‘I’m being investigated’ | Goodluck Jonathan opens up on corruption, Nigeria’s economy

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has revealed that he is being investigated by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

In an interview with Bloomberg TV on Monday, Jonathan said corruption has been prevalent in Nigeria since the country got independence.

He however, noted that his much-maligned administration fought the scourge of corruption “very well” while adding that the same people accusing his government of being corrupt were behind the infamous petroleum industry cabal that held the country to ransom and fought against subsidy of crude oil.

“I cannot say the country from the beginning of our independence, that there was no corruption, yes there has been corruption. I did very well also, to curtail corruption.”

“My approach to corruption, was ‘don’t make money available for anyone to touch. We made sure that area of fertiliser subsidies was cleaned up,and the whole corruption there was removed. I tried to do the same in the oil industry, but the very people that were accusing us of corruption, were the same people frustrating it, it’s unfortunate.”

While speaking on the ongoing investigation into his activities as President, Jonathan said he would not “comment on certain things”.

“Of course, obviously we would be investigated and I am being investigated. Yes, investigations are going on. I wouldn’t want to comment on certain things because when a government is working, it is not proper for the immediate past president to make certain statements.”

“I would allow the government to do the work they are supposed to do. After all the investigations, the whole story would be properly chronicled.”

Furthermore, the Peoples Democratic Party chieftain refused to take responsibility for the poor state of Nigeria’s economy while stressing that it’s impossible for him to have left an empty treasury.

“You see the economy of Nigeria somehow depends on oil and at anytime that oil prices drop, it affects the economy significantly in terms of its contribution to the GDP.”

“That is not true. There is no way he would have inherited empty treasury and at the same time give bailout to the states. It is not possible. Nigeria is a fairly robust economy. but sometimes we over politicize certain issues and make it look so bad but it was not that bad.”

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