Jonathan was a good leader betrayed by people he trusted — Buhari said after observing Eid Mubarak prayers

Jonathan paid a visit to the President back in July. It is unclear though, if Buhari's comment has anything to do with that.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

/ by National Pivot

In what many may find a bit hard to believe, President Muhammadu Buhari, while responding to questions from state house correspondents after observing Eid Mubarak prayers at Aso Rock, exempts former president Goodluck Jonathan from the ills of his administration, saying Jonathan was a great leader, but was let down by those he trusted.

Buhari also said his administration is doing its best to keep its promises to Nigerians, but pitched blame on some of his appointees whom he said abused the trust reposed in them.

Buhari whose campaign promises where hugely based on anti-corruption fight, targeted his comments on his two appointees, former EFCC Chairman Mr Ibrahim Magu, and Senator Godswill Akpabio who is Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

Magu has been under investigation since his arrest and detention earlier in July, over charges centered around corruption and abuse of office.

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), which is currently being oversighted by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, under Senator Godswill Akpabio, is also under investigation following allegations of corruption against the Commission's Interim management.

“There has been abuse of trust by people trusted by previous administration and this administration,” Buhari told reporters.

During the interactive session with journalists, the president expressed delight that some stolen assets are being recovered, sold and proceeds put into the single treasury account (TSA), “which is inaccessible to the corrupt persons involved”.

“A number of assets have been recovered and some money… we have introduced TSA where all the monies are taken and I said asset should be sold and the money be put through TSA so that it can be identified at any level and I will see who will come after us and take it back again to those who misappropriated public funds,” he said.

Buhari added that all past and present cases would be fully investigated.

“This is why we put the commission (of investigation) in place,” he said.

He added that all of such cases would be uncovered and firmly dealt with by his government.

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