$2.1bn Arms Deal: Goodluck Jonathan’s Speculated Arrest Stirs Tension

The speculation for the arrest of former President Goodluck Jonathan over allegations surrounding the purported $2.1 million arms deal, by the federal government has stirred some dust.

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The Committee for the Defence of Democracy (CDD) has raised alarm over the alleged plot, Vanguard reports.

The group in a statement by Comrade Akindele Lawson, its publicity secretary, described the move by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as the height of the series of blame that the new administration has continued to put on the last.

CDD has asked President Buhari to stop blaming his predecessor, for Nigeria’s problems, while urging the government to focus on delivering dividends of democracy to Nigerians, as promised during the campaigns.

The group stated that if the president continues in this line concerning the affairs of the country with so much focus on the past, then there will be danger ahead as there may be no indication of any change.

CDD stressed that it was wrong for anybody to claim that ammunition and military hardware were not bought for the Nigerian Armed Forces during the administration of former President Jonathan, as it asserted that the current probe is nothing, other than the probe of the campaign funding of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which is just being sensationalized by the APC government.

The statement further said: “It is on record that despite the difficulties that the Jonathan administration faced in procuring arms from some western nations over alleged human rights issues, he still managed to source sizable quantities of platforms, weapons, bullets and other ammunition for the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force, which were used to tackle insurgency to a near end before the end of his administration.”

“There is no doubt that the purchase of massive arms and ammunition in the last one year of the Jonathan government made it possible for the military to root out Boko Haram terrorists from all parts of Yobe and Adamawa States, leaving only about three local government areas in Borno State, partially under the control of the insurgents, as at May 2015.”

The group, challenged Buhari’s administration to deny the fact that the Nigerian military was still using the arms and ammunition purchased by Jonathan to fight, insisting that present administration has not bought any new arms till date.

Meanwhile, former President Jonathan has been listed among prominent Nigerians who have been alleged to be involved in the shady arms deal.

Over the past few months, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Services (DSS), have arrested some public figures who served during Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, over the alleged $2 billion arms procurement deal.

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