"That publication on infonaij.com is not from us", the foundation said in a publication shared by former President Jonathan on his Facebook page.

The perpetrators had promised to give out 1.5 million Naira to budding entrepreneurs, riding on the back of a non-governmental organization allegedly founded by the former President.

In a statement, Jonathan’s office in Abuja said the publication by a website identified as infonaij.com had in an advertorial entitled ‘APPLY NOW!!! Goodluck Jonathan giving out 1.5 Million Naira if you have Business Idea’.

It claimed that the former president recently launched an NGO/Foundation called YOUR IDEA to serve as a medium to reach out to all youths in Africa.

Jonathan further stated that neither him nor the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation had any links with the purported ‘Your Idea Foundation’, and advised Nigerians and other Africans to beware of scammers.

“Disclaimer: Our notice has just been drawn to an online publication stating that the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation is giving out the sum of 1.5 Million Naira as grants for business ideas.

“We want to make it clear that this information did not emanate from GEJ Foundation and we are not at the moment, accepting grants applications.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the former President did not establish any other foundation outside the GEJ Foundation.

“All information regarding our programmes will be communicated through the Foundation’s official website (http://www.gejfoundation.org) and social media pages,” the statement read.