NLC to Patience Jonathan: What business did you do to earn $31m?
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NLC to Patience Jonathan: What business did you do to earn $31m?

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The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has called on former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, to tell Nigerians what business she did to accumulate the $31 million found in the accounts frozen by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The call for Mrs Jonathan to open up was made in Abuja by the President of the NLC, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, insisting that she has a responsibility to prove to Nigerians that the money in question was legitimately earned and that she must tell Nigerians the kind of business she did or doing to make such huge sum of money.

Wabba, who insisted that in other climes, the money would have been confiscated, said: “We have said it over and over again that NLC is the first organisation that actually supported openly the anti-graft war. We said recover, investigate and prosecute so that it can serve as a deterrent.

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“Our position has been clear on the issue of the frozen $31m. In this respect, the onus of prove is on the  ex-First Lady. First, she must inform all of us the sources  of the money. She must explain what business she has done to accumulate such wealth. In other climes, people would have forfeited such funds. This is our position and we have always been consistent about it.

“If you look at it critically, that is why we are where we are today. Salaries are not paid in many states not because the resources are not there but because of the inherent corruption in the system.

“Corruption fight should also be extended to states and local governments. Wherever there is element of corruption, whoever is involved, the law must take its course.

“There should be investigation. There should be fair trial within the confines of the law and whoever is found wanting, those funds should be recovered and prosecution should follow to serve as a deterrent.”

By Timothy Enietan-Matthews…

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