Probe: I was not compromised – Oronsaye

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Steve Oronsaye’s reply.

Thank you very much. Drama so to speak. A report was presented, I hadn’t seen the report because the methodology that we agreed as a committee should be followed if the report has to be reviewed. It was not followed. We had agreed that the draft report should be circulated to members five clear days before any meeting.

These were the templates we agreed on.  And the last meeting we had was in July. July to October 31, there was no meeting. October 31, a circular or a notice came out at 5pm, to hold a meeting on the next day, November 1, at 12:00pm That was on a Thursday, to discuss the final report. Obviously, to give me few hours to discuss a report of over a hundred pages, meant that was not feasible. And I was not going to be part of such a process. Since we had already agreed on the process anyway, I thought that process should be complied with. I took a view that no matter how good a report maybe, you may have put in a lot of effort, but if the process leading to it is flawed, that report would not stand the test of time. So, that was the only thing I said.

And then, the other one had to do with the signature page. There is no signature page. The chairman and the secretary were to sign on behalf of members. How do you sign on my behalf? Supposed there are things that I do not agree with when I am also, already saying that the process was flawed? That was all I said.

Did you put it across to Mallam Ribadu, some of these your complains, your observations and all that?

Indeed, the meeting we had in July, was where I raised my concerns about the draft report that we had just reviewed to consider at that meeting. There were basically about five issues that I raised. One of them, he said the draft transmitter letter was that we had concluded our assignment in accordance with the terms of reference. Reading the draft report, it was well beyond our terms of reference. I remember my comment then was yes, if we are saying this, we need to modify. But if we are also going beyond, provided this will add value, yes. That was what I said but we could also have gotten an amendment to the TOR. Really, if it is to add value, I don’t see any reason why. I also talked about the language. I said we could re-couch. I didn’t say we should change the content of the substance.

What was wrong with the language?

Very subjective. Very subjective and we could do better. Three, the figures that I saw, I asked a question: have they been reconciled? Have they been verified? I asked that question because of what had transpired in a previous meeting where it came to light that the figures that were being interrogated have not been reconciled and it turned out that many of them had not been verified. At that point, I said if these figures are not verified, it will be difficult for me to append my signature to such a report. Four, the figures that were also stated were as of December 2011. And I asked a question: what has happened between then and July when we were discussing. I said it will be necessary to have an update. I think those were really the main concerns that I raised at that time.

At the meeting?

Yes. The July meeting.

Were they addressed?

You see, what really happened in Council on Friday, had actually happened in one of our meetings when I raised this. That was when he talked about ‘you have just joined us’ and all of that. I said yes. The truth of the matter was that I was busy somewhere else. I couldn’t have been in two locations at the same time. And everyone knew that I had another assignment and that was why I couldn’t have been with them before that day. But in the wisdom of the committee, they thought that my suggestions were valid and then decided to have a group to review…

A committee within the committee?

Yes. Even though there is a sub-committee on report writing. So, they were to go back to write, bring back the report to the sub-committee on report writing after which it will then be circularized to the members. That was in July. Until the notice of October 31, that report was never seen. So, you had July, August, September and October. End of October, you are now saying come to a meeting the following day to discuss a final report. And in my view, that is not in consonance with the methodology that we have. It is in writing, in my mail to all of them that five clear days should be given if you want us to discuss any  In fact, that was done. That was how that first draft was done because my first letter actually said we have fixed a meeting to discuss a report on a particular date. The secretary said I will transmit the report to you people by this date. I called Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Obviously, it was not transmitted, meaning it was not ready. So, on a Monday, I did a mail to chairman and members saying, today is, I can’t remember the date now but if I look into my system, I will clarify that. I said today is…; we still have not received the draft report that you said you would send. I presume you are still busy, I know it is a lot of hardwork but when you do finish, please circularize and give a new date or give us five clear days. It is in writing.  In fact, he just said noted but in reality, that was done because notice was given and a new date was given. So, we had our five days. That became a template but after that, no other meeting took place until the presentation. And he said sorry, it cannot be so.

Ribadu said on national television that you were compromised and in the newspapers, he is saying you stood in on behalf of a petroleum company.  Did you compromise? What is your relationship with the said company?

That statement, in my view, is unfortunate coming from him. Those who know me, know that I can never be compromised. But in any case, who compromised me? Adax? I don’t even know where the office of Adax is. I do not even know who the chief executive is and I could not have been representing any oil company. I recalled he said in Council that I came in where they were about to start collecting recovery. Again, that is a lie and it is unfortunate. I recall that my very first meeting was when they were presenting a report on the forum they had just concluded. The second meeting was when some groups of people were meeting with some oil operators. I didn’t even know who they were but I sat in that meeting. But I do know that I asked a sub-chair of the committee: who are these people? He said they were the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) personnel. After listening for a while, I said, they should please get the operator they were interrogating to step aside. And I had to ask questions: why is EFCC officials interrogating? And he said our terms of reference included debt collection. But in my view, I said yes, debt collection but it is only after we have established. If we submit our report, government will decide on what do. The truth is, EFCC officials are innocent because they were invited. So, I am not blaming the EFCC officials because if they were not invited, they would not have come. I recall the officer then asking a question: does it mean we should go? I said it is not for me to tell you whether you should go or not but it will not be right for the EFCC to be driving this process. In fact, the officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) were also present. I said why is DPR not driving the process? It was at that point that I asked a question: the figures that you are even asking them questions on, are they reconciled figures? It was at that point the DPR said no. So, at that point, I knew there was a problem. The sub-chairman, that is Subairu and I, agreed DPR and all the operators, should go and reconcile and then bring figures to us. As I speak to you now, I don’t know whether that was done. So, to say that I represented Adax is unfortunate. I don’t know them. But I am just reading in the newspapers today, I don’t know whether such is even in  the report but I know this was not said in the Council chambers but because I have read it in the papers, whatever action I am going to take, that is left to me.

It is defamatory because a reputation that I have built over the years, somebody will just come over and just in a jiffy, just make careless statements.

And all of you were in Obasanjo’s economic team and all that. Is there a personal disagreement between you and the chairman?

Well, the truth is, Nuhu and I have always had differences from day one and I think that is what is playing out today. But even if it is playing out, anyone who listened to me, would realize that I did not talk about persons, I talked about issues and I talked about process. I did not even talked about the content of the report. I am saying process has not been followed. Due process has not been followed. And the reason why very often, when you go to court and you lose your case, is because the foundation, very often, is faulty. All of these is what I am trying to protect.

I don’t even know who is indicted in the report. I don’t even know. I don’t even know.

Today, I have been given a copy. Just today. But, as of yesterday, I didn’t look at my mail, I didn’t want to look at it. So, I really don’t know those who are indicted or who you know. And it doesn’t really interest me. If we follow due process…

Let me just say this: for example, this report is already in a public domain. Company A,B, C. If you say for example that I am owing $2 billon and I am to have a relationship with company D who wants to look at my rating to give me business and on the basis of this report, the fellow says ah, I cannot deal with you, what do you think will happen?

That many of the data in there have not been independently verified.

So, what then are you presenting if they have not been verified?

And he also talked about conflict of interest…

Between who and who?

That you are a member of the Board of Directors of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and he also mentioned the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

Let me say this: in fact, I really should not be talking about it because the President himself, pronounced on this in Chambers and I am very satisfied with what the President said. In the other committees, there are refinery staff, there are NNPC staff in the other committees.

He said the thing you should have done was to resign.

It doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t make sense. That is because he does not understand. You see, leadership is one thing that you need, integrity you build over the years. If you are focused, you know what you want to be remembered for. It does not matter what position you are in. The position you are in should not be what should determine the position you take on a matter. You should be objective at all times. So, it does not matter. In any case, he said I worked my way. Like I said, I was appointed to the board without my knowing. And I am not even an executive person. Non -executive.

So, what then happens? Since  it is marred in controversy so to say?

Let me say this: the report has been submitted. All I am saying is the process that led to that report. I have not talked about content.  I have not read it. I have not read it at all and if I have not talked about content but I have talked about the process. If the process is flawed, then what are you talking about? Because you are looking at the legal ramifications of all of these things. Let me say something. Let me say something. If for example an aggrieved person goes to court, I am just saying, and picks a page and says, look at that figure, $2 billion. A judge would probably ask you: what figure is that and you would say so. And then, he would say: is it your figure? You would say it is my figure. And then, turn to page one and he says, go to paragraph four, what do you read there? Due to time frame of the assignment, some of the data used could not be independently verified and the task force recommends that the government should conduct such necessary verification and reconciliations. What does that mean?

It nullifies the report. This was precisely what I said in July.  But in any case, it is for the Federal Government to decide what to do.

How was the conduct of this meeting? Was it everybody contributing?

Yes, yes. Everybody contributed.

Was it the chairman taking a decision or it was democratic…

No, no. Everybody could talk. Everybody could talk. You see, I am really saddened because as a systems person, a process person, no matter what you want to do, you should still follow due process. You will still get the right result. But if you do not follow due process and you come to have an outcome, in fact, that outcome, if there is litigation, you are likely not to succeed. That is really what I tried to do all through my interaction at the committee.  I am not interested in who is indicted or who is not indicted. I don’t even know them and I don’t want to know them. And therefore, we should refrain from making sweeping statements. I was in the private sector. I rose to become a partner in KPMG. I didn’t dent my image. Is it at this twilight when I should be thinking of how I would spend my life in eternity that I would now soil my name? No. That cannot happen. God forbid.

Finally, he said you were an absentee member more or less. What do you have to say on that?

Again, it is unfortunate and it is contradictory. Here in one breath, he said I had come to represent some oil companies or one oil company and that I never came for one day. He should reconcile that. But I want to tell you that there were at least three meetings that I remember but I also want to tell you that I did not attend at the beginning, is not because I was idle. I am sure Nigerians are aware that I was engaged in another committee, the one on rationalization of parastatals. So, it was only when I finished and I had put finishing touches that I joined. And I explained to him. That is the truth. And I was also told that before my intervention, some members had talked about the need to follow procedure. So, that is really what is lacking in all of these. The truth is, I challenge the person making this allegation to prove. But like I said, I have just read one in the newspapers but I want to say the oil companyI do not know. But I recall one discussion after they  came back. Indeed, if I was representing their interest…

In fact, I would narrate this story now. It had to do with the percentage they should apply to their production in respect to the royalty payable. If you look at the PAYE law, usually, remuneration is graduated. We say the first days, X percent and the next. So, in the royalty regime, it is also graduated but production at a particular rate. They thought that if they produced lets say 20,000 barrels, if there is a rate for the first five, they will use that. I said sorry, you cannot use that sort of ratio unless of course you have a definite approval that says you could. But from this legislation, because I was in practice, accounting practice, I said if you produce 20,000, it is the rate in the table that you will apply.

When did you tell them this one?

At the meeting.

When they appeared?

When we called them back. You know I said we excused them. EFCC officials were there. It was against their position. And it was open. So, it is just unfortunate. It is just a sweeping statement that no thought process went through.

 

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  4. Ribadu and his blind supporters will always prosecute and pass judgement on the pages of newspapers and would never get favourable judgement in the court of law because they aways make baseless accusations without facts and figures. Mark my word, this report lack professional input and figured are not verified and this is Ribadu’s way of doing things and in the end he will achieve nothing concrete but blackmail and cheap publicity. It is a pity to say, most Nigerians have been programmed to believe lies. Ribadu is not a saint but a sinner. Dont be deceived by his fake patriotism, he is not real and time will prove me right or wrong.

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  6. So who is now a saint. Ribadu has written his name on a clean slate that is why we all respect him. Since Mr Steve new he was busy somewhere else, he should have honorably turned down the appointment.Period! Was he not suppose to take a rest after his first assignment or his he the only Nigerian available at that point in time. GEJ should be sensitive to issues like this.

  7. @ Big Daddy, what is eating you up? Do you have any personal grudge with Ribadu?…. It’s the type of you that constitute the problem of this country… What exactly do you represent? Enemy of sanity?

  8. Ribadu has done a nice job… Steve shld have resigned his appointment if he felt he was busy somewhere else.. He should not be shouting abt process when he shld be an active member of d committee.. Let him go and rest

  9. Mr Orosanya is very corrupt and wicked fellow. His show of shame on Friday was shocking and unbecoming of a former HOS. As HOS he led a very corrupt civil service. BH should immediately go after him he is one of the greatest enemies of the Nigerian state.

  10. Mr Oronsaye why did you take the appointment into the board of NNPC whilst still doing this assignment? There is something called conflict of interest. I DO NOT BLAME MR RIBADU FOR HIS POSITION.

  11. we know you are part and parcel of the corrupt system and was rewarded with new appointments for the role you played but remember there is a God that never sleeps

  12. Are you only one busy in Nigeria. A county were more qualified people are looking for Jobs. The papa you should have resigned. The grab grab mentality has killed us all. You have a bad case.

    NNPC should retire people like you.

  13. THE BEST THING TO DO FOR NIGERIA NOW IS DIVIDE NIGERIA LET THAT 19 STATE FROM NORTH GO THEIR OWN WAY, BIAFRA GO, ODUDUWA REPUBLIC GO NIGERIA IS IN A CAGE OF GUN POWDER WAITING TO EXPLODE, SINCE THE 1967 GENOCIDE AGAINST SOUTH-WEST, WHAT IS THE FACE OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA TO SOUTH EAST? SINCE WE SAID WE ARE ONE NIGERIA WHAT MAKES US ONE NIGERIA? EVERY THING IS SEND TO LAGOS, WHY CANT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DI CONGEST LAGOS?? MUST NIGERIA BUILD EVERYTHING IN LAGOS? WHAT HAPPENED TO OTHER PART OF SOUTH EAST? NOW THEY WANT TO BUILD BIG REFINERY IN LAGOS WHY? THEY CRY FOR BOKO HARAM SOON IF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PAYS BOKO HARAM AS THEY SAID, ANOTHER BIG BOKO HARAM WILL EMERGE, IS ONLY IN NIGERIA THAT GOVERNMENT PAYS TERRORIST WHY? ARE WE SURE NIGERIA WILL EXIST IN 2015?? BIG SHAME TO USELESS PERSONAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, BIG SHAME TO YOU ALL FOOLS IN POWER

  14. this man Steve is not even ashame of himself, out of all meeting conducted before the presentation of the report he only attended three (3) and claiming due process is not followed hear him saying
    “The second meeting was when some groups of people were meeting with some oil operators. I didn’t even know who they were but I sat in that meeting. But I do know that I asked a sub-chair of the committee: who are these people? He said they were the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) personnel.
    you see its a big shame on the fake you claimed to have been buil for years.

  15. THE WAR OF WORDS BETWEEN THE YORUBAS AND THE IGBOS
    AS YOU MAY HAVE KNOWN, I AM FROM RIVERS STATE AND MARRIED AN IGBO WOMAN FROM UMUAHIA. THE ATTITUDE OF MY WIFE AND MY INLAWS TELL ME A LOT OF STORIES ABOUT THE IGBOS. I CAN CONFIRM THAT GOD IS WITH THE IGBOS. MY WIFE AND MY INLAWS ARE FANTASTIC PEOPLE. I HAVE 8 CHILDREN , FOUR BOYS AND FOUR GIRLS FROM MY DEAR WIFE. THEY ARE THE PRIDE OF MY COMMUNITY TODAY. MY SECOND WIFE IS FROM IS FROM AKURE AND SHE HAS 3 CHILDREN FOR ME. SHE ALWAYS COMMENDS THE IGBOS. SHE IS STILL WITH ME AND ALL OF US LIVE IN HARMONY TOGETHER.
    YORUBAS LISTEN. IT IS US NON-IGBOS THAT DID WRONG TO THE IGBOS DURING THE CIVIL WAR. THIS WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE LIES GOWON AND HIS BROTHERS TOLD US IN THE RIVERS STATE AT THAT TIME. THEY TOLD US THAT IF WE LEAVE THE PROPERTY OF THE IGBOS, WE WOULD BE THE GREATEST LOSERS. CEAZE THEIR PROPERTY AND THEY WILL NOT HAVE MEANS TO SURVIVE AND YOU WILL BENEFIT FROM THAT. THEY TOLD US THAT THE IGBOS ARE BAD AND WOULD BUILD ALL OVER THE STATE AND OUR CHILDREN WILL HAVE NO PLACE TO BUILD IN FUTURE. WE BELIVED THEM AND SEAZED THEIR PROPERTY. WE SACKED THEM FROM OUR STATE. THEY WENT TO THEIR STATE, SOUTH/EASTEN STATE. WE THOUGHT THEY WERE DYING. THEY SURVIVED MORE THAN US WHO WERE DECEIVED BY AND AWOLOWO. PLEASE DO NOT BE ANNOYED BECAUSE I MENTION AWOLOWO HERE. WE NIGERIANS OWE APOLOGY TO THE IGBOS BECAUSE WE DID THEM WRONG BY THE WAY WE TREATED THEM DURING THE WAR. I DO NOT KNOW HOW YOU WILL FEEL IF THE BUILDINGS YOU IN ONITSHA , OWERRI, ENUGU WERE TO BE SEAZED BY THESE STATES ESPECIALLY IF ANOTHER PERSON FROM ANOTHER STATE WERE TO INSTIGATE THAT SEISURE. IF YOU ARE FROM LAGOS , AND HAD BUILDINGS IN IBADAN, AKURE, ONDO OSHOGBO WERE TO BE SEIZED BY AN INSTIGATION FROM SOMEBODY FROM THE NORTH. YOU ARE FROM THE WESTERN REGION AS THE IGBOS WERE FROM THE EASTERN REGION. WE WERE THE SAME REGION UNTIL GOVWON DECEIVED US TO DO WHAT WE DID.
    HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU HAD £2,000,000, IN YOUR ACCOUNT AND SOMEBODY CAME AND SAID YOU HAVE RIGHT TO ONLY £20? THINK ABOUT IT. SURELY YOU WILL FEEL VERY BAD. DURING AND AFTER THE WAR ONE OF OUR BROTHERS, A WRITER WOULD NOT LET IGBOS TO REST. HE PAID FOR IT. YOU CANNOT SLAP A BABY AND AT THE SAME TIME TELL HIM NOT TO CRY. I AN NOW 84 YEARS OLD AND WHAT I SAY IS TRUE BECAUSE I WAS AROUND WHEN MEETINGS WERE HELD TO SEE WHAT TO DO WITH THE IGBOS. I DID NOT KNOW THE IMPLICATIONS UNTILL SOME FEW YEARS LATER. WE THOUGHT WE WOULD BE BETTER THAN THE IGBOS. WERE NOT.
    MY DEAR PEOPLE FROM YORUBA LAND, CHINUA ACHEBES WRITE-UP DID NOTN INSULT THE YORUBAS. HE TALKED ABOUTG ONE PERSON LATE CHIEF AWOWLO. IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN IT AS IF ACHEBE INSULTED THE YORUBA RACE. YOU ARE WRONG. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU SAY AND WRITE. THE HOUSAS ARE LAUGHING AT US HERE IN THE SOUTH IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THAT. THE OTHER DAY A FRIEND OF MINE TOOK US TO HOTEL PRESIDENTIAL IN PORT HARCOURT. THIS WAR OF WORDS BETWEEN THE YORUBAS AND THE IGBOS CAME UP. ONE ALHAJI AND HIS FRIENDS WERE ON A DIFFERENT TABLE EATING AND DRINKING. I HEARD THEM SAY THAT IF THERE IS A WAY TO MAKE THE YORUBAS AND THE IGBOS FIGHT, THAT THEY IN THE NORTH WILL BE VERY HAPPY. I WANTED TO CHALLNGE THEM BUT MY FRIEND RESTRAINED ME FROM DOING SO. THE WRITING OF ACHEBE SHOULD NOT CAUSE THIS TYPE OF ACRIMONY. MY PEOPLE SAY NOW THAT IF THE IGBOS ARE ELIMINATED, IT WILL BE VERY EASY FOR THE NORTH TO OVER RUN THE SOUTH TO FULFILL WHAT AHMADU BELLOW SAID. THAT PUSHING THE SOUTH INTO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN. YORUBA PEOPLE, PLEASE STOP THIS WAR.
    TO THE IGBOS
    YOU SUFFERED HUMILIATION AT THE INSTANT OF THE NORTHERNERS. YOU DID NOT DIE RATHER YOU CAME UP STRONGER THAN YOU WERE. I WOULD ADVISE YOU TO FORGIVE AND FORGETWHAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST. LOOK AQT THE HISTORY OF THE JEWS. THEY SUFFERED AND NOW SEE HOW STRONG THEY ARE. MY FATHER USED TO TELL ME THAT IGBOS HAVE JEWS ORIGIN. MY SON WHO WENT TO ISRAEL LAST MONTH TOLD ME THAT SOME NAMES THERE ARE LIKE IGBO NAMES. A BOOK I READ SOME FOUR YEARS AGO SAID THAT THE IGBOS HAD THEIR ORIGIN IN THE HEBREW. THEY ARE GOD’S PEOPLE. PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW THIS WAR OF WORDS TOBRING SOMETHING NASTY IN THE SOUTH. THE HAUSAS ARE LAUGHING AT US IN THE SOUTH. YORUBA/IGBO LOVE ONE ANOTHER. LET US IN THE SOUTH FORGE AHEAD TOGETHER. NO MORE RANCOUR, NO LOVE LOST. LET US LIVE TOGETHER. WOLE SONYINKA, PLEASE ADVISE YOUR PEOPLE. CHINUA ACHEBE, PLEASE ADVISE YOUR PEOPLETO STOP AND FORGIVE THE INJURIES THEY SUSTAINED. GOD WILL HELP THEM.
    LONG LIVE YORUBA, LONG LIVE IGBO, LONG LIVE US IN THE RIVERS STATE. I SAY RIVERS STATE BECAUSE WE HAVE MANY TIBES HERE. SO I PREFER TO USE THE WORD RIVERS STATE.

    • Sir, thanks for you posting. Unfortunately things have fell apart between the Yorubas and the Igbos before Achebe’s book. Let me tell you sir, if you ask an average Yoruba man about his feelings towards Igbo, he would tell you the mind set of majority of the Yoruba people. There can never be unity between Yoruba and Igbo. No matter how integrated the country Nigeria may be, so long the Igbos continue to be self centred in all aspect, Yoruba will never support them. We will prefer an Hausa than them. As you witnessed all what happened during the civil war, I am sure you also witnessed what happened the war. The Yoruba are very accommodating and this should not be taking for granted. These Igbo people are ingrates. How many Yoruba people are made commissioners in the east? Go to Lagos, at least one commissioner is from the east while there are councillors also How many Yoruba own a plot of land in Igbo land tak less of building. The Yoruba don’t need the Igbos. They are the wanderers who believed they can not make it in their own enclave and preferred to be traveling all over the place to do their trading.

  16. This Steve of a man, don’t you know its a conflict of interest to be a board member of NNPC and a member of the committee investigating the oil sector? Nigerians are not fools. They may not have the appetite to engage in violent revolution.
    You know you are thief being used to scuttle Ribadu’s investigation. Nobody is fooled by this interview of yours. Ole!!! Barawo !!!

  17. @Big Daddy,I think you might have been those that Nuhu pounced when he was the EFCC Chairman.What did you do?I do hope that it was not because of corruption?

  18. Oga Steve, you should have resigned your membership since you were busy elsewhere, You see, listening to your interview it seems all you went there to do is to scutulled the committees efforts in unravailing the truth, It is shameful, i tell you, It is very very shameful listening to your explalantions, `The Elders has eaten sour grape and the children`s teeth are set on edge` Iam not accuzing you but your explanations did, You guys has insulted the collective Intelligent of Nigerians enough. Please excused me .

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  20. The voice! . Nobody owes the Ibo any apology! they declared war! and demanded there soverign state! you don’t expect Nigeria to be feeding the Biafran army do you? Further more the south south is not an IBO nation but yet the Ibo where laying claim to it. During war things happen and there will always be the loser. in this case he Ibos lost. on another note: try buying land in Owerri as a Yoruba man and see if you can? Ibos as of today do not sell land to Yorubas! I personally tried to buy a plot of land around Newcastle hotel in Owerri and was told I cannot.

  21. Mr. Oronsanya was rude to the President and should be made to understand that his statement “and so what” while addressing the issue of the President’s demand for the report, was wrong. It depicted HATE and showed how lowly he feels about the occupant of that position. Am sure he would not have attempted that had Obasanjo been in power. People should learn to respect our leaders and not allow the money they have stolen to blanket their reasonability. I watched the video and feel very sad about Oronsanya’s use of words.

  22. Oronsaye, Shame on you!!!! Why should you take up a board appointment with NNPC at this time?? Are you not tired??? Shame on you Sir!!!! I wish death to the people dragging our country to the doldrums with their insatiable greed!!!

  23. Samuel Olufunmilade on

    Those who ordinarily in saner societies should be in prison are the once dictating here, steve oronsaye, despite the several billions of Pension Fund fraud, allegations though, hanging around him, should not be seen around the Presidency if the administration want itself to be taken serious.

  24. Orosanya is an experienced civil servant very versed in their mechanics of mischief. He talked about integrity. Where is his integrity when the civil service that he headed for many years was populated by ghost workers under his watch? Can he deny that he was not getting returns from the boys from this shady deal? Or was he unaware of the ghost workers syndrome that was drilling billions of naira from the pubic purse monthly into ghost accounts? If the latter is the case, then he does not qualify to be a primary school headmaster let alone to become head of service. Today, NOI is doing the gradual clean-up. Orosanya is a kingpin of the corrupt system and therefore, can never be part of its solution. I only blame GEJ that seem not to understand the intricacies of Leadership By Objective to align his resources aright.

  25. ds Mr Steve is a yet-to-be proved THIEVE of d old generation. His statements alone got him suspicious. The way he was exchanging words against his Chiarman on a Comtt infront of Mr Presido shows his ignorance of d values of respect for certain positions. He is d nest in line to be probed. That’s my opinion.

  26. We understood that mr steve are the type of people that are supporting corruption and spoiling this country,is during his tenure that billions of naira was stolen from the pension purse which he was a partaker now is been used again haba mr steve you dont hv shame

  27. Isaac Nakpodia on

    D love of money is d root of evil. Pa Oronsaye knows he’s lying & he shld b ashamed of himself for allowing his children’s mates to use him so derogatorily. D Petroleum minister & d cabal knew wot dey were doing wen dey infused d committee with pple like Oronsaye to scuttle Ribadu’s work. In fact, dey used Ribadu’s name & person to give demselves some resemblance of respect & seriousness. My heart honestly bleeds for dis country for d future is bleak. Here is a golden opportunity for president Jonathan to redeem his deeply dwindling image & to b praised as he vry much desires in 2013; he shld start d implementation of Ribadu’s recommendations without further delay. D altrnative to d mess on ground, is a pple’s revolution & powers dat b shld not delude demselves dat it can’t happen here. God help us.

  28. my dear Nuhu Ribadu, i’m saying this from my heart and God knows i’m saying the truth, the good thing you did in Nigeria, i tell you God in heaven is watching and ll always bless, protect, and reword you, no matter their even plans, God is there for you,
    you are a Muslim and i’m a christian, but i must tell you, you are difference from other Malams, your own Malam is original,

    i don’t care about what any other person may say out there, but if Nigeria what to fight Corruptions and set up an agency without you,my dear, till tomorrow i must tell you they are just joking, because for now i have not seen any body in Nigeria good and qualify to do that, except you.

    God knows i have not seen you in person before, you don’t know me, and i don’t know you, but i have been following everything step about you, started from the day you was appointed to lead EFCC, till to day,

    i have not seen any news paper you appeared without reading why you are there,
    i say it again, you are a true Malam, if Buhari ll be like you, i bet you, he ll rule this Country, but now no way for him, he can only lead,head,or rule BH,

    thanks and remain bless

  29. I am really disappointed about you Sir, Pa Orosanye. Why are you castigating a report you have not read. Those figures you are talking about, have cross checked them and find them to be wrong. I do not think that some body of Ribadu’s experience will just quote a figure from the moon without reference. Why are you fighting the oil cabal’s war? Why are you enemy of progress? Let me tell you, sincerely, that if you do not repent from your evil ways of corruption before you die, your generations to come will suffer for it. Do not think you have stolen enough and your children are forever rich, God has his own way of dealing with things. Leave our Ribadu alone. Let the court rubish the report, then we will know you are right and Ribadu is wrong. We are tired of you insulting our collective intelligence. Oh my God, little wonder why Nigeria is being run like a Banana Repiblic!

  30. I see nothing but an orusanya with a colonial bureaucracy trying to retard the progress of this committee and nigeria as a whole.if he has no time,why must he serve in the committee?THANK U RIBADU THE GOOD WORK.

  31. What surprises me is that this so-claimed world international financial expert Chief, Dr Oronsaye is virtually in every committes/panels set up by FGN to look into everything about Nigeria for over 20 years now. Do we have shortage of intellectuals both in the professions and academia in Nigeria for this man to be called up everytime, whether in NDDC probe or civil service reform. This man used head one of those accounting firms firms that used to audit collapsed banks in Nigeria. When they audited the banks they passed them to be health atlast all the banks collapsed until Sanusi came along. We have seen enough of him. He should learn to say no when he is called up again by the president. Nigerians are no fools Chief you have integrity to protect as you claim. Allow others to try.

  32. Steve just because of the money Ms Maduake gave to you, you forgot yourself, how long do you think you will live in this world to enjoy the money ? How old are you now ?? I am sure you are more than 70 years considering the picture we have here. Dont you know you are now close to your grave and should be looking for a way to be close to your GOD by saying the truth but rather you allow yourself to be used. YOU ARE FINISHED.

  33. GOOD FOR NOTHING OLD MAN LIKE YOU, ORONSAYE. YOUR PLANS TO SCUTTLE THE REPORT HAS FAILED. HOW LONG WILL YOU CONTINUE TO DECEIVE NIGERIANS. THE PRESIDENT GAVE YOU A JOB, AN URGENT JOB FOR THAT MATTER, INSTEAD OF YOU TO DO THE JOB, YOU WERE BUSY PURSUING OTHER THINGS LIKE EVERY OTHER CIVIL SERVANT AS I HAVE OBSERVED. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND A GHOST WORKER? NOW THE OTHER PEOPLE THAT TOOK THEIR TIME TO COME UP WITH ATLEAST SOMETHING, YOU APPEAR FROM ONLY GOD KNOWS WHERE TO OPPOSE THE GOOD WORK THEY HAVE DONE, RIGHT IN THE PRESENCE OF THE PRESIDENT. THE OIL CATEL WANTED TO USE YOU TO CAUSE CONFUSION IN THE COMMITTEE. ORONSAYE, IF I MAY ASK, WHAT IS YOUR AGE? I’M SURE YOU ARE MORE THAN 65 YEARS OLD. AT THIS YOUR AGE YOU STILL HAVE NOT KNOWN YOUR LEFT FROM YOUR RIGHT. AS OLD AS YOU ARE, YOU STILL WANT TO GET EVERYTHING. I WONDER WHAT YOUR CHILDREN ARE DOING RIGHT NOW. THIS GREED OF STEALING THIS COUNTRY DRY BEFORE YOU RETIRE IS VERY MUCH IN YOUR BLOOD. YOU SEE, THE ISSUE HAS EXPOSE YOU. AFTER WORKING AS HEAD OF SERVICE, YOU ARE STILL NOT YET SATISFIED, ITS A SHAME. YOU SEE HOW YOU ARE MAKING MOCKERY OF YOURSELF. DUE PROCESS AND ALL THAT. WHEN YOU STEAL THE PENSION FUND DO YOU FOLLOW DUE PROCESS?
    I DONT BLAME YOU MR ORONSAYE. THE SYSTEM HAS BEEN LIKE THAT. NOW THAT WE ARE BEGINNING TO HAVE PEOPLE THAT CAN CORRECT THE WRONGS THAT YOU AND THE OTHERS HAVE CREATED, YOU WANT TO FRUSTRATE THE EFFORT. IT IS OBVIOUS. BUT IT IS NOT GOING TO WORK.
    THANK YOU FOR THE GOOD JOB NUHU RIBADU. MORE GREASE TO YOUR ELBOWS.

  34. Bona Orakwe from Uk on

    Truth is always like a bright noon day, Nigerians have read the interviews granted by Ribadu and Orosaye;I don’t think anyone needs to be a supreme court judge to know who is telling the truth here because the truth is crystal clear.
    Oga Oronsaye you are claiming that you are too old to be telling lies; I believe you, but if I meet you where I supposed was heaven and you tell me that was heaven, I don’t think I need another soothsayer to tell me that was hell. I think this story is rather too flimsy for your age.

  35. Orosanye, please go and bury your head in shame. You have exposed yourself as unreliable and corrupt old man that is not fit to live among decent people who mean well for good and upliftment of the downtrodden poor people in Nigeria.

  36. This man scuttled the elimination of desparity btw HND and Degree .so he must pay for his action of alway wanting to keep nigeria in the dark.his shame reproach has just began mr steve thinks he knows more than others,because he eas not made the chairman no commitment from him…grab grab man.all nigeria HND holder youve deprived of promotion to directorate cadre cannot wish you well.

  37. PA STEVEN ORANSAYA, YOU WILL NEVER REAP THE CHILDREN GOD GAVE TO YOU. YOU WILL DIE A DISGRACEFULL DEAD. YOUR ENDING WILL BE WORST THAN THAT OF PHARAOH, IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY.

  38. sir nwendu ezike base in china on

    mr orosanye .immdiatly i finish reading this ur interview i said to myself that this man is saying rubbish,before reading some ppls coment.i do appricate the good truth from wel meaning nigerias.this is type of ppls who have turn nigerias upside down.and they can never get tired,becuase devil never get tired.as for mr edward or what u call urself.igbo did not need yourabs to survive in nigeria .u said that you peoples prefar hausas wel yourbas will continue to serve mallas as AWO did to gowon.abiola case have not woking u up ,you want until ur tribe to finish in this earth that you will started to think betrayals yourabas.

  39. Big Daddy or what u call yourself ,you are foolish man , are u among the thiefs ? .. Ribadu’is doing his best ,Nigeria is a place where you try to fight corruption and corruption fight back at you….Mallam Ribadu get this criminals to justice .even if the law does not previal against them ,just know that you have done your best.. Ribadu is one of the sincere northern leader l have seen

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