CPC’s Rotimi Fashakin is a brainless ignoramus, says Reuben Abati

Reuben Abati, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Goodluck Jonathan

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity,  Reuben Abati, has described the spokesperson of the opposition Congress for Progressive Change as a medieval-era ignoramus and brainless individual.

In a statement Tuesday night, Mr. Abati was unsparing of Mr. Fashakin who had earlier issued a statement condemning President Goodluck Jonathan for missing his speaking slot at the just-concluded African Union summit in Addis Ababa.

The CPC spokesperson had also accused the president of instigating the crisis in the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.

But in responding to Mr. Fashakin’s criticism of his boss, an ostensibly angry Mr. Abati poured invectives on the CPC spokesperson  describing him as a silly, hideous and second rate character whose family should be ashamed of.

He described him as a disruptive character with a mental indolence that has left him with a deep character flaw.

Read the full statement below.

We are dealing with such hideous and second rate characters in Nigeria’s public space, belonging to the ACN and the CPC, and that other would-be disaster-prone mongrel called APC that they won’t even respect the truth. The prize for being silly in this regard must go to one Rotimi Fashakin who describes himself as the National Publicity Secretary of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). He is an arm-chair critic per excellence and a medieval-era ignoramus.

In a release titled “President Jonathan’s AU summit gaffe” (May 28) Rotimi displayed such habitual indolence and brainlessness that his heirs must be eternally ashamed of, and which I consider offensive and needlessly disruptive. His subject is the just-ended AU @ 50 summit in Addis Ababa.

I invite more cerebral and decent persons to consider the facts. President Jonathan as the leader of the Nigerian delegation to the AU summit in Addis Ababa and the 50th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) indeed put up a sterling performance, using the opportunity of the trip to further promote Nigeria’s interests and to strengthen Nigeria’s relationships with other countries. He held bilateral meetings with the UN Secretary General and the leaders of Jamaica, Egypt, Swaziland, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire. He granted interviews to the media, local and international. He also participated in a special session on HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, at which he invited other world leaders to the Abuja+12 conference to be hosted in Nigeria, mid-June. President Jonathan is an accomplished diplomat and a responsible leader under whose watch, Nigeria’s foreign policy process and international relations have been strengthened with commendable results.

Fashakin, failing to do minimal research that any right-thinking person would attempt, jumps to the conclusion that President Jonathan missed his slot at the AU and that nobody represented him. This is more than 48 hours after I had issued a statement indicating that no slot was missed. Fashakin must be so busy he doesn’t even bother to read the news. No slot was missed because no country was under any compulsion to speak. Any country that wished to make a statement indicated the interest to do so, by pressing the button at its own convenience. Nigeria had indicated an interest to speak, but the President needed to attend an urgent ECOWAS meeting on the Lagos-Abidjan Highway, to be attended by five West African countries, to take a report by the Nigerian Minister of Works who is the chair of the regional inter-Ministerial body on the proposed Lagos-Abidjan Highway. I have since circulated the conclusions of that meeting.

While President Jonathan was attending that meeting, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, the Minister of Foreign Affairs presented our statement to the OAU at 50 on President Jonathan’s behalf. I have also since circulated the full text of that statement. In other words, Nigeria’s voice was heard, loud and clear. Let it be noted that President Jonathan’s attendance of a meeting on the sidelines of the AU Summit was perfectly in order, and he attended quite a number, just as Minister Ashiru was not the only Foreign Minister who spoke on behalf of a President at the Summit. So where did Fashakin get his information from that nobody represented Nigeria?

The nature of his mental indolence is understandable. In this attempt to pull President Jonathan down at all costs, lies have become standard stuff, mischief a major commodity, and indecency a character flaw. President Jonathan does not owe anyone an apology for serving Nigeria diligently and truthfully. Fashakin’s reference to an incident in Australia is also wrong-headed because the allegation is false. In fact, in Australia, President Jonathan met with a broad range of investors in the mining sector and that has resulted in huge investments in the Nigerian mining sector. I consider the insinuation about inebriation, in Fashakin’s statement, amplified by his paid agents in other fora, as utterly disrespectful and foolish. They can’t certainly be talking about a President who is a well-focused man of achievement. By the same token, I consider the reference to Governor Rotimi Amaechi and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum in that statement as a red herring. Again, I advise Fashakin to read the newspapers so he can be abreast of developments, the only way he can get close to being an effective spokesperson. I had made it clear that President Jonathan has no hand in the Governors Forum crisis, and we stand by that position.

Our case is not rested. When next Fashakin comes to the public with unintelligent thoughts about President Jonathan, it shall remain our duty to continue to remind him of the need to think before talking.


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  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    All hail the King of Minions!

    Dr. Abati has thundered, let all the ants scatter!!

    So, open festering sores and vituperative nuances have been elevated to the level of public discourse in high places! God save us from Homo sapiens high cranial capacities!

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Seriously, Oga Apati at the top.

      Are you expecting Nigerians to accept that an ECOWAS meeting of 5 heads of state is more important than an AU meeting with 75 heads of state and UN ambassadors? Moreso, when the presenting Nigerian Minister would be at the said meeting or is it a question of lying badly to cover the President or that the President does not believe in the competence of the Minister of Works?

      Haba!

      How much lower can we sink if there is no more water at the bottom of the barrel?

  • The Vulture – King of Offals

    This is a DISGRACE to the FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.

    Abati has descended so low as to be using gutter type narratives and expletives in response to criticisms of his boss.

    He needs to be reminded that Jonathan is the boss of Nigeria and we all are all shareholders. We have the right to call him to order, even abuse him. If he cannot stand the heat, then, he can resign. The presidency is not his father’s property!

    ABATI is the greatest hypocrite in NIGERIA! There is no way Abati would have been in the private sector and not call Jonathan worse names,

    We are DOOMED as a nation when we cannot call a spade a spade any more!

    • Afam

      If only you will listen to Fela music on AU and UN..you will not talk this rubbish…who are the AU and what have they contributed in Nigerian democracy?we have more important issue bordering us,if GEJ deem it fit to talk with ECOWAS countries where those boko haram boys are using as their route to enter Nigeria to talk with them in order to get these security problems in the north solved then what is there in missing or not missing slot to speak at AU? what is the duty of foreign affairs minister?

      • Pivo679

        Sorry, I disagree with your assertions. Is it not the same Nigeria that only last week was lobbying AU countries for support to what I consider a senseless ambition of Nigeria being on UN security council?. The bottom line is, if Nigeria had lived up to its image/expectations which requires a lot of hard work to maintain it would have been the main driver of the AU. Many countries around the globe not only in Africa are looking up to Nigeria to get things right to energize others on the continent but we have only disappointed. Don’t blame ECOWAS for boko haram, if there was good governance in Nigeria, BH would never have shown its ugly face!. We blame everyone else but our selves for our problems why?. Leadership is not as easy you think, there are standards to keep up with something we don’t know in Nigeria. If the president does not have a sound logical sense of thinking he should resign and this is also why Nigeria is not and cannot be a leader anywhere because of our attitudes, it will therefore be a waste of space at the UN security council.

  • Femi jaiyeola

    Abati, I hope you remember you will return to Lagos at the end of this nonsence administration.we are waiting for you.
    When the die is cast, there will be no hiding place for you and that fat fool big for nothing Doyin.wait and see.

  • Mohammed

    What else can say for Abati than ‘those whom the gods want to destroy, they first make mad’?. For truly Abati has gone mad!

  • Gidi

    Abati is just blowing steam. He must be really angry and frustrated by the action of the President men. His boss has not made it easier for him to do his job. Poor Abati!

    It is well reported and documented that GEJ was a no show for his speaking engagement. Although I could careless about a toothless AU that have bunch of shady characters as members, what is more important is for GEJ to stop embarrassing us abroad.

  • anu meka

    Fellow Nigerians, the man has spoken severally bout why GEJ did not speak @ the summit. He may be right bcos dat summit is one of the few chances GEJ has 2 meet most of these heads of states nd UN officials especially his ecowas colleagues. That summit gives him d privilage to sell our country to investors nd also discus our security problems with our neighbours. Rather than sit at your comfort zones and judge, watch d video or betta still read the past nd present gazzettes of that summit, u will undastnd dat most presidents are spoken for even wen they are present. These so called opposition leaders are out to cause a media war since their lap dog BH has been silenced nd we r giving them the fuel to burn our dear country down. They are not beter than those clowns who are in power now.

  • Oludara Samuel

    Anyone who was at that AU special session would see the influence and regard which this President was held by other nations , many African leaders mentioned President Jonathan of Nigeria personally in their speeches , this so called opposition need to wake up and know when to separate nation from politics

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      So he chose to run away before the applause could start?

      How very modest of him!

      lol

  • Sahfeeyah

    It’s official, Abati has beaten Okupe in the attack dog competition. Now, Okupe cab go back to where he came from.

  • olumide

    Abati, please place these fools that call themselves opposition I̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ their place. They think they Α̲̅я̩̥̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ T̶̲̥̅̊h̶̲̥̅̊e̶̲̥̅̊ only set δf people that H̶̲̥̅̊α̣̣̥v̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ mouth T̶̲̥̅Ơ̴͡ βε̲̣ talking rubbish always. I d̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣ laugh …ooo

  • Magnusanthony

    Abati has shown that he is more of an ignoramus than “the Fashakin he presents”. How dare he deride a Nigerian with such acerbic vituperations? Abati has told worse lies and made more misleading statements in his present capacity than the Fashakin he so presents. Those who live in glass houses should not even own catapults!

  • daigbo

    Reuben is very uncultured with his language He is paid with public fund and such is accountable to we the public The question is Did not Presd Jonathan miss his slot to speak at AU summit Is it not an embarrassment to we Nigerians Abati should stop defending the mistake He must stop misleading our Leader IN civilized societies the Presd must appolgize

  • Ola Onanuga

    This is Dokita Abati at his best!!!!!!!
    Naija I dey laugh ooooo

  • En

    This trash is from a Presidential spokesperson? Childish trash! Does Abati have children and would he be proud if his children read this needless noise? Abati has gone crazy; really crazy!