We’ve heard that before: President Jonathan can rule from anywhere in the world, says Maku

by Stanley Azuakola

Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, has come out forcefully to condemn those who are criticising President Jonathan for travelling abroad when Nigeria is literally on fire. 24-hour curfews have been imposed on two states –Yobe and Kaduna, tensions between Christians and Muslims are approaching a crescendo, yet the president went ahead with his planned trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to attend the United Nations’ Earth Summit, RIO+20.

Maku who briefed state house correspondents at the end of Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting said that “the president can rule from anywhere in the world.” He said despite the president’s absence, there is no vacuum in government.

The statement by the Minister of Information sounds eerily like the chants by loyalists of former President Yaradua’s when he left the country for Saudi Arabia without a proper handover.

Tuesday’s weekly FEC meeting was presided over by Vice-President Namadi Sambo.

The president was accompanied on his trip to Brazil by his wife, two governors and a number of Ministers.

A wide range of criticism has greeted the president’s trip to the earth summit, with opposition party, Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), describing the trip as the height of insensitivity and confused leadership.

“The decision by the President to travel two days after dozens of innocent Nigerians, including women and children, were killed or maimed by suicide bombers in Kaduna state, is a “sign of insensitive and confused leadership” the party stated.

The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) also condemned the trip, saying it was akin to a desertion of duty despite the “gloomy atmosphere pervading the country.”

Comments (4)

  1. Look at the expressions on their dressing to cabinet meetings you will think ure in fashion fair in Italy, Bangladesh, France or New York; look at their faces shortly after cabinet meetings, their ever happy it doesn't matter what is the general mood of the nation. Ever quick to wear false look if visiting tragic scenes. Ever willing to be on presidential plane for uneventful fruitless foreign trips bcos of estacodes. They walk with dead conscience but donate to mosques and churches believing prayers and laying of hands can truly deliver them from reaping the fruits of their wickedness. Time will surely tell.

  2. Lab-animal or Labaran – is the issue at stake one of ruling or managing? What summit is superior in importance to the welfare of your people, as the President of Nigeria? Remember when London was on fire last year? The PM (Cameron) cut his holiday short and faced the situation squarely. Why can't our own president take his cue from such noble people? And what's Jonathan's wife's role at a World Summit? Who in the world knows her for anything but worldly matters? My dear Minister, please wake up to your duties and stop defending a losing battle. As the Yoruba say, "Igbawo ni Maku ko ni ku?" – When will Maku not die? The moral of all this: Learn not to redirect other people's punishment to your address!

    1. He must have travelled with his palace courtiers because of estacodes. That is just the trick, He has nothing to offer anyone. The so-called imperialist advisers in the cabinet know that they are all taking Nigerians on a ride to perdition but who will tell the Emperor the truth. Owoniyan lo fa gbogbo nnkan ti a n ri nile yio.

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