Cooperation is needed to tackle terrorism – Presidency

By Post Nigeria December 8, 2014 16:36

Cooperation is needed to tackle terrorism – Presidency

The Presidency, in a statement released to the media through Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Reuben Abati, has responded to criticisms leveled against the president by the Governor of Kano State and All Progressives Congress presidential aspirant, Musa Kwankwaso.

The governor had on Saturday during his campaign fund launch, opted against sticking to his campaign and decided to use the opportunity to make inflammatory accusations against President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr. Kwankwaso accused the president of failing to secure the lives and properties of Nigerians, and urged Nigerians to vote for the ‘right person’ to replace Jonathan.

In response, the Presidency has said the Kano state governor is an incompetent and clueless presidential aspirant.

Abati noted that those kinds of statements are not befitting of a presidential aspirant and do not project a candidate with a vision and an agenda for moving Nigeria forward.

He further stated that the presidential aspirant has settled on the strategy of trying to pull the President down at every turn in the hope that it will make him (Kwankwaso) rise.

The president recalled how Kwankwaso had poured invectives on the presidency when he declared his intention to gun for the presidential ticket of the APC and now again at his fund raising campaign, saying the governor’s actions were unfortunate.

Mr. Abati continued, “I think it is a tragicomedy because at every point he goes into this gamble to become a presidential candidate of the APC, the only thing he does is complain about the president, instead of using the opportunity to talk about what he wants to do for Nigerians.

It is obvious that he is clueless and an incompetent presidential aspirant and he is not in a position to talk about incompetence.

Mr. Abati also explained the need for cooperation between countries as it was the only means of tackling terrorism, because intelligence would be shared. He said this in reply to the governor’s accusation that Nigeria reached out to her neighbours out of desperation.

He describes Kwankwaso’s statements as being counterproductive and unreasonable; emphasizing that any aspirant that played politics with insurgency was insensitive and lacked a basic understanding of the problem.