Ministers, who served under former President Goodluck Jonathan have told President Muhammadu Buhari to stop unwarranted attacks on the former president.
They have also asked Buhari to show respect to Jonathan in his
actions and utterances as a former president of Nigeria, who paved the
way for his emergence.
The ministers made the call in a joint statement released in Abuja on Sunday.
The former ministers maintained that it was wrong for the Buhari
administration to cast aspersion on Jonathan and the ministers who
worked under him, deliberately discrediting the monumental achievements
and the innovative measures it adopted to tackle corruption in the
The former officials in a joint statement released in Abuja on Sunday
and signed by former National Planning Minister, Dr Abubakar O.
Suleiman pointed out that while Buhari and his party, the All
Progressives Congress had the right to chart their path, they considered
the vilification of the Jonathan’s administration as ill-intentioned,
unduly partisan, and in bad faith.
They said it was also wrong for the new administration to portray
each and every member of the Jonathan administration as corrupt and
The former ministers who boasted that they served Nigeria diligently
and to the best of their ability, pointed out that the results of their
sweat was what Nigerians were enjoying under the Buhari administration
and should be so applauded rather than being vilified.
They insisted that contrary to the claim by the APC, Jonathan did not
encourage corruption but rather devised means and measures to stamp out
corruption within the context of the rule of law.
While calling on Buhari to carry out the probe of whoever he wants to
probe, the ministers advised that such inquiry must however follow due
process and respect for human rights.
The statement said: “We, the ministers who served under the President
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan administration, have watched with increasing
alarm and concern the concerted effort by the Buhari administration and
members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to condemn, ridicule
and undermine the efforts of that administration, in addition to
impugning the integrity of its individual members.