Boko Haram comment: Angry Abati lashes out at Obasanjo

Obasanjo Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, Reuben Abati, yesterday fired back at former president Olusegun Obasanjo, describing him as a confused and inconsistent man in his views regarding the way the federal government is tackling Boko Haram menace.

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo had in a CNN interview said that the president had been deploying excessive force and exploring little or no dialogue in solving the Boko Haram problem.

“To deal with such group, you need ‘carrot’ and ‘stick’ approach. ‘Carrot’ is finding out what, how to reach out to them and ‘stick’ is when you are trying to reach out to them, those that are amenable to be reached out to, you have to use the stick approach,” Obasanjo said.

An apparently angry Abati took to Twitter early yesterday labeling him a confused man whose counsel or view the government does not care about.

In four different tweets, the presidential spokesperson said, “In Nov. 2012 in Warri, fmr Prez. Obasanjo accused federal govt of being soft on Boko Haram. He recommended the Odi solution: genocide.

“In Jan. 2013, OBJ tells CNN Govt should adopt a carrot and stick approach to Boko Haram. Genocide & dialogue? Where exactly does he stand?

“OBJ’s position on Boko Haram= Contradiction and Confusion writ large.

“One report says OBJ is recommending a multifaceted approach to Boko Haram. This govt certainly doesn’t need a lecture on that!

“Jonathan administration has shown creativity & purposefulness in handling the BH challenge. Hence, the progress we witness.”

  1. concern nigerian Reply

    Mr.Abati,circumstance can make one change his earlier statement or if you fail to fully comprehend what meaning ia attached to a statement,when OBJ issued such remark that the govt is not dealing with BH the it should,OBJ is just an individual with a right to express his opinion,if it defers with that of govt,then express them without attacking his personality just like you once told nigerians that GEJ is an amiable fellow,agreed he is but in terms of leadership qualities,he has a lot of deficiencies,what OBJ did is not different from the statement issued earlier by mr president that should any member of his cabinet replied or challenged OBJ,he stand the risk of loosing his job,is mr Abati an exception?

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