THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, former president of Nigeria, has condemned the impression created by some members of the press that his administration will be investigated by an ad-hoc committee set up by the House of Representatives.
The committee is to investigate how the budget that was allocated to the State House Medical Centre since 2015 was spent.
According to report, there are some media reports that suggested that his administration should also be included in the investigation since he was president till May 29, 2015.
In a statement signed by his media aide, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, in Abuja yesterday, Saturday, October 14, 2017, the former president said that his administration had nothing to do with the budget up till the time he handed over power to the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29 of 2015.
Based on this, Jonathan claimed that there is no way his administration would be probed as regarding the budget allocated to the clinic.
The statement released by the former president read:
‘The House of representatives resolved Thursday 12 October, 2015, to probe 2015-2017 allocations to Aso Rock Clinic and some media reports are needlessly dragging the name of former President Goodluck Jonathan into it.
‘We had thought that the media should be the first to remind Nigerians that since Jonathan left office on May 29, 2015, he had absolutely nothing to do with the implementation of the budget for that year.
‘For emphasis, the 2015 Appropriation Bill which was passed by the parliament in April was signed into law in May, 2015.
‘And since the procurement process, based on the new procurement law, takes at least three months to complete, there was no way Jonathan would have had anything to do with the budget implementation for 2015, before vacating Aso Rock Villa on May 29, 2015.
‘We expect media houses to always do proper investigations to avoid the convenient choice of always using Jonathan as the scapegoat for the misdeeds of others.’