In Geneva, Jonathan cleverly evades questions on arms deal

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Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria's former president

Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria's former president
Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s former president

Former President Goodluck Jonathan was at his dodgy best on Wednesday in Geneva Switzerland, as he parried questions over investigation into the procurement of arms by his administration for the fight against Boko Haram.

The former president said: “I would have loved to speak extensively on this issue [arms deal] because, even back home, when I read the papers a number of people say former President Jonathan must make comment (on the controversial $2.1bn arms deal).

But in our country, there are laws; when an issue is before a court of law, people who have one thing or the other to do with that are not expected to make comment, because it is considered as prejudice.

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He was speaking at the Geneva Press Club.

“As a former president if I make any comment it will affect the court processes, witnesses and so on. So I will not talk until most of these things are settled out but definitely I will speak on it.

“I wouldn’t want to comment specifically on the $2.1bn arms deal because it is not proper, but at the appropriate time I will speak my mind on it.”