Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said he will definitely speak about the #DasukiGate scandal at the right time. He made this known on Wednesday while speaking at the World Press Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference was organized by the Circle of Diplomats (Circle Diplomatique), Geneva in honor of him.
He said not minding the pressures and calls from all angles for him to speak up on the ongoing investigation into the alleged diversion of $2.1 billion fund, meant for procurement of arms and munitions for the fight against Boko Haram, during his administration, he will not make any comments yet until the time is right.
In response to questions raised by audience in relation to the arms deal,former president had this to say:
“I would have loved to speak extensively on this issue [arms deal] because, even back home, when I read the papers a number of people say former President Jonathan must make comment [on the controversial $2.1bn arms deal]. But in our country, there are laws; when an issue is before a court of law, people who have one thing or the other to do with that are not expected to make comment, because it is considered as prejudice.
“As a former president if I make any comment it will affect the court processes, witnesses and so on. So I will not talk until most of these things are settled out but definitely I will speak on it.
“I wouldn’t want to comment specifically on the $2.1bn arms deal because it is not proper, but at the appropriate time I will speak my mind on it.”
The diversion of $2.1 billion, which was supposed to be used to purchase arms for the fight against Boko Haram have generated so much issues and controversies in the country and it is still being investigated.
He also spoke on his achievement in office, saying he worked hard to encourage Nigerians and non-Nigerians to invest in the country. He also added that he would continue to support President Muhammadu Buhari in the fight against Boko Haram.
The former president was also honored by the Circle of Diplomats (Circle Diplomatique) as the Father of Democracy in Africa and World Peace Envoy.