The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati has threatened to sue all Nigeria media outfits that does not retract the publication of President Goodluck Jonathan being the sixth richest African president. RichestLifestyle.com had on Wednesday listed President Jonathan as the sixth richest African president, a report that was published widely by Nigerian press.
Abati demanded immediate retraction of the publication and an apology from the website RichestLifestyle.com and other local media outlets that reproduced it.
“We have noted with consternation the listing of Jonathan by a website, RichestLifestyle.com, as the sixth richest African president with an estimated net worth of 100 million US dollars.
“The presidency condemns the totally unwarranted inclusion of President Jonathan in the publication titled: Africa’s Richest Presidents 2014.
“We therefore demand a retraction and an unreserved apology from Richest Lifestyle.com and all those who have reproduced the offensive article,” the statement said.
“Otherwise, they should be prepared to substantiate their libelous claims against the President in courts of law within and outside Nigeria.”
“This is another attempt to unjustifiably portray the president as a corrupt leader and incite public disaffection against him.
“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 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.”
“Richest Lifestyle.com” did not indicate how it came about the figures, or whether it feels threatened by the Nigerian leader’s ultimatum.
Meanwhile, RichestLifestyle.com already removed President Jonathan from the list