08 July 2017, Sweetcrude, Abuja – Former Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on New Media, Reno Omokri, has described the recent invitation extended to his former boss by the House of Representatives to testify in the ongoing Malabu oil deal probe, as a distraction from the present issues facing the country.
Omokri, a regular critic of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, made the statement in his Twitter feed yesterday, noting that the House of Representatives should be more interested in the absence of President Buhari, who has been receiving treatment in London for over two months.
He tweeted: “When you do not see the President that is leading you today, you will want to cause a distraction by summoning the one who led you yesterday.”
Recall that the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, had in April urged the House of Representatives, to compel Jonathan to appear before it over the controversy surrounding the OPL 245 Malabu oil deal.
After many months of prevarication, the House of Representatives finally summoned the immediate past President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, to answer questions over his involvement in ongoing investigations into the controversial Malabu Oil deal.
A committee of the House of Representatives on Wednesday said a letter of invitation will be dispatched to former President Jonathan, summoning him to appear before it to explain his role in the controversial award of OPL 245 oil block license.
The committee is investigating the alleged corruption, malpractices, breach of due process in the award of Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 245.
Chairman of the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee investigating the fraudulent Malabu oil deal, Rep. Razak Atunwa, on Wednesday explained that only the immediate past President can resolve the crisis surrounding the controversial Malabu oil deal, also known as OPL 245.
Speaking during a press briefing by the committee, Atunwa said Jonathan’s appearance was key to unraveling the alleged corruption, malpractices, and breach of due process in the award of OPL 245.