Barrister Ahmed Ali Gulak, a former Speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly and also a former Special Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Affairs, has said that his former boss, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has a lot of questions to answer as regard the looting of $2.1 billion arms procurement fund, otherwise referred to as #DasukiGate.
While speaking to journalists in Abuja yesterday, the former political aide, maintained that the ex-president should be probed. He blamed his ex-boss’ lack of political experience, arrogance and impunity for the arms deal scandal and other financial misappropriations that has engulfed the legacy of the past administration in which he served.
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Gulak insisted that even though nothing has been directly linked to the ex-president, most of the alleged embezzlement were perpetrated by his right hand men and party chieftains and as such he (Jonathan) cannot be absolved of crime as their leader.
Read what he had to say:
The revelation coming out (of the arms deal) was because there was no political experience. It was arrogance and impunity then. Jonathan did his best, but unfortunately, he cannot escape liability because the buck stops at his table. They misled him, they blackmailed him, they cajoled him and they put him in complete darkness as far as the political process was concerned then.
Because he was the president and chief executive officer of the country, every act of his agents and officials, he must be bound by it whether he was aware of what they were doing or not. He is vicariously liable. We have seen the approvals by Mr President (Jonathan) for the purchase of arms and ammunition. The approval was clear, but we got to know that the purpose for which that approval was thereafter made was not in accordance with the approval. Although he (Jonathan) may be held vicariously liable, he was oblivious of what the cabal was doing. They were not with him, they were not working for his re-election, they were only working for their pockets. The probe must be done. It is not about PDP or APC. It is not about partisan politics. It is about Nigeria. How can I just transfer $1.2 billion to somebody’s account in the name of prayers? Did Goodluck Jonathan know all this? I don’t believe so.”