20 November 2012

Nigeria: You're Promoting Corruption, Insecurity - Junaid Tells Jonathan

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President Goodluck Jonathan, led by Chief Justice Katsina Alu, takes the oath of office.

Abuja — Second Republic lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed, yesterday, lashed out at President Goodluck Jonathan's claim that he was tackling corruption and insecurity in the country with a view to repositioning the nation on the path of peace and progress.

Jonathan had made the claim during his media chat in Abuja on Sunday night.

But reacting in an interview with Vanguard, Mohammed described the President's claim of fighting graft in the country as laughable, shameful and disappointing at a time when Nigerians and outsiders were making a jest of the country as a result of mounting corruption deliberately orchestrated by the government and its agencies.

According to Mohammed, "to me, the President's talk about fighting corruption is disgraceful because he is economical with the truth given what his administration has done to rubbish the Ribadu report on the looting of the Nigerian oil industry and the growing graft in other sectors of the Nigerian economy.

"The latest claim of Mr. President on corruption clearly shows that he is merely lying and taking Nigerians for a ride because in a morally sound society, what has been happening in the nation's oil sector should have landed many top government officials and other corrupt individuals in jail."

On Boko Haram

Turning to the claim by Jonathan that his administration was not negotiating with Boko Haram, Mohammed said he was not surprised by the action of the government because Jonathan and his government do not believe in resolving the Boko Haram uprising.

According to the former lawmaker, Jonathan is happy that the sect should continue with its nefarious activities so as to provide justification for his non-performance and destruction of the Nigerian economy while the security agencies are smiling away

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