By Levinus Nwabughiogu
Presidency has described as totally untrue the allegation that president Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the freezing of the account of former President Goodluck Jonathan and also stopped his allowances and those of other past leaders of the country.
The presidency’s reaction came on the heels of 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.
It however said that third quarter allowances had not been paid.
In a statement on Friday by the Senior Special Assistant to the president on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the presidency said that Buhari accused the demonstrators of a hidden agenda, stressing that Buhari would never engage in any vendetta.
“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.
“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.”