President Goodluck Jonathan released some statement over the outrage that trailed his trip to Rio. His spokesperson might have penned this insult but he approved it.. In related news, Labaran Maku Nigeria’s Information Minister declared that President Jonathan can rule from anywhere he chose in the world, he has asked haters like you reading this to get a life - if you are one of those complaining. Mr. Maku seems to be saying the constant spate of bomb attacks on innocent citizens is definitely not their concern, he wants us to deal with it.. Well, he might as well have said that.
“The conference, Rio+20, is very important and nobody can doubt that. The issues that will be discussed at this conference are also issues that are relevant to Nigeria’s interest. It is also an opportunity for Nigeria to promote its interest in terms of its place in global community.
“The crisis in Kaduna and Yobe occurred almost on the eve of the President’s departure for this event and commitments have been made.
“I think what we can do is to appeal to the opposition not to always play politics with everything; that is the major challenge we face, people always want to play politics with everything.
“If the President had refused to come to Rio, the same persons will turn around and say that there is an important conference attended by world leaders and the Nigerian President stayed away from it. “It is as if there is nothing you can do to please our people. It is not that Nigeria is going to lose anything by Mr. President’s presence here rather, the country is going to gain a lot from his presence.
“He is here serving the interest of Nigerians, it is not as if he has abandoned his responsibilities.”
Don't forget too soo that Mr. President Jonathan traveled to Brazil with the largest national delegation comprising of 116 men and women. The list of delegation is broken down below
• 25 personal aides
• 18 aides of Patience Jonathan
• 2 members of the National Assembly
• 5 Ministers
• 2 Governors, and
• 63 officials from the Ministries of Enviroment, Foreign Affairs, National Planning and Petroleum