Jonathan was not booed in South Africa says Abati
Presidential Spokesperson, Reuben Abati has debunked media report that President Goodluck Jonathan was mocked in South Africa while attending a meeting on terrorism.
Abati disclosed this through his twitter handle this morning, saying that ” Those peddling misinformation that President was jeered at in South Africa are unfair, malicious and uncharitable. Fits into a known political pattern.
The spokesman revealed that the meeting the President attended was successful contrary to report.
He said ”In South Africa, President Jonathan attended a meeting on terrorism in Africa & inauguration of President Zuma for a 2nd term. A successful outing.
”Meeting on terrorism held on sidelines of President Zuma's inauguration was attended by Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Congo, Ghana and C'Iv
”Their Excellencies discussed moralities for defining a stronger framework for partnership in combating terrorism.
”The meeting on terrorism in SA resolved that no single country can on its own deal with the challenge of terrorism in Africa.
”Their Excellencies noted that a continental approach involving all African states will strengthen the war against terrorism.
”Terrorists can run from one country to the other but across Africa they must not be allowed any hiding place. The meeting condemned Boko Haram.
”The meeting on terrorism held in South Africa is preparatory towards an AU Summit in Guinea Bissau in June focusing on terrorism in Africa.
”Their Excellencies agreed to set up a committee of selected rep. Ministers to prepare a framework for further action before June meeting.
”The proposed committee will report to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. Further deliberations will continue in Guinea Bissau, June 25 -26.”
” The meeting in South Africa is a significant follow up to Paris Summit last week and perfectly consistent with AU conventions/resolutions on terrorism.
”President Jonathan congratulates the people and government of South Africa on a successful inauguration ceremony and thanks them for their warm hospitality.
Abati warned and referred those trying to play politics with President Jonathan's trip to South Africa as cheap.
He said ”We consider the attempt by certain partisan elements to play politics with the President's trip to South Africacheap, puerile & unnecessary.