EXCLUSIVE: Reuben Abati pushes back – “I have not resigned”

Just after a 2009 article of Dr. Reuben Abati, former chairman of the Guardian Editorial Board and spokersperson to President Goodluck Jonathan, criticising the removal of fuel subsidy has gone viral on the internet, rumours have begun to circulate widely that Dr. Abati has resigned his appointment.

YNaija reached out to Dr. Abati this afternoon and he has confirmed the rumours are untrue. “It is a lie that I have resigned. It is blackmail. I am in the office,” he told our correspondent.

He however demurred on other questions. “My apologies. I am in a meeting and will call you back,” he said.

The mass protests over fuel subsidy removal over the past week have given rise to a series of mis-information, including the erroneous news yesterday that the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had threatened to resign. YNaija exclusively broke the news that it was false.


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