Jonathan Had Nothing To Do With Morocco Phone Call Embarrassment — Foreign Affairs Minister


Minster of Foreign Affairs, Alhaji Aminu Wali, has exonerated President Goodluck Jonathan from the phone call row with Morocco.

Speaking to State House correspondents in Abuja, on Tuesday, Wali said that President Jonathan had nothing to do with it. He noted that if anybody needed to apologise for the mix-up, it was him as the Foreign Affairs minister.

Following President Jonathan’s statement where he put the controversy to rest by saying he did not speak with King Mohammed VI of Morocco as claimed by the Foreign Ministry, he had asked that those behind the embarrassing situation be unraveled. Wali said he was working on the president’s directive.

“I have already taken action on the president’s directive and, of course, some people are trying to make this whole thing political. At this level of our diplomacy, a lot of things can happen.

“So, we are trying to find out and I will like to say that the president has nothing to do with it. This is something that has happened and there is a bit of mix up somewhere along the line. We are going to unravel it.

“The president has nothing to do with it. I hear some senators from the opposition asking the president to apologise to the country. Now this is, if at all there is anybody who is going to apologise, and I being the minister of Foreign Affairs, will be the one to apologise and not Mr President,” he added.

Asked whether he was culpable, the Nigerian Tribune quoted the minister to have responded: “Well, I am investigating. If at all there is anybody who should apologise, it is after the investigation. Whatever it is, that is the time we will come out with…But now, there is no reason to apologise, because we cannot pre-judge and we believe in due process.”


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