Friday, 18 December 2015

President Buhari Should Investigate Jonathan Over Arms Deal

President Buhari Should Investigate Jonathan Over Arms Deal...
Former political adviser to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak has stated that his former boss cannot escape culpability for over the $2.1 billion arms deal fund.

Gulak made this disclosure while fielding questions from reporters in Abuja on December 17. The former political adviser explained that Jonathan as the number one citizen of the country must account for the actions of officers he appointed ether he is aware or not of their actions.

He added that ex-president should be liable for the looting of arms purchase fund because the buck stops at his table,Daily Trust reports.

Gulak noted that Jonathan was misled, cajoled and messed up and kept in complete darkness by a cabal in his government.

He said: “The revelation coming out (of the arms deal) was because there was no political experience. It was arrogance and impunity then. Jonathan did his best, but unfortunately, he cannot escape liability because the buck stops at his table. They misled him, they blackmailed him, they cajoled him and they put him in complete darkness as far as the political process was concerned then.

“Because he was the president and chief executive officer of the country, every act of his agents and officials, he must be bound by it whether he was aware of what they were doing or not. He is vicariously liable.

“We have seen the approvals by Mr President (Jonathan) for the purchase of arms and ammunition. The approval was clear, but we got to know that the purpose for which that approval was thereafter made was not in accordance with the approval. Although he (Jonathan) may be held vicariously liable, he was oblivious of what the cabal was doing. They were not with him, they were not working for his re-election, they were only working for their pockets.”

The former political adviser who is eyeing the chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party threw his weight behind the current probe of the arms deal saying it is not about APC or PDP.

He said: “The probe must be done. It is not about PDP or APC. It is not about partisan politics. It is about Nigeria. How can I just transfer $1.2 billion to somebody’s account in the name of prayers? Did Goodluck Jonathan know all this? I don’t believe so.”

In a related development,an Abuja High Court on Friday, December 18, had granted the former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki and four others bail.

The presiding judge, Justice Huseni Baba-Yusuf granted the five accused persons on a bond of N250 million each.