“Unscrupulous people are out to tarnish my image”- Jonathan

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Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has denied an online statement ascribed to him regarding the position of Niger Delta over agitations for Biafra.

In a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, on Saturday, Jonathan repudiated the online publication which averred that he delivered a speech recently on the relationship between the South East and Niger Delta for Biafra in Texas, United States.

The statement described the report as false, stating that he could not have presented the purported speech because he neither travelled to the US nor sent anybody to represent him at the unnamed event.

Eze noted that this was the second time in three years that Jonathan would be issuing a disclaimer on such a speech and blamed the development on the effort of some “unscrupulous people” out to tarnish Jonathan’s image.

He said,  “Our attention has been drawn to a fake story with the title, ‘Why Niger Deltans don’t want to be part of Biafra’ currently circulating online and purported to have been taken from a speech allegedly presented by former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan at an unnamed event in Texas, the United States.

“We thought we had finally dealt with the issue of this falsehood with our timely and well publicised disclaimer, soon after the supposed speech first surfaced online in 2017. However, it beggars belief that the same jejune and disastrous effort at speech writing, hatched by some yet-to-be-identified shady character, is again being served to the social media public as a fresh dish.

He added, “We want to clearly state, as we did in 2017, that there was no such event involving the former President and that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan will never present such a sloppy and hate-filled speech.

The disclaimer denying the speech was issued on October 13, 2017 was published then in many newspapers.

The statement also pointed out that it makes no sense that Jonathan would be assumed to have travelled to the United States to present a speech, at a time when airports are shut and public gathering banned across the world on account of Covid-19 pandemic.

Just like in 2017, the statement stressed that this attack serves no purpose other than to massage the ego of the faceless writer.

It also said that Nigerians have more pressing issues on their minds at the moment rather than wasting their data on the hackwork of a fraudulent wannabe speech writer who thinks nothing of the criminal implication of attributing his duplicitous diatribe against a people to former President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

“That this odious concoction has not only resurfaced as a new document but continues to spread in May 2020 shows to what a sad extent the fake news and bizarre hoaxes industry is gaining ground in our public space,” It said.

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