Jonathan replies Buhari - No responsible govt strategies to lose a war
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said he did not plan to lose the Boko Haram war as is being suggested by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Jonathan spoke on Sunday in reaction to an interview Buhari granted the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation.
In the interview, Buhari accused the Jonathan administration of deliberately provoking Nigerian soldiers into mutiny by its actions and turning round to arrest and prosecute the soldiers.
He said the past administration, while fighting terrorists, sent soldiers to the battlefield without arms and ammunition.
Jonathan, however, said he tried to protect the constitution, which had had sworn to defend when he assumed office.
The former president, who spoke through his Minister of National Planning, Dr. Abubakar Suleiman, said he did everything within his power to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.
“No responsible government would strategise to lose a war. President Jonathan sworn to defend Nigeria sovereignty and territorial integrity and he did everything possible to achieve that height in the fight against the insurgents,” a text message by Suleiman said.
“It is unfair therefore for Mr. President to perceive such efforts by his predecessor as criminal and treasonable.
“The President should, in an attempt to build this country, make such pronouncements that will further unite us as a people than that those that would divide us. Posterity will judge everybody.”
Buhari had explained that his administration’s investigation into the activities of the immediate past government revealed that instead of procuring arms and ammunition for the soldiers, funds meant for the equipment were shared by government officials.
He said, “We investigated and discovered how funds that were pencilled down for arms procurement were diverted and shared by government officials who served the last administration.
“The government at that time sent the soldiers to the battlefield without arms and ammunition to prosecute the war. That was what led some of them to mutiny. They were arrested and detained because of this.”