Jonathan: Group calls on EFCC to obey court order

​- From Greg Nwadike

— The Coalition of Nigeria Political Pressure Groups; a coalition of 28 Political and Civil Society Organisations has again called on the EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Magu to go ahead and obey court’s ruling which ordered the unfreezing of monies belonging to the former First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan.

Rising from an extra-ordinary meeting weekend in Abuja, the group in a statement released said the continued disobedience to courts’ ruling by the President and his government agencies is a big minus and demarkets the APC as the party at the centre.

The release which was jointly signed by Comrade Ali Abacha and Rev. Allen Okafor as national Coordinator and National Secretary respectively reminded the EFCC Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Magu that the group had in a Press Conference around this time in 2016 called on the commission to stop the politically motivated investigation of the former President and his family because no former President had been so treated.

The Coalition further noted that the EFCC has not told the country if Mrs Jonathan misappropriated any public fund entrusted to her care by any government or constitution, noting that the office of “First Lady” does not appropriate government revenue.

“First Ladies as wives of Presidents naturally attract favours in cash and kind to their families while in office. Mrs Jonathan is not an exception.

“President Jonathan’s family must be treated with some degree of respect because of their sacrifices to the survival of our country and democracy.

“Serial failure to obey court orders in favour of Mrs. Jonathan and her family amounts to political vendetta and a huge minus against the APC government. Continued disregard to courts’ rulings is hereby strongly condemned by all as unnecessary and demarketing of the Buhari government”, the statement reads in parts.

It therefore called on the EFCC to obey the latest ruling of the court which goes in favour of the Jonathan’s family, adding that President Jonathan’s silence on this matter should not be taken for granted as Nigerians still believe and respect him as a leader who loves his country.