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Goodluck Jonathan I am not on exile – Ex President debunks report

The former President also confirmed that he was in the United states for a while, adding that he had no reason to leave Nigeria.

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has cleared the air on insinuations that he has gone on exile.

ThisDay published a report that the former President ran to Cote d’Ivoire, after getting hints that he might be arrested if he returns to Nigeria.

Jonathan, on Monday, May 23, 2016, placed a phone call to ThisDay and said he was resting in Cote d’Ivoire.

The former President also confirmed that he was in the United states for a while, adding that he had no reason to leave Nigeria.

GEJ 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.”

READ: Witness implicates Jonathan in Metuh’s trial

Various people have called for the arrest of former President Goodluck Jonathan following revelations from those arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), claiming he was aware of the disbursement of huge sums of money.

READ: Top politicians threaten to expose Jonathan if invited by EFCC

You will recall that the embattled former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki also claimed the ex President told him to share N10b to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members.

PDP chieftain, Olisa Metuh allegedly collected N400m from the former President.

Also, several close associates of former President Jonathan have been indicted, and some have refunded various sums of money.

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