Jonathan Denies Being Behind the Niger Delta Avengers

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has denied
allegations that he is sponsoring the Niger Delta Avengers.
This is the second time in less than a month that Jonathan
is making this denial and it follows a report in some
newspapers quoting a presidency source who said the
current government has begun probing the ex-president
and his wife, Patience.
Jonathan said in his statement that the reports are being
sponsored by those who feel intimidated by his rising
profile in Nigeria and abroad.
“There is no doubt that there exists such people who may
have scores to settle with the former President but are
now feeling frustrated by the fact that his national and
international profile has continued to rise, despite their
recourse to endless muck-raking character assassination,”
said Ikechukwu Eze, spokesman to the ex-president. “Such
people will stop at nothing to continue to throw obstacles,
albeit futilely, on his path.”
Newspaper reports on Thursday had quoted an unnamed
source who said that the game plan of the former
President and his associates was to use the NDA to “cause
enough economic damage” and force the hand of the
Buhari administration to “pursue a political solution to the
damaging corruption cases against them for which
investigations were already advanced, and thereby avoid
prosecution and the attendant unprecedented shame of
having a former president go to jail.”
Jonathan however debunked the reports, saying some
misguided characters are hell-bent on pulling him down
despite his “clear record of diligent service.”

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