UK NGO Blasts Okonjo-Iweala For Protecting Corruption Calls On Her To Resign……….

Date: 16-04-2014 5:08 am (7 years ago) | Author: Tony Ladipo
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United Kingdom NGO Blasts Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala For Protecting Corruption In Cabinet,
Calls On Her To Resign If She Fears Colleagues
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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

SaharaReporters

April 15, 2014


The Corner House, a United Kingdom non-governmental organization, has urged Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister, to resign her appointment if she finds herself unable to carry out her duties without fear or favour.

The call is contained in an explosive letter dated April 12, and signed by Nicholas Hildyard, a Co-Director of The Corner House.  In it, the group expressed the position that the Minister should simply have declared that she was afraid of the reactions of her cabinet colleagues should she take the appropriate action demanded of her office.

Mr. Hildyard was writing in response to the Minister’s response to the NGO’s third letter requesting her intervention to secure for Nigeria some funds being held by UK courts arising from the controversial sale of OPL 245 oil field by Malabu Oil and Gas to Shell and Eni.

To the Minister’s claim that the group’s request was made at unfeasibly short notice since a ruling on the case that had led to the funds being held by the UK courts was imminent, he reminded her that  The Corner House first made its request to her in May 2013, to be followed by a second request in September.

“You have therefore had almost a year to act and any suggestion to the contrary is simply risible,” he said.

“You also suggest that it was up to us to take action i n the courts to secure the funds. If this is indeed your position, we are gobsmacked,” he stated. 

“Non-governmental Organizations are not part of government and cannot intervene to secure funds that belong to governments.  They can (as we have done) alert government officials to their duty to act in a case such as this, but they cannot initiate such action. You are the Minister responsible, in your own words, for getting ‘any and all money that belongs to the Federation Account and to root out any fraud that may be there.’  And it was therefore for you to use the powers vested in you by the Nigerian people to secure the funds on their behalf.  Instead, you chose not to act.”

The Corner House then told the Minister she should simply have confessed she was afraid of her cabinet colleagues, pointing out that her attitude stands in sharp contrast to the commendable actions of ousted Central Bank Governor Lamido Sanusi who fearlessly raised concerns about the non-repatriation of funds to the Federation Account. 

“We are aware that it has been alleged in a UK court that the Attorney General has a corrupt interest in OPL 245 and that the deal is now subject to police investigations in Nigeria and internationally.  But Ministers are obliged to carry out their duties without fear or favour.  Where this is not possible, the option is always open to resign; indeed remaining in post arguably only serves to reinforce what must be challenged.”

An interesting element of Mr. Hildyard’s letter relates to Dotun Oloko, a colleague of his at The Corner House about whom Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala apparently made some unflattering remarks. 

In an open letter to the Minister on March 27, 2014, entitled “It Is Too Late,” Mr. Oloko had alleged that Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala had referred to him as “scurrilous” and “underhanded” for his efforts concerning OPL 245, saying he had tried to make use of an online journal she described as “a disreputable, corrupt and fraudulent online paper to make uninformed remarks about [her] and level false allegations.”

“I can assure you that we shall be providing a substantive response to your letter in due course and it is too late to embellish your blighted veneer,” Mr. Oloko shot back.  “The days when corrupt public officials like you, can stand up and say whatever they like in the misguided belief that Nigerians and the wider public will just lap it all up like they used to are coming to an end.”

Two months earlier, on January 7, against the background of the grievous allegations made by in a famous open letter by Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo to President Goodluck Jonathan, he had written another letter to the Minister entitled “Before It Is Too Late.”  In it, Mr. Oloko recalled that during an exchange of correspondence with Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala, she had expressed some views and opinions he believed should be made public in the wake of that dispute.

“I must therefore call on you to do your duty to God and our country and act on those views and opinions, before it is too late,” he pleaded.

In the strongly-worded letter, Mr. Hildyard alluded to that background, but declined to engage with the Minister about what he called the “unsubstantiated and frankly absurd assertions you make against our colleague Dotun Oloko (whom you single out for a particularly  ill-formed ad hominem attack), save to say that his integrity needs no defence.”



Posted: at 16-04-2014 05:08 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- angesco at 16-04-2014 06:42 AM (7 years ago)
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Nigerians in government don't RESIGN.

They fight on AND pray they don't get killed in the process.
Posted: at 16-04-2014 06:42 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Shegzan at 16-04-2014 06:42 AM (7 years ago)
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Kk nah#

Posted: at 16-04-2014 06:42 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- tankNZ at 16-04-2014 07:20 AM (7 years ago)
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Quote from: angesco on 16-04-2014 06:42 AM
Nigerians in government don't RESIGN.

They fight on AND pray they don't get killed in the process.
I suppose.
Posted: at 16-04-2014 07:20 AM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- ucheugoo at 16-04-2014 07:39 AM (7 years ago)
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please come down ooooooooooo
Posted: at 16-04-2014 07:39 AM (7 years ago) | Newbie
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- winace at 16-04-2014 09:03 AM (7 years ago)
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I concur wit d NGO totally. Madam minister, we are prising mrs Dora today cus she did not jeopadise her reputation to please anybody be u d president. Same thg to dat woman former education minister  they are rare gem and u are covering for dis pple dat can backstab u anytime.
Posted: at 16-04-2014 09:03 AM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Wysetots at 16-04-2014 09:48 AM (7 years ago)
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Let her stay.....till her cancer comes.
Posted: at 16-04-2014 09:48 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- steveoneal at 16-04-2014 09:55 AM (7 years ago)
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i wrote it on this forum  fews months or weeks ago, that this woman has been contaminated ever since she joined these fat rogues,, it is a pity situation , that someone who has strive so hard to attain the level of integrity she has,, would watch while all get destroyed,
Posted: at 16-04-2014 09:55 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- steveoneal at 16-04-2014 09:57 AM (7 years ago)
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Quote from: steveoneal on 16-04-2014 09:55 AM
i wrote it on this forum  fews months or weeks ago, that this woman has been contaminated ever since she joined these fat rogues,, it is a pity situation , that someone who has strive so hard to attain the level of integrity she has,, would watch while all get destroyed,
    i wrote it on this forum  few months or weeks ago, that this woman has been contaminated ever since she joined these fat rogues,, it is a pity situation , that someone who has strive so hard to attain the level of integrity she s got ,, would watch while all get destroyed,
Posted: at 16-04-2014 09:57 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ngfineface at 16-04-2014 10:04 AM (7 years ago)
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I still dey read
Posted: at 16-04-2014 10:04 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- dareper at 16-04-2014 11:06 AM (7 years ago)
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She won't bite the finger that feed her, they re all corrupt.
Posted: at 16-04-2014 11:06 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- shandahood at 16-04-2014 11:22 AM (7 years ago)
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Sorry everybody you never knew nothing all this people are corrupt both in Nigeria and UK. our high commission in united kingdom take a bribe of 3,500 PDS per one person to be deported to Nigeria.All Nigeria fellow this people are more corrupt than anybody in this world and we must put stop on this believe me.when ever you see a white man or woman in nigeria dont ever give them respect they are animal they dont treat us like a human been they treat us like idiots am telling you the truth.
Posted: at 16-04-2014 11:22 AM (7 years ago) | Newbie
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- dynasty4all at 16-04-2014 11:25 AM (7 years ago)
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LET THEM LEAVE HER ALONE, SHE IS OK 4 US, LET THEM GO 2 HELL
Posted: at 16-04-2014 11:25 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- shandahood at 16-04-2014 11:27 AM (7 years ago)
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They never treat us the way we treat them in nigeria.We treat them like a queen but they treat us like a nobody here in uk our high commission in United Kingdom are really corrupt please my people we need to put stop on this issue.
Posted: at 16-04-2014 11:27 AM (7 years ago) | Newbie
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- shandahood at 16-04-2014 11:30 AM (7 years ago)
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they call this charter flight to negeria all the remaining african country are different than Nigeria they dont accept there bribe only stupid nigeria accept
Posted: at 16-04-2014 11:30 AM (7 years ago) | Newbie
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- smartsuitt at 16-04-2014 01:27 PM (7 years ago)
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Nigerians in Government don't resign the are all criminals ,who have now human concern.
Posted: at 16-04-2014 01:27 PM (7 years ago) | Newbie
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- tmaxdon at 16-04-2014 03:04 PM (7 years ago)
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Quote from: dynasty4all on 16-04-2014 11:25 AM
LET THEM LEAVE HER ALONE, SHE IS OK 4 US, LET THEM GO 2 HELL

Those are the people that will rule Biafra if care is not taking and they will do the same thing.Let's admit something is wrong, if it is wrong  regardless of our tribes..
Posted: at 16-04-2014 03:04 PM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- papadip at 16-04-2014 05:05 PM (7 years ago)
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Quote from: steveoneal on 16-04-2014 09:57 AM
    i wrote it on this forum  few months or weeks ago, that this woman has been contaminated ever since she joined these fat rogues,, it is a pity situation , that someone who has strive so hard to attain the level of integrity she s got ,, would watch while all get destroyed,
You are right...

I am just hoping she'll change in the name of millions that are suffering..
Posted: at 16-04-2014 05:05 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- christianity at 16-04-2014 05:20 PM (7 years ago)
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Noted, next
Posted: at 16-04-2014 05:20 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Larry28 at 16-04-2014 05:33 PM (7 years ago)
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Ok
Posted: at 16-04-2014 05:33 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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