Minister of transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi, has denied reports that he leaked a letter written by the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and current Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi 11, to former President Goodluck Jonathan over the non-remittance of $49.8 billion from oil sale to the federation account.
Amaechi, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday by his media office, said a concerned Nigerian gave him a copy of Sanusi’s letter to Jonathan based on his then position as chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF).
In a statement by his media office yesterday, Amaechi said it was unfair, disrespectful and uncharitable to his person for anyone to suggest, infer or even extrapolate that he surreptitiously, clandestinely or underhandedly “leaked” Sanusi’s letter.
Sanusi, who was the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) at the time he wrote the letter, in a recent interview with Forbes Africa magazine said Amaechi, who was at the time the Rivers State governor, was responsible for leaking former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to Jonathan, which referenced Sanusi’s letter on the missing billions. Amaechi has also long been suspected of equally leaking Sanusi’s letter to Jonathan on the same issue to other politicians.
Sanusi, as the CBN governor, had written to Jonathan to raise the alarm over the disappearance of billions of dollars from oil sales between January 2013 and July 2013 that had not been remitted to the Federation Account by NNPC.
Amaechi’s media office described as unfair, disrespectful and uncharitable to his person for anyone to suggest that the former Rivers governor ‘leaked’ the CBN governor’s (Sanusi’s) letter.
It said: “Amaechi did what he did because he believed that the theft and corruption was just too much. He was propelled by his patriotic zeal to put Nigeria first, do what was in the best interest of the nation and Nigerians, and stop the bleeding and sucking of our collective resources by a tiny few.
“The mind boggling corruption revelations in the recent past, that is still ongoing clearly justifies and vindicates Amaechi’s stance on the issue and the actions he took.
“Faced with the same situation, under similar circumstances, Amaechi will not act differently. The good of Nigeria, putting the nation and Nigerians first, will always be his guiding principle.”
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