The Oasis Reporters
February 19, 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari came in to power with an integrity hallo around his head and many saw him as the Nigerian sheriff with rights to sniff any disliked former president and minority ministers, brand them with whatever dark and ugly tar brush available as they questioned their every constitutional acts as executives in power.
That to them was governance as long as they kept the masses baying for blood and blaming the previous government that provided amenities reasonably.
Unfortunately, deep wants and severe shortages like petrol, electricity and other basic needs have not been provided as promised by this government. The citizenry is now fixing their stare beyond the daily churn out of propaganda and figuring things out for themselves.
Government has read the mood, so almost three years after, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, has written to President Muhammadu Buhari, urging him to stop the legal battles against the principal actors in the controversial Malabu Oil deal.
The raging controversy over the OPL 245 oil block began in 2011 when the Goodluck Jonathan administration approved its purchase by Shell and Agip-Eni from Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd., a firm with ties to Dan Etete, Nigeria’s Petroleum Minister from 1995 to 1998.
The Jonathan administration officials who participated in the negotiation preceding the controversial sale of the massive oil block included Mohammed Bello Adoke, Attorney-General at the time; and Diezani Alison-Madueke, who was Petroleum Minister.
According to Vanguard, Malami, in his letter to Buhari said following due examination of the case files, he was able to determine that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has no significant evidence to prove its allegations of sharp practices against the accused persons.
Besides, Malami said the Nigerian government risks being portrayed before the international community and foreign investors as an unserious country that could not be trusted to live up to its obligations to international partners.
“Clearly, potential investors will not have the confidence to invest in Nigeria if the government of the country is perceived as one which does not honour its commitments,” he wrote in the letter dated September 27, 2017.
Malami also advised the President to pursue Nigeria’s possible investment in the disputed oil blocks rather than trying to repossess it or prosecute former government officials or Shell or Agip-Eni chiefs involved in the deal.
Truth has finally surfaced that the current president has limitations over what he can question as regards the constitutional and legal acts of a former president. In other words, former Petroleum minister, Diezani Allison Madueke’s harassments, intimidations and false accusations were premeditated and wrong.
How can a sitting government carry out genuine and constitutionally approved deals on behalf of a country only to be questioned over every single line by a new government, as if the previous government ought to have done exactly nothing else, but to wait for those who believe that they own the country to succeed them and carry out executive acts as they deem fit?
It has taken the APC three years to realize that propaganda can help a party win elections, but it cannot help them govern, according to Goodluck Jonathan.
One year to the next election, citizens can’t get petrol to buy easily. Inflation continues to rise and power shortages persist. The government has not delivered on it’s promises and disillusionment fills the air.
At least the Attorney General has cleared his conscience and come out with the truth that he knew all along, though it attacks the heart of the policy of government by propaganda.