The Presidential spokesman, Rueben Abati has assured Nigerians that his boss, President Jonathan will not interfere with the ongoing investigation against a former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff.
This is coming barely 48 hours after Jonathan was lambasted by the All Progressives Congress., APC, for including an alleged Boko Haram financier/sponsor in his delegation to N’Djamena, Chad.
Abati who stated this via a statement described as unnecessary “hue and cry” criticisms that the President is hobnobbing with the former governor of Borno state. The statement reads: “We have noted with surprise, the unnecessary hue and cry raised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other bigoted critics of the Jonathan administration over the claim that the President is “hobnobbing” with the former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff who was recently accused by the Australian, Stephen Davis of being one of the chief sponsors of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
“The totally erroneous basis for that charge was the spurious claim that Senator Sheriff accompanied President Jonathan on his recent trip to Ndjamena as a member of his entourage.
“Although Senator Sheriff himself has already given the lie to that claim through his Media Adviser, the Presidency wishes to affirm, for the purpose of emphasis, that the former Borno State governor was not on President Jonathan’s delegation to Chad.
“In keeping with President Jonathan’s commitment to transparency and openness in the conduct of government business, names of the key members of his delegation were announced a day before his trip to Ndjamena.
“They included the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), the Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed and the Director-General of National Space Research and Development."