In a statement by former president’s
spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, in Abuja on Tuesday, Goodluck Jonathan has
reacted to the allegation that he received gratification to approve the
controversial Malabu Oil transaction during his tenure.
The former president said he did not
send businessman Abubakar Aliyu or any other person to receive bribe on
his behalf during or after the negotiation. He also said that he held no
secret meeting with parties in the transaction at anytime.
Below is the statement in full;
Our attention has been drawn to news
reports published mostly by online media which suggested through
innuendo, rather than factual evidence, that former President Goodluck
Jonathan received kickbacks in the $1.3bn OPL 245 oil block deal
involving oil giants ENI and Royal Dutch Shell.
With regards to the publication, we wish
to make it clear that former President Jonathan was not accused,
indicted or charged for corruptly collecting any monies as kickbacks or
bribes from ENI by the Italian authorities or any other law enforcement
body the world over.
In the first place, we have to
categorically state that the negotiations and transactions for the oil
block deal predate the Presidency of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan which
began on 6th May 2010 and ended on 29th May 2015.
It may interest those promoting this
false narrative to know that all the documents relating to the
transactions, issues and decisions of the Federal Government on the
Malabo issue, during the Jonathan administration, are in the office of
the Attorney General of the Federation/Minister of Justice.
As President of Nigeria, there is no
doubt that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan met with executives of all the oil
majors operating in Nigeria and urged them to, amongst other things,
support the growth of the Nigerian oil industry by ramping up their
investments and comply with the Local Content Act that he promoted and
signed into law.