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    Nigeria: Masari - N/Delta Leaders Used Oil Money As 'Pocket Money'


    Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari has berated Niger Delta leaders, saying they must come clean on how they have spent oil money allocated to the region over the years.

    The governor spoke in an interview with the current edition of *The Interview.*

    "For six years, we had a Niger Delta president. Let us see what difference he made in six years when he was president. When the excess crude account became pocket money, how much of the money went to the Niger Delta?" he asked.

    A statement by the Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of the magazine, Mr. Azu Ishiekwene, said "the interview features Masari firing all cylinders. He took on Senate President Saraki, explained why Obasanjo's third term bid failed, and spoke, at length for the first time, on 'budget padding.' And then, he removed his gloves on his predecessor, Ibrahim Shema, and the Niger Delta."

    Masari also asked the Federal Government to publish how much the Niger Delta region has received since the 13 percent derivation started.

    The former Speaker of the House of Representatives under PDP said, "The House of Representatives has been friendly to the people of the Niger Delta than any other institution in the country."
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