Transformation agenda not about me - Jonathan

By The Citizen

President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday told his critics and the opposition that the present ongoing implementation of the transformation agenda he was embarking on was  not about him,  but about the survival of Nigeria as a country.

President  Jonathan however  warned that 'as actors, no Nigerian should attempt to destroy the stage or he would be left with nowhere else to perform.'

Speaking at a  one-day workshop on 'Effective Information Management and Public Communication' organized by the office of the Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe in Abuja on Tuesday,  Okupe told the participants that  when he asked the president over breakfast what message he would like he (Okupe) to pass to Nigerians during his recent media outreach, 'the President dropped his spoon and for three to four minutes, he did not say anything. I was wondering whether I have goofed. Those three or four minutes felt like four years.

'Then he said, 'it is not about me, it is about Nigeria. I may be here tomorrow, I may not be here but at the end of the day, Nigeria will remain,'' he quoted Jonathan as saying.

Speaking further, Okupe who noted that  the  workshop  was organized for media managers in government, said that it  was necessary 'in order for us not to become accomplices to our destruction,' adding, ' as government functionaries saddled with the responsibility of communicating with the public, they must understand the role they are supposed to play.