Jonathan to Shet­tima My achieve­ments yet un­matched by suc­ces­sor

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For­mer Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan yes­ter­day chal­lenged Gov­er­nor KashimShet­tima of Borno State to be clear on the role he played in the kid­nap of the Chi­bok school girls.

In a state­ment from his spokesper­son, Ikechuk­wuEze, in re­sponse to Shet­tima’s re­marks at the launch of a book by Bo­la­jiAb­dul­lahi, the spokesper­son of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in Abuja on Thurs­day, the spokesman said: “We didn’t ex­pect any­thing less from Gov­er­nor Shet­tima, know­ing the ig­no­ble roles he played in frus­trat­ing the war waged by the past ad­min­is­tra­tion against Boko Haram, even in his own Borno State.

“He should be able to tell us if it was Jonathan’s poor choices that led the gov­er­nor to ex­pose stu­dents of Gov­ern­ment Girls Sec­ondary School in Chi­bok to avoid­able dan­ger, in to­tal dis­re­gard of a fed­eral gov­ern­ment di­rec­tive to the gover­nors in the three states most af­fected by Boko Haram to re­lo­cate their stu­dents writ­ing the West African School Cer­tifi­cate Ex­am­i­na­tions to safe zones.

“The gov­er­nor is now deny­ing that he had no hand in the kid­nap of the Chi­bok girls even be­fore any­body ac­cused him of cul­pa­bil­ity. How­ever, we share the view of those who in­sist that the gov­er­nor had other things up his sleeve when he promised the West African Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil (WAEC) that he would se­cure the girls and ended up do­ing the very op­po­site by de­lib­er­ately aban­don­ing them to their fate, with­out any se­cu­rity pres­ence in their school.

“It is in­struc­tive that while other gover­nors in the zone heeded the se­cu­rity advice, Shet­tima re­mained the only one that fla­grantly flouted it. Should we also fail to point out that his de­ci­sion to re­ward the prin­ci­pal of Chi­bok Sec­ondary School, who was un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally ab­sent on the night ter­ror­ists stormed the school, with the post of a com­mis­sioner, did throw up more ques­tions than an­swers?”

Jonathan also lam­basted crit­ics of his ad­min­is­tra­tion, say­ing his achieve­ments in gov­ern­ment were yet to be matched by his suc­ces­sor. He dis­missed Shet­tima’s claim that his ad­min­is­tra­tion was dogged by poor choices and bad gov­er­nance.

He said: “Was it bad gov­er­nance and poor choices that re­formed the po­lit­i­cal and elec­toral pro­cesses to the ex­tent that the United Na­tions is now plead­ing with the gov­ern­ment of the day to strive to main­tain the stan­dards es­tab­lished by Jonathan?

“For­tu­nately, Nige­ri­ans know where they stand with all of their lead­ers. All those who are call­ing Jonathan names to­day, and ac­cus­ing him of hav­ing be­come quite un­pop­u­lar, should sim­ply take a walk on the streets of any Nige­rian city as real lead­ers do. That way, they will ac­cu­rately gauge their own ap­proval and test their pop­u­lar­ity with the Nige­rian peo­ple.”

The state­ment said the book ti­tled; ‘On a Plat­ter of Gold- How Jonathan won and lost Nige­ria” as sour grapes and full of lies and gos­sip writ­ten by some­one who was still ag­grieved at his re­moval as min­is­ter dur­ing the Jonathan ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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