From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos
. . .kicks off campaign in Lagos
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday gave reasons why his administration is not interested in sending corrupt officials to Jail.
Jonathan at the flag off of his 2015 re-election campaign on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos said his government has put institutions in place to fight corruption.
He said there is no government that has put in place structures to tackle corruption like his has done.
“It’s better to stop them from stealing the money than going after them when the money has been stolen, we have built a system that stop people from stealing the money,” President Jonathan said.
He said fighting corruption was not just about arresting people, parading them on television and dumping them in prison.
President Jonathan said his government will never engage in the illegality of arresting people without just cause.
“They want to get into power to jail their enemies, somebody wakes up and thinks he can jail all his enemies if he gets to power, today I can tell you we have arrested more people, prosecuted and convicted more people since I came into power.
For you to fight corruption you must take measures, if they have successes in fighting corruption during their tenure you won’t be talking about corruption today.
President Jonathan said his government is succeeding on anti corruption war.
The PDP presidential candidate also accused the Presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress APC and former head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari of not paying attention to the development of the military while he was military Head of State.
Jonathan said Buhari did not buy a single rifle for the military while he was in government, adding that talking about fighting insurgency now would only end up as lip service.
“If Buhari and those who had ruled the country before now had properly equipped the military, the fight against insurgency would have been won long ago.
Ask them what they did with their defence budget?”
Jonathan said even if the government had $10 billion today, it was not possible for it to empower the country’s military formations immediately.
“When this crisis came up we had nothing to face the insurgents so we used vendors to get few equipments for our military but today we are dealing with governments,”
Jonathan noted that the 2015 general election is about young people, said what the opposition was doing now is to promise to quell the crisis it instigated.” He explained
Jonathan said the opposition political party has being telling a lot of lies to misled the public about his person and administration.