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Reuben Abati Reacts to The Washington Post Mocking President Jonathan



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Just yesterday, BN brought you the post on The Washington Post mocking President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan‘s article on the missing Chibok girls. If you missed it, click here.

It was titled – “What Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan should have written“, written by editor Karren Attiah.

The Presidential spokesperson Reuben Abati has released a letter to the editor, defending the commander-in-chief.

7th July, 2014
Washington Post: My Letter to the Editor
“Nigeria is aggressively confronting the Boko Haram threat” in response to Karen Attiah’s misinformed July 3 op-ed, “#BringBackMyEasyDays,”.

Excerpts: “The claim that the president has a “do-nothing” attitude toward rescuing the girls is no different than what was written about President Obama’s decision not to disclose his efforts to seize and arrest the alleged ringleader of the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans — until he did just that.

Mr. Jonathan won’t put the lives of these girls at risk by publicly revealing details of the recovery operation for the sake of satisfying his critics.

Despite Ms. Attiah’s claims to the contrary, even before the abductions, the president was engaged in international intelligence-sharing involving West Africa, Europe and the United States, and he had also launched the Counter-Terrorism Centre in Nigeria.

He has been working intensely on the very challenging situation posed by Boko Haram since assuming office, includingdeclaring a state of emergency in May 2013 in the three most affected northern states.”

Reuben Abati, Abuja, Nigeria


  1. ao

    July 8, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    What a weak response!

    • Lammy Sweet

      July 8, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      That what I think they deserve for mocking the No1 citizen of the most populous black nation in the world. What do they take Nigeria for. Our econmy is as relevant as America’s as far as international trade is , so let them shut the eff up.

    • Sugar

      July 9, 2014 at 9:56 am

      you definitely have no clue what you’re talking about…smh

  2. ao

    July 8, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Had Karen Attiah been a Nigerian, Reuben Abati would have written two volumes filled with plenty of insults. Now that it is an American, he gives a weak response.

    • jcsgrl

      July 8, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Exactly this rebuttal no be am at all. Perraps he doesn’t know what else to say. Perraps there was some truth to the satire. So the $1.2M PR firm couldn’t come up with a sound response? I just rest my case.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      July 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      You said EXACTLY what I was thinking when I read it. Where has your bark evaporated to, dear Reuben?


    July 8, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Dont even know what to say.

  4. eesha

    July 8, 2014 at 12:40 pm


  5. jcsgrl

    July 8, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Please is this a full response or an excerpt? *scrolls back and forth to check for hyperlinks to full article

  6. efe

    July 8, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    chai. REUBEN. God is watching and His reward awaits all.

  7. dp

    July 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Reben Abati, you sef see the suppose state of emergency is it effective, what good has it done to the people and how has it curbed the insurgency

  8. biols

    July 8, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    yeah right

  9. ak

    July 8, 2014 at 4:43 pm


  10. ak

    July 8, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    State of emergency for almost 1 year and still where have they gotten? BoKo Haram can still kidnap 260 girls in one of said states. Useless man

  11. laila

    July 8, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Oh Reuben….I dont blame him sha. He was poor and respected…now he is rich and….

  12. Iris

    July 9, 2014 at 2:58 am

    As usual, Nigeria’s defence / offence technique is to compare itself to other nations that have faced problems. You want to compare the response to the sudden murder of individuals in Benghazi (note that these individuals are already dead!) to the kidnapping of almost 300 girls who are sitting in a forest whose location we know of? Abegi they should face their work and release reports when they are sure they have brought the girls back safe and unbroken…but they can’t even guarantee the latter so how about they say nothing at all.

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