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Buhari’s Administration Will Not Persecute, But Suspects Must Clear Their Names -APC

By Funmilayo Omidiji – The possible persecution alarm after leaving office, blew by President Goodluck Jonathan Sunday in Abuja, has begun to draw public attention, as the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has affirmed that the the incoming Buhari Administration will not witch hunt anyone.

While reacting to Mr President in a statement issued in Abuja Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the APC stated however, those who have played “poker with the nation’s destiny must be willing and eager to clear their conscience before man and God”.

The statement reads: ”That the President-elect is a man of integrity is not an issue for debate, and he has made it clear that he will not be bogged down by endless probes.

”However, the hands of the incoming government will not be tied by those who have chosen to play the victim and exhibit a persecution mentality. Whoever has any reason to be afraid must lay bare such reason before Nigerians.”

The incoming ruling party said under the climate of change that Nigerians have ushered in with their votes, only the guilty needed to be afraid, and those with a guilty conscience, on account of their actions in the public sphere, must clear such, so they could be at peace with themselves.

It said: ”The last time we checked, this does not fit the definition of persecution,’’ wondering why the outgoing President chose a public forum to express his fears when he could have done same privately during his meetings with the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (rted).

”Since the Presidential election was won and lost, the President and the President-elect have met privately a number of times. Why didn’t President Jonathan express his apprehensions during these meetings? APC queried.

”Even if the two have not met, the President could have reached out to the President-elect over any fears that he may be nursing, instead of engaging in an action that seems like he was being preemptive and seeking to curry public sympathy,” opposition reasoned.

However, the party insisted that the priority of the incoming government would be the welfare and security of the long-suffering people of Nigeria, urging all citizens to support the Administration in charting a new path for the country – away from the “rapaciousness and impunity of the past years”.

It would be recalled President Jonathan Sunday, took time and spoke at length yesterday, during   a thanksgiving and farewell service organised in his honour at the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Life Camp, Gwarinpa, Abuja, on his, Ministers and aides possible persecution by the incoming government, due to some of the “ hard decisions”  taken by his administration.


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