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Never in the History of Nigeria Has a Vice President Reduced Himself as Osinbajo Has Done

Let me start this statement by thanking Vice President Osinbajo for
his attempt at responding to my last statement calling on him to
substantiate his allegations that three persons under the Jonathan
administration stole $3 billion from the public till.
However, even the Vice President’s statement has vindicated my
earlier assertion that he had lied.
To refresh the memory of Nigerians and the international
community, while speaking at The Platform, a programme
organised by the Covenant Christian Centre, Vice President Yemi
Osinbajo alleged that three individuals stole $3 billion under the
Jonathan administration.
When challenged to provide proof, the Vice President went on to
identify those three individuals as Messrs Jide Omokore, Kola
Aluko and the former Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs. Diezani
Alison-Madueke.
He then went ahead to cite a commercial transaction, saying inter
alia that “the companies of both Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko
lifted Nigerian crude oil and kept the proceeds. The total sums
converted is in excess of three billion dollars including royalties,
taxes and fees unpaid for the asset from which the crude was
taken.”
It goes without saying that both Mr. Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko
were not members of the Jonathan cabinet neither did they hold
any government office or position. These were private
businessmen who had dealings with various corporations and
whose dealings are the subject of litigation.
Yes, Diezani Alison-Madueke was a member of the Jonathan
cabinet, yes, allegations and charges have been brought against
her, however, she challenges these allegations and is ready to
have her day in court, but no-where has she ever been accused of
stealing $3 billion.
She has also never been convicted by any court of competent
jurisdiction in Nigeria or any country in the world.
It is funny that an administration that illegally withdrew $496
million from the Excess Crude Account without due process,
allegedly to pay for 12 Super Tocano jets is accusing the Jonathan
administration of illegal withdrawals.
Nigerians and the international community are aware that the
illegal withdrawal by the Buhari government triggered an
impeachment attempt against the President at the Senate of the
National Assembly which is still raising dust.
According to the world’s premier aviation intelligence agency,
Flight Global, the cost of a Super Tocano aircraft is $10 million.
Rather than make false allegations against the Jonathan
government, the Buhari administration should rather tell Nigerians
why an aircraft that is sold for $10 million each is costing Nigeria
almost $40 million each?
In November 2017, Afghanistan bought 6 A-29 Super Tucanos at a
total cost of $174.5 million, a price tag which included aircraft
transportation, maintenance spares and advanced sensors. Why is
Nigeria paying $496 million for 12 of the same aircrafts?
The excuse given by the Buhari administration that it had to make
haste and pay for the Super Tocano jets because of the anti-terror
war does not make sense since the US has announced that the
jets would not be ready until the year 2020. What is the hurry to
pay for 2020 planes to fight a 2018 problem?
The $496m Super Tocano scandal follows a pattern of alleged
corrupt behaviour by the Buhari administration that has seen it
spend $25 billion on contracts at the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation without due process, return, reinstate and double
promote Nigeria’s biggest ever alleged thieving civil servant,
Abdulrasheed Maina, reinstatement of the Executive Secretary of
the National Health Insurance Scheme who was indicted for
corrupt practices against the advice of the minister of health, non-
prosecution of Buhari cronies caught red handed in corruption
such as former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr.
Babachir Lawal, etc.
Also, when Vice President Osinbajo says “These cases of grand
corruption and open looting of public resources pauperized Nigeria
and left us with little or no savings“, he has forgotten that on
October 28, 2017, he himself (Vice President Osinbajo) said “When
we came in, we had a foreign reserve of $32 billion”.
If indeed former President Jonathan left the Buhari administration
with “with little or no savings”, then from whom did they inherit the
$32 billion in foreign reserves that the Vice President admitted to
at the ‘Greater Nigeria Pastors Conference’ organised by the
Berean Ministers Group?
Vice President Osinbajo is also challenged to boldly tell Nigerians
how much was left by the Jonathan administration in the
Sovereign Wealth Fund which the Jonathan government set up.
While doing that, can he also tell Nigerians how much the Buhari
administration met in the coffers of the Nigerian Liquified Natural
Company’s account to be inherited by the incoming government.
The truth is that no matter how far and fast falsehood has
traveled, it must eventually be overtaken by truth and this time, the
truth emerged from the mouth of the accuser, albeit, in a Freudian
slip.
Again, the Vice President tried to set the former coordinating
minister for the economy and minister of finance, Dr. Mrs. Ngozi
Okonjo-Iweala, against former President Jonathan, by alleging that
she had accused the Jonathan administration of corruption.
Obviously, Professor Osinbajo has not read ‘Fighting Corruption Is
Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines’.
If the Vice President had indeed read that book, he would have
noticed that Dr. Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala did not mince words in
describing the Buhari administration as a clueless government
stacked with corrupt people who have no capacity to lead Nigeria.
Is Vice President Osinbajo so jobless that he has reduced himself
and his office to being the spokesperson of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt
Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission? Even the
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice,
Abubakar Malami, SAN, has conducted himself with more dignity
than the Vice President and is allowing the agencies charged by
law to fight corruption to do their jobs.
Finally, I advise Vice President Osinbajo to focus on responding to
the # BuhariChallenge and inform Nigerians of even one project
that the Buhari administration has initiated, started and completed
in three years- RENO

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