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$50K Bribe Allegation: No Reason To Bribe SNG – Orubebe

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ABUJA. Nov 29, (THEWILL) - Following claims that the Niger Delta Minister, Elder Godsday Orubebe offered a $50, 000 (Fifty thousand US dollars) to bribe a delegation of the Save Nigeria Group (SNG) when they visited President Goodluck Jonathan to discuss his steward, the Minister today in a statement said he is shocked and disappointed over the allegation.

“I have read, with a deep sense of shock and disappointment, allegations made against me in an on-line medium, claiming that I attempted to bribe the leadership of the Save Nigeria Group, SNG, after a visit with the president,” he said.

“I find these allegations deeply distressing, and I am certain that the highly respected Pastor Tunde Bakare must have been quoted out of context. I am forced to react to these allegations only because I would consider it an insult for anyone to attempt to bribe someone of that stature, visiting with his group, and with, of all sums, 50,000dollars”.

“True, a bribe is a bribe, no matter the sum. This is the reason why I am all the more concerned and worried about these claims. What I however find intriguing is that there is absolutely no reason to bribe the Save Nigeria Group. When the body on its own volition rose to challenge the sense of drift that had befallen the country over theillness of our late leader, Mallam Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, did anyone bribe them”?

“So it is hard to believe that any right thinking person would attempt to do so now. If a bribe is intended to induce someone to either do something, or to refrain from doing it, what in objective terms would I need to bribe the SNG for at this time”?

The Minister said the allegation story is false and should be dismissed by all right thinking persons.