Edo state governor Adams Oshiomole is not backing down on his insistence that Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who was the former Minister of Finance in the country should be probed. This recent call comes just a day after it was discovered that the $2.1 billion arms deal fund being investigated was taken from of the money returned to the country as part of the loot which the late Military Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, had siphoned.
Speaking to state house correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the state house yesterday, December 9, the Edo state governor maintained that there is no way Dr. Okonjo-Iweala would claim innocence as she was the coordinating minister of what he called a “corruption-ridden economy.”
It should be recalled that this war of words between this two leaders did not start now and will possibly not end anytime soon. Oshiomole has always been quick to point out that huge scams had occurred under the former finance minister’s watch. And this had always prompted swift counter reactions from the latter. She had at one point threatened to sue former labor leader.
Read what Oshiomole had to say:
“The NSA is supposed to be an advisory officer. He is not supposed to be a procurement agent for government. I am happy the figures are coming out and I know that this is a tip of the iceberg and I read some reports, the numbers are in billions, Dasuki is just one bleeding point; there are several bleeding points in the system.
“You look at the total number of expenditure on subsidy which the World Bank has just released figures; about how many trillions of Naira over the past four to five years. I am shocked. I have been talking about it, I just said to a couple of persons, the government has to go the whole hog, because I know as a governor that no money gets out of the treasury even after I have approved as the governor without the approval of the Commissioner for Finance; so the probe should go into whether all these monies are appropriated all of it; when the money got out of the treasury, through who?
“The Minister of Finance under the rules must endorse before money gets out of the treasury, before the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) approves. So for the Ministers of Finance, including Okonjo – Iweala, I don’t care what people say because you cannot be coordinating a corruption-ridden economy and you pretend to be an angel, you cannot selectively deal with issues; you must deal with all involved in the conspiracy.
“In criminal law when two to three people are involved in an act of criminality, all of them are charged with conspiracy. Now if you lay your hands on the various appropriation bills passed by the National Assembly and see how much the National Assembly appropriated for subsidy for all those periods, you will find out they are not even up to half of what was spent. This means that money not appropriated for was spent. If people are involved in those acts, they must be brought to justice,” he insisted.