President Goodluck Jonathan orders the auditor-general of the federation to publish the full forensic audit report on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation over the alleged unremitted fund to the federation account
| By Maureen Chigbo | Apr. 27, 2015 @ 10.55 GMT |
APPARENTLY fed up with the insinuation that his administration has something to hide over the allegation of unremitted $20 billion to the federation account President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the immediate release of report of forensic audit of the PricewaterhouseCoopers did on the accounts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. Jonathan’s directive to the auditor-general to publish the full report came on the heels of Muhammadu Buhari, president-elect speech at the weekend that he would probe the NNPC over the $20 billion unremitted fund.
A statement issued April 27, by Ruben Abati, spokesman of the president on media and publicity, which contained the order also dismissed allegation of last minute looting, rushed privatisation and hurried recruitment into federal public service the All Progressives Congress, APC, made against the administration.
“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 statement said.
According to the statement, the Jonathan administration which continues to do its best to ensure a smooth and peaceful handover over of power to Buhari, deeply regrets the unfairness and combative frame of mind reflected in 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,” it said.
“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.
“President Jonathan is also 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,” it said.