Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Wealth to the top?

Any publicity is good publicity? Not so, according to Nigerian President Jonathan.

Jonathan: My Inclusion in Richest African Presidents’ List Baseless, Libelous
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said the inclusion of his name on the list of African richest presidents, was baseless and libelous.

He therefore, demanded retraction and apology from the website that published it.

A website, RichestLifestyle.com had rated Jonathan as the sixth richest African President with an estimated net worth of $100 million…

A statement issued by Jonathan’s spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, said the inclusion of the president’s name on the list was to deliberately portray him as corrupt…

According to Abati, there was no factual basis for ranking Jonathan as the sixth richest African Head of State. “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.”

RichestLifestyle.com, while profiling how some of the Heads of State came about their wealth, did not explain how they reached the $100 million figure allegedly owned by Jonathan…

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