Former President Goodluck Jonathan declared yesterday that he is currently being investigated for corruption, despite the fact that the President Muhammadu Buhari government has not publicly admitted a direct investigation of the erstwhile president.
Jonathan disclosed this yesterday in an exclusive interview with the New York-based Bloomberg TV where he also delivered a speech titled: “Civis Nigerianus Sum — I am a citizen of Nigeria.” According to Jonathan, he would not comment on the issue until the investigations were concluded.
“Of course, obviously, I would be investigated. In fact I am being investigated. Investigations are going on. I would not want to make certain comments because government is working.
“It would not be proper for immediate past president to make certain statements.
I will allow the government do the work. I wouldn’t want to make serious comments on that.
“After all the investigations, the stories will be properly documented. I have just left office and I should allow the president and his team do what they think is best for the economy.”
Meanwhile, the former President dismissed the claim that he left an empty treasury for his successor, President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said: “It is not true; there is no way that he would have inherited an empty treasury and at the same time give bailout to the states. It’s not possible.
“Nigeria is a fairly robust economy but sometimes, we over-politicise some issues and make it look so bad. It was not that bad. Some people ask questions like I was the president of Nigeria since independence; I was the president for 5 years.
“It is routine in Nigeria from the collapse of the first republic, people blamed corruption. When the second republic collapsed, the military blamed corruption. If there is a major change in government, one political party taking over from another one, there must be issues.”
Jonathan added that his administration could not tackle corruption in the oil sector because some people were frustrating it, stressing it was the same people that were currently accusing his government of corruption.
“In the area of fertiliser subsidy, we cleaned up and the corruption was removed. I wanted to do the same thing in the oil industry but the same people who are accusing us of corruption are the very people that were frustrating it,” he said.