President Jonathan Denies Allegations That He Masterminded 2 Bombings

President Goodluck Jonathan has on Wednesday denied allegations brought against him by MEND leader, Henry Okah, that he and his aides masterminded two bombings in 2010 in order to implicate some leaders of Northern Nigeria.

Henry Okah is the detained leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), blamed for the 2010 Independence Day bomb that killed at least 10 people with many more injured.

Mr. Okah’s allegations are contained in an affidavit he swore to in South Africa, where he is facing trial for his alleged involvement in terrorist acts against the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Meanwhile, President Jonathan has denied the allegation in a statement in Abuja by Reuben Abati, the presidential spokesman, describing the allegations as “false in their entirety and without any factual foundation.”

“As the case of Mr. Okah’s involvement in the plotting and execution of terrorist attacks in Nigeria is already before a court of competent jurisdiction in South Africa, the Presidency does not intend to say anymore on the matter for now and will, in accordance with due process and international law, make a full representation on the matter to the court when the trial opens,” the statement said.

Mr. Okah also stated in the affidavit that early in 2010, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke called him over 20 times to solicit his input into getting the portfolio of Petroleum Resources Minister, to which Mr. Jonathan subsequently appointed her. In what seemed to be a reference to that point, the presidency advised the Nigerian media “to respect the sanctity of the legal and judicial processes in this matter and avoid becoming willing tools in the hands of Mr. Okah and his agents in an entirely diversionary trial by the media aimed only at falsely impugning the character and integrity of the President and officials of his administration.”

Mr. Okah also stated in the affidavit that early in 2010, Diezani Allison-Madueke called him over 20 times to solicit his input into getting the portfolio of Petroleum Resources Minister, to which Mr. Jonathan subsequently appointed her.

The presidency also advised the Nigerian media “to respect the sanctity of the legal and judicial processes in this matter and avoid becoming willing tools in the hands of Mr. Okah and his agents in an entirely diversionary trial by the media aimed only at falsely impugning the character and integrity of the President and officials of his administration.”

  1. uche Reply

    I brodas, truth most be told GEJ is the sponsor of both MEND and the recent Boko Haram.

  2. abba faalke Reply

    An adage in hausa says”zama da mmadaukin kaanwa shi ke kawo farin kai” meaning dweling with a person of peertiicular character tends to teach you his habit. So GEJ u caused it all because the first was from you.

  3. Hawa Reply

    it is really d moment of truth, may God Almighty expose all the masterminders behind the killing of innocents nd destruction of property in Nigeria, No sinner shall go unpunished.

  4. Jameel B. Reply

    This is a moment of truth and pls let the truth be told! GEJ is responsible of all this crises in our home land 9ja.

  5. umar Farouq Reply

    Pls my fellow 9jerian lets us nt b comfuse n put Mr. President 4 reason of ol dis manace, glance fucusly thru Mr. Okah statement n Gen. Azazi. So lets us nt b foolish, Jonathan hav hand in dis menace.

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