The Presidency Wednesday strongly denounced a website report listing President Goodluck Jonathan as the richest African president with an estimated net worth of $100 million. It therefore, demanded a retraction and an apology tendered, failure of which it might resort to legal action.
In a statement by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, to the President, Reuben Abati in Abuja last night, the Presidency said: “We have noted with consternation the listing of President Goodluck Jonathan by a website – RichestLifestyle.com – as the sixth richest African President with an estimated net worth of $100 million.
“The Presidency condemns the totally unwarranted inclusion of President Jonathan in the publication titled ‘Africa’s Richest Presidents 2014’ as another attempt to unjustifiably portray the President as a corrupt leader and incite public disaffection against him.
“We categorically assert that there is no factual basis for ranking President Jonathan as the sixth richest African Head of State. As is well known, President Jonathan has never been a businessman or entrepreneur, but a life-long public servant. The President has held public office since 1999 and has regularly declared his assets as required by Nigerian laws. He has had no personal income since 1999 other than his official remuneration as deputy governor, governor, vice president, Acting President and President, which are matters of public record.
“There has been no significant variation in the totality of his personal assets as contained in his last declaration to the Nigerian Code of Conduct Bureau in 2011 which, as can be verified, was a very, very far cry from the $100 million figure now being bandied about by Richest Lifestyle.com and other irresponsible, copy-cat publications.”
Source: The Guardian