Two Members of the House of Representatives, Mr Diri Duoye and Ms Boma
Goodhead both from Bayelsa and Rivers respectively on Thursday
threatened to beat up Mr Razak Atunwa over his invitation to former
President Goodluck Jonathan to explain his alleged role in the OPL 245
Malabu Oil deal.
This is just as his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan petitions Speaker of
the House, Yakubu Dogara asking that security agencies should stop
Rep Diri Duoye apparently disturbed as the direct representative of the
former Number One citizen could not contain himself any longer at the
end of a public hearing sent a warning signal to Atunwa that he should
be ready for a showdown.
Duoye confronted his colleagues,saying why on “earth should he summon a
former president to testify can such an invitation be extended to
former president Obasanjo,he wondered aloud.
But another lawmaker from South West(name witheld) countered him saying that”there’s a window to it let’s see how it plays out.
Responding and shaking his head,Duoye said”I don’t think I can restrain
myself from not beating him up which window are you talking about and
where is it done that a former president is being ridiculed like this.
Rep Goodhead in anger also declared that”is it because it’s Jonathan
and he remains a gentleman that he is. All attempts to calm down the
Bayelsa lawmaker were rebuffed as he called on his colleague”Boma please
let us leave this place and see what is happening in Plenary.
Most of the lawmakers prsent at the hearing condemed the move made by
the adhoc committee investigating the Malabu oil deal scam. Also on
Thursday,Dame Patience Jonnathan has asked the House of Representatives
to call the security agencies to order as she can no longer bear the
incessant harrassment from them any longer.
Gogo Bright, a lawmaker from Rivers state, presented the petition to the
house on Thursday. Bright, while presenting the report, said because of
the sacrifices her husband has done for the country, the House should
wade into the matter and call the security agencies to order.
The lawmaker said no former first lady has been harassed like this
before. “No former first lady has been harassed like this before,”
Bright said. “But for the sacrifices that her husband has made for the
country, the House should consider and call the security agencies to
The petition comes a day after an ad hoc committee of the House invited
her husband to explain his role in the contentious Malabu oil deal. On
December 7, 2016, the House received a similar complaint from the former