Former president Goodluck Jonathan has hit back at President Muhammadu Buhari over comments made by the latter on BBC Hausa.
Jonathan said Buhari, during the interview, lambasted his administration, stating that his (Jonathan’s) efforts were criminal in nature and treasonable.
But, in his response through the former minister of national planning, Dr Abubakar Suleiman.
In the interview, Buhari accused the Jonathan administration of deliberately provoking Nigerian soldiers into mutiny by its actions and turning round to arrest and prosecute the soldiers.
He said the past administration, while fighting terrorists, sent soldiers to the battlefield without arms and ammunition.
Jonathan, however, said he tried to protect the constitution, which he had sworn to defend when he assumed office.
“No responsible government would strategise to lose a war. President Jonathan swore to defend Nigeria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and he did everything possible to achieve that height in the fight against the insurgents,” Suleiman said.
“It is unfair therefore for Mr. President to perceive such efforts by his predecessor as criminal and treasonable.
“The President should, in an attempt to build this country, make such pronouncements that will further unite us as a people than make statements that could divide us. Posterity will judge everybody.”