According to Jonathan’s spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, on Thursday, August 18, 2016, former President Goodluck Jonathan again said he is not in any way sponsoring the Niger Delta Avengers.

The initial report that the presidency had ordered for Jonathan and his wife probe over alleged involvement with NDA had been denied by Lai Muhammed, the information minister. But he denied the probe commence as the NDA have vowed to declare Niger Delta independence on October 1, 2016.

The released statement:

“It is sad that the two 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 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 profile has 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,”