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I didn’t receive any money from Maina — Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said he did not receive any money from the controversial pension fund .

He said there was no iota of truth in reports that he was paid N5 b monthly from the money .

His media adviser, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, gave the explanation in Abuja on Saturday while reacting to a 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 N5 bn monthly from the Pension Fund . ”

Eze 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 .

“ In the first place, we do not believe that Malami made such a claim because he is in a position to know that it is simply not true. ”

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