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Onyeama denies reports of imminent Jonathan arrest

15 June 2016, 17:36

Lagos - Nigeria Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, has denied government had initiated any investigation against former president Goodluck Jonathan.

Speaking in Germany ahead of a meeting with government officials, Onyeama refuted such reports, indicating Buhari had respect for Jonathan for the peaceful way he handed over power to Buhari following the elections held last year.

“Buhari had been effusive in his praise of his predecessor and the way he conducted the handover,” said Buhari.

Also read: Buhari’s bodyguards grumble over unpaid allowances

His comments follow speculation Jonathan would be arrested for his alleged involvement in the arms scandal where more than US$2 billion meant for purchasing of weapons for the military was misappropriated.

It is alleged the funds were diverted to fund Jonathan and the People’s Democratic Party elections campaigns.

Sme senior officials of the party are under probe.

Meanwhile, Nigeria was willing to negotiate with the European Union regarding the influx of Nigerian refugees.

“We certainly do not in any way encourage irregular migration,” said Onyeama.

Onyeama confirmed that younger people especially were leaving Nigeria for Europe for economic and security reasons.

“This is a great concern to the government, and we feel that it really requires a holistic approach,” he said.

“We understand that we really have to get our house in order. If we can deal with the question of security, and once we can get the economy moving, lifting people out of poverty, providing  jobs for our youth and so forth, there should not be that ‘push’ factor to emigrate.”

- CAJ News


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