Published on Nov 20, 2017 Greenbarge Reporters
National Volunteers for Lamido, a group campaigning for Sule Lamido for the 2019 Presidential contest, has acknowledged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made mistakes for 16 years it was in power, even as it lamented what it called the calamity of the last two and half years of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in multiple dimensions.
The group, in a statement in Abuja, said that whatever the PDP did, it left the scene over two years ago and that the exit provided Nigerians the opportunity to gauge the standard of its performance.
“From the economy, foreign relations where an APC government has decided to make caricature of the country, its leadership and people, security, wage theft, misapplication of resources and the lack of vision at all levels. This is total disaster.”
The statement, signed by its National Coordinator, Umar Danjani Hadeja, accused the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu of deliberately choosing to feed the public with falsehood and obvious inaccuracies, deliberate misinformation and even mischief bordering on denial and selective amnesia.
The group, essentially reacted to Garba Shehu’s response to a recent interview granted by a former Governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido, wherein he fielded questions on his presidential ambition and the state of the PDP, as well as some snippets on reasoned insights on President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership style, the APC government and the future of Nigeria and the place of her youth.
The group was not happy with the Presidential Spokesperson for relishing in what it called “quackery” whenever he ventures into the laborious attempts at rebuttals or rejoinders, more often with scant regard for the truth.
“Clearly, Garba’s attempted response to the said Sule Lamido interview is yet another classic example of the PR disaster and liability that he now represents for the Buhari administration. Surely, we would care less for this misfortune of an appointee of Mr. President who is fishing and scavenging desperately for ‘stuff’ that would make him look useful in a job he clearly does not know how to do. His brazen and intellectually lazy import-substitution mission for issues never raised in the interview in the effort to tar Alhaji Sule Lamido with a dirty brush is at best mischievous, unprofessional and a damning verdict on Garba.”
While describing the attempt by Shehu “to tar Alhaji Sule Lamido with a dirty brush” as mischievous, unprofessional and a damning verdict on the presidential spokesman, the group also expressed concern over the feeble and failed attempt to address or “attack” the facts of the matter raised in the interview.
It accused the presidential spokesman of falsely accusing Lamido of impugning the integrity of the nation’s judicial system and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission when, in actual fact “the government is itself destroying” these two institutions.
“Where, for instance, did Garba see any reference to these institutions in the said interview? Did he at all read the interview or in the classic case of playing the ‘Boss’, lazily rely on some subordinates who supposedly drew his attention to a publication he never sighted? And as if this was not shameful enough, he brazenly proceeded to blindly issue a ‘rejoinder’ to a publication he apparently knew nothing about. This is a further injury to the image, integrity and ethics of the journalism profession.”
The group said that Garba Shehu has thrown up the poverty of the government’s effort to water down any serious effort to address our national ills.
“His usual habit of ignoring facts was manifest in his attempt to defend his party rather than the government’s confused approach to implementing the agenda it promised.”
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