NEWS Jonathan’s ex-aides write Buhari on anticorruption crusade
Former political aides of former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, have sent a protest letter to President Muhammad Buhari over an alleged clampdown on appointees of the former administration in the on-going corruption investigations.
The former appointees under a group called Voice of the South-south said in a statement issued yesterday in Yenagoa that they supported the anticorruption crusade of President Mohammad Buhari with the belief that it would be done with justice and equity.
They however said the exclusion of the former president’s aides who are northerners and other APC stalwarts from the investigations showed lopsidedness, selective justice and bias.
The group issued the statement after an emergency meeting presided over by the state chairman, Barr. Alex Dumbo and chairman of the Board of Trustees, Engr. Mike Ogiasa.
It said the cases of the former Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Deziane Allison-Madueke and late Chief D.S.P Alameisegha had shown the bias of President Muhammad Buhari in handling anticorruption matters.
“First, we observed that immediately after the former Minister of Petroleum Resources was purportedly arrested in London, the DSS promptly invaded her home in Nigeria. Apart from Mrs. AllisonMadueke, we are yet to see or hear of the arrest of any of the 42 ministers that served in the immediate past administration”, the statement said.
“The second incident is the late Chief D.S.P Alamieyeseigha, who the APC-led federal government recently claimed the British government had requested his extradition to the United Kingdom in connection with a case for which he had been tried, convicted, jailed and later granted presidential pardon in Nigeria. It is our sincere advice that President Buhari change his present style in the fight against corruption or stop the so-called fight against the menace and come with feasible policies and programme that will enhance the development of our dear country”, the group stated.
From right: Wife of the former president, Dame Patience Jonathan; late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha's widow, Margaret; and his son Victor, during a condolence visit by the former first lady to Alamieyeseigha’s family in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.