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Goodluck Jonathan APC urges President to address Morocco phone call controversy

Morocco recalled its Ambassador to Nigeria after denying reports that Jonathan had spoken to its leader, King Mohammed VI.

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Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan

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King Mohammed VI of Morocco

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to address the current diplomatic row brewing between Nigeria and Morocco.

Morocco recalled its Ambassador to Nigeria after denying reports that Jonathan had spoken to its leader, King Mohammed VI.

The opposition party urged Jonathan to clarify the issue to prevent Nigeria from being branded a liar by the international community.

This was contained in a statement released on Thursday, March 12, by APC National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed.

The statement reads:

“This is very serious because, in effect, Morocco has called Nigeria a liar. Therefore, it behooves President Jonathan to personally intervene to address such an international embarrassment.”

“The questions seeking answers are: Did President Jonathan speak with the Moroccan King? If not, who is responsible for this egregious misrepresentation that has embarrassed a whole country and its leader?”

“Before anyone accuses us of politicizing this issue, we make bold to say that we, the APC, and indeed all Nigerians are stakeholders in the Nigeria project. When Morocco branded Nigeria a liar, over whether or not our President spoke with the North African nation’s King, it did not mention PDP or APC. It made a collective reference to Nigeria.”

“This is why we feel strongly that this issue must be addressed urgently. Until then, all Nigerians, irrespective of their political leanings, will remain liars in the eyes of the international community.”

Morocco had issued a statement saying that King Mohammed VI refused a phone call from Jonathan due to the proximity of Nigeria’s general elections.

The Nigerian Foreign Ministry however denied the reports saying that Jonathan and the Moroccan monarch had spoken at length while the latter was in Paris.

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