Open Letter to President Buhari onThe $2 Billion Corruption Scandal In The Award of OPL 245 Zabazaba Shell/ Agip JV Project



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His Excellency,

MuhammaduBuhari, GCFR

President, Commander-in-Chief of the

Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Presidential Villa, Aso-Rock

Abuja, Nigeria.

His Excellency,

 The $2 Billion Corruption Scandal In The Award of OPL 245 Zabazaba Shell/ Agip JV Project: The President Must Act Now

Mr. President, first and foremost, we write  to commend you on what you are doing for our great nation, especially on the fight against Corruption. Our Group is in full support of your administration fight against Corruption.

But we are deeply worried about the activities of AGIP and SHELL regarding the award of  the  OPL 245 Zabazaba  Agip/Shell JV Project. These two oil giant Companies must be checked now, otherwise they will give your administration a bad name, hence we are writing this open letter to you. You will be shocked at the way these Companies are doing things to undermine the fight against Corruption in Nigeria.

Mr President, we as a social crusader Group, are calling on you to  immediately direct the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), the National Security Adviser and Directorate of State Security (DSS) to beam their searchlights on the alleged $2 Billion corruption scandal in the award of OPL 245 Zabazaba  Agip/Shell JV Project.

We want to let Mr President to know that  Agip and Shell  are  planning to work against your re-election  in 2019.The two companies have no reason to award the OPL 245 Zabazaba Project to Bumi Armada Berhad (BAB), the highest bidder for the job.

Our findings revealed that Agipand  Shell  have perfected plans   to award the contract to Bumi Armada Berhad that bidded  highest as against Bluewater/ Saipem. Bluewater / Saipembidded for 5, 426,500,714 USD (98%), Bumi Armada Berhad 7, 622,412,019 USD (134%) and 7, 630,575,309 USD (135%) .There must be Transparency in the award of the Zabazaba  Project.

Mr. President, this should not be allowed as it will rubbish the fight against corruption of your government. This $2 Billion fraud that is being spearheaded by Agip and Shell  is to fight against the re-election of the President in 2019. We know that the President is not aware of this sudden manipulation by the two oil giant  companies that are not pleased with the President’s  fight against corruption, hence we are imploring you to direct the EFCC, DSS and National Security Adviser to investigate this unholy act of the two oil giants.

Mr. President, this extra $2 Billion bribe is to be given to a well known Nigerian and former Petroleum Minister whose nephew is linked to Bumi Armada Berhad. This fraud money is to be used against the re-election of Mr. President in 2019.

The corruption scandal of $2 Billion if allowed to see the light of the day will dent the image of the administration of Mr. President and it will be an international disgrace to the Nigerian Government. The two oil companies are out to use the difference of the award amount ($2 Billion) to fund the 2019 election against the President.

The two companies must be questioned on why  they are  giving the job to the highest bidder. People around the President should investigate this wide scale fraud because it is a big embarrassment to the Nigerian Government. These two oil giants are out to sponsor the 2019 election against the President with the extra $2 Billion. This sudden change of the award of the contract by the two companies to the highest  bidder should not be tolerated. Those at the helm of affairs of these companies must be brought to book.

The Nigerian Government should urgently invite the Managing Director of Agip for questioning over this manipulation. Those around the President, if they love him and wants him to succeed in his fight against corruption must act fast to investigate the activities of the two companies regarding the award of the Zabazaba Project. Those to carry out the investigation may not necessarily wait for a directive from the President before they act, delay on the matter should be avoided because the two companies are very smart and so they must be investigated quickly.

They are awarding to Bumi Armada Berhad to pay somebody and nobody in Nigeria, in Italy, in Saipem is saying anything. If this is allowed to take place under the current administration, then the fight against corruption is useless. Corruption must be uprooted from the system, all and sundry must rise against Corruption in our nation.

Our investigation also revealed that in a letter dated August 30, 2017 by, Engr. SimbiKesiyeWabote, the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board to the Managing Director, Nigerian Agip Exploration Ltd, it was clearly stated the bidders that have provisionally complied are therefore qualified for an award recommendation, contingent upon to the satisfaction of the Board prior to contract award. Mr President, we implore you to act fast now to check mate these two oil Companies out to destroy the good image of your administration.


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Alhaji Mohammed Haku                                               Hon. Bode Aremu

President                                                                            Secretary


Comrade Ebi Tutu

Public Relations Officer

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