By Ben Agande

ABUJA—The war of words between the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, and the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, escalated Okupe, yesterday, said: “All the fallacies, deceits, misinformation and disinformation about incompetence and non-performance of the President Goodluck Jonathan’s admiration as alleged by El-Rufai were unfounded, not supported by facts on ground and are, therefore, outright falsehood.”

In a statement by Mr. Olusanya Awosan, Media Director to the SSA, he noted that the call for concerted efforts to face the challenges confronting the nation does not amount to “out-sourcing governance” or “begging the opposition for ideas.”

He said: “It is clear that with the prolonged existence of the fundamental factors of our current challenges, these challenges cannot be resolved by any ‘microwave’ approach but rather by painstaking analyses, robust planning and precise execution of policies and programmes, all of which this administration has been dutifully engaged in and which positive results are gradually manifesting.

“It is unfortunate that Dr. Okupe’s call for unified disposition in the face of present challenges has been misconstrued by the ‘patriot’ Mallam El Rufai and presented as ‘outsourcing governance’ or ‘begging the opposition for ideas’.

“The fact is in times of national challenges in any fully integrated society, the elite class does spontaneously come together, in a non-partisan manner, to address such issues of national importance.

“We sympathise with Mallam El-Rufai, because he is obviously constrained and motivated by the prevailing, fractionalised elite structure in our country; hence his unfortunate misinterpretation of Dr. Okupe’s patriotic call to national duty.”

“Our brother should not hide his political frustration and deep-seated hatred propelled by other reasons best known to him, in his attempt to demean this administration and discount its unwavering commitment to progress and development.”

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