Contrary to the claims by former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan that his family is being hounded on grounds of an anti-corruption war by the present administration, the presidency has said the war is not targeted at anyone.
Jonathan in a yet-to-be released book, “Against The Run of Play”, written by former spokesman to late President Umaru Yar’Adua, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi, had expressed reservations on the anti-corruption war.
He said, “I feel sad about the way my family is being hounded.”
“Society is like a building. You build it one block at a time. If every president decides to go in to dismantle what his predecessor did, society will never make progress. I expected President Buhari to correct whatever mistakes I may have made and then carry on from there.
“But a situation in which people go into exile for political reasons is not good for us.”
“His style of fighting corruption is different from mine and since most Nigerians apparently prefer his style, it is okay. There are steps you take that will help in retrieving ill-gotten wealth and punish offenders while restoring confidence in the system. But there are also things you can do to damage the system
But the presidency has advised that anyone who feels uncomfortable with the government’s modus o0erandi to approach the courts for redress.
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement said: “We make bold to state unequivocally that President Buhari harasses nobody; he merely allows the law to take its course
“For the umpteenth time, we say that anybody without skeleton in his or her cupboard, has nothing to fear about the bared fangs of the anti-corruption initiative. Fear belongs only to those who have abused trust while in office.
“Anybody who feels aggrieved is free to approach the courts to seek redress or justice. President Buhari believes in the rule of law and that is why his campaign against corruption is anchored on that plank.
“With regard to President Buhari’s anti-graft style, which the former president deprecates, given the scale of revelations and recoveries so far by the anti-corruption agencies, it is obvious that corruption had an uninhibited course during our recent past.
“In any case, time will give the verdict on whose style of fighting corruption ultimately yielded the most dividends.
“For now, President Buhari is resolute and single-minded in the fact that his crusade against graft is not targeted at any individual or group.
“He firmly believes that national interest must always be placed above personal interest, no matter who is involved.”