Why I Granted Alamieyeseigha State Pardon–Jonathan

By Ikenga Chronicles November 20, 2018

Why I Granted Alamieyeseigha State Pardon–Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed why he granted state pardon to the convicted late Bayelsa State Governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.

Jonathan in his new book My Transition Hours, explained that the decision to pardon Alamieyeseigha was reached by his predecessor, Umaru Yar’Adua, who could not announce it before he died.

“Let me say that after we came to office on May 29, 2007, two major issues that we had to grapple with were the peace process in the Niger Delta and growing menace of terrorism, driven largely by the radical Islamic terror group Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād popularly known as Boko Haram.

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“First, our oil production figures were ebbing due to militant activities in the Niger Delta. The federation distributable accrual was dwindling drastically when we took over due to the crisis in the region and president Yar’Adua in seeking urgent solution to increase the revenues of the federation offered amnesty to the militants. One of their demands was that Alamieyeseigha be released from detention and pardoned by president Yar’Adua.

“He accepted their term ,mandated me to ensure that my former boss accepted a plea bargain and call the militants to order. President Yar’Adua promised to grant Alamieyeseigha state pardon if all parties were brought on board to the negotiation table to restore peace in the region.

“I immediately carried out his instruction. Unfortunately, he passed on before completely fulfilling his promise. When I became president, I granted late Alamieyeseigha a state pardon, in fulfilment of late President Yar’Adua’s earlier commitment.

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“Unfortunately, this was frowned upon by some of my strongest critics and some went berserk and hauled all manners of insults at me, including accusing me of being ‘clannish’ for granting state pardon to the former governor because he was from Bayelsa State.

“Alamieyeseigha’s pardon like every other goodwill gesture I had made, soon become a tool to be used against me by the opposition,” Jonathan wrote.

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