Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, in a fresh reaction to media reports alleging that he took off to Côte d’Ivoire to escape money laundering allegations, has said that it is unfortunate that anyone would insinuate that he was in exile.
A close political associate, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, who spoke to newsmen quoted the former president as saying: “I am not in exile; it is quite unfortunate that anybody is insinuating that I am in exile.
“I am now a private citizen. Since I left office, this is my second visit to Côte d’Ivoire; I have gone to so many countries in recent times as part of my efforts to promote peace. What I am doing is a global tour since leaving office, and this is my second visit to Côte d’Ivoire.
“It is unfortunate that anybody should insinuate that I am in exile. I am not in exile. When I finish what I am doing here, I will continue my visit all over the world.”
Also reacting to the report, a relative of the former president, Engr Mike Ogiasa, said: “it is not true that the former President is on the run. We, his kinsmen trust him. When it is appropriate for him to speak he will speak. Jonathan has not gone into exile. Everybody knows a man of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s calibre will not do that.”