Don’t disgrace Jonathan – Igbo leaders tell Buhari

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Igbo Leaders of Thought, a body of eminent Igbo personalities, has warned that the plan to probe the immediate past federal government should not be a ploy to humiliate political opponents of President Muhammadu Buhari, including former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Jonathan vs Buhari
Jonathan vs Buhari

The group, led by constitutional lawyer, Professor Ben Nwabueze, also urged Buhari to immediately restructure Nigeria without delay.

In a statement titled “Only truth and justice endures,” which was signed by its deputy secretary, Evangelist Elliot Uko, the group said the impending probe must be devoid of “witch-hunting and smear agenda.”

It stressed that the probe would be reduced to a jamboree if it becomes an avenue to humiliate political opponents.

Using the probe to humiliate political opponents of the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government would cause problems for the country, the Igbo Leaders of Thought warned.

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“Desirable as the probe and prosecution of corrupt officials of the outgone regime is, we must endeavour to avoid witch-hunting and smear agenda.

“Only the probe and prosecution of factual, traceable and clearly identifiable cases of abuse of office and misuse of public funds will inspire confidence and receive commendation of the citizenry and the international community.

“Humiliating and deliberately degrading political opponents in the guise of probe and prosecution of corrupt officials will only reduce the whole exercise to a jamboree, that could lead to a lot of a acrimony and bad blood which we believe, is the last thing Nigeria needs at the moment,” the group said in the statement.

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The Igbo Leaders of Thought also insisted on the restructuring of the country into federating units.

The proposed restructuring of the country was canvassed by several groups, including the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, and Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural body, during the 2014 national constitutional conference.

Insisting on restructuring, the Igbo Leaders of Thought argued that it would amount to living in denial to pretend that the current federal structure was sustainable.

The group noted that fighting corruption and insurgency alone would not be enough to restore the confidence of Nigerians in the country’s future.

Arguing that the current federal structure, which was established by the military, was the bane of contemporary Nigeria, the Igbo Leaders of Thought described the proposed restructuring of the country as urgent.

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It said, “We believe that Nigerians from all persuasions, political divide, zone or status all agreed that the unity, security, stability of Nigeria should be the priority of all concerned at this juncture of our national growth.

“Sincerity of purpose, commitment to what is best for the country and for the good of all should guide actions and steps of our new leaders.

“While views and opinions may differ on solutions to the myriad of problems confronting us as a people, truth is usually located somewhere near the court of justice, equity and fair play.

“Continuing to pretend that the present political structure is sustainable is clearly to live in denial of reality.”

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  1. Osato Oboh says

    he should be probe jare is him nt born of a woman like every others

  2. Olayinka Okin says

    No amount of threats from Igboland can stop PMB from probing d past administration dat had thrown Nigeria & Nigerians into dis mess. Is it GEJ alone dat constituted d last administration? Nwabueze & his kinsmen should luk 4 beta things 2 say & stop threatening PMB. Dey shld have worned Goodluck!

  3. Eniitan Olaomo says

    Only in this country nigeria i see that if a current administration wants to probe tha past one they say it’s bias, it’s selective, it’s dis it’s dat, in china desame communist party are probing them self highest government officials are going to jail. Nigerians should wake up from their slumps. If na my papa involved let him pay.

  4. Musa Hassan says

    He who comes to equity, must come with clean hands. Gbam.

  5. Uzoukwu Nwabeke says

    Is stealing legalised in dis country ? Pls mr Mr president go ahead nd probe any body dat hs public fund even my own papa he should be probe,our people should leav dis Igbo of a tin nd cal a spade a spade .Enough is a enough period.

  6. Adebayo Adebare says

    @Marthins Boss,nothing is coming back as long as the présent administration are responsible and accountable.

  7. Saaid Dangana Ismail says

    probe anybody probable nonsense

  8. Martins Boss says

    Do what u like now it’s your time. But it’s all coming back to you as well

  9. Franklyn Olayinka Taylor says

    Pls let nigerians ask the self styled eminent igbo personalities, whether stealing is legalized in the nigerian costitution, that jonathan’s govt must not be probe, i think it is hightime the igbo nation call their leaders to order and stop to embarrassing the igbo nation with their stupid utterances.

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