Abuja - Former President Goodluck Jonathan was met with condemnation on Tuesday after he claimed that former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki was innocent of stealing $2.1 billion, as alleged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
According to a Punch report, Jonathan stated that it was inconceivable for Dasukui to have stolen the money, given that he had purchased warships, aircraft and various other equipment utilised by the military during the time he was in office.
Making his commentary during a lecture on Young Entrepreneurship at the Oxford University in the United Kingdom (UK), Jonathan received a major lash back, with the Presidency stated that he should allow the court to decide the fate of the former NSA.
"The matter is subjudice. Let the courts decide," stated Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.
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In addition, Jonathan has claimed that while some of the corruption charges posed against those in his administration hold weight, there have been instances that have been exaggerated by those looking to find fault, Channels TV reports.
"Yes, there were some issues. Yes, there are still corruption issues but some of it were over blown; I would say exaggerated, and they give a very bad impression about our nation. You cannot say the national security adviser stole $2.2bn. It is not just possible."
Debo Adeniran, Executive Chairman of the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, has since weighed in on Jonathan's comments, stating that the former President is merely preparing his defense for the time when he actually called into question.
"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 drowning man clutching to the available straw," Adeniran stated.
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