President Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to the endorsement by the UK-based magazine, The Economist, of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, for the February 14 polls, saying it is tongue-in-cheek, baseless and jaundiced.
The president, in a statement on Friday by his spokesman, Reuben Abati, said that it is patriotic Nigerians that will vote and not the magazine.
According to a statement issued by the presidential spokesman on Friday, Nigerians are aware of the achievements of the administration in the last six years.
He said: “We have noted with surprise, The Economist’s tongue-in-cheek endorsement of General Muhammadu Buhari in the run-up to Nigeria’s general elections and the international magazine’s baseless, jaundiced and rather malicious vilification of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan who retains the trust and confidence of majority of Nigerians as the outcome of the Presidential elections will undoubtedly show.
“We are sure that many Nigerians and other readers of the usually urbane, thoughtful and well-reasoned editorial opinions of the Economist will be shocked that the magazine has taken the very ill-considered decision to throw its weight behind a candidate who, as a former military dictator, curtailed freedom of speech, ordered the kidnapping of opponents and jailing of journalists, and is accused of incitement to violence and grave human rights violations in Nigeria’s current democratic dispensation.
“The Economist may feign ignorance of President Jonathan’s remarkable achievements as leader of his country in the past six years, but Nigerians who, unlike the magazine’s opinion writers, will actually vote in the country’s forthcoming presidential elections, know that President Jonathan has worked very hard to fulfill all the major promises he made to them on assumption of office”.
Abati stressed that Nigerians know how President Jonathan has developed the economy, created more jobs, and has given policy support to the real sector of the economy.
He added: “They know that he has encouraged locally owned enterprises to take advantage of our resources in growing the domestic economy and they also know that he has successfully attracted greater foreign direct investment to the country.
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