Goodluck Jonathan calls from Cote d‘Ivoire, says ‘I’m not in exile’


Former President Goodluck Jonathan has disputed ThisDay’s Monday report that he had opted to go on exile in Cote d’Ivoire, confirming, however, that he was indeed in the West African country, but was not in exile.

Jonathan spoke to ThisDay, confirming that he had been out of the country for over a month, revealing that he travelled to some cities in the United States of America, then departed the country for London before arriving Cote d’Ivoire via Paris.

According to ThisDay, he said,

“Yes I am in Cote d’Ivoire, I have been here for a week resting and this is my second trip to the country since I stepped down as president. I have made sacrifices for Nigeria. I am praised all over Africa for averting bloodshed and for the peaceful transition from one government to another, but it seems Nigeria does not appreciate my efforts. I have done my best for this country and if I have to die for it, I will do so. However, I am taking it easy here (Cote d’Ivoire) and when I am ready, I will come back,”

This follows wide and unscrupulous reporting by some media sources that he is wanted and being investigated by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives.

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