There was a time that Reuben Abati meant the epitome of truth to me – as far as who and who is concerned in the Nigerian media circle. He was once someone who could call a spade a spade and say it very confidently.
I would rather not expantiate on how this man has turned from a human being into an absolute animal.
With all the talk about corruption in Nigeria from Asokoro to every corner of Nigeria, no one else but Reuben Abati has an explanation for why Mr. President and his corrupt cronies could not confidently say Amen – to a prayer directed against corruption for Nigeria. Why were they all in the service if they cant pray against corruption as leaders of the nation?
In fact, Reuben has an explanation about why the President kept quiet. He refers Nigeria to go and read the Nigerian constitution.
Im wondering, could the President himself have given a more stupid explanation than his spokesperson?
Abuja– Spokesperson for President Jonathan Ebele Goodluck, Mr Reuben Abati, has responded to accusations that Jonathan and members of his cabal refused to say amen to at this weekend’s democracy day Church Service when the preacher offered a prayerful curse against corruption amongst public officials.
Speaking to reporters, Mr Abati revealed aspects of protocol that are not widely known outside Government circles, and which would explain why Mr President and ministers didn’t say Amen to the prayer by Most Reverend Peter Akinola, committing corrupt politicians to the court of God.
According to him, it is a long standing presidential protocol that during Church or Mosque services, the President only offers a fixed number of amens or amis, as the case may be.
The Reverend had offered many prayers and demanded many amens prior to the contentious one, Abati explained, the result of which was that the day’s quota of amens had been used up.
“Why?” asked the spokesperson, “would President not say amen to a prayer against corruption?”
He advised preachers, pastors, imams etc, to familiarise themselves with government protocol and to also limit the length of their prayers and sermons.
“It is the same people accusing the President of not saying amen to anti-corruption prayer that would be accusing him of favouritism if he had broken with protocol and said more amens than is allowed by constitution,” Abati said.