Following the prosecution of his wife and former aides, former President Goodluck Jonathan has raised alarm that his family is being harassed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall that just yesterday the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) withdrew a motion before a Federal High Court Lagos for stay of execution of a judgment which unfroze the account of former first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan in Skye Bank.
Justice Mojisola Olatoregun had on April 6 unfrozen the account after Jonathan’s lawyer, Mr Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), challenged the propriety of EFCC’s action.
He had challenged the commission for joining her in a suit, which he said, she was not a party to, and urged the court to unfreeze Jonathan’s account.
Dissatisfied with the unfreezing order, EFCC had filed an application for a stay of execution of the order as well as a notice of appeal challenging the judgment.
Again on Tuesday, a former Chief Executive Officer, State House Medical Centre, Abuja, Dr. Fortunate Fiberesima, was slammed with a six-count charge of money laundering by EFCC.
Fiberesima was arraigned before Justice Peter. O. Affen of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Maitama.
Fiberesima was alleged to have abused his position as the Chief Physician to the President in 2012 in awarding contract to a company where he has interests.
Several other aides of the former president have also been prosecuted, detained, or interrogated.
Jonathan also expressed his feelings further in a book, “Against The Run of Play”, written by ThisDay Editorial Board chairman, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi.
He said Buhari could still fight corruption using a different style.
He said he lost the 2015 election because he was betrayed by the former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Muazu and some Northern leaders in the party.
He said: “I feel sad about the way my family is being hounded.”
Speaking further, he said “Society is like a building. You build it one block at a time.
“If every president decides to go in to dismantle what his predecessor did, society will never make progress.
“I expected President Buhari to correct whatever mistakes I may have made and then carry on from there.
“But a situation in which people go into exile for political reasons is not good for us.”
“His style of fighting corruption is different from mine and since most Nigerians apparently prefer his style, it is okay.
“There are steps you take that will help in retrieving ill-gotten wealth and punish offenders while restoring confidence in the system. But there are also things you can do to damage the system.”
On the 2015 poll, Jonathan said: “I felt really betrayed by the result coming from some northern states.
“Perhaps for ethnic purposes, even security agents colluded with the opposition to come up with spurious results against me.
“You saw the way the Inspector General of Police, a man I appointed, suddenly turned himself into the ADC to Buhari immediately after the election.”
“How could we have lost Ondo, Benue and Plateau states if our people were committed to the cause?
“If you examine the results, you will see a pattern: in places where ordinarily we were strong, our supporters did not show enough commitment to mobilise the voters.”
“What happened was very sad not for me as a person, but for our democracy.”
“Take, for instance, the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu. I believe he joined in the conspiracy against me.
“For reasons best known to him, he helped to sabotage the election in favour of the opposition.”
The Presidency is yet to react to former president’s claim on the anti-graft crusade.