Watch: Goodluck Jonathan speaks on fighting corruption and growing Nigeria’s economy


The former president of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan has debunked various claims that his administration tolerated corrupt practices, Premium Times reports, saying that his administration fought corruption quietly without making noise.

Jonathan said he did what was necessary to strenghten the anti-corruption agencies during his tenure as a president.

Responding to questions during the Oxford Union of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, Jonathan said his administration did not need to make noise about purging the Nigerian system of corruption.

He however, noted that it will be wrong for him to speak on certain cases that are currently before the court, saying he would not want to interfere with judicial matters.

He said, he would not “interfere with the legal processes because several matters are pending in court.”

“We reformed the institutions and introduced various mechanisms to stop the corruption problems in our country without publicity,” Jonathan said.

Jonathan encouraged the federal government to develop human resources especially the youth.

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He said: “As a leader, you can decide through your policies to educate the youth, or face the consequences of failing to do so.”

This, he said were some olf the things his administration did to grow Nigeria’s economy.

“Despite incredible challenges, Nigerian youths are achieving great things and placing Nigeria positively in the world map. They inspire us,” he said.

“As a result, Nollywood became a major contributor to our GDP and in 2014, the industry contributed 1.4% to our GDP.

“We may not have been perfect, but we did our best, and our best yielded an era of unprecedented economic growth for Nigeria. A growth that proved the truism that a Nation’s wealth is not underneath the ground but between the ears of her people.

“Under my watch, Nigeria was projected by CNN Money to be the third fastest growing economy in the world for the year 2015.

“While serving as President of Nigeria, I worked for the next generation and not for the next elections. I have no regrets for what I did,” Jonathan added.

Jonathan campaigned as the presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2015 general elections.

He however lost and conceded defeat to All Progressives Congress candidate Muhammadu Buhari, a first of its kind since the emergence of democracy in Nigeria.