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Jonathan presidency afflicted with credibility deficiency syndrome – ACN



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The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has expressed serious concerns over conflicting statements emanating from

President Goodluck Jonathan and his spokespersons, saying what has now emerged as a credibility deficiency syndrome

afflicting the presidency raises questions over who indeed is in charge.

In a statement issued in Abeokuta on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said

the concerns arose because of the frequency with which the President contradicts those he appointed as spokespersons,

and in view of the fact that the credibility of his Administration is at stake.

”Credibility is a key issue in governance, and lack of it renders a government impotent. Perhaps this worsening credibility

gap in the Jonathan Administration is one of the reasons that it had so far failed to perform to expectation,” it said.

Citing the latest examples of what can be described as flip-flopping at best and sheer disinformation at worst, ACN said

President Jonathan on Sunday, during his Media Chat programme, denied that his government has revoked the power

contract awarded to Canadian firm Manitoba, even though his spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, had been widely quoted as

saying – unequivocally – that the President has cancelled the contract.

Also, the party said while the same Dr. Abati has been widely quoted as saying, in August and this month, that the government

was engaged in ”backroom channel” talks with Boko Haram, President Jonathan was categorical in saying, during the Media

Chat, that there is no dialogue with the sect because there has yet been no face to it.

According to the ACN, it is also instructive that President Jonathan has finally confirmed the reported illness of the First Lady,

Dame Patience Jonathan, even when the spokespersons for the President and the First Lady said she was hale and hearty, and

implied she was vacationing abroad, even as reports circulated that she was being treated for an illness in Germany.

”We also recall that this flip-flopping and deliberate disinformation or both did not just start on Sunday, and that it has been the

hallmark of the Jonathan presidency. For instance, while some spokespersons at the presidency once described the report of the

probe of the oil sector by the House of Representatives as merely of ‘advisory’ value to the presidency, others said the presidency

has indeed started its implementation.

”Also, shortly after Dr. Doyin Okupe rubbished the Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force Report as inconclusive and therefore not

implementable, the President announced the setting up of a White Paper Committee on the report, indicating that Dr. Okupe, in his

usual exuberant disposition, may have been speaking for no one but himself.

”This development, which we must say has now been patented by the Jonathan presidency, is of great concern to us as a party and,

we are sure, to all Nigerians. This is because the credibility deficiency syndrome now afflicting the Jonathan presidency has far-reaching

implications. It impacts negatively on governance, and sends the wrong message to investors, both local and foreign, as well as the

entire international community.

”We are therefore left with no choice than to ask: Who is in charge at the presidency? Who speaks for President Jonathan? Who do Dr.

Abati and Dr. Okupe speak for? Do we henceforth take whatever these men say about the government with a pinch of salt? Or is the

Jonathan Administration deliberately misinforming Nigerians? If so, for what purpose?” ACN queried.


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