Lawyers ask Jonathan to re­move petroleum min­is­ter

Daily Trust - - LAW REPORT - From Nu­rudeen Oye­wole, La­gos

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan has been urged to re­move the Min­is­ter of Petroleum Diezani Ali­son-Madueke over the al­leged N10bn char­tered jet scan­dal in­volv­ing her as well as other al­le­ga­tions rock­ing the min­istry.

The lawyers, un­der the aegis of Lawyers United Against Cor­rup­tion (LUAC), who ad­dressed jour­nal­ists in La­gos also de­cried what they termed “per­ceived si­lence of the pres­i­dency” over the mat­ter say­ing such a min­is­ter de­serves to be sus­pended forth­with.

Matthias Emeribe, who spoke on be­half of oth­ers, said the oil in­dus­try ap­pears to have been the most probed in­dus­try in the last two years and yet noth­ing seems to have pos­i­tively hap­pened so far.

The group, which lamented the high rate of cor­rup­tion and in­sti­tu­tional deca­dence in Nigeria, fur­ther re­solved that they will de­ploy “ev­ery civilised means to heal the coun­try of the in­fes­ta­tion of cor­rup­tion and bad gov­er­nance within the con­fines of the Nige­rian law.”

The lawyers listed scan­dals such as $20 bil­lion un­remit­ted fund by the NNPC to the fed­er­a­tion ac­count, the kerosene sub­sidy regime, the crude oil swap deal be­tween NNPC and some oil com­pa­nies and the re­turn of long queues at fill­ing sta­tions across the coun­try, among oth­ers.

“The Min­is­ter of Petroleum Re­sources is un­touch­able in the present regime, the only op­tion open to this govern­ment is a holis­tic over­haul of the en­tire oil in­dus­try be­gin­ning with the re­moval of the Petroleum Min­is­ter to al­low for a thor­ough au­dit of the en­tire in­dus­try.

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