by ‘Jola Sotubo
The Senior Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe has been criticized over a statement he reportedly made comparing President Jonathan to the recently deceased South African icon, Nelson Mandela.
Dr. Okupe was reported to have declared during an interview on Africa Independent Television that “the only one we call our Mandela is President Jonathan.”
“Nelson Mandela was a great leader, he lived his life for the people of South Africa.
I check through the history of Nigeria, among our past and present leaders, the only one we call our Mandela is President Jonathan. There is no president in Nigeria that has sacrificed 13 hours to discuss with ASUU.”
Nigerians have commented on the statement via social media, and these are some of the reactions:
— Habiba Ibrahim (@leschique) December 7, 2013
“GEJ is Nigeria’s Mandela” – Dr Doyin Okupe. This man shld be left in a padded room with no doors & fed thru a letterbox with a stick.
— Wale Gates (@walegates) December 7, 2013
President Jonathan should sack Doyin Okupe for making such a sick statement and send him to Yaba left too.
— Tunji (@heymode) December 7, 2013
I bet Doyin Okupe smoked high grade SK & took a lil of GEJ’s ogogoro before going on set to say ‘GEJ is our Mandela.
— ♠★♥HoLEEsinner☆★☆ (@CrownPrinceKay) December 7, 2013
South africa shuts down nigerian embassy as doyin okupe compares jonathan goodluck to nelson mandela…#NAWETINIEXPECT
— seriki david (@davylight) December 8, 2013
GEJ knows how to pick them. Okupe , Gulak and Reno. Three peas in a pod
— Olusegun Dada (@DOlusegun) December 7, 2013
But seriously why will Okupe say becos Jonathan spent 13 hours with ASUU he is suddenly equal to Mandela? This is seriously unacceptable
— I am The Godfather (@Ayourb) December 7, 2013
If President Jonathan is Nigeria’s Mandela according to Okupe, is Bishop Oristejafor also our Desmond Tutu? #Wonderingcitizen
— victor ehikhamenor (@victorsozaboy) December 7, 2013
People like Okupe are the reason Nigeria looks at least 3 millenniums away from that positive change we need. @abati1990
— Adedeji Oluwaferanmi (@Feranz_CFC) December 7, 2013
#irresponsibility@abati1990 pls sir advise your president daily to be the mandela of his time and not on the papers as okupe wld suggest.
— guv (@guvnorjr) December 8, 2013