Goodluck Jonathan ‘Dasuki couldn’t have stolen $2bn,’ Ex-President says

Jonathan made his comments on Monday, October 24, at the Oxford Union in the United Kingdom.

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Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has said that ex-National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki could not have stolen $2 billion as is being alleged.

Dasuki has been accused of laundering the funds which were meant to be used for the purchase of arms for Nigeria’s military.

Jonathan made his comments on Monday, October 24, at the Oxford Union in the United Kingdom.

“They said the National Security Adviser stole $2.2billion. I don’t believe somebody can just steal $2.2 billion. We bought warships, we bought aircraft, we bought lots of weapons for the army and so on and so forth and you are still saying 2.2 billion, so where did we get the money to buy all those things?” he said.

“Yes, there were some issues; yes, there are still corruption issues; but some of them were blown, I’d say exaggerated, and they give a very bad impression about our nation. You cannot say the national security adviser stole $2.2billion. It is not just possible.

“One thing about the issue of corruption is that these matters are in court, let’s allow some of these processes to end. Lately some judges’ (homes) were also invaded. There are so many things involved and we have to follow up these matters to conclusion before we know the fact.

“I don’t want to be seen as a former president challenging what the sitting government is doing so I have decided to keep quiet for the court to look into them,” he added.

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Jonathan also said that his administration fought corruption but it didn’t publicize its own war.

Dasuki has been in detention since December 2015 due to his participation in the alleged fraud.

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