The Presidency has described as patently untrue, the allegation that allowances due to a former president have been stopped and his bank accounts were frozen.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in a statement on Friday, was dispelling the allegation by demonstrators in Bayelsa State on Thursday that former President Goodluck Jonathan's allowances were stopped and his bank accounts frozen.

Shehu said the Presidency had confirmed with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation that the former president and the other past leaders were paid their allowances up to the second quarter.

 Shehu, who said the past leaders had not been paid third quarter allowances, assured that they would get their dues when remittances were received by the SGF from the Ministry of Finance.

The presidential aide also described the story of the account closure as false, saying "It is not known to the investigation agencies."

 He stated: "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!".

Shehu said the Presidency believed that there was a clear motive for the demonstration that was different from that which was being canvassed.

According to him, the allegation is a premeditated attempt to blame President  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."

Shehu said Buhari remained committed to the ideals of justice and fairness to all irrespective of creed, religion and political leanings.

The presidential spokesman added that President Buhari's administration would not engage in vendetta.


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