Nigerian leader denies corruption, death squads

Nigerian leader denies corruption, death squads
# 23 December 2013 23:56 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan is challenging a prominent critic to prove allegations of corruption and that he is training a death squad to kill enemies, APA reports quoting Associated Press.

President Goodluck Jonathan, in a letter posted on his special adviser's website Monday, did not address charges that he is shielding a party financier indicted for drug trafficking in the United States and that drug barons are influencing politicians.

Jonathan said he has asked security agencies and the government-funded National Commission for Human Rights to investigate Obasanjo's suggestion that he is training a killer squad to assassinate some of the more than 1,000 alleged enemies on a hit list.

The letter responds to criminal and treasonous allegations made by his former mentor and ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo. It is the most comprehensive accounting of his government ever provided by Jonathan, who has governed since the end of 2009, yet still sidesteps difficult questions.

Nigeria's leader barely touched on the issue of the indicted Buruji Kashamu, saying the man had already responded himself.

Obasanjo said the government's failure to extradite Kashamu "is only confirming the persistent reports of complicity and condonation (condoning) of the crime for political benefit."

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