Thursday, 21 June 2012

Trip to Brazil:President Goodluck Jonathan Reacts to Criticisms

After coming under immense fire for travelling to Brazil at a time when violence engulfed the Northern states of Kaduna and Yobe, President Goodluck Jonathan has stated that he has not “abandoned his responsibilities”.

In a statement made through the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, it was gathered that before jetting out of the country to Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Jonathan had met with security chiefs and he was confident that security agencies were on top of the situation.

Abati said the President needed to attend the conference because of its importance to Nigeria and because commitments had already been made on his attendance.

“The crisis in Kaduna and Yobe occurred almost on the eve of the President’s departure for this event and commitments have been made…

“In any event, it is not as if the government has abandoned the situation at home. Security agencies are there, they are on top of the situation…

“It is as if there is nothing you can do to please our people. It is not that Nigeria is going to lose anything by Mr. President’s presence here rather, the country is going to gain a lot from his presence…

“He is here serving the interest of Nigerians, it is not as if he has abandoned his responsibilities.” Abati was quoted as saying.

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