Jonathan pushes back at corruption claims, denies negotiating with Boko Haram

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has denied the allegations of corruption against his government.
President Goodluck Jonathan
In an interview with news publication Quartz on the sidelines of his recent press conference at Geneva, Switzerland, Jonathan said: “Sometimes people think that I was President since the independence (of Nigeria) and not for five years.
“Sometimes they say that we have lost over $150 billion in funds in the five years that I was President.
“Because of politics, some people came up with more money and say that $49.8 billion were missing within 18 months,” he said in reference to former Central Bank governor, Emir Sanusi Lamido.
He added: “The same person who raised the issue, within two days said the money was $12 billion, and two days later, he said it was $20 billion.
“Regarding the $9 billion, the truth will come out.”
Mr. Jonathan also cleared the air on whether his government negotiated with the Boko Haram sect.
He said: “I did not negotiate with Boko Haram. The government never set up a team.”
This is contrary to claims by his spokesman, Reuben Abati, and his Principal Private Secretary, Hassan Tukur, that the then government was finalizing a peace deal with Boko Haram.
Tukur had told the Voice of America in October 2014 that the government was meeting with Danladi Ahmadu, Boko Haram’s representative, and high-level officials from Chad and Cameroon.
Reacting weeks later, Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader, in a video, debunked the alleged peace talk.
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