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Goodluck Jonathan did not deny being in exile

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Goodluck Jonathan in exile

#GEJSPEAK: WHAT IS THE INTERPRETATION OF BELOW…..EXILE OR NO EXILE?

“Yes I am in Cote d’Ivoire, I have been here for a week resting and this is my second trip to the country since I stepped down as president.

I have made sacrifices for Nigeria. I am praised all over Africa for averting bloodshed and for the peaceful transition from one government to another, but it seems Nigeria does not appreciate my efforts.

I have done my best for this country and if I have to die for it, I will do so. However, I am taking it easy here (Cote d’Ivoire) and when I am ready, I will come back.”

~ Goodluck Jonathan®

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Methinks the best way for ex-president Goodluck Jonathan to demonstrate he is not a fugitive from justice is to take the next available flight to Nigeria.

the reaction of federal government agencies to the development is equally interesting.

The Federal Government is said to be looking into the exile report and reportedly sent one of the intelligence agencies operatives to Cote d’Ivoire to verify the report. 

According to reports, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has also stated that they are not seeking to arrest former President Goodluck Jonathan at the moment. 

EFCC said although Jonathan had been implicated in all transactions under its investigation, the ex-President was not yet its target.

A top source in EFCC, who spoke yesterday reportedly said Jonathan was not yet the target of the anti-graft agency. 

The source said; “The ex-President has been implicated in all transactions we are investigating; he was virtually involved in everything.

“We are building up our investigations but he is not the target. We cannot say we are not after him in terms of some transactions he approved.” 

A report, published yesterday by a national newspaper, claimed that Dr. Jonathan had been given asylum in the Francophone country.

His associates were alarmed at the report.

But Dr. Jonathan yesterday said it was all false and was quoted as saying:

“I’m not on exile. I have no cause to go on exile. It is a wicked and malicious report. 

“I was Vice President for two years and President for six years. I did everything I could and I served my country very well. This is what they keep saying anytime I’m outside the country. I was in Ecuador; they said I was on exile. This is my second time in Cote d’Ivoire and I’m rounding off my visit.

“It is a wicked attempt to link me with the renewed Niger Delta crisis.”

According to a former Minister of National Planning, Prof. Suleiman Olanrewaju Abubakar, the ex-President spoke with him and others from Abidjan, following the report.

He said Jonathan actually spent his Christmas break in Cote d’Ivoire and his visit to “this country is not new”.

The ex-minister quoted Jonathan as saying: “I am not on exile, I can never be on exile, I am going to come back to Nigeria.

“I cannot run away from any problem, I am going to face whatever problem that exists in Nigeria.”

Abubakar added: “The ex-President assured me and others that he was only in transit in Cote d’Ivoire which he has visited thrice since handing over power to President  Muhammadu Buhari.” 

Meanwhile it was learnt yesterday that the Federal Government was probing claim that Jonathan was allegedly on exile in Cote D’Ivoire.

It was gathered that one of the intelligence agencies deployed its operatives in Cote D’Ivoire to ascertain the truth or otherwise of the claim.

A source in the agency said: “The Federal Government is concerned about the report and it is trying to verify it. Our agency has deployed our officers to find out the situation with the ex-President in Abidjan.

“This may involve relating with sister security agencies in Cote D’Ivoire,  the government of the Francophone country and the Nigerian Embassy in Abidjan.

“Until we get the actual situation report from our team, we cannot yet give you the status of Jonathan in the French-speaking nation.”

BUT IF YOU ASK ME…

That Jonathan willingly handed over power to the victorious candidate should not in any case exculpate him from arrest and prosecution if the State establishes a case against him. With overwhelming evidences now pointing at him as the ultimate source of the hierarchical breakdown that led to the monumental squandering of the nation’s resources, I believe that Goodluck Jonathan should be arrested and charged accordingly.

President Buhari had told CNN’s Christine Amanpour last July, his administration will not spare even his own party members in the current war against corruption.

We have since seen the President tactically distance himself from the trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

To serve as a deterrent, Jonathan should join the likes of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio da Silva, Philipines Gloria Macapagal – Arroyo and such others in facing charges for stealing from their own people or to have been seen to have aided and abetted corrupt practices.

Earlier this month, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo told a book launch audience in Ibadan that Nigeria lost about $15 billion to fraudulent and corrupt practices in security equipment spending during the last administration of Goodluck Jonathan.

“When you look at the sheer amount of money that has been embezzled,” he lamented, “the sheer amount of money lost from any of these various cases of corruption, you will find that far too much has been lost.

“It was discovered a few days ago that the total amount of money lost to just corruption in part of and provision of security equipment in the military is closer to 15 billion US dollars.” He said the amount “is more than half of the current foreign reserves of the country”, currently at about $27 billion. I believe strongly that it is important to send a message that no public officer can steal the resources of this country and expect to escape”.

So far, some of the peripheral characters in the looting orgy during the life of the last administration are currently being systematically and clinically ferreted out while the EFCC makes a case against them in court.

All the hue and cry about the lopsidedness of the campaign simply bespeaks the disingenuity of the usual suspects and their army of apologists AND a total nonsense! 

oGBUEFI nDIGBO

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