The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denied reports that King Mohammed VI of Morocco snubbed President Goodluck Jonathan at the weekend.
The media was recently awash of a certain online publication on the snub of the Moroccan King, when President Jonathan made effort to rally support from the North African leader. The report had it that the Moroccan King retaliated over Nigerian’s support of the secession Western Sahara, which has been seeking independence from Morocco.
In a statement made available to Daily Times on Monday in Abuja, the Foreign Affairs ministry emphatically denied the reports in the sections of the media that Jonathan was snubbed on calling the Moroccan King.
According to the release, “this information is absolutely not correct as President Jonathan did in fact speak to the Moroccan monarch over the phone”.
The statement said that since the King was away to France and not in Morocco, both leaders spoke extensively over the phone on matters of mutual interest and concern which have nothing to do with the conduct of the rescheduled elections in Nigeria.
“It is therefore preposterous to suggest that Mr. President’s telephone call to the Moroccan monarch was intended to confer any electoral advantage on the President.”
“The Ministry, on behalf of the Federal Government, wishes to appeal to the media to exercise greater restraint and circumspection in the use of foreign sources for news of the developments in Nigeria,” the statement read.