Looters’ List: Goodluck Jonathan Should Be Prosecuted – Adams Oshiomhole
Former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has said that former President Goodluck Jonathan should be prosecuted if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) insists that prosecution of suspected looters is selective.
Oshiomhole made this call in Benin City at the weekend after attending the wedding of the daughter of Hon Ehiozuwa Agbonayima, a member representing Ikpoba Okha/Egor federal Constituency at the National Assembly. He said Jonathan should be docked for approving money beyond his powers and spending same in a way that was not accounted for.
“I hear them say prosecution is selective. Maybe they are right because if they are not, maybe President Jonathan should be on the dock. He approved money beyond his powers and spent it in a way that is not accounted for. I think that if other Nigerians don’t understand the power of transparency, the right to know, the media should uphold that right and defend it.
What was stolen was not from private purse; the house that was destroyed was not a private residence. We are talking of resources which if it is distributed on basis of equality divide by 180 million people you will be a lot richer” he said.
He also criticised the PDP for saying the National Assembly should approve the $1 billion the Federal Government wants to spend on security. He accused the PDP of spending more money without going through the national assembly and insisted that the names of looters should be made public for Nigerians to know the level of rot that happened under PDP. Oshiomhole urged President Muhammadu Buhari to be ruthless in going against those that allegedly looted the national treasury.
He alleged that hired writers were made to challenge him when he first raised alarm over the money that was looted from the treasury.
He said, “I think my only complain is that the federal government should go more ruthless because they are a lot of people who should be in court who are not there because when I was still in the office and I said the kind of money they stole was huge in dollars, they paid hired writers to say how do I know.
Jonathan may have immunity against prosecution, but he doesn’t have power to appropriate what the national assembly have done. Right now, they are now saying the national assembly should approve the $1 Billion the federal government is going to spend on security, but this is a party that spent well above that without going to the national assembly at all.”