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Morocco has withdrawn its ambassador from Nigeria after accusing President Goodluck Jonathan of using King Mohammed VI as an election campaign tool.

According to BBC, the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed that Jonathan had spoken to the king over the phone. However, Morocco’s foreign ministry has denied that the phone call ever happened, and accused the Nigerian government of trying to use the king to gain favour with Muslim voters.

In a statement released on Sunday,  Nigeria’s foreign affairs ministry denied reports that President Jonathan had been snubbed by King Mohammed. “This information is absolutely not correct as the president did in fact speak to the Moroccan monarch… both leaders spoke extensively over the phone on matters of mutual interest and concern,” the statement read in part.

However, Morocco’s foreign affairs ministry also released a statement refuting the reports. Here is an excerpt:

“The king has actually declined the request of the Nigerian government because it is part of the internal electioneering. The kingdom of Morocco expresses its astonishment and denunciation to these unethical practices that are contrary to the spirit of responsibility that must prevail in relations between states. As a consequence Morocco’s Abuja ambassador was being recalled immediately for consultations.”

61 Comments

  1. chi-e-z

    March 12, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    umm ok…

    • Holla!

      March 14, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      Most Nigerians don’t understand what they are doing to the image of this country, and when they find themselves abroad at the receiving end of what they sowed with their their tongues, they say it’s racism. Remember that Western Saharra (Polisario Fron) had been locked under liberation struggle with Morocco for more than two decades; and some African countries have been sympathetic to their cause of which Nigeria might be one. So when the issue of AfDB presidency, which Nigeria is sponsoring the candidacy of the Agric Minister, Adesina, came up, the presidency set the nation’s diplomatic matchinery in motion. The VP, Sambo was sent to meet the president of Algeria apart from both presidents speaking on phone and Egypt and Morocco were billed to be approached for the same issue. But when the foreign affair guys bungled the process by talking more than acting, the Moroccan guys capitalized on the shoddy work to embarrass Nigeria. But the opposition, rather than protect Nigeria, are making political gain of the matter. What is theirs to lose, they reasoned. Of course the issue of dragging the first lady to ICC is another example of how we want to kill Nigeria because of election. But you have to prove gross human right abuse before dragging someone to ICC.

  2. ada nnewi

    March 12, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Lmao!!! Jona oh!!! They have now disgraced you on an international level!!! Ntoii!

  3. AW

    March 12, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    So the king of Morocco now controls the Muslims in Nigeria? Hmmmm! That says a lot about sovereignty or the lack thereof, in Nigeria. But wait o! Has it really come to this?

    • Blessmyheart

      March 12, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      I also don’t understand the part the King of Morocco was supposed to play in Nigeria’s politics. I mean, we rarely hear anything about Morocco except when it comes to football. I didn’t even know the type of Government that existed in Morocco till today. What influence was the King of Morocco supposed to have on Nigerians? The whole drama is really baffling

  4. Bleed Blue

    March 12, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    If the King truly didn’t speak to Jonathan, then this is a new level of low.

    The lowest of all lows. Low down dirty shame.

  5. Yvonne

    March 12, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    APC at work!

    • ada nnewi

      March 12, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      How is this APC’s fault? Did they send GEJ to lie that he spoke with the king of Morocco…let this be a reminder to GEJ that you can’t buy everyone. Some people will never agree to associate with ineptitude talk less of ineptitude on an abysmal scale…

    • maya

      March 12, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Please how is this APC at work? the King has unequivocally declared that he does not partake in internal electioneering within independent countries, how would this be APC telling him what to do? Please where is your proof of the statement you are making? can you point to the affiliation that exist between APC and the King of Morocco? I am not convinced by either candidate, however to just throw out conspiracy theories and have supposedly, 52 people loving your comment is just showing how we Nigerians have deeply immersed ourselves into a society where allegations hold the same strength as facts

    • ola

      March 12, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      he was busy liking his comment by himself

    • Sunshine

      March 12, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      @ Yvonne #your imagination is running wild.

  6. Mewe

    March 12, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    This report makes no sense! What has Morocco got to do with our elections? Do diplomatic relations come to a standstill because of elections? Some of these Muslim leaders will go to any length to discredit a non Muslim, which is the only reason I can deduce for this rubbish! why all the media attention over this? Did Nigeria have any diplomatic issues with Morocco and what’s the big deal talking to an undemocratic king? Something smells funny in all this…

    Ada Nnewi, you truly are a child…

    • ada nnewi

      March 12, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      Ntoi :p

    • Reverse

      March 12, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Ndo… Ife na eme gi onwero ogwu. Na agbo ghali ka nkita ala

    • Ebony

      March 12, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      My thoughts too. It’s not adding up. I’m confused.
      I’ve tried to make it make sense but it’s not. So how does talking to a muslim country gain muslim backing in weeks?
      Sounds shady and untrue.
      We shouldn’t always believe everything we read/hear.

    • Kadara

      March 12, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      Yeah we know your type @Mewe, when all else fails play the religion card. Same way Gej will say Buhari wants to Islamize Nigeria during rallies in the south and then his VP Sambo will say in rallies in the North for them not to vote for Buhari because his VP candidate is a Christian with many Churches. You claim some Muslim leaders will do anything to pull down a non Muslim yet Gej was kissing their ass and when they were not interested his team told lies. To you telling lies against the leader of another Country may not be a big deal since you are morally bankrupt but to others it is. Morocco has since called back its Ambassador because unlike Gej they have principles!

    • Mewe

      March 12, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      And I know your type Kadara! The politically correct, one Nigeria singing hypocrite! Did I add morally bankrupt? Oh yes, your soul is seared and feels nothing. You still failed to answer any questions I raised, what does Morocco have to do with Nigerian elections? Which kind of influence does the undemocratic Muslim king wield in Nigeria? Some Muslims like yourself always crying about religious sentiments, meanwhile will never address the menace called BH tearing this country up! How many coments have you left commending the army when they record successes? NONE, because you’d rather they failed and give you more ammunition to insult GEJ! Where were you when Buhari incited the killing of innocent corpers because he lost an election? I guess in the closet hailing him! Enough of your stinking political correctness, call a spade a spade… northern Muslims believe this country belongs to them! They’re doing others a favour allowing them the exalted seat of governance and should always decide who rules…. keep pulling the wool over the eyes of the blind. Nigeria does not belong to you and your ilk… NONSENSE

    • Kadara

      March 12, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      @Mewe, I am a Christian ( I attend Fountain of Life Church just in case you need a Church because you clearly need help with your bitterness dear) so I don’t know what the heck you are ranting about? I am also not from the North, I am a regular Nigerian who is fed up with this administration and it’s apologists always trying to avoid the issues when they are caught acting in appropriately by playing the victim card. The fact that you want to make everything about religion and instantly think anyone who calls you out on that is a Muslim shows how pathetic you are. What are you ranting about blah , blah , blah stick to the topic. Your dear GEJ or his team lied and Morocco refused to play along , they don’t want to be used for some self serving political game! that is the issue here. when this government is caught in a gaffe they always try and turn it into religious or tribal argument and that is exactly what you are doing. If the Muslim nations are so terrible to non Muslims why did Gej’s team try and use their name for cheap political shots? Morocco is simply telling GEJ, we don’t roll like that, don’t involve us in your lies

    • Sunshine

      March 12, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      What part of it dont you understand??? It is written in Englishj and self explanatory . Your president is a rookie in diplomacy and got schooled /verbal beatdown, period.

    • D

      March 12, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      I knwo I am commenting on this late but I will try to answer your question and I hope you read it with actually an open and honest mind. You ask what a muslim leader has to do with Nigeria elections? It is like asking what Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson have to do with murder? or politics. The truth is people run to these people for endorsement, the same way politicians all over the world look for endorsement is the same both GEJ and GMB are looking for endorsements. We have seen him in church, we have seen him with traditional leaders, ask your self what other major religion exists in Nigeria that is yet to be seen as endorsing him???…yep you guessed right, Islam. So how can he get such endorsement in the face of his current opposition. Most prominent, (if not all) muslim leaders in Nigeria are from the North and I doubt any of them are likely to endorse GEJ so what do you do? you go somewhere else to get endorsement, that’s why the king of Morocco comes in, a muslim country whether it is democratic or not is of no use. An endorsement shows that he has no problem getting along well with muslims and infact has a good relationship with one who you might think is a nobody but is sure known better than you and me. And that’s exactly, what makes it sad…that he will have to stoop this low after ensuring the election was postponed to buy him time, if GEJ and his cohorts are really making this up then it sucks and we really need to start waking up to what ails our country because for those using religion; I would say there is nothing Christ like in an act like this. So if this is what we call a Christian leader then I don’t want one. The only thing looking fishy is why we have refused to really think about what is the driving force behind such desperate act. To so open your self and the country to such humiliation and you really want me to believe you care about the greater good of the country and its citizens??? I really hope there is a free and fair election come election day. More food for thought you might want to consider: Did APC pay GEJ and his advisors to announce that he spoke to King of Morocco??? Because even if he spoke to the king of UAE, Qatar, Kuwait all the muslim world leaders combine did we have to know? or do you think we hear when other world leaders talk on the phone or otherwise? Or do you think this is the first time he (GEJ) has spoken to a muslim world leader in the past 6 years???? I seriously doubt that that’s the case and if no? did you ever hear of it before now(election fast approaching) ? . GEJ put that announcement out for a reason and that was for perceived endorsement (according to Morocco) but I guess he picked the wrong country because Morocco don’t like that isssh!!!!

    • NagosBigBoi

      March 12, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      Great insight. Never considered that angle. Real food for thought.

      Now I also wonder if the lie was to blunt the recent misstatement in calabar by Mama Peace about “the north”. I wonder how her comments played in “the north”?

    • O

      March 13, 2015 at 1:06 am

      “D”, we should totally be friends; very well said.

    • Hopeful for Nigeria

      March 14, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      Thank you. A very mature comment based on facts and logic. If more Nigerians thought this way, we would not be living with the problems that plague us daily in this country. I for one have already grown tired of debating with people who argue based on feelings and not on the evidence before them. I wish that people would spend a little more time thinking and a little less time retorting.

    • Steve

      March 13, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      @Mewe, you might want to take a chill pill and help your confusion. You would never understand it or it would never make sense to you cos you choose for it to be so… Any person who can read and write would clearly understand this but then again GEJ has proven that even having a PHD still won’t make you intelligent.

  7. mrs chidukane

    March 12, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Chayiii, diaris god in all these lies GEJ and co are telling me! Oya kontinu, hahahahaha

  8. @edDREAMZ

    March 12, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    Wetin concern us with morocco abeg…..
    .
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  9. kelechi

    March 12, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Morrocco kwa!

  10. nIOLA

    March 12, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    What i dont get is the extent of Jonathan’s desperation, your good luck has taken you this far, now that it has run out, just jejely vacate abi kilode.. We the Nigerian people are TIRED!!!!

  11. Oluchi

    March 12, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Some Nigerians are senseless… Every dick, harry and Tom will run down Nigeria in the name of making statements….and some headless Nigerians will contribute senselessly ..’It is only a bastard that points to his father’s house with his left hand. Enough of this useless sentiments that does not make sense at all… Morocco too don join them.. no be their fault at all..

    • Hopeful for Nigeria

      March 14, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      What are you talking about for God’s sake?!!!

  12. jefka

    March 12, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    i am going to google Morroco.
    then i can come back and make a better comment

    • Iris

      March 12, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      Probably the most sensible comment so far. When you have finished please explain the relationship to us.

  13. Beeeee

    March 12, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Morocco ke? Sounds fishy to me. Something ain’t right

  14. naijalatest

    March 12, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    what has Nigeria politics got to do with Morocco? the media should stop giving attention to irrelevant this like this

    • Hopeful for Nigeria

      March 14, 2015 at 11:00 pm

      Is it irrelevant that your president lies as easily as he breathes? This is supposed to be a wake up call as to the character of this man and you say the matter is irrelevant? I give up!!

  15. debs

    March 12, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Wetin concern Morocco with Nigeria elections? Buhari has been visiting other countries too and meeting with their top leaders, why should GEJ’s interaction with foreign leaders be as a result of the elections? And why should they make it a “Religion” issue?

  16. mabel

    March 12, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    I ask again, what if GEJ wins?

    • Kimmy

      March 12, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      Some people will jump into the nearest lagoon

    • Hian

      March 13, 2015 at 2:42 am

      Actually if he wins, all will be fine. It is if Buhari wins that SS and SE people will have a conniption fit.

    • Hopeful for Nigeria

      March 14, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      All will be fine as it is right now?

  17. sshr

    March 12, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    ……………….

    • NagosBigBoi

      March 12, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      Sorry @sshr. I have been looking for an opportunity to like a comment (or in this case – non comment) multiple times! Liking it 140 times gave me a great rush! Looking forward to another opportunity! Yeeeeaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!
      My finger don tire…..

  18. amy

    March 12, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    @mabel… I tot d same tin….wat if he wins

  19. African

    March 12, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    morocco??? Of all countries? I always wonder why African countries should even have relations with those pseudo-Arab countries in Africa. morocco??? Why not even expel them from the African Union, although morocco is out already? I know these Arabs first-hand and they have no respect for Africans. Last year, this dictatorial king of so-called morocco was welcomed in several West African nations as if he’s a fellow African. He is NOT! And one felt deeply ashamed of seeing pictures of Africans alongside streets greeting and shaking hands with a man whose regime subjects all kinds of racist measures against Africans living in their hellhole part of the arab world. And now this comes!

    • honey

      March 12, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      African, that is not the issue. The issue is, why would GEJ lie that he spoke with him for several hours when he did not speak with him. Some people are principled. If he had indeed spoken with him, that is a different case for a different day. But he LIED!!! QED.

      Dont leave the main issue and hang on to irrelevancies. Pseudoarab or no pseudoarab, they were sitting on their own jeje when GEJ and his bunch of brainless cohorts dragged them into our mess. And according to them, they refuse to be dragged. Chikena!!!

    • NagosBigBoi

      March 12, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Exactly the question! Why lie? Initially I thought it was a mistake by the press and ignored it. Then morocco denied it that GEJ had spoken to their president on the occasion that nigeria had said. They claimed he was not in morocco during that period (because nigeria said he was in morocco). Then nigeria came back and said that they had spoken (insinuating that the nigerian spokesman may have gotten the period when they spoke wrong. Morocco then came back and said that their king has NEVER spoken to GEJ. Then they recalled their ambassador!

      What shocked me was the idiot from nigeria who spoke the second time to insinuate that maybe nigeria just had the timing of their conversation wrong.

      Personally, I do not think it is GEJ. It is his campaign people. They have just embarrassed the man and nigeria for nothing!

    • African

      March 12, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Honey, you are right. We Africans are the ones putting ourselves in less than dignifying circumstances. It’s us who are kissing up to pathetic Arabs. Why should GEJ care so much about Moroccan king, so much so that he would actually lie?? And why would Muslim Nigerians see pathetic Moroccan king as some sort of spiritual figure to whom they look up (I’m Muslim by the way)? As I mentioned in my previous comment, it was disgracing to see Africans naively welcome this man like a hero last year, and it is equally disgracing to learn that GEJ had to lie about this! I understand that the blame rests squarely on our shoulders, and I’m not oblivious to that nor did I dismiss it as an irrelevancy. It’s a fact and I acknowledge it.

      However, knowing those with whom we’re dealing for WHAT THEY ARE is not an irrelevancy. I categorically disagree with you on that. I’m looking at the bigger picture and the pattern of superior-inferior relationship that we have with Arabs. We need to put things in perspective and know that this is just an episode of a much bigger pathology. And regardless of whether GEJ lies or not, the racist, disdainful attitude of Arabs will always be there. Dismissing that notion as an irrelevancy is an option, but it certainly doesn’t make it nonexistent.

    • Sunshine

      March 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      CRICKET, you are not making any damn sense and pay attention to the issue at hand.

    • African Salon Dubai

      March 12, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      I feel you!

  20. foma

    March 12, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Ish!!! Morocco kini big deal.

  21. femi from surulere

    March 12, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Read somewhere that a large Muslim sect up north with about a million members have their roots in Morocco. The leader off the group backed GEJ in 2011 bu he is no too enthusiastic this time around. So GEJ tried to reach the King to speak with the sheikh here but the king sensing its all for politics refused it. Hence the desperation.

    • Hian

      March 13, 2015 at 2:48 am

      You did your research!

  22. oversabi

    March 12, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Why are we consulting with these people who are not Nigerians? Why is Jona forming about calling their king? Is he God? Make una weigh lie small before una release. Some are not worth the effort.

  23. dc weon

    March 12, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Unu e speak lekwe!Maka confusion abatamanu!

  24. Hian

    March 13, 2015 at 2:46 am

    The Morocco link is a long story but it has to do with the Presidency trying to get an endorsement. No it is not APC or any of that nonsense. The King of Morocco has a good relationship with a popular Sheik in the North, that Sheik has great influence among Northerners as Pastors have over some of us (some Churches have told their Congregation to vote for GEJ_). Anyways, the Presidency was looking for an endorsement and these people will not dabble in that nonsense because if ish goes down, they will also be summoned. The will neither endorse Buhari or GEJ. I blame our Presidency (cause I know it is not solely the Pres that made such a juvenile move). One of his interesting Advisers encouraged this move. The world already says we are corrupt, not a lot of people want to associate with us unless it has to do with getting something. If you doubt my explanation, ask some of your Northern friends placed in high places or ask an honest person in Government. Like I keep saying, our President is advised by dunces.

    • Hopeful for Nigeria

      March 14, 2015 at 11:28 pm

      If he were not a complete dunce himself, he would not keep on surrounding himself with so many dunces and keep on eternally accepting and implementing their bad advice. Could we at some point stop passing the buck and say things as they are? At some point, you have to stop blaming other people for a man’s actions and start blaming the man for his own actions. For those who say it was his foreign office that was to blame, this whole thing started on Sunday and accusations were passed back and forth for close to a week before he finally came out on Friday to admit the truth and then of all things, order a probe! Why did he not just come out on Monday to say that there was a communication mix up and that he had not in fact spoken with the Moroccan leader. Did he not see the accusations and counter – accusations that were flying back and forth throughout this week? People were making statements in this man’s name and they were making the headlines and he said nothing. It was when the situation became sickeningly embarrassing that he finally came out to make a denial and then order a probe. Could somebody have been speaking in the name of the president for close to a week and making the headlines of all the national dailies without the president being aware that this was going on and who it was making these statements? Really???

  25. Amaa

    March 13, 2015 at 5:52 am

    Morocco Kwa!!!!!!!! Chai atala AMA ahuhu. The bloody racist king that has held his country to ransom is speaking and recalling ambassador (that is if it is true because I don’t trust any foreign media house when it comes to reporting news in Africa ) chai there is god oh!!! . I don’t care if GEJ called or what went down just make sure they never come back to Nigeria . Recall our Ambassador and make sure you close diplomatic relation with them. bloody rubbish. Look at a king that can not even rule his country so much poverty in his country. Apart from Marrakech that is absolutely a dump to me what is he freaking doing to develope his people. They are poorly educated. Please some one should just hold me before I explode rubbish!!!!!!!!!

  26. yea

    March 13, 2015 at 10:25 am

    this goodluck turned badluck man will make us the enemy of the world all because he wants to be re-elected.

  27. jake ro

    March 14, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Morocco, afganistan, pakistan, Algeria, iran , these are countries with the worst reputation about e erything in the world.why will nigeria ever want tohave anything to do with these people.who and what ismorocco.They have been very insultive to black africans.They pulled away from african union and declared themselves country of mediteranean without recognition f r om the rest of the world. Like most Arab country,, very uneducated , lack a lot of exposure and behave and think. like people from the dark ages.There is nothing good to say about morocco.Practice extreme islam too.who wants anything to do with these people.They export terrorist too.Tja!.

    • Hopeful for Nigeria

      March 14, 2015 at 11:36 pm

      Then why did your president lie about his interactions with their king? Morocco is at least a popular tourist destination and has a healthier economy than we do. Please grow up and stop talking off point. The issue is that the president lied and continued to lie even after he got called out for his lie. That is what we are discussing here. I repeat, grow up!!

  28. jake ro

    March 14, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Buhari will benefit fro such people, and that will be hell fornigeria cos he will promise morocco to push up islamic agenda if elected, they maybe sponso r ing buhari from underground..Nigeria you can do better, you already have a lot of problems an letting islamist like buhari rule your country, pity, that is total hell.it means your country moving backward.pathetic.

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