Reno Omokri has reacted to a current calim made against the administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan by Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr, daughter of late former Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Prof. Dora Akunyili.
Akunyili-Parr, in her book, ‘I am since we are’, a bio on her mom, alleged, to name a few things, that her late mother explained then President Jonathan’s cabinet as a “cabinet of mismatched candidates and portfolios”.
She even more stated that the Jonathan cabinet “was one of the very first signs of the issues that would maim Goodluck Jonathan’s government.”
And Mr. Omokri, a former assistant to Jonathan, who still promotes the ex-President, said he was rather appalled to read comments attributed Akunyili-Parr.
Omokri, who was a spin-off of that cabinet, stated he is personally defamed by those statements made by the former Minister of Communivation’s child and would like to set the records directly by taking a look at the particular declarations in the light of indisputable truths.
In a statements he made available to DAILY POST on Thursday, Omokri started, “Former President Jonathan’s minister of Finance was Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who got her PhD in regional economics and advancement from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“On Thursday July 19, 2018, Jack Dorsey, the then CEO of Twitter selected Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to the board of Twitter. She likewise sat on the boards of Lazard, Gavi and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank after her tenure as Minister of Finance, and Coordinating Minister for the Economy.
“On March 1, 2021, Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was selected as the 7th Director General of the World Trade Organisation, and has actually been explained by Forbes Magazine as the most influential Nigerian alive.
“Former President Jonathan’s minister of farming was Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, whose has a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University, and was a fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation.
“Until his visit as Minister in 2010, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina was Vice President of Policy and Partnerships for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.
“After President Jonathan’s period, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina was chosen as the 8th President of the African Development Bank.
“And on June 27, 2017, Dr. Akinkumi won the prestigious World Food Prize for his work to enhance yields and farm incomes during his period as Nigeria’s minister of farming.
“As minister of health, we had Onyebuchi Chukwu, a professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. Professor Chukwu is worldwide acclaimed for his prowess in combating Ebola in Nigeria by rapidly developing extraordinary contact-tracing mechanisms and other procedures that halted the illness in its track within 3 months, and made Nigeria the first country to overcome the scourge.
“The minister of state for health under former President Jonathan was Muhammad Ali Pate, who was in May of 2019 designated by the World Bank Group as the Global Director of Health, Nutrition and Population, and Director, Global Financing Facility.
“Muhammad Ali Pate was likewise selected as Professor of Public Health Leadership in the Department of Global Health and Population of Harvard University.
“That administration likewise had Olusegun Aganga as minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, who prior to his appointment into the cabinet has actually been a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, most likely the most significant investment count on world Earth.
“As preparing minister, Dr. Jonathan has Shamsudeen Usman, who holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and was the pioneer Director General of The Technical Committee on Privatisation and Commercialisation, now the Bureau of Public Enterprises.
“Former President Jonathan’s minister of Information and Communication Technology was Dr. Omobola Johnson, who is presently Chairperson of the Global Alliance for Affordable Internet.
“The education ministry under President Jonathan had a qualified and well-experienced ivory tower intellectual as the head. Prior to her visit as a minister of education, Mrs Ruquyyatu Rufa’i worked successfully as a teacher of curriculum studies at the Bayero University, Kano.
“With such a cabinet of first-rate, distinguished, and sterling people, it is hard to reconcile President Jonathan’s ministerial picks as ‘the cabinet of mismatched candidates, with square pegs put in round functions.’
“It is, nevertheless, a reality that after her defeat by Chris Ngige, in the April 2011 election for the Anambra Central Senatorial seat, Dr. Dora Akunyili put herself forward to previous President Jonathan for consideration as a minister in his administration, and that the then President, in his knowledge, elected not to select her into his government.
“Dora Akunyili is late, and though I understand the reason that she was not selected into then President Jonathan’s cabinet, in honour of her memory, I will avoid revealing that factor.
“However, being that at the time she put herself forward to be thought about for visit in the Jonathan cabinet, she already understood those being thought about, the concern is raised regarding why she would want to join a cabinet of individuals she felt were sub par?
“Suffice to state that if indeed Dora Akunyili had actually made such a judgment to her child, it may have been made in the heat of the minute, when she was sensitive and feeling scorned at her failure to make the Jonathan cabinet.
“As such, I do not wish to sign up with concerns with her or her daughter, except to state that the apparent truths do not support their claims.”