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Sunday, 25 March 2018

We will not stop talking about ‘atrocities’ of Jonathan administration – Presidency


The Presidency has said it would continue looking back and referring to “colossal atrocities in the management and disbursement of public funds” experienced under the past administration of Goodluck Jonathan.

It said the thinking that Nigerians will forget such atrocities in a hurry is wishful.

Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande said these in a statement on Saturday.

Akande noted that Nigerians have not forgotten the “severe damage caused the economy by the rampant abuse of public trust and grand larceny”.

He said,“Those who are asking our people to simply forget the blatant violation of public trust and the pillaging of the nation’s commonwealth witnessed in the past are saying wittingly or otherwise that we should forget where the shoe actually pinched and pretend as if the social raping of the nation never occurred.

“How can we do that? We have a situation where a former First Lady came out openly to claim over $ 171m found in her accounts and you think Nigerians will simply overlook that.

“You have a situation where hundreds of billions have been recovered including the discovery of $ 43 m cash in an apartment in Ikoyi, and you think Nigerians will simply forget that?”

The Presidential aide added that pending corruption cases arising from the conduct of the past administration would be treated by special courts for the speedy trial.

“We have a number of lawyers, senior lawyers, people with solid reputations who have volunteered to assist in prosecuting the cases and soon the prosecuting agencies will be assigning specific cases to them”.

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