A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Prof. Tam David-West, yesterday criticised President Goodluck Jonathan for embarrassing the nation through his constant gaffes.
He criticised Dr Jonathan for saying the Nigerian Army was below international standards.
Speaking with The Nation in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, the former minister noted that the President has been embarrassing the nation by his alleged gaffes, especially outside the country.
According to him, by saying the Nigerian Army is below international standards, the President has indicted himself as the Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
David-West urged Dr Jonathan to define what he meant by international standards and tell the world how many military installations he has visited in the world to arrive at that conclusion.
He said: “President Jonathan should stop embarrassing Nigeria and the Presidency by his consistent gaffes. How can Jonathan, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, go to the Defence Academy and declare to the world that the Nigerian Army is below international standards? I was shocked out of disbelief. I have never in my entire life heard such recklessness and irresponsibility from the high office of the Presidency. Jonathan apparently does not realise that it was a direct indictment of himself as the Commander-in-Chief without prejudice to the embarrassment of the entire nation.”
“Let Jonathan tell us the meaning of international standards. How many military installations has he visited in the world to come to the conclusion that the Nigerian military is below international standard? It was a very embarrassing statement. He even put the security of the country in jeopardy.”
David-West recalled that Dr Jonathan asked Germany to help Nigeria fight the Boko Haram sect.
The former minister urged the President should stop embarrassing the country, adding that he should resign or go back to his village to save Nigeria further embarrassment.
Written by Bisi Oladele