Northern Christians caution Buhari against alleged plan to arrest Jonathan
Christians in the north, under the umbrella of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) 19 northern states and Abuja, yesterday cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against any plan to arrest former President Goodluck Jonathan following the ongoing prosecution of officials who served under his administration.
The association explained that: “Every honest Nigerian can see that the popularity of the current administration is dwindling rapidly in many quarters both home and abroad. It is therefore not advisable to consider or plan to arrest former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, as rumours have it.”
A statement issued by the association in Kaduna signed by its Public Relations Officer (PRO), Reverend Joseph Hayab, stressed that: “Such a misadventure, if it is true, will set a wrong precedent, which could open doors for mischief makers to set this nation into disarray.
“What Nigerians need urgently is availability of fuel, electricity, prompt payment of salaries and the security of lives and property. If the alleged plan to arrest GEJ is meant to amuse the international community and prove that Nigeria is fighting corruption then we must not forget that in many parts of the world the former President is being celebrated as a hero of democracy for his decision to accept defeat at the 2015 elections, a gesture which is exceptional in Africa.”
He added: “The government must understand that there are personalities serving in the current administration who have been accused of corruption at various levels but since there are claims that nothing has been established against them, they walk free and are holding key and sensitive offices in the nation.
“Why should government imagine the arrest of a man like Jonathan who no crime is yet to be established against him? On this ground, CAN Northern States wishes to counsel that such an arrest, if carried out, has the propensity to lead to misinterpretation with grave consequence to peace and stability that could affect Nigeria economically and much more.”