Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said yesterday that massive looting took place under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Speaking in an interview with Sahara Reporters TV, Oshiomhole noted that while he was not in a position to determine if Jonathan was personally guilty or if he looked on while the looting spree took place, the former president must take responsibility for what happened under him.
The governor also cleared the air on his frequent posers directed at the former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, saying he had nothing personal against her.
He said: “What is obvious is that so much money was diverted and unaccounted for from government treasury. Not just from the excess crude account, but also from other agencies of government. The numbers are huge. For example, NNPC reports that they earned about N8 trillion within three to four years and over the same period, they claimed they spent N3.5 trillion and paid to the federation account about N4.1 trillion. So the cost of running NNPC was as much as the cost of running the federation-federal, state and local governments.
So that tells you the amount of primitive stealing that went on. The numbers are mind-boggling. So when we talk of Excess crude, that is just one element”.
The Edo governor said his grouse with Okonjo-Iweala was that as the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, so much sleaze and malfeasance went on under her watch without any alarm.
“People should ask the question, how come each time the issue of corruption and abuse or diversion of funds was raised, Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was the first to defend rather than show concern and have open mind.
You remember when the former CBN governor whom you can’t dismiss talked about huge billions of dollars diverted, Ngozi was quick to say no, it is not $20 billion, it is only $10.8 billion”.
On President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to probe the immediate past administration, Oshiomhole said, “I don’t think probe is the right word. For a president whose major campaign was hinged on ‘if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill us’, it is only natural that he recovers what was stolen and I think it is only patriotic that we do that.
More also when you inherited huge debts and you will be devoting huge resources to service those debts. If we recovered money from the Abacha government even after his death, why should anybody ask questions if indeed he should be probed”.