Security agencies harassing me, Patience Jonathan cries to House of Reps

Patience Jonathan

Former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, on Thursday alleged harassment of her family by security agencies and sought the House of Representatives intervention.

In a petition to the Lower Chamber, Mrs Jonathan urged the Federal Government to call the agencies to order.

The petition was presented at the House’s plenary by the lawmaker representing Okrika Constituency of Rivers State, Bright Tamuno.

Presenting the document, Tamuno urged the House to wade into the matter in consideration of the sacrifices her husband, former President Goodluck Jonathan, made for the country.

According to him, no former first lady has been harassed like this before, and in view of the sacrifices that her husband has made for the country, the House should consider and call the security agencies to order.

In the petition, Jonathan alleged that the harassment was being orchestrated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and other agencies of the Federal Government.

The Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, referred the petition to the Committee on Public Petitions for further legislative action.

The former first lady had similarly petitioned the House in December 2016.

Her husband has also said his family is being hounded by the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Jonathan said this in the book, Against the Run of Play, written by the Chairman of ThisDay Editorial Board, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi.

“I feel sad about the way my family is being hounded, said Jonathan who argued that Buhari could fight corruption in a different way

“Society is like a building. You build it one block at a time. If every president decides to go in to dismantle what his predecessor did, society will never make progress. I expected President Buhari to correct whatever mistakes I may have made and then carry on from there,” the former president said.