Former Chief Press Secretary to the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, Chief David Attah
By George Okoh
Former Chief Press Secretary to the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, Chief David Attah, has chided President Goodluck Jonathan for his handling of the country’s domestic problems, saying that from all indications, the President is overwhelmed by the problems.
Attah, who spoke to journalists on the occasion of his 67th birthday at his Makurdi residence, said there has not been any appreciable effort towards confronting Boko Haram and other problems facing the country.
Attah said government’s approach to Boko Haram was not good enough because it did not properly assess the situation.
“What do they want; are they terrorists or anarchists?” he asked.
Attah, who was also the Chief Press Secretary to General Abdulsalami Abubakar, said he had warned that Boko Haram was going to infiltrate the nation’s security network and noted that government played double standards.
He said the country would have been in a total mess if not for the support of the international community.
He wondered why a group of people would arrogate the licence to kill to themselves, stressing that when a leader leads well, people would rally round him and warm up for his return to office but if he does not do well, why would people tell him to go for a second term?
“You have identified many calamities, are they getting worse or better? I believe things are getting worse, you are coming back to do what?”
Attah enjoined Nigerians to look inwards and advised the president on good governance while at the time sympathising with him on the numerous socio-political challenges confronting his administration.
Attah said: “The truth is that you cannot put a man on the run and expect him to sit down to plan.”