The presidency today denied reports that the account of Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has been frozen. The denial came via a statement by the by Mallam Garba Shehu, the special adviser to the president on media, who also dispelled the rumour that former President was being owed allowances.
The Presidential spokesman stated that all past heads of state had received their allowances for the second quarter of the year.
The statement stated, “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.”
Shehu advised “well-meaning members of the public” to disregard the claims , which he said were false and poorly sourced to present a picture of vendetta.
“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,” The statement concluded.