Nigerians to follow their oil money in Zambia

Nigerians to follow their oil money in Zambia

rupiaTHE mood in Nigeria is serious over the fight against corruption and we are going to mount pressure on the new President Muha-mmadu Buhari to demand repayment of money realised from the concession oil deal with Zambia, says Nigeria’s Civil Society Network Against Corruption (NCSNAC). And NCSNAC chairman Olanrewaju Suraju says a successful fight against corruption cannot be realised if it is restricted to anti-corruption institutions which are appointed by the political class. Giving an address on the fight against corruption in Lusaka on Tuesday, Suraju said the concession that was given to Zambia was not meant for an individual. “That oil was sold to Zambia at a concessionary rate such that they did not need to buy at the international market rate. They can buy at a concessionary rate and the difference can also assist Zambians to either reduce the cost of fuel here or the difference can be used into other development projects,” he said. “But it was so shocking to hear that the proceeds of that oil actually went into private pockets. So the mood [in Nigeria] is so serious and by the time the story gets into the public domain than it is now, there is going to be more pressure on the current President because the new leadership that we are having in Nigeria is expected to be tough on corruption. As a matter of fact, one of the things we gonna do is to demand the repayment of that money either to Nigeria or especially to a special account in Zambia where it can be monitored.” Suraju said Nigeria was also undergoing a number of hardships and it was unfair that the oil deal benefited a few individuals. “It was given to Zambia as a country. I’m sure you have also done the same to Malawi before,” he said.

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