Former President Jonathan has denied owning neither property nor accounts beyond the shores of Nigeria.
The former President’s denial is in response to a report by the UK Sun newspaper which inferred that he recently acquired a 12,000 square foot house in Surrey worth between £10-15 million.
A former editor of the newspaper, Kelvin MacKenzie, had made the claim in his weekly column on Sunday, June 12.
Speaking through his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, the former President requested that the newspaper retract the publication.
“Nothing could be further from the truth. Dr. Goodluck Jonathan takes pride in the fact that he does not have any property or accounts outside Nigeria. He stated this publicly while in office and his commitment to Nigeria’s economy remains total even after he left power.”
“As the Nigerian President who signed the Freedom of Information bill into law, Dr. Jonathan is well aware that the United Kingdom is a nation with good record keeping at county and national levels and as such, it will not take a serious and responsible media long to verify ownership of property before rushing to the press with potentially libellous publications.”
“It is hoped that this publication will correct its error and do a retraction and that other media will likewise follow up on this story to put the lie to the details it contains.”