Presidency denies stopping Jonathan’s allowances

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By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja.
The Presidency on Friday said former President Goodluck Jonathan, like other former Presidents and Heads of State, had received his full allowances for the first and second quarter of this year.
It made this disclosure in a reaction to the allegation by some protesting youths in Bayelsa Thursday that the allowances of the former President had been stopped.
The Presidency also, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, ‎refuted the allegation by the same protesting youths that Jonathan’s bank account had been frozen by the authorities.
According to the statement by Shehu, none of the agencies of government, including, the Directorate of State Services, the EFCC, or the Police were in the know of such a development, adding the the allegation was farther from the truth.
The statement issued Frriday night by the Presidency in Abuja read: “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 patently untrue.
“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.
“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.”

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