By Tina Ogbebor
A PDP chieftain in Lagos State, Barrister Owolabi Salis, has emphasized the need for maturity and the cultivation of refined expression in the manner critics address the president.
The politician made reference to Alhaji Balarabe Musa and Professor Tam David West, whose comments he described as uncomplimentary to the person of the president.
“What I’m saying is that a situation in which an otherwise respected figure like Balarabe Musa, would describe Jonathan’s regime as the worst so far in post-independence Nigeria leaves much to be desired”, the two-time gubernatorial contender stated.
Salis went on: “Really, I see that comment as the height of unfairness and disregard of the person of the president and his exalted placing as the number one citizen of the nation.
“I wonder why Alhaji Balarabe Musa, whom I respect so much, could have sounded so impulsive and unfair in the manner in which he addresses the president; same thing with Professor Tam David West, calling the president a robot.
“This is a man (Jonathan) who made history as the first holder of a doctorate degree to rule the nation, yet someone could still afford to dub him a robot, while another one could afford to describe him as the worst president, despite the spirited efforts being made by him to transform the nation. This to me is highly unfortunate”.