The presidency said the directive was created to hoodwink Nigerians.
The Presidency has denied reports of a directive allegedly issued by President Goodluck Jonathan against the leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Bola Tinubu and the newly formed coalition of opposition parties, All Progressives Congress, APC, saying no such directive exists.
A national newspaper, LEADERSHIP, had reported that Mr. Jonathan issued a directive to embark on a move to stop the APC from becoming a fully fledged political party.
In a statement by the President’s media aide, Reuben Abati, on Wednesday, the presidency said the report was designed to mislead the public, discredit the president, and cause disaffection within the polity.
“Careful examination reveals a mishmash of deliberately arranged and concocted lies, presented to the public as evidence of a document emanating from the Presidency. This is not only dubious but raises concerns as to the length certain persons will go to perpetuate falsehood for the sake of their selfish ambitions.
“Several interpretations of the purported Presidential directive appear to have been granted prominence by an all-too-negative segment of the media, supported by partisan political jobbers all on the premise of a suspicious-looking “bromide”.
“The Presidency affirms that no such directive was ever conceived nor was any such directive put forth by President Goodluck Jonathan or his aides.”
The statement said that it is ironic that the allegation is coming at a time when the President is actively engaged in serious discussions with various interest groups on how to further deepen the democratic experience as well as the key issue of how to build an economically viable federation.
It urged Nigerians to be wary of such tactic of old, one that seeks to undermine a current administration by creatively espousing imaginary fault lines, with the aid of fake documents to create doubt, fear and disbelief in the minds of citizens and true patriots, stressing “We unequivocally state that in this case, as in others that may follow the same path, the Goodluck Jonathan administration has no desire to create any inhibitions to the expression of democratic ideas in the country.”
Stating that the imaginary directive was released to hoodwink the general public, Mr. Abati said that government is confident that the discerning public is well aware that the purported document is alien to how things are done within this Presidency.
He further stated that Mr. Jonathan remains committed to providing good governance to the nation, even in the face of the most uncharitable criticism by people desirous of a chaotic environment for them to thrive.
“This, we accept as part of a civil engagement between elected officials and the citizenry,” Mr. Abati said. “The public and our esteemed crop of journalists are humbly requested to be wary of lurking mischief makers who parade themselves under different garbs and push forth information that should best be ignored, or clarified in the best tradition of the journalism profession.
“We reaffirm that the so-called “Bromide of the presidential directive” is false and inconsistent with the governance ethos of the present administration,” Mr. Abati said in the statement.