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Presidency Rejects Jonathan’s Claim On Corruption

Channels Television  
Updated November 23, 2018

 

The presidency has rejected the claim made by former President Goodluck Jonathan on corruption in the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

In his recently published book, ‘My Transition Hours’, Jonathan criticised the Federal Government for not only worsening the level of corruption in Nigeria but also chasing away investors by de-marketing the country abroad.

He also claimed that corruption was more prevalent under the current administration than under him and dismissed the current anti-graft war as a mere media show.

In a statement on Thursday, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, however, described Jonathan’s position as “hollow boasts.”

He also faulted the former President for lacking the will to fight corruption when he was in office.

Shehu stated, “The Presidency rejects former president, Dr @GEJonathan’s astonishing claim, to the utter surprise of many, that there is more corruption in the country compared to when he left office. This is absolutely untrue. The facts on the ground today run contrary to his outlandish claim.”

He further explained that top government officials, as well as former military commanders, are being prosecuted for the first time because of Buhari’s efforts in checking corruption in the country.

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“For the records, this is the first time a ruling party is investigating ranking officers of the administration, including some at the very top.

“In addition to the many firsts recorded by President Buhari’s administration, the government has introduced a lot of changes, considering that the laws relating to the fight against corruption cannot reasonably be static.”

“Also, this is the first time a ruling party is convicting high profile citizens including former governors, who are members of the same party,” Shehu said.

The presidential aide also stated that the international community in recognition of the Federal Government’s fight against corruption appointed President Muhammadu Buhari as the Anti-Corruption Champion of the continent.