President Jonathan is not a drunk, says Reuben Abati

Former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan
Dr Goodluck Jonathan. President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

By Emmanuel Ogala

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan is not clueless and does not drink kain kain, (local dry gin) as widely believed by Nigerians, his special adviser on media, Reuben Abati, has said.

Mr Abati made the clarification in an opinion piece published in today’s edition of The Guardian on Sunday, where he also took out time to lash at the opposition and every other Nigerian who has voiced dissatisfaction with the performance of his boss, especially through the social media.

Mr. Abati wrote the piece to ‘correct’ some of the myths about President Jonathan, underline the achievements of the administration and equip the “twittering, pinging, Facebook crowd of the new age” with facts that should guide social commentaries.

Mr. Abati specifically targeted the piece at “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.”

Some of his target, he said, are “sponsored and self-appointed anarchists” whose majority are “unintelligent people repeating stupid clichés and too many intelligent persons wasting their talents lending relevance to thoughtless conclusions.”

“You say he is a clueless President. You are wrong. He is not clueless,” he said. “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.”

Mr. Abati – one of the nation’s finest writers, and a fierce critic of successive administrations untill his invitation to serve in the presidency – said his boss is largely misconstrued.

The presidential aide also used the article to debunk the speculation that the president is a drunk, with a fetish for Ogogoro, a local gin widely manufactured in Mr. Jonathan’s home state of Bayelsa.

“We are not allowed to touch alcohol,” Mr. Abati said. “Alcohol is not served during official duties. Yes, when there is an international function, wine is served, but nobody gets drunk around here (presidency). That will amount to an act of indiscipline.”

He added, “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.”

He hinted at writing a book about his time in the presidential villa.

Read the full OP-ED below, as culled from the GUARDIAN.

“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 14 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 criticise 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 per cent 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


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  • The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not DRUNK and does not take OGOGORO from the President’s spokeperson? Who asked him?

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      probably learnt drinking from abacha.

      • Enemona

        Abacha is dead, Yaradua is dead. Why compare dead people to him. He’s a drunk, simple.

        • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

          Can I also say your father is a drunk, since like you i have not seen him drunk.

          • Enemona

            Well said like a fatherless child. What a pity. I feel for you, rent boy. It’s just curious this ogogoro issue is propping up from no where and the rent boys like you and abati are up in arms. I know you guys have to make your living but do that by not by throwing your thinking cap away. Just like your paymaster, you sound so dumb. I see you feel very bad when i try to separate jona from Abacha and Yaradua, i can see you are bent on comparing them, that explains the standards jona and you, his rent boys, have set for yourselves, if that is the case, I give up and I am not surprised at events unfolding in this country. Enjoy your mediocrity, if it can even be called that. The shameless Abacha years is Jona’s standard, right? This explains the shallowness in this administration and the level of reasoning of its followers. Shame!

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            u completely missed the point. jonathan compared to any of those charlatans is a superstar. yet we didnt see northwest opposition to either regimes. i believe strongly that this has nothing to do with jonathan as a person, any other southern would have faced the same antagonism.

          • SOMTHING ELSE

            An indication of weakness, be a man

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            Get behind me, Pharaoh

  • concernednigerian

    Good work, Abati. It simply confirms what we have known all along. Jonathan came from very humble background and as such understands the meaning of hardship. Let our brothers curb the activities of Boko Haram so that the huge amount expended on security could be ploughed back into capital expenditure for infrastructural development. Today we are witnessing improvement in electricity generation, something nobody thought about any more in the country. Let our brothers try their hands once again on groundnut and cocoa production so that we all will complement each other instead of waiting exclusively for oil revenue without contribution from any other source to the pot. Oil exploration causes misery to the littoral states while the rest of Nigeria reaps the benefit of oil revenue. Let us spend less time abusing the President for usurping a presidency not meant for the Southern minority but rather focus on what we can do to bolster the economy of the country. Reliance on a single item for generation of revenue poses a security threat to the country. Let our brothers from the major ethnic groups utilise the advantages of their massive land mass and economically active population to generate wealth for themselves. Less reliance on oil would enable the government to deal severely with unscrupulous vendors whose stock in trade is to engage in haphazard extractive practices with the attendant oil spillages that pose the greatest threat to the littoral states simple because 160 million Nigerians depend on oil for their survival. Let us refrain from celebrating our status as the ‘caterpillars of the commonwealth’. Why must our brothers and sisters from the major ethnic groups be afraid of a dint of hard work?

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      they are lazy cows. the lot of them. Can you blame them? thirty years of free flowing oil money and then suddenly, it stopped. The CBN is no longer ‘borrowing’ money to the feudal lords to buy private jets. So they have throw all kinds of dirt on the president. But Man is not God. ‘Who can decree when the Almighty have not said so?… Why do nations rage? King David asked.
      Jonathan MUST COMPLETE his term and another term, whether they like it or not. What could be worse than having a dead Yaradua rule Nigeria for almost a year? that is before it took him almost a year to form a cabinet. That time we didnt see any nonsense write down against him, but now every half illiterate in the north west is an activists. Bunch of hypocrites..

      • SOMTHING ELSE

        PLS WHICH APPOINTMENT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO. WORK HARD SO THAT YOU CAN SECURE ONE JUST LIKE AGBATI, DOKUBU, TOMPOLO AND MANY OTHERS.

      • NAGODI

        SO IBB AND ALL THE LOT OF THEM NO LONGER HAVE OIL BLOCKS? OR ARE YOU SAYING THAT THE NORTHERN STATES DONT GET THE REMITTANCE FROM THE SS OIL? WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU MEAN BY THE FLOW OF OIL HAS STOPPED?
        KEEP ON YOUR BOYI-BOYI MENTALITY UNTIL YOU WAKE UP TO FIND THE POWER GONE. IT WILL I ASSURE YOU, EITHER IN 4 OR 8 YEARS. ITS NOW 3 YEARS SINCE GEJ CAME TO POWER, NOTHING HAS CHANGED FOR THE ORDINARY PEOPLE OF BAYELSA AND IN TEN YEARS NOTHING WILL CHANGE. THEN WHEN AN IGBO MAN OR NORTHERNER BECOMES PRESIDENT WE WILL LISTEN FOR THOSE WHO WILL CALL FOR RESOURCE CONTROL OR OTHER SUCH NONESENSE AS THE SNC.

    • eustace

      @concernednigerian. Gbaam! let these lazy regions work for a living like everybody else. instead they sit on their dirty hands and wait for hand out from the littoral states in the ss/se. maybe its time we post pple from the rich ss/se to become governors in the north and southwest. yes the sw, those yorubas with their pesky newspapaers and meedlesome, i-too- know lawyers. Yes, lets colonise the lot as soon as we are thru with the war on terror in the north. It will be a pleasure for us to push that uppity asiwaju around and his sabi-sabi govrnor. As for the others i dont know what we are going to do about all those lazy, illiterate, naked almajiris roaming streets looking for food and shelter. those lazy pple are a problem any day. We must colonise them and teach them hardwork so oil can also start to ooze from their barren lands.

      Maybe we unleash @Mpitikwelu _na _ugwu_Awusa to be their king and master. pls let the man apply he is likely to fit the role being a stark illiterate himself. in any case we have no shortage of candidate for the new colonies; ateke tom, tompolo and other militants will properly administer these barren colonies. It is really time we start having oil for breakfast instead of accomodating all these other lazy parasites who are afraid of hardwork. It is hard to understand why these lazy idiots dont know that it is the hard work of the south south and the south east that made oil to flow from the land there!

  • Abubakar Barde Barden Mubi

    drinking master

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      like yaradua

      • Enemona

        Yes, like Yaradua, they’re both fools!

        • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

          am glad u recognized that there is nothing novel about foolery in aso rock as the emergency activists will want us to believe. u could almost believe, Abacha never happened to us.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Reuben, this is a bit needless. those opposition thugs can always talk trash but ppl dont believe them. I know u wrote in justifiable anger but these rough heads are in enemity with the truth. GEJ shd ignore them and continue his many marvelous works. Our people will reward him not the hooligans in the opposition. YARADUA DAMAGED HIS LUNGS WITH MARIJUANA AND HEAVY DRINKS. ABACHA , A BINGE DRUNKARD, DIED IN THE LAPS OF INDIAN PROSTITUTES.

    • Ojukwu

      Look at the way you are talking, senselessly, like an animal. Even animals and treat there fellow animals, dead or alive, in such a disrespectful manner no matter how much they fought or hated each other. This shows the extent of your moral emptiness. Besides, you too will die one day lest you forgot about that fact. You may run but you can’t hide from it.

      • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

        Stop being a prude. I didn’t kill them. i only said what killed them. when I die just like everyone else, people are free to say what I died off.

    • SOMTHING ELSE

      Mr Reuben, your long term proper gander, hatred and plans against a particular section of the country as a journalist are working, keep it on, command your tropes to the right target you will soon gate there.

      • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

        go back to the nomadic school and learn how to spell.this is irritating.

  • Kurfi

    The drunken fisher man!

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      standard accusation against any christian candidate in the north. yet we know that nobody drinks alchohol than a nigerian muslim.

      • Bakrs

        You have never been to Lagos.

  • Naijaa

    But it is only a drunk will allow certain things happen like, what is your wife doing in Bayelsa as perm sect, salary for 13 years without showing face in the office for one day, close to1 Billion for Asorock kitchen are you eating gold, so certain things make Nigerians think that the president is a drunk, like don’t give a damn

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      Nigerians or Nigeriens? who gives a damn what nigeriens think?

  • Ojukwu

    We the Igbos do plegde to bring down this rubbish government no matter what the psycophants do or feel.

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      here comes the saboteur. pls dont insult ojukwu’s name

  • Ndagi

    Yes, he isn’t a drunk but he drinks and gets drunk. We are not fighting semantics here. Truth is that only a perpetual drunk president would sit and watch all the happenings in Nigeria and still be satisfy as a president. And his worthless media this, media that would pick up his pen and write all the hypes about his boss not being a drunk. Reuben you were drunk when you wrote the trash over!

  • how did we get here?

    Abati is what you call ‘his master’s voice’. What else was he going to say? We are a docile people who have allowed themselves to be ‘bamboozled’ for so long…sooner or later, the people of Nigeria shall rise up and realize that 20% of the people (if not less) control 80% of the wealth.
    We supported GJ because we thought he was of our generation who would depart from the corrupt ways of the past; if anything, he has turned out to be the worst president the country has ever known. Clueless is not the word; the word is nincompoop….a president who did not have the guts to fire Diezani and all the other corrupt ministers and high ranking officers is NOT a president that I respect. That we are talking about his kain kian or brandy drinking habit is a disgrace to my beloved country. Sooner or later, the people will rise up and reclaim our God given country, blessed with natural, mineral, and above all, human resources….our time will come.

  • how did we get here?

    Abati, do you mean simpleton? No one has any problem with a president being a simple man or woman; an unassuming person. Jesus Christ was a servant to his disciples…a great leader is supposed to be a servant of the people, and no one said it better than Benjamin Disraeli, prime minister of England who, when asked about being a leader said, “I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?” We want a president who will follow the people and not one, who pretends to be a simple man, yet, enriches himself and his bayelsa ‘mafia’ at the expense of the rest of us.
    Abati, you got it wrong this time. We have had enough of an ineffictive and inefficient government of GJ. Agrasha has gor to know…wait, I forget that we do not have the political will to stand up for ourselves. Or do we?

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      keep dreaming

  • uduakomiri

    Funny how Abati has come out smoking since Jonathan appointed a new attack dog, and oldtime scammer extraordinaire Doyin Okupe. Ever since Reuben has gone mad trying to attack every imagined enemy of the president. I’ve counted upto ten rejoinders, press releases, articles and a load of trash that been oozing from his office in defence of the president. It feels like a child who has a whiff of an impending rebuke suddenly trying to please everybody in the house. I guess sychophancy is a necessary skill in Nigerian officials circles.
    Anyway, who the fuck is Reuben or whatever he calls himself think he is to tell us what to do or not say in the social media? At least unlike Nigerian newspapers, he or the government can’t censor what is put out there. Like the Egyptian revolution that brough Mubarak to the dock the president will never escape the anger and ridicule of Nigerians in the social media.
    If thinks Nigerians are being harsh on the president, the best thing to do is either resign or tell his boss to do what Nigerians expect from the votes the cast for him. Gone are the days the government could have its way in what gets published in the media, not anymore, not in the social media. Even China with its great firewall cannot control what circulates in the social media, so yeah Reuben, we know Jonathan drinks lots of sapele water, akpuru-achia, and kai kai whether local or foreign. I bet the vice president, patience Jonathan drinks the same thing too. Her manner of public speaking, her gafes, her grammatical accidents and plenty of comic relief reflects someone not just drunk with the power of money and illiteracy but also kai kai.
    Reuben abeg go hug a moving train if you can’t accept the fact your boss is rubbish and his government is a complete joke. I guess in a matter of days, there will be sms messages going round Nigeria poking fun your current outbursts or some other joke about your incompetent, always drunk boss. Hey, I look forward to these jokes, they make my day just like the way the Nigerian government is a bad news any day

  • Udo Ibuot

    I have struggled to restrain myself from commenting on the Abati treatise, till a friend swore that he was convinced that the write-up was done under the raw influence of kain-kain. After reading the paragraph below, I was left confused what purpose the publication was meant to serve.
    READ:
    “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.”
    The only sad deduction from the write-up is where Abati ended up portraying my brother, Etim Etim as a nosy, hungry drunk, who go about feeling left out from the kain-kain drinking spree associated with the seat of power. Otherwise, what Abati ended up telling Nigerians was that kain-kain is a staple fixture on the presidential menu.
    Look at this: “Alcohol is not served during official duties.” In other words, outside official hours, getting soaked in alcohol is permissible.
    Again, look at this: “Yes, when there is an international function, wine is served, but nobody gets drunk around here. That will amount to an act of indiscipline.” In other words, if Vodka, with about 47% alcoholic content is served, as long as one can gulp a few bottles and still keep a bold, straight face, it’s okay.
    And this: “The President himself does not allow alcohol to be served at his table.” In other words, if alcohol is served around the tables adjoining the President’s during dinner, it’s not indiscipline.
    So, who is lying?

    By Udo ibuot

  • eustace

    tut tut. my friend. you must control yourself. this diatribe against our president is in very bad taste. you may show your resentments and opinions but you must show responsibility and decorum while doing so especially since it is the office and person of the president of the fed Rep. that is involved. Yes, abati went over the top by creating a storm in a tea cup with his petty exposes about whether mr president drinks or not when he should have stuck to more concrete issues more important to the pple such as performance, good governance, current security challenges etc. for me, since we know that abati’s job is threatened by okupe, we should accordingly excuse his desperate attempts at trying to defend his turf. am sure mr president understands the man’s dark motives and may accordingly excuse him for the damage done the person and office of the president and commander in chief.

  • Odogwu_Aganaga

    jonathan’s imbecility is more shameful than obasanjo’s; it is only in nigeria that such “clueless” creatures with nothing but omnivorous greed can be called president; I nearly said that nigeria deserves a lot better but I remember that the place is nothing but a state of nature. why worry with it any way.

    Nevertheless, one Farooq A. Kperogi criticised jonathan for responding “thank you” when a tv host thanked him for coming; kperogi said jonathan should have said “you are welcome.” this is arrant nonsense and indicative of abysmal ignorance on the part of mr. kperogi. tomorrow kperogi will go to south bronx or down town detroit and pick up the latest slang making the rounds and call it standard english. I am surprised dr. kperogi did not say that jonathan should have responded “for nothing.” If my recollection is right, I have taken pherogi up elsewhere for his misleading interventions on english language. more on this elsewhere and soon too . . .