Strong indications have emerged that Nigeria’s former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, is ready to appear in the ongoing trial of his former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col Sambo Dasuki, to testify in his favour.
Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN), the counsel to the ex-NSA, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday.
Vanguard quoted the ex-NSA’s counsel, as saying that:
“Dr. Goodluck Jonathan will testify in court. He is one of those who will testify and that the statement he made in London appears to be the first phase of the war chest of the ex-NSA.”
“You know the ex-NSA said he acted on Jonathan’s instructions in disbursing some of the cash, and from the look of things, the ex-President is now ready to accept responsibility for whatever Dasuki did. So far, we have secured the consent of Jonathan to appear in court for Dasuki. This will make the trial worth it.
“Dasuki has a list of highly-placed beneficiaries from the arms cash. A particular traditional ruler got about N500million as a gift from the government through the Office of NSA. There are many hidden beneficiaries whom Nigerians must know. Nigerians will be shocked by some revelations. Nothing short of open trial will let Nigerians know the truth. We are ready for this.”
Dasuki, a retired colonel, is currently facing charges for alleged misappropriation of $2.1bn arms funds meant for equipping the military fighting Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.
It would be recalled, Jonathan had argued that Dasuki could not have stolen such amount of money.