Showing posts with label goodluck jonathan. Show all posts
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Monday, 16 April 2018

You’ve Failed Nigerians – Bakare Tells Buhari, Jonathan

The General Overseer of Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has described Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan as failures over their inability to prioritise the security and welfare of Nigerians.

The cleric stated this when he spoke at the 2nd annual Chibok girls lecture organised by the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement in Abuja, on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Bakare said that the nation has failed to live up to the expectations in terms of security and welfare of the abducted school girls.

“That is the purpose of government as enshrined in the constitution. That the welfare and security of the citizens, whether is Jonathan government or Buhari government. Any government that does not prioritise the security and welfare of its people is already a failed government to start with.”

He said the fact that schoolgirls were abducted in Dapchi, Yobe state, four years after the Chibok incident is “evidence of an anomie and alarming national malady”.

The cleric wondered why both incidents happened the year preceding a general election.

“There is something wrong when a nation is twice beaten. There is something undeniably wrong when the girl child repeatedly becomes the bargaining instrument in negotiation deals between the government and terrorists,” Bakare said.

“Let me ask this question, has this government handled the issue of the Chibok kidnap well?” the audience chorused, “No!”

He asked again, “What of the previous government?” The people responded negatively, and Bakare continued: “Sometime ago, the daughter of President Buhari got married here in Abuja. Just recently, the daughter of Vice-President Osinbajo also got married here.

“The other time a governor gave out his daughter to another governor and they had a very elaborate wedding. Now tell me if their daughters were among the Chibok girls, won’t they have done enough to rescue them?
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Thursday, 23 November 2017

I Take Responsibility For PDP’s Defeat In 2015 – Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has taken responsibility for the Peoples Democratic Party’s defeat in the 2015 presidential election.

He, therefore, said his priority now “is how to ensure that the Peoples Democratic Party regains the Presidency in 2019.”

Jonathan said this when Chief Olabode George and his campaign team paid him a courtesy visit in his country home in Otuoke, Bayelsa State on Tuesday.

A statement by Bode George Media Office after the meeting quoted the ex-President as saying it was his responsibility to ensure that the PDP rose again as a strong political platform to win the next elections.

Jonathan said, “Whether I like it or not, I must take responsibility for the defeat because I led the party to the election. The only thing that will make me sleep well is to ensure that the PDP comes back to power.”

The former President said he was working with other stakeholders to ensure that the party was well organised to achieve this purpose though he preferred to work from the back seat.

He said the party must begin to take the right steps in the right direction to regain the confidence of the electorate, adding that the mistakes of the past would not be repeated.

Speaking earlier, George, a former deputy national chairman of PDP who is currently on a nationwide campaign for the chairmanship election in December 9, had congratulated the former President on his 60th birthday.

George urged the ex-President, as the leader of the party, to ensure that the PDP emerge stronger from the forthcoming national convention.

George, however, told the former President that the failure to apply the micro-zoning principle to the PDP chairmanship position had caused ripples capable of dividing the party.

He lamented that the party appeared to be drifting as there was no reasonable justification offered by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee for jettisoning the principle, which was applied to all previous elections to the position.

George also paid a courtesy call on Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State at the governor’s office.

He commended the governor for sustaining the confidence, goodwill and support of the people in his administration and the party.

The governor described the December 9 national convention as a window of opportunity to put the PDP’s house in order, urging all aspirants to elective positions as well as the leaders of the party to show tolerance and patriotism and work together to make the party proud.

He said it was important to ensure a free, fair, credible and acceptable election.

George was given a rousing reception at the state party secretariat in Yenagoa where he met with party stakeholders and delegates to the convention led by the State Chairman, Chief Cleopas Moses.

Others at the meeting included members of the state House of Assembly led by the Speaker, Friday Benson and local government chairmen.
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Monday, 30 October 2017

How Jonathan’s Govt, PDP Tried To Manipulate 2015 Elections – Jega

Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has disclosed that the immediate past government of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan attempted to interfere with the 2015 elections.

Jega claimed that Jonathan’s government tried to “interfere with the decision of INEC to use electronic card readers”.

In an interview with Jamie Hitchen, a policy researcher at Africa Research Institute, Jega said the attempt was resisted by the body.

Jega, however, commended the former President, saying he meant well for “our democracy”.

According to the former INEC boss, Jonathan granted all the financial requests of INEC.

He said, “The administration of Goodluck Jonathan, president from 2010 to 2015, never gave any reason to suspect that there was a deliberate and wilful attempt to emasculate the funding of INEC.

“For this they should be applauded. No situation arose where we had to go cap-in-hand to the executive looking for funding and I must add that when supplementary funding was needed, it was nearly always forthcoming.

“For most of the time during our tenure, President Jonathan tried not to personally interfere with the Commission’s work.

“Only in the run-up to the 2015 election did his government and ruling political party seek to interfere with the decision of INEC to use electronic card readers.

“We were able to remind them that they had supported the idea and funded it. Overall I think that President Jonathan meant well for democracy in our country, a view strengthened by the gracious way he conceded electoral defeat in 2015.”

He said the experiences of the Anambra election of 2013 and Osun, Ekiti in 2014, helped the commission to prepare well for the 2015 general election.
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Friday, 20 October 2017

Buhari’s Government Good At Lies - Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has alleged that the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari is characterised by lies and propaganda.

Jonathan spoke in Abuja on Thursday when he received one of the national chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, and members of his campaign team in his office.

The party will hold its national convention in Abuja on December 9 to elect its national officers.

Jonathan said the solidarity being enjoyed by the party even though it lost election at the centre in 2015 showed that “there is something in the PDP.”

While pledging to speak up some day on the achievements of the PDP in its 16 years in power, the former President took a swipe at the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), who as a state governor reportedly said that a serious government at the centre must be able to fix power within six months.

Jonathan was the president when Fashola made the statement.

The former president observed that more than two years of the APC Federal Government, to which Fashola belongs as a minister, the government had not been able to fix power.

He noted that Fashola who made the statement is incidentally in charge of power today.

Jonathan said the Buhari government had not done anything since it came to power on May 29, 2015.

“The PDP administration for 16 years did well and will continue to do well but this administration has done nothing. They deployed propaganda and lies at a professional level.

“In the power sector, we did well to revive it.  A state governor attacked our government, saying that any serious government should be able to fix the power challenge within six months.

“Today, APC has been in power for how many years now? Fortunately the then governor is in the APC government as a minister.”

Extolling the qualities of Adeniran, Jonathan reminded members of the PDP not to forget that for the party to stand a chance to oust the APC in 2019, the party would need a competent, reliable and courageous national chairman who would lead the party to victory come 2019.

According to him, the PDP “needs a national chairman that will select credible and reliable candidates for various elective offices at the various levels of government from the presidency down to the councillorship.

“We need a national chairman who will be courageous enough to caution the President if we win the Presidency and the President is going astray,” he said, adding that the expectation of the PDP  was a “national chairman who will rule the party democratically and carry others along.”

Jonathan said that with his long interaction with Adeniran and testimonies of other party leaders, he possessed all it would take to lead the PDP to new heights.

He counselled party members, especially the aspirants not to allow the outcome of the convention to cause another crisis in the party, warning, “We must not come out of the convention divided. There should be no acrimony.”

In his remarks, Adeniran said he was not in the contest for fun, stressing that the need to rebuild and reposition the PDP ahead of the 2019 general elections informed his decision.

“Nigerians are waiting. Till now, more than 3/5th of Nigerians are still sympathetic to the PDP,” he said.

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Monday, 24 April 2017

Leave Jonathan Alone, Your Govt Is Losing Direction - Arewa Peace Coalition To Buhari 


President Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to leave ex-President Goodluck Jonathan alone and focus on his government which is “losing direction”.

The Arewa Peace Coalition (APC) gave the advice in a statement issued by Abdulkadir Mohammed, the group’s coordinator.

Mohammed also called Buhari’s attention to prevalent national issues, including the president’s “lopsided appointments” and the economic hardship facing the country.

He urged Buhari to discourage the “current negative campaign” against Jonathan and focus on the mandate of fixing Nigeria and improving the quality of lives of the millions of Nigerians.

“Nigerians didn’t vote Buhari to come and give excuses on why he cannot perform… they believed he was capable and particularly fit for the job of president,” Mohammed said.

“Since you won the 2015 election, we have been waking up almost every day to hear stories about how Jonathan did this and Jonathan did that. We have become tired and fed up.

“When will we begin to hear what Baba Buhari has done? When will we begin to hear of what our Baba has done to salvage Nigeria?

“Bashing Jonathan at every opportunity has not solved any of the problems you met as president. Nigerians have already voted Jonathan out. They are disappointed that years after Jonathan has left, there is no day that the Buhari presidency does not attempt to feast on Jonathan. Why then did we vote for you?”

The group also advised Buhari to acknowledge some of the successes of his predecessor and consolidate on them.

“Mr President, there were quite a few successes of the Jonathan presidency. Acknowledge those successes and use them to your advantage,” Mohammed said.

“And then work to correct and avoid the mistakes that dogged the Jonathan presidency. That is how successful nations work.

“Please leave Jonathan alone. Go around the country and ascertain things for yourself. Two years into your presidency, you are yet to visit more than 30 states in Nigeria.”

The group also told the president not to leave out any section of the country in his appointments.

“Appoint a competent team to assist you in the onerous task of fixing Nigeria. Appoint people in every nook and cranny of Nigeria,” Mohammed said.

“The Buhari presidency must not be over-saturated by people from the northern part of the country or people who share a peculiar history with you.

“You are now a Nigerian president NOT a Northern, Daura or CPC president. You are president over Muslims the same way you are president over Christians.

“It is with great discomfort that we write you this piece. In 2015, many of us came out in large numbers to vote for you because we believed that things would change for the better if you became president of Nigeria.

“When you ascended to the position of President of Nigeria. We rejoiced across the streets of northern Nigeria. Some of our kinsmen trekked hundreds of kilometers to celebrate your win in the 2015 elections.

“Two years into your administration, everything has turned on its head. The price of food has skyrocketed across Nigeria. The quality of education has nosedived. Access to affordable health care has become a problem. Farmers are no longer encouraged to go to their farms. Nothing seems to be working.”
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Monday, 6 March 2017

GEJ Reacts To Alleged Failed Rescue Of Chibok Girls, Slams British Govt


Jonathan reacts to alleged failed rescue of Chibok girls
Goodluck Jonathan has said his administration collaborated with foreign powers in its effort to rescue the Chibok girls.
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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Women Protesters Storm Court OverJonathan’s Wife’s N5b Case


Crowd of women from the Niger Delta yesterday stormed the Federal High Court in Lagos to protest the seizure of some money belonging former President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Patience.

Mrs Jonathan sued the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Skye Bank over the freezing of her bank accounts.

She is demanding N200million damages in the fundamental rights enforcement suit, which came up before Justice Babs Kuewumi yesterday.

Mrs Jonathan said four of her frozen accounts with Skye Bank in the name of four companies have a balance of $15, 591,700 (about N5billion).

The companies had, on September 15, pleaded guilty to laundering the money.
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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Arms Deal: Group Attacks Former President Goodluck Jonathan


Former president Goodluck Jonathan and his national security adviser Sambo Dasuki

A civil society group, has lambasted the former president of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan for defending Sambo Dasuki on the arms deal saga.

The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) said the former president was only making effort to prepare his own defence.

While speaking at the Oxford University in United Kingdom on Monday, October 24, Jonathan said it was hard for him to believe the allegations against Dasuki, a former national security adviser of Nigeria.

Dasuki is currently facing criminal charges bordering on abuse of public office, misuse of public funds and money laundering to the tune of $2.1 billion.

The funds, the EFCC alleged was transferred from the account of the Office of the National Security adviser through the Central Bank of Nigeria to various individuals for personal and 2015 presidential campaign purposes.

However, during his speech at the Oxford’s, Jonathan said: “They said the National Security Adviser (Sambo Dasuki) stole $2.2bn. I don’t believe somebody can just steal $2.2bn.”

‘‘We bought warships, we bought aircraft, we bought lots of weapons for the Army and so on and so forth and you are still saying $2.2bn (was stolen). So, where did we get the money to buy all those things?” the former president had asked.

But in a statement on Wednesday, October 26, the executive chairman of CACOL Debo Adeniran said he is not surprised at the defence given by Jonathan.

Adeniran said it was not impossible for the former president to make such remarks as he only showcased the level of ignorance of happenings under his command.

Adeniran said: “He was the chief accounting officer of that regime and believe that all fingers are pointing in his direction, because most of those that have confessed to sharing in the loot have mentioned one way or the other that he (Jonathan) gave approval for the money they expended, the latest of which is Obanikoro and Fani-Kayode.”

“He knew that eventually, it will get to him, that was why he was saying that it was not possible for Dasuki to steal $2.1bn, even when he saw people moving more than $9m to South Africa under a non-conventional guise for buying arms and he saw the revelations that even some of his ministers went away with more than $20bn,” he said.

“He was just saying that to prepare the ground for his own defence, maybe, when eventually he is called to answer questions. Basically, it’s just a kind of drowning man clutching to the available straw,” CACOL added.

Meanwhile, the federal government has
consolidated all the charges against the former national security adviser.
He is expected to be re-arraigned before and Abuja High Court in November to take fresh pleas on the charges against him.
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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

We Fought Corruption Without Making Noise —Jonathan


Former President Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday, that his administration fought corruption in the country without making noise about it.

Jonathan said this while speaking at the Oxford Union of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

The immediate past Nigerian leader spoke on the theme Promoting Youth Entrepreneurship.

Responding to inquiries by some of the students regarding his administration’s fight against corruption, Mr. Jonathan said he would not like to “interfere with the legal processes” because “several matters are pending in court.”

Mr. Jonathan, however, said he did enough to reform anti-corruption agencies to enable them function effectively.

“We reformed the institutions and introduced various mechanisms to stop the corruption problems in our country without publicity,” he said,

Using his Twitter handle, the former President paid glowing tributes to Nigerian youth and said:
“Any nation that does not spend its wealth and resources to develop the capacity of its youth, will be forced to use them to fight insecurity.
“As a leader, you can decide through your policies to educate the youth, or face the consequences of failing to do so,” he said.

He also said his administration put in place some youth related policies, which, he said, helped grow the Nigerian economy.

“Despite incredible challenges, Nigerian youths are achieving great things and placing Nigeria positively in the world map. They inspire us,” he
said.

He also said his administration increased the allowances due to Youth Corps members by more than 100% in 2011.

Mr. Jonathan added that the PDP administration that he led “identified Nollywood as a sector that can employ many young people and provided a grant of $200 million to boost the industry.”
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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Group Accuses Amaechi Of Being Behind Gang-Up Against Jonathan

The forum of Niger Delta Clan Chiefs and Elders has observed with dismay the heightened gang-up by political detractors within the current Government to completely tarnish the reputation of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Goodluck Jonathan and Rotimi Amaechi


The forum which rose from an emergency meeting in Warri, Delta State, Tuesday, fingered the Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi as being the arrowhead behind efforts to clampdown on former President Jonathan and his wife Patience Jonathan, with whom Mr. Amaechi has had a long history of political rivalry and conflict, respectively.

In a communique made available to the media, the group through its spokesman, Chief Comewell Derioteidou, urged President Buhari not to be further drawn into a conflict with the Niger Delta on the advice of enemies of the region, whose sole aim is political capital, but to see how amicable resolutions can be reached in order to douse escalated tensions and promote peace in the region.

The group expressed dismay that the statesmanship of the former President in conceding defeat voluntarily in spite of the many controversies surrounding the election is being mocked by the Nigerian nation and warned that the Niger Delta people will not sacrifice their own for Nigeria.

According to Chief Derioteidou,”Our people will not fold our arms and watch the good name of Jonathan destroyed by politicians. We have heard all sorts of amounts being bandied in the media against Jonathan’s wife and wonder why Abacha’s wife, YarAdua’s wife and the others who have universities in their name are not being subjected to the same scrutiny. Why is Jonathan being picked on? What are they afraid of? Did he not leave them with the power?”

The group further wondered why the Abachas who are renowned looters are enjoying clemency while leading voices of the Niger Delta are being clamped down.

“It portents danger for everyone,” the group added.
“Crisis in the Niger Delta at this time of economic downturn is grave crisis for Nigeria. It is high time the attacks are put to an end. Amaechi and his buccaneers must know that they are not unknown to our people.” Chief Derioteidou maintained.
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Monday, 5 September 2016

N5bn Libel Suit: MEND, Jonathan To Settle Out Of Court


Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, has endorsed the mediatory and conciliatory moves by Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark, to reconcile Henry Okah and his brother Charles, with former President Goodluck Jonathan over the N5 billion libel suit against the ex-president.
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Thursday, 11 August 2016

I Apologize For Disrespecting You – Basketmouth To Jonathan


Veteran Nigerian comedian, Basketmouth, has withdrawn his statement on the state of the nation, apologizing to former president, Goodluck Jonathan for disrespecting him.

In his last Instagram post, the comedian debunked rumors that he was one of the advocates for the emergence of Buhari’s administration.

He aired his stance on his alleged involvement in politics.
He said he never campaigned for President Buhari or any other politician (including former president, Jonathan).

He wrote:

“Truth of the matter is that I would have voted anyone that could speak two words of English against Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan and that’s strictly based on the amount of greed and selfishness we witnessed from members of his (Jonathan’s) administration in the 6 years that he sat on the rock.

“I have said it numerous times that I am not a politician hence I try not to dabble in politics.
However I think a few people interpret crying out against injustice by the one as campaign for the other.”


But barely 24 hours after airing his stance, Basketmouth apologized for appearing as though ‘disrespectful’ to
Jonathan.

He, however, retracted his statement, stating he has ‘nothing but respect’ for the former president.

He wrote:

“I have to sincerely apologise at this point that in expressing my opinion in my last post which was primarily to
clear the air about who I campaigned, supported or rooted for or didn’t, I was disrespectful to a man I have nothing but respect.
“The last President may have had some wrong advisers and consequently decisions were made that will eventually impact on the economy, however I am sorry if it came across as an attack on the man Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“We all desired a CHANGE, majority voted for it, now we have it, it is definitely a process, a tough one because I know the hustle is real…believe me, I know.
“I trust it can only get better, let’s just try to be patient,” he added.
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Monday, 8 August 2016

I Am Not Involved With Niger Delta Avengers, Militants - Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has said they are not involved with the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) or any other militant groups as alleged in earlier reports.
File photo of militants operating in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria


In a statement by Simon Nwakudu, his media aide, Wike said the mention of his name was a distraction as he had been working to develop his state.

The statement said: “Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike is a patriotic leader, committed to the sustenance and improvement of the nation’s democracy and economy.

“He is a promoter of security and good governance. He cannot be disparaged by concocted publications.”


Olisah Metuh, former publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had also described his reported links with militants as wicked and devilish and pleaded with security agencies to arrest and investigate one Cynthia Whyte, through whom the list allegedly emerged.

He said he was innocent and wondered why he would be linked with any group while the country was facing serious security issues.

His statement read: “For the avoidance of doubt, I hereby state categorically that I do not have any relationship or association whatsoever either as a sympathizer or sponsor of any militant group, including the Avengers.

“I therefore find it very cruel that any person would in any manner
whatsoever attempt to associate my name with anything to do with this group or its operations and I still wonder what the motive behind this
sinister plot is.

“My only preoccupation now remains matters concerning my health and extant court trial as I continue to conduct my affairs with dignity and single-mindedness,”
he said.

An email, purportedly sent by Cynthia Whyte and which was widely circulated at the weekend,listed some prominent Niger Delta indigenes as sponsors of militancy in the region.

The list reportedly included former President Goodluck Jonathan, who is currently on a foreign assignment as leader of an AU election observing team to Zambia, Tony Uranta, an activist, and a host of others.

However, in an email sent late Sunday by the same Cynthia Whyte on behalf of the Joint Revolutionary Council, Jonathan was exonerated as the group denied adding his name to any list.

Militancy, which has its roots in the Niger Delta region of the country, has now spread to the south-west and south-east regions with illegal bunkering, kidnappings and attacks on communities trailing activities of the perpetrators.
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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Must Read: Buhari Has A Striking Similarity With Jonathan On Nigeria’s Unity


Jonathan handed over power to President Muhammadu Buhari last year Muhammadu Buhari defeated Goodluck Jonathan in the last year presidential election becoming Nigeria’s incumbent leader.

While President Buhari won the contest on his change mantra, some Nigerians believe that there are no differences between two leaders.

NAIJ.com has spotted that Buhari and Jonathan have the same stance on the country’s unity.

Ex-president Jonathan speaking during the activities marking the centenary celebration of the country kicked off on February 5, 2013, stated that country’s unity is not negotiable.

He said: “ The unity of Nigeria is
indivisible and non-negotiable, we
must remain the forward looking people that we are. I see a united, powerful and prosperous nation that will make the generation yet unborn very proud.
Arise, we shall and prosper we will.”


President Buhari has given warning to all Nigerians calling for the referendum while receiving a cross section of Nigerians most whom were Muslims who were in his residence within the precinct of the presidential villa to pay him Sallah homage last week.

Buhari stated: “ I assure them that when we were very junior officers, we were told by our leaders, by the Head of State which was Gen. Gowon that to keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done…we never thought of oil. What we were after is one Nigeria. Please, pass the message to the militants that one Nigeria is not negotiable. And I pray they better accept it. The constitution is very clear…I assure them there would justice.”

Incessant bombings of oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta by the Niger Delta Avengers apparently threaten the peace and unity of the
country.

Pro-Biafra activists are also demanding the Nigerian government to organize the referendum to decide right for the self-determination for some minority groups.
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