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.”