The immediate past First Lady of Nigeria, Patience Jonathan, has claimed that she is being probed by the President Muhammadu Buhari led government because of the role she played in the build-up to the 2015 elections.
Mrs. Patience, who is under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said this in a statement by her Chief Press Secretary, Belema Meshack-Hart, on Monday.
The former First Lady, who is claiming ownership of $15.5 million frozen by a court at the request of the anti-graft agency, has asked President Buhari to treat her the way her husband, former President Goodluck Jonathan, treated Aisha Buhari when he (President Buhari) lost the 2011 presidential election.
The statement read in part, “We believe that she is being systematically persecuted and punished because of her unflinching support for her husband during the 2015 elections.
“President Buhari should be reminded that his wife also supported him in all the elections he contested against her husband, former President Jonathan, but Dr. Jonathan did not at any point in time, carry out personal vendetta or go after Buhari’s wife.
“That is the standard practice in all democracies around the world. For instance, Michelle Obama campaigned vigorously for her husband’s party during their last presidential election, but we have yet to see President Donald Trump move against her. One thing is clear: No matter what they do to Mrs. Jonathan, she will continue to stand by her husband, the father of her children, even if it means paying the supreme price with her life.”
Recall that Patience had described Buhari who was the then presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress as a brain-dead man.