Impossible for Dasuki to Steal $2.2bn – Jonathan

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, said on Monday that he did not believe that the ex-National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), stole $2.2bn as claimed by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
Dasuki is currently facing multiple cases of fraud and money laundering in the Federal High Court, Abuja.
He was alleged to have misappropriated $2.2bn meant to purchase equipment for the Nigerian military in its battle against Islamist group, Boko Haram in the North East region of the country.
Jonathan, who spoke at the Oxford Union, Oxford United Kingdom, on the subject of promoting youth entrepreneurship, said it was “not just possible” for Dasuki to steal $2.2bn after his administration procured several equipment for the country’s military.
“They said the National Security Adviser stole $2.2bn. I don’t believe somebody can just steal $2.2bn. 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 $2.2bn was stolen, so where did we get the money to buy all those things?”
He continued: “Yes, there were some issues; yes, there are still corruption issues; but some of it were blown, I’d say exaggerated, and they give a very bad impression about our nation. You cannot say the National Security Adviser stole $2.2bn, It is not just possible,” he said.
“One thing about the issue of corruption is that these matter are in court, let’s allow some of these processes to end. Lately some judges’ (homes) were also invaded. There are so many things involved and we have to follow up these matters to conclusion before we know the fact.
“I don’t want to be seen as a former President challenging what the sitting government is doing so I have decided to keep quiet for the court to look into them,” he said.
He said that allegations of corruption were not peculiar to his administration.
“You will see that it has become a major topic whenever there is a change of government.
“I am not saying there is no corruption in Nigeria, there is corruption. If you look at corruption there is almost no country that is free, the degree varies, the perception varies.
“Transparency International talks about the way corruption is being perceived in different economies, why do we talk about the way corruption is being perceived, it depends on the issue raised in the media every day,” he said.

Author: News Editor

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