Abuja - Former president Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday broke his silence on the controversy surrounding the $2.1 billion arms deal.
Jonathan denied any involvement in the deal which occurred while he was in office.
Jonathan was reacting to comments made by a legal luminary, Professor Itse Sagay (SAN) that he should confess his involvement in the scandal before he is arrested.
Sagay, who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption, had on Wednesday advised Jonathan to secretly confess all he knows about the arms deal to save himself further humiliation.
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Jonathan faulted Sagay over the statement, saying that as a respected learned scholar, he should know that one does not hang a suspect on the pages of newspaper or via social media until he or she is found guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction.
Jonathan in a statement issued by his former Minister of National Planning, Dr Abubakar Sulaiman, said the statement credited to Sagay that tended to vilify him on the ongoing arms scam is not only unfortunate but unprofessional.
“Accordingly, even where the learned jurist feels passionate about such a sensitive but sensational issue, he should know the right route to the villa rather than taking such prejudicial position. “It is high time our legal luminaries confined themselves to the noble ethics of their profession than toeing the path of some mischief politicians.
“And we pray that when the report of his Committee finally comes out, it will reflect and incorporate the noble principles of rule of law, fair hearing and impartiality so as to meet the irreducible minimum standard expected in matters of this nature. We also pray that it may not end up dashing, rather than raising the hopes of average Nigerian in the vintage APC fashion, as with most things these days,” Jonathan said in the statement signed by Sulaiman.
- News 24