Goodluck Jonathan Former Nigerian president disputes exile report

The former president confirmed that he had been out of the country for over a month, revealing that he travelled to some cities in the United States of America, then departed the country for London before arriving Cote d’Ivoire via Paris, ThisDay reported.

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Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has disputed media reports that he has gone into exile to avoid arrest over allegations of corruption.

ThisDay reported on Monday that Jonathan had opted to go into exile in Ivory Coast, while confirming his presence in the West African country, Jonathan said he was not in exile.

The former president confirmed that he had been out of the country for over a month, revealing that he travelled to some cities in the United States of America, then departed the country for London before arriving Cote d’Ivoire via Paris, ThisDay reported.

“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,” ThisDay quoted him as saying.

“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,” he said.

Pro government Saharareporters said in opting for Cote d’Ivoire, the former President is going back to an ally, Alassane Dramane Ouattara, who Jonathan assisted to power in 2010.

Jonathan lost the 2015 general elections to president Mohamadu Buhari and was roundly praised for handing over peacefully.

Buhari marked his one year in office yesterday with a promise to crackdown on corruption.

But his government has come under fire for delivering so little in 360 days.

Buhari’s first budget to senators was reportedly missing. And as if that was not enough, the country came to a standstill over fuel shortage last month.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron described Nigeria and Afghanistan as "fantastically corrupt" countries in a conversation with the Queen.

"We've got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain... Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world," Cameron said.

Transparency International reports corruption hits hardest at the poor in Nigeria who make up more than 40 per cent of the 179 million people.

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