|Former President Goodluck Jonathan|
Commercial activities were on Thursday crippled in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital as hundreds of Ijaw youths blocked the Sanni Abacha expressway, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, to protest alleged constant harassment of the former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
They displayed Ijaw flags and placards with inscriptions such as “Leave Patience Jonathan alone”, “LNG must be bought by Bonny people”, “If you must probe, all First Ladies must be probed”, “We need projects not soldiers”, “unfreeze Jonathan’s account”, among others.
The allegation by demonstrators in Bayelsa State on Thursday that allowances due to a former President have been stopped and his bank accounts were frozen is patently untrue.
We have confirmed with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) that the former President and the other past leaders were paid their allowances up to the second quarter.
The past leaders have not been paid third quarter allowances but will get their dues when remittances are received by the SGF from the Ministry of Finance.
Also, the story of account closure is false. It is not known to the investigation agencies.
The National Security Adviser to the President is not aware of this bank account closure; the DG SSS is unaware of it, the EFCC is unaware and the IG of Police is not in the know.
With all of these agencies not being involved, how then could a thing like that happen? In a dream perhaps!
To put it starkly, we believe there is a clear motive for the demonstration that is different from that which was being canvassed.
This is a premeditated attempt to blame President Muhammadu Buhari for something he knows nothing about.
These claims are false and poorly sourced to present a picture of vendetta; and they should be disregarded by well-meaning members of the public.
President Buhari remains committed to the ideals of justice and fairness to all irrespective of creed, religion and political leanings. His administration will not engage in vendetta.
SSAP (Media and Publicity)
October 7, 2016