I have no foreign account, Jonathan tells Buhari

*Says his advise on P&ID ignored

President Goodluck Jonathan has dismissed the Federal Government’s subpoena on him to produce bank statements of his accounts abroad saying that he has no account or property abroad.

Reacting to the news reports, the former president also chided the Muhammadu Buhari administration of not following the counsel in his handover notes concerning the P&ID controversy saying that had the administration followed his counsel that it would not have found itself in the present circumstances.

While observing that he gave his predecessors as president the courtesy required of the office, Dr. Jonathan in a statement issued by his spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze said:

Our attention has been drawn to international media reports to the effect that the Federal Government of Nigeria has subpoenaed bank records for former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan in the United States of America.

We aver that the Federal Government of Nigeria did not contact Dr. Jonathan or his wife before issuing these subpoenas. If they had, we would have advised them of the fact that you cannot subpoena what does not exist.

We also remind the public that on March 5, 2014, during the swearing in of new ministers, then President Jonathan said “I am loyal to Nigeria’s economy. I don’t have accounts or property abroad.”

We are confident in stating that between that time and now, nothing has changed with regards to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. He has no accounts in the United States of America, and encourages US authorities to cooperate fully with the Federal Government of Nigeria’s subpoena.

We would also like to state that during his tenure as President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan extended every courtesy to former Presidents and Heads of state because he believed and still believes that promoting, projecting and protecting Nigeria’s sovereignty and image is the paramount duty of her government, because it is not possible to belittle Nigerians without belittling Nigeria.

Finally, we state that the signing of the P&ID contracts preceded the Jonathan administration and that that government gave appropriate counsel to the incoming government in the handover notes of 2015, which advice, if carried out, would have prevented the current unfortunate circumstances.

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