Dasukigate: I will speak at the appropriate time — Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said he would, at the “appropriate time”, open up on the arms money scandal, involving at least $2.1 billion.

Investigators say the money, meant for purchase of arms for the fight against Boko Haram, was squandered by the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, allegedly on the instructions of Mr. Jonathan.

At a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Mr. Jonathan emphasised the importance of education in fighting terrorism.

He later tweeted about his readiness to speak on the alleged arms funds mismanagement.

“My voice will certainly be heard at the appropriate time regarding the alleged arms funds mismanagement,” the former leader said.

“I would not want to interfere with the proceeding by the judicial system that my administration worked tirelessly to strengthen.

My post presidential focus is advancing democracy and good governance in Africa.”

Mr. Jonathan later added that the Buhari administration, which is investigating the scandal, is currently fighting Boko Haram with weapons his government purchased.

“The current administration continues to fight them with the weapons we acquired and collectively I am confident we will eradicate them,” he tweeted.

Earlier at the press conference, Mr. Jonathan said lower education levels are linked to poverty and poverty is one of the chief causative factors of crime whether it is terrorism or militancy or felonies.

According to him, there are obviously other dimensions to the issue of insecurity in Nigeria and particularly terrorism, the dearth of access to formal education over years created the ideal breeding ground for terror to thrive in parts of the country.

He added, “Education is one of those issues. If former African leaders can form themselves into an advisory group to gently impress on incumbent leaders the necessity of meeting the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recommended allocation of 26% of a nations annual budget on education, I am certain that Africa will make geometric progress in meeting her Millennium Development Goals and improving on every index of the Human Development Index.

“Data has shown that as spending on education increases, health and well being increases and incidences of maternal and infant mortality reduce.”

Mr. Jonathan explained that while in office he began the practice of giving education the highest sectoral allocation beginning with his first budget as President in 2011.

“My policy was to fight insecurity in the immediate term using counter insurgency strategies and the military and for the long term I fought it using education as a tool,” Mr. Jonathan said.

“As I have always believed, if we do not spend billions educating our youths today, we will spend it fighting insecurity tomorrow. And you do not have to spend on education just because of insecurity. It is also the prudent thing to do.

“Nigeria, or any African nation for that matter, can never becomewealthy by selling more minerals or raw materials such as oil. Our wealth as a nation is between the ears of our people.”

The former president said it was no coincidence that the Northeast epicenter of terrorism in Nigeria is also the region with the highest rate of illiteracy and the least developed part of Nigeria.

Explaining that in Nigeria though the federal government does not have a responsibility for primary and secondary education, he could not in good conscience stomach a situation where 52.4% of males in the Northeastern region of Nigeria have no formal Western education.

According to him, the figure is even worse when you take into account the states most affected by the insurgency.

He said, “83.3% of male population in Yobe state has no formal Western education. In Borno state it is 63.6%.

“Bearing this in mind is it a coincidence that the Boko Haram insurgency is strongest in these two states?

“So even though we did not have a responsibility for primary and secondary education going by the way the Nigerian federation works, I felt that where I had ability, I also had responsibility even if the constitution said it was not my responsibility.

“Knowing that terrorism thrives under such conditions my immediate goal was to increase the penetration of Western education in the region while at the same time making sure that the people of the region did not see it as a threat to their age old practices of itinerant Islamic education known as Almajiri.”

Mr. Jonathan noted that for the first time in Nigeria’s history, the federal government which he led set out to build 400 Almajiri schools with specialized curricula that combined Western and Islamic education.

He said 160 of them had been completed before I left office.

“I am also glad to state that when I emerged as President of Nigeria on May 6th 2010, there were nine states in the Northern part of the country that did not have universities,” he said.

“By the time I left office on the 29th of May 2015, there was no Nigerian state without at least one Federal University.”

The former president recounted that the fall of the Gaddafi regime in August 2011 led to a situation where sophisticated weapons fell into the hands of a number of non state actors with attendant increase in terrorism and instability in North and West Africa.

Mr. Jonathan explained that his administration initiated partnership across West Africa to contain such instability in nations such as Mali, which I personally visited in furtherance of peace.

He said, “And with those countries contiguous to Nigeria, especially nations around the Lake Chad Basin, we formed a coalition for the purpose of having a common front against terrorists through the revived Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

“Those efforts continue till today and have in large part helped decimate the capacity of Boko Haram.”

He also explained that his administration waged the anti-terror was with the effort to improve intelligence gathering capacity, lamenting however that this has not enough attention.

“Prior to my administration, Nigeria’s intelligence architecture was designed largely around regime protection, but through much sustained effort we were able to build capacity such that our intelligence agencies were able to trace and apprehend the masterminds behind such notorious terror incidences as the Christmas Day bombing of the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, Niger State.

“Other suspects were also traced and arrested including those behind the Nyanya and Kuje bombings.

“Not only did we apprehend suspects, but we tried and convicted some of them including the ring leader of the Madalla bombing cell, Kabir Sokoto, who is right now serving a prison sentence.”

The former president said he would use the newly Goodluck Jonathan Foundation to further democracy, good governance and wealth generation in Africa.

He said, “Of course, Charity begins at home and for the future, what Nigeria needs is to focus on making education a priority.

“Thankfully, the administration that succeeded mine in its first budget, appears to have seen wisdom in continuing the practice of giving education the highest sectoral allocation. This is commendable.

“I feel that what people in my position, statesmen and former leaders, ought to be doing is to help build consensus all over Africa, to ensure that certain issues should not be politicized.”


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  • agbobu

    GOOLUCK JONATHAN CAN YOU JUST HEAR YOURSELF? I CAN NOT BELIEVE THAT WHAT I AM READING IS WHAT I AM HEARING. GOODLUCK JONATHAN YOU THINK THAT WE THE PEOPLE THE MASSES ARE FOOLS. JONATHAN YOU ARE ASKING FOR MORE TIME TO ENABLE YOU HIDE ALL YOUR LOOTS AND THE MONEY YOU AND YOUR GOD FORSAKEN ADMINISTRATION LOOTED AND STOLE FROM NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS. GOODLUCK JONATHAN EVERY DAY IS FOR THE THIEF, BUT ONE DAY IS FOR THE OWNER OF THE HOUSE, WE THE PEOPLE, THE NIGERIAN MASSES.GOODLUCK JONATHAN THERE IS NO HIDING PLACE IN THIS PLANET FOR THOSE WHO LOOTED AND STOLE OUR COMMON WEALTH AND WHAT THEY LOOTED OR STOLE QED

    • AFRICANER

      You have been thoroughly brainwashed. 100%

      • agbobu

        GOODLUCK JONATHAN IS NOW BLAMING EVERYBODY BUT HIMSELF.

      • Stantheguy

        You must be the brainwashed one for your illogical defense of the atrocities committed under the nose of GEJ. I struggle to understand why you directly support what happened under him directly and otherwise. So it hits me that perhaps you benefitted one way or the other from the pervasive corruption which thrived under him and you wished he were still in office so you could continue receiving money you didn’t work for like Dasuki and co. Maybe that is exactly why you do this. But that era is behind us now. You now earn what you legitimately work for!

        • Reason-ability

          This man is probably GEJ himself or his brother

  • O.C Noble

    Speak up now O, Ebele Jonathan!

    Speak up now O, before the skin of Olisa Metuh’s black buttocks will bleed.
    I beg, speak up now, Jonathan. They may be giving Olisa Metuh six lashes in
    the morning, afternoon and night, inside that his prison cell. Delay is dangerous.
    Speak up now! Olisa Metuh is already looking older than my grandfather. That
    means he’s being slapped anyhow. If you don’t speak quickly Olisa Metuh will be
    flogged to death.

    See even the other one –
    Nduka Obaigbena – he’s looking sick. They must have given him about 12 strokes
    yesterday. Otherwise, how come he quickly signed that he will surely return the 600
    million Naira he took from the Dasuki. Nobody is feeling sorry for Nduka Obaigbena.
    He is a bad man. He has exposed many other things the EFCC did not know before.

    He has mentioned all the Editors of Nigerian newspapers as those you also
    gave money in cash. That means moneylaundering. Very soon there will be no
    newspapers again, after all these editors are bundled into prison yard. You can
    see how you corrupted everybody. From Pastors to Imaams to editors, just to win
    election and sit tight in office for nine years.

  • Johnson

    Mr Goodluck Jonathan, please note that the mismanagement of more than $2.1b UNDER YOUR WATCH is not an allegation. it is a FACT! Monies have been traced to accounts and some have been returned.I pray that God would have mercy on your soul.

    • AFRICANER

      100% successful brainwash.

  • Debekeme

    Jonathan is a respected Statesman like Mandela, Martin Luther King and Bill Clinton (in his dreams!) LOL

    • AFRICANER

      75% brainwashed.

    • Omoagunmate

      Remember he was at a time the Jesus Christ of the world too.

  • Domingos

    What a gentle and civilized man. Tacit. Calm. Cool. Calculated. And above all humane. I have looked at his comments and I have not seen words like “blood”, “kill”, “destroy” “never” etc

    Juxtapose with Mohammadu who in response to losing elections declared; “The streets will be filled with the blood of Dogs & Baboons”
    On corruption in Nigeria during the campaigns he declared; “eep you bote me intu fower, I shuar “kill” kworuption otherwise kworuption will “kill” all of us.

    By their fruits we shall know them. Judgement day is coming.

    • tundemash

      Dumbo, u are still crying over your election loss ?

      • AFRICANER

        Mash, give it up.
        You can’t keep a good man down.

        You’ve tried, but when Jonathan opens his mouth, he accomplished more in one speech than the entirety of Buhari’s presidency.

        He touched on education, democracy, and our future.

        We made a mistake in the last election. The country goofed.

        • Omoagunmate

          You must be having a laugh, hear him… “we made a mistake in the last election” we? really? we know you guys are genetically dumb, but please don’t take the biscuit. There should be a limit to how dumb a person should be. “We”!!… ode

        • tundemash

          Mr. Career Liar, when u changed your moniker from eclub to AFRICANER, I thought you were going to stop lying but apparently your livelihood depends on it. I hope u would not cry when Dumbo is chained and u claiming he’s not given time to talk.

          • AFRICANER

            I been no know say you lik’iam so much na.

            This moniker wey I get is for my bigger goal to integrate Africa, not your small tribal stuff.

            Aha, make you go spread rumor about Jonathan, o’ jare.

          • tundemash

            Integrate Africa like Dumbo ? Have you integrated your village Mr. Career Liar? I have the singular honour of chasing you away as eclub hence u had to change to AFRICANER. Dunce !

          • AFRICANER

            Are you paid per reference to the former president? Or are you learning to be a parrot?

          • tundemash

            Nice to know it is your former President is the Dumbo I am referring to Mr. Career Liar eclub.

    • AFRICANER

      Na him oo oo!

      You no know say, pekin wey they give hammer dey only see say everything require pounding na. The etimology of that saying you go find kamkpe for behavioral science sha.

      Buhari go dey pound on anything wey’im see because na the only too wey’im get, the hammer. Him no get computer, him no get even a calculator. Aha, time go tellioo, my broda.

    • Reason-ability

      I love PMB’s accent. He is killing kworuption and we are loving it. A least he did not say blood of human beings will fill the streets. SInce you are not baboons and dogs why are you concerned?

  • hard soff

    There are times when silence could be golden. The former president is living in a dream land. All of the people detained or interrogated so far are educated. Each of them looted under your watch.
    Your attempt at fighting insurgency in the short term involved counter-insurgency measures? like fighting boko haram with machetes, spears, bows and arrows, prayers, talisman, epe, ase, ofo? Like diverting the funds for weapons right under your nose?
    Mr former President, there is a huge difference between plans (budgets) and real life – that is why they are called PLANS (intents) and ACTUALS (results). Your budgets were great (on paper) but, did you see the results?
    As the General Manager, did you actually manage the affairs of the country or were you made to sit in a corner and watch? You have the effrontery to talk about EDUCATION! your cohorts have more formal education than all the so-called “terrorists and insurgents” combined, yet they visited more carnage on this nation than has ever happened in the history of the crude contraption called Nigeria. Well meaning people (without your authority and means) have tried their best to refine this contraption, more and more are still gonna try to do it hoping that one day, just one day, it might work.
    This, your most recent attempt to burnish your image, is not what is required of you. The question you should have asked yourself is: Do I really love Nigeria?

    • AFRICANER

      99% brainwashed.

    • Kitunde

      I doubt if does…In any case it was glaring that he did not really grasp what leading a country demands. He may have been educated but deep down he is still a ‘bushman’ and he believes if a few cronies, friends, family members and political associates are stealing public funds (discreetly) and can show affluence, like buying private Jets then the country is doing good.

      • hard soff

        Apparently, his western education didn’t teach him that “he who wants to lead, must be ready to serve “

        • AFRICANER

          Therefore, what YOU are saying is boko haram, right?

          • tundemash

            Mr. Career Liar a.k.a eclub, you are d@ft beyond imagination!

  • tundemash

    Still clueless till date.
    He can’t speak because “he would not want to interfere with the proceeding by the judicial system ” but Metuh was speaking on same Dasukigate before it was his turn to come and explain his N400m yam. Nduka Obiagbena was writing from US, Ole Falae and Anenih said their own too.
    Mr. Clueless of Otuoke, Malabu Oil deal is not in court yet, NNPC $20b loot is not in court yet, how about speaking on those ? You have the freedom to speak now but you chose to bury your d@ft head in the sand, by the time you are picked up and handcuffed, I hope the wailing wailers online would not claim you had no chance to state your own side of the story.

    • Dazmillion

      Dont mind Mr Fortunato. The man is suffering from epilepsy.

      • AFRICANER

        100% brain damage, you are.

    • AFRICANER

      You are a lowlife brainwashed propagandist.

      Only dummies can be fooled by someone like you.

      100% lowlife.

      • tundemash

        Mr. Career Liar a.k.a eclub, atleast i have the singular honour of chasing you away so much u had to chnage your moniker to AFRICANER.

    • Tafidan Dogon Daji

      I don’t know why you people do not want to identify yourselves,may be it’s because your comments are not factual,fair comments but injurious to others.We might wish to know who you people might be.Always have the courage to identify yourselves,please.

      • tundemash

        Mor0n, click on my name and see how long i have been online. Cl0wn , how do u want me to identify myself ? You can’t read my name ? do you bloddy creek e-rat wantt to send your terrorist brother Tompolo or wat exactly are u driving at? F00l , latest news is Tompolo is begging to come to court he ran away from.

    • agbobu

      AND THIS GOODUCK JANATHAN WHT WI YOU SAY WHEN THE VERY MIND BUDGLING ‘O MY GOD’ DEZIANIGATE IS REVEALED AND FINALLY EXPOSED? THEN YOU WILL BE RUNNING AROUND LIKE A HEADLESS CHICKEN, WITH NO WHERE IN THIS PLANET TO HIDE. WE THE PEOPLE ARE WAITING!!

  • Nkem

    This man doesn’t change. He has not learnt his lessons even in electoral disgrace. So which court case precluded you from speaking? Dasuki was already under probe when you first issued a blanket denial, when you famously said “where did the money come from?” Now that your lieutenants are confessing with their own mouths where they collected the money from, you suddenly don’t want to talk again? So your former finance minister did not seek clearance from you before releasing a letter saying you gave approval? Okonjo Iwealla also said previously that you gave approval for $1 billion to withdraw money from the ECA. So why don’t you talk about that one? Or is that one in court as well?

  • Tafidan Dogon Daji

    I appreciate your stand,Your Excellency,as Col Dasuki has been made a scape goat of the entire Arms and/or Campaign funds.

    • lawani

      Try him for corruption and crime against humanity. The most incompetent and corrupt president in the history of Nigeria.

  • agbobu

    GOODUCK JANATHAN WHT WI YOU SAY WHEN THE VERY MIND BUDGLING ‘O MY GOD’ DEZIANIGATE IS REVEALED AND FINALLY EXPOSED? THEN YOU WILL BE RUNNING AROUND LIKE A HEADLESS CHICKEN, WITH NO WHERE IN THIS PLANET TO HIDE. WE THE PEOPLE ARE WAITING!!

  • Olamide

    When you are clueless and you dont know what to do, how to govern a country. It is better you start talking now before EFCC carries you. Clueless Jonathan

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  • Kenny

    Nothing good can come out of the mouth of clueless looter like Jonathan. Leadership is beyond reading what hired writers written as speech. Just know that there is no way you can cover up your atrocities before Nigerians. Time shall tell.

  • Gugurus Ekpa

    Jonathan remains in denial about his role in damaging Nigeria for 5 good years. Is he telling us that his subordinates are all liars and that he is the only one telling the truth? Many of them are already returning the money they stole. Is that not enough evidence to show that looting occurred under his administration? Jonathan is probably sick in the head.

  • hummm

    He wants to hear what his fellow looters are going to say to implicate him. So, he needs the right time to throw his colooters under the bus . Its going to get real ugly .

  • Sword of Damocles

    This man is a “LOAD”. The funny thing is that his advisers have convinced him that he can “PR” his way out of Pure theft/kleptomania, but what simpletons cant “figa” out is that forensics don’t lie. He has been caught publicly with his hands in the proverbial “cookie jar”, and no amount of awards/encomium buying. Mr former President your father’s name is Jonathan. Have you brought honor to that name? Really, search your conscience, what an INFINITE/EPOCHAL disgrace!!

  • ’70

    What rubbish!!! He’s not even sounding remorseful!!!

  • ’70

    I agree with you my dear ex-President, if you had been educated enough, we wouldn’t have found ourselves in the predicament we now see ourselves in…

    Also, while in office you began the practice of giving education the highest sectoral allocation beginning with your first budget as President in 2011 but allowed the likes of Wike corruptly enrich themselves with the moneys allocated.