Netizens have dug up an old video of the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai lambasting former President Goodluck Jonathan for granting a presidential pardon to a convicted former Governor.
The video which is gaining attention on social media shows El-Rufai angrily carpeting Jonathan and accusing him of promoting corruption for granting a state pardon to former Bayelsa State Governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.
The video resurfaced online at a time mixed reactions have followed the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari through the Council of State to grant state pardons to former governors Jolly Nyame and Joshua Dariye of Taraba and Plateau States respectively.
In the old video, Elrufai was clearly seen criticizing Jonathan, accusing him of sending a wrong signal in the fight against corruption by pardoning a convicted person.
He accused the former Nigerian leader of encouraging and rewarding corruption.
He had said, “Nobody says you should eradicate corruption but don’t go around pardoning convicted people that have been convicted by regular cost for corruption and then you said you are fighting corruption, you are sending the wrong signal; not only to those engaging in corruption but also to young people who see that there is reward in being corrupt, this is what Jonathan is doing.
“Tell me which government before him pardoned convicted corrupt?”
Watch the video below.
Meanwhile, the Presidency has slammed Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike over his outburst against the decision of the federal government through the Council of State to grant pardons to some convicted people.
The presidency in a statement on Saturday released by the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu said Governor Wike was wrong to be publicly calling out the government on its decision after failing to attend a meeting to which he was duly invited.
The presidential spokesperson took to his Twitter account late on Saturday night to also slam Wike for his outburst.
He said Wike failed to attend the meeting and his deputy who attended on his behalf switched off her camera, making it difficult to ascertain if she really followed the proceedings.
Shehu cautioned Wike to stop playing politics with sensitive national issues when he failed to follow the right procedure when decisions were been taken.