Jonathan’s Attack Dog, Doyin Okupe Fires First Missile. Attacks Bakare, El-Rufai
Newly appointed Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, Wednesday launched his first missiles as the attack dog of the President, lashing out at the Senior Pastor of The Latter Rain Assembly and running mate to Gen. Mohammed Buhari of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC in the 2011 presidential election as well as Former FCT Minister, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai who incidentally was detained by the SSS at the Lagos Airport yesterday.
While he called Bakare a prophet of doom, 60 year old Okupe who upon his appointment denied being hired as an attack dog described El-Rufai as a deranged Youngman for daring to demand for the resignation of Mr Jonathan over his inability to solve the country’s security situation.
Speaking at a long interactive session with state house correspondents in the presidential villa today, Okupe said: “El-Rufai is my younger brother. I have so much respect for him but politics is more or less derailing or deranging him. Everybody knows that insurgency is a very difficult national problem. It is not anything peculiar to Nigeria. No responsible citizen of any of those countries affected by insurgency before call on their presidents to resign. If people shield insurgents; they make the works of security agencies more difficult. Can President Goodluck Jonathan be in Borno and everywhere at the same time?
“I believe that people just want to play politics. All what you are hearing is just the manipulation of the present situation to suit their political purposes.
I am sure that my brother, El-Rufai is hopeful to be a presidential candidate of one of the parties very soon. What I will expect him to do with the level of intellect, intelligence and the resource that has been given; his own personal education is to come out with some reasonable plans, some suggestions, and not just criticising government for criticising sake.
“If El-Rufai was President of Nigeria, what will he do? Why doesn’t he say that? Or is he keeping that until when he becomes the president by which time the whole country is wiped off? When tragedy befalls a country, responsible men and women of that country forget partisanship and rally round their nation and they try their best to help existing government to tackle that. Once that is over, they go back to politics. This is not time for politics.
“Every man or woman who politicises this issue of Boko Haram, people should disregard and discard whatever information they hear from them. They are not serious-minded people. Pastor Bakare also falls into that category. It is shameful. You cannot convert the pulpit to a podium. If you want to be a politician, please come out.
“I have personally followed his career since he ventures into politics and have found it extremely difficult to clearly decipher who he really is. Is he a reverend gentleman, a politician, or a civil rights activist? Often times he manifests all the above traits but virtually in all cases there is a major tinge of extremism that tends to cast serious doubts on his personality; be it as a man of God, a politician or even a civil rights activist.
“It is however most pathetic that since the Buhari/Bakare ticket failed as expected, the pastor’s obsession or hate-backed capacity to disparage and insult President Goodluck Jonathan is limitless and boundless. Pastor Bakare must now accept that the elections are over and the nation has moved on.
Pastor Bakare came into politics a few years ago and he became a vice presidential candidate of a major political party. Some of us have been in politics for 30 years and we did not even become a governor and we did not say the country must come down, that is unfair. It is unacceptable.”