Presidency denies harassment of former president

The Presidency says it is not in any way harassing former President Goodluck Jonathan or any member of his family.

Reacting via a statement, to a publication in a National Daily, where the former President was reported to have said he was being harassed, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina said the current war against corruption was guided by the Rule of Law.

We make bold to state unequivocally that President Buhari harasses nobody; he merely allows the law to take its course. For the umpteenth time, we say that anybody without skeleton in his or her cupboard has nothing to fear about the bared fangs of the anti-corruption initiative.

Fear belongs only to those who have abused trust while in office. Anybody who feels aggrieved is free to approach the courts to seek redress or justice. President Buhari believes in the rule of law and that is why his campaign against corruption is anchored on that plank, he said.

Adesina added said the paper reported that former President Goodluck Jonathan made the allegation in a new book, Against The Run of Play, written by the Chairman of ThisDay Editorial Board, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi.

The paper also claimed that the former President also reportedly disagreed with the style being used by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in fighting corruption.

With regard to President Buhari’s anti-graft style, which the former president deprecates, given the scale of revelations and recoveries so far by the anti-corruption agencies, it is obvious that corruption had an uninhibited course during our recent past. In any case, time will give the verdict on whose style of fighting corruption ultimately yielded the most dividends.

For now, President Buhari is resolute and single-minded in the fact that his crusade against graft is not targeted at any individual or group. He firmly believes that national interest must always be placed above personal interest, no matter who is involved, he said.

Source: Voice of Nigeria