In light of the controversy that a Nigerian former minister, who is currently under investigation for alleged corruption in Britain, may be attempting to flee to Dominica where she has received citizenship, Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) Senator, Dr. Thomson Fonatine, has called on Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit to resign.
His colleague, Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton, is of the opinion that no due diligence was done in the entire matter.
“I think he needs to call his resignation. I am fed up of the name of Dominica being tarnished like this…this is ridiculous and we need to put a stop to this nonsense. It’s time he steps down as Prime Minister…we had enough,” Fontaine said on the Hot Seat on Q95 on Monday morning.
There are reports circulating that Diezani Alison-Madueke, who served as Minister for Petroleum Resources in Nigeria and who is currently under investigation in Britain for alleged corruption while in office, was given Dominican citizenship in May, 2015 in an approval letter by the Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit.
It is also reported that the National Crime Agency (NCA), which is investigating Alison-Madueke in the United Kingdom, suspects that she acquired the citizenship of Dominica with the intent to relocate.
But the government of Dominica has distanced itself from some of the reports, describing them as rumors.
“There is no truth to the rumour of a former Government Minister of Nigeria being offered or encouraged by the Prime Minister or Government of Dominica to make The Commonwealth of Dominica her home,” a statement released by Prime Minister Skerrit on Sunday said.
The statement also noted that after due diligence, the government agreed to the appointment of Alison-Madueke as “Trade and Investment Commissioner for Dominica, with the specific remit of promoting and marketing the trade and investment opportunities of Dominica.”
The statement further stated that, “The issue of her relocating to Dominica was never raised in any of our discussions, because at the time, Mrs. Madueke was to my knowledge, in good standing in Nigeria and United Kingdom, having only just demitted office in Nigeria and established living arrangements in the United Kingdom.”
But Thompson is not buying the government’s statement on the matter and he is challenging Skerrit to step down as Prime Minister within the next three months.
Meantime, Linton who was also speaking on the Hot Seat Programme, is of the opinion that the government’s explanation of due diligence is a lie.
“I think this is a blatant lie because any due diligence would have done more … much more than a simple Google search could have done for any ordinary citizen of the Commonwealth of Dominica far less for the Prime Minister,” he stated.
According to Linton, there are some questions that must be asked and answered.
“How much did Alison-Madueke pay for the diplomatic passport and how much did Alison-Madueke pay for the diplomatic passport and who received the money which I am suggesting was sold to Alison-Madueke?” Linton asked.
“The people of Dominica need to have these questions answered,” he said.