Former President Goodluck Jonathan has dismissed newspaper reports that he was involved in certificate scandal.

The former President’s reaction came against the backdrop of report by a national newspaper (not Vanguard) which listed him as one of those who had issues with their academic certificates.

But media aide to the former President, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, who in a statement, dismissed the claim as lies, said the former President had never been linked to any doubt, scandal or controversy concerning his academic qualification.

The statement read:  “Our attention has been drawn to a story in the Punch newspaper of Sunday, March 26 where former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was mentioned as one of the ‘prominent Nigerians with certificate scandals’.

President Goodluck Jonathan speaks during his visit to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in Lagos, on March 12, 2015. President Jonathan visited the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on March 12, and launched a new online mobile platform, X-Gen, designed to increase local investment. The platform is targetted at increasing the number of local investors in the country and to enable about 30 millions domestic investors have access to the market. AFP PHOTO

“We really don’t know where this is coming from, but we wish to remain unambiguous in our assertion that this is obvious falsehood, since the former President has never been linked to any doubt, scandal or controversy concerning his academic qualifications.

“We are not aware of any probe, allegation or litigation relating to his very well known academic qualifications. For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to restate that former President Jonathan’s educational records can easily be traced to St Michael’s Primary School, Oloibiri and Mater Dei High School, lmiringi where he obtained his first school leaving certificate (FSLC) and General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level respectively, as well as the University of Port Harcourt, where he received his Bachelor of Science, Master’s and Doctorate degrees. Luckily, many of former President Jonathan’s classmates from primary school through the university are still alive and are traceable.

“It is, therefore, obvious that there is no justification for this abstruse association, as there is nothing linking the former President to the story.”

“Again, we advise media organisations to always cross-check their facts in order to avoid falling for the convenient choice of publishing false information.”


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