I don’t believe Dasuki stole $2.2bn, says Jonathan

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Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has said that it was impossible for his former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, to have stolen $2.2 billion as being accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).


Responding to questions after his lecture on Youth Entrepreneurship at the famous Oxford Union in the United Kingdom, former President Goodluck Jonathan, said: “They said the National Security Adviser (Sambo Dasuki) 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?

“Yes, there were some issues. Yes, there are still corruption issues but some of it were over 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.”

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To avoid sounding confrontational with the current government, Mr Jonathan explained that some of the corruption cases were still in court and would rather allow the legal processes to reveal the facts of the matter.

He said: “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.

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“I don’t want to be seen 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 said allegations of corruption were not unique to his administration or the country. He said: “You will see that it has become a major topic whenever there is a change of government … I am not saying there is no corruption in Nigeria, there is corruption. If you look at corruption there is almost no country that is free, the degree varies, the perception varies.

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“Transparency International talks about the way corruption is being perceived in different economies, why do we talk about the way corruption is being perceived, it depends on the issue raised in the media every day.”

7 thoughts on “I don’t believe Dasuki stole $2.2bn, says Jonathan

  1. Mr GEJ, silence is better than talking rubbish. You could have at least keep your mouth shut rather than defend what is not defendable. How much was stolen if you are sure $2.2 billion was stolen? People that stole the money confess to have collected the money from Dasuki. The money meant for arms to fight insurgency were spent on your 2015 ambition. God will judge you. I don't think people are happy with your administration that was not prudent and corruption was at highest level. Think before you open your mouth next time.

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  2. It looks to me this man still hasn't got the full messages.

    We are saying your regime set the stage for the today recession and your inaction enabled Boko Haram to kill thousands especially Christians in the North like yourself and million displayed.
    Mr Husband -Woman rapper there are some money you don't steal. Security vote is one of them.

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  3. U see that's part of the problem I have with this ignorant man. First he acknowledged the matter is court and therefore shouldn't be really discussed yet he went ahead to make a categorical statement, that it was "impossible" for Dasuki to misappropriate that amount of money. I agree with him, it may actually look impossible to him bcos he was really never incharge! Regarding his reasoning why he is so sure of his position, that some military hardware were bought, he forgot that ministry of Defence also had some money allocated to it for the purchase of hardware coupled with the allegation that most of the little hardware that were bought by him were actually of very low quality and largely refurbished equipments. My advice to him is that he should save all these information for his defense when he is called upon to come say all he knew about that DasukiGate and all others.

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  4. Former President GEJ was the former Vice Chancellor of University of Corruption. Is it not better he keep quiet rather than making f**l o himself. You and your kitchen cabinet were unable to cut the Gordian knot of this nation. Your Boys in Niger Delta has been killing the goose that lays the golden egg. May God forgive you GEJ.

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  5. How would you believe he never stole? ??...your stealing is not corruption mindset & ideology is enough to turn Nigeria to junkyard field for the smartest looters.
    The body language of the "landlord" will determine the strategy of environmental & potential robbers. When your wife saw that you were "uncle mumu", she too quickly started packing her own loot too like others....mtcheeww

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