– The presidency has decried what it described as attempts to tarnish President Buhari’s image with claims that he stopped ex-president Jonathan’s payments
– Buhari’s spokesman Garba Shehu says the president is unaware of the claims so also are all bodies that should be aware
– Shehu says President Buhari would not stoop so low to engage in vendetta instead of rendering justice
President Muhammadu Buhari has denied freezing the accounts of former president Goodluck Jonathan as was claimed by some Bayelsa youths in a recent protest.
Punch reports that Buhari made the clarification on Friday, October 7 in a statement through presidential spokesman Garba Shehu.
According to Shehu, there was not truth in the report that the presidency froze Jonathan’s accounts because the president was committed to justice and not dealing in vendetta.
The statement reads, “The allegation by demonstrators in Bayelsa State on Thursday that allowances due to a former president have been stopped and his bank accounts frozen is patently untrue.
“We have confirmed with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation that the former president and 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 SSS Director General 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.”
Meanwhile, a statement from the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has claimed that the protest which rocked Yenagoa, Bayelsa state on Thursday, October 6 against the alleged persecution of former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience by the federal government may have been sponsored.