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Presidency explains why Jonathan is not yet prosecuted

04 April 2016, 15:08

Abuja - Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity has revealed why President Muhamamdu Buhari is protecting former President Goodluck Jonathan from arms deal probe.

He said President Buhari is not shielding anybody and anyone that needs to be asked question can be asked question

“I had said this to one media house and the next it published that I said Buhari will prosecute Jonathan. What I am saying is that, if it comes to anybody to be asked question, that person will have to be asked. But you also know that a former president must be given some dignity. Every dignity that he requires must be given to him.”

Also read: Jonathan, ex-ministers to meet over EFCC probe

He added: “This is nine months, nobody is blaming Jonathan but, like the President said in a broadcast, nobody needs to be afraid of him but people should be afraid of the consequences of their actions.

So, if President Jonathan ruled for six years, there were actions and if those actions were not up to par, they would have consequences. That is what is happening and so it is not about blaming Jonathan. It is just consequences of actions and inactions, that is all. “The government does not prosecute. It is agencies that prosecute.

The government is not the one that would arrest and arraign. It is agencies that have that responsibility that do that. And you know President Buhari, he will not tamper with the process.

President Buhari ordered a probe last year after funds meant to buy arms to fight Boko Haram militants were allegedly diverted.

Nigeria’s former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki was arrested for supposedly stealing some $2 billion in relation to arms deals, his representatives.

Source: Vanguard

- News 24


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