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Reuben Abati Says Pres. Jonathan Never Spoke to Morocco’s King Mohammed VI

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Following the controversy surrounding the purported phone call between President Goodluck Jonathan and King Mohammed VI, it turns out that the president never actually spoke to the king.

You will recall that the foreign affairs ministry in Morocco vehemently refuted the reports that Jonathan had spoken to the king. However, the Nigerian foreign ministry released a statement insisting that the phone call actually occurred.

Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati has finally set the record straight. He revealed via a statement that Jonathan never spoke with the King but had intended to.

Read excerpts from Abati’s statement, as reported by Premium Times:

It is true that President Jonathan has been speaking with some African leaders to seek their support for Nigeria’s candidate for the position of President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

In continuation of his efforts in support of the candidacy of the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina for headship of the AfDB, President Jonathan indicated that he would like to speak with the King of Morocco, the President of Algeria and the President of Egypt.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was consequently directed to make necessary contacts with the embassies of the three countries and arrange for President Jonathan to speak with their leaders.

Since that directive was given, President Jonathan has spoken with the Prime Minister of Algeria and subsequently sent Vice President Namadi Sambo to Algiers as Special Envoy to follow-up on his discussions with the Algerian Prime Minister on support for Nigeria’s candidate in the coming elections for the AfDB Presidency.

The President has, however, not yet spoken with King Mohammed VI and President Al-Sisi of Egypt as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs must know.

An investigation is ongoing to identify all those who were responsible for the unacceptable act of official misinformation which has resulted in an unnecessary diplomatic row with another country and national embarrassment,” the statement said.

It is also expected to unveil the motives of the culprits.

President Jonathan has also ordered that prompt and commensurate disciplinary action be taken against the culpable person or persons.

While awaiting the outcome of the investigations, President Jonathan urges Nigerians to disregard the vituperations of opposition elements, who have, true to type, latched on to the regrettable faux pas as a fresh opportunity to unpatriotically denigrate the government of their country and advance their irresponsible quest for victory at any price in the coming elections.

14 Comments

  1. cindy

    March 15, 2015 at 12:48 am

    The name “cluesless”has just been justified. Might I add “confused” too??

  2. Sunshine

    March 15, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Oh, now it is someone else’s fault. Sure, blame the messenger, bunch of rookies. March 28 can arrive fast enough.

  3. ms.b

    March 15, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Rueben Abati, u r d CHIEF official of misinformation, mayb it came from u sef. Lie lie government, been lying since 2011, nigerians as usual will always ignore d lies but morroco with integrity ddnt. CHANGE

  4. Author Unknown

    March 15, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Embarrassment. Shameless lot.

  5. mabel

    March 15, 2015 at 6:29 am

    Ha I’ve been wondering nau. The connection between Morroco and elections in Nigeria. Makes a whole lot of sense now. It’s for AFDB. Well left to somebody, he would rather vote for a foreigner than vote his own when it comes to international organizations. Pity this is what you get when you have incompetent people working at the foreign affairs ministry. A very sensitive ministry but you have people who have paid their way in. People who have no business being there. Ruben una fall hand as usual.

  6. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN. USA

    March 15, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has managed to disgrace the country on numerous fronts. Firstly, The president and his cohorts were so desperate to win the forth comming election at all cost. They resorted to name dropping. You lied to your fellow countrymen about the international endorsement from the Moroccan king thinking that was the magical name you can throw out there to get votes from the Islamic north, which later turned out to be a bogus endorsement. Mr. President you and your team should be ashamed of yourselves. For this political stunt which has backfired against you. You and your service chiefs has also lied to the Nigerian people about your use of proxies to prosecute the war against Boko Haram. You have failed to inform Nigerians that you and your military chiefs have contracted out the war against Boko Haram to the South African mercenaries to fight on behalf of the lazy, too afraid to fight Nigerian army. The question every Nigerians should be asking you is why are you so much in a hurry to take on the Boko haram now? Is it because you have suddenly realized that’s what you need to win the comming election, Your incompetence has resulted in the loss of countless lives and properties of Nigerians in the Northern parts of the country. Secondly, during your tenure as president and commander in chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Nigerian military has been rendered Incompetent The Nigerian military became so weak, wreckless, and too afraid to engage even Boko Haram, the only thing they managed to do so well is to brag about what they could not do. Thanks to the Boko Haram members who has managed to test, humbled and exposed them as a weak military force who can not defend itself against an ordinary crudely trained insurgents. How are the mighty fallen. The Nigerian army has fallen from grace to grass. The more you know. I ‘ m just saying. A word is enough for the wise.

    • EllesarisEllendil

      March 15, 2015 at 8:15 am

      Paragraphs please!

  7. EllesarisEllendil

    March 15, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Well time to bust out the economic sanctions, bully Ecowas(which we fund) and the AU(where we are the most powerful country) to ostracize Morocco, maybe send our powerful armed forces to “stabilize” the region and casually invade Morocco, or maybe use our covert DSS agents to organise a coup against the King. Morocco must pay for this insult.
    Abeg allow me to continue living in the fantasy we are Africa’s Giant.
    March 28th can’t come fast enough.

  8. Fed the Hell Up

    March 15, 2015 at 9:21 am

    You aint never lied @all the above comments. I cannot begin to list how many hardworking Nigerian business men and women have been been bankrupt on account of the currency exchange rate while billions are being looted each day with no repercussions. Money meant to empower those same hardworking people. It’s bad enough we cannot get a decent education or decent healthcare in Nigeria but now we have to pay more when leave the country in order to get these basic necessities ?!! #ENOUGH #CHANGE #JONAMUSTGO #SAIBUHARI !!!

  9. Steve

    March 15, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I guess this one is such an epic fail that they couldn’t even spare a line to accuse APC for being responsible. I can’t wait for the election date to come already…

  10. ada nnewi

    March 15, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Such a big shame, now the lie has switched to ADB…anyways you need to keep covering up lies with lies…

  11. Nahum

    March 15, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Yea sure, you are going to launch an investigation and yet we won’t know the outcome. Like we don’t know where the information came from.

  12. ola

    March 15, 2015 at 11:34 am

    how come PDP has not blamed APC yet for this

  13. NagosBigBoi

    March 15, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I have heard from several people that a lot of the African leaders have no respect for GEJ because he essentially comes across as a “space cadet”. They often are surprised that his Ph.D is not honorary.
    This affair just cements the reputation of not being in control. Other people seem to be setting the agenda for GEJ and he just reacts to whatever (actually, he does not react most of the time).
    A note to anyone who aspires to be a leader: carefully select your advisors and make sure you have a mix of quiet people and loud mouths. A mix of thinkers and doers. Competence is not usually found in the guy who makes you feel good every time by being a yes man. Look for people with integrity. As a people we have greatly undervalued integrity.

    The legacy you leave behind is dependent on the people you choose to advice you.

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