The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has expressed dismay at what it described as the lacklustre performance of the Nigerian delegation to the just concluded African Union Summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The party alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan spurned the slot allocated to him to articulate his contribution to the regional discourse, thereby denying the country an opportunity to make a good showing at the continental stage.
In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, CPC described the incident as not just irresponsible but gross dereliction of executive duties.
“This was why ordinary Nigerians, nay the whole world, had expected Nigeria to use the 50th anniversary celebration of the AU held last Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as the big stage to make a huge impact. Unfortunately, this expectation was dashed by the inimitable sloppiness of the Jonathan presidency!
“President Jonathan spurned the slot allocated to him to articulate his contribution to the regional discourse. He did not attend and no representative was sent to deliver Nigeria’s message. In ordinary administrative appraisal of the action, it was not just irresponsible but gross dereliction of executive duties,” the party stated.
But in a swift reaction, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Rueben Abati, said both the CPC and Fashakin got it all wrong.
Abati in statement last night, described Fashakin as an arm-chair critic per excellence and a medieval-era ignoramus.
He said contrary to belief that Nigeria missed an opportunity at the AU Summit, no slot was missed because no country was under any compulsion to speak.
He said any country that wished to make a statement indicated the interest to do so by pressing the button at its own convenience.
“We are dealing with such hideous and second rate characters in Nigeria’s public space, belonging to the ACN and the CPC, and that other would-be disaster-prone mongrel called APC that they won’t even respect the truth. The prize for being silly in this regard must go to one Rotimi Fashakin who describes himself as the National Publicity Secretary of the CPC,” Abati said.