- Former President Goodluck Jonathan recently said there was no way an amount as huge as $2.2 billion could go missing under his government
- Jonathan defended Sambo Dasuki, his former National Security Adviser (NSA) now at the centre of the scandal
- The All Progressives Congress (APC) is now insisting that Jonathan had knowledge of all the corrupt practices that took place under his administration
The All Progressives Congress in Lagos state has demanded the arrest of former President Goodluck Jonathan for defending Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser.
Dasuki is in detention over a $2.2 billion scandal but Jonathan, while speaking recently at the Oxford Union, said he did not believe that such an amount could be stolen under him.
The APC in Lagos insisted that there was no way Jonathan would say he did not know of the massive corruption under his government.
A statement by the party, through its spokesperson, Joe Igbokwe, and reported by Premium Times, said: “Even as we concede that Jonathan is on a desperate bid to rehabilitate himself, we wouldn’t believe that a former president should be so contemptuous of the intelligence of Nigerians as to give the kind of defence he gave to Sambo Dasuki.
“We wonder what Jonathan makes of the horrid details that are emanating from the Dasukigate issue with shocking evidences, confessions and even refunds made by those that participated in that monumental corruption.”
Jonathan had reportedly said: “I don’t believe somebody can just steal $2.2 billion. We bought warships, we bought aircraft, we bought lots of weapons for the army and so on and so forth and you are still saying 2.2 billion, so where did we get the money to buy all those things?”
The party warned Jonathan against defending someone who, though his action, compromised the security of the country, adding: “To claim that Dasuki and his partners did not steal the arms purchase fund reveals the inner beliefs of Jonathan and explains that he is intrinsically webbed to corruption.
“Even while he is perceived as pathologically corrupt and his regime seen as the most corrupt in Nigeria’s chequered history, one would have expected Jonathan to be cautious in seeking to advance very childish and inadmissible exculpation of his subordinates for glaring acts of corruption.
“We had expected that Jonathan would have striven to water down the lowly impression held of him by Nigerians and the international community by not deciding to be so patronising to clear cases of corruption by his subordinates. But with each day, Jonathan continues to baffle by his chameleonic acts.
“By Jonathan’s cheap defence of Sambo Dasuki, we believe time has come for the security agencies to pick up Jonathan to tell the nation all that he knows of the many cases of corruption that happened under him.
“We don’t believe any thing shields Jonathan from prosecution for corruption as we believe it is becoming indefensible for Jonathan to pretend he was innocent of the corrupt acts of his subordinates.
“While we condemn Jonathan’s cheeky defence of Dasuki, even in the face of monumental damning evidences, we want to state that the anti corruption war is incomplete until Jonathan is prosecuted for he continually proves, by such defence of his corrupt subordinates, that he knew everything that transpired in his corruption-ridden regime.”