The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has refuted insinuations that the Federal Government is persecuting and prosecuting Former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The minister stated, that it was the wife of the former president that came out to tell the world that the money frozen by EFCC in a bank account during their investigation belongs to her.
Mohammed further explained that it had nothing to do with the federal government.
There have been insinuations in some quarters that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, has been persecuting and is now out to prosecute former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife Patience Jonathan.
The whispers became heightened after the wife of Jonathan, Patience, allegedly claimed that about $31.4 million dollars in some accounts frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), belonged to her.
But speaking in an interview with journalists in Oro, Kwara State, Mohammed argued that it was not right to say that the Federal Government was probing Jonathan or Patience.
“If you look at the history of Mrs. Patience Jonathan’s issue, I think she was the one that came out to claim that the money found in the accounts of one of the aides to the former President, her husband, belonged to her.
“It was not the EFCC that claimed so. She claimed that the money that the guy was being prosecuted for belonged to her. It was only then they later found an extra $5 million in another account.
“It is not as if anybody has gone out to probe Mrs. Jonathan directly or indirectly. Rather Mrs. Jonathan was the one that said ‘that money for which you are accusing Mr. X actually belongs to me. So, you cannot start talking of prosecution or persecution,” he said.
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