Former media aide to ex- president, Goodluck Jonathan, Reuben Abati, has mentioned the two biggest ‘wars’ the Goodluck administration fought while in power.
Abati said what Jonathan administration was facing every day from the opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC) is equally going to war.
Abati said, the two biggest fights Jonathan government had with the opposition was on Chibok girls and deregulation of downstream sector.
Abatti said the war was tough that Jonathan was constantly under fire for several months for not being able to rescue the Chibok girls that were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents for up to a year.
Reuben Abati said:
“It was a very political period, with a very vibrant opposition that challenged every little effort by that administration. It was like going to war. Coming out from the warfront, when you get back home, there would be memories, there would be experiences; but at the end of the day, we thank God for the opportunity.”
“Well, politics is war by another means. One of the toughest moments was after the deregulation of the downstream sector. You know that marked a turning point for the Jonathan administration in January 2012 when we had Occupy Nigeria’s protest and all that. “And trying to explain something that you would think was very simple to the public and straightforward enough was a problem because the opposition was ahead in imposing a certain prejudice. Ironically, a new administration came in and did exactly the same thing.
“Then, you begin to ask yourself: the same people, the same issue, but in one instant it caused so much problem and resulted in long-term loss of goodwill for one administration; but with another administration, the people just accepted it. I think it is something we can interrogate on another level. “The Chibok girls’issue was another turning point. But the very first was the deregulation of the downstream sector. That is what we call it officially, but you call it removal of fuel subsidy.”