Graft crackdown: Even ex- president Jonathan won't be spared, says Buhari

2016-01-22 12:26
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, and opposition candidate General Muhammadu Buhari, after signing a renewal of their pledge to hold peaceful "free, fair, and credible" elections. (Ben Curtis, AP)

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, and opposition candidate General Muhammadu Buhari, after signing a renewal of their pledge to hold peaceful "free, fair, and credible" elections. (Ben Curtis, AP)

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Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has sent out a stern warning to corrupt officials in the country, saying he will not spare anyone who has a case to answer, Premium Times has reported.

According to a statement released by presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina, Buhari reiterated his commitment to his war against corruption, announcing that former president Goodluck Jonathan would have to face justice if he was found to be guilty of corrupt dealings.

The announcement came in response to a major case involving former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, who has been accused of diverting at least $2.1bn in funds meant for the procurement of arms to enhance the war against insurgency in the west African country.

With several top officials who served under Jonathan being put under investigation by Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the spotlight has been cast on the former president and dealings during his administration.

According to Nigerian publication Naij, a senator of the Second Republic, Pa Ayo Fasanmi, said it was only a matter of time before Jonathan was put on trial. 

Fasanmi said that the investigations into the dealings of several politicians who worked under Jonathan would "surely" indicate that the former president could have been corrupt himself.

Many have, however, since accused Buhari of bias against the former-ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP's national publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, has emerged as one of the most vocal opponents of Buhari's anti-corruption drive. 

A recent Pulse report quoted Metuh as saying that Buhari's anti-graft campaign had become nothing but a war between the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the PDP. He questioned Buhari's manner of investigation, saying that members of the ruling party seemed not to be open to criticism from the president.

The presidency has since revealed that investigations into other sectors would soon begin.


Read more on:    muhammadu buhari  |  jonathan  |  goodluck  |  sambo dasuki  |  nigeria  |  corruption  |  west africa

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