Reuben Abati Writes Washington Post in Response to Satire on President Jonathan
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Nigeria Is Aggressively Confronting The Boko Haram Threat By Reuben Abati
Presidential Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati has written US based newspaper Washington Post in response to a satire written by a member of the Editorial Board of the newspaper, Karen Attiah.
Karen Attiah wrote a satire on July 3 with the title “What Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Should Have Written” in response to an earlier published op-ed written by President Goodluck Jonathan stating that Nothing is More Important than Bringing Home Nigeria’s Missing Girls By Goodluck Jonathan
This is what Abati wrote to Washington Post
Karen Attiah’s July 3 op-ed, “#BringBackMyEasyDays,” was incorrect on the facts surrounding Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s efforts to rescue the more than 200 young girls abducted in April by the terrorist group Boko Haram .
The claim that the president has a “do-nothing” attitude toward rescuing the girls is no different than what was written about President Obama’s decision not to disclose his efforts to seize and arrest the alleged ringleader of the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans — until he did just that. Mr. Jonathan won’t put the lives of these girls at risk by publicly revealing details of the recovery operation for the sake of satisfying his critics.
Despite Ms. Attiah’s claims to the contrary, even before the abductions, the president was engaged in international intelligence-sharing involving West Africa, Europe and the United States, and he had also launched the Counter-Terrorism Centre in Nigeria. He has been working intensely on the very challenging situation posed by Boko Haram since assuming office, including declaring a state of emergency in May 2013 in the three most affected northern states.
Reuben Abati, Abuja, Nigeria
The writer is the spokesman for Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.
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