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, 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
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.
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.
Dr Jonathan recently revealed that he has been investigated for alleged corruption during his administration by President Muhmammadu Buhari’s government.
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 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.
In another development, the Department of State Services (DSS) is mulling the idea of questioning some associates of Jonathan to probe their alleged links with the Niger Delta Avengers.
The Niger Delta Avengers has been a thorn in the flesh of Nigerian authorities with its constant bombings of oil pipelines, as economic experts say the activities of the group could make Nigeria lose 1.4 trillion.