Apparently angered by the statement credited to Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, that the embattled Former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, did not steal $2.1 billion, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, may have concluded plans to invite the former President for questioning, Politics Nigeria has gathered.
Jonathan’s exoneration of Dasuki is contrary to the accusations by the EFCC, currently prosecuting the ex-NSA.
Recall, that Jonathan had stated that it was inconceivable to say that Dasuki stole $2.2 billion, as alleged by the anti-graft agency.
However, in a swift reaction, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, called on Jonathan to allow the court to decide the matter.
“The matter is subjudice. Let the courts decide,” the presidential spokesman said.
Also, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Timi Frank, urged Jonathan to assist Dasuki to make his case in court.
Frank said it was not enough for the ex-President to say his former NSA didn’t steal the $2.1 billion, but it would be more appropriate to assist in the investigation and prosecution of the case.
He said, “First, I wonder why it took former President Jonathan such a long time to speak out. Why now? If Colonel Dasuki is as clean as he wants us to believe, it would be nice if he can assist his former NSA to prove his case in court.
“The courts deal with evidence; let them prove their case”.
The Executive Chairman of Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, Debo Adeniran, said the comments of Jonathan was a way of preparing for his own defence when he would eventually be invited for questioning.
Adeniran added, “I am not surprised that the former President made such a statement because he has always demonstrated his ignorance of how much malfeasance took place under his watch.
“He was the chief accounting officer of that regime and believed that all fingers are pointing in his direction, because most of those that have confessed to sharing in the loot have mentioned one way or the other that he (Jonathan) gave approval for the money they expended, the latest of which is Obanikoro and Fani-Kayode.
“He knew that eventually, it will get to him, that was why he was saying that it was not possible for Dasuki to steal $2.1 billion, even when he saw people moving more than $9 million to South Africa under a non-conventional guise for buying arms and he saw the revelations that even some of his ministers went away with more than $20 billion.
“He was just saying that to prepare the ground for his own defence, maybe, when eventually he is called to answer questions. Basically, it’s just a kind of drowning man clutching to the available straw.”