President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday
lambasted the Kano State Governor, Musa
Kwankwaso, saying he is a political “gambler”
who is hallucinating about becoming Nigeria’s
Mr. Jonathan, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES
through his Special Adviser on Media and
Publicity, Ruben Abati, was responding to
criticisms by Mr. Kwankwaso that the president
lacked the capacity to serve as commander in-
chief of Nigeria’s Armed Forces.
The governor, who is a presidential aspirant on
the platform of the All Progressives Congress,
APC, had during his campaign fund launch in
Abuja on Saturday made scathing remarks
about the Presidency.
He urged APC faithful and Nigerians to vote for
the right person to replace Mr. Jonathan, who
he accused of failing to secure the lives and
property of the citizenry.
But responding, Mr. Jonathan said the Kano
State governor is an incompetent and clueless
“The point must be made very clearly that the
kind of comment Governor Kwankwaso made at
an occasion where he was doing a fund raiser
for his gamble to become the presidential
candidate of the APC shows that he is a very
incompetent and a clues presidential aspirant,”
said Mr. Abati.
“One would have expected that at an occasion
where he was raising funds to promote his
gamble to become the presidential flag bearer of
the APC, he would project himself as a man who
has a vision and an agenda for moving Nigeria
“Instead, what he has done at every turn in this
his new found gamble and hallucinatory
ambition to become the president of Nigeria is
to rundown President Jonathan at every
The president noted that Mr. Kwankwaso is one
aspirant who believes that by pulling him down,
the governor can rise.
Mr. Jonathan drew attention to how Mr.
Kwankwaso poured invectives on the presidency
when he declared for the presidential ticket of
the APC and again at the campaign fund raising,
saying the actions were unfortunate.
The president continued, “I think it is a
tragicomedy because at every point he goes into
this his gamble to become a presidential
candidate of the APC, the only thing he does is
complain about President Jonathan, instead of
using the opportunity to talk about what he
wants to do for Nigerians.
“It is obvious that he is clueless and an
incompetent presidential aspirant and is not in
a position to talk about incompetence. He is
even the one that is incompetent and that is
masked gross paranoia. He is complaining that
President Jonathan is not doing enough to check
insurgency and we are inviting countries that
we have helped before to come and help us.”
Mr. Abati explained that the Federal
Government did not reach out to its neighbours
in the fight against insurgency out of
Rather, as a global threat, he said the only way
to tackle terrorism is for countries to work
together and exchange intelligence.
He, therefore, described Mr. Kwankwaso’s
diatribe as counterproductive and unreasonable,
saying any aspirant playing politics with
insurgency lacked the basic understanding of
the complexity of the problem.
“Any intelligent aspirant will see very clearly
that insurgency affects all of us and what is
required is for all Nigerians to walk together.
Governor Kwankwaso wants to be the president
of Nigeria in his dreams,” Mr. Jonathan said.
“He doesn’t understand the nature of our
security challenge and I think it is most
unfortunate that a person of such low level of
understanding can seek the office of the
On the claim that some top PDP members will
soon defect to the APC, Mr. Jonathan said the
Kano State governor is trapped in a drivel and
should not be taken seriously.
While confirming his status as the sole
presidential candidate of the PDP, having been
endorsed by party members at all levels, Mr.
Jonathan expressed confidence that he will
emerge not only at the party’s convention, but
also during the 2015 polls.
At the time he would again emerge as president,
Mr. Abati noted that the garrulous APC aspirant
will be nowhere to be found given the way he
has so confidently and arrogantly advertised his
“His ambition at every point ends up as a
tragicomedy and the clearest illustration of the
tragicomic nature is to gamble in lies. Mr.
Kwankwaso doesn’t even understand what
insurgency is all about or what terrorism is all
“He makes it seems as if the terrorism in
Nigeria is a fault of Mr. Jonathan and
everything must be heaped on his head,” the
President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday