Richest African Presidents’ List: Publishers remove Jonathan’s name

The publishers of RichestLifestyle.com has removed the
name of President Goodluck Jonathan from the Richest
African Presidents 2014 list.

President Jonathan was ranked sixth richest African
President with a net worth of $100 million dollars. A claim
the President denied, threatening legal action against the
publishers. A check on the website revealed that the article
on President Jonathan has been deleted. The publishers
stated of the removal of the article thus, ” This article has
been removed. The net worth was evaluated by Celebrity
Net Worth”.

The Presidency on Wednesday condemned what it termed
“the totally unwarranted inclusion of President Jonathan in
the publication”.

In a statement, the Special Adviser to the President on
Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati said President
Jonathan has never been a businessman and all his income
since 1999 till date has been from the emoluments he
earned from the offices he has held.

According to Dr Abati, the “the totally unwarranted inclusion
of President Jonathan in the publication titled “Africa’s
Richest Presidents 2014″ is another attempt to unjustifiably
portray the President as a corrupt leader and incite public
disaffection against him”.

He said that “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”.

The statement reads: “We have noted with consternation the
listing of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan by a website –
RichestLifestyle.com – as the sixth richest African President
with an estimated net worth of $100 million U.S. Dollars.

“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 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.

“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 case.

“We therefore demand a retraction and an unreserved
apology from Richest Lifestyle.com 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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