Peter Obi Dares FG
Peter Obi Dares FG
Mr Peter Obi the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, has expressed worry over the inability of the Federal Government to publicly name the “highly placed” Nigerians responsible for oil theft and sponsorship of terrorism in the country.
Obi made the comment in response to the claim by the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari, on Tuesday that high placed Nigerians, including religious, community leaders and government officials, were fully involved in crude oil theft.
The former Anambra State boss, in a tweet on his verified Twitter handle, wondered why the Buhari led Government is unable to summon the political will to name the the culprits involved in the economic sabotage.
Peter Obi wrote, “I am struck and intrigued by the news report linking “highly placed” Nigerians to oil theft.
“Same has been the case with financing insurgency and Boko Haram. When will FGN summon the political will to publicly name such persons?”
Recall that, earlier, Charity Reporters had reported that the NNPC boss, Kyari accused religious leaders for being responsible for crude oil theft which has sabotaged the country’s economy.
— Charity Reporters (@CharityRepoters) August 31, 2022
~ Says stolen crude oil are found in churches, mosques.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, has accused religious leaders, security agencies, and even some NNPC staff of the theft of the nation’s crude oil.
The NNPC Group Chief Executive Officer, Kyari said this during the 49th session of the weekly ministerial brief at the State House in Abuja, stressing that oil theft is largely carried out by Nigerians.
Kyari disclosed that the stolen products, pipelines are found mostly in churches and mosques, Channels Tv reported.
“When a fire outbreak happened in one of our pipelines, we discovered that some of the pipelines were actually connected to individual’s homes. And not only that, and with all sensitivity to our religious beliefs, you know, some of the pipelines and some of the products that we found, are actually in churches and in mosques,” Kyari said.
“This means that everybody is involved. There’s no way you will take products, bring them in trucks in populated neighborhoods, load them, and leave without everybody else knowing about it. Everybody includes members of the community, members of the religious leaders and also and most likely government officials of all natures, including security agencies personnel.”
Kyari revealed that vandalism has led to the shut down of the entire network of pipelines for petroleum products distribution in Nigeria.
The NNPC Boss mentioned that a national reserve company will be established to manage the pipelines on a commercial basis to efficiently put them to use for the distribution of products across the country.