REVEALING: Federal Government of Nigeria Contact Nigerians Saving Nigerians

President Goodluck Jonathan
Below, is a one-sided article written by the spokesman to President Goodluck Jonathan, Reuben Abati regarding President Jonathan’s critics on social media and debunking the ‘rumor’ that President Goodluck Jonathan consumes Alcohol during official duties.

““They” in this piece refers to all the cynics, the pestle-wielding critics, the unrelenting, self-appointed activists, the idle and idling, twittering, collective children of anger, the distracted crowd of Facebook addicts, the BBM-pinging soap opera gossips of Nigeria, who seem to be in competition among themselves to pull down President Goodluck Jonathan. This army of sponsored and self-appointed anarchists is so diverse; many of them don’t even know why or how they should attack the President.

The clear danger to public affairs commentary is that we have a lot of unintelligent people repeating stupid clichés and too many intelligent persons wasting their talents lending relevance to thoughtless conclusions. Hold on. I don’t want to be misunderstood. I am not saying nobody should criticize the Nigerian President. I spent some time learning that legal maxim: “volenti non fit injuria”. Public position comes with its own share of risks and exposure. But the twittering, pinging, Facebook crowd of the new age must be guided by facts.

Hold your stone. Don’t haul it yet. Shhh. Wait, Mr. Alaseju! I have spent the last fourteen months working with President Jonathan. I have followed him everywhere. I can write a whole book on his Presidency so far, but you won’t get to read that until much later. I have heard that some people are protesting that they will not buy the book if it gets written. Well, your choice. What I can report, for now is that he is a grossly misunderstood President. Too many people are unfair to him. They criticize him out of ignorance. They abuse him out of mischief. And the opposition doesn’t make things easy at all. Can we look at a number of issues?

You say he is a clueless President. You are wrong. He is not clueless. Nobody is more committed to the Nigerian Project than President Jonathan. In spite of unforeseen challenges which his administration has had to contend with, President Jonathan is doing his utmost best to positively transform Nigeria. Ordinary Nigerians know and appreciate this. Those parading themselves as leaders of the opposition who claim that the President has lost the support of Nigerians represent only themselves and their selfish interests.

President Jonathan is a clever, methodical and intelligent man, who is very adept at wrong footing all the persons who make an effort to second-guess or under-estimate him. He understands the complexity of Nigeria. He is acutely conscious of the historicity of his emergence as Nigeria’s No. 1. He knows that he is here as the leader of all Nigerians. He knows that he is a representative of all common persons, particularly the children of all blue collar workers who never wore shoes or got a chance to eat three-square meals, and whose mothers and aunties could never be part of policy-making processes.

When he spoke about not wearing shoes as a child, he meant that as a metaphor for the disparities in the Nigerian system, and the urgent need to redress inequalities. But I have heard some persons responding literally that Nigerians should never vote for a man who never wore shoes. How simplistic. Attention needs to be drawn to the fact that a rooted, people-sourced President who seeks to transform Nigeria, and who campaigns on a platform of transformation, will necessarily be opposed by those who consider themselves the children of Empire builders, those who think that their ancestors built Nigeria. Wrong.

The Ijaws, the fourth largest ethnic nationality in Nigeria, have as much right to have their son as President as every other Nigerian group. But Jonathan doesn’t even dwell on this. I have never heard him utter an ethnic statement. He sees himself as the President of all Nigerians. He is at home with every group. He is focused on the challenges of nation-building. He wants to transform Nigeria. He wants to unite the country. He is determined to promote the country. And he is doing so already. He knows Nigerians want regular power supply. He is working at it. That is why we have crossed 4, 400 MW.

He knows Nigerians want infrastructure. That is why he is telling Bi-Courtney to fix Lagos-Ibadan Expressway or get out. That is why he is telling a particular Minister to fix the East-West road and get it fixed quickly. That is why he has directed the relevant agencies to get corrupt persons to answer for their misdeeds. That is why he is strengthening Nigeria’s foreign relations. That is why he is transforming the agriculture sector, from a contract-awarding, fertilizer distribution enterprise into big business. And more… The reason President Jonathan does not go into a song and dance routine is because he knows that true rebranding of a nation is a projection of positive things that are already happening.

They say he is “tribalistic”. Not true. How many Ijaws are in President Jonathan’s inner circle? Very few, I can tell you. There are of course, all kinds of persons who go about telling people that they have the President’s ears and eyes. They would even tell you that they think for the President! I used to have nightmares whenever I heard that, but it no longer bothers me. I have since learnt that some Nigerians consider it fashionable to wear false garments.

The Presidency qua Presidency is staffed by key officials from all parts of the country. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation is from Ebonyi State. The Chief of Staff and the Head of the President’s Secretariat are both from Edo, the Protocol Liaison Officer and Principal Private Secretary are from Adamawa, the Chief Detail is from Borno, the Aide De Camp (ADC) is from Kogi, the Perm Sec, State House is from Benue, the State Chief of Protocol is from Kwara, the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity is from Ogun, the Chief Physician to the President is from Rivers. Only the Chief Security Officer, the Special Assistant, Domestic and the Special Adviser, Research and Strategy are from Bayelsa.

When he is in the office, and he gets there early every day, and works till very late, he is exposed to all categories of Nigerians. He runs a modern and open Presidency. He is on Facebook, Twitter, email, SMS, BB, and he reads. And he writes. This is not a provincial President. The intelligentsia, his immediate community, should support him to do his work.

President Jonathan was the first Nigerian leader to appoint a woman as his Chief Economic Adviser as well as the Nigerian leader who opened up the Nigerian Defence Academy to women. And he took affirmative action in political appointments to a higher level by reserving 35% of all appointive positions in government for our women folk.

The facts in this regard are incontrovertible. Under President Jonathan, women occupy very strategic positions (Petroleum Resources, Education, Co-ordinating Minister/Minister of Finance, Water Resources, Minister of State, FCT, Minister of State, Defence, Minister of State, Foreign Affairs 1, Minister of State, Niger Delta) and the headship of many of the MDAs. The President’s commitment to Nigeria is total. All his children school in Nigeria. Even his dress code promotes Nigeria.

They say Mr. President drinks. My friend and colleague, Etim Etim, called the other day to say that whatever may be the challenges on this job, he could affirm that I am at least enjoying. “What with all the choice drinks on every trip,” he said. I told him, “No, we don’t drink.” He protested. He thought I was lying. He had heard that kain-kain is a staple fare on presidential flights. I told him No. We are not allowed to touch alcohol. Alcohol is not served during official duties. Yes, when there is an international function, wine is served, but nobody gets drunk around here. That will amount to an act of indiscipline. The President himself does not allow alcohol to be served at his table. But when you go to social media they tell you something else. Lies. Lies. Lies.

I have even heard that the President spends billions on feeding. Well, I have enjoyed the privilege of eating at the President’s table. What does he eat? Fish pepper soup. Cassava Bread. Slices of yam. Rice. Boiled plantain. Fruits and vegetables. He fasts when he chooses, and fasts all month during Ramadan and Lent.
And because he takes his exercises and keep fit regime seriously, he eats very little.

Okay, he drinks coffee. And yet there are people out there who keep claiming that there is a feast in the Villa every day. They say at every meal, the table is decorated with roasted turkey, and every delicacy under the sun. Lies. Lies. This President is not a glutton. We have a disciplined, hardworking president who enjoys his privacy, and the company of intelligent people.

Here is a man who is an epitome of loyalty and simplicity. The thing about the President’s critics is that they just cannot accept that someone with his simplicity can be their President. This is the Saul Complex. Saul could not accept the fact that somebody as simple as David could be favoured by God. And just like Saul threw the spear at David out of uncontrollable jealousy, these critics are out to throw any kind of spear to see which hits the target, hence all their lies about the President.

Let me end by saying that the President is a simple man but simplicity is not naivety. If simplicity were to be naivety then the world would not be where it is today because it is simple men like Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Kwame Nkrumah, who have shaped the world that we live in by simplifying what others have complicated.

Dr. Abati is Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to President Jonathan”"

This is the link to the publication of Nigerians Saving Nigerians regarding President Goodluck Jonthan’s habit regarding alcohol consumption.

Nigerians Saving Nigerians will like to state that the vast majority of Nigerians on social media including us that spend time discussing Nigeria, its problems, and the way forward do it out of love for Nigeria and not because we are idle as Dr. Reuben Abati claimed in the article above.

Below, is an exposing interaction Nigerians Saving Nigerians had with the Federal Government of Nigeria

“On June 24, 2012 the founder of Nigerians Saving Nigerians, Omololu Omotosho sent this personal message to the Facebook page of the Federal Ministry of Information via his Facebook page:

“Nigerians Saving Nigerians will appreciate it if you pass this message to the Federal Government of Nigeria that we will like to conduct a telephone interview with the Minister of Information of Nigeria in order to have a more balanced approach to our dicussion with Nigerian youths on our website. Nigerians Saving Nigerians is one of the most popular Democracy Organizations with Nigerian youths. The interview will cover corruption and the plan of the FG for employment for Nigerian Youths if granted. This is an opportunity for the Federal Government of Nigeria to speak to Nigerian youths through a medium (Nigerians Saving Nigerians) that has credibility with them.”

On July 3, 2012 the founder of Nigerians Saving Nigerians, Omololu Omotosho received this private message via his Facebook page from the Facebook page of the SA Communications to the Minister of Information:

“Hello Omololu,

I am Ameena Fodio, SA Communications to the Minister of Information. We received your mail on FMI and would like to know more on the interview you want to conduct with the minister. You can mail me on xxxxxxxxx or call me: xxxxxxxxxx/xxxxxxxxxxx

Good evening,

Ameena”

(Note: xxxxxxxxxx represents the exact e-mail address and telephones numbers given by the SA communications to the Minister of Information in the personal message she sent earlier to Omololu Omotosho)

On July 9, 2012 Nigerians Saving Nigerians sent this message via the official e-mail address of Nigerians Saving Nigerians (omololu@nigerianssavingnigerians.org) to the e-mail address given by the SA Communications of the Minister of Information

“Re: Interview with the Minister of Information (questions Nigerians Saving Nigerians intend to ask during the telephone interview)

1. Shed more light on the success of the Subsidy Reinvestment And
Empowerment Programme(SURE)with Nigerians?
2. As we all know, it takes constant electricity to create jobs in a
sustainable manner, what is the Federal Government of Nigeria doing to
supply constant electricity to Nigerians in a timely manner in order to
help Nigerian youths, who are growing in population get back to work?
3. How will the Petroleum Industry bill help Nigerians benefit more from
the Natural resource of crude oil and also influence a healthier
environment for the Niger Delta region of Nigeria?”

On August 13, 2012 after Nigerians Saving Nigerians had waited for more than a month for a response from the Federal Government of Nigeria but did not get one, the founder of Nigerians Saving Nigerians, Omololu Omotosho decided to send this message via Facebook private messsaging to the Facebook page of the SA Communications to the Minister of Information

“Nigerians Saving Nigerians sent the questions we intend to ask during the telephone interview with the Minister of Information on the 9th of July, 2012 to xxxxxxxxxx. If the Federal Government of Nigeria feels more comfortable to discuss details about scheduling the interview via telephone, when is the best time to reach you?”

(Note: xxxxxxxxxx represents the exact e-mail address originally given by the SA communications to the Minister of Information in the personal message she sent earlier to Omololu Omotosho)

On August 15, 2012 the founder of Nigerians Saving Nigerians, Omololu Omotosho received this private message via his Facebook page from the Facebook page of the SA Communications to the Minister of Information

“your mail wasn’t received.”

On August 16, 2012 the founder of Nigerians Saving Nigerians, Omololu Omotosho sent this message from his Facebook page via Facebook private messsaging to the Facebook page of the SA Communications to the Minister of Information

“Re: Interview with the Minister of Information (questions Nigerians Saving Nigerians intend to ask during the telephone interview)

1. Shed more light on the success of the Subsidy Reinvestment And
Empowerment Programme(SURE)with Nigerians?
2. As we all know, it takes constant electricity to create jobs in a
sustainable manner, what is the Federal Government of Nigeria doing to
supply constant electricity to Nigerians in a timely manner in order to
help Nigerian youths, who are growing in population get back to work?
3. How will the Petroleum Industry bill help Nigerians benefit more from
the Natural resource of crude oil and also influence a healthier
environment for the Niger Delta region of Nigeria?”

On August 16, 2012 the founder of Nigerians Saving Nigerians, Omololu Omotosho received this private message via his Facebook page from the Facebook page of the SA Communications to the Minister of Information:

“Received with thanks.”

Nigerians Saving Nigerians will like to know if we have treated the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan like pestle-wielding critics/sponsored and self-appointed anarchists as the spokesman to President Goodluck Jonathan, Reuben Abati may have claimed?

Note: Nigerians Saving Nigerians did not publish the e-mail address/telephone numbers of the SA Communications to the Minister of Information, Ameena Fodio because we respect her privacy.

What are you thinking?

6 Responses to “REVEALING: Federal Government of Nigeria Contact Nigerians Saving Nigerians”

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  2. Well Dr Rueben Abati as the so called presidential spokesman is only behaving true to type. But come o!, how is it that the moment one comes into govt to “come chop”, he or she begins to sing a new song.
    I am yet to see all these so called members of the intelligentsia who have not sacrificed their integrity[or whatever it is], the moment a “carrot”, is dangled at them.Speaks a whole lot about the pervasive poverty in Nigeria.
    A whole Rueben Abati, a presidential “errand”, “boy”, “a boy-boy”, all because of mere crumbs from the so-called “Oga’s table”.
    Hmnn.

  3. okenana precious says:

    What is at hand now is how the the office of the education sector in delta state has refuse to sponsor my junior broda to bombay india to represent nigeria in the fourth coming mathematics competition, claiming that there is NO MONEY…

  4. Olumayowa says:

    I have to sadly note that it seems the curse placed on Abati’s First name in the Bible is seriously affecting him. Jacob, said no matter what Reuben does at the point when he is expected to Excell, Reuben will not. Abati was expected to be crowning is illustrious career with accolades now, but it’s. Not looking like it now. Even President GEJ had confirmed his failures with appointment of DotinOkupe. What a pity?

  5. ajah says:

    I am begining to believe working in Aso Rock eat away at what remains of one’s intelligence after exhorting a lot of it fighting those that preceded one to the Rock.listen to the brand new Abati from the comfort of the “Rock”:
    “Let me end by saying that the President is a simple man but simplicity is not naivety. If simplicity were to be naivety then the world would not be where it is today because it is simple men like Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Kwame Nkrumah, who have shaped the world that we live in by simplifying what others have complicated.”???
    I think the SA in Mr. Abati is doing a great damage to his intelligence, and worst,to his conscience.
    Common,wake up and heed the advice of Omojuwa:”there’s life outside the Rock!”

  6. Raji Abiodun says:

    Omololu and d rest,u are doing a great job and Represent d mind of Nigeria Youths who really understand dat if we dont stand up in Unity irrespective of our different Religion and Ethnic background to speak our Mind against d Lapses of dis Government then Nigeria our great country may cease to exists sooner than we could ever imagine(God Forbid).May God help us…Naija United We Stand!.

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