Former President Goodluck Jonathan seems to be getting a lot of apologies over his shock ouster as Nigeria’s President in the 2015 general elections as another Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC Timi Frank says he is sorry for orchestrating the events that led to the removal of the former president.
“I would first of all like to use this opportunity to formally apologise to the immediate past President of Nigeria, Dr. Jonathan, for all the tantrums and mistreatment orchestrated by me against his person while he held sway at the helm of affairs of our great country,” Mr. Frank’s apology letter read.
He further took a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari over what he described as ineptitude on the part of his government to bring true change to the people.
“Under your tenure, the rule of law has been replaced with the rule of force. You have injected fear into the society. People who voted for you to save them from corruption and ineptitude have been barred from speaking up against the myriads of evil and wicked acts being perpetrated by officials in your government.
“Unfortunately, corruption is in the upward swing under your watch. This is why I had to apologise to Jonathan since events of the last three years have shown the former President was a better leader. People freely expressed themselves under Jonathan’s administration without fear of being branded cultists’ sponsors, gunrunners or aiding murderers, but not so in this administration.
“In Jonathan’s government, Nigerians enjoyed freedom of speech, association and right to hold dissenting views, including organising and partaking in protests against unwelcome government policies. All these are no go areas today. “Does it mean Jonathan was a better democrat? It is a fact that no member of the APC which was then in the opposition before 2015 was jailed or harassed for expressing dissent.
“However, under this administration, the Senate president is being persecuted, Senator Dino Melaye has been arrested and detained like a common criminal, Senator Matthew Urhroghide had been attacked for telling Nigerians that the federal government breached the constitution by paying the sum of $496million for 12 Tucano fighter jets without the National Assembly approval; the trial of Senator Isa Misau by the AGF over his face-off with the Inspector General of Police(IG), the persecution of most members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the name of fighting corruption are all examples of intolerance in this administration.
“Mr. President, while your fight against corruption is being promoted as gathering steam leading to an award given to you by the African Union (AU) recently, the allegation of illegal award of $25billion contracts levelled against the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has not been investigated, rather the malfeasance and shoddy dealing in the NNPC has been swept under the carpet because as the substantive Minister of Petroleum Resources, any probe of the agency would require that you make some explanations,” according to his letter to President Buhari.
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