The Governor of Katsina state and former speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Bello Masari, has hit out at former President Goodluck Jonathan for failing to develop the Niger Delta region while he was in power.
Although Masari did not mention any name, the reference was apparently to Jonathan when he lamented that for six years, a Niger Delta president failed to develop the region despite huge revenues from oil (when oil price averaged $100 per barrel.)
In an interview published in the current edition of The Interview, Masari called out Niger Delta leaders, challenging them to “come clean” on how they managed the region’s resources.
“For six years, we had a Niger Delta president. Let us see what difference he made in six years when he was president,” he said.
“When the excess crude account became pocket money, how much of the money went to the Niger Delta?”
He asked the federal government to publish how much the region has received since the 13 percent derivation started.
The former speaker of the house of representatives took on Senate President Bukola Saraki, and explained why the third term bid of former President Olusegun Obasanjo failed.
Asked what he did to ensure accountability of oil money when he was speaker and also a ranking member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Masari said: “The house of representatives has been friendly to the people of the Niger Delta than any other institution in the country.”