– He said he never assented to the deal to return the oil block to Malabu oil and that anybody with proof that he did should come forward with it
– Obasanjo said Dan Etete deserved to be punished for trying to enrich himself from the country’s coffers which is an abominable act
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has denied that he played any role in the infamous Malabu oil scandal rocking past Nigerian government administrations.
Obasanjo made the denial in an interview with Premium Times on Monday, March 13 and warned ex-attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice Mohammed Adoke to leave him out of the unfolding scandal.
“Adoke and others should not drag me into a matter I know nothing about.
“If they have been asked to answer questions over decisions they took while in office, they should do that honourably.
“They should not bring Obasanjo into an Etete deal. I was not part of any such deal.”
Obasanjo said it was wrong for any government functionary to “appropriate to himself or herself what he or she is in charge of.”
“If I hold that view, I could not have approved a deal with Dan Etete. What Etete did is the height of corruption. He appropriated the asset to himself illegally, illegitimately and immorally,” Obasanjo said.
He added: “I can’t remember giving approval that the block be given back to Etete.”
Obasanjo challenged anyone to produce proof that he took part in returning the oil field to Malabu.
He said: “We gave it back to Malabu? On what ground? Do you have any such evidence?
“Ask Bayo Ojo and Edmund Daukoru what really happened because the stand I took at the time was unassailable.
“If Daukoru has evidence that I approved that the block be given back to Malabu or Etete, let him produce it.
“If it is proven that I indeed approved the deal, I would be willing to apologise to Nigerians. But we have to get to the bottom of it all.”