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Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by Ogbeche77: 10:17pm On Jan 29, 2012
Goodluck Replies Sahara Reporters

In response to the story which Sahara Reporters broke some days ago about First Lady Patience Jonathan taking 32 delegates to AU conference; special adviser to the president on Media & publicity, Reuben Abati has issued a public statement. See it below,

Dear Omoyele Sowore,
RE: Sahara Reporters on “Culture of Waste and Insensitivity” and the 18th AU Summit
I observe that you have made no effort, following my earlier explanations, to amend your story titled “Culture of Waste And Insensitivity Continues As Mrs. Jonathan Arrives Addis Ababa With 32 Aides” (Sahara Reporters), and have allowed your readers to rely on deliberate misinformation. The story in question does not reflect the true state of affairs with regard to the President’s delegation to the 18th annual African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I therefore want to set the records straight by making the following observations:


‎1. There is only one Nigerian Delegation to this summit not two as your report suggests. Specifically, the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has no delegation, official or unofficial, to this summit, and she did not arrive in Addis Ababa with “32 aides.”

2. You correctly reported that Mr. President travelled with a “25-person delegation to Addis Ababa for the 18th African Union Summit” but after salting your story with a dash of hype and peppering it with innuendo you have managed to cook up the impression that there are 57 Nigerian delegates in Addis Ababa. This is not fair.

3. The Nigerian Entourage list contains 35 names in total, however three of those whose names are listed did not join the delegation and the total number of delegates in Addis Ababa is not more than 32. This includes two Senators (the Chair of the Senate committee on NEPAD and another member), a member of the House of Representatives (NEPAD House of Reps), essential aides of the First couple, and Foreign Ministry Officials. Mr. President meant every word of it when he said that only persons who have work to do will be allowed to travel, officially.

4. As you well know, Nigeria is a free country; President Jonathan cannot prevent Nigerians from travelling to Ethiopia or anywhere else without good reason, legal sanction or authority. If there are other Nigerians in Addis Ababa, they are certainly not official delegates, and they have nothing to do with the First Lady.

5. It has become Sahara Reporters’ favourite sport to taint and bait President Jonathan with hooks and details that are inconvenient with the truth. You do your readers and Nigeria no favours by this shrill and deliberate misrepresentation of information.

6. President Jonathan remains committed to the Constitution he swore to protect and defend. You have a responsibility to report the truth.

Reuben Abati
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
January 29, 2012″


Source
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by PointB: 10:24pm On Jan 29, 2012
Who trust Sahara misreporters these days? Certainly not me!
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by MAYOWAAK: 10:28pm On Jan 29, 2012
"The Nigerian Entourage list contains 35 names in total, however three of those whose names are listed did not join the delegation and the total number of delegates in Addis Ababa is not more than 32." - Reuben Abati

In other words, we stole a goat, not a cow as widely reported.
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by Yeske2(m): 10:40pm On Jan 29, 2012
MAYOWAAK:

"The Nigerian Entourage list contains 35 names in total, however three of those whose names are listed did not join the delegation and the total number of delegates in Addis Ababa is not more than 32." - Reuben Abati

In other words, we stole a goat, not a cow as widely reported.
I just wonder
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by OmoTier1(m): 10:41pm On Jan 29, 2012
PointB:

Who trust Sahara misreporters these days? Certainly not me!
I thought you were more reasonable than this! Rueben Abati as inglorious as He has become  with no surprise gave himself away in that rejoiner! Why did He not state specifically the number of aides P-GEJ went ot Ethiopia with? Why on earth will the president go the Ethiopia with that large a number of aides? If the Senate committee reps are due to attend such summit then they should go there as Senate rep and not part of GEJ entourage!

Certainly, SR got this one spot on, the numbers are not disputed, Reuben Abati wants to play the "I only took kuli kuli and not chewing gum" game!

COWARD,
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by nasty45(m): 10:47pm On Jan 29, 2012
Who ruben wan fool.mk e park wel,then he should state the summation of delegates that were present.this shows that these guys are readin our updates.PLS RUBEN U AINT DOIN A GUD JOB AS AN ADVISER.SCREW U
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by nasty45(m): 10:48pm On Jan 29, 2012
Come to tink of it.did ruben actually said this?pls provide a link to your premise.thank u
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by olapluto(m): 11:02pm On Jan 29, 2012
what nonsense if first couple? Nigerians elected GEJ not patience. First couple is a completely wrong term. I am waiting for the day a gay man will become president in a Western country. What role will his 'wife' play?
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by KnowAll(m): 11:22pm On Jan 29, 2012
how come Goodluck did not reply Boko Haram about him converting to Muslim and save innocent Nigerians from spilling their blood, at least by so doing he would have used two stone to kill one bird. embarassed

Goodluck when he steps down can always go back to his Christain faith.
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by Demdem(m): 11:30pm On Jan 29, 2012
When did Abati starts responding to SR.?  grin grin
MAYOWAAK:

"The Nigerian Entourage list contains 35 names in total, however three of those whose names are listed did not join the delegation and the total number of delegates in Addis Ababa is not more than 32." - Reuben Abati

In other words, we stole a goat, not a cow as widely reported.

MAYOWAAK:

"The Nigerian Entourage list contains 35 names in total, however three of those whose names are listed did not join the delegation and the total number of delegates in Addis Ababa is not more than 32." - Reuben Abati

In other words, we stole a goat, not a cow as widely reported.

The truth is the retardeen himself doesn't even know the total number of peeps in his entourage. It's typical of him, no offence intended.
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by Beaf: 11:52pm On Jan 29, 2012
Demdem:

When did Abati starts responding to SR.?  grin grin

Perhaps, it is a last warning for the wise.
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by goodsegs(m): 12:03am On Jan 30, 2012
Beaf:

Perhaps, it is a last warning for the wise.
who is more Intelligent between Beaf anf GEJ.? grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin undecided
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by DrummaBoy(m): 12:22am On Jan 30, 2012
MAYOWAAK:

"The Nigerian Entourage list contains 35 names in total, however three of those whose names are listed did not join the delegation and the total number of delegates in Addis Ababa is not more than 32." - Reuben Abati

In other words, we stole a goat, not a cow as widely reported.

My guy you hit the nail on the head. kwanu.

Let's agree that the story was sensational; but, 32 delegates; haba, Jonathan, for what. "It is 32 not 57 delegates". Ladies and Gentlemen, pls where is such done in a sane clime.
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by egift(m): 12:43am On Jan 30, 2012
CORRECTION!
President went to Addis Abbaba to campaign for AU Chairmanship and got humiliated by the President of Benin republic, Yayi Boni. Presidents opposition was led by Ghana. Read the intimidation here http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-857891.0.html

BTW, when will Reuben Abati (GEJ) reply this my post or have he posted already? grin
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by pcicero(m): 1:04am On Jan 30, 2012
Sahara Reporters got it right after all, it was a jamboree as usual!
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by nanidee(f): 1:06am On Jan 30, 2012
Ok. Its official that:

1) Sahara reporters is really getting to the presidency with their reports and the numerous commentaries generated by their reports.
TĦey seem to have become a huge pain in the Fed. Govt's as*s.
(their new resolve will be to fish out all those feeding SH with all these reports) cheesy

2) Reuben Abati is definitely on nairaland, and some nairalanders are definitely getting under his skin with derrogatory remarks about his 'boss'.
I can guess his handle on here. grin


Reuben, u got to cool your temper o. Don't show the world how frustrated u are on all the reports (especially from Sahara reporters) about your boss. No need getting high blood pressure. But then again, u can, since some billions were allocated to the aso rock health care cheesy cheesy cheesy
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by dayokanu(m): 1:33am On Jan 30, 2012
4. As you well know, Nigeria is a free country; President Jonathan cannot prevent Nigerians from travelling to Ethiopia or anywhere else without good reason, legal sanction or authority. If there are other Nigerians in Addis Ababa, they are certainly not official delegates, and they have nothing to do with the First Lady

Imagine what Abati and Retardeen are coming up with?
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by reporter1: 1:39am On Jan 30, 2012
Sahara Reporters is getting under their skin. Good job SR, keep the pressure up.
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by Beaf: 1:44am On Jan 30, 2012
reporter?:

Sahara Reporters is getting under their skin. Good job SR, keep the pressure up.

Getting under their skin or just telling their usual sodid lies that need to be refuted?
Sahara Reporters is a disgrace best known for fake news these days. embarassed

The fake pic below too is courtesy Sahara Reporters. Shame. cry cry cry cry cry cry cry
http://saharareporters.com/photo/photonews-jonathans-declaration-when-jonathan-women-met-goodluck-men



Mr Sahara Reporters, why na? shocked
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by jmaine: 1:47am On Jan 30, 2012
Fvcking Junky Sahara reporters . .who gives a shyte about their archive of false reports . . . except . . . . fellow junky seeking individuals . . .
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by MAYOWAAK: 1:53am On Jan 30, 2012
Sahara Reporters to Abati: You lied

Sahara Reporters has replied presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben abati, that it lied in a report it carried that the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonahtna, contrary to his promise of cutting spending on foreign trips, went to the African Union Summit that ended today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with a delegation that did not fulfill his pledge.

According to the reply written by Omoyele Sowore, Sahara Reporters accused abati of being economical with the truth by not stating the fact that the First Lady was also attending another fringe meeting on the side of the AU meeting involving First Ladies of other countries and thus had her own entourage.
Sahara Reporters put the entourage of the First Lady at 32, which was the total number of delegates Abati said was on the trip to Ethiopia.
The publication challenged Abati to make available to Nigerians the names and designations of those officially on the trip to Ethiopia with Jonathan to prove that the delegation was indeed not more than 32.

The letter by Sowore reads:

“Dear Reuben Abati,

“I read your cleverly written letter to me regarding our latest report on President Goodluck Jonathan’s junket to Ethiopia. In writing what purports to be a rejoinder, you deliberately left out details of our sms exchanges on the same issue. That omission, I suggest, was an attempt to evade the central issue raised in our report. Instead of confronting that issue – the list of delegates invited and sponsored by the Jonathan administration and his wife to Ethiopia – you chose to play a semantic game over what is a straight forward issue. I’ll respond to your rejoinder pointedly.

“1. You sent me a text message on Friday claiming that our report on the Ethiopia trip was false and malicious because, according to you, there was a “mix up” somewhere. I quickly responded, telling you that a truthful report could never be malicious. Thereafter, you sent another text saying you didn’t mean to criticize the report, but wanted to put matters straight. You proceeded to explain that there was only “one delegation” led by the president to Addis Ababa and that the number of people on the list was far lower than we reported. I quickly requested for the list. You responded by claiming that it was in your bag at your hotel room. However, you curiously sent another text claiming you couldn’t reach some people involved in getting the list as it was “past midnight” in Addis Ababa. My last text to you was a reminder that I would be waiting for your response regarding the list and size of the delegation. That response never came; instead, you released this letter that pretends to be a refutation, but is rather an attempt at obfuscation.

“2. You claimed that there was a single list of delegates to Ethiopia. That claim amounts to a puerile effort to conceal the fact that Mrs. Patience Jonathan was attending a program of African First Ladies which was different from the AU summit being attended by President Jonathan. This meant that the “First Lady” was traveling with a retinue of staff, associates and hangers-on to aid or support her “official” activities at a separate event from that of President Jonathan.

“3. As the president’s chief spokesman, you ought to have the delegate list. I challenge you then to provide the public with a breakdown of Mr. Jonathan’s “one delegation entourage” to Addis Ababa, categorized in order of designation of officials, their date of travel, mode of travel, and explanation of whether they were part of the advance party or arrived in Addis Ababa in the same aircraft as the President – or in an extra aircraft that was deployed.

“4. From your letter, it is clear that you concede that some “Nigerians” may have traveled with the delegation “unofficially.” Does this technical admission not defeat your initial insistence that there was only “one delegation”?

“5. SaharaReporters has a history of documenting the culture of waste occasioned by the profligate junkets by the Presidency. We are glad that your principal appears to have realized that wasteful trips need to be eliminated and the size of delegations cut – especially after the president’s scandalous outing in Perth, Australia where an out-of-control delegation engaged in waste, corruption and even broke Australian laws.

“6. We maintain that “First Lady” Patience Jonathan traveled with a retinue of aides, friends and associates to the tune of 32 people. Their travels and accommodation were arranged and paid for by the Nigerian government. What you owe the public is an obligation to be transparent. In this event, that entails releasing your official delegates’ list as well as names of associates, contractors, friends and “other Nigerians” the government gave a nod to visit along with the president and his wife on this trip to Addis Ababa. In other words, we await the release of that list that you claimed was in your bag in the hotel room in Addis Ababa. Thank you.”
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by Rhino5dm: 1:58am On Jan 30, 2012
Abati is becoming more stuupid by the day. He is now replying SR? I thought they said SR are beer parlour rumour peddlers? Arrrranntus nonsensicusssss.

BTW, I read presidential national address twice on SR hours before they are broadcasted and came out to be word to word. If they can obtain advance copies of such important document hours before they are broadcasted, then what is a mere counting of delegates? We are more wiser.
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by nanidee(f): 2:06am On Jan 30, 2012
Wow!

I love this.

Classic response! cheesy
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by StarBoard: 2:40am On Jan 30, 2012
over to Beaf and the GEJ posse of defenders.
Sahara Reporters has swung a sucker punch.Let's see how Reuben Abati makes a fool of himself on this one.
Facts are clear as daylight.Yet some people want to engage in verbal gymnastics just for the sake of it.
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by Beaf: 3:07am On Jan 30, 2012
StarBoard:

over to Beaf and the GEJ posse of defenders.
Sahara Reporters has swung a sucker punch.Let's see how Reuben Abati makes a fool of himself on this one.
Facts are clear as daylight.Yet some people want to engage in verbal gymnastics just for the sake of it.

What is the soccer punch? That they weren't provided a list? Dem be God?
If anything, Sowore has only proven that he relied on dem say dem say.
He had nobody on the ground, yet he was able to conjure up numbers in anger, cos Abati didn't give him a list.

I hail!
Sahara Reporters, best known for fake news. cry cry cry cry
Abeg, make we cry for dem! grin



http://saharareporters.com/photo/photonews-jonathans-declaration-when-jonathan-women-met-goodluck-men

Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by sheyguy: 4:05am On Jan 30, 2012
Saharareporters got praises from al jazeera fem days back for the wonderful job they are doing and they did just that again with this masterpiece. GEJ pple shldn't be worried of SR if there is nothing to hide. SR is doing a good job as far as i am concerned.
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by diluminati(f): 4:19am On Jan 30, 2012
Hey Jonathan, Your end game is near.

Nigerians are more wiser now, You dont just speak rubbish from your filthy mouth and expect all of us to swallow your vomit.

Show us Proof that You are saying the truth. Publish the names of the delegates and if possible show us pictorial proof.

Enough of your lies Jonathan, You waste of time!
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by EkoIle1: 4:36am On Jan 30, 2012
MAYOWAAK:

Sahara Reporters to Abati: You lied

Sahara Reporters has replied presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben abati, that it lied in a report it carried that the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonahtna, contrary to his promise of cutting spending on foreign trips, went to the African Union Summit that ended today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with a delegation that did not fulfill his pledge.

According to the reply written by Omoyele Sowore, Sahara Reporters accused abati of being economical with the truth by not stating the fact that the First Lady was also attending another fringe meeting on the side of the AU meeting involving First Ladies of other countries and thus had her own entourage.
Sahara Reporters put the entourage of the First Lady at 32, which was the total number of delegates Abati said was on the trip to Ethiopia.
The publication challenged Abati to make available to Nigerians the names and designations of those officially on the trip to Ethiopia with Jonathan to prove that the delegation was indeed not more than 32.

The letter by Sowore reads:

“Dear Reuben Abati,

“I read your cleverly written letter to me regarding our latest report on President Goodluck Jonathan’s junket to Ethiopia. In writing what purports to be a rejoinder, you deliberately left out details of our sms exchanges on the same issue. That omission, I suggest, was an attempt to evade the central issue raised in our report. Instead of confronting that issue – the list of delegates invited and sponsored by the Jonathan administration and his wife to Ethiopia – you chose to play a semantic game over what is a straight forward issue. I’ll respond to your rejoinder pointedly.

“1. You sent me a text message on Friday claiming that our report on the Ethiopia trip was false and malicious because, according to you, there was a “mix up” somewhere. I quickly responded, telling you that a truthful report could never be malicious. Thereafter, you sent another text saying you didn’t mean to criticize the report, but wanted to put matters straight. You proceeded to explain that there was only “one delegation” led by the president to Addis Ababa and that the number of people on the list was far lower than we reported. I quickly requested for the list. You responded by claiming that it was in your bag at your hotel room. However, you curiously sent another text claiming you couldn’t reach some people involved in getting the list as it was “past midnight” in Addis Ababa. My last text to you was a reminder that I would be waiting for your response regarding the list and size of the delegation. That response never came; instead, you released this letter that pretends to be a refutation, but is rather an attempt at obfuscation.

“2. You claimed that there was a single list of delegates to Ethiopia. That claim amounts to a puerile effort to conceal the fact that Mrs. Patience Jonathan was attending a program of African First Ladies which was different from the AU summit being attended by President Jonathan. This meant that the “First Lady” was traveling with a retinue of staff, associates and hangers-on to aid or support her “official” activities at a separate event from that of President Jonathan.

“3. As the president’s chief spokesman, you ought to have the delegate list. I challenge you then to provide the public with a breakdown of Mr. Jonathan’s “one delegation entourage” to Addis Ababa, categorized in order of designation of officials, their date of travel, mode of travel, and explanation of whether they were part of the advance party or arrived in Addis Ababa in the same aircraft as the President – or in an extra aircraft that was deployed.

“4. From your letter, it is clear that you concede that some “Nigerians” may have traveled with the delegation “unofficially.” Does this technical admission not defeat your initial insistence that there was only “one delegation”?

“5. SaharaReporters has a history of documenting the culture of waste occasioned by the profligate junkets by the Presidency. We are glad that your principal appears to have realized that wasteful trips need to be eliminated and the size of delegations cut – especially after the president’s scandalous outing in Perth, Australia where an out-of-control delegation engaged in waste, corruption and even broke Australian laws.

“6. We maintain that “First Lady” Patience Jonathan traveled with a retinue of aides, friends and associates to the tune of 32 people. Their travels and accommodation were arranged and paid for by the Nigerian government. What you owe the public is an obligation to be transparent. In this event, that entails releasing your official delegates’ list as well as names of associates, contractors, friends and “other Nigerians” the government gave a nod to visit along with the president and his wife on this trip to Addis Ababa. In other words, we await the release of that list that you claimed was in your bag in the hotel room in Addis Ababa. Thank you.”


See as SR open den yansh as usual. GEJ the Ofa na lair, Abati the errand boy na lair. The no even coordinate hin own lie,

Useless people,
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by dayokanu(m): 4:42am On Jan 30, 2012
Beaf:

What is the soccer punch? That they weren't provided a list? Dem be God?
If anything, Sowore has only proven that he relied on dem say dem say.
He had nobody on the ground, yet he was able to conjure up numbers in anger, cos Abati didn't give him a list.

Soccer punch? Like this below?



Egbon mi razist. Which kain Obalende Sapele water inspired Yingrrisshhh be this?

You wan take laff broke small pikin for back ooo



You dey compete with Becomricchh for who go kill us first
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by dayokanu(m): 6:40am On Jan 30, 2012
Lol at Egbon mi razist
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by beafroast: 7:02am On Jan 30, 2012
abegi o!  abati,beaf,gej,peshie make una tell us de total abi na shell numba of people wey delegation for Ethiopia.
So dat CON-FUSSION no go break bone.
Re: Reuben Abati's Response To Patience Jonathan AU Delegates Story by nasty45(m): 7:30am On Jan 30, 2012
Beaf:

What is the soccer punch? That they weren't provided a list? Dem be God?
If anything, Sowore has only proven that he relied on dem say dem say.
He had nobody on the ground, yet he was able to conjure up numbers in anger, cos Abati didn't give him a list.

I hail!
Sahara Reporters, best known for fake news. cry cry cry cry
Abeg, make we cry for dem! grin



http://saharareporters.com/photo/photonews-jonathans-declaration-when-jonathan-women-met-goodluck-men


beaf ur reply is so pathetic.u r a sorry looser.for the fact that ruben can reply sahara reporters mean they'v been in communication.lets c if dt goof wil have d guts to reply.the questions r glarin @ his face.LETS C HIS GUTS.silly MOFOS

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