A civil society group, ‘Move On Nigeria’, has called for a public apology from the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammed Sanusi II, and the opposition party, APC, over the allegations leveled against the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke over the $49 billion supposedly missing from the coffers of the Nigeria National petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
This call is coming on the heels of the submission of the audit report on the NNPC by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which indicated that only $1.48bn was yet to be remitted to the federation account as against the $49bn mentioned as missing.
The group said as a mark of honour, the burden now falls on the Kano Emir, who as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), raised the initial alarm that led to the probe.
In a statement made available to journalists in Abuja, the group stated that the hoax raised by Sanusi, was an embarrassment to President Goodluck Jonathan, Diezani Alison-Madueke and to the Nigerian state and as such ought to be followed by an apology, having been found to be untrue.
According to the group, the allegation focused more international attention on Nigeria just like the audit report did, adding that with the world watching, those who initially raised the allegation, and indeed, “all those who reached judgemental conclusions, ought to swallow their pride and tender public apology to the president, the minister and also the senate of the Federal Republic”.
It said such an act will be a show of humility, natural patriotism and respect for self and others.