Former President, Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday said there are enemies jealous of his rising profile both in Nigeria and the diaspora.
The ex-president said this in response to allegations being circulated in the media that he was the sponsor of the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers.
Jonathan in a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, advised the media to properly investigate issues and be more professional in their report.
He said those peddling the false information are determined to pull him down despite the effort, commitment and deligent service he had put into the country.
The statement, however, said, “It is sad that the publications wore the cloak of deceit from the same misguided characters that are hell-bent on pulling down the former President despite his clear record of diligent service to his country and long-standing commitment to the good of the society.
“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 profiles have continued to rise despite their recourse to endless muck-raking character assassination. Such people will stop at nothing to continue to throw obstacles, albeit futilely, on his path.
“We are aware that the same people approached other well-meaning newspapers with the same false information, but they were wise to turn it down on account of its absurdity.”
“Our media houses should be careful not to make the country a laughing stock by being hoodwinked into passing off the perverted voices of irritant groups as that of our well-respected official and security authorities.”