Saturday 26 December 2015

Jonathan replies Sagay for asking him to confess

Former President Good­luck Jonathan  has replied legal luminary Professor Itse Sagay SAN over the former's statement that Jonathan should confess his involvement in the deal before he is arrested.

In a statement issued by Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman, his former minister of National Planning, Jonathan stated that,
“one should expect the re­spected learned scholar to know that you don’t hang a suspect on the pages of newspaper or via social media until he or she is found guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction”.

“Accordingly, even where the learned jurist feels passionate of such a sensitive but sensational issue, he should know the right route to the vil­la rather than taking such prejudicial position.
“It is high time our legal luminaries confined themselves to the noble eth­ics of their profession than toeing the path of some mischief politicians.
“And we pray that when the report of his Committee finally comes out, it will reflect and incorporate the noble principles of rule of law, fair hearing and impartiality so as to meet the ir­reducible minimum standard expected in matters of this nature. We also pray that it may not end up dashing, rather than raising the hopes of average Ni­gerian in the vintage APC fashion, as with most things these days”,
Professor Sagay who is also chair­man of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption, had ad­vised Jonathan to secretly confess all he knew about the scandalous $2.1 billion arms deal.
He stated during the week that if Jonathan goes by the advice, he may be accorded the respect due to him by virtue of being a former president.
He also pointed out that  Jonathan's concession of defeat to Buhari does not make Jonathan a hero, as one good action could not correct several evil deeds.