Tuesday, 11 August 2015
National Peace Committee: Jonathan Did Not Seek Our Intervention
*Says fight against corruption must follow rule of law
By Tobi Soniyi in abuja
National Peace Committee, headed by Abdulsalam Abubakar on Tuesday in Abuja said that former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, did not call the committee to intervene on his behalf to placate President Buhari in his anti-corruption crusade.
Fielding questions from journalists after the committee met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja, the Coordinator of the committee, Bishop Mathew Kukah, said: "Anybody is free to come to our committee but President Jonathan never by telephone or another means talked to the committee. We went to see him, but that is after we had already seen members of the political party, members of the civil society. We planned to see the speaker because we couldn't see him yesterday.
"This is a very planned series of intervention essentially just to hear out everybody and I think the good news is that Nigerians are committed to a new nation; they are committed to ensuring that the gains and blessings God has given us come to fruition."
Asked why it has become necessary for the committee to intervene, he said, "This is not an intervention, it is a hearing out process. When we had election it was like a wedding; now the reality of government is now the marriage and people need to be encouraged.
"We need to reaffirm that this is our country and the only thing we can collectively be opposed to is injustice, iniquity, corruption and in that regard we all had one single conversation."
He said Buhari had also reaffirmed the need for the committee to continue and that the international community also welcomed the contributions of the committee.