Nigeria’s Former President Goodluck Jonathan Opens Up On Corruption Investigations

Charles Ayitey June 07, 2016
Nigeria's former president Goodluck Jonathan is being investigated for allegations of corruption during his term in office. BBC

Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has finally confirmed that he is being investigated for allegations of graft and corruption by the current government of Nigeria. A media report indicates that in an interview on Bloomberg Surveillance, Goodluck Jonathan revealed his resolve to cooperate with the investigations, stating that he must permit the president and his team to do what they believe is good for the country.

Face2Face Africa previously reported that the embattled former Nigerian leader had gone to self-imposed “exile” in Cote d’Ivoire, and that he had previously considered moving to Kenya in connection with financial ties to a dairy firm there, but the Kenyans had turned him down, claiming the pressure to give him to authorities would be too much if he was indicted for corruption. In opting for Cote d’Ivoire, the former president returned to an ally, Alassane Dramane Ouattara, whom Jonathan assisted in gaining power in 2010.

In the Bloomberg interview, Jonathan argued that much had been done under his administration to ensure that corruption was at it its barest minimum:

“Corruption has been routine since the collapse of the First Republic. I did very well, also, to curtail corruption. My approach to corruption was don’t make money available for people to touch,” the former president revealed.

So far, it remains unclear what punishments are in store for Goodluck Jonathan; questions are rife over whether or not the former leader could face legal sanctions.

Last Edited by:Sandra Appiah Updated: June 19, 2018


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