They want to pull me down, Jonathan cries out

Goodluck Jonathan, former President of Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan, former President of Nigeria

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday cried out over plans by some misguided people to pull him down at all costs by linking him with the Niger Delta Avengers.

Jonathan in a statement released by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, said the reports that the Federal Government was probing him based on the allegations made by a faction of the Avengers as untrue.

The former president described the purported probe said to have emanated from intelligence reports as laughable and a figment of the imagination of the authors.

The statement obtained by Vanguards reads: “Our attention has been drawn to two stories entitled “report links Jonathan to Niger Delta Avengers” and “FG probes Jonathan over N/Delta bombings’ published in some newspapers, of Thursday, August 18, 2016, with the claim that some intelligence reports had linked Jonathan to the renewed militancy in the Niger Delta.

“We obviously would have ignored the allegation, having responded recently to the exact same fabrication peddled by a shady militant group, but for the new dimension of bringing in the authorities, while hiding under the often-abused journalism latitude of quoting nebulous sources.

“Firstly, we note that there were similarities in the stories published same day by the newspapers that are too striking to pass the test of the normal newsroom process of diligent reporting and independent investigation.

“We are convinced that such clear coincidences are only permissible in situations where general statements are issued, but not on matters of intelligence/security reports which do not fly into newsrooms as press releases.

“We are also concerned that the stories did not differ in content and substance from the trite allegations earlier made by the so- called Reformed Niger Delta Avengers over the same lies of linking Jonathan to the militants.

“For instance, we are amazed …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper