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Presidency denies harassing ex-President Jonathan’s family



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  • says no going back on anti-corruption crusade

The Presidency has debunked the allegation levelled against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari that he is harassing the family of former President Goodluck Jonathan because of Jonathan’s stance against his anti-corruption crusade.

In a press statement issued and signed by the Special Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina, the Presidency said President Buhari harasses nobody, that 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.”

In the statement, the Presidency said fear belongs only to those who have abused trust while in office, advising those who feel aggrieved to seek redress in a competent court of law. “President Buhari believes in the rule of law and that is why his campaign against corruption is anchored on that plank.”

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Also reacting to the disapproval of former president Goodluck Jonathan on President Buhari style in the fight against corruption as contained in an article published by a national newspaper on Wednesday, April 26, the statement said it is obvious that corruption had an uninhibited course during Nigeria’s recent past given the scale of revelations and recoveries so far by the anti-corruption agencies.

“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.”

In the statement, the Presidency concluded that time will give the verdict on whose style of fighting corruption ultimately yielded the most dividends.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan was said to have made the allegation in a new book “Against the run of play,” written by the Chairman of ThisDay Editorial Board, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi that President Buhari.