Goodluck Jonathan Slam Reports Saying He Went On Exile

Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has slammed claims by the media that he went on exile in order to hide from current President Muhammadu Buhari.

The former President claims that he went he couldn’t turn his back on the country and even went ahead to slam reports the main agenda was about the Niger Delta menace currently gripping the country and said as a former president, he had every right to visit the presidential villa as he wishes;


“We had thought that the newspaper only set out to report a routine meeting between the former President and President Muhammadu Buhari, while speculating on the agenda just as newspapers are wont to freely do, especially as no statement was issued by either of the parties”, said a statement released by Ikechukwu Eze, Media Aide to the former President.

“We are however dismayed that This Day, unlike other newspapers, went beyond this brief and turned the report into a veil for its vain and futile attempt to justify its earlier ‘exclusive’ report, on a speculated Jonathan’s self-exile to Cote D’Ivoire. We are inclined to proclaim straightaway that this claim or any insinuation to Dr. Jonathan’s contemplation of exile is not only false, tendentious but inciting.”

“Isn’t it reprehensible that the only truth in the This Day publication is that former President Jonathan paid a visit to President Buhari, while the rest of the content are bogus insinuations and fabrications? It is surprising that, rather than apologise to the former President and the nation for an obvious gaffe, This Day continues to pursue this illusory line of thought, which achieves nothing but mislead its readers, even after the former President had clearly stated that he never, at any point in time, considered going into exile.”

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“We are persuaded to believe that the newspaper is pursuing a yet-to-be-declared agenda, especially after a call earlier made, out of respect, to the newspaper by the former President, to offer a clarification, was deliberately misrepresented, to agree with this premeditated conclusion.”

“We maintain as Dr. Jonathan has himself stated, that the former President has no intention of turning his back on Nigeria, a homeland he served diligently as President, to the best of his abilities.”

“It is instructive to note that while This Day continues to insist that Jonathan came from Cote d’Ivoire, the former President actually returned to the country last Wednesday evening from London, after visiting many countries including United States, United Kingdom, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire on a six-week long international engagements and speaking tour.”

“As a former President, Dr. Jonathan should be obliged the freedom to visit President Buhari, anytime he likes, to brief him on his international engagements and other commitments. We will like to advise media houses to desist from this fruitless predilection of Jonathan bashing, just because it is convenient, and in tune with the disposition in some quarters.”

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