Reuben Abati, spokesperson of the president and Rotimi Fashakin, spokesperson of the CPC engage in a war of words.
The ongoing war of words between the presidency and the opposition Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, continued on Wednesday, with the latter expressing ‘pity’ for presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, saying he has decided to ‘sink’ with the Goodluck Jonathan regime.
Mr. Abati had while responding to an earlier statement by the CPC spokesman, Rotimi Fashakin, called the latter a “brainless ignoramus” and a shame to his family.
In response, Mr. Fashakin said it is unfortunate that Mr. Abati had resorted to ‘unmitigated incivility’, saying it is apparent the president’s spokesperson’s career as a journalist is over.
“As a Party, we really sympathize with Abati for the dislocation in his career path and the utter misadventure the media aide appointment has turned out for him. The future, as a practicing Journalist, is bleak and the past cannot be recalled. He is stuck in the conundrum of a sinking regime. Unfortunately, his choice is to sink with it,” Mr. Fashakin said adding that “the intemperate and vile verbiage” of Mr. Abati, “was symptomatic of a pathetically disoriented presidential lackey”.
“The trajectory of Abati’s career as a Presidential aide reveals a beginning scripted in deception and, undoubtedly, can only be sustained by deception. It explains why, in his current circumstances, he cannot be expected to deal in the truth. The Palace appointment, as a fitting reward for a hatchet job in mendacious writings in his regular Newspaper column during and after the April 2011 elections, is to him, something that must be desperately clutched unto.
“We understand; only appalled by the descent to uncouth and gutter language! Reuben Abati just showed, in his last statement, lack of training for his job function and an inbred atavistic incongruence,” the statement added.
Abati explained nothing
Mr. Fashakin also said Mr. Abati failed in his attempt to explain the circumstances leading to the president’s inability to address the summit.
“President Good-luck Jonathan, as head of the Nigerian delegation, left the country for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend the AU summit. In diplomatic arena, that was the Primary objective of the delegation. This presupposes that any other business is secondary,” he said.
He also said, Mr. Abati himself, had confirmed that the president had indicated interest to address the summit but chose instead to attend to other matters which he considered more important than the primary objective of being in Addis-Ababa.
Mr. Fashakin also said Mr. Abati’s explanation that Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister had adequately represented the president is appalling.
“We shudder to think that all the Nigerian Tax payers’ funds used in paying the humongous estacodes for Reuben Abati and his colleagues on the President’s entourage was for mere submission of a statement after the summit”.
No President in Ethiopia was represented by a Minister
Mr. Fashakin also said no president that travelled to Ethiopia for the event mandated their ministers to represent them, as claimed by Mr. Abati.
“ We know Dr Samura Matthew Wilson Kamara, Sierra Leone’s foreign minister, represented his President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, who was unavoidably absent at the summit. Abati failed to tell us the other foreign ministers, aside Nigeria’s, that represented Presidents who were physically present for the AU summit! If we may ask: is submission of a statement by a foreign minister after a conference coterminous with the President, using the stage, to articulate the Nation’s position on the regional discourse?” he asked.