Nigeria is the Liar – Jonathan

Misconceptions about “the phone conversation”
between President Goodluck Jonathan and King Mohammed VI of Morocco has been
cleared with the President Jonathan admitting that Nigeria is the wrong party.

In a statement issued through the presidential media aide,
Reuben Abati, the President is deeply embarrassed and has ordered immediate
investigation of this claim

The statement says that, “President Goodluck Ebele
Jonathan is shocked, surprised and highly embarrassed by the controversy that
has erupted over whether or not he had a telephone conversation with His
Majesty, King Mohammed VI of Morocco.
“The regrettable furore that has developed over the
matter is due entirely to misinformation as President Jonathan has neither
spoken with King Mohammed or told anybody that he had a telephone conversation
with the Moroccan Monarch,” said Reuben Abati, the spokesman of President
Goodluck Jonathan in a statement.”
It however confirmed that the president has been
trying to speak with the monarch leader as part of efforts to seek support for
Nigeria’s candidate for the position of President of the African Development
Bank (AfDB), the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina.
The Morocco government however disagreed, saying
that the move of the president to speak with the king is in a bid to woo
Nigerian  Muslims.
The statement further said, “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.”
In deep embarrassment, the president has ordered a
thorough probe into the claim which emanated from the Ministry of Foreign
“The investigation is 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. 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.”

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