Former US Ambassador to Nigeria Carpets Mrs Jonathan over Accumulated Wealth, Says She’s Arrogant, Disliked

How did former first lady, Patience Jonathan, accumulate as much as $35m when she had all along been in the civil service before becoming first lady?
This is a question a former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, wants Mrs Jonathan to answer.
The former Ambassador, who described ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Patience, as arrogant and flamboyant when she was Nigeria’s first lady, wondered how Jonathan’s wife became wealthy having spent most of her life as a civil servant.
Campbell expressed his feelings in a piece he wrote on Friday, ‘Nigerian President Buhari’s Sisyphean Efforts’, and posted on Council on Foreign Relations’ website.
The ex-US envoy stated: “Patience Jonathan as the first lady was flamboyant, arrogant, and widely disliked. She has yet to be convicted of a crime. However, it is curious how a person who spent most of her career in public service could accumulate an acknowledged $35m in a poor country.”
Speaking on President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption fight, Campbell said: “There is pushback against President Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign, especially among the opposition Peoples Democratic Party. Some claim that Buhari is using the EFCC to go after his political enemies. In the predominately Christian parts of the country, there are also murmurs that the anti-corruption campaign is part of a Muslim effort against Christians.
“The Committee on Public Petitions in the House of Representatives has issued a warrant for the arrest of Magu(EFCC boss) because of his failure to appear before them with respect to a petition by Patience Jonathan. The committee’s move appears to be led by southern, Christian, PDP representatives.
“While it is true that under President Buhari, most of the high-profile investigations have been of PDP former officials in the Jonathan administration who are predominately Christian, these people were also, of course, in positions where they could loot public funds. Further, Christians dominated the Jonathan government, though the EFCC has also investigated Sambo Dasuki, Jonathan’s Muslim national security adviser, who remains under house arrest,” Campbell noted.
The former first lady and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission are currently locked in a running battle over the latter investigation into the alleged billion of naira traced to Mrs Jonathan.

Author: News Editor

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