Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s former president, has exonerated himself from the Malabu oil deal and, also, warned Muhammed Adoke, ex-attorney general, to desist from linking him to it. Obasanjo allegedly spoke to PREMIUM TIMES.
“Adoke and others should not drag me into a matter I know nothing about,” Mr. Obasanjo said. “If they have been asked to answer questions over decisions they took while in office, they should do that honourably.
“They should not bring Obasanjo into an Etete deal. I was not part of any such deal.”
Obasanjo said it was inappropriate for any government functionary to “appropriate to himself or herself what he or she is in charge of.”
“If I hold that view, I could not have approved a deal with Dan Etete. What Etete did is the height of corruption. He appropriated the asset to himself illegally, illegitimately and immorally.
“I can’t remember giving approval that the block be given back to Etete.
The former president dared anyone to produce proof he took part in returning the oil field to Malabu.
“We gave it back to Malabu? On what ground? Do you have any such evidence?
“Ask Bayo Ojo and Edmund Daukoru what really happened because the stand I took at the time was unassailable.
“If Daukoru has evidence that I approved that the block be given back to Malabu or Etete, let him produce it.
“If it is proven that I indeed approved the deal, I will be willing to apologise to Nigerians. But we have to get to the bottom of it all,” the former president said.
On his part, Adoke says the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, deliberately singled him out for prosecution, whereas three former presidents – Obasanjo, late Umaru Yar’Adua, Goodluck Jonathan – scrutinized and approved the deal.