Some lawyers yesterday urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to be cautious with its probe of former First Lady Mrs Patience Jonathan.
The lawyers, Ugochukwu Osuagwu, Elvis Offor, Miss Vina Amaka, Benard Nwauduna and Divine Sunday Ofuma, in a statement, said the anti-graft agency will indirectly be probing ex- President Goodluck Jonathan through his wife.
Osuagwu, who described the probe of the former First Lady as a media trial, alleged that the probe is aimed at tarnishing Jonathan’s image.
He said: “The former president is a crowd puller. One must exercise caution when you begin to probe his wife. The Southsouth people could see this as probing former President Goodluck Jonathan.
“The country is a bit weak now in terms of ethnic bonding. The ethnic bond is weak; so, caution should be exercised by the anti-corruption agency.
“Nigeria’s ethnic bond is still shaking. We should exercise caution so as to avoid the foot soldiers on the streets who see the former president as their idol.
“There is no need saying you are probing the wife of immediate past president. You are probing the husband as they are one.”
The lawyers, who said they were not against the probe of Mrs. Jonathan, said: “The EFCC and the wife of the former president can resolve this issue quietly without involving the media. Nobody says the EFCC should not do its work. In fact, they should be allowed to do their work but caution should be exercised.
“Our position is that the Office of the President must be respected by citizens as that position is the highest position in the land. We advice that the president has to caution and call Magu and EFCC to order. “