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Morocco Diplomatic Row: APC Still Wants Jonathan To Apologise To Nigerians

The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign organisation has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to apologise to Nigerians for the embarrassing the country following an avoidable diplomatic row with Morocco.

Speaking to journalists on Monday, March 16, at the party’s campaign headquarters, the Deputy Director-General of the campaign organisation, Senator Olorunibe Mamora, said the president’s belated admission that he never spoke to Moroccan King at any time didn’t go far enough to assuage the feelings of Nigerians.

“As the president, the buck stops at his desk, and it was therefore, inappropriate for the president to dismiss a serious diplomatic gaffe with levity and blame some poor, anonymous civil servants for the row. He should just own up, apologise and stop lying, not only this but on several others on which they are culpable. A word is enough for the wise,
” he said.

Mamora said instead of apologising to Nigerians for the diplomatic embarrassment his administration had caused Nigeria, the presidency was blaming some fall guys at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“By our traditions and cultures, lying is not encouraged even among children. Why did President Jonathan have to wait until Morocco recalled its Ambassador to Nigeria before he issued a clarification on the issue? he asked.

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