President Goodluck Jonathan has refuted reports making rounds in the media that he has gone into exile.
Earlier, reports had it that the former President had been out of the country in recent months exploring several countries in Africa in which he could hide on exile.
This followed after information reaching President Goodluck revealed that some of his former aides and associates had disclosed sensitive information including various acts of serious graft and corruption involving him to security agencies.
Some of the ex-President’s aides are presently being detained and interrogated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for various alleged financial crimes.
Reports allege that Goodluck Jonathan, as a way of covering up his tracks, paid for and arranged several tours of the United States and the United Kingdom, some of which included buying awards from available colleges and universities to create a semblance of popularity.
The former President was said to consider countries like Kenya and more recently Cote d’Ivoire, as he is said to have strong connections with both country’s presidents.
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According to SaharaReporters, Ivorian officials in Washington DC revealed earlier today that Mr. Jonathan has been living in Abidjan, the Ivorian capital, for close to two months but they could not confirm if he has been granted political asylum there.
Meanwhile, Mr. Jonathan is reportedly sending text messages to his friends in Nigeria suggesting they disregard the report saying that the story is an attempt by ThisDay publisher, Nduka Obaigbena, who was an insider in Jonathan’s government, to “rubbish” him.
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Mr. Obaigbena received vast sums of sleazy money from the former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki who is presently under probe by the EFCC. It is unclear why he would want to “rubbish” Mr. Jonathan, as has been stated.
Former Special Assistant to President Goodluck on New Media, Mr Reno Omokri has described reports that Goodluck Jonathan had gone on self exile as false.
He said the former president was on a multi city speaking tour and would return when he is done, and that Goodluck Jonathan has absolutely no reason to even contemplate exile.
He also threw major shade at President Buhari, sympathizing with Lagos state over the cancellation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit adding that the president’s visit to 28 foreign countries were successful but when it was time to visit Lagos, it was canceled due to ‘scheduling’ difficulties.