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Monday, December 9, 2013

INTERVIEW: I Did Not Call Jonathan The Mandela Of Nigeria - Doyin Okupe


The special assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe has refuted the story floating online that he called Pres. Jonathan the Mandela of Nigeria. He made it known in a SaharaTV interview conducted over the weekend. Dr. Okupe said the AIT television program he appeared on was recorded a day before Mandela died so he could not have said such a thing.
“Just because it was on the web does not make it right,” he said.
Dr. Okupe described President Jonathan as a unique leader in his own ways. He said the attribute that Pres. Jonathan shared with Mandela was his humble nature. “He (Jonathan) has no capacity to do evil to anyone and any man,” Okupe said to SaharaTv’s Rudolf Okonkwo.
Okupe defended the SSS arrest and questioning of second republic politician, Dr. Junaid Mohammed. He argued that no government should watch helplessly as an individual threatens the life of a Nigerian citizen.
“A man like Junaid Mohammed should be behind bars,” Okupe said.
On Dr. Emmanuel Fashakin, a U.S. based Nigerian medical doctor recently arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport and questioned by the SSS, Okupe said that because of his incessant writings all aimed at inciting Nigerians against their leaders, a man like Dr. Fashakin should not be welcomed into Nigeria.
Dr. Okupe called on Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off their strike and return to work. He played down the threat made by the minister of education to fire lecturers who failed to return to work.
“Governments all over the world when pushed to the wall will do anything to preserve their integrity and protect their citizens,” he warned.
Source: Sahara Reporters