FACTCHECK: Picture counters Jonathan’s denial of hobnobbing with ex-Gov. Sheriff in Chad

Ex-Governor Ali Modu Sheriff and President Jonathan at a meeting with the President of Chad, Idris Deby

The Presidency on Thursday issued a press statement denying that President Goodluck Jonathan hobnobbed with former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff while on a state visit to Chad on Monday.

The statement, signed by Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, said the former governor was not on Mr. Jonathan’s delegation to Njadmena and that his presence in that country at the time the president visited was merely coincidental.

“Those who associate with Senator Sheriff know that he has longstanding interests in Chad and often spends a lot of his time there,” Mr. Abati said. “He happened to be in Ndjamena at the time of President Jonathan’s visit and joined other Nigerian residents of the Chadian capital in coming to the airport to welcome their President.

“That was the full extent of his participation in the visit and it was also at Ndjamena Airport that the pictures which formed the basis of the bogus allegation of President Jonathan hobnobbing with an “accused sponsor of terrorism” were taken.

“The former Governor’s presence in Chad was certainly not at President Jonathan’s instance and he did not participate in any of the President’s discussions with President Idriss Deby or his other engagements in Ndjamena.”

But a picture earlier released by Mr. Abati himself is at variance with the claim he made in the statement he released on Thursday.

Ex-Governor Ali Modu Sheriff and President Jonathan at a meeting with the President of Chad
Ex-Governor Ali Modu Sheriff and President Jonathan at a meeting with the President of Chad

The picture showed President Jonathan, his host, President Idris Deby, and Mr. Sheriff seated in a room. The three men appeared to be engaged in a closed-door meeting.

Assuming Mr. Sheriff, who recently defected to the PDP, was in Ndjamena on his own private visit and was indeed at the airport to receive President Jonathan and his delegation on arrival, how did the ex-Governor, who the President confirmed is under investigation, find his way into official meetings of state in the Chadian capital?

The picture shows clearly President Jonathan, President Idris Deby of Chad and Mr. Sheriff in a meeting. Was the picture that of Mr. Sheriff conducting his own private meeting with Presidents Jonathan and Deby in attendance? Or was the meeting that of Nigerian and Chadian Presidents with the former Borno Governor in attendance?

Why did the presidency claim that Mr. Sheriff did not participate in any meeting with Presidents Jonathan and Deby when a State House picture communicated the contrary?

Read the presidency’s full statement claiming Mr. Sheriff did not participate in any of the President Jonathan’s discussions with President Deby

STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
PRESIDENT JONATHAN DID NOT TAKE ALI MODU SHERIFF TO CHAD, WILL NOT INTERFERE WITH ONGOING INVESTIGATION OF ACCUSATION AGAINST FORMER GOVERNOR

We have noted with surprise, the unnecessary hue and cry raised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other bigoted critics of the Jonathan Administration over the claim that the President is “hobnobbing” with the former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff who was recently accused by the Australian, Stephen Davis of being one of the chief sponsors of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

The totally erroneous basis for that charge was the spurious claim that Senator Sheriff accompanied President Jonathan on his recent trip to Ndjamena as a member of his entourage.

Although Senator Sheriff himself has already given the lie to that claim through his Media Adviser, the Presidency wishes to affirm, for the purpose of emphasis, that the former Borno State governor was not on President Jonathan’s delegation to Chad.

In keeping with President Jonathan’s commitment to transparency and openness in the conduct of government business, names of the key members of his delegation were announced a day before his trip to Ndjamena.
They included the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), the Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed and the Director-General of National Space Research and Development Agency, Prof. Seidu Mohammed.

As can be easily verified from the complete list of members of the Presidential entourage to Chad which was also circulated on Sunday and never changed, Senator Sheriff’s name was not on it. The only other persons on the list were the President’s aides, security personnel and journalists.

The APC and others who rushed to condemn President Jonathan for a non-existent indiscretion would have found, if they took the least trouble to double-check, that there was absolutely no factual basis for their accusation.

Those who associate with Senator Sheriff know that he has longstanding interests in Chad and often spends a lot of his time there. He happened to be in Ndjamena at the time of President Jonathan’s visit and joined other Nigerian residents of the Chadian capital in coming to the airport to welcome their President.

That was the full extent of his participation in the visit and it was also at Ndjamena Airport that the pictures which formed the basis of the bogus allegation of President Jonathan hobnobbing with an “accused sponsor of terrorism” were taken.

The former Governor’s presence in Chad was certainly not at President Jonathan’s instance and he did not participate in any of the President’s discussions with President Idriss Deby or his other engagements in Ndjamena.

President Jonathan is fully aware of the allegation made against Senator Sheriff by Stephen Davis. That allegation is already being investigated by the security agencies who will make their findings known to the public in due course.

The President assures all Nigerians that he has not willfully taken any action that could prejudice the outcome of that ongoing inquiry.

He seizes this opportunity to reassure the nation once again of his total commitment to doing all within his powers to bring all identified and verified sponsors of terrorism to justice, and ending the menace of violent extremism in the country.

Reuben Abati
Special Adviser to the President
Media & Publicity
September 11, 2014


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  • Newsday

    PREMIUM TIMES IS WRONG BECAUSE….

    “You may for political reasons say you are attacking the office of the president,
    but don’t insult President Jonathan. If you try to ridicule President Jonathan,
    i am not likely to be nice to you at all. If you throw a punch, i will connect you
    with an upper cut and maybe a kick to the groin.”

    ………..Reuben Abati
    October, 12, 2013
    [Punch Newspaper]

  • the truth

    premium times i guess there is no more pressing issues to discuss than this news and picture. for 1 week now you have been recycling old news.go ask your lazy reporters to give us new news, this is becoming repulsive

    • Mr. Abdin

      who was in that picture?

      • the truth

        why ask when you know. so all these while when tinubu, lie lie mohammed posted pics with sheriff it was ok. all i am saying is we need new news not recycled copy and paste news.

        • Wähala

          Refer us to Lai ati Tinubu hobnobbing with a terrorist sponsor in picture or video… liar!

          • Toke Franklin

            wahala stop this nuisance, Sheriff hobnobbed and also tossed coins with tinubu, did u forget so soon about the slap sheriff was about to discharge to your man?

          • Wähala

            Is Tinubu the President of Nigeria… the article is about Abati lying for Dumbo that Sheriff was never at any meetings the two President had, why can’t you fools focus on that and forget about old APC group pictures. The above is just Dumbo, Sheriff, Deby and probably an interpreter… deal with it and I’ll have time for crumbies from the gutter. Why did Abati lie ???

          • the truth

            u know i always have factual check before i post anything here.

            please go to the nigerian watch newspaper of monday 31st march, 2014, there you would see buhari, sheriff, tinubu, lie mohammed, kwankwaso, sheriff, akande together. go to the nigerian gazette newspaper of march 30th 2014, there you would see all top apc leaders and governors with sheriff, go to the nation newspaper of december 19, 2013 where sheriff with top apc leaders wooing atiku to apc, go to information nigeria paper on december 22, 2013 when sheriff with all apc leaders and governors visited obasanjo, i tried posting links this website doesnt allow links. or please google amodu sheriff together with tinubu. now who is the f**l and liar.

          • Wähala

            Abroad, foool. All those names you mentioned are not “Nigerian President…” They are ordinary citizens allowed to gather under the Constitution. The office of the President of Nigeria carries a minimum level of decorum required of the occupant and unfortunately, your moron doesn’t and can’t discern the difference. Admit it, he was wrong to allow Sheriff tag along and even take pictures with him while in Chad, shikena! What was he thinking… goes to prove he doesn’t even think. Like I said, Aborigines are the Achilles heels of Nigeria and you sub-humans must be returned to your natural habitat in the jungles of Papua New Guinea… animals cannot continue to mix-n-mingle with humans. Useless slaves. Lord Lugard cross-bred your ancestors with Chimps and now you feel we’re the same ba? St*pid clowns. Drunkards. Dumbo can dream on but Nigeria will rather burn to ashes than endure another four years of his drinking binge on duty. Punk. Can’t blame you… we would never have crossed words if the Otuoke thief hadn’t been hoisted on Nigeria by that Ota Gorilla, Baba Iyabo. Animals!

          • the truth

            respond f**l and liar. are you going to apologize for your stup*dity or be a real man by retracting your false statement. not everyone on this site can be deceived or is a f**l which you can pour unfacted statements to. next time before you post make sure you got fact by your side before engaging me u hear.ode

          • Wähala

            Apologize to a minion whose live depeds on crumbs? You must be sky-high on whatever is frying your slimy brains. Your moron, Dumbo, has been caught in another dirty lie and suddenly the news is repulsive to you ba? Ediiot, I engage you to enrich your contaminated mind, we’re miles apart ordinarily. Dirty, near-naked Abogrines like you and Deri are the real problems Nigeria has, your Dumbo is even a bigger disgrace to humanity. Look at the Chimp again parading a wanted terrorist sponsor abroad and your ogogoro-damaged mind doesn’t see anything wrong with that. Dindinrin. Unless lazy Aborgine clowns in you mold are gathered on your canoes and shipped back to Papua New Guinea, Nigeria will never develop. Amnesty baztard like you… abandoned orphan. Oloti… drunkard.

          • the truth

            u can’t equate yourself with me. i come with facts and evidences something you don’t know about.you make statements here on this site without providing evidence and most people here believe you and take your words. i made a factual statement on tinubu and sheriff pictured together and theses were your very quotes “Refer us to Lai ati Tinubu hobnobbing with a terrorist sponsor in picture or video… liar!” i put it to you that i gave you over 5 instances were they were pictured together. but instead of been a gentleman and accept that you were wrong and apologise you started abusing me. now the question arising is was the postulation i made earlier of tinubu and lie lie mohammed pictured with tinubu wrong? with all these evidences i gave you earlier do you still deny it? i even asked you to google it yourself with the caption “tinubu and amodu sheriff together”
            It is so shameful and repugnant that instead of confronting the points i raised and facts i presented to the whole world to which you called me a liar earlier you resort to what your cohorts and idols(apc) resort to,. instead of addressing my points u started a smear campaign agaist me, calling me all names. i am not perturbed with your uncalled for utterances but at least next time you would factual check before posting.
            the whole world sees that you are a liar and i am happy you didnt call me a liar on my claims on your follow up.
            people see you use ambiguous words without knowing there true usage. how does aborigines relate to our arguement. u abuse me but never addressed my fact i presented. class is permanent my friend wahala. enough words for you. peace

        • simon tor gideon

          But the story posted here is brand new so which brand new news do you want PT to post?

        • israel amulum

          Don’t mind these men without voters card.when they lose next year,they will say it’s rigging

  • Ms. Vivian

    Dear Premium Times Editor:

    I will like to support Ruben Abati as he lies all the way to retain his job.
    Nigeria is damn too hard nowadays. He has a family to feed, please!
    Any means by which he can get more money than his salary is right.
    He has only 9 months left to go and he must gather enough to be loaded.
    No one out there is actually looking forward to reading his articles in future.
    He has un-ravelled in the public domain as a hungry mouth without scruples.

    • Dee

      Am in luv wit u already…. Just that comment is abt what I can think of as Regards d big man lol! Holla me 25F5CACB BB pin

      • Jesuslover101

        And supposing she is married. Are you encouraging or proposing and extra marital adulterous affair

        • Solaside

          he is a predator!

      • Wähala

        Your in love with who?
        Are you sure you’re sane?

    • amazing2012

      VIVIAN- we don’t need to tell lies or be in Presidency to feed family. To me, the worst thing that can happen to someone is to be working with Nigerian leaders. Many Nigerians leave a comfortable life and queitly without notice, that are not in anyway associated with government. Similarly, those in government are either thieves or Liers to feed themselves and their wards. Their security is also my concern, during or after the power.

  • Spoken word

    end of discussion,a picture speaks a thousand words.

  • Mr. Abdin

    only God will save Nigerians from the hands of an incompetent government.

  • maimuna Usman

    Why did it take abati this long to say this. Sounds fishy.

  • Wähala

    Mr. Ali Modu Sheriff was present at the meeting with President Deby but did not participate… He was a “slient observer”!
    That said, the picture could have been taken anywhere, there is no proof it was not the Airport lounge, and there’s also no proof it was at the Presidential Palace. Bottom line, they were seen in Chad together, coincidentally or not… it is wrong!
    But this is nothing new with Dumbo. He went to South Africa at the height of Farouk Lawal vs Femi Otedola with the fuel-subsidy bribery allegation hanging on Femi’s head; went to Jerusalem with mega-corruption case smoking out of Stella Oduah… now, SAS! It’s a dirty habit of thumbing his nose at Nigerians, disrespecting his office and a clear case of inability to distinguish bad from good conduct expected of any decent person… much less, Office of the President of Nigeria!

  • Chris1408

    All GEJ cares about is coming back to Aso Rock in 2015 to continue the looting. Nothing else matters to him. He’ll dine with the devil to achieve that. What do Nigerians expect from a man that gave almost N1b to a native doctor when he was a governor. GEJ, his wife and native doctor were all investigated by the EFCC. EFCC should tell us what happened to the investigation. Or immunity covered native doctor and madam Patience?

  • Rotimi Ilesanmi

    Well, i think Reuben Abati made a blunder by sending out this photo. He probably got queried for it and now he struggles without thinking to undo himself. Or perhaps Reuben Abati means that someone seated (not kneeling) at a bilateral meeting of two heads of state is just a visitor?

    There is no sense in Reuben Abati saying that Modu Sherrif (seated in the picture above) and flanking two heads of state at a bilateral meeting, is not part of President Jonathan’s delegation.

    If Reuben Abati wrote his nonsense press statement in his lucid moment, then, the question is: with what clearance did Bonu Sherrif gain access into the innermost room of the president villa in Ndjamena? Or, is Reuben Abati daft to the extent of not knowing that a foreigner has no un-reserved access to a presidential villa without security clearance as “a delegate”?

  • Don Baba Messi

    But what brand of hashish is this Abati smoking?
    Did he have a gun pointed to his skull wen he claimed SAS never met with d 2 presidents??
    Abi na Double-Agent he be???
    NawaooO….High drama!

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    President Ebele Jonathan is the most naked worst lying president Nigeria ever had.The picture confirmed president Ebele Jonathan was in Chad in meeting with Chadian president Idris Deby,in Ndjamena,Chad on tuesday september 08,2014.
    President Ebele is an advance crook and friends with drug pusher wanted in the USA who whom Ebele Jonathan made PDP leader in Ogun State,Kashamu Buruji and indicted known assassin of a Nigerian serving A.G. and minister of justice,Chief Bola Ige-Iyiola Omisore.The NDLEA chair-person Roli George,was appointed to compensate the ex-convict,Chief Bode George even though she lacks the required experience and knowledge about NDLEA.Jonathan turns Nigeria presidency to criminals haven.t

    • israel amulum

      from the way you write I should assume you are a native doctor.you are just blowing hot air,and dwelling on conjectures that cannot be validated.the man himself admitted he wasn’t part of the president’s entourage.that he lives in Chad and has businesses there.Did you investigate to find out if the chain president decided to invite an illustrious nigerian that is contributing to their economy to join in welcoming Mr president.native doctor verify before you write.The fact that this man is being accused does not make him guilty,if you have evidence then submit.

    • Durosanmi

      Dr. Awosan,

      You are very right, Sir. As a matter of fact i am ashamed to call Goodluck Jonathan my President.
      He thrives in criminal company. He has no known ethics and he feels able to defend corruption.
      In the history of Nigeria no other person surpasses Goodluck Jonathan in financial shenaigans.
      “Stealing is not corruption..” President Jonathan recently said on NTA presidential media interview.
      I find it very hard to accept that the president of my country could make such a self-disgracing statement.

  • damboa

    Seeing the C-in-C with the alleged BH sponsor in the middle of a brutal war is very demoralizing for every soldier and their loved ones. This does not show any respect for the thousands of souls lost. Our military now think they are fighting a futile war. No wonder we are losing against Boko Haram.

  • Thompson

    Abati was being economical with the truth. it is a well known practice that when presidents meet,the falgs of both countries are put side by side. these can happen at the presidential villa not at an airport lounge. Secondly, i am yet to see where a sitting president goes to welcome another president as if he is an errand boy. The tweet by Abati himself is self indicting. he has to explain why he tweeted that Pres Jonathan was in a meeting with Pres Deby. Abati explanation certainly has some loopholes

  • the truth

    i have been drawn to wahala on this site who posts without providing empirical facts or does fact check. just like premium times. he said i was a liar when i said in more than 20 occasions sheriff has been pictured with top apc leaders in rallies, national events and party itenieries. now my people i tried posting links to my claim but links are not permitted on this site.
    please go to the nigerian watch newspaper of monday 31st march, 2014,
    there you would see buhari, sheriff, tinubu, lie mohammed, kwankwaso,
    sheriff, akande together. go to the nigerian gazette newspaper of march
    30th 2014, there you would see all top apc leaders and governors with
    sheriff, go to the nation newspaper of december 19, 2013 where sheriff
    with top apc leaders wooing atiku to apc, go to information nigeria
    paper on december 22, 2013 when sheriff with all apc leaders and
    governors visited obasanjo, i tried posting links this website doesnt
    allow links. or please google amodu sheriff together with tinubu

    • Don M.

      Haba truth! When a man is down, u don’t hav to keep kicking his butt. Wahala is down nd out!

      *Whisper*: Wahala, your butt is sticking out ooO..nd it’s not looking good.
      Acquit yurself..abi the evidence ‘toh badt’??

      • Wähala

        Is Tinubu Naija Presido? The theme is Abati caught in a lie, not Höly Wähala biko. Stay focused and I may have time for a fraud like you posting with different handles and even replying to your own posts…
        Get a life, I don’t accord every tout the opportunity to rob-off on my iconic handle. Pour yourselves greedy gulps of ogogoro if you think you’re one up. Again, Dumbo is a lying SOB via his vuvuzela, Reuben Abati… deal with that!

        • Don M.

          Indeed I agree with u that Abati lied. U mightve seen my comment above.
          However, this being a ‘public forum’, people must be held accountable for their words! What u told ‘truth’ was:
          “Refer us to Lai At Tinubu hobnobbing with a terrorism sponsor in picture or video”
          Now u twist nd turn and say Tinubu no be president. That was not the bone of contention mallam wahala.
          U need to be circumspect wen making yur overheated utterances..or u keep having to Blab and RUN as someone said of u.
          Irony is, u r guilty of what u accuse Abati of. Be a man of honor and admit wen u r wrong..

          • Wähala

            We’re sluggers…
            Until Abati apologises, stay away from my comments… I will never apologize to a half-human. Even you, @Don Messi Baba know I’ve soft-pedaled when necessary, but I never will to a Deri or truth tout. What if I told you I researched his references and he’s lying as usual? I didn’t bcos I know he is… now, disprove that!

          • Don M.

            Yah..i admit you soft-pedal wen (absolutely)necessary..however, on this one, I believe your ‘frend’ Truth(Deri?) got u. Na that yur parrot mouth cause am. (don’t blame d old woman boiling the chicken) . Picture or no picture, we all know they (Tinubu, Sheriff, etc) used to ‘jollificate’ wen d going ws good in Angry-Peoples-Club.

          • the truth

            the fact that someone can be caught lying, but wont man up to retract his statement or lie baffles me.he insists abati must apologize first for lying before he does, so what separates him from abati who he abuses everyday on this forum. please google the above yourself.

          • Don M.

            Forget the pimp. That guy is a fake guy!

          • the truth

            please google amodu sheriff and tinubu together. please for posterity
            sake you have been exposed and wont apologize until abati apologizes.one thing i achieved today is show people the kind of person you are. next time before you confront me get your facts vetted.

  • By popular demand

    “If Reuben Abati wrote his nonsense press statement in his lucid moment,
    then,

    the question is: with what clearance did Bonu Sherrif gain access
    into the innermost
    room of the president villa in Ndjamena? Or, is
    Reuben Abati daft to the extent of not knowing
    that a foreigner has no
    un-reserved access to a presidential villa without security clearance as
    “a delegate?”

    …….Rotimi Ilesanmi
    (September 12, 2014)

  • the truth

    tinubu has been pictured over 20 times with sheriff together. together holding the broom of apc. what do we call that.

    • Don M.

      He(Tinubu) was even pictured nearly receiving a HOT haramic slap from SAS…

      • Idowu

        Oh, yes, that was the moment Nigerian history would have changed,
        had someone not held back Modu Sherriff from slapping the hell out
        of Bola Tinubu to help free Yoruba people from the worst home-grown
        dictator the Yoruba have even seen in their modern history….ha, ha, ha!

        • Wähala

          Why are your replying to your post? I’m sure you Amnesty Camp touts get paid per post by Reno Omokri… otherwise, why respond to yourself? Are you ok at all? Drunkard!

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Tinubu is NOT the President of Nigeria. Tinubu was not pictured with Sheriff at a meeting with a foreign president. Teach yourself some lessons in international relations and protocols before coming here to spew nonsense!

      • the truth

        i can see you lack decorum and the principle of an unbiased umpire. so where in the world do you hear a leader of a major opposition party mingle with a known terrorist? is it right for anyone to be associated with a terrorist? is it right for you sir to associate with a terrorist? where in the world does it state that only presidents are not allowed to hang out with terrorists? is it allowed for a terrorist to be a signatory to the formation of a party? is it allowed for non presidents to mingle with terrorists anywhere? waiting for your response

    • Wähala

      Was Tinubu pictured with Sheriff and any Head of State anywhere in the world… is he the President of Nigeria?
      Get a life man, your mugu forcked up big time in Chad and lied about it. Deal with it and stop moving unappetizing food around the plate… if you know what that means!

      • the truth

        lol now you don’t deny he was pictured again right? you have not apologized for calling me a liar earlier this were your words “Refer us to Lai ati Tinubu hobnobbing with a terrorist sponsor in picture or video… liar!” i wouldn’t respond back to you wahala again until you address the situation. was i a liar when i said tinubu has been pictured over 20 times with sheriff? you just smeared me with insults and i put it to you wahala you categorically murdered and masticated my reputation by your frivolous claim i was liar in saying tinubu was pictured with sheriff. instead of addressing your comment or been classy and apologize you are changing the subject. did i lie hen i said he was pictured with tinubu over 20 times wahala?

        • Lanre

          From the kind of gutter language that comes out of Wahalas mouth, it should be obvious to you he will never admit he’s been beaten. We dey here dey see him nyash.
          Wahala, redeem yourself . It won’t hurt to say I take back my statement. It is more honorable than this path of denial you have chosen.

          • Wähala

            Wait until Abati takes back his word in writing okay?
            Never, means never in my world… I will never apologize to a miscreant even if his mother takes umbrage. FWI, I don’t give one hoot about what you clowns think as long as you’re not dealing with topical issues. Modu Sheriff is a terrorist sponsor pictured with Dr. Dumbo, their oga@thetop… deal with that and I will contest any issues you raised. Show me Tinubu with Sheriff by his side abroad and you will get my apologies… but, not that Amnesty tout. Reference: Ask or verify with @Mosaku47, I have public apologized not only to him, but to the entire Yoruba folk who may have taken umbrage with a comment I once wrote. I know and recognize people who deserve decorum from me, not wetbacks on taxpayers’ handout. Both of you can go sit on a transformer and wait for my apology… idles clowns!

          • the truth

            Class is permanent wahala.here u go ahead accusing me of taking tax payers money to come abroad.can you prove your statement.u never learn wahala.the mere fact that you see a blatant truth I proved and in the obvious you are still stubborn and refusing to concor

          • the truth

            so abati must apologize before you apologize for blatantly lying on this forum. so what separates you from the same abati you castigate every day on this forum. at least you accept you are a liar, i concluded on that assertion because in your statement you alluded to the fact that abati must take back his words. i hope the whole forum are seeing the real wahala, an unrepentant catalyst of doom who mesmerizes with fallacious statements as facts with the sole purpose of misleading, deceiving, smearing and laundering the image of people. you were caught in a lie and instead of been noble and charismatic and taking back your words, you are hell bent on waiting for abati to apologize first before you admit your failings. but i dont blame you, if your arbiter of perfection like apc and premium times can lie deceptively with no rancor of correcting themselves or apologizing when caught, who are you to toe the path of sanity. stay blessed wahala and please for the sake of posterity always toe the path of truth. class is permanent.

          • Wähala

            At least, I coined the phrase you’re plagiarizing: “gutter language”. The only redeeming you will get from me is a foot into your ahiry ewedu ahsshole… that’s what you are. Ode buruku. Chump!

    • I Hate Sycophant Truly

      If you have been following the goings over time and the politics of the name you mentioned above, you will know he’s a thorough breed politician that know when to call it quit. Did you follow the last APC convention? Amodu Sheriff was expecting APC to give him a position which the then leadership declined to, on the premise of his antecedent. APC have seen this claim coming one day, that was why they refused him a position on the ladder of APC, including Ikimi. PDP always romance with everyone no matter their backgrounds, in as much they get their desired votes and sustain power through those people. Remember, Tinubu is not the President. No one would have raised any eye brow if it was only party gathering but the president went to Niger on behalf of Nigeria and to also discuss security issue with him. There’s no reason that will make Sheriff to be there as an accused person on the same security issue. He should have been told to stay away and face the on-going investigation before hobnobbing with PDP members, if truly we are living in a moral society.

      • the truth

        i commend you for arguing your points without abuse or causing out. pure class i hope wahala can learn from this, although we may disagree it doesnt mean abusing me drives away your point. sir i do understand where you are coming from, but the sudden claim of innocence or distancing itslf from sheriff is worrisome and now saying he is pdp terrorist, but at no time has lai mohammed addressed the fact that sheriff was a part of the signatures submitted to inec as part of their party formation. we should be fair and not play politics with terrorism. bless sir

    • Ioseb Vissarionovich Dze Jugha

      TINUBU NEVER DENY THAT….BUT GEJ THOUGHT WE NIGERIANS ARE AS DUMB AS HE IS, WE SAW HIM AND SHERIFF TOGETHER AND NOW HES DENYING IT

      • Anthonio Ugo Njoku

        GEJ didn’t deny that sheriff was in Chad or in Chad preidential palace. Premium time reported that sheriff is a good friend of Chad president.
        Isn’t it possible that Sheriff came into the palace to welcome Mr president?

        • Ha

          Isn’t possible…..? I wonder why people want play with their own intelligence. Security affair is not a joke. Just because he is chad president’s friend that qualify him to attend security meeting on boko haram despite under investigation on same issue? We are the ones that encourage our politicians to rubbish us.

    • Ha

      That one is a party affair and at the time Modu Sheriff was not faced with this weighty allegation, and with Tinubu who doesn’t have the security intelligence about Sheriff like Jonathan. But in the second case it is about security meeting on Boko Haram between two presidents at the time Sheriff was said to be under investigation for sponsoring boko haram. Are the two instances similar??? Please be honest with yourself.

  • Magregor

    A TEACHABLE MOMENT FOR REUBEN ABATI

    The venue of a meeting does not define a delegate; and, neither does a plane manifest.
    In diplomacy, nobody is given an exclusive seat beside two heads of state at a meeting –
    without being an official delegate already notified to the host country- in this case; Chad.
    Security clearances are issued only to accredited official delegates at presidential meetings.
    Whether the photo above was shot at a presidential lounge or in a toilet is irrelevant to a delegate issue.
    Modu Sherriff will not pass by presidential guards without having obtained security clearance as a delegate.

    • Anonymous

      “If Reuben Abati wrote his nonsense press statement in his lucid moment,
      then, the question is: with what clearance did Bonu Sherrif gain access into
      the innermost room of the president villa in Ndjamena? Or, is Reuben Abati daft

      to the extent of not knowing that a foreigner has no un-reserved access to

      a presidential villa without security clearance as “a delegate?”

      …….Rotimi Ilesanmi
      (September 12, 2014)

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Thank you for this expatiation on protocol and security issues. Abati needs to be better trained on how to even write a presidency statement. A lying presidency ridicules all!

  • djay

    Gej and his Pdp led govt have indeed taken Nigerians to be fools.

  • TRUTH MASTER

    A lying presidency!!!

  • Ken

    Sherrif was in Chad. he is not a small man that you can chase up and down. He can seat with the president at anytime, yet he is not part of his entourage. Would GEJ chase the guy away. I learnt he is a close friend of the Chadian leader; he could be his guest for all you care. people should leave GEJ and face real issues facing the Country, including Apc that has no value.

    • zacchaeus Akinleye

      Your comment lacks value because you’re standing the facts on its head. Quit your bigotry in the interest of a better country.

    • Ibrahim

      That is why he was shown to be sitting comfortably with both Presidents in what appeared to be a close door meeting!!!

    • Ha

      There is no real issue facing Nigerians now apart from Jonathan. Deal with Jonathan to solve Nigerian problems!!!

  • Stephanie

    LIARS!! All they do is lie, and our silly youths support their many lies.

  • clairvoyance

    How low can u guys sink abati, why always denying the obvious, it goes to show anything about this presidency is a lie.

  • Man_Enough

    once you are in pdp your sins are forgiven. they may be as red as crimson but they will be washed as snow for the benefit of 2015.

  • Babatunde

    Hello Mr. President,

    It’s been a while since I wrote to you. Please excuse my tardiness.

    Under your watch Sir, thousands of your citizens have been slaughtered by Boko Haram. Under your watch, your excellency Sir, hundreds of military and para-military personnel have been killed/murdered by Boko Haram. While you preside, your excellency Sir, millions have been displaced/scattered all over Nigeria by Boko Haram.

    Then, your excellency, you were seen at the airport in Chad Republic grinning from ear to ear while shaking the hands of an alleged Boko Haram financier/sponsor. Not only that Sir, you were seen sitting a few feet away from this same alleged Boko Haram godfather in what looked like a high level meeting with a Chadian Head of State.

    One of your paid loudmouths stated “those who associate with Senator Sheriff know that he has longstanding interests in Chad and often spends a lot of his time there.” This is the official excuse for dilly-dallying with this alleged Boko Haram sponsor. Sir, let me ask you this with all due respect I can muster: Are you too dumb to be President.?

    As I always advice you Sir, politics is all about perception and only you can change this amateurish perception.
    Your number one citizen.

  • D-one

    The denial by Abati was unnecessary,in a normal clime Abati would have resigned from his post by now. The man in question was few months ago a frontline member of APC .Until he is convicted by a competent court,nothing precludes him from associating with the President or whoever

  • Maria

    Abati is a criminal… that man that looks like orangutan has no pinch of integrity. Now he has been caught pants down… yeye spokesperson.

  • Maria

    Jonathan is a fraudulent president.

  • Victor TC Anyanwu

    These developments are very unsettling! Reuben Abati could consider resigning over such contradiction in character. But the presidency seems to be living true to type: hobnobbing with Sherif is in line with the President granting pardon to Alamiesiagha and making him an ambassador plenipotentiary extraordinary! After all, the likes of Farouk Lawan are still protected by presidential largess. And nothing ruffles the politburo any longer! The people of Nigeria want it so, and deserve all that they receive from their rulers.

  • Anthonio Ugo Njoku

    Premium times have earlier reported That Sheriff is a good friend of Chad president. I wonder Why thefeel It’s unusual for Chad prepresident to call Sheriff to greet his president

  • janjaweed3

    ihejirika the butcher of baga buni yadi and bama SHOULD ALSO BE INVESTIGATED