Missing $20 billion: Dr. Okonjo-Iweala Don't Play Pontius Pilate
By Mr. Osita Okechukwu
Conference of Nigerian Political Parties(CNPP) was outraged with the defeatist statement of the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and accordingly challenges her to resign forthwith with the scant honour which lingers with her; instead of playing dangerous Pontius Pilat.
We are at a loss of what type of economy she has been coordinating that it was only when the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi blew the whistle and opened the Pandora-Box of the monumental corruption inside the Nigeria National Corporation (NNPC) that she woke up?
How can she insult our collective intelligence by claiming that her position on this matter has been clear from the start; which start? The loot predates the Malam Sanusi's letter of September 2013 to President Goodluck Jonathan. Does it mean that the Coordinating Minister was not coordinating the golden goose of the economy – NNPC until the scam was exposed?
To worsen matters, Dr Okonjo-Iweala has unfortunately remained deafeningly silent on the allegation that N700 million is daily being siphoned to subsidize Kerosene.
Can the economy she coordinates sustain such drain of the economy from a single item? The kerosene scam from all indications remains the greatest threat to our democracy and by extension the security of our dear country.
In sum, Dr Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala should stop playing Pontius Pilat and resign forthwith with the scant honour left.
Mr. Osita Okechukwu
National Publicity Secretary