The Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of witch-hunting former first lady, Patience Jonathan.
Dame Jonathan recently claimed ownership of five Skye Bankaccounts with billions of Naira, which were under investigation.
The Ijaw group also said the media trial of the former first lady shows that the anti-graft agency is carrying out a deliberate plot.
According to Leadership, the group’s spokesman, Udengs Eradiri, said “The EFCC’s indiscreet media trial of Tompolo led to the crisis in the Niger Delta that plunged the country into the current economic mess. Jonathan’s wife like most former First Ladies made her money from gifts and gratifications insisting that there was no law against such gestures. First Ladies in Nigeria do not do any work. A woman naturally attracts a lot of gifts from men let alone a First Lady who has the power to recommend you for something.
“They receive a lot of thank you and gratifications because most cases they recommend people who come back to thank them. Even when they do not recommend, people go and say good morning with a million dollar. It did not start with Patience Jonathan. We know how influential the former First Lady of this country and other First Ladies were. We know how powerful, rich and wealthy they are and the property they acquired as a result of gratification. if you say Patience should show how she made her money, you must start with all the First Ladies, otherwise, it is a witch-hunt. Patience Jonathan got her wealth from thank you and there is nowhere in the law that says we should not receive thank you.
“So, EFCC should stop this nonsense. If you have issues, go and follow the due process and don’t begin to use the media to tarnish the image of the former first family. jaw youths would not tolerate further attacks and insults on Jonathan’s family adding that the former President deserved respect. Despite the humiliation Jonathan suffered from the wife of late former President Musa Yar’Adua, he never harassed the late President’s family.Jonathan should be respected in Nigeria. You heard what happened during the time of late President Yar’Adua, Jonathan did not witch-hunt that family irrespective of the humiliation he suffered despite the position of the law.
“This is a witch-hunt and the EFCC must stop this attitude because very soon, people will begin to resist them. Nigerians will get to the point where they will no longer accept it. We support the fight against corruption. All of us know that corruption has eaten deep into our fabric but this selective fight especially geared towards the region must not be allowed.”
Eradiri also said Mrs. Jonathan has no case to answer, adding that the EFCC is out to shame any person close to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
He also alleged that the Federal Government approved a University for late Gen. Sani Abacha’s wife, despite the corruption cases against the family.
Adding that “It is in this country that they talked about Abacha’s loot, yet a university had been approved for Abacha’s wife. In this same country where they said Abacha was corrupt. So, why you treating one former first family differently and then everybody are wants to humiliate Jonathan’s family in the best of their ability.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the former first lady to tell Nigerians how she made $31m.