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Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri – Abuja

The family of the late former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Rilwan Lukman, has accused the Federal Prosecutor General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, of lying against his father in an affidavit that he submitted to the Commercial Court. England, the ongoing legal dispute between Process and Industrial Developments Limited, P&ID and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The family denounced that Malami had in an attempt to annul the judicial debt of $ 9.6 billion against Nigeria, falsely alleged that his deceased father, who was a secretary general of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, abused his powers as then minister. of Petroleum Resources under the late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua by granting the Gas Supply Processing Agreement, GSPA, to P&ID for personal benefit.

In a letter that they personally addressed to Malami, the family said it was “despicable” that the AGF, in witness statements presented to the English Court, questioned the integrity of his late father, knowing that he could not defend himself. .

Emphasizing that the late Petroleum Minister offered selfless service to the nation despite his poor health, the family argued that Malami must either apologize to them or be ready to face a curse.

The letter dated August 31, but received Tuesday by the Federal Ministry of Justice, the copy of which was spotted last night, said:

“The family of the late Dr. Rilwanu Lukman has taken note with contempt of his witness statements presented in the Commercial Court of England in the proceedings between Process and Industrial Developments Limited (P&ID) and the Federal Republic of Nigeria falsely alleging that Dr. Rilwanu Lukman (deceased) abused his powers as the then Minister of Petroleum Resources under the late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua by awarding the Gas Supply Processing Agreement (GSPA) to P&ID for personal gain.

“The family is saddened that you have made such false accusations of reprehensible criminal conduct against Dr. Lukman, and we can no longer remain silent on this issue. It is despicable that he was involved in his testimonial statements to question the integrity of our father, years after his death, on what appears to be only an opportunistic and ill-founded suspicion.

“He took advantage of the fact that our father cannot defend himself, to create some defense to the claims brought by Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) against the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“To set the record straight, we wish to state that our father accepted re-election as Minister of Petroleum Resources for selfless reasons, when his health was very poor and against the wishes of his family. He did not need to fill his pockets, being a lucky man after a life of professional success, taking into account his principles and his position locally and internationally, we are sure that our father would never accept or instigate any bribery, nor would he exercise any discretion given to him at the GSPA, for his benefit.

“We, therefore, affirm in the strongest terms that the accusations you make against our father are false, shameful, speculative and an example of unprofessional and destructive conduct aimed at damaging the memory and public reputation of a diligent public servant, with An immaculate international reputation as Secretary General of OPEC, who spent some of his last years, while fighting cancer, served the Nigerian people as Minister of Petroleum Resources.

“While we remain dedicated to transparency in public office, the public has a right to know that our father, Dr. Rilwan Lukman, was an honest and principled man who tried to do his best for the Nigerian people and was confident. that he was not involved in any corrupt deal.

“It is regrettable that public officials resort to personal and unfounded attacks against people they know for reasons of death and cannot defend themselves from such distortions and misinformation.

“Please give me a second to think about what you have done to Rilwanu Lukman’s family. You owe us an apology. If this is something that you think you are not doing, then I regret to remind you of the divine curse and wrath of Allah (SwT) against the liars mentioned in SURAH AZZUMAR 39: 3: “Surely Allah will judge between them where they differ. But Allah does not guide the false and ungrateful ”, reads the letter signed on behalf of the family by Ramatu Lukman.

Meanwhile, a frantic effort to get a reaction from Malami turned out to be a failure.

However, a source close to his office said it would be derogatory for the AGF to comment on the matter that is already pending before a competent court.

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