By Stanley Onyekwere
The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (SR), comprising more than Sixty Nigerian Civil Society groups, yesterday called on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately sack the Minister of Finance, Ngozi
Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison Madueke, over the alleged missing $20 billion.
Others whom the group said should be sacked are the Group Managing Director (GMD)of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu and other officials connected to the missing 20 billion dollars scandal at the NNPC.
It equally urged the leadership of the National Assembly to convene an independent judicial commission of inquiry to investigate allegations that the said unremitted oil revenue has been stolen from public purse at the NNPC.
It would be recalled that the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, had on February 4th, told the Senate Committee on Finance that out of the $67 billion crude oil sale that was supposed to be remitted to the federation account, only $47 billion has been reconciled between NNPC and CBN, leaving a balance of $20billion unaccounted.
Sanusi came up with a new figure of about $20 billion unremitted funds to CBN against the initial figure of $10.8 billion, which was arrived at during the account reconciliation meeting involving the Ministry
of Finance, NNPC and CBN during a public hearing on alleged unremitted $49.8 billion oil revenue.
According to a communiqué of a meeting to review the State of the nation by the civil society groups, held in Abuja, yesterday, it decried what it described as “the levity with which President Jonathan has handled this colossal and high level of corruption, even as it raised concern about his ability to govern.
Commenting on recent Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) statement of being adequately prepared for the 2015 general elections, the SR said they are concerned that there are several gaps in the election preparations.
On the security situation across the country particularly in the North East region of the country, the CSOs said the government has not shown sufficient ability or competence to tackle the menace of security in the north- east and even across the rest of the country.