Jonathan defends Sambo Dasuki - 'He didn’t steal $2.2 billion' | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has come to the defense of his former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.



Dasuki is presently facing trial for the embezzlement of funds meant for purchase of equipment and other logistics for the war against the insurgents, Boko Haram, in the North-East.

Speaking at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, Jonathan maintained that Dasuki didn’t steal $2.2 billion.

In a statement by his Media Adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, the former President said that he worked for next the generation during his tenure and not next election.

Defending his administration’s Transformation Agenda, he said that it was designed to engage the latent potential in the entire nation and stimulate higher productivity.

He said: “While serving as President of Nigeria, I worked for the next generation and not for the next elections. Somebody must sacrifice and work for the next generation otherwise your children’s children will suffer the same predicaments as you have.

Jonathan, who was speaking to students of Oxford University on youth entrepreneurship, also pointed out that quality education and youth empowerment were at the heart of Africa’s growth and development.

“I am excited to be in the midst of some of the World’s future leaders to discuss issues relating to youth empowerment and entrepreneurship. The issue of youth entrepreneurship in Africa is very critical, as Africa is the only continent in which we will witness a population boom.

“Most violent crises in Africa can be traced to a lack of education and opportunities among its teeming youth population. Studies have revealed that there is a symbiotic relationship between youth unemployment and youth restiveness.

“As a leader, you can decide through your policies to educate the youths, or face the consequences of failing to do so. The Transformation Agenda was conceived to engage the latent potential in the entire nation, and to stimulate and enable higher productivity,” he added.

He emphasized that his Administration came up with various programmes to encourage young entrepreneurs including the youth enterprise with innovation in Nigeria (YOUWIN). We reformed the institutions and introduced various mechanisms to stop the problems associated with in our country without much publicity.

“We may not have been perfect, but we did our best, and our best yielded an era of unprecedented economic growth for Nigeria. A growth that proved the truism that a Nation’s wealth is not underneath the ground but between the ears of her people. Nigeria was rated as the
largest economy in Africa and the 23rd in the world by the World Bank and the IMF, with a GDP above US$570 billion.”

“We identified Nollywood as a sector that can employ many young people and provided a grant of $200 million to boost the industry. As a result, Nollywood became a major contributor to our GDP and in 2014, the industry contributed 1.4% to our GDP.

Jonathan also recalled that as Governor of Bayelsa State and later the President of Nigeria, he asked himself some critical questions:

“Why do individuals that grow up in similar circumstances end up differently, with some as successes and others as failures? Why are some nations rich and some poor? Is the wealth of nations a result of geography, weather, culture, destiny? What could a leader do to effectively lift a people out of the depths of poverty, and enable them to achieve prosperity?

“After much soul searching, I concluded that: wealth is a creation of the human mind properly prepared by education. Any nation that does not spend its wealth and resources to develop the capacity of its youth will be forced to use them to fight insecurity”

He challenged African leaders to see youth entrepreneurship as a collective project transcending national boundaries.

Despite incredible challenges, he said that Nigerian youths are achieving great things and placing Nigeria positively in the world map.

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  1. Uncle Jona you are on point , and that was the simple reason why those Boko boys are being use to destroy the N. east because their sponsors and them are static illiterate. And same thing we are experiencing today in our president for lack of education . Making policies today and reverse them tomorrow causing Nogeriand pains and suffering but surely it will be over soon .

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  2. where in the world did Jonathan support Dasuki in this speech delivered at Oxford? Our media should also be investigated as they are more a tool of friction than information.

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  3. Anonymous, me self I tire ooo! for this kind of news.
    It is like a story full of sound and fury signifying nothing.

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  4. I read through this story twice, looking for the name Samba from Jonathan. In fact, there was no Sam like alone bo. This media guys can lie! Malls LIE Muhammed see what you have caused in this country? Everybody is now a LIAR, both old, young and even pastors e.g Osinbanjo.

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  5. When someone who should be in jail is allowed to speak in public this type of thrash is what you hear. Biggest economy on paper! If the Niger Deltans are properly educated as claimed why are they engaging in wanton destruction of the national assets?
    This drunkard should be in jail for sharing our resources with some Hawks who suddenly became millionaires and billionaires without setting up businesses

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    1. Zombie, jorojaa ajoro!
      Go and die!

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    2. Mumu, jail ko gallow ni! Go & put him there....
      Must you know what's in Nigeria purse? Or you feel it?. During his tenure, everyone feeled the good he was talking about.
      I don't want to know what Nigeria has in her savings or who is stealing or not, it is not my work and am not in position to know but I can feel it. Everyone felt the impact of good economy during his time.... And so?

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    3. I completely agree with you. 👍

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    4. If GEJ should be in jail where will PMB that is hell bent on grounding Nigeria be?

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    5. Jonathan is the best Nigeria had produced so far........ " they claim he wasted money but dollar exchange rate was "#187 " in his tenure WHILST In Buhari's administration dollar exchange rate sky rocketed to #500 to a doolar , No programme initiative the so called empower is nothing to right home about No employment All APC MEMBERS are all righteous people including those who defected to APC What a shame on Buharis govt This is purely witch hunting . He claim he is not corrupt meanwhile he has not for once declared HOW MUCH FUND IN THE TSA (treasury savings account). I have always said with emphasis that before president buhari leaves office he should please return the dollar exchange rate to #187 where the the people who are corrupt left it as well as declare what is in the TSA or else I will pray to my GOD to intervene Amen.

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  6. Nigeriaeye where is the place jonathan defends Dasuki? Pls. You people should be ethical in your professionalism.

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  7. Oga Jona, stop manufacturing trailer load of excuses.

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  8. Jonathan should should have given example of his success from his own locality. Howe he empowered the youths over, how he tamed them to know that destroying our common wealth because they happen discovered it in their environment is bad and will definitely affect them.How did he dealt with the problem of water in his local government area.May the truth emerge completely as it unfolding.

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  9. It is only when one ex president is in jail that the others will sit tight.
    Obama no has been there before so not a new thing the rest from gowon to babagida Abdul Salam have not and even buhari.
    But time will tell if they are still alive.
    It is only in Nigeria that ex this and ex that are untouchables.
    Unfortunately those mentioned were military guys I forgot shagari.
    God will visit our land very soon.

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  10. Worst reportage ever. I watched GEJ speak, read it but never heard S. Dasuki's named or his matter raised

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