Jonathan Under Attack For Defending Dasuki

By Ikenga Chronicles October 26, 2016

Apparently angered by the statement credited to former President Goodluck Jonathan that the embattled former National Security Adviser(NSA) Sambo Dasuki did not steal $2.2 billion, the presidency may invite  the former President for more clarification, Ikenga Chronicles gathered.

Jonathan’s statement on the Dasuki allegation is contrary to the accusation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) currently prosecuting the ex-NSA.

Recall that Jonathan had stated that it was inconceivable to say that Dasuki stole $2.2 billion, contending that his government, where Dasuki served as the NSA, bought warships, aircraft and a lot of equipment for the military during the period. Jonathan argued that it would not be right to say that $2.2 billion was stolen as evidenced by the equipment and arms bought by his administration. He made the comment when he delivered a lecture on Youth Entrepreneurship at the Oxford Union in the United Kingdom on Monday.

But in swift reaction, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, called on Jonathan to allow the court to decide the matter which he said was subjudice.

“The matter is subjudice. Let the courts decide,” the presidential spokesman said.

Also, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Timi Frank, urged Jonathan to assist Dasuki to make his case in court.

Frank said it was not enough for the ex-President to say his former NSA didn’t steal the $2.2bn, but it would be more appropriate to assist in the investigation and prosecution of the case.

He said, “First, I wonder why it took former President Jonathan such a long time to speak out. Why now? If Colonel Dasuki is as clean as he wants us to believe, it would be nice if he can assist his former NSA to prove his case in court.”

“The courts deal with evidence; let them prove their case.”

The Executive Chairman of Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders,  Debo Adeniran, said the comments of Jonathan was a way of preparing for his own defence when he was eventually called to question.

Adeniran added, “I am not surprised that the former President made such a statement because he has always demonstrated his ignorance of how much malfeasance took place under his watch.”

“He was the chief accounting officer of that regime and believed that all fingers are pointing in his direction, because most of those that have confessed to sharing in the loot have mentioned one way or the other that he (Jonathan) gave approval for the money they expended, the latest of which is Obanikoro and Fani-Kayode.”

“He knew that eventually, it will get to him, that was why he was saying that it was not possible for Dasuki to steal $2.2bn, even when he saw people moving more than $9m to South Africa under a non-conventional guise for buying arms and he saw the revelations that even some of his ministers went away with more than $20bn.”

“He was just saying that to prepare the ground for his own defence, maybe, when eventually he is called to answer questions. Basically, it’s just a kind of [a] drowning man clutching to the available straw.”

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