President Muhammadu Buhari denies freezing of former president Goodluck Jonathan’s account. The presidency has dispelled the rumour that it owes former President Goodluck Jonathan his allowances.
In a statement on Friday, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, also said that the bank account of the former president had not been frozen.
Shehu explained that all past leaders Jonathan had received their allowances for the second quarter of the year, and that payment for the third quarter was being processed.
“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 obviously untrue,” the statement read.
“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 haven’t 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 SSS, DG is unaware of it, the EFCC is unaware and also the IG of police is not in the aware.
“With all of these agencies not being involved, how then could a factor like that happen? In a dream, perhaps.
“To put it starkly, we believe there is a transparent motive for the demonstration that is totally different from that which was being canvassed.
“This is a premeditated plan 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 an image of vendetta.
“President Buhari remains committed to the ideals of justice and fairness to all regardless of creed, religion, and political leanings. His administration will not engage in vendetta,” he added