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$20bn Oil Revenue: US Ready To Assist Nigeria – Envoy

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The United States’ ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador James Entwistle, has said that the US will be glad to carry out a neutral investigation into the Nigeria’s $20 billion missing oil revenue.

CBN governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi had claimed in a Senate hearing that $20 million oil revenue was still unaccounted for by the NNPC, a claim the corporation stoutly denies.

But in an exclusive interview with our reporter during his visit to Kano State, James Entwistle stated that this development was part of US government’s response to the request put forward by Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan in his meeting with President Obama last September.

According to the US Envoy, President Jonathan said to Obama: “Look, why don’t you help in investigating oil bunkering and theft in my country”. Obama replied, “I will see what I can do.”

Entwistle added that in line with US government’s commitment towards recovering $20 billion missing oil revenue, if Nigeria’s financial institutions witness any unusual financial transactions, the government should not hesitate to notify US representative in the country for investigation.

In what appears as if US envoy doubted Nigeria’s government readiness in combating oil bunkering, he told LEADERSHIP: “I was surprised when I took a helicopter above Niger Delta; it revealed to me that oil bunkering is not hidden from the federal government, or anybody. My conclusion is very simple: some people must know what is going on.”

He noted that though corruption is the big issue in America and the world over, it requires Nigeria’s and any other countries’ concerted effort through provision of relevant laws.

Speaking on insurgency, US ambassador said that it takes an effective counter-insurgency policy to fight somebody who had entangled himself with the civilian population Boko Haram, saying that America has provided not only a military assistance but support to Nigeria’s economy in ensuring job creation via youth empowerment.

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  • Sylvester Imosobome Atioje

    I wonder what the US goverment interest is all about Nigeria regarding the alleged missing 20 billion dollers. Or did Nigeria govt tell them they’re not capable at arriving on a conclusion about the said money? The issue of boko harram is there what effort have they made. If President Jonathan said US should help in fighting oil bukery what’s the correlaion with alleged missing 20 billion dollers? I think this’s another way of trying to kill the PIB which the America does’t like for their selfish interest. Nigeria should be careful!

    • okwu

      Maybe they are the one prompting Sanusi. Their house boy OBJ is over there reuniting old associates that specialises on destabilising Africa.

    • Rufus

      nigeria is NOT CAPABLE, i repeat myself 3 times, of investigation a self induced fraud. the president knows the oil dealers, bunkerers and thieves. they are his friends and how can he indict them? even bokoharam leader sheriff is jonathan’s friend….despite the allegations against him. the US ambassador said Jonathan asked OBama so Sanusi couldn’t have been prompted by them.

  • akpabio

    Simply the US got it’s share of the fraud. US has been helping Nigerian looters in many quarters. NNPC AS WATER GATES.

  • Jamaal

    You’re absolutely right Bro! we need no America’s involvement in the
    whole issue, nothing concerns US and other countries that share some
    bond of relationship with Nigeria, this is issue is internal and only
    concerns the citizens by birth, why do you want to divert our attention
    on such a delicate issue concerning our economic well-being? so it’s
    barely a shameful thing for president Jonathan to sick any country’s
    help in order to deal with such heartless looting from our nation’s
    wealth.

  • Jamaal

    You’re absolutely right Bro Sylvester! we need no America’s involvement in the
    whole issue, nothing concerns US and other countries that share some
    bond of relationship with Nigeria, this issue is internal and only
    concerns the citizens by birth, why do you want to divert our attention
    on such a delicate issue concerning our economic well-being? so it’s
    barely a shameful thing for president Jonathan to seek any country’s
    help in order to deal with such heartless looting from our nation’s
    wealth.

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