President Goodluck Jonathan has confirmed the granting of presidential pardon to his brother and former Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, who confessed to stealing billions of Naira. Jonathan said he has no apology for any Nigerian who is angered by his action.
Speaking through Doyin Okupe, his assistant on public affairs, President Jonathan said:
“That is an action that has been taken by the National Council of States and I have no apology for that. We must begin to respect and honour our institutions. I don’t need to defend the action that has been taken.
“It is not all decisions parents take that are palatable for their kids. But with time they will realize that their parents are right.
“A man was deposed. He was hounded, tried and jail. What is wrong with giving pardon to a remorseful sinner? How come granting pardon to him has become an aberration? Is it because he is from Bayelsa? Is it because he is from South-South? Is it because he is connected to Mr. President?”