President Goodluck Jonathan has rejected a below-average scorecard given him by former Nigerian leader, Olusegun Obasanjo. Instead, President Jonathan has rated
himself the best leader since Nigeria’s
independence in 1960.
Dr. Doyin Okupe, President Jonathan’s
Special Assistant on Public Affairs, gave the revised score-card in
Abuja on Sunday, expressing disbelief that Obasanjo could make the
comment credited to him.
“Our attention has been drawn to comments
made by a former President of this country, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo,
regarding the performance of the administration of President Goodluck
“Obasanjo had at an event over the weekend declared that
he rated the President Goodluck Jonathan administration ‘below
“We aver that Obasanjo’s comments are untrue, misleading and clearly do not tally with the facts on the ground.
therefore wish to assert without equivocation that in terms of
performance and achievements, no administration since 1960 when Nigeria
gained independence from Britain, has done as much as that of President
He said that every discerning and unbiased Nigerian
would definitely attest to this “as the evidence stare all of us in the
face,” Okupe stated.
According to Okupe, who also was a special
assistant to Obasanjo, in Obasanjo’s first term, contrary to Obasanjo’s
position, the Federal Government under Jonathan had performed
excellently given the prevailing circumstances and resources available
He said while it was true that Nigeria had been faced with
incidents of insurgency and terrorism, especially in the last few years,
the Jonathan administration had successfully contained the initial
widespread activities of the insurgents, which he said were prevalent in
12 states of the North, including the Federal Capital Territory.
it is true that the present activities of the terrorists in the three
north-eastern states have become more deadly in mindless killings,
kidnappings and supposed territorial seizures, government has made giant
diplomatic strides with our neighbouring countries in order to
checkmate the crisscrossing of the insurgents.
“The military and
other security agents, which have engaged the insurgents since
inception, have done a great job in spite of recent challenges.
truth of the matter which we must know and accept is that we have an
internal enemy supported by internal and external resources waging a
major warfare against our nation,” he said.