Jonathan was not booed in South Africa – Abati

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By Ben Agande, Abuja.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati has denied Media Reports that President Goodluck Jonathan was booed while on a visit to South Africa.

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

Media Reports quoting AFP news agency claimed the President Jonathan was booed in South Africa for the alleged shoddy handling of the abducted Chibok girls by his government.

But in an interview on his arrival from South Africa, Dr Abati said such a thing never took place.

“It is on unfortunate on our arrival I read one or two reports alleging that the President was jeered at the inauguration ceremony. This is absolutely untrue and those who are peddling that kind of misinformation are being unfair, they are being uncharitable and it fits into an ongoing attempt to throw just about anything at this administration in attempt to discredit the administration.

According to the Presidential Spokeman, “If anything what we see, what we witnessed in South Africa is that the people of South Africa showed much appreciation of President Jonathan presence at the inauguration ceremony and President Jonathan received great hospitality in terms of the response from the people.

“The whole world recognizes that the challenge that we face in Nigeria at the moment in relation to the abduction of the girls and the challenge of terrorism; yes the outrage is shared both by Nigerians and other people all over the world but the world also realizes that terrorism is a global challenge and this administration continue to show a great resolve to deal with the problem.

“the momentum is on and you know the message from government is that, government is saying categorically, No to boko haram, No to terrorism and the people of Nigeria are calling on the terrorists to release the girls. And government is saying that it will do everything within its power, explore all options, leave no stone un turned to ensure that out girls are brought back. In that regards there is a meeting of minds and Nigerians can be very sure that President Jonathan is really committed to this effort to ensure that the girls are brought back

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