Patience, who is under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission , said this in a statement by her Chief Press Secretary , Belema Meshack - Hart, on Monday.
The former first lady said she was being probed because of the prominent role she played during the build - up to the 2015 elections.
Patience had described Buhari who was the then presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress as a brain - dead man .
She said whatever happened during the election should not be a reason to persecute her.
Mrs . Jonathan, therefore, called on Buhari to caution the acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr . Ibrahim Magu , against harassing her.
She said Buhari should take a cue from the United States President , Donald Trump , who did not go after Barack Obama ’s wife , Michelle, despite the fact that she campaigned against Trump .
The statement read in part, “ We believe that she is being systematically persecuted and punished because of her unflinching support for her husband during the 2015 elections.
“ President Buhari should be reminded that his wife also supported him in all the elections he contested against her husband , former President Jonathan, but Dr . Jonathan did not at any point in time , carry out personal vendetta or go after Buhari ’s wife.
“ That is the standard practice in all democracies around the world . For instance , Michelle Obama campaigned vigorously for her husband ’s party during their last presidential election , but we have yet to see President Donald Trump move against her. One thing is clear : No matter what they do to Mrs . Jonathan, she will continue to stand by her husband , the father of her children , even if it means paying the supreme price with her life . ”