How Excessive Drinking Prevented President Jonathan From Addressing The AU Summit As Scheduled
In an attempt to defend what many critics believed is a terrible embarrassment for Nigeria before the comity of nations and showcased the country’s wobbling diplomacy under president Jonathan, Senior special Assistance to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Rueben Abati said the president was attending a smaller meeting on the sidelines of the AU event, at the time he was called to deliver his address.
Despite the claims by the presidential spokesman about the absence of the President, one still wonders why his boss preferred to attend a smaller event on the side even when the primary purpose of the trip to Addis Ababa was to attend the AU summit with a full awareness of the speaking schedule for all heads of state at the meeting.
But Mr. Abati insists there was nothing wrong in the President’s sudden disappearance at a time it mattered most to showcase the immense opportunities that abounds in the the country.
That notwithstanding, several sources according to SaharaReporters confirmed “that the Nigerian president was too irate and inebriated to go and address the meeting.”
He was said to have been so infuriated over the outcome of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum election which produced his arch rival in the person of Governor Rotimi Amaechi of River state as the winner that he drank himself to a stupor.
“Mr. President made several calls to Governor Godswill Akpabio rebuking him for allowing the elections to take place even when it was clear that the president’s candidate Governor Jonathan Jang was likely to lose”, one of the source told SaharaReporters.
Earlier reports had it that the president was in the toilet at the time he was called upon to deliver his address at the summit. This report was later confirmed by one of the sources to Sahara Reporters that the president had a problem with Diarrhea, adding that the ailment was a direct result of the president’s excessive drinking to the wee hours the night before.
The effect of the excessive drinking and the diarrhea that resulted took its toll on Mr. Jonathan such that he looked unsteady when he eventually returned for a photo-op with other African leaders after missing his chance to speak at the when called upon.
The question the presidency needs to answer is how exactly the election of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum is and whoever emerges the chairman a more important task to the president than the responsibilities placed on him by the constitution?
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