Former Member of the House of Representatives and Executive Secretary of Anti-Corruption Network, Dino Melaye, has asked the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke and the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Engr. Andrew Yakubu, to step aside.
Melaye said the call was necessitated by the recent directive from the presidency for the forensic audit of the NNPC in a bid to unravel the circumstances surrounding the purported missing $20 billion, without interference.
Speaking with reporters yesterday in Abuja, Melaye said that his group would go ahead with its planned protest over the matter.
The former lawmaker stated that over 96 associations consisting Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Community Based Organization (CBOs) and Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) had been fully mobilized for the rally.
Melaye, who demanded that the names of the auditing companies be made public, said “There can never be a clandestine or secretive probe. We are not comfortable with the comments of the Special Adviser to the President on Media, Dr. Reuben Abati, when he referred to the alleged missing money as ‘phantom’ $20 billion.
“If the spokesman of Mr. President before investigation referred to the figures involved as phantom, then automatically that is announcing the mindset of the presidency on the whole probe issue”.