310 Views

The Riches of ‘Mama Peace’

How much is Patience Jonathan worth?
You can keep your guess. Here is mine: Goodluck Jonathan does not know. Some people say, he dares not ask, but that is just hearsay.
What is important is: Patience has a general, and better idea. General because it is one thing to invite a bank to your presence and open several accounts, it is another to be able to swear as to how much is actually in which account.
According to emerging accounts, pardon the pun, on March 22, 2010, Mrs. Jonathan opened four accounts at Skye Bank. Actually, the bank, shepherded by one of her husband’s all-purpose “special advisers”, appeared in her presence to open the accounts.
His name: Waripamo Dudafa. At the time, he carried the powerful label of “Special Adviser on Domestic Affairs” to Mr. Jonathan. He it was who led to Mrs. Jonathan at home, two senior officers of Skye Bank: Demola Bolodeoku and Dipo Oshodi. Her husband was Nigeria’s Acting President; in 43 days he would become President.
When you are as powerful as Mrs. Jonathan was, you do not go to the bank. And so the bank came to Mrs. Jonathan. Mission: to open five accounts for the First Lady.
People worldwide have been asking one question since this story broke: What kind of person opens five accounts in one bank in one day?
It is probably a silly question, but I will provide the answer: it is the kind of person who has, or is expecting more money than will fit into one account!
Anyhow, these are the facts we know. It however seems that Mrs. Jonathan, who had the accounts opened in her presence, perhaps as she got her pedicure done or gave commands on the phone, somehow “discovered” that “Derring-Do” Dudafa had opened only one of the accounts in the name of the most powerful woman who ever ate eba with her right hand.
Yes: despite Mrs. Jonathan personally, and with that same right hand and an expensive pen signing the five accounts that night as Dr. Dame Chief (Mrs). Patience Fakabelema Jonathan, Mr. Derring-Do—in the equivalent of signing your own death warrant—allegedly opened not one, not two, not three but four, in the names of his own companies.
In other words, we have to suppose that all of the funds that Mrs. Jonathan laboured so hard for before and during her First Ladyship, went to Mr. Dudafa four-fifths of the time.
It is unclear exactly when Dudafa performed on Mrs. Jonathan the dastardly bait and switch the “umblerah” party had perfected. It is even less clear exactly when Mrs. Jonathan found out.
She may blame her husband. Mr. Jonathan it was who early in 2014 appointed into the governorship of the Central Bank of Nigeria, one Godwin Emefiele. But even though Patience had once declared as “brain-dead” Muhammadu Buhari, the man who would succeed her husband in office, Buhari somehow contrived to keep in office the said governor.
And Emefiele it was who superintended the Bank Verification Number (BVN) exercise in 2014, which is how the EFCC entered the story, leading to some account freezes.
And that, we assume, is how the news came to Mrs. Jonathan one day in that month: her high-value medical accounts of about $15 million (US) had been frozen. By the EFCC.
That is news bad enough to make anyone wet their bed. Not Mama Peace. Instituting a legal challenge, she affirmed that each and every dollar in the accounts in question was hers. $15m in “medical” money.
I have always said that the BVN exercise was fraudulent. Were it honest, the government would have since the first few months of 2014 trapped so many wealthy Nigerians in their own vomit this country would have changed, no pun intended.
Okay, I know her husband insisted that stealing was no corruption, but think about it: Mrs. Jonathan is the first Politically Exposed Person to be openly—but only accidentally—linked with one of those huge chunks of funny money.
Last Thursday, the case became even more fascinating, as the four companies involved pleaded guilty to money-laundering.
Some housekeeping: For those who are neither old nor literate enough, Mrs. Jonathan and I are old acquaintances in this column. It is nearly 10 years and 10 days since the EFCC seized from her the astounding sum of $13.5 million dollars, and accused her of money-laundering, the second such charge within one month. Earlier, brandishing a court order, the agency had frozen N104 million she allegedly tried to launder.
At the time, Mr. Jonathan was the governor of Bayelsa State. Nonetheless, as the EFCC bustled off to the Federal High Court in Abuja, I fully expected Mrs. Jonathan to end up in jail.
But despite all of the grandstanding, Mrs. Jonathan was not prosecuted. As a matter of fact, it would appear that the EFCC quietly withdrew the cases and returned the confiscated funds to her, perhaps with a written apology. The agency never offered an official report or explanation.
Back in the news 10 years later, Mrs. Jonathan, conveniently out of the country at the moment, wants back $15m she refers to as her medical money. The authorities also found $5m in another account in her name after the first story broke. She responded with a N200m “fundamental rights enforcement” action against Skye Bank Plc for giving to the EFCC information that was then “used to inconvenience and embarrass” her.
I believe Mrs. Jonathan has done Nigeria a big favour by claiming that the funds belong to her. She should therefore be given the money, all of it.
First, however, she must establish how she earned it. Let us remember: she does have a track record, including those 2006 EFCC seizures. It is also on record that in its report on the 2007 election, the American Council on Foreign Relations described Mrs. Jonathan as the “greediest person in Bayelsa State.”
Greed: If she opened five accounts in one night while her husband was Acting President, how many did she have when she was establishing that reputation as Bayelsa’s worst, and how many when he became President?
Mrs. Jonathan is said to own Yenagoa’s Arisdorf N10billion Resort Wellness and Spa. She has also been linked with a string of other properties, especially in Abuja, including the sprawling high-end but currently abandoned estate in Kado-Kuchi. This is an opportunity not only for her to recover her so-called medical allowance, but her soiled reputation.
I am reminded of her thanksgiving service in Aso Rock in February 2013 when she confessed she had nearly died in hospital in Germany. She said she suffered through eight or nine surgeries in one month, and had spent seven days in some sort of coma.
She then pledged to embark on “things that will touch the lives of the less privileged…[as God] gave me a second chance because I [died]…”
In my comment, I challenged Mrs. Jonathan to show proof of her pledge. Three years later, we have only evidence of astounding wealth she suggests she is entitled to, in the midst of extreme poverty.
The question is: who is going to ensure justice, not rhetoric?
About the Author:
Sonala Olumhense is a Nigerian writer and a columnist for Punch Newspaper.

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Latest Posts

Full Details Of How Pupils Study Under The Tree In Abuja Revealed (Photo)
Shocking
31 views
Shocking
31 views

Full Details Of How Pupils Study Under The Tree In Abuja Revealed (Photo)

MT - June 20, 2018

This may sound like a fairy tale but it is for real. Children still study under trees and unfriendly classrooms in many government owned basic education facilities…

National Publicity Secretary For KOWA Party Hands In Resignation
Politics
32 views
Politics
32 views

National Publicity Secretary For KOWA Party Hands In Resignation

PH - June 20, 2018

Mr Kunle Lawal, the National Publicity Secretary of Kowa party on Wednesday confirmed his resignation as the party’s image maker. Kunle Lawal disclosed in Abuja that he…

10 Things Saraki Said About Nigeria to Russian Parliament
Politics
37 views
Politics
37 views

10 Things Saraki Said About Nigeria to Russian Parliament

MT - June 20, 2018

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, addressed the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in Moscow. Saraki arrived Russia on Tuesday, alongside other…

Nigerian Teachers Urged By 2018 Global Teacher Award Winner To Stand For Prize
Education
39 views
Education
39 views

Nigerian Teachers Urged By 2018 Global Teacher Award Winner To Stand For Prize

PH - June 20, 2018

Andria Zafirakou,winner of the 2018 Global Teacher Prize,  has called out to Nigerian teachers to stand for the global prize as applications open for the 2019 edition.…

Here is the List of Executive Orders Newly Issued by the Buhari Administration
Politics
38 views
Politics
38 views

Here is the List of Executive Orders Newly Issued by the Buhari Administration

MT - June 20, 2018

The Muhammadu Buhari Administration has issued a total of 5 Executive Orders since it assumed office. 1. Executive Order (EO1) on the Promotion of Transparency and Efficiency…

From Grass To Grace: Read Inspiring Story of Funmilayo Ugoh
Nigerian Women
55 views
Nigerian Women
55 views

From Grass To Grace: Read Inspiring Story of Funmilayo Ugoh

PH - June 20, 2018

Every one has a past, and ther is no present without a past. But you must not let your past dictate what your future will be, only…

Learn More: Which Eye Brow For Which Face?
Fashion
50 views
Fashion
50 views

Learn More: Which Eye Brow For Which Face?

PH - June 20, 2018

This is just a short tip to make women understand their eye brows better. After going through this tip, you will discover what you want for yourself.…

What Mikel Obi Was Seen Doing Ahead Of Nigeria’s Next World Cup Match
Sports
53 views
Sports
53 views

What Mikel Obi Was Seen Doing Ahead Of Nigeria’s Next World Cup Match

MT - June 20, 2018

Super Eagles Captain John Obi Mikel may have adopted Cristiano Ronaldo’s approach ahead of Nigeria’s second group game against Iceland at the Volgograd on Friday.   The…

Full Text of President Buhari’s Speech at Signing of 2018 Budget
Business
51 views
Business
51 views

Full Text of President Buhari’s Speech at Signing of 2018 Budget

PH - June 20, 2018

President Muhammad Buhari on Wednesday finally signed the 2018 appropriation bill into law. The President assented to the bill more than a month after it was passed…

Meet Solomon Sobande, the Nigerian Manager of Late American Rapper, XXXTentacion
Best of Nigeria
65 views
Best of Nigeria
65 views

Meet Solomon Sobande, the Nigerian Manager of Late American Rapper, XXXTentacion

MT - June 20, 2018

fter the demise of the fast rising American rapper XXXTentacion, a lot seems to be unraveling on the rapper who wasn't quite popular on this side of…

Meet 94-Year-Old Nigerian Woman Who Is A Sickle Cell Patient (Photos)
Food and Health
57 views
Food and Health
57 views

Meet 94-Year-Old Nigerian Woman Who Is A Sickle Cell Patient (Photos)

MT - June 20, 2018

Nigerian doctor, Chioma @Deekachy_md, shared the photos of the elderly woman, Alhaja Alakija, who according to her has lived with sickle cell anemia for 94 years. She…

Shell Gets Approval To Complete N10bn Bonga Southwest Project
Business
61 views
Business
61 views

Shell Gets Approval To Complete N10bn Bonga Southwest Project

PH - June 20, 2018

After years of delay, Shell has finally received approval to complete the building of the world class Bonga Southwest project, following discussions held in London between its…

Why Are Most Nigerians Not Using The Face Unlock Feature Of Their Smartphones?
Technology
44 views
Technology
44 views

Why Are Most Nigerians Not Using The Face Unlock Feature Of Their Smartphones?

MT - June 20, 2018

Face unlock now seem to be the latest trend in the smartphone world as more and more smartphones now come equipped with facial recognition security, offering up…

The Right Footwear For The Right Season
Buzz & Trends
46 views
Buzz & Trends
46 views

The Right Footwear For The Right Season

PH - June 20, 2018

It becomes hard to choose the right shoes during the raining season, therefore many find a solution to these by wearing their desired shoe and still having…

How Much It Cost Me To Build LITV – Linda Ikeji Speaks On Newly Launched TV, Future Plans
Best of Nigeria
60 views
Best of Nigeria
60 views

How Much It Cost Me To Build LITV – Linda Ikeji Speaks On Newly Launched TV, Future Plans

MT - June 20, 2018

While speaking in an exclusive interview published by Pulse Nigeria Business Insider, Nigeria’s most famous and richest blogger, Linda Ifeoma Ikeji, who recently launched an online television,…

Check Out the Biggest SUV Ever, the Russian-Made 8 Wheels Shaman All-Terrain Vehicle (Photos)
Technology
60 views
Technology
60 views

Check Out the Biggest SUV Ever, the Russian-Made 8 Wheels Shaman All-Terrain Vehicle (Photos)

MT - June 20, 2018

Russia’s harsh environments like the snow ,swamps , steep terrains and deep waters are some of the factors that influenced this huge beast. The 8-wheel drive Avtoros…

5 Things We Learned from the World Cup So Far
Sports
51 views
Sports
51 views

5 Things We Learned from the World Cup So Far

MT - June 20, 2018

These are 5 interesting take-aways from the 2018 World Cup in Russia which is gathering momentum: 1 A World Cup Of Penalties  One of the major things…

Prof. Chukwuka Okonjo Praised By Buhari As He Clocks 90
Politics
47 views
Politics
47 views

Prof. Chukwuka Okonjo Praised By Buhari As He Clocks 90

PH - June 20, 2018

Prof Chukwuka Okonjo was praised for the educational and leadership qualities he possesses by our dear president Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. The famous mathematician and economist, Prof Chukwuka…

Loading...