Africa's Richest President: Jonathan May Sue American Publication


President Goodluck Jonathan, Wednesday, said that his inclusion in list

of richest African presidents is baseless and libelous, and demanded a

retraction and apology form Richest and all those who have

published the said article.
The President through a statement signed by Reuben Abati, Special Adviser

to the President on Media & Publicity. Read thus
''We have noted with consternation the listing of President Goodluck

Ebele Jonathan by a website – – as the sixth richest

African President with an estimated net worth of $100 Million U.S.

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 with a net

worth of about $100 Million U.S. Dollars.
As it 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 and other irresponsible, copy-cat publications.

The clear and unacceptable imputation of the claim that President

Jonathan is now worth about $100 Million is that the President has

corruptly enriched himself while in office which is certainly not the

We therefore demand a retraction and an unreserved apology from Richest and all those who have reproduced the offensive article.

Otherwise, they should be prepared to substantiate their libelous claims

against the President in courts of law within and outside Nigeria.

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