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Jonathan not clueless, incompetent –Okupe

Dr Doyin Okupe,President Jonathan's Public Affairs Adviser

Dr Doyin Okupe,President Jonathan’s Public Affairs Adviser

The Presidency says President Goodluck Jonathan has done well since he assumed office.

It therefore said the accusation of incompetence levelled against him was untrue and a mere political propaganda.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe stated this in a statement on Monday.

Okupe, who said the claims by the opposition that the President was incompetent were untrue and lacked facts, adding that part of the opposition’s strategy to present the government as not being effective, was to advance their selfish cause.

The president’s aide said the background of Jonathan indicated that he was neither a clueless nor an incompetence leader.

Okupe said, “The background of President Jonathan does not fall into the mould of incompetence or cluelessness that the opposition tries too hard to sell to the Nigerian populace.

“By definition, Reference Dictionary says, ‘Incompetence is lacking qualification or ability’.

“Webster Dictionary defines it as ‘lacking the qualities needed for effective action.’ Going by the above definitions, President Goodluck Jonathan is perhaps the most academically qualified Nigerian President ever.

“By cognate qualification, no President has had the experience, preparation and tutelage for the post of the President than Goodluck Jonathan. He was a Deputy Governor, a Governor, a Vice President, and an Acting President and an elected President.”

With these backgrounds, Okupe said it was obvious that the President had the requisite qualification for effective action.

He said the nation faced numerous challenges before Jonathan became President, saying this would “probably disprove the Governor Babatunde Fashola’s ‘Mechanic allegory.’”

Okupe listed those challenges to include power, infrastructural decay, and youth unemployment, inability to diversify the economy, economic instability, insecurity and corruption.

On Jonathan achievements so far, he listed them to include among others, the award of contract for construction of   Benin-Sagamu road, concession of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and the ongoing work on the Abuja -Lokoja Expressway.

In the aviation sector, Okupe said 22 airports had been earmarked for remodeling and rehabilitation.

Of these, he said 11 had been completed and inaugurated, adding that five new terminals in Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Enugu as well as six Cargo Terminals would begin this year.

Okupe said no Nigerian expected the level of insurgency that the Jonathan administration inherited on assumption of office.

He, however, said that from January to November 2012, going by the figures supplied by the Intelligence Reports and Independence Survey, bombings had reduced by about 50 per cent in the country.



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