Nigeria’s former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has told Bloomberg TV that he is being investigated for corruption as is the tradition with every new government in Nigeria to accuse the former of corruption.
In an interview in London, United Kingdom, Jonathan said that he would not make comments about the investigations because it “would not be proper” for an immediate past president to make “certain comments”.
“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.”
Dr. Jonathan also maintained that the people accusing him of corruption, are the same people who fought and frustrated his government’s attempt to clean up the oil sector.
“In the area of fertilizer 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.”
The former president, who is the first incumbent president to concede defeat before the official results were announced, disagreed with claims that his successor inherited an empty treasury.
“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 politicize 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.”