The Presidency has described spokesman of the APC, Lai Mohammed as ‘rude and silly.’
According to presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati ‘While we admit that the opposition can claim that it is part of its duties to criticise the government of the day, in the case of the APC many of its spokespersons have made it clear that their duty is to pull down the Jonathan government and they have not hidden this motive.’
Mr. Abati said the party’s statement was ‘irresponsible’ and lacked logic.
‘It is very clear that the APC is being dishonest. Its intention is to play politics with insurgency and terrorism. I think the question needs to be pointedly asked: What country does the APC belong to? What country is the APC seeking to preside over?
‘If you look at the statement by Lai Muhammed, he is accusing the government of abdicating its responsibilities. President Jonathan has never at any time abdicated responsibilities,’ he said.
Mr. Abati said the President’s controversial statement on Thursday, read by the minister of state for Abuja, Olajumoke Akinjide, was meant to unite Nigerians against terrorism and Boko Haram.
‘He was not saying they should not talk about government responsibility and talk only about Boko Haram. The president was calling for unity. He was calling for a proper focusing and targeting of the meaning of protest in this context,’ he said.
‘Finally, Lai Muhammed in that statement kept talking about competence. What does he know about competence? What does he know about running anything?
‘People who have never run a poultry are grandstanding about running a country. Lai Muhammed is not in the position to talk about competence. There is nothing in his record that grants him the authority or audacity to talk responsibly about competence.
‘For him to be openly accusing the President of incompetence or corruption without any evidence to back it up, is to say the least, rude and silly,’ Mr. Abati said.