Hundreds of Igbo youths protested yesterday in Enugu the probe of former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan.
The youths, led by the Coordinator of Concerned Igbo Youths, Comrade Victor Ezenagu, said the probe, which led to the freezing of her accountý, was a calculated plot to humiliate ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
The protesters marched to the Enugu office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), where they submitted a petition to the Southeast Head of the commission, ýMr. Johnson Babalola.
ýIn the petition titled: Unjust Prosecution and Desperate Plan to Humiliate Former President Goodluck Jonathan, the protesters called for the de-freezing of Mrs. Jonathan’s account.
Ezenagu said: ý”ýWhile we salute the commitment of the present administration towards fighting corruption, we, however, express our disaffection with the manner the war is being prosecuted by the commission under your watch. Some of the actions of the commission in recent times leave no one in doubt that certain persons have clearly been singled out to be humiliated.
“A case in point is that of former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, who is currently being prosecuted by the EFCC. We see the freezing of her personal account and prosecution as an attempt to discredit former President Goodluck Jonathan.
“It is quite condemnable that having sacrificed his ambition for the sake of Nigeria’s future, Jonathan’s family is being visited with such cruelty from the commission. We say this because Mrs. Jonathan is not the first person to have occupied the office of First Lady in Nigeria. Yet, none of the other former occupants of that office is under probe, let alone trial.
“…It is also not out of place to state that the current administration is indirectly prosecuting and persecuting Jonathan. But to unleash such an action on a man who willingly conceded defeat, even when he was being urged to fight on, has grave implications.” (The Nation)