DIPLOMATIC ROW: President Jonathan Not Responsible For Morocco Phone Call Row; We Are Still Investigating The Mix Up — Foreign Minister

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alhaji Aminu Wali, has exonerated President Goodluck Jonathan from the phone call row with Morocco, which has already caused the North African country to recall its Nigerian ambassador for consultations.

He told State House correspondents in Abuja, on Tuesday [Mar. 17], that President Jonathan had nothing to do with it, saying that if there was anybody to apologise for the mix-up, it was him as the Foreign Affairs minister.

Wali maintained that he was carrying out the directive by President Jonathan for the minister to unravel those behind the situation, which the president had said embarrassed the country.

“I have already taken action on the president’s directive and, of course, some people are trying to make this whole thing political. At this level of our diplomacy, a lot of things can happen. So, we are trying to find out and I will like to say that the president has nothing to do with it. This is something that has happened and there is a bit of mix up somewhere along the line. We are going to unravel it”.

“The president has nothing to do with it. I hear some senators from the opposition asking the president to apologise to the country. Now this is, if at all there is anybody who is going to apologise, and I being the minister of Foreign Affairs, will be the one to apologise and not Mr President,” he added.

When asked whether he was culpable, the minister responded: “Well, I am investigating. If at all there is anybody who should apologise, it is after the investigation. Whatever it is, that is the time we will come out with...But now, there is no reason to apologise, because we cannot pre-judge and we believe in due process.”

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