The Presidency has revealed why Former President, Goodluck Jonathan and other Former Heads of State, have not been paid their third quarter allowances.
This explanation came on Friday, October 7, based on the allegations made by demonstrators in Bayelsa State on Thursday.
A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, said the claims were patently untrue.
He said the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir David Lawal, has already confirmed that the former President and other past leaders were paid their allowances up to the second quarter of this year.
According to him, the third quarter allowances for the past leaders will be paid as soon as the SGF gets remittances from the Ministry of Finance.
The statement reads: “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.”
The Presidency believed that the protest was a premeditated attempt to blame President Muhammadu Buhari for something he knew 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,” the statement added.
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