Jonathan rationalises church gift, says he violated no law

The Presidency on Wednesday said President Goodluck Jonathan did not contravene the Code of Conduct for Public Officers by attending the dedication of a Church in Otuoke, his village in Bayelsa.

Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, made the explanation in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said “the public acknowledgement by the president of the assistance of a corporate entity to renovate the Church did not amount to statutory violation.’’

Mr. Abati described as baseless and unsustainable, the call for the impeachment of the president over the issue.

“The presidency has noted with surprise and some amusement, the patently laughable attempt by political opponents of President Jonathan and their collaborators to brew up a storm in a cup over the alleged “gift” of a church to the president.

“These allegations are nothing other than another mischievous attempt to denigrate Jonathan, cast unjustifiable aspersions on his personal integrity and distract him from the serious business of governance,’’ he said.

“The presidency wishes to state emphatically that Jonathan never solicited or received a church as bribe from any contractor.

“Yes, a contractor who has worked and continues to work in Bayelsa and other parts of Nigeria, thought it fit, in fulfillment of its corporate social responsibility, to facilitate the renovation of the small Church in the president’s home town of Otuoke,’’ Abati added.

He said the church did not belong to Jonathan or his family, but to the Anglican Communion and Otuoke.


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  • SNC now!

    the president must ve been under the influence of ogogoro when without any prompting started to spill the beans on how the church gift came about, now reuben has to clean up his shit as usual. 2 questions, 1. did the president mention before the MD of Gitto that the current church was not beffitting for the presidents hometown? 2. Is it ethically ok for the president to aknowledge a gift from a construction coy whose projects has generated a lot of controversies ranging from, poor execution to allegations of highly inflatted contracts yet the president feels its ok to identify publicly with a gift from such company. One thing is certain though this president is just like his evil predeccesors, IBB, OBJ etc.

    • MLS

      This president is just like the rest of them God help us Nigerians

    • Wale

      Yr father must have taken that ogogoro stuff-what is wrong with the president being truthful in the house of God thief. That is how you yorubas behave whenever you are not in power. Tinubu is creating division between the west and south south if u dont know–he does not care-aware he is in charge of a reional; party

  • Lamsikinewo

    Rueben Abati is always trying to clean his boss mess. I believe if it were somebody who is neither the president nor his close person committed this shit, then the next thing is for the FCC to clamp down on him with a lot of allegations. But now no one will say a word or they will rathe exonerate him because he is the president. Nigeria is really at the verge of collapse., God forbid

    • Sabobello

      He should not have accepted the gift in the first place. The question is will any company bother to go down to his village to donate the Church if Jonathan was not the president ? Jonathan should also find out how many churches they donated else where in Nigeria and how did they select the villages? Was by random sampling or by what method? Unless this is done clearly, no amount of denial can convince any body.

      • Qunit

        has shell not been buiilding schools in the niger delta long before jonathan became president

  • PREMIUM TIMES: I love the comments made by your commentators, VERY MATURED, unlike the comments made in other newspapers. ABATI should ask his oga to answer those questions asked by sabobello.

  • Kunle

    Yorubas should stop trying to pull jonathan down with the help of tinubu and boko haram