Goodluck Jonathan, the immediate past Nigerian President has denied claims that he collected money from the wanted Chairman of the defunct Presidential Task Force on Pension, Abdulrasheed Maina.
Some report had claimed the former president was paid a monthly N5billion from the embezzled money, which he denied.
Speaking in Abuja through his media adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, the former president reacted to statement credited to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), published in a national newspaper last week.
The chief legal officer of the federation was said to have told a Senate ad-hoc committee that an “ex-president was taking N5bn monthly from the Pension Fund.”
Jonathan dismissed the claim as “a blatant lie hurriedly cooked up to divert the attention of the general public from the raging ‘Mainagate’ and other embarrassing scandals.”
He added, “We believe that the story was concocted as part of the unfolding grand design (by the Buhari administration) to always dodge responsibility and blame every evil act taking place in the present dispensation on the past (Jonathan) administration.
He further debunked the claim that Malami made such allegation, saying the AGF is in position that such statement is simply a lie.