The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has asked former President Goodluck Jonathan to open up on the controversy surrounding the $2.1bn meant for the purchase of arms to fight Boko Haram insurgency during his tenure.
The PDP wondered why Jonathan has not reacted to the controversy generated by the alleged misappropriation of money by the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) during his tenure.
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Alhaji Abdulahi Jalo, stated this at a press briefing in Abuja on Monday.
Jalo, who spoke at the party’s national headquarters, said the former President should tellNigerians and the international community whether he authorised the sharing of the money meant to fight insurgency in the North-East in particular and the country as a whole.
He said, “As all of you know, no single kobo can be spent by the Federal Government without an act of the National Assembly.
“Money earmarked for arms purchase, some people diverted it to something else. So many people that you cannot even expect were involved. Now, darkness has come to light.
“Jonathan is alive, he should clarify whether he asked the National Security Adviser to divert money meant to fight Boko Haram into his campaign.
“I’m from the North-East and I know the terrible security situation our people are facing there.
“The money was meant to fight Boko Haram, and we all know that you can’t rule without peace. Now darkness has given way for the light.”
Jalo added, “It was not only members of the PDP that shared the money; members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Accord Party and the Social Democratic Party, among others, also shared. At least, Chief Olu Falae is not a member of the PDP.
“All of them should return the money. Then, (former) President Jonathan must speak on it. He is still alive.
“Has he ever said anything like this to Dasuki, ‘go and take from the money meant for the war against Boko Haram and share for my campaign’? It is time for him to speak up.”