President Goodluck Jonathan is more concerned with delivering on the assignment given him by Nigerians than to be concerned with politics of 2015, the Presidency has said.

Speaking on fact file, a radio programme on Monday morning, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Rueben Abati said the President has not at anytime declared his stand for the upcoming 2015 elections, but had continued to remain focused on delivering his mandate to the people.

He was speaking in reference to the President’s readiness to curb the excesses of politicians who he said were heating up the polity as well as the ongoing accusations that the President’s ambition for 2015 was heating up the polity as it concerns the Rivers State crisis.

According to Abati, Nigerians must know is that President Jonathan is not just president and commander in chief of the armed forces, but also the premier political leader in the country.

“What that means of course is that he has the responsibility to ensure security and the well being of all Nigerians. And in that case he as the number one person in the country will not, will never at any time standby while there are issues within the polity that could over heat the polity. And it was within that context that he made the point when he met with the NBA leadership that he has the primary responsibility to put to an end the political excesses that seem to be overheating the polity,” he said.

He also said that the President should be commended for being sensitive and “being fully aware of the primary responsibility not just as head of state but also as head of government and as head of the political process and as a citizen and as a patriot”.

Responding to accusations that the President’s ambition for 2015 was heating the polity, Abati said the President has never at any time discussed 2015.

“He has never at any time say this is his position on 2015. His position has been consistent and straight forward and that has been the president saying look let’s focus on governance. If the Nigerian people have given you an assignment, it is your assignment to deliver and move the country forward, that is what we want to focus on.”

The Presidential Spokesman said the President had after two years of his administration publicly presented his scorecard which has not been disputed.

“He said I took over and now two years down the line I have moved the country forward, this is the evidence. Nobody has been able to dispute the evidence. So we must be able to make a distinction between politicking, the fact and reality.

?The President stands on the side of truthfulness, of fact, of reality. So he wants to be engaged at the level of his performance. And I will continue to tell Nigerians that this presidency will remain focus. He is doing the job that Nigerians have given him and he is making progress and has provided evidence that he is making progress.”

He added that the “People who concentrate on politics want to distract Mr. President”.

Refuting claims that it took the intervention of the Nigerian Bar Association for the President to react, Abati said the President had on various occasions issued statement to this effect to say if he as the head of state is not talking about politics it should be same at all levels.

“The President meets with people on a daily basis, people from different constituencies, different groups. When the NBA visited they brought up the issue about the political process and the President said look, what is overheating the policy is because people are obsessed with 2015 and that he as a person believes that we are in 2013 and we should continue to focus on good governance at all levels. And it didn’t take the visit of the NBA for the president to make that statement, that is the statement the president has made, he has directed me to issue statements more than four times on this particular issue to say look, if as the political leader, as the head of state he is not talking about election, he is talking about how to provide leadership and transform the lives of Nigerians.

?And that should be the focus at all levels. At that meeting with NBA he alluded to the fact that some people are just desperate for power and he made the point that the issue is not about desperation, the issue is not about power it is about governance,” Abati said.


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