By: Tony Ailemen, Abuja
The Presidency yesterday dismissed claims by former governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa that President Goodluck Jonathan is the worst President ever in the history of Nigeria.
It said the claim represents the opposite, contending that President Jonathan has recorded some remarkable achievements that placed him above his predecessors.
The Presidency stated this yesterday in response to statement credited to former Governor of Kaduna state, Alhaji Balarabe Musa where he slammed President Jonathan as the worst in the annals of Nigeria.
The Nigerian elder statesman who is the chairman of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP)had hinged his reason on what he described as President Jonathan’s inability to take a firm decisions on touching issues like worsening security situation.
However the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati described the statement as unfortunate and unexpected from someone of the caliber of Balarabe Musa
He said “It is either he is mischievious or ill informed”
He recalled how President Jonathan handled the situation in the country during late President Umaru Yar’Adua’s absence due to ill health, saying that his approach qualifies him to be a “hero” of Nigeria’s democracy.
The President, he said created an enabling environment for the conduct of an election internationally credited as the freest and fairest in Nigeria’s history.
Abati stated that as a result, post election petitions have reduced greatly in the country.
Another official in the Presidency who pleaded for anonymity dismissed Balarabe Musa’s claims noting that if anything President Jonathan has demonstrated that he understands and is ready to apply democratic principles in handling the affairs of the nation.
He said “Only recently, you heard the President himself declared that there certain people who are mounting pressure on him to rule like a dictator”.
Adding” We are now under a genuine democratic regime and the President is carrying out a transformation agenda that will change the way we do things”.
The source called on Nigerians to be patient with the government as according to him the country will soon overcome current challenges.
He said “The President is building a solid foundation and he has said that some of the decisions may be painful but beneficial in the long run”.
The President our source said wants an enduring method of dealing with nation’s issues which he said has to do with imbibing the culture of observing the rule of law.
Our source recalled the recent success recorded by security agencies in arrest and prosecution of some members of the Boko Haram group saying that there was a growing confidence in government due to the calm and systematic approach to national issues by President Jonathan.
He recalled “Only recently, he dispatched the highest cadre of Nigeria’s military to take charge of the crises in the Plateau, he has one of the best hands ever selected in his cabinet and has handed over the economy to experts to manage while he is closely supervising them”.
Our source who added that these decision will soon begin to yield positive results also noted that Nigeria’s image at the global level has soared since President Jonathan took over effectively about five months ago.
He argued “Balarabe Musa is used to the old military order so even though he claims to be a democrat, he cannot understand what is currently going on, but even former President Shehu shagari recently said Nigeria is making progress whether anyone like it or not”.
“The President has only assumed office and in less than five months he has been tested, tried and he has demonstrated that he knows what he wants to achieve. All we need do is join hands with him to build a strong economy supported with the right socio political behaviour”.
“These problems have been with us and managing good roads education, health system and efficient power require having a proper foundation which we did not have; but we also need a secured environment to thrive in all the areas.
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