Jonathan reports Obasanjo to rights commission over criminal allegations


President Jonathan Goodluck yesterday submitted himself to the National
Human Rights Commission, NHRC, for probe over criminal allegations
against him by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Former President Obasanjo had written an 18-page open letter to
Jonathan, accusing him of incompetence, engaging in anti-party
activities, ethnicism and training about 1,000 snipers ahead of the 2015

Jonathan, who denied the allegations in his response, is specifically
inviting the rights commission to unravel the truth in the allegation
that his government had begun training over 1,000 snipers to terminate
his political opponents.

In a letter to the commission, President Jonathan is seeking for a
thorough investigation of the allegations against him, touching on
alleged human rights abuses.

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The letter, signed by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr.
Mohammed Adoke, SAN, on the directive of Jonathan, had already been
submitted to NHRC.

The letter dated December 23, 2013 was submitted yesterday. Sources
close to the Presidency told National Mirror that similar letters had
been written to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related
Offences Commission, ICPC, and the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC.

The two anti-graft agencies are to probe allegations of economic crimes
and official corruption against the Jonathan’s administration as
contained in Obasanjo’s letter.

Although, National Mirror could not get copies of the letters, a copy of
Jonathan’s letter to NHRC confirmed yesterday that both the ICPC and
the EFCC had also been directed to handle allegations touching on
economic crimes.

In the memo signed by Adoke (SAN) and addressed to the Executive
Secretary of the NHRC, Prof. Bem Angwe, the AGF requested the commission
to investigate the allegations on the human rights violations contained
on pages 9-10 of the letter dated December 2 written by former
President Obasanjo to President Jonathan.

The memo with number HAGF/NHRC2013/Vol2/5 reads in part: “Re: Before it
is too late: “May I draw your attention to the above and the attached
State House memorandum dated December 23, 2013 in respect of the above
subject matter.

“I am to request you to investigate the allegations bothering on the
human rights violations contained on pages 9-10 of the latter dated 2nd
December 2013, written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, to
President Goodluck Jonathan, attached to the memorandum under reference.

“In order to properly delineate the issues within your sphere of
competence particularly as other issues raised in the letter are being
investigated by appropriate agencies of government, I have decided to
reproduce the relevant paragraphs below.

According to Adoke the paragraphs to be investigated by the commission
are: “Allegations of keeping over 1,000 people on political watch list
rather than criminal or security watch list and training snippets and
other armed personnel secretly and clandestinely acquiring weapons to
match for purposes like Abacha and training them where Abacha trained
his own killers, if it is true, it cannot augur well for the initiator,
the government and people of Nigeria. “Here again, there is lesson of
his to learn from anybody who cares to learn from history.

Mr. President would always remember that he was elected to maintain
security for all Nigerians for personal or political ambition or
interest of anyone.

“The Yoruba race adage says ‘the man with whose head coconut is broken
may not live to savour the taste of the succulent fruit’. Those who
advise you to go hard on those who oppose you are your worst enemies.

“Democratic politics admits and is permissible of supporters and
opponents. When the consequences come, those who have wrongly advised
you will not be there to help carry the can. Egypt must teach some
lessons. “Presidential assistance for a murderer to evade justice and
presidential delegation to welcome him home can only be in bad taste
generally but particularly to the family of the victim.

“Assisting criminals to evade justice cannot be part of the job of the
presidency. Or, as it is viewed in some quarters, is he being recruited
to do for you what he had done for Abacha in the past? Hopefully, he
should have learnt his lesson.

Let us continue to watch,” the memo added. The Presidency had attached
two exhibits to the letter including the original letter written by
Obasanjo and the reply by President Jonathan.

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Both letters were replete with accusations and counter- accusations, some of which were criminal. National Mirror
gathered yesterday that the NHRC would invite the two dramatis personae
in the crisis: former President Olusegun Obasanjo and President
Jonathan to expatiate on the allegations contained in the two letters.

A source at the commission, who did not want his name mentioned, also
said that those connected in the allegations would be invited to assist
the rights commission by providing particulars to the allegations. The
particulars, National Mirror learnt, would guide the commission to
arrive at a just conclusion on the sensitive issue. Although the
commission had acknowledged the letter, no formal step has so far been
taken on it.


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