Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has denied that he played any role in the infamous Malabu oil scandal rocking past Nigerian government administrations.
Obasanjo made the denial in an interview with Premium Times on Monday, March 13 and warned ex-attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice Mohammed Adoke to leave him out of the unfolding scandal.
“Adoke and others should not drag me into a matter I know nothing about.
“If they have been asked to answer questions over decisions they took while in office, they should do that honourably.
“They should not bring Obasanjo into an Etete deal. I was not part of any such deal.”
Obasanjo said it was wrong for any government functionary to “appropriate to himself or herself what he or she is in charge of.”
“If I hold that view, I could not have approved a deal with Dan Etete. What Etete did is the height of corruption. He appropriated the asset to himself illegally, illegitimately and immorally,” Obasanjo said.
He added: “I can’t remember giving approval that the block be given back to Etete.”
Obasanjo challenged anyone to produce proof that he took part in returning the oil field to Malabu.