by Akan Ido

Nigeria’s former attorney general and minister for justice, Bola Ajibola has upbraided president Goodluck Jonathan for describing the former governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha as his political benefactor.

According to Ajibola, it was wrong for the president to refer to an ex-convict as his benefactor.

The former minister reportedly said this in an interview with reporters at the engagement ceremony of the son of Oba Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu, the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Ogun State on Thursday.

He said, “One other thing that bothers me lately is a statement credited to President Goodluck Jonathan where he said that Alamieyeseigha was his benefactor.  I think he was misquoted and he should say it again!

“Jonathan should speak on this statement because it is not safe for us as a nation and as a people that an ex-convict is the benefactor of our President.  He should speak up now because any further delay may be dangerous for our national image.’’

On the reported disagreement between former presiodent Olusegun Obasanjo and Jonathan, Ajibola said the former president is right to have said his mind. He added that it is unfortunate that the president apparently misunderstaands Obasanjo’s sincere statement about the state of the nation.

“In a matter of time, Obasanjo and Jonathan will resolve the issue between the two of them.  To me, it is not an issue that should generate the noise that has attended it because it was a sincere comment by a concerned Nigerian leader about the state of the nation.  So the controversy that followed that sincere comment and observation is unnecessary,” he said.

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