Jonathan Not Part Of Malabu Oil Deal, Says Aide

Nigeria's former president Goodluck Jonathan has debunked widespread media reports that he collected gratification before approving the controversial Malabu Oil deal.

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Nigferia’s ex-President Goodluck Jonathan

By Concise News Correspondents 

Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan has debunked widespread media reports that he collected gratification before approving the controversial Malabu Oil deal.

A statement by the ex-president’s spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, noted that Jonathan did not send a businessman, Abubakar Aliyu, or any other person to collect a bribe for him before, during or after the negotiation.

“Our attention has been drawn to news reports published mostly by online media which insinuated, rather than presenting factual evidence, that Jonathan received kickbacks in the $1.3bn OPL 245 oil block involving oil giants ENI and Royal Dutch Shell.

 “We wish to make it clear that Jonathan was not accused, indicted or charged for corruptly receiving any money as kickbacks or bribes from ENI by the Italian authorities or any other law enforcement body in the world.
“We wish to state that the negotiations and transactions for the oil block predated the Jonathan’s presidency, which began on May 6, 2010 and ended on May 29, 2015.
”It may interest those promoting this false narrative to also know that the documents relating to the transactions are in the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.”
The spokesman further stated that Jonathan did not hold any secret meeting with the parties in the transaction, nether did anybody work for him.
“As President of Nigeria, Jonathan met with the executives of all the oil majors operating in the country to solicit support in the oil industry,” the statement added.
Eze further  urged the media to make adequate use of the Freedom of Information Act, an act signed into law by the immediate past president, to investigate stories before publication.

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