By Victor Ernest
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has charged the House of Representatives to mandate former President, Goodluck Jonathan, to appear before it.
The group urged the house to compel him to come if he refuses to honour an invitation over the controversy surrounding the OPL 245 Malabu oil deal.
MEND gave this charge in a statement by its spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, on Monday, adding that the role played by the former president in the deal had negatively affected the country’s image.
”Former President Goodluck Jonathan is reported to have received the whooping sum of $200m as kickback from the controversial OPL 245 Malabu oil deal.”
”We are compelled by natural justice, equity and good conscience to lend our voice against the most ignoble and despicable role played by the former president in the messy affair which has tainted the image of Nigeria both locally and internationally,” MEND declared.
Compromised former office
The group said it strongly suspect that the former president had compromised his former office as far as the Malabu oil deal was concerned.
It added that key officials in his administration had been charged to court over the matter.
”We are, therefore, in full support of moves by the House of Representatives to summon the former President to appear before the House to give answers to the myriad of questions concerning his role in OPL 245. Where he refuses to honour the invitation, we urge the House to invoke its inherent powers to compel his appearance,” the group advised.