April 27, 2017

Obasanjo Explodes: I Warned Jonathan over Diezani, Others

President Olusegun Obasanjo has said he warned President Goodluck Jonathan against assigning the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former minister.

He said Jonathan ignored him and the nation could feel the consequences of that action.

He also said he told Jonathan not to seek a second term ticket in office in line with the agreement he had reached with prominent Northern leaders.

He said although Jonathan enlisted Pastor E.A. Adeboye and Bishop David Oyedepo on January 12, 2015, at his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta to beg him, he said he stood his ground that Jonathan must abide by the one term agreement.

Besides, he explained that poor handling of Boko Haram insurgency made him oppose Jonathan’s return because a continuation of the administration could endanger the country.

He accused Jonathan of considering state matters within the prism of Ijaw politics.

Obasanjo made the disclosures in a new book, 'Against The Run of Play', written by the Chairman of ThisDay Editorial Board, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi.

Baba Obasanjo said:
 “He (Jonathan) gave me the impression that he was not going to give her (Diezani) the portfolio but at the end he did and we can see the consequences. He of course knew what he was doing.”
For about two years, the ex-Petroleum Minister has been under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Besides the N23.29bn poll bribery scam, Mrs Alison-Madueke has been implicated in the $1.04bn Malabu Oil Block scandal, and the $15bn “missing” NLNG dividends, among others.