• Says Justice Minister lied against the dead

  • Demands an apology

BY COBHAM NSA, ABUJA – The family of late elder statesman and former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr Rilwanu Lukman has demanded an unreserved apology from the Minister of Justice and Attorney of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN) for lying against their dead father.

This is as they maintained the late Dr Lukman was an honest and principled man who did his best for the Nigerian people and would never take or instigate any bribe or involved himself in any corrupt dealings

Accusing Malami of deliberate acts meant to tarnish the image of a man who cannot defend himself, the family said it is distressed by “such false accusations of reprehensible criminal conduct levied against Dr Lukman.”

In a three-page letter to Malami, dated August 31, 2020, the family said; “You owe us an apology, and we need it. You preyed on the fact that our father cannot defend himself, to create come defence to claims brought by Process and Industrial Development (“P&ID”) against the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Signed by Ramatu Lukman (Ms), on behalf of the family, the letter said; “It distresses the family that such false accusations of reprehensible criminal conduct levied against Dr Lukman by you, and we can’t be quiet anymore about this issue.

“It is despicable that you have engaged in your witness statements to call into question our father’s integrity, years after his passing on what appears as only an ill-founded and opportunistic suspicion.”

Accordingly, the letter said to Malami; “Please convey a second to think about what you’ve done to the Rilwanu Lukman’s family, you owe us an apology.”

The family said it views with contempt and utter disbelief Malami’s witness statements filed in the Commercial Court of England in proceedings between Process and Industrial Developments Limited (P&lD) 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 in awarding the Gas Supply Processing Agreement (GSPA) to P&lD for personal gain.

In further stating the family’s case, the letter stamped and received on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF)’s office said; “To set the record straight, we wish to state that our father had accepted re-appointment 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 line his pockets, being a lucky man after a lifetime of professional success.

“Having regard to his principles and standing locally and internationally, we are certain our father would never take or instigate any bribe, or exercise any discretion given to him in the GSPA, for his benefit.

“We, thus, a state in the strongest terms that the claims made against our father by you are false, disreputable, speculative, and an example of unprofessional and destructive conduct aimed at damaging the memory and public reputation of a diligent public servant, with an unblemished international reputation as a two termed OPEC Secretary-General, who spent some of his final years, whilst battling cancer, serving the Nigerian people as the Minister of Petroleum Resources.

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

“It is unfortunate when public officers’ resort to personal and unfounded attacks on people whom they know for reasons of death cannot defend themselves against such distortions and misinformation.”

Going spiritual on the matter, the letter stated that in truth and fairness to the dead and his family, Malami must retrace his steps with an unreserved apology, adding; “If this is something you think you are not up to, then I am sorry to remind you of the divine curse and the anger of Allah (S.w.T.) against liars mentioned in SURAH AZZIJMAR 39:3:”

“Surely Allah will judge between them in that wherein they differ. But Allah guides not such as are false and ungrateful”, the family said in their letter to Malami.

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