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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

GEJ hits back at UK journalist who accused him of corruption



Former Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan (GEJ) has been accused of buying a property worth £15 million in the United Kingdom
The allegation was made by a controversial British journalist who is a columnist for The Sun
GEJ as Jonathan is fondly called, has since denied the allegation and demanded for a retraction of the article
A former editor of the The Sun newspapers, UK, Kelvin Mackenzie , has alleged that Dr Jonathan bought a property in Surrey for £15 million.
 Mackenzie has been a practicing journalist for over three decades
Mackenzie has been a practicing journalist for over three decades Mackenzie, now a columnist with the newspaper made the allegation in his weekly column on Saturday, June 10. Mr Mackenzie didn't however reveal the source of his allegation.
Screenshot of Mackenzie's allegation on his column page
Screenshot of Mackenzie's allegation on his column page
Reacting to the allegation, Dr Jonathan denied owning any house in the UK, even as he has asked the newspaper and Mr Mackenzie to retract the publication and apologise to him.
Dr Jonathan has called for a retraction by Mackenzie and The Sun
Dr Jonathan has called for a retraction by Mackenzie and The Sun
A statement sent to journalists by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, read:"Nothing could be further from the truth. Dr Goodluck Jonathan takes pride in the fact that he does not have any property or accounts outside Nigeria. He stated this publicly while in office and his commitment to Nigeria's economy remains total even after he left power.
"As the Nigerian President who signed the Freedom of Information bill into law, Dr. Jonathan is well aware that the United Kingdom is a nation with good record keeping at county and national levels and as such, it will not take a serious and responsible media long to verify ownership of property before rushing to the press with potentially libellous publications.
"It is hoped that this publication will correct its error and do a retraction and that other media will likewise follow up on this story to put the lie to the details it contains."
Mackenzie has built a reputation for himself as a controversial journalist over the years.
In his time as the editor of The Sun newspaper, the publication was frequently accused of negatively twisting public discourse, promoting racism, jingoism, intolerance and homophobia. 
According to his Wikipedia page, MacKenzie was widely criticised for his perceived cruelty to both the targets of his – sometimes false – newspaper allegations; his choice of targets frequently being not only left-wing politicians and celebrities but even previously unknown ordinary members of the public, and also his alleged cruelty to his own staff and colleagues.
Buhari-Jonathan-Inauguration-2015
Jonathan handed over power to President Muhammadu Buhari last year
Several of Jonathan's appointees and associates are currently facing corruption charges spear-headed by anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Some of Dr Jonathan allies facing corruption charges
Some of Dr Jonathan allies facing corruption charges in one of their court apperances
Top of the list are former national security adviser; Sambo Dasuki, media mogul;Raymond Dokpesi, Jonathan's cousin,Robert Azibola
former minister of state for finance; Bashir Yuguda, former director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Patrick Akpobolokemi and Waripamowei Dudafa, ex-president Goodluck Jonathan's special assistant on domestic matter.
Culled from Naij.com

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