Corruption: Professor Sagay Sends Strong To Jonathan

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Professor Itse Sagay has expressed his dismay at the level of corruption that took place during the government of Goodluck Jonathan and has advised the former president to have a chat with President Muhammadu Buhari and confess all he knows.

Several officials who served during the administration of Jonathan are either under the radar of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) or facing charges in court. The former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki Chief Raymond Dokpesi, the chairman of DAAR Communications and several other have been charged in connection to the $2bn arms scandal.


In an interview with The Punch, Sagay who is the chairman of the presidential advisory committee on corruption said that although Jonathan was celebrated internationally for conceding defeat, the bad things that happened during his administration could not be erased.

He said it would be honourable if the former president confessed to Buhari and possibly return whatever he had with him.

He said: “To start with, the great reputation he (Jonathan) seems to have is the fact that he admitted defeat. There are thousands of actions that are negative actions so I don’t think that we should overplay it.

“But on the issue of the former President going to prison, I agree that it is a bit touchy politically but the case of Jonathan is particularly bad if you see the manner with which the country’s resources and government coffers have been turned into a bazaar parlour where everyone goes to collect his own share. Just like Warri boys would ask, ‘You don obtain your own?’

“Everyone was going to ‘obtain’ under Jonathan. It was just bizarre but I understand that dealing with a former Head of State is always a sensitive issue but I would say he should have a private chat with President Muhammadu Buhari and say all that he knows and if there is anything he has to release, then he should release it and be allowed to go quietly into retirement.”

Sagay said that plea-bargaining, which was misused during the previous administration, would be professionally handled during Buhari’s administration and that the administration of criminal justice act coupled with the anti-corruption stance of the Buhari would ensure that no one escaped justice.


He said: “It is something that we have to look into but I have a feeling that with the new government and the arrival of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act which has plea bargaining positions that are tougher than the normal ones, I think we are going to see people spending longer periods in prison even with plea bargaining and it will be longer than six months.”


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