On political prisoners in Nigeria, ex-President Jonathan knocks Buhari

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Special to USAfrica (Houston) and USAfricaonline.com

In his expanding reputation and legacy campaign, Nigeria’s immediate past president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan has taken a sharp swipe at his successor, a former military dictator, President Muhammad Buhari.

Jonathan delineated his point thus: “Underneath my watch not a single Nigerian was despatched to jail due to something she or he wrote or stated about me or concerning the administration that I headed. 

“Nigeria had no political prisoners underneath my Administration and we definitely didn’t have any prisoners of conscience as a result of we ourselves ensured that we acted based on our conscience in all we did.” 

Jonathan made the point  “That’s the reason it doesn’t matter what any critic stated about me, I ensured that there was each freedom of speech and freedom after the speech,”

He was the keynote speaker at the annual benefit awards dinner of the Nigerian Legal professional Association of America on October 29, 2016.

He looked at the audience, and pointed out that Nigerians abroad has major roles to play:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “You within the diaspora can attest to the truth that Nigeria had no political exile. Not solely did I take a stance to permit individuals categorical their opinions with out let or worry, we additionally enacted the Freedom of Info Act and by that, we tore the veil of secrecy overlaying governance.” 

Jonathan — who has faced severe criticism for not fighting corruption while he was in power — was honoured at the event in New York with the proclamation as an icon of democracy.


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