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Jonathan to stay clear of Boko Haram sponsorship probe

11 September 2014, 18:55

Lagos - The President will not interfere with the investigations into the alleged sponsorship of the Boko Haram terrorists, his office said.

The assurance comes light of accusations against President Goodluck Jonathan by the All Progressive Congress (APC) of "hobnobbing" with some persons accused of sponsoring terror. Some implicated officials are from his People"s Democratic Party (PDP).

He was particularly criticised for traveling for a international state function with the former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, who an Australian investigator accused of been sponsoring the Boko Haram terrorist sect.  

Reacting to the allegation, the President through his Special Adviser on Media, Dr Reuben Abati, assured all Nigerians that he had not willfully taken any action that could prejudice the outcome of the ongoing inquiry on Boko Haram sponsorship.

He seized this opportunity to reassure the nation of his total commitment to doing all within his powers to bring all identified and verified sponsors of terrorism to justice, and ending the menace of violent extremism in the country.

The president denied the former Borno Governor was in his recent trip to Chad as a member of his entourage.

READ: Military under fire over Boko Haram response

Abati said that in keeping with Jonathan’s commitment to transparency and openness in the conduct of government business, names of the key members of his delegation were announced a day before his trip to Ndjamena.

According to him,they included the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), the Minister of Communications Technology,  Omobola Johnson, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Nurudeen Mohammeda, and the Director-General of National Space Research and Development Agency, Prof. Seidu Mohammed.

"As can be easily verified from the complete list of members of the Presidential entourage to Chad which was also circulated on Sunday and never changed, Senator Sheriff’s name was not on it. The only other persons on the list were the President’s aides, security personnel and journalists.

"He (Sheriff) happened to be in Ndjamena at the time of President Jonathan’s visit and joined other Nigerian residents of the Chadian capital in coming to the airport to welcome their President," Abati said

He said that the former governor’s presence in Chad was not at Jonathan’s instance.

"President Jonathan is fully aware of the allegation made against Senator Sheriff by Stephen Davis. That allegation is already being investigated by the security agencies who will make their findings known to the public in due course," Abati said.

- CAJ News


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