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Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, pictured delivering a speech at a commissioning ceremony for a Nigerian Navy ship in Lagos, is keeping quiet on the arms scandal ongoing in Nigeria. Picture dated February 19, 2015.PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images

Goodluck Jonathan Keeps Silent on Nigerian Arms Scandal

By Conor Gaffey On 1/28/16 at 10:54 AM

Newsweek |

Updated | Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has refused to discuss an arms corruption scandal in which members of his government are accused of misusing billions of dollars earmarked for the fight against Boko Haram.

The scandal centers on Sambo Dasuki, who was appointed as Nigeria’s national security advisor by Jonathan in 2012. Dasuki was arrested in December 2015 in connection with a government investigation ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari. The investigation found that $2 billion of arms funds had gone missing during Dasuki’s tenure. He was charged with 19 counts of fraud totaling $68 million but pleaded not guilty on all counts.

Others high-profile figures allegedly implicated in the scandal include former Nigerian defense minister Bello Haliru Mohammed, who served under Jonathan between 2011 and 2012, and Olisa Metuh, the national publicity secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), of which Jonathan is a member.

A spokesman for Buhari recently said that there was no accord between the current and former presidents protecting Jonathan from prosecution if evidence were to arise implicating him.

Jonathan, who served as Nigerian president between 2010 and 2015, said via Twitter on Wednesday that he did not wish to prejudice ongoing judicial proceedings by commenting on the matter at present.

The former Nigerian leader also refused to be pushed on the matter in an interview with France 24’s Eye on Africa program on Wednesday, when he insisted that the matter be left to the courts and added that his government had laid the groundwork for the fight against Boko Haram.

Jonathan was defeated in a March 2015 election by Buhari and was praised by his opponent for accepting the result and allowing for a peaceful transition of power. Upon his election, Buhari made recovering government funds lost to corruption a priority of his presidency. Nigerian Information Minister Lai Mohammed said earlier in January that 1.34 trillion naira ($6.7 billion) of public funds had been lost to corruption between 2006 and 2013.

Boko Haram has been pushed back into its stronghold of northeast Nigeria under Buhari’s administration, though the group is still capable of carrying out suicide bombing attacks. Femi Adesina, a media advisor to Buhari, recently claimed that Jonathan’s administration lost “millions of dollars” negotiating with people posing as Boko Haram leaders for the release of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the militants from their school in Chibok. Jonathan’s office was unavailable to comment on the allegations at the time.

This article has been updated to include a recent statement by a spokesman for President Buhari.

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Amechi’s Brief Comment:

The main encouraging part of this articlecame from the following statement,

A spokesman for Buhari recently said that there was no accord between the current and former presidents protecting Jonathan from prosecution if evidence were to arise implicating him.

Thus, according to Buhari’s spokesman, “there was no accord” between the two presidents that former President Goodluck Jonathan would not be investigated or prosecuted. Nigerians want to know and be assured of this. We are enlightened and happy to know that Buhari we elected in May 2015 is the same we knew in 1984 — honest, patriotic and uncompromising. We want Buhari to recover our money stolen by the past presidents, their aides and accomplices. The most corrupt, notorious past presidents who stole billions from us and set the country on its current pathetic path towards increasing dilapidation, chaos, confusion, and left most Nigerians in utter state of alienation and anomie are Obasanjo or OBJ, Babangida or IBB or Maradona, Sani Abacha, Abdulsalami, and the immediate past president Goodluck Jonathan. The above named past presidents, their aides and cronies are heartless criminals who looted Nigeria, and the money must be brought back to help develop Nigeria.

Below is a list of past Nigerian presidents since independence from Britain in October 1960.

 

 

1. Presidents Nnamdi Azikiwe/ Dr. Nwafor Orizu Oct. 1960-1966
2. General Aguiyi Ironsi 1966
3. General Yakubu Gowon August 1966-July 1975
4. General Murtala Mohammed 1975-Feb. 1976
5. General Olusegun Obasanjo 1976-Sept. 1979
6. President Shehu Shagari Oct. 1979-Dec.31, 1983
7. General Muhammed Buhari Jan. 1984-August 1985
8. General Ibrahim Babangida Aug. 1985-Aug. 1993.
9. General Sani Abacha Nov. 1993-June 1998
10. General Abdulsalami Abubakar June 1998-May 1999
11. President Olusegun Obasanjo May 1999-May 2007
12. President Umaru Yar’Adua May 2007-May 2010
13. President Goodluck Jonathan May 2010-May 2015
14. President Muhammed Buhari May 2015-?