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Sunday 9 August 2015

The Ex-president Jonathan holds secret meeting with Buhari

Two former presidents, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan last weekend paid separate visits to president Buhari at the presidential Villa, Abuja. learnt the visit may not be unconnected to the determination of the President Mohammadu Buhari led administration to probe the immediate past administration of Goodluck Jonathan.
This is even as Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, yesterday, said the anti -corruption crusade of the   President Muhammadu Buhari- led administration was not selective, but, a concerted effort to reduce corruption and secure the future of the country.

While Jonathan visited on Thursday night, Obasanjo chose Friday night for his own visit.

Also on the same Friday night, former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal and the incumbent Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara met with Buhari at the villa.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, confirmed the meetings but said he was not privy to the details of the meetings.

But feelers said they may not be far from the decision of the president government to descend heavily on the past corrupt officials of government.

This is the first official visit of former presidents Obasanjo and Jonathan to president Buhari since he assumed office on May 29

Osinbajo stated in an interview with newsmen  at the funeral of Elizabeth Adesola Mamora, mother of  Senator Olorunimbe Mamora, held at the First Baptist Church, Ijebu-Ife, Ogun State, that Buhari is not selective in anti-graft war.
He faulted those accusing the Buhari administration of targetting only the former appointees of  former President Goodluck Jonathan. He said, “It is not about a probe of a past government, that’s not what this is about. We are talking about our future, we are saying that we must put in place a clear strategy going forward. “It is not just about ensuring that people are made to pay for looting the treasury, our system of justice must be fair to ensure that anybody who does anything that is wrong is brought to account.

“We can’t allow impunity to continue. So it is not about the previous government, its about any form of impunity.”

In recent weeks, critics of the All Progressives Congress-led government had accused the Presidency of using the Department of Security Service and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to witch hunt those in the opposition to score political points.

Osinbajo, however, said the position of the critics was far from the truth and that they lacked “proper understanding of the concept the present administration is deploying to make people account for their deeds while in office.”

He said the anti corruption move was a genuine programme aimed at sanitising the country from corruption.

The Buhari administration has been investigating some activities of Jonathan’s administration with government officials claiming that the past administration was characterised by impunity and large-scale corruption.

Apart from probing the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the present administration is also beaming its searchlight on the management of the Excess Crude Account under Jonathan.

Some former aides of the ex-President, including the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.); Jonathan’s Chief Security Officer, Mr. Gordon Obuah; and the former Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Patrick Akpobolokemi, had either been arrested, detained or investigated.

On the eve of his departure from office, Jonathan had on May 27 advised Buhari not to single out his administration for any probe.

He said all those advising Buhari to probe his administration must also advise him to extend his probe beyond his regime, lest the probe be seen as a witch-hunt.

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