Jonathan cannot apologise over Nigeria, Morocco phone row – Minister

President Goodluck Jonathan will not apologise to Nigerians after his administration made a false claim that he spoke via telephone with the King of Morocco, Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister has said.

The minister, Aminu Wali, said if ongoing investigations show that there is need for an apology, he, not Mr. Jonathan, will be the one to apologise.

President Jonathan admitted Friday that he did not speak on telephone with the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, as claimed last week by the foreign affairs ministry, a false claim that sparked a diplomatic spat with Morocco recalling its ambassador.

Mr. Jonathan has ordered an investigation into the scandal, and has vowed to punish the officials responsible for it.

But the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, has urged the president to go a step further and apologise to Nigerians for the embarrassment.

The Foreign Minister, Mr. Wali, urged Nigerians not to politicize the face-off, saying Mr. Jonathan has no hand in it.

Speaking at the Presidential Villa Abuja after meeting with President Jonathan, Mr. Wali said he has since commenced investigation, as directed by the president, to fish out the culprits behind the misinformation that has led to diplomatic row.

“I have already taken action on the President’s directive and of course some people are trying to make this whole thing political,” he said.

“And of course, at this level of our diplomacy, a lot of things can happen. So we are trying to find out, and I will like to say that the President has nothing to do with it. This is something that has happened and there is a bit of mix-up somewhere along the line. We are going to unravel it. 

“So the President has nothing to do with it. Therefore, people should not, like I hear some senators from the opposition asking the President to apologise to the country. Now this is, if at all there is anybody who is going to apologise, and I being the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will be the one to apologise and not Mr. President”.

Asked if the statement claiming that the president spoke to Mohammed VI of Morocco, when indeed he did not, went out without his knowledge, Mr. Wali said: “It is something that I am digging into. The President asked me to look into it and I am looking into it”.


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  • progress

    Ambassador Wali, resign then!

    • zygote

      That is the Nigerians syndrome for you. You can see how an appointed minister is talking like he owns the country! You said the right thinkg, he should resign.

  • Truth

    The guy who claimed that the communication took place did it to please Jonathan because every body around his is telling lies to defend him. The person was just following the trend in government because this era is governing by lies. He / She must be expecting a handsome reward for defending Jonathan, now a kick in the ass. Poor soul. In other parts of the world where people have respect and dignity, the Minister will just resign immediately but, that is not in our character in Nigeria. How are we sure it was not even the Minister who said it because, eventually, no one will be caught.

    • samuel

      Should this topic even make the air.. why should we politicize everything because of useless politics. Stop this blame game and let’s move Nigeria forward. Vote GEJ

  • amazing2012

    Actually is not something important but I wonder why everything in Nigeria can take the air. Do not apologise to any body. If apology must be them it’s to Moroccans for the miscommunication.
    Please ignore them !

  • Calderon

    This is no longer diplomacy

    Ambassador Aminu Wali is quite un-intelligent. He was asked a simple question:
    “Did the false statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs go out without your
    knowledge
    ?” Now listen to Aminu Wali’s thoughtless answer, “It is something that
    I am digging into. The President asked me to look into it and I am looking into it
    ”.
    Pray, how can he be looking into whether or not he himself approved the statement?

    • Interrogator

      IT MEANS THAT AT A POINT THIS NEXT QUESTION MAY BE FLIPPED
      AND DIRECTED AT AMINU WALI, BUT FOR NOW, THE QUESTION IS:

  • udemeobong

    First of all a blunder had been commited and you still wait for the outcome of the investigation before you apologise. This country has turned to a theatre house. Even those whom we believed to be educated are the worsed fools. Imagine Mr. Wali saying this on top of the disgrace he and others caused us. In countries where ethics of politics are valued, he would´ve resigned. But who sai, oga Wali no wan leave the dollars behind, since him BOSS dey mint dollars like say tomorrow no dey. They shouldn´t worry, come 28 March Nigeria will decide if they want these to stop or get worse by the next four years of terror and poverty. Vote wisely. The handwritting is on the wall.!!!

    • Acosta

      GEJ still has the next 4 yrs. That’s the handwriting on the wall

      • udemeobong

        Keep dreaming. Poor you!

  • Northerner

    If u are not ashamed to lie to 160million people (at least 5 big lies in a week), why would u be ashamed by not apologising?
    We don’t need a GEJ apology, lying is not new in this govt!
    We just hope he share a prison cell with Shekau!

    • samuel

      Did GEJ say that he spoke with his Moroccan counterpart? U are just a frustrated northerner, who can never see any good in the leadership of a southern christian. How does speaking to the Moroccan mohammed impact on nigerias economy. U APC e rats should go and get a life, stop the useless blame game.. vote GEJ for proper representation

  • Olu Ade

    “…asking the President to apologise to the country. Now this is, if at all there is anybody who is going to apologise, and I being the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will be the one to apologise and not Mr. President”.

    Good, we don’t need Jona or Wali’s apology. That says it all…I am not surprised by the level of impunity if it took about 1 week and even the recall of the Moroccan ambassador for these rogues to say the truth. Anyway, Mr. Wali, the buck stops at Mr. President’s table not you…Nigerians know him too well by now that he will never take responsibility.

    The ray of hope is that we will separate the chaff from the maize on March 28th, 2015…only 11 days away…I cant wait!

    • Acosta

      On that day, GMB will die of heart attack wen he loses again

      • Olu Ade

        Pray that you will see that you will see March 28th yourself before you start wishing somebody else death.

  • Wähala

    He’s digging around his Ministry to find out if he knew if the information went out without his knowledge. Admitting there’s a “mix-up” to unravel, he claims $Dumbo has nothing to do with it, he as the Foreign Minister is responsible for apologizing if need be. Granted. But who was Femi Fani-Kayode speaking for when he claimed his Dumbo spoke with the Moroccan Monarch? And, will FFK also be compelled to apologize to Nigerians for his clarion lie? Finally, who owes the Moroccans an apology and for what? Since the Moroccans declined the call and delegation visit citing Nigerian politics… are Moroccans the opposition Senators politicizing the issue? Any wonder we’re where we are? $Dumbo is surrounded by BRAINLESS CLOWNS!!!

  • samuel

    Nigeria has a lot of pressing issues to attend to, we don’t need the disturbance of a Moroccan mohammed rather we need to focus on how to renew the mandate of our dear president. Vote wise, avoid the All PRopagandist Party.. vote in jonathan

  • Rommel

    As if they give a damn,these people have reduced Nigeria to something to laugh about yet they don’t care

  • Maitama Tambari

    Aminu Wali, you are wrong. This is not a monarchy administration and Jonathan do not owns Nigeria. Nigerians elected him under a democratic rules. He is therefore responsible to Nigerians. This is different from traditional ruling class which you are very much familia with and imitating it with democratic dispensation. You are wrong because Nigerians do not know you. You are not elected by the people. You are simply an employee of President Jonathan. This is one of the reason why PDP is in trouble because many of its Officials have taken public service as personal service. WE BELIEVE CHANGE! YES WE CAN IN NIGERIA. ALI MUST GO. YES JONATHAN MUST GO.

  • UNAFFECTED

    This Jonathan and his band of evildoers have turned governance into AY Show.

  • Acosta

    The magnitude of importance APC places on this trivial matter is maniacally bewildering. The Minister has acknowledged and accepted the fault is his, so APC propagandist should put their swords in their sheathe and concentrate on their ailing illiterate GMB

    • August January

      A trivial matter? Even when the entire Nigerians were called liars by Morocco? You’re a disgrace to your family

  • TRUTH MASTER

    Wali himself should resign instead of investigating the faux pas under his watch. These folks don’t understand the meaning of responsibility

  • King Carlos

    Someone please tell Wali that Nigerians regrettably, voted for Jonathan in 2011, so he should be the one to apologize to us.

  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    All Nigeria’s terrorists are now formally under Jonathan’s employ. When the president of Nigeria brags about creating employment, it should be taken in context.

    MASSOB armed and violent terrorists of the southeast have been hired by the president and his ruling PDP party to foment chaos and destruction of life and property to protect a Jonathan friendly administration.

    OPC armed terrorists are doing same, paid by Jonathan, in the Southwest. We have images of them vandalizing public property and opposition billboards with the Nigerian police and army, now a terror appendage of Jonathan’s in full supervision

    The Vice president’s Boko Haram terrorists who are doing the same in the north were seen days ago holding him, Namadi Sambo hostage for nonpayment of their salaries for terrorism work done.

    And we do not need talk about MEND and the Dokubo, Dickson, Boyloaf, Tompolo, Kuku dem assemblies where they rise up and threaten Nigeria openly, while warning voters to vote for the opposition ‘at their own peril.’

    Among other things, the plan includes using armed terrorists and the state security to intimidate good and progress ready people away from polling booths next week.

    Nigeria will never fully recover from this reign or terror. Good people have sat down quietly too long and now bad people and terrorists have been employed and empowered beyond imagination.

    Do you still have doubts having seen how Jonathan sponsors all these terrorists to further his political ambition, that he did same and is the chief sponsor of Boko Haram? Little wonder he protected them as his ‘siblings’, and his best buddy, PDP chair Bamanga Tukur said they were fighting for justice.

    Nigeria is in soup. Rest in peace General Andrew Azazi. Reat in peace too UN, AU, ICC and co. You watched us die under a regime of Terror while pretending not to notice.

    • OPC is a culturally group and they have the right to support whoever they chose to support. OPC have been supporting AD, AC, ACN and it is foolhardy for anyone to question their right to support PDP. OPC is expressing their democratic right, induced or not, no one has the right to question or judge them.

      We lost MKO Abiola because Yorubas betrayed him when he was arrested. We had Ernest Shonekan as Interim President, it is also Yoruba Politicians that invited Abacha and co to kick him out. Even when Baba Obasanjo was vying for election in 1999, we rejected him. We are only good in destroying our own and turn round to blame others.

      As a Muslim, I will not fail to point out the type of support some Yoruba Muslims give to Muslim candidate, Buhari. They are ready to kill any Yoruba man that do not support him. It is your right to support or vote for anyone, but you have no right to see other Yorubas that do not like or support Buhari as Idiots, intimidating them or raining them with insults.

      No Yoruba son or daughter will be on the ballot paper as a Presidential candidate on Match 28, 2015. Our duty should have been appraising President Jonathan’s 5 years and Gen Buhari’s past Military government and PTF position, to know how the Yoruba people benefited from them. We should be looking out for their election manifestos and promises to know how the fortunes of ordinary Yoruba person will be improved. what a
      shame

  • The images being floated across the internet by the Leadership of APC claiming that they were that of the OPC members protesting in support of the Troops and against INEC shaddy preparation of the forthcoming election is fake.

    The pictures were taken on December 8th, 2011 the Yoruba based group was demonstration of OPC against Boko Haram. Today the dubious group APC, are using this pictures to undermine the OPC and lying that they are causing trouble on the street of Lagos.

  • stop deleting comments posted here

  • OPC is a culturally group and they have the right to support whoever they chose to support. OPC have been supporting AD, AC, ACN and it is foolhardy for anyone to question their right to support PDP. OPC is expressing their democratic right, induced or not, no one has the right to question or judge them.

    We lost MKO Abiola because Yorubas betrayed him when he was arrested. We had Ernest Shonekan as Interim President, it is also Yoruba Politicians that invited Abacha and co to kick him out. Even when Baba Obasanjo was vying for election in 1999, we rejected him. We are only good in destroying our own and turn round to blame others.

    As a Muslim, I will not fail to point out the type of support some Yoruba Muslims give to Muslim candidate, Buhari. They are ready to kill any Yoruba man that do not support him. It is your right to support or vote for anyone, but you have no right to see other Yorubas that do not like or support Buhari as Idiots, intimidating them or raining them with insults.

    No Yoruba son or daughter will be on the ballot paper as a Presidential candidate on Match 28, 2015. Our duty should have been appraising President Jonathan’s 5 years and Gen Buhari’s past Military government and PTF position, to know how the Yoruba people benefited from them. We should be looking out for their election manifestos and promises to know how the fortunes of ordinary Yoruba person will be improved.

    • Dan Arewa

      What are you talking about?

  • Debo

    This is very wrong, the apology should come from the president (to Nigerians and the Moroccan govt) and should be for the blunder (which has already been made) and not the cause of the blunder (which he is investigating).

  • eddy

    If he like make him apologize, if like make him no apologize… March 28 2015, he will be chased out of aso rock. Simple.

  • KAL

    Question:
    Did the statement claiming that the president spoke to Mohammed VI of Morocco, when indeed he did not, went out without your knowledge?
    Answer:
    Mr. Wali/Foreign Affairs Minister answered “It is something that I am digging into. The President asked me to look into it and I am looking into it”.

    Not a simple truth can emanate from this people! Simple question, very dodgy and complex answer. Who is fooling who here? Na Oga at the top dem dey follow o.

    • nija pikin

      A whole minister living as old as he is just because of bread shame on you

    • August January

      Don’t mind them! Why did it take Jonathan days before saying he didn’t speak to the Moroccan king? The foreign affairs ministry even issued a press release that he spoke to the king. Yet he kept quiet until Morocco blew hot again and called Nigerians liars and recalled its ambassador. Was it APC that did all that? Even after the recall of the Moroccan ambassador, it still took Jonathan about 2 more days to say he didn’t speak to the king. Who’s fooling who? Jonathan is a disgrace, but unfortunately partisanship has made many a Nigerian to become Jonathan’s mumu, unable to dissect issues objectively. Jonathan is a pathological liar and shameless leader

  • Mr white Ahmed

    “Never again should we believe that the only way we can achieve our political objective is to sabotage,undermine,and blackmail those in power. Power is nobody’s monopoly.”—Ochereome Nnanna

  • anneedu

    Apologise for what he did or apologise for what he did not, what evidence do Apc have, they should provide concrete evidence since wali is still on investigation atleast make the job easy for him

  • Ugo

    When He can not apologize for the the sorry state of the Nation how much less a phone conversation? Jonathan lives in a world of his own. He does not care.

  • favourtalk

    We don’t need him to apologize, we just need him to be a president, act like one but he is disgracing our nation and the prestige our forefathers built, he is disgrace to us all. We need a. Good leader and a better change

    • Ayokunle Salewa Akande

      YoUR PAPA THAT IS ACTING LIKE A FATHER AND IS NOT A DISGRACE CAN NOT BECOME BETTER PERSON SO THAT YOU CAN LIVE A BETTER LIFE.

  • samson john

    Why will Mr president apologize for something he did not do,when APC are busy fabricating lies on Mr president

    • Ayokunle Salewa Akande

      God Bless you Broda

  • August January

    Why did it take Jonathan days before saying he didn’t speak to the Moroccan king? The foreign affairs ministry even issued a press release that he spoke to the king. Yet he kept quiet until Morocco blew hot again and called Nigerians liars and recalled its ambassador. Was it APC that did all that? Even after the recall of the Moroccan ambassador, it still took Jonathan about 2 more days to say he didn’t speak to the king. Who’s fooling who? Jonathan is a disgrace, but unfortunately partisanship has made many a Nigerian to become Jonathan’s mumu, unable to dissect issues objectively. Jonathan is a pathological liar and shameless leader

  • ice queen

    Goodluck is working!..to fall behind Mexico and Indonesia by 2030 – and they could push the UK and France out of the top 10 by 2050
    But long-term UK growth, averaging 2.4% to 2050, could be better than other large EU economies, including Germany, France and Italy
    China will clearly be the largest economy by 2030, but its growth rate is likely to revert to the global average in the long run
    India could challenge US for second place by 2050
    Nigeria and Vietnam set to be the fastest growing large economies over the period to 2050
    The UK is predicted to drop to 11th place in the rankings of the world’s largest economies by 2050, as the global economic power shift away from the established advanced economies in North America, Western Europe and Japan continues over the next 35 years. This will happen despite a projected marked slowdown in Chinese growth after 2020, according to the latest in PwC’s series of reports on ‘The World in 2050’.
    The report also finds, however, that the UK is doing well compared to its G7 peer group in terms of growth, which is projected to average around 2.4% per annum over the period to 2050. This is similar to the US and above growth rates in the major Eurozone economies, which are only projected to average around 1.5-2% per annum for the same period.
    John Hawksworth, PwC’s chief economist, said:
    “Emerging economies like Indonesia, Brazil and Mexico have the potential to be larger than the UK and France by 2030. Indonesia could rise as high as 4th place in the world rankings by 2050 if it can sustain growth-friendly policies.
    “But despite expecting the UK to drop out of the top 10 largest economies by 2050, the projected average UK growth rate to 2050 is stronger than other large Western European economies such as Germany, Italy and Spain that face even bigger challenges than the UK from ageing populations and slowing productivity growth.”
    The world economy is projected to grow at an average of around 3% per annum from 2014-50 – doubling in size by 2037 and nearly tripling by 2050. But there is likely to be a slowdown in global growth after 2020, as the rate of expansion in China and some other major emerging economies moderates to a more sustainable long-term rate, and as working age population growth slows in many large economies.goodluck a work in progress

  • ice queen

    Goodluck is working!!