ADEFUYE FAULTS NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL

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LAGOS— Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States of America, USA, Mr Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye, has faulted an editorial by the New York Times which berated the President Goodluck Jonathan administration of alleged corruption, insecurity and the ailing economy, saying it was driven by ignorance.
In a statement, Adefuye expressed disappointment in the editorial entitled: “Nigeria’s Miserable Choices” which slammed the Jonathan administration for postponing the general election, failing to address the growing level of insecurity and its inability to revive the ailing economy.
Adefuye said: “I was shocked to read the editorial of February 16, entitled “Nigeria’s Miserable Choices.” First, it was the Independent National Electoral Commission, not President Goodluck Jonathan, who decided to postpone the election, a power it exclusively has under our constitution. INEC Chairman,Prof. Attahiru Jega said publicly ‘nobody has coerced us . . . to take this decision’.
“Second, while Boko Haram is indeed a serious threat on which we’ve been making steady progress, especially in recent months, the editorial board failed to note Boko Haram’s presence in our country is limited to North-East, where only seven per cent of our population lives.
“And finally, according to CNN Money, Nigeria’s economy will be the third fastest growing economy in the world in 2015, approaching seven percent growth.
“When the New York Times endorsed President Obama for reelection in 2012, the US economy grew at 2.3 per cent. Clearly, the editorial board’s assessment of our ‘miserable’ choices are driven by ignorance or bias, both of which are inexcusable.”
Source: Vanguard

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