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Goodluck Jonathan ‘Ex-president has done nothing to warrant probe,’ PDP chieftain says

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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Chief Ebenezer Babatope has said that former president, Goodluck Jonathan has done nothing to warrant being probed by successor, Muhammadu Buhari.

Babatope also said that any attempt to probe Jonathan would be an exercise in futility, Punch reports.

“Any probe of ex-President Jonathan will be an exercise in futility because he has done nothing wrong to warrant any probe,” he said on Monday, February 15, 2016, during a telephone interview with Punch.

“When Papa Obafemi Awolowo was alive, he described probe as an exercise in futility,” he added.

There have been calls from several quarters for Jonathan to be investigated due to the various corrupt practices which took place during his administration.

Corruption under Jonathan’s government has been a major subject of discussion in recent times after it was alleged that officials misappropriated funds meant for Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram.

The discovery was made by a special panel constituted by Buhari to investigate arms purchases in the country from 2007-2015.

Former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki is at the fore of the investigations and is alleged to have supervised the alleged laundering of $2 billion funds meant for the procurement of arms.

He was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) on December 1, 2015 and handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) the day after.

READ: Buhari orders Dasuki's arrest

The former NSA is reported to have implicated several prominent persons in the deal including former governors, ex-ministers and members of Jonathan’s party, Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).

Jonathan has however denied authorizing the release of the stated funds despite the former NSA’s claim that he got the necessary presidential approval for the transactions.

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