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'Nigeria not on autopilot' - Presidency

12 May 2014, 09:42

Abuja - The Presidency on Sunday berated Chief Bisi Akande, the Chairman of the APC, over his claim that “Nigeria is on autopilot”.

Presidential Spokesperson, Dr Reuben Abati, in a statement said that Akande and his party were "dishonest and unpatriotic" in making such a claim.

“Nigeria is not on autopilot. There is a government in place; there is a President who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.”

“He is doing his very best to provide quality leadership and to reassure Nigerians that the government stands ready to defend their best interests.”

“To give the impression that the President is doing nothing is dishonest,” Abati said.

Abati also faulted Akande on the claim that the “government is mouthing meaningless phrases.”

He said: “This government is not engaging in blame games. This government has a job to do and it is doing the job.”

“They cannot say that government is on autopilot in the face of all the achievements of this administration in the rail sector, health, aviation, foreign relations, transportation, trade and investment.””If Chief Akande wants to be honest with himself, he will say the truth and the truth will be that this country has been moved forward by President Jonathan.”

“We are not at the level we were at the time President Jonathan assumed office in 2011.”

Abati said that it was unfortunate that the chairman of the APC would use the opportunity of the situation in the country and the abduction of the girls from Chibok to engage in political games.

He stressed that the issue of national security should go beyond party politics.

Abati stressed that the period should not be used as a time for politicking, campaigning for 2015 and trying to run down the country.

-    NAN

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