…says no vendetta against past leaders
By Rotimi Fadeyi
The Presidency yesterday dismissed allegation by some protesting Ijaw youths last Thursday alleging that the Federal Government has stopped the allowances due to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
A statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Mediaand Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu said the allegation that his bank accounts were also frozen was not true. The ijaw youths had also accused President Muhammadu Buhari of giving directive for the bank accounts of Jonathan to be frozen.
But the Presidency yesterday in the statement by Shehu said, “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 bankaccount closure; the DGSSS 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!
The statement further said, “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”, it further added.