Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s style of fighting corruption, saying it forces people to go into exile for political reasons.
Jonathan also said that his family is being hounded by the Buhari administration.
The former president, made his feelings known in a book, “Against The Run of Play”, written by the chairman of This Day editorial board, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi, The Nation reports.
He said if every president decides to go in to dismantle what his predecessor did, society will never make progress.
Jonathan suggested that Buhari could still fight corruption using a different style.
He said: “I feel sad about the way my family is being hounded.”
“Society is like a building. You build it one block at a time. If every president decides to go in to dismantle what his predecessor did, society will never make progress. I expected President Buhari to correct whatever mistakes I may have made and then carry on from there.
“But a situation in which people go into exile for political reasons is not good for us.”
“His style of fighting corruption is different from mine and since most Nigerians apparently prefer his style, it is okay. There are steps you take that will help in retrieving ill-gotten wealth and punish offenders while restoring confidence in the system. But there are also things you can do to damage the system.”
However, the presidency has declined to react to the former president’s claim on the anti-graft crusade.
VON learnt that presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, reacting to the issue said that he could not comment on the contents of a book he has not read.
Meanwhile, Jonathan also spoke on the conduct of the 2015 general election in his book.
He said he was disappointed in former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Attahiru Jega over the handling of the 2015 general elections.
“I felt really betrayed by the result coming from some northern states. Perhaps for ethnic purposes, even security agents colluded with the opposition to come up with spurious results against me. You saw the way the Inspector General of Police, a man I appointed, suddenly turned himself into the ADC to Buhari immediately after the election.”
“How could we have lost Ondo, Benue and Plateau states if our people were committed to the cause? If you examine the results, you will see a pattern: in places where ordinarily we were strong, our supporters did not show enough commitment to mobilise the voters.”
“What happened was very sad not for me as a person, but for our democracy.”
“Take, for instance, the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu. I believe he joined in the conspiracy against me. For reasons best known to him, he helped to sabotage the election in favour of the opposition,” Jonathan noted.