Dr. Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Goodluck Jonathan, has said that Nigeria is not broke.
“This whole controversies started because reporters misinterpreted insolvency for being broke,” he said in a skype interview with SaharaTV based in New York.
However, the dictionary defines Insolvency as the inability of a debtor to pay their debt.
“The picture President Jonathan painted is that of a humble president giving account of all that he has achieved in the past one year,” he added. “But people are still not satisfied. A lot of people think we have not done enough, but on May 29th, the president addressed many of those issues. He asked the ministers to give account of what they have done!”
Abati stated that if this present administration is compared with past administrations, it is relatively better than the past.
“Nigeria today is a much more respected country, it continues to show leadership among it’s counterpart countries” he said. Adding that “Under President Jonathan’s watch, the fear of the country driving into anarchy has become history. A lot of things have been achieved, and this administration has been successful!”
Abati also stated his disagreement with what he called assumptions that this administration has failed.
“This President has done a lot to curb corruption, but Nigerians are not giving him enough credit for this. Many of the corruption you’re referring to were committed before the regime of President Jonathan, but he is committed to solving those problems.
One of the first things that President Jonathan did was to strengthen the leadership of the EFCC and the ICPC”
The former journalist said the media is being too critical in some of the things reported about this regime. “Those things are said, those things are written for lack of information,” he said.
The Special Adviser on media also addressed the report on President Jonathan refusing to say Amen to prayers against corrupt leaders at the service held at the Ecumenical Centre, Abuja.
“Saying AMEN in Church is a spiritual thing! You know how the Church was set up, those who said he didn’t say AMEN were not even sitting near the president,” he said.
When asked if President Jonathan has declared his assets, he said “You can’t be so sure the president has not declared his asset. If the assets are declared, it would not be on the pages of Newspaper.”
“Are you saying he has declared?” – SaharaTV
“You have to check with the conduct bureau office.” said Abati.