Executive Secretary of Anti-Corruption Network, Dino Melaye, has asked the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison- Madueke and the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Engr. Andrew Yakubu, to step aside.
He said this call had become necessary to enable the forensic auditors appointed to unravel the mystery surrounding the alleged missing oil money without interference.
President Goodluck Jonathan had approved forensic auditing of the NNPC to determine whether or not monies meant for the purse of the nation were remitted .
The former federal lawmaker told reporters in Abuja yesterday that his group would go ahead with its planned protest over the matter.
He added that over 96 associations consisting Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Community Based Organization (CBOs) and Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) had been fully mobilized for the rally.
Melaye, who demanded to know the names of the auditing companies said “There can never be a clandestine or secretive probe. We are not comfortable with the comments of the Special Adviser to the President on Media, Dr. Reuben Abati, when he referred to the alleged missing money as ‘phantom $20 billion.
“If the spokesman of Mr. President before investigation referred to the figures involved as phantom, then automatically that is announcing the mindset of the presidency on the whole probe issue.”