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Nigeria: Group Cautions Against Unguarded Utterances On Ribadu Report

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Mallam Nuhu Ribadu

The Niger Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change (NDIMRC) has cautioned those using the oil probe report of the Mallam Nuhu Ribadu-led committee to make what it called unguarded utterances to desist or face unpleasant consequences.

The Warri-based group also described as unacceptable the call for the removal of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, as a result of the probe report, warning those at the forefront of the mischievous campaign to desist from doing so.

NDIMRC, in a statement signed by its President, Nelly Emma; Secretary, John Sailor and Public Relations Officer, Mukoro Stanley, said the minister should be commended for her transparency in the industry and encouragement of indigenous companies.

The statement noted that the petroleum minister was not the cause of the corruption in the oil sector, adding that she has tried her best to rid the sector of corruption.

The group said by appointing Ribadu to head the probe panel, which she unilaterally constituted, the minister had demonstrated that she had nothing to hide.

"Our findings in the oil sector have shown that the Petroleum Minister has not given any discretionary award of oil block since the inception of the current administration and the report of the committee testified to this fact. So, why should somebody call for her sack? She should be commended for the wonderful work she is doing in the sector. This is unacceptable to our group and the good people of the oil rich Niger Delta region," the statement said.

NDIMRC also cautioned the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project and the United Action for Democracy for calling for the dismissal of the minister.

"The Oil Minister has been the saving grace for our indigenous companies. She has helped in their capacity building and if not for her, many successful indigenous firms operating in the region would not have seen the light of day. We know the game plan of those from certain parts of the country who are carrying out the campaign for her removal.

"We want to make it known to such people that the position of the Petroleum Minister is not reserved for a certain section of the country. Niger Delta region pays the bills of this country and therefore deserve the right to retain the position of the oil minister for some years to come," the group added.

While urging those spearheading the sack of the minister not to take the people of Niger Delta for granted, the group implored all those rooting for her removal to appreciate her tireless efforts in the oil industry.

"The Minister has been able to give a very good account of herself in the petroleum ministry; she has been able to give proper account of the amounts of oil explored, exported, imported and of monies spent and the revenue generated and so, it is needless to ask her to step aside to allow for investigation," NDIMRC said.

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