President Won’t Probe OBJ – Abati

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Akin Akande, Abuja

The Presidency has described as untrue and baseless, reports making the round that President Goodluck Jonathan would soon order a probe into the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo due to his constant criticisms of the present administration.

Spcecial Adviser to President Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday said that the President is rather focused on the task of ensuring peace, security and stability across the country than conducting a probe into the administration of his predecessor.

He reiterated that President Jonathan has greatest respect for Chief Obasanjo and his achievements noting that his administration is a continuation of an unbroken chain of PDP led administration started by the former president in 1999.

Abati  said that President Jonathan would continue to do his utmost best to build on the solid foundations for national progress laid under previous PDP administrations.

The statement reads in part: “President Jonathan remains fully focused on the urgent tasks of assuring peace, security and stability across the country to create the right conditions for rapid socio-economic development and will not be distracted from this objective by futile attempts to drive a wedge between him and other respected elders and leaders of his party.

The President has nothing but the greatest respect for Chief Obasanjo’s very notable contributions to national growth and development over many years and far from taking offence or seeking retaliation, will always welcome objective criticism and advice from the very highly-regarded elder statesman.

What is more, President Jonathan regards his Administration as a continuation of the unbroken chain of PDP-led governments started by Chief Obasanjo in 1999 which have worked tirelessly to entrench democratic governance and achieve rapid socio-economic growth in the country.

Rather than order a pointless probe of his predecessors, he will continue to do his utmost best to build on the solid foundations for national progress laid under previous PDP administrations.

Speculations and suggestions of an impending probe of the Obasanjo Administration by President Jonathan are therefore nonsensical and should be dismissed by all right-thinking Nigerians as the product of the fertile imagination of mischievous political jobbers”