Following the rumoured massive last-minute withdrawals and disappearance of more than $20 billion in government funds orchestrated by former President Jonathan as well as his closest ministers and aides, a civil rights organisation, Vanguards of Nigeria’s Democracy, has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari may be planning to send the ex-Leader to prison.
This was contained in a statement in Abuja on Saturday via the spokesperson of VND, Mr. Osaghae Ogiemudia.
He claimed that anti-Niger Delta and anti-Ijaw posturing of the APC government of Buhari had been demonstrated in several ways.
Ogiemudia said, “We, the members of the Vanguards of Nigeria’s Democracy, are aware of some clandestine moves made by the APC-led government to probe, investigate, malign and imprison ex President Jonathan. We are already aware of the trumped-up charges the APC government is leveling against a man who has diligently served the Nigerian state at the highest level of government.
“The APC led government should take notice that the appointments made so far are skewed in favour of the North, as no Ijaw man has been appointed. While an Ijaw President did not discriminate in appointment, President Buhari is implementing a Northern agenda through some of the appointments.”
Reacting to the development, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, dismissed it all as speculation.
He said, “All these are speculations and I cannot react to speculations because there is nothing concrete yet against the former President.”