Patience Jonathan, wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan has asked Ibrahim Magu, Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to allow the soul of her late mother rest in peace.
This was contained in a statement by Belema Meshack-Hart, Chief Press Secretary to the former First Lady, in reaction to allegations by the EFCC that it traced N2.1 billion to Magel Resort Ltd, a hotel which was owned by her late mother, Charity Oba.
“The former first lady had no dealings with the hotel until the demise of her late mum after which the hotel was handed over to her with the presentation of the death certificate of her mum,” Meshack-Hart said in a statement.
“This can be confirmed by Zenith Bank. Mrs. Patience Jonathan does not own Magel Resort Ltd. neither did she open the hotels account with Zenith Bank. The late mother of the former first lady should be allowed to rest in peace.”
While also reacting to allegations by the EFCC that she used her foundation Aruera Reachout Foundation, to launder stolen money, Patience said her foundation treated over 700 children and adults with heart-related ailments at the tune of over N3.5 billion.
According to the statement, she said her foundation “is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation established in 2006” and had a medical unit which sponsored the treatment and surgery of children and some adults with heart conditions.
“Till date, over 700 children have benefited from the Aruera Reachout Foundation, this alone cost the foundation billions, it is not news that the logistics involved in the treatment of heart disease cost over N5 million per child,” Meshack-Hart stated.
“This demonstrates the caring and maternal nature of Nigeria’s former first lady. God has used her as an instrument to positively touch the lives of some of our nation’s sick children, to make them healthy and happy through the appropriate medical intervention.
“It is now strange and sad that the EFCC will allege that such foundation only existed to launder funds.
“The many sick children that would have died but now live a happy life will stand as testament against the baseless propaganda and shameless allegation of the EFCC.
“It is worthy of note that the foundation which is duly registered by the CAC is free to receive donations from reputable individuals and organisations for its projects just like any other NGO.”
Patience also rejected ownership of a $12 million Diamond Bank account which the EFCC allegedly traced to her.
“For avoidance of doubt Mrs. Patience Jonathan does not have $12,831,173 domiciled in Diamond Bank as alleged by the EFCC. Anyone with proof should provide evidence and take advantage of the whistle-blower policy,” the statement read.