National Press Club

Nigeria Speaks

Nigeria Speaks

April 7, 2014 8:30 AM

Location: Lisagor Room

Full Transparency on the Boko Haram Terrorism, the Campaign to End Political Corruption, Efforts on Socio-Economic Development and the Constitutional Review.

Press Briefing in the Lisagor Room at The National Press Club, Monday, April 7, 2014, from 8:30 AM to 11:00AM, featuring Dr. Doyin Okupe, Special Advisor to President Jonathan Ebele Goodluck.

Briefing Topics Include:
The resurgence of Boko Haram terrorism in N.E. Nigeria
Susan Rice meeting with Nigerian Governors at the White House
Money alleged to be missing from NNPC Accounts
CBN Governor Sanusi Issue
The Nigeria Constitutional Review Committee

In a two-and-a-half hour press briefing scheduled for Monday morning, April 7th in the Lisagor Room at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, Dr. Doyin Okupe, Special Advisor on Public Information to Nigerian President Jonathan Ebele Goodluck, will provide specific details related to Nigeria’s and the US government’s discussions and plan of action to quell a renewed outbreak of terrorism by Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria, which has indiscriminately cost the lives of hundreds of innocent Nigerians. Dr. Okupe will also provide details regarding a heated meeting on Boko Haram convened at the White House by President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice, with 12 Nigerian Governors whose regions have been hardest hit by the resurgent Boko Haram terror campaign.

In addition, Dr. Okupe will provide insights into the government’s pledge to order a forensic audit of alleged missing oil receipts, which Central Bank Governor Lamido Sanusi put at $20 billion before his suspension by President Goodluck Jonathan in February 2014, as well as an earlier corruption case, wherein the U.S. Department of Justice froze some $458 million of state assets embezzled by former dictator Gen. Sani Abacha and his colleagues between 1993 and 1998.

Dr. Doyin Okupe was born a prince of the Agbonmagbe ruling family of Iperu-Remo, in Ogun State, Nigeria. He attended the University of Ibadan where he qualified as a Medical Doctor in 1976. In 1982, he founded the Royal Cross Medical Centre in Lagos with colleagues. Dr. Okupe became fully engaged in Nigerian politics in 1992, and held several posts, including Deputy National Publicity Secretary for former military Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida. He also served as campaign communications director for Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Alhaji Bashir Tofa (of NRC), and the current President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. In 1999, Dr. Okupe was a White House understudy to Joseph Lockhart, Spokesman for President Bill Clinton.

Dr. Okupe will answer all questions posed by Washington and international news media in the Lisagor Room press briefing at the National Press Club, set for Monday, April 7th from 8:30 to 11:00 AM). For clearance to attend, contact Tony Regusters at (202) 365-1115, or by email at:

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