Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has debunked reports which included him as one of the prominent Nigerians to be linked with certificate scandal.
In a statement issued on Monday by his media adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, Jonathan dismissed the claim as lies, stressing that he had “never been linked to any doubt, scandal or controversy concerning his academic qualifications”.
According to the statement, “Our attention has been drawn to a story by a national newspaper of March 26 edition where Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was mentioned as one of the ‘prominent Nigerians with certificate scandals’.
“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 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 and Doctoral degrees. Luckily, many of 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.”