GEJ says he won’t speak on the arms scandal now

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Yesterday, GEJ was honored by The Circle of Diplomats, at the Intercontinental Hotel In Geneva. And while speaking at Geneva Press Club on Security, and Development in Africa, he said: “I would not like to
comment now because the matter is in court.

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I cannot comment. Definitely, I will speak. My comment now may affect witnesses and the judicial process. When I was President, I tried to build institutions like the Judiciary and separation of power and the electoral bodies. I should not be the one undermining the process.”

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Pressed to comment on the huge amounts of money allegedly embezzled by some members of his administration, he said: “I have an idea about some of the corruption cases you are talking about.

The amount being mentioned in some cases are so huge, sometimes people think I was Nigeria’s President since independence. Sometimes, people just bandy figures. I remember somebody said we lost $49bn in 18 months.

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The same man who made the allegation reduced the figure to $12bn. I got forensic experts to probe the books of NNPC to ascertain the veracity of the allegation. I even remember asking the German Chancellor who said if that amount of money was missing in her country, it would be a big issue. The truth of the matter is that if we lose such amount of money within 18 months as the allegation said, the country will collapse.”…. like d wall of Jericho……

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