The Niger Delta Advancement Front (NAF) on Wednesday slammed the House of Representatives, over its decision to summon former President Goodluck Jonathan in its investigations into the Malabu oil deal.
National President of NAF, Mr. Ikiomasi Wakama, described the summons as a show of naked over-zealousness and brazen disrespect for the former Nigerian Leader.
The group says it wonders why the lawmakers singled out the former president who sacrificed so much for the unity of Nigeria.
NAF describes the summons as a witch-hunt stating people from the Niger Delta must not be seen to be the only ones paying the price and making sacrifices for the country.
Wakama wondered why the House of Representatives would want to summon only former President Jonathan and not Obasanjo or the Abacha family, who probably should have a better explanation on the subject matter.
We condemn in all fullness, the continued vilification of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and the various attempts at undermining a good man who did his best for the country in service and strengthening our democracy and unity as a nation.
He said a Nigerian court had on January 26, 2017 given an order ceding control of OPL 245 to the Federal Government pending investigations on the $1.1 billion deal, adding that on March 17, an Abuja Federal High Court reversed its seizure of the oil block with the judge stating that the forfeiture order was irregularly filed.
He stated that in February this year, Italian oil company ENI’s Board of Statutory and Watch Structure had commissioned an independent US law firm to carry out forensic investigation of the 2011 transaction between ENI and Shell and the Nigerian Government for the acquisition of OPL 245 license in Nigeria.
So the question is, who is after Goodluck Jonathan? Against this background, we therefore see a calculated grand plan of deliberate mischief from the Nigerian House of Representatives to continue to witch-hunt and malign former President Jonathan and his government
He wondered how come these investigations by EFCC and the House of Representatives are coming at the same time when the Abacha family had renewed its quest to acquire OPL 245.
“How come that out of all the oil blocks awarded by the Abacha junta to the Mai Deribes, Indimis and the many others, it is the Malabu oil deal that has continued to be the subject of national discourse?”