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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

President Jonathan demands retraction of demeaning report

This is a State House press release
The mischievous lead report in the Peoples Daily newspaper today that President Goodluck Jonathan sought to visit former President Ibrahim Babangida in Minna to show him “the spirit of comradeship” during Ramadan is completely untrue.
Although President Jonathan participates in the Ramadan fast every year in solidarity with Nigerians of the Islamic faith, he has never as Vice President or President of the country visited the residence of any individual to break his fast.
Rather, it has been the President’s custom to regularly invite Moslems from all strata of society to break their fast with him at the Presidential Villa during the month of Ramadan.
In keeping with that established practice, President Jonathan has been busy  hosting  Moslems, most evenings of the current Ramadan season. 

As much as he respects and holds former President Babangida in high regard, President Jonathan has never indicated any interest in visiting him at Minna during the current Ramadan.
Therefore, there could not have been any “turning down” of a visit by President Jonathan by the former president. 

We condemn the decision of the editors of the Peoples Daily to publish such arrant falsehood in spite of our vigorous rebuttal as a further manifestation of a continuing effort to sow the seeds of discord in the polity.

Although the newspaper cites a phantom “reliable presidency source” and “a source close to the former president” to buttress its fictitious report, the editors of Peoples Daily know fully well that they can never prove the veracity of the false claim that President Jonathan either offered to break fast with General Babangida in Minna or was turned down by the former president.
We therefore demand a full retraction of the totally false report which demeans the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and an apology by the newspaper.

Reuben Abati
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
August 6, 2013

59 comments:

★★PRINCE CHARMING™★★ said...

Why is ASO rock so pained about it? Visiting IBB is now a sign of bad omen or what? Hehe! Ok o! Reuben we have heard you!

alluring belle said...

It doesn't affect me.

Nneotta-Sally Oden said...

Lmao.dey had berra b sure of info b4 posting nxt tym

Chibykes Mahatma said...

Political dilly dally. But be it known to GEJ dat even if he fast with those muslim thru out d year, dey will still stab him in d front nd back nd slash his throat at d slightest chance. Right inside the mosque.

Mich said...

Oh!so he fasts with Moslems too,I see.
Mr Presidito,haven't you got more important issues in your hands or on your desk to worry about?
I don't know what's demeaning about this report anyway,I've heard more demeaning report from the presidency and its cohorts than this.
Get your poop together,man!

Olawale Oni said...

so...how does this affect the rpice of garri in the market?

Anonymous said...

crinkum crankum

Anonymous said...

crinkum crankum

Anonymous said...

The media has always be the problem of Nigeria. In their bid of looking for brown envelops because there're not paid well by their employers, they giver wrong information to the public even from well known criminals just to bring down Mr. President because he's humble. If Nigerian was a normal society, is Babaginda suppose to be a news.

OGE said...

Rueben abati d traitor!bastard!

code said...

Mtchweee!

Anonymous said...

Before nko wetin una for say?say na true? Abeg!!

BARRY said...

Let me say prestisymble..that All this political Krinkum Krankum or the political Higi haga is being denied by the presidency because of the porous nature of his camp...aproko cabinet....that's what you get when you suround urself with sycophants! Sorry Mr..!buh its true!!!

Aunty unimpressed said...

JONAthan JONAthan JONAthan!!! Don't u hav better issues to send out press releases for? Choi! This kind president self!

Anonymous said...

Mumu

Anonymous said...

Another mumu

Anonymous said...

GEJ haters at it again

BONARIO NNAGS said...

For their own good,they better retract that statement before what happened in 1966 will repeat itself.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

Anonymous said...

So now he can talk. *mscheeeeeew, after keeping quiet on issues regarding ASUU. God is the judge

Rough Diamond said...

E no concern me! Jst passing by

Anonymous said...

Dats der own headache na.

Anonymous said...

Mtshew

IGWE FLEXIN said...

Journalism in nigeria is longer Professional rather based on asili,olofofo....linda nwa Ikeji post my comment or m report gi na umunna gi..#TryMe

Jay Kingsley said...

So GEJ now fast with Muslims loool, it's just an elaborate and systematic plan for 2015

Anonymous said...

mtcheeeew... wetin concern agbero with overload. Everything will be talked about except what we need to hear, what of ASUU, and poor security in the state. scurrying back to work

Anonymous said...

Aye is less concerned (ʃƪ˘˘.) (‾ʃƪ‾) (.˘˘ʃƪ)

Anonymous said...

i trust people's daily newspaper. if the report is true, they will surely come out with a defense. i just hope Reuben Abati will not be forced to eat his words, if eventually they come out with a prove. lol

K€N said...

pls tell him oo

Anonymous said...

Abi o

Anonymous said...

@oni God bless u ooo dis man donno anytn 2 do ojere mak God save us ni

Yemmie Oscar said...

Who fucking cares? Kmt

Tobbie said...

If everything that is posted in the dailies is always proclaimed false, which one is now true but d presidency should think deep as regards why all these keep popping up over and over..... corruption of the highest order.
Abeg, onto the next matter

dads son said...

Congratulations, you just won the award for the dumbest dude to comment on linda's blog... Please let them know at home that you're very dumb so they'll do something about it quickly..

jenifer oziri said...

Who cares!!!!

hilary obiorah said...

GEJ and your cohorts, one word: f*ck off. Oh sorry two. Wetin concern me concern whether dem do u ela? E go put food 4 my table, abi e go make ASUU call off strike. Taa go and si down

NahMeBiko said...

@Chibykes Mahatma August 6, 2013 at 2:40 PM... "But be it known to GEJ dat even if he fast with those muslim thru out d year, dey will still stab him in d front nd back nd slash his throat at d slightest chance. Right inside the mosque"

can't stop laffing, especially visualizing the part where his throat is slit right inside d mosque... lol

Anonymous said...

Eleribu Jonatahan....Whose business is dat,linda stop postin boring gist like dis joor #sadface#

Anonymous said...

1000 likes

Anonymous said...

Chibykes Mahatma, u need to go and clean your brain with spirit and cotton wool, your brain is so dirty. Most u talk? It cld hv been better u keep ur stinking mouth shut rather than spitting rubbish.

jeffchika said...

Oga Jonathan...if u dey break fast with those peeps..I will advise you use a long spoon...they are Muslims ooo.

Anonymous said...

Mtscheeeeew

Anonymous said...

Ur head dey derE#

Loisy said...

FULL WELL not FULLY well.

mike said...

.............As much as he respects and holds former President Babangida in high regard, President Jonathan..............GEJ AND REUBEN ABATI JUST SHOT THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT..........HE HOLDS THE DICTATOR THAT ENTRENCHED CORRUPTION AS A WAY OF LIFE IN NAIJA IN HIGH REGARD. I AM VOTING FOR BUHARI NEXT TIME... DONE WITH ALL THIS TRIBAL REGIONAL POLITICS OF VOTING INCOMPETENTS AND NINCOMPOOPS INTO OFFICE

Haleeemarh said...

U nid not let the world know are dumb u are

Ovio magik said...

Abeg, this keke man move fast! The next bus stop abeg!

Anonymous said...

SEE THAT FOOL CURSING THE PRESIDENT....

HOVAfella said...

Kinda@ p.c ...nut the pain comes from the fact the invitation wasn't honoured

Anonymous said...

Lmao.. Higgy Hagga

Anonymous said...

So painful the president's request wasn't honoured, he should try Abdulsalam jare..Mumu presido n mumu country. Mtceeeew next gist jare

Anonymous said...

Hehe.. Guilty conscience!
~D great anonymous!

Anonymous said...

Hahahahahaaaa...."Keke man abeg hurry away from this useless matter", that is a Presidency without a priority. Out of all the challenges facing Nigeria, na one religious headline for newspaper naim deserve marching order. So says President of Mumudom!

alluring belle said...

Nigeria

Winnie Tom said...

Chisoos!!! See grammar

Anonymous said...

I have never supported GEJ and his crew, but on this one, he is right to demand a retraction. Whether it seems bad or not to visit IBB, whom btw I love dearly, as a president there are implications to the hoax that was reported by that media house. An incumbent president should not be found making leisure visits as such. Technically, he's forbidden to make certain visits. Either personal or official. So I get u Mr President.

Anonymous said...

Ur a sick child!!!! Is dat a d*** as ur blog pic???? SMH

Basilprince Wobodo said...

Fools Asuu is waitin 4 ur brief visit bt u can't sacrifice it.ta go jor.

Anonymous said...

The priorities of our president is so beyond lost. Of all the stories that vex him and need retraction is this non-story

veralu said...

What's up with Gej