Why are they accusing me of theft? – Jonathan

Why are they accusing me of theft? - Jonathan

Some Italian prosecutors had alleged that GEJ and Diezani Alison-Madueke took bribes from oil giants, ENI and Shell.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, the former president denied the allegations.

“Our attention has been drawn to news reports published mostly by online media of bribes involving me.

“The reports suggested through innuendo, rather than factual evidence, that Jonathan took bribes from ENI and Shell.

“We wish to make it clear that the former President was not accused, indicted, or charged for corruptly collecting bribes from ENI by the Italian authorities.

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“Negotiations for the oil block deal predate the Presidency of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

“The deal began on 6th May 2010 and ended on 29th May 2015.

“All the documents relating to the transactions on the Malabo issue, during the Jonathan administration, are in the office of the Attorney General of the Federation/Minister of Justice.

“As President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck met with executives of all the oil majors operating in Nigeria.

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“He urged them to support the growth of the Nigerian oil industry by ramping up their investments.

“He also asked them to comply with the Local Content Act that he promoted and signed into law.

“At no time did the former President hold private meetings with representatives of ENI to discuss pecuniary issues.

“All the meetings and discussions were conducted officially, and in the presence of Nigerian officials.

“We make bold to point out that GEJ never sent any Abubakar Aliyu to IOCs to seek favor or collect any money on his behalf.

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“We will like to point out for the umpteenth time that whether in office or out of office, does not own any bank account, aircraft or real estate outside Nigeria.

“Anyone with contrary information is challenged to publicly publish same.

“Dr. Goodluck Jonathan lifted the veil on governance and encouraged transparency knowing that evil breeds in secrecy.

“It is the opinion of the former President that journalists and media houses should take advantage of this law in their investigative journalism, rather than rely on hearsay.

“We hope that these clarifications will help guide future reports which should be factual.”