The Presidency has denied allegation that allowances due to immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan have been stopped.
Demonstrators in Bayelsa State on Thursday alleged that the federal government had stopped paying Jonathan’s allowances.
But Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Mallam Garba Shehu, yesterday said: “We have confirmed with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) that the former President Goodluck Jonathan, and the other past leaders were paid their allowances up to the second quarter.
He explained that though the past leaders have not been paid the third quarter allowances, they will get their dues when remittances are received by the SGF.
Shehu also denied the closure of Jonathan’s bank account, saying it was false.
“It is not known to the investigation agencies. The National Security Adviser (NSA) 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.”