Fellow Nigerians,
I am directed to write you this letter on behalf of the administration of his Excellency Dr Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

I am writing in reaction to the series of comments by Nigerians who keep saying that ‘Mr. President has lost control of the Country’s security situation.

Some Nigerians have constantly maintained that “there is definitely something wrong with government” and that “nobody believes anymore the story that we are on top of the situation”

I am surprised that like Professor Chinua Achebe, who has lived abroad for too long, certain personalities are displaying a perplexing lack of familiarity with realities on the ground in Nigeria, despite their being resident in the Country.

Only someone who resides on Mars would look at the security situation in Nigeria and declare that President Jonathan is not on top of it.

President Jonathan was quick to recognise that terrorism has been a global threat since September 11, 2001 and had the presence of mind and sense of judgment to realise that it is now Nigeria’s turn to be attacked by terrorists.

As soon as he had that epiphany, he took a bold step that no world leader has ever taken in the history of the war on terror; he reassured the Nigerian people that Boko Haram and other manifestations of terror would end in Nigeria inJune 2012.

No American president boasts this remarkable achievement.

No European leader has ever been able to put a definitive expiry date on terrorism.

President Jonathan did it. My people, if that is not being on top of the situation, I don’t know what is.

My people, Boko Haram is not the only case of terrorism that has highlighted President Jonathan’s remarkable acumen as a leader equal to the task of assuring the security of the nation.

You will recall that he took the bold step of ending the fuel subsidy regime early this year.

He struck a deadly blow against corruption and freed up subsidy money for investment in infrastructure such as roads, power, electricity, and hospitals.

Enemies of progress in Nigeria, aided by Nigerian loudmouths abroad, ganged up against Nigeria in the so-called Occupy Nigeria movement. The Occupy virus spread and became a terrorist takeover of Lagos.

Our Commander-in-Chief acted swiftly and deployed troops to Lagos to take the city back from the terrorists.

My people, if this is not being on top of the situation, I don’t know what is.

Despite the challenges we still face from Boko Haram, the President has spared no effort in reassuring the international community of our commitment to the war on terror.

More than any other Nigerian President before him, Dr. Jonathan has assured foreign investors to continue to flock to Nigeria and inject much needed foreign direct investment into our economy.

He has urged them to ignore the threat of Boko Haram and go about their business peacefully in Nigeria.

No American President has been bold enough to encourage people to ignore Al Qaeda.

My people, if this is not being on top of the situation, I don’t know what is.

It is partly in recognition of the President’s giant strides in securing Nigeria and Africa that he recently made Time Magazine’s list of the one hundred most influential people in the world.

Mr. President is humble and has not allowed all the recognition abroad to distract him from the work of the Nigerian people.

As I write, seven hundred and seventy-four presidential committees are working hard on various assignments designed by the President.

As you probably know, the Oronsaye committee recently submitted its report and the President swiftly promised to constitute a committee to look into the report and write a white paper on it.

My People, if this is not being on top of the situation, I don’t know what is.

I suggest, my people, that you upgrade your knowledge of Nigerian realities before castigating Mr. President.

With Regards,
Reuben Abati.

This write up is more of comical relief than being serious.

I will appreciate your comments here too.

Dr. Reuben Abati is The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity.


One thought on “PRESIDENT JONATHAN IS SERIOUSLY ON TOP OF THE SITUATION – Reuben Abati’s perspective

  1. I be wan faint before I read the last part. I expect that R.a is a shithead for messing up the respect some of us had for him by remaining in the service of mainasara but I wouldn’t expect him to use the logic expressed in the writeup in the defense of his boss. I laugh small sha.

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