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Published On: Thu, Sep 18th, 2014

A government of liars by liars and for …

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By Tobi Idaomi

When a government keeps on lying to its populace, then the whole country is in trouble. For the past three years now we have been witnessing all sorts of lies from the presidency. Let me start with the latest lie by the presidency through one of his spokesman Reuben Abati who Femi Fani Kayode once referred to as amateur and cheeky. MrAbati claimed that the security agencies are still investigating Sheriff and that the president will not interfere. Abati also claimed that the president did not travel together to Chad with Sherrif and any contact between the duos was only at the airport when Sherrif accompanied some dignitaries to the airport to receive the president.

Does MrAbati or the office is representing knows the meaning of conflict of interest? What message is the presidency sending to the already compromised security agencies about alleged Boko Haram sponsor? When a president that is directing an agency to investigate a suspect, and the same president is now exhibiting a shocking act of indiscretion by hobnobbing with the same suspect, how do you expect the security outfit to carry out their duty without fear or favour?Does the presidency aware of an offence called “an accessory before the fact, or accessory after the fact which the president can also be charged for immediately he loses his immunity?

If truly Modu Sheriff is been investigated as claimed by Rueben Abati, how was he able to found his way to Chad? Why he still in custody of his international passport or his diplomatic passport? A crime as severe as terrorism should not be treated with a kid gloves, because we were all aware of the incident of the former CBN governor LamidoSanusi when both his international passport and his diplomatic were confiscated by the highly compromised DSS even for a lesser offence of mismanagement. Modu Sheriff has been indicted by different bodies and countries, would the presidency pretend not to be aware of this? This accused fellow should not be allowed to leave the country because a sponsor of terrorism is as dangerous as the terrorists themselves.

Abati lied that Sheriff only met the president at the airport, but with the indicted photographs in circulation showing the suspect together with the president in a meeting with the Chadian president has blown on the face of MrAbati.The APC spokesman threw some posers at the presidency which up till now no one has the courage to reply except a jester known as OlisaMetuh who is known for his lousy statement with no substance with his propaganda style of leadership.

The posers were: why would the president even allow Sheriff into the venue of his meeting with the Chadian president? Can anyone just go and be sitting with President Jonathan in a meeting with the Chadian president just because the fellow happens to be in the Chadian capital at the time? What happened to security clearance, protocol etc? What message is the president sending to the security agencies by circulating the picture of the accused with himself? Is that subtle message to the security agencies that the accused is a friend of the president, hence he is untouchable?

The action by President Jonathan confirms that he either knows more than he is willing to admit on the issue of those who are behind the Boko Haram insurgency or he is willing to sacrifice the battle against terrorism on the altar of political expediency. Either way, this action by the president is the height of indiscretion at best or a palpable exhibition of callowness at worst. Whichever way we look at it, President Jonathan can be charged for both accessory and conspiracy after his tenure. Just as Mr Fani Kayode quoted in one of his writes up “Abati should shut up and let his boss speak for himself on this one”.

Another latest lie by this government is the issue of the controversial harsh tag designed for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan. The BringBackJonathan harsh tag which has blanketed different part of the country with banners and billboards has provoked outrage within Nigeria and abroad because it mimics the harsh tag of bring back our girls for the abducted girls who have been taken into captive for more than 150 days.

This annoying h sh tag has-been in circulation for more than two weeks, which was started by the presidency through one of his overzealous spokesman Doyin Okupe. Only for Mr Abati to claim that the presidency was not aware of the offensive harsh tag. Who is Reuben Abati fooling? He should please respect the doctorate degree is parading even if he does not care about his reputation and his family’s name.

During one of the media chat of President Jonathan, he claimed that Transparency International had portrayed Nigeria as the second most improved country in the effort to curb corruption. The group immediately replied by disowning Mr. President Claim.The president claimed that Nigeria is generating 5000 MW of electricity; the Transmission Company of Nigeria debunked that claim and said that at no time has the country electricity generation capacity reached a peak of 5000MW.

A road project (known as five junctions) which was executed by Edo state government under Adams Oshiomhole, was claimed by the federal government. I was trying to be clever by half by showcasing as one being undertaking by them.The government always tells us that they are on top of the situation in curbing the menace of Boko Haram, only to be hearing the killing of innocent students in Mubi, marathon of bombings in Abuja and the abduction of the Chibok girls. Only last year the government was telling us he has created 1.3 million jobs. When the minister of finance was asked where the ghost jobs are, she could not lay her hands on any.

Let me also borrow from one of the PDP chieftain Mr. Fani Kayode, who was forced to make “a painful observation”: ” I was thoroughly appalled about the fact that when our President was asked about the latest round of killings during his live” Presidential Media Chat” programme on Sunday evening, he not only told a lie to the world by claiming that only”21 or 22 students were killed” at a time when the BBC and CNN had confirmed that at least 45 bodies had been found.” This PDP led federal government lives on lies, feed on lies, and operate on lies.

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