The former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, has thrown some light on the process for the release of funds requested by security/intelligent agencies in the country.
Reacting to publications in traditional and new media titled “Diezani in trouble again over withdrawal of $1.3b from NNPC accounts,” she averred that, under Section 5 of the constitution, all executive powers are vested in the President who may exercise it directly or through the Vice President or ministers of the federation.
A statement by her media aide, Mr. Clem Aguiyi, said: “As Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Alison-Madueke was an appointee and delegate of the President. Consequently, the minister of petroleum resources acted on the basis of the written approvals and directives given by the President, which approvals were given after written requests from the relevant security agencies were made to the President.
“At such instances, as the article clearly shows, a service chief or intelligence chief makes a written request/appeal to Mr. President outlining whatever urgent and critical security needs of the nation they consider paramount at any given point in time.