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Reuben Abati, Adesina fight over Jonathan, Buhari

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There seems be a current war of words between Reuben Abati, the adviser on media to the former president Goodluck Jonathan and Femi Adesina, the special adviser on media and publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari.

In his first major interview granted to The Interview, Abati fired back at President Buhari’s media spokesman dismissing the widespread notion that the former president lost the last election because of incompetence and cluelessness, Premium Times reports.

Reuben Abati

Reuben Abati

In the October-November edition of The Interview, Abati was said to have stressed that his former boss, Goodluck Jonathan, was “a victim of power game” and the vicious propaganda of the-then opposition now turned ruling party, the All Progressives Congress.

He said: “All they could focus on was trying to discredit the president. They called him clueless, they said he was incompetent, they said he was a drunkard!”

But Adesina on his own view in a separate interview to be published together with Abati’s in the same edition to be released next week said that he knew that Jonathan would lose and was not surprised when it happened.

He noted: “If Jonathan had won the election, Nigeria would have shut down.”

Adesina in the inyerview said that the government had run out of steam to propel it to further existence.

In the interview, the former media spokesman to Jonathan spoke on the last days of his erstwhile boss in Aso Rock; his own controversial retraction of the article against President Buhari; the attitude of moneybags who abandoned Jonathan in his moment of need; his relationship with former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, and his love-hate drama with many of his passionate fans.

On his part, Adesina spoke on President Buhari’s style; the war on corruption and Boko Haram; the CBN’s policy of defending the naira, and his relationship with the president.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s former minister of education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, has re-affirmed his loyalty to Jonathan, describing him as the best material suited to lead the country to its promised destination

In a similar vein, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state recently compared Jonathan to Jesus Christ, because of the way the former president conceded defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari in the last election, adding that it is the same way Jesus Christ died to save souls.

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