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President Goodluck Jonathan Threatens U.S. Magazine

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President Goodluck Jonathan has threatened to institute a legal action against the publishers of an online magazine based in the U.S, concerning a publication which was released, ranking him as the 6th richest president in Africa.

The U.S-based website known as Richest Lifestyle, had ranked the Nigerian president alongside King Mswati III of Swaziland, stating that both African leaders were worth $100 million(N16.5 bn) in the publication titled "Africa's Richest Presidents 2014".

The presidency condemns the totally unwarranted inclusion of President Jonathan in the publication as another attempt to unjustifiably portray the president as a corrupt leader and incite public disaffection against him. The president therefore threatened to institute a legal action against the website, stating that the ranking lacked "factual basis".

"As is well known, President Jonathan has never been a businessman or entrepreneur, but a life-long public servant. 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", the Presidential Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati had said this in a statement on Wednesday.

Richest Lifestyle has retracted the publication, deleting the segment on the portal which contained Jonathan's details, while the information on the other leaders remained intact. The global magazine however said on Thursday that it based its evaluation of Jonathan's worth on information and statistics it gleaned from a sister global celebrity magazine, CelebrityNetWorth.com.

The online magazine, without giving any reasons for its latest action, wrote: "This article (on Jonathan) has been removed. The net worth was evaluated by Celebrity Net Worth".

While Richest Lifestyle removed Jonathan from the ranking on its portal, Celebrity Net Worth retained the publication which was put together by its senior developer and search engine consultant, Alex Chan, on its portal.

Celebrity Net Worth explained on its website that it does not cook up statistics, adding that its 'figures and articles are thoroughly researched'.

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