Former Minister of Transport, Ebenezer Babatope, says that none of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s ministers should be afraid of being persecuted by the administration of of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The former president at a thanksgiving and farewell service organised in his honour at the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Life Camp, Gwarinpa, Abuja had said he and ministers as well as other aides who served under him would be persecuted.
But Babatope, who spoke in an interview with Daily Independent said neither he as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Board of Trustees nor the Ministers should be afraid of being victimised by the new president.
While saying President Buhari is free to probe the Jonathan-led administration if he so desires, he added that ministers indicted in the probe should be given opportunity to defend themselves.
According to him “I was not one of Jonathan’s ministers. I was a member of the Board of Trustees of the PDP. I am one of those who are completely loyal to Goodluck Jonathan. He is a great leader that I love so much”.
“Talking about persecution, people should forget all that. Who will persecute who and for what reason? If Buhari wants to set up all the tribunal of this world, let him go ahead. He is the president. Let him bring the result out. Nigerians are going to be there”.
“But as far as I am concerned, no minister should feel afraid that he or she will be persecuted by Buhari. Yoruba have a saying that ‘it is the hand that sinneth that the king will order to be cut’. Jonathan on his part has done his best. Those among his ministers who will be probed for one thing or another will be there to defend themselves” he said.