- Former President Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has again, addressed a reoccurring narrative
- Mrs Farida Waziri, recently claimed in her new book that she was removed from office by Jonathan, because of her probe of some oil racketeers
- Waziri is a former chairperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
Former chairperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs Farida Waziri, recently claimed in her new book that she was removed from office by ex-President Dr Goodluck Jonathan, because of her probe of some oil racketeers.
Waziri had made the statement in an interview in 2017, which prompted a response from Jonathan's spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze.
Again, Eze has debunked the claims by the former EFCC boss, berating her for insisting on the narrative.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday, February 10, the former president's spokesman said Jonathan had no personal issues with Mrs Waziri, adding that she was removed from office due to national interest.
“Her removal, therefore, has a lot to do with reasons relating to Nigeria’s interest and global standing which details Dr Goodluck Jonathan is obliged to keep as a state secret in our common national interest.
“It is very important to note that when dealing with the interest of the nation and the performance of the functions of a public office, a determined leader cannot prioritise the interest of an individual,’’ the statement noted.
“Those who choose to continue to rue, like Mrs Waziri, over the loss of public positions should realise that such a position, which is a public trust, is not an entitlement. They are usually given to individuals to provide service to the people.
“Public officers should, therefore, see such transitions as their own personal sacrifice to the nation,’’ the statement concluded.
Meanwhile, some prominent leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have resolved to approach Jonathan to come forward and lead the PDP's reconciliatory efforts.
“Jonathan is one of the most respected and loved chieftains of the party alive today. So, the decision is to appeal to him to come and lead us to unity. We need him on the frontline as 2023 approaches. We will go to him and offer him leadership,” one of the party chieftains said.
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