Saturday, September 17, 2011

Wikileaks Expose on Graft in Nigeria Worries PDP Chief

Scoop (AZ)
13 September 2011

Wikileaks Expose on Graft in Nigeria Worries PDP Chief, Calls For Confab

Apparently overwhelmed by the on-going revelations on corruption in Nigeria, a chieftain of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Ekerete J. Ekerete, has said that the convocation of a sovereign national conference has become inevitable for the Nigerian people to fashion the type of a country they want.

Wikileaks has virtually rubbished every Nigerian on alleged kickbacks in the oil sector.

Ekerete who is a staunch supporter of Governor Godswill Akpabio, told AkanimoReports in an interview yesterday that the huge amount of dollars involved in the alleged kickback deals “is enough to resolve the problems of the Niger Delta, and transform the oil-bearing communities. It is very scandalous that our past presidents were sharing $60 million a month as kickback from the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), while the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives took home $30 million each as their share of the windfall.

“Going by what is tumbling out of Wikileaks, it does appear that high-level corruption in Nigeria is worse than the rampaging Boko Haram. The whole drama is becoming a moral burden to government, and when compared with the alleged graft record of the late General Sani Abacha, Nigeria certainly owes the family of the late Head of State, an unreserved apology”.

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