President?Goodluck Jonathan debunked rumours spreading like?wild fire?on social media that he confirmed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has illegally withheld $10b from the?Federation Account.
?The President was said to have made the comment while speaking?to a community of Nigerians in Holland recently, but claimed he was misquoted.
He said in a statement issued by Ruben Abati that ?Sensationalreports in the?mediato that effect are reckless, mischievous and unprofessional misrepresentations of the President?s restatement to the Nigerian community of the?Federal Government?s position on the allegation that $20bn is ?missing? from the NNPC or the Federation Account, by reporters who were not at the event or even in Holland at all.
?President Jonathan?s verifiable words while responding to questions from members of the community on the?allegation?and other?domestic issues?were clear and unambiguous. After asserting that the allegations that various sums ? $49.8b, $12b or $20b ? were missing were inconsistent and lacked credence, the President?s exact words were as follows: ?As at the time, the Finance ministry was saying they had been able to reconcile only $10b. There are issues in the NNPC but we are on it.?
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