The founder and publisher of Sahara
Reporters Omoyele Sowore has reacted to
reports that he got a $5million mansion
located in Atherton, California, from the APC.
Reacting to the report which claimed that the
mansion is one of the many promises made
to Sowore by APC and has…
“…Everything a modern home should
have like swimming pool; grand hall,
with 15-foot ceilings and marble floors,
ideal for dancing; French doors opening
to the veranda; dining room with a
rouge royale marble fireplace; stained
glass windows and a crystal 12-branch
chandelier; Red-carpeted double
mahogany stairway, complemented by a
foliate motif stained glass window on
the landing; Wrap-around veranda
available for seasonal use and Ample
covered or outdoor parking.
…Sow ore accused the presidency of being
behind the story and asked president
Jonathan to show the world proof that he was
given a mansion by APC. See his reaction as
posted on SR after the cut
By Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters
In the latest of many attempts at blackmailing
SaharaReporters into silence, a new (what
else?) website has concocted the story that the
All Progressives Congress (APC) bought and gave
me a mansion located in Atherton, California.
Everyone around the world knows that Nigerian
governments since 2006 have been trying to
shut down or shut up SaharaReporters.
Technical efforts to shut us down occur almost
every week. Efforts to shut us up are no less
prevalent, and they include blackmail from
The Atherton mansion claim, which was
apparently written by some handlers of
President Goodluck Jonathan, followed renewed
attacks on the site infrastructure during the
summer. The well-oiled and well-heeled team
sent bots after our server and crippled it for
several days. Shortly after we restored our
services, that criminal team went on Facebook
to create several fake fan pages in our name.
It was only three weeks ago that we succeeded
in getting Facebook to take down the biggest of
those fan pages; by that time, it had garnered
over 14,000 likes.
In this latest attempt, Mr. Jonathan’s hit squad
seems to have gone berserk over an online poll
conducted by SaharaReporters, which showed
that he would be defeated by 75% if retired
General Muhammad Buhari, was pitched
against him in the 2015 general election.
Following Mr. Jonathan’s declaration of intent
earlier this week, our team of reporters also
reported that a team affiliated with the
Nigerian ruler refused to pay several persons
who had been hired to pose as supporters
during his presidential declaration in Abuja. The
presidency seems widely embarrassed at the
report that hordes of those in attendance at
what was supposed to be a massively-
supported declaration had in fact been
hoodwinked by his Transformation
Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN).
These reports and many others unveil the
government as tactless, clueless and corrupt,
but that is only because it is tactless, clueless
and corrupt. They are not manufactured, and
unlike some others, we have refused to be
bought off the task of reporting what we know.
The truth is that my team and I are beyond
bribery machineries. Mr. Jonathan’s foot
soldiers, who have repeatedly been sent to
meet with us individually with the promise of
huge bribes can attest to this. For those
amazed by the latest gossip about the $5m
mansion bribe in the United States, I challenge
the writers to publicly provide the verifiable
address of the mansion in Atherton. They
should also go ahead and publish the real
estate documents that are associated with the
property, so that we can put the matter in the
hands of the law-enforcement authorities.
But we all know the truth: desperation.
It is desperation that is responsible for the
concoction of this $5 million mansion story, the
objective of which is to fool the simple-
minded. And we understand: the 2015
elections are approaching. Time to buy off—or
discourage—critics and unfavorable reporting.
But we at SaharaReporters are not fickle
fighters. Nobody gave us a $5m home in 2009
when we were at the hub of relentlessly
reporting on the cabal in Abuja that was
preventing the Vice-President of Nigeria from
taking office when his boss was sick.
That VP was Goodluck Jonathan, and that is
how he became president. We reported only as
we saw fit, because we hold the constitution
and the democracy of Nigeria to be superior to
any Nigerian, including the President. When
Mr. Jonathan became Acting President, and
then President, we did not expect him to thank
us either, even though he sent one of his aides
with loads of cash to New York on a “thank
We refused to meet with them on that occasion
and reminded them that we were merely doing
our duty in defense of Nigeria and her people.
It was not personal at that time. It is not
That is why I again assure all supporters,
readers and fans of the multimedia platform
known as Sahara Reporters Media that we will
continue to expose the rot that is perpetuated
and perpetrated by the Jonathan government
as long as that character does not change. It is
Blackmail will not deter us from doing right
by our people. And neither phantom
mansions nor private jets loaded with dollar
bills can buy us off this duty.
The founder and publisher of Sahara