavirus. He provides updates, alongside health experts, on the measures his government is taking to tackle the spread of the disease. And in the US, Donald Trump is not shying away from speaking to Americans on the virus.

As a matter of fact, President Muhammadu Buhari’s lapses are often easily dismissed by his supporters or by Nigerians who do not know better. Some of them say, ‘’ Why must the president speak when the minister of health and the NCDC DG are already doing that?” This is a contemptible rationalisation of incompetence. Are they suggesting the president lacks the capacitance to understand the issues?’’

Really, I surmise the president has been walled off the ‘’candid cameras’’ over the years by his handlers – not just now – because he lacks the intellectual propensity to understand and discuss incisive issues. The last presidential media chat he held was in 2015 and it was a woeful outing. Also, his non-choreographed media interviews have been abysmal to say the least.

The truth is the unfiltered Buhari is a vacuously gaffing one. On October 14, 2016, standing beside Angela Merkel, German chancellor, Buhari said his wife, Aisha, ‘’belonged in the kitchen and the other room’’, when he was asked to comment on the first lady’s criticism of his government.

On April 18, 2018, at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London, the president said the young citizens of the country he leads are lazy.

“More than 60 per cent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare, education free,” he said during a panel appearance with world leaders at the forum.

In a February 2016 interview with UK Telegraph, Buhari dropped another clanger. He said the young citizens of his country have a knack for criminality and should not be granted asylum in the UK.

With the Buhari experience, it is indubitable that Nigerians must place a high premium on education — not just certificate – in choosing their leaders. The cost of electing leaders who do not have the intellectual grit to understand and handle matters is far too high.

The senate has asked the president to speak to citizens on this threat, and Nigerians are also asking the president to speak to them. This is an abnormality. Citizens must not beg to hear from their president. But because it is Buhari involved here, we have to beg and even excuse the crass inefficiency and vacuity.

Perhaps, the president is still trying to get a hang of it. I think he has ‘’capable handlers’’ who can break it down to him in ABC.

Mr President, speak to your citizens. The words of a leader are more resounding and assuring than the blandishment of proxies.

PS: Let’s follow all health protocol as advised by the NCDC.

• Wash your hands regularly with soap under running water.

• Cover your mouth and nose properly with handkerchief or tissue paper when sneezing and/or coughing. You may also cough into your elbow if a handkerchief is not available.

• Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

• Avoid self-medication, report to the nearest health facility when you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms.

Fredrick Nwabufo is a writer and journalist.

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Sanusi: Once Upon An Emir, By Wole Olaoye

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We are all potential Ex-es: ex-student, ex-director, ex-lecturer, ex-senator, ex-governor, ex-president, ex-oba, ex-emir…. The inimitable Zik famously reminded us when he had a spat with Ukpabi Asika that Ex was an inevitable prefix for any human being as was evidenced by the fact that a certain young man who would someday become an ex-Administrator, was the son of an ex-postmaster!

So, what’s so apocalyptic about Sanusi Lamido Sanusi joining the ranks of ex-potentates? Nothing? Everything! Don’t ever think that bell you are hearing is tolling for the former Emir of Kano. No. It could be signalling the beginning of a comprehensive demystification of traditional rulership by plebeians holding tenured political power. In centuries past, no plebeian messed with the traditional institution. The halo of nobility, the sheer vastness of a prince’s hereditary powers, rights and privileges, made the subject know his place.

Yesterday’s subjects are today’s political sovereign. They make no pretences to sophistication. They load a gun to kill a spider. When you dethrone a monarch and then deprive him of his liberty, forcefully banishing him to a place without electricity and potable water, you are playing god. If it was all a public relations Olympics, the calm dignity with which Sanusi handled the humiliation made people all over the world admire his chutzpa and hand him the gold medal. A

Life and its many puzzles! Why is it that for some men and women, “their sleep is taken away unless they cause some to fall”? What do you do about an ego that knows no satiation? As the Preacher in the Good Book timelessly says, “All the rivers flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full… The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear content with hearing… there is nothing new under the sun”.

The Yoruba have a poem that says just that. “The horse struts and frets and then dies. Being a veteran walker is no immunity to getting lost. Nothing new under the sun. I’ve seen kings reduced to slaves; and servants who mounted the throne. Haven’t my eyes beheld both river and sea? Haven’t I seen a hunchback on spindly legs, and a midget climbing a ladder to add condiment to the soup pot? Tell me, has anyone ever started a building from the roof?

The new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, is a cousin of his predecessor. As royal intrigues go, when the dust is settled the sword will be sheathed and brother will embrace brother. That is the way of princes. Eventually, outsiders will realise that all they can ever be in palace politics is outsiders. Our very own Nobel prize winning Kongi was not amused by the scandalous extra-judicial detention of the former emir.

He put the emir’s travail down to his progressive stance: “Emir Sanusi was a one-man EFCC sanitisation squad in the banking system, taking on the powerful corrupters of that institution…. “Most important of all, and most pertinently for the nation, Sanusi was one of the early warning voices against religious extremism whose bitter fruits the nation is currently reaping….

The doors of enlightened society remain wide open to Muhammad Sanusi. As for his current crowing Nemesis, a different kind of gates remain yawning to receive him when, as must, the days of governorship immunity finally come to an end.” Support for Sanusi is not limited to radical voices.

Veteran technocrat Alhaji Ahmed Joda penned a panegyric in support of the ex-emir: “The purpose of this letter to you is not to commiserate with you, because I know that you must have known the likely consequences  of the principled position you have taken. The reality we must face in Northern Nigeria is that the evil forces of feudalism that have kept us in bondage for so long are still there and fighting. You have been the only voice that has been telling us this truth….”

It is easy to kick a man given a pin-fall by fate, or piss on the grave of a fallen warrior. Dead men don’t bite. Real friends show up when you are in life’s valley. Say what you will, I would rather have a friend like Nasir el Rufai when the chips are down. In the midst of all the turmoil, conspiracy theories have surfaced to the effect that the dethronement is but a political sleight-of-hand to propel Sanusi to Nigeria’s presidency in 2023. Caution! Let’s separate the issues. Political succession is totally different from fundamental human rights. Sanusi is not my next president.

My views on power rotation are well documented. The ex-emir will go down in history as a champion for the rights of the poorest of the poor. He advocated for a new Northern Nigeria where old backward practices such as the almajiri system and irresponsible parenting will be abandoned. His was the voice crying out in the desert, lift my people up from the cesspit of penury. The attempt to demonise him after dethronement through various allegations, including one on religious fundamentalism, is dead on arrival. The same fate will befall the vilification of El Rufai on account of his loyalty to Sanusi. Please quote me: Modern challenges can never be resolved with a resort to medieval solutions.

Christopher Hitchens’ Q&A may someday apply to the ex-Kings College boy who’s now an ex-king.

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Sanusi Dethronement: The North Only Beheads The Bearers Of Truth

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By Fredrick Nwabufo

Northern Nigeria is prostrate. It is the axis of uglies – banditry, insurgency, kidnapping, diseases, ignorance, and drug abuse. Alas! The region’s elite are aware of the problems, but look away because the disequilibrious status quo sustains them. What is petrifying, however, is that they maul and clobber at anyone who spits the truth in their faces.

I think, this is the mortal sin of Muhammad Sanusi II, emir of Kano – beyond his politics with Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano.

But wait!

The World Bank says 87 percent of Nigeria’s poor are in the north. And that while poverty is plummeting in the south, it is rocketing in the upper region.

READ: Dethroned Sanusi Will Be Under House Arrest – Ganduje’s Aide

“Poverty in the northern regions of the country has been increasing especially in the north-west zone. Almost half of all poor lived in the north-west and the north accounts for 87 percent of all poor in the country in 2016,’’ the Bretton Woods institution said in its report entitled ‘Advancing social protection in a dynamic Nigeria’ in February 2020.

In August, 2019, the federal government revealed that 1,460 people were killed by bandits in seven months. And that the north-west is the worst-hit by this bloody enterprise. The killings have steadied, expanding in proportion and execution in the region.

In his accustomed manner, Sanusi recently vocalised these depressing figures of retrogression in the north – as regards the World Bank report — earning himself praise from progressive Nigerians and reprimand from the usual suspects — those stuck in the cesspit of bigotry.

Also, the gadfly emir of Kano, whom I regard as the John the Baptist of the north for his vociferous condemnation of this status quo, is alone in his advocacy against irresponsible polygamy, Al-majiri and child marriage – practices the northern elite espouse. He is the face of a progressive north; the northerner of the new age.

As a matter of fact, on different occasions he had complained about the northern elite whom he said wanted to silence him for speaking the truth about the region.

‘’Our colleagues and compatriots among the elite do not like statistics. Numbers are disturbing. I recently gave a speech in which I said the north-east and north-west of Nigeria are the poorest parts of the country. This simple statement of fact has generated so much heat; the noise has yet to die down. The response to this speech has been a barrage of personal attacks and insults aimed at silencing any voices that dare shine the light on the society to which we are saying Bring Back our Girls,’’ he said at a lecture held to commemorate the Chibok girls abduction.

READ: Sanusi Breaks Silence After Dethronement As Emir Of Kano (Video)

And I guess they can only take the throne away from him but cannot take away his royalty in the community of decent humans. Really, I believe the emir would rather give up his throne than be gagged by the shareholders of iniquity.

To say the least, Sanusi’s dethroning was not unexpected. Ganduje had always shown his hand in this plot. Really, the emir of Kano never hid his dislike for him. But what is there to like about a governor who was allegedly caught on camera stuffing wads of dollars into his babariga? In the build-up to the 2019 governorship election in the state, the emir was not shy in expressing his disapproval to Ganduje’s candidature.

So, Ganduje, who considers Sanusi a ‘’loud mouth’’, plotted a bitter revenge after he was re-elected. He had moved to remove the emir in 2018 but for the intervention of some ‘’higher powers’’. However, he whittle-down the power of the emir by creating new emirates from his domain. He was not done though. He rustled-up allegations, set up probe panels – all in the desperation to embarrass Sanusi.

But Sanusi was still talking.

Really, one of the most abrasive places to exist is in the circle of non-progressives. You talk different, think different or act different, they will feel threatened. Even when you try to clown around; the aboriginal clowns will still feel threatened because you do not look the part.

I think, Emir Sanusi is light-years away from the people he is dealing with in Kano government. He is needed more at the top echelon of government where he can contribute more meaningfully to the development of Nigeria.

Northern Nigeria is not ready for an emir like Sanusi. He is ahead of his time.

Fredrick Nwabufo is a writer and journalist.

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