US Website Removes Jonathan’s Name As Sixth Richest African President

Following the threat by the Nigerian government to sue the publishers of for naming President Goodluck Jonathan as the sixth Richest African president, the online portal has removed his name. The US-based website in its latest ranking said that Jonathan worth $100 million dollars, a claim the President refuted, threatening legal action against the publishers. A check on the website on Thursday revealed that the article on President Jonathan has been deleted. The publishers stated thus, “This article has been removed. The net worth was evaluated by Celebrity Net Worth”. The President had in a statement through his media aide, Reuben Abati threatened to sue the website over what it termed malicious and libelous publication. 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 and other irresponsible, copy-cat publications”. The statement added that, “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 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”.