Mr. Fani-Kayode was reacting to an interview the emir granted US TV news, PBS Newshour recently, as part of the television station’s docu-series titled “How a cancer of corruption steals Nigerian oil, weapons and lives”.
In said interview, Emir Sanusi, a former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, alleged that Nigeria was losing $1 billion monthly under the immediate past administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, due to corruption in the petroleum sector.
“In Nigeria, there is no accountability at all and that is why I think Nigerian corruption is worse than in many parts of the world because it is the worst type of corruption. It’s stealing”, he said, adding “Frankly, I think a billion dollars under Jonathan a month was about what we were losing”.
Shedding more light on how the alleged fraud was perpetrated, the former CBN governor said oil blocs were awarded to cronies of those in power in spite of the fact that they lacked the technical know-how.
“Basically what it does is to allow a group of friends who do not have any kind of operating background to pay $50 million to access to crude oil in blocs valued at over $2 billion and they just take the crude, ship it out and don’t return the money and there is no trace of where the money has gone. Someone gets a contract to lift crude from the terminals to the refineries and in-between that, crude is stolen in the high seas”, he added.
But Mr. Fani-Kayode, who was Director of Media and Publicity at the Jonathan/Sambo Presidential Campaign Organization in the last general elections, said if the emir had nothing to say, he should keep quiet instead of making unfounded allegations.
Fani-Kayode made his views known in a Facebook post on Monday: