The US-based website, Richestlifestyle.com, that listed President Goodluck Jonathan as the 6th richest president in Africa has taken down the post after the Nigerian leader threaten them with a lawsuit.
The fear of Nigeria's seems to be the beginning of wisdom for US website, after created controversy few days ago by naming Jonathan the 6th richest head of state in Africa.
The website has tucked its tail between its feet by taking off President Jonathan from the list after he sent a strong worded letter to them if they do not take down the post that made many Nigerians to pour vituperations on the ruler.
The online portal, not wanting to be dragged to court, promptly complied and took down the name of the president.
The website, had, in its ranking of African president who are rich, had placed Jonathan in the 6th position with a net worth of $100 million dollars, but all hell was let loose by the presidency who reacted swiftly by denying such ranking, saying the president was so poor that he could not be worth that much.
It also threatened to take the website to court if it did not take down the post, an action they quickly complied with.
The president's spokesman, Dr. Rueben Abati, was livid with the post and released a statement thus:
The totally unwarranted inclusion of President Jonathan in the publication titled 'Africa’s Richest Presidents 2014', is another attempt to unjustifiably portray the President as a corrupt leader and incite public disaffection against him.
There has been no significant variation in the totality of his personal assets as contained in his last declaration to the Nigerian Code of Conduct Bureau in 2011 which, as can be verified, was a very, very far cry from the $100 million figure now being bandied about by Richest Lifestyle.com.
The clear and unacceptable imputation of the claim that President Jonathan is now worth about $100 million is that the President has corruptly enriched himself while in office which is certainly not the case.
We therefore demand a retraction and an unreserved apology from Richest Lifestyle.com and all those who have reproduced the offensive article.
Otherwise, they should be prepared to substantiate their libelous claims against the President in courts of law within and outside Nigeria.
The website, knowing the implication of getting sued by a federal government anywhere in the world, took down the post and released a statement to that effect.
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