NEWS Jonathan’s ex-aides write Buhari on an­ticor­rup­tion cru­sade

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris Eze, Ye­nagoa

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.

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