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One Nigeria Lambasts The Economist For Calling GEJ “Ineffectual Buffoon”

In an article titled: “Cheap oil is causing a currency crisis in Nigeria. Banning imports is no solution”, The Economist came hard on former Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan and said he “let politicians and their cronies fill their pockets with impunity”.

However, this did not come down well with Nigerians, APC and PDP loyalist alike. See the tweets Nigerians spat back at The Economist for using words like “buffoon” on their former president:

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Hilarious! GEJ Returns From Vacation And Nigerians Start #GejWhileYouWereAway Hashtag On Twitter

Immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan returned from his vacation to the UK yesterday night and Nigerians hilariously started twitter hashtag #GejWhileYouWereAway, basically stating some of the things that happened in the country while he was away from Nigeria. But as Nigerians that we are they dropped some really hilariuos things that even GEJ would laugh really hard reading them. See the tweets below…
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DPP Adopts GEJ As Its Presidential Candidate

Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), has endorsed the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan as its presidential candidate in the upcoming March 28 elections.

According to the report, the DPP also cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be realistic in the outcome of its test run of the card reader machine for permanent voters’ cards (PVCs).

It stated that the party also urged INEC not to go ahead with using the card readers in the coming elections if hitches were noticed during the test run.

Also speaking during a press briefing held in Abuja to make the announcement, the former presidential candidate of the DPP, Otunba Owolabi Odebudo, who had to step down for President Jonathan, also called on the INEC to assure Nigerians that the process of accrediting voters with the card reader machine would be completed in a shorter time than the manual method in order to justify its use.

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GEJ On Ekiti Rigging Audio- “I Have not Watched The Video”

The inability of Sagir Koli, the army Captain who leaked the Ekiti-rigging audiotape, to come forward and authenticate the tape, is the reason investigation into the matter cannot proceed, President Goodluck Jonathan has said.

Mr. Jonathan told Thisday newspaper that he inquired from the head of the Department of State Security, DSS, if the agency was investigating the matter, but was told that investigation could not proceed because Mr. Koli, who went underground after he was tipped off about the order from the army hierarchy to arrest him, has not come forward to validate the audio recording.

Mr. Jonathan admitted that he has not even listened to the tape. He however tried to save face by saying he originally dismissed it as a fabrication, despite admissions from key actors the meeting actually held, because the person who recorded it did so to achieve a particular purpose and could have manipulated the discussion.

“I have not watched the video (it is an audio recording, not video). I said that it was a fabrication because, you see, people now, especially with the social media; we could be here and discuss issues and somebody will hack some of our voices and create a story that never happened,” he said.

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Why We Shot a Video for GEJ- Rita Dominic

Nollywood leading actress, Rita Dominic has broken away from her normal routine of acting to romance politics in the heat of the around-the-corner presidential election. In a letter she wrote to her fans, Rita explained why she and her company, Audrey Silva, a company she co-owns with her manager, Midred Okwo, shot a video to support President Goodluck Jonathan re-election bid.

According to her, President Goodluck Jonathan has done more for Nollywood than any Nigerian President in history.

“I want to let everybody know that I will be supporting and voting for President Goodluck Jonathan. I am making this decision because he has affected my immediate constituency which is Nollywood more than any president in the history of Nigeria. He has built roads, Benin- Ore road, Ibadan- Lagos road which is near completion, federal universities in almost all the states of the federation, maintaining peace in the Niger-Delta, resuscitation of the railways and a couple of other things. And I have a strong conviction beyond reasonable doubt that Jonathan will lead us to a very good place” she posits.

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GEJ Bribes Pastors for Support- NewsDay

Reports say that President Goodluck Jonathan is allegedly offering millions of Naira in bribes to some Christian pastors for their support  in the February 14 presidential election.

To facilitate the disbarment of the fund to the pastors, President Jonathan has appointed one of the members of his kitchen cabinet, John Kennedy Okpara to act as a middle man between him and the pastors. Okpara, who is also the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), is also saddled with the responsibility of mobilizing Christian leaders for the President.

The pastors who have met with Okpara were offered N50 000 each, while some senior Pentecostal leaders were paid in hard currency.

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The Ugly Side of Buhari and Jonathan By Atedo Peterside

Opinion polls commissioned by ANAP Foundation and conducted by NOI Polls (using Gallup methodology) show that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ) and his main challenger, Major-General Mohammadu Buhari (Buhari) are currently running neck-to-neck in the 2015 Presidential race. The difference between them in terms of potential votes nation wide is statistically insignificant because it is dwarfed considerably by the much larger percentage of voters who remain “Undecided” – and so the race is truly too close to call. This election will therefore not be decided by the loyalists. It will be called by the large number of undecided voters (these are the swing voters) and they have one thing in common – they do not like GEJ, but then they do not like Buhari either (they want change but see Buhari as the type of change that is both alarming and worrisome).

In such circumstances, efforts by both candidates to sell themselves forcefully to their core constituencies may simultaneously alienate the swing voters. When Hausa/Fulani elders and/or retired Generals and Muslim leaders shout forcefully that Buhari must have it, the rest of the nation recoils in horror. The same thing happens when misguided elements from the South-South zone and Christian leaders insist that their zone (or a Christian) must have two full terms in Aso Rock. The truth is that the Presidency is not anyone’s birthright and so it is naive and downright foolish to go down that route. Indeed some of these bold declarations by core supporters are akin to a kiss of death with swing voters.

Buhari publicly declared in 2011 that he will not contest again. Jonathan is said to have privately declared in 2011 that he would only stay for a single term. Let us therefore assume that they have both broken their word by contesting in 2015 and so there is little to be gained with the swing voters by dwelling on this.

Swing voters are moved more by what they do not like about either candidate. At the end of the day therefore they will vote “against” the candidate that they dislike more and their collecive actions will determine who wins. That is why this article focuses on the ugly side of Buhari and GEJ and not on their strengths.

Many of the swing voters are upset. They feel that our two major political parties have “cheated” them by forcing them to choose between the devil and the deep blue sea.

During the course of the 2014 National Conference, where I was a delegate, I made a contribution to the effect that past military rulers, who toppled democratically elected governments, should still be tried for treason so as to serve as a permanent detterent to young and ambitious military officers who will the understand that the long arm of the law may get them even in their old age and even after they claim to have repented. Buhari dethroned a democratically elected government in order to become a military head of state at the end of 1983. Many of the swing voters are true democrats who abhor authoritarianism. Buhari was not a benevolent dictator either. He was a vicious and wicked one who used retroactive decrees to sentence youths to death and to jail journalists who dared to publish the whole truth. Can the leopard shed it’s spots overnight as some would have us believe?

Wickedness and callousness are not matters of style and/or fashion they are a reflection of a real personae. Buhari’s unguarded utterances about him supporting the institution of sharia nationwide and his “famous” statement that Muslims should only vote for Muslims and his threat that the baboon and the dog will be soaked in blood if elections were rigged are all consistent with his unelectable personae, hence his persistent search for devout Christians (with little or no political clout) as Vice Presidential candidates while he is on the capaign trail. Is he simply hanging on to political lightweights that he knows he can devour the day after he gets elected?

On the economy, Buhari was a disaster first time around. He was clearly an economic illiterate and thought he could run the complex Nigerian economy by controlling rations as was done in a military cantonment. He placed everything under import licence and empowered some individuals under him to prescribe what quantity of every good Nigeria needed and also sought to prescribe which individuals would import the item and in what quantity. Ignorance was on display all around and it was exploited through massive racketeering by persons in his government who called the shots. That he was deemed to be personally honest became irrelevant and so many of us cheered when soldiers (not known for honesty) put him out of his misery by kicking him out of office in less than 18 months and before he could torture the nation any further.

GEJ is unliked by many because he is seen as being weak and unable to control the excesses of some of his close aides and party chieftains. YES, he eventually stood up to ex-President Obasanjo (who tries to dictate to every serving President), but then who wouldn’t? All future Presidents (including those unborn) now know to avoid Obasanjo like a plague. What manner of ex-President will divulge details of his one-on-one meeting with a serving President to the general public ( in a book), without getting the latter’s prior consent?

NO, GEJ’s vulnerabilities are from the party chieftains and a few dodgy aides that he accommodates and/or tolerates. He also believed too much in assurances from our Security Agencies, Defence Ministers, Chiefs of Defence Staff, National Security Advisers etc. This entire group have lost credibility in the fight against Boko Haram. His most recent utterances suggest that he has realised now, how deadly Boko Haram are, but it is rather late in the day as the elections are a little more than a couple of weeks away. My own position on Boko Haram (BH) has remained consistent. The entire Nigerian elite continue to under-estimate BH at our peril. I would love to wish them away, but history and my head tell me that, like Colombia’s Farc Rebels, BH will still be around in some form or the other for decades.

Presidents who aspire to have a second term in Nigeria face this paradox; if they stand up to all the party Chieftains, over-bearing Governors and Security Chiefs, they will not get re-elected because the Party will throw up a Challenger. If they succumb to this motley/unholy lot, they will slow down economic reform, secure their Party nomination but alienate swing voters nationwide.
The only reason for the swing voters to vote for GEJ therefore is if he can convince them that he will be free himself from this motley crowd next time around. Afterall, a second Presidential term is a final term and nobody (except Obasanjo) will ever dream about a third term. In effect, GEJ must convince swing voters that, if they give him a second term, he will be man enough to bite many of the grubby hands that lurk around the higher echelons of his party.

Further complexities in the Presidential race arise because some of the ambitious and highly educated politicians from the North East (in particular) do not want an ageing and not so capable Buhari to ascend a throne which they aspire to occupy in 2019. Buhari was rejected consistently by some of his newer supporters when he was younger and more capable. Ironically, the older and less capable he becomes, the more he appeals to them because they hope to usurp his authority. He has agreed to be dressed up in sheep’s clothing now, but they should beware of the wolf in sheep’s clothing. They might be shut out of Aso Rock if he wins.

Ironically, if these power brokers (who are not known for honesty) come out now to publicly affirm that they will have continuing relevance if Buhari wins, then again the swing voters get turned off because they see corrupt persons surrounding an old and infirm “honest” man who is driven by a blind ambition to re-occupy a seat from which he was booted out prematurely in 1985, even though he recognises that he is not clever enough to understand 21st Century economic and financial transactions through which some of his new and unscrupulous friends hope to loot and/or corner the national treasury under his lazy and ineffective watch.

GEJ has also gathered all sorts of renegades unto his campaign ship. The enemies of his enemy have all become his friends overnight. They are strange bedfellows. In his second term (if he wins) he will need to cut off many of these hangers-on. If he does that they will try to resist, but a second term President is hard to bully. GEJ needs to convince the electorate that he can continue with his bold agricultural sector reforms, his power sector roadmap, overhaul and reform of the transportation sector (beyond the celebration of token and/or paltry railway services) etc.

GEJ’s biggest failure on the economic front was his inability to introduce earth-shaking reforms to trim our recurrent expenditure budget at the Federal level by instituting the massive lay-off of idle civil servants. He did not confront the National Assembly either on this thorny issue. Ironically many of those who accuse him of guilt in this area are guilty of the exact same allegation in their respective States and Local Government Areas.

I am sad that GEJ did not simply go all out to transform our economy in his first term at the risk of being a single term President. Instead he slowed down on some economic reform because he was pandering to power brokers within his political party, who would have a say in helping him to secure a second term.

I am sad that an ageing and incapable Buhari refused to play the role of a King-maker by identifying a single well educated and well meaning younger person 2 or 3 years ago (even if he narrowed his search to his own North West zone) whom he could have groomed and backed to challenge GEJ.

If I vote for GEJ in this election it is because his ugly side is less ugly than Buhari’s known and well-documented uglier side and nothing more. If you disagree with me please note that there is no need for us to fight – our only weapon should be the ballot paper and how we decide to cast it. Those who think they can intimidate swing voters, by threatening mayhem if their candidate does not win a close election, do their candidate a massive disservice because their careless utterances send the swing voters in the opposite direction in a race that is currently too close to call.

Before anybody dismisses ANAP Foundation’s opinion polls again, let me add that similar polls commissioned concurrently by us (using the exact same methodology) show Nasir El-Rufai of the APC with a significant lead over the incumbent PDP Governor (Yero), while the PDP’s Nyesom Wike currently leads APC’s Dakuku Peterside in Rivers State, but there is a large “undecided” element in the case of Rivers State.

ANAP Foundation will release more information on all the Polls we commissioned (including Lagos Governorship) over the course of the next few days, using a multitude of media channels.

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#CommentSpotlight: GMB & GEJ Share Warm Hug…

       “…And the ignorant followers are busy fighting and killing themselves!”

Today, we saw President Jonathan and General Buhari sharing a warm hug and holding hands in the bid to promote a violent free election. This is indeed a lesson to all Nigerians and a reminder that we all can vote without exhibiting violence or negatively rubbing our differences on each other’s faces.

Remember, regardless of political party or ethnic region, this election is all about NIGERIA!!! Hence, this comment on our post concerning the report is on our comment spotlight. (Click on images for clarity)

 

 

GMB & GEJ Share Warm Hug At Election Violence Sensitization Conference

This is a rare sight, but believe it is true!!! A violence sensitization conference held in Abuja, dishes out a lesson to all Nigerians to embrace peace during the forth coming elections.

Major presidential candidates of the All progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party met in Abuja today to discuss ways to mitigate election violence during the upcoming general election scheduled for February 2015.

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We Never Endorsed Buhari — Ex-Mend Commanders

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, may have been hit by a crisis, following the purported endorsement of General Muhamadu Buhari (rtd) of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the presidential election, as a former leader of the group, ‘Gen’ Reuben Wilson, has called on Nigerians to disregard the said endorsement.

He said that the ex-militants were all for President Goodluck Jonathan in next month’s presidential election.

But Jomo Gbomo, who speaks for the group, has lambasted the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Ijaw Youth Congress, IYC, for questioning its credibility and describing MEND as a ghost organisation because of its proclaimed support for Buhari.

Gbomo said: “MEND views the recent question and statement credited to the PDP National publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, as very callous and irresponsible. The question: ‘Explain your connections with MEND’ further confirms and vindicates our views about President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP.

“MEND strongly denies any links with the APC and has never been approached for anything, at any point in time, by the party, as alleged by Olisa Metuh.”

Wilson, on his part who spoke for the ex-militant commanders, called on Nigerians to ignore the Buhari endorsement story, describing same as part of the APC, propaganda ahead of the general elections.

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Why Obasanjo’s at War with Jonathan, GEJ Refused to be his Errand Boy- Owie

Former Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Rowland Owie, has alleged that the reason former President Olusegun Obasanjo was at war with the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan was because the latter refused to be an errand boy to the former President.

He said that Nigerians were suffering today due to the faulty foundation laid by the former President.

He said: “The former president should apologize to Nigerians rather than blame the administration of President Jonathan which is doing very well for Nigerians.

“I am impressed that more and more Nigerians are getting to know that Obasanjo is not truthful and claims to be what he is not. Obasanjo ran the most corrupt government since the amalgamation of Nigeria. The revenue that Obasanjo got in only one year of his wasted eight years regime was almost the total revenue that Ibrahim Babangida’s regime got in eight years. While many legacies were left behind by IBB’s regime, there is nothing good that can be traced to Obasanjo’s regime.

“All Obasanjo was known for was election rigging both within the PDP and the general elections. Obasanjo openly rigged out late Sunday Awoniyi at the PDP national convention in 2000 at Eagle Square in favour of colourless opponents. He used the police to invade the Apo Mansion, all in his bid to ruin the independence of the National Assembly. Obasanjo is worse than Hitler. Obasanjo is like a poisonous crop that germinated on Nigerian soil.

“He should hide his head in shame as he is the forerunner of the anti-Christ. In the Benin Kingdom before the arrival of the whites, a man like Obasdanjo who failed woefully in public administration would have been banished. The problem between Jonathan and Obasanjo is that Jonathan refused to be his errand boy.

“There is no President of Nigeria that Obasanjo has not fought. Even the late Musa Yar’Adua, whom he brought without the consent of the North, he fought, even after the latter’s death.”

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Those Accusing Jonathan Of Corruption Are Fathers Of Corruption – Oba Of Lagos

The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu, has said that all those who are accusing President Goodluck Jonathan of corruption are the fathers of corruption.

The Oba was speaking in his palace when President Goodluck Jonathan led a delegation of PDP officials to receive his blessings just before the flag-off of the presidential campaign in Lagos State.

Oba Akiolu raised issues of corruption with a mention of the Harliburton scandal and the killing of former Attorney-General, Chief Bola Ige but prayed that in the end only the best candidate would emerge in the 2015 general elections.

In his speech, President Goodluck Jonathan thanked the Oba for supporting his administration.

He described Lagos as the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria that should be of importance to any well meaning politician and which needs the right persons to govern.

President Jonathan said that his administration has much to show in the area of transportation, agriculture, road construction and wondered why anyone would say that his administration had not performed.

He also wondered why anyone would say he was not fighting corruption, claiming that statistics would soon debunk the lies being told by his critics.

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Jonathan vs Buhari: Who has a Better Record? By Adeyemi Olufemi

In more experienced democracies, the choice of who deserves to be elected the president of Nigeria between President Goodluck Jonathan and former Head of state General Mohammadu Buhari, in the 2015 presidential election would be a forgone issue due to the fact that both contestants have been in office as president and Nigerians have experienced the governance styles of both, with first-hand observation of their strengths and weaknesses, and importantly what both achieved while in office.

It is important to examine the public records for the facts of what both did while in office because as Professor Wole Soyinka said about the public records of General Buhari while he was in office, “History matters. Records are not kept simply to assist the weakness of memory, but to operate as guides to the future”.

Hence to commence an examination of the record of both leaders we must start with the most critical, security. Much has been said about the record of performance by President Jonathan on security, while he declared a state of emergency and changed several Service Chiefs, all these efforts have been adjudged more from the fact that the well-resourced Boko Haram, like ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as their Salafist comrades in Chechnya, Russia are still holding ground against the Nigerian Army. What is however without doubt is that with respect to the Jonathan government, the threat to the security of Nigerians are from external forces, Boko Haram, Kidnappers, armed robbers, etc. The latter two have been a problem for every government depending on scale, while religious zealots have periodically caused mayhem in the North generally and the North East in particular, in other regimes although with greater brutality.

In comparison however, whereas the threat to the security of Nigerians came from forces external to government in the Jonathan regime, with the Buhari regime, government itself was the source of the greatest threat to the security of Nigerians. Under Buhari’s regime anyone could be detained at his whim using draconian decrees, the list of those incarcerated under Buhari is lengthy, Sam Mbakwe, Fela Kuti, Femi Aribisala, Bisi Onabanjo, Bola Ige, Audu Ogbeh, and so many others. Individual security was so bad under Buhari that when Pa Adekunle Ajasin was acquitted twice by courts that found him not guilty of Buhari’s accusation of corruption, the Buhari regime re-arrested and detained him under Decree no. 2. While Buhari detained Tai Solarin and denied him medication even while Tai Solarin was having persistent asthmatic attacks. Even worse, Buhari ordered the judicial murder of Bernard Ogedengbe , who was sentenced to death under Decree 20 for a crime he committed before Decree 20 was enacted whereas it carried a lighter sentence when he committed the crime. Buhari refused to accept any pleas to spare Ogedengbe’s life, hence under Buhari the state denied the individual his life at the whim of ‘President’ Buhari. To summarize the state of security under Buhari’s regime, Professor Wole Soyinka expressed shock that any Nigerian will ever contemplate voting for Buhari as a president thus, “Buhari enslaved the nation. He gloated and gloried in a master-slave relation to the millions of its inhabitants. It is astonishing to find that the same former slaves, now free of their chains, should clamour to be ruled by one who not only turned their nation into a slave plantation, but forbade them any discussion of their condition”.

A second but important sphere for comparison is education, because although Nigerians like to celebrate oil and gas and the easy wealth it brings, globally it is acknowledged that the most important resource for a nation is its human capital, its people, their abilities and capabilities and how these capabilities are enhanced through education, formal and informal. In this regard, even some elders in the north of Nigeria who now tout Buhari as the presidential candidate of the north, like former Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Coomasie, are unable to wipe out the indelible annals of public record, where Buhari is noted to have stopped food subsidies in Nigerian universities and thereby prioritized the introduction of malnutrition into universities as an opportunity cost for other economic decisions. In contrast, Coomasie and his ilk are unable to deny the fact that Goodluck Jonathan has built more Universities in Northern Nigeria within three years from 2011 to 2013 than any northern leader ever did b
etween 1960 and 2013. The list of these universities include, Federal University Lafia (2011), Federal University Wukari (2011), Federal University Lokoja (2011), Federal University Kashere (2011), Federal University Dutse (2011), Federal University Dutsin-ma (2011), Police Academy Wudil (2012), Federal University Gashua (2013), Federal University Gusau (2013) and the Federal University Birnin-Kebbi (2013), before this only the Gowon and Babangida governments built up to four universities each while others established one or two between 1962 and 1988.

Moreover, apart from the overwhelming and unprecedented investment in primary school education, through the universal basic education, vocational schools, and the launching of the special funding of the all-embracing education called Almajiri education -the very first in the history of northern Nigeria- the Jonathan administration took children from the streets of northern Nigeria and gave them new opportunities, whereas some elders of northern Nigeria who called western education “Haram” denied them formal western education but offered instead religious knowledge and USD 2000 Kalashnikovs to use as Boko Haram foot soldiers.

Again on the very critical issue of the economy, some have attributed Buhari’s regime with stabilizing the economy at a turbulent time by using counter trade to keep the IMF in abeyance, but this was not the independent assessment of evaluators who observed that the counter-trade mechanism was abused to siphon public funds by converting Nigeria crude to laundered funds for cronies of the Buhari regime. Of course, this could not be scrutinized by the Nigerian press. Those who dared ended up at No 15 Awolowo Road in Lagos or other such detention centres created to silence critics of the Buhari government. Still, independent assessors at the GATT, later the WTO, had written in their report number BOP/W/102 of September 1986 that on the Counter trade,” “Four principal countertrade agreements were concluded with Brazil, France, Italy, and Austria. This policy, while permitting a certain amount of extra imports to enter, was subsequently seen as causing considerable diversion of trade and substantial extra cost to the economy as a whole”. In contrast the past four years of the Jonathan administration has seen a steady economic growth of over 6% with a much larger GDP. Some have criticized the growth, saying it did not trickle down to all spheres of society, but the same thing has been said of the Chinese development which is poised to become the biggest economy in the world.

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What Went Wrong? Why Hath Fr. Mbaka Forsaken GEJ? By Vunderkind

I am writing this piece in a dimly-lit corner of my room, and the quote keeps ringing in my head: “there are no permanent friends, only permanent interests.” I can’t remember who said that, but damn, does it apply to what happened today!

Like you, I woke up to the most startling news. Splashed lewdly on all papers for the day, the headlines displayed the creative geniuses of the particular newspaper house. The long and short of it was the the famously outspoken Fr. Ejike Mbaka had lashed at President Jonathan, demanding that Nigeria’s number one resign or be voted out of power. His justification for this was the usual: corruption , insecurity, administrative incompetence, ad nauseam…

Honestly, if I was given one naira for every single outspoken person – whom the president hadn’t already pocketed (Femi Fani-Kayode, anyone?) – who had called for Jonathan’s head on a platter, I might just quit my day job and go touring the world.

So, no, it didn’t come as a blistering shock to find another Man of God attacking the GCFR himself. What was surprising, actually, was the events of barely a month ago.

Flashback: About a month ago
A month earlier, before the eyes of the public, the selfsame Priest Ejike Mbaka had praised President Jonathan to the high heavens. Hell, depending on what papers you read, some might say he even lauded Jonathan and defended him for not Bringing Back Our Girls.

In November 2014, you see, Fr. Mbaka said unto Patience Jonathan, your husband has ‘done well,’ and he said unto her further – he deserves a second term.

So where is today’s gist coming from? As we’d say in Nigeria, see me see trouble oh.

Go on Premium Times, and the paper would remind you that Fr. Ejike said, with admirable conviction, that President Jonathan would have done more for the polity were it not for the ‘distractions’ tossed his way by way of security bombshells (pun regretted) that have plagued the nation for years and counting…

The internet never forgets, so we have here a direct quote from the man of God:

“Jonathan is not a kidnapper.”

Which may be interpreted to mean “Jonathan did not take the girls. Let him drink water and keep his cup down, please.”

After reading that, gentlemen and ladies, I was almost convinced that Fr. Mbaka had a t-shirt under his cassock that read “Team Jonathan4Eva,” which explains the collective gasp let out by the nation when the selfsame priest told Mr. Jonathan to “quietly resign” because he is a failure who flopped grandly at stopping corruption and insecurity in the country.

After mentioning quite clearly that the president had clearly failed to provide jobs for the Nigerian youths, he endorsed Jonathan’s opponent (gasp!) Muhammadu Buhari (gasp!).

The question is why? What ground-breaking event occurred in the space of a month to change the Holy Father’s mind?

Nobody knows yet. Premium Times would tell you that Fr. Mbaka had foreshadowed his ‘defection’ on December 31st when he said ‘uncertainties’ would arise as we approach the cloyingly romantic February 14 poll date.

I finally found out the source of the quote above. It is Lord Palmerstrom: “Therefore I say that it is a narrow policy to suppose that this country or that is to be marked out as the eternal ally or the perpetual enemy of England. We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.”

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“Jonathan is Experienced”, IBB Urges Nigerians to Support GEJ

President Goodluck Jonathan visited former President Ibrahim Babangida in Minna  in what the President said was to appreciate the former military President and consult with him after his recent medical trip abroad.

Gen. Babangida who emerged from the closed door meeting with Jonathan urged all Nigerians, who mean well for the country, to support the President.

In an interview with journalists after the closed door meeting, President Jonathan said  the meeting was to seek his input as a former leader on how to solve the myriads of problems confronting the country.

He said: “First and foremost, I have to use this opportunity to appreciate our leader, President Babangida for his leadership. His commitment to ensuring that this country is united and we live in peace.

“Of course, you know that this is the end of the year. Within this period, people pay visits. So I have come to visit him. You know he just came back from a hospital abroad, not too long ago. Since he came back, we have not seen. I need to see my father to know how he is feeling. I am quite pleased the way I have seen him.

“Of course, you all know that as a nation, we are facing challenges: security challenges all over, not just in the North. Yes, Boko Haram in the North. The South is not safe: commercial kidnapping and robbery.

“He is one of our experienced leaders. As somebody who is sitting where he was before, I need to see them from time to time to listen to their suggestions. That is one of the areas how we can collectively move the country forward and ensure that Nigerians live in peace.

“That is the key thing and I am quite pleased that we had a fruitful discussion” the president said.

Also speaking, the former head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida said the president means well for this country and every Nigerian who means well for the country should support him.

According to General Babangida, “what I will say is simple: The President means well for this country and he is working well for this country. Anybody who means well for this country should support the President to make sure that Nigeria survives as a united country”.

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Banky W Condemns Religious Option For Deciding Buhari’s VP

Today, Buhari’s running mate will be named and there are strong indications it won’t be governor Fashola of Lagos who many feel is worthy of being in that post. Banky W took to twitter to air his dissapointment over religion being used as a criteria for political selection… He says it should be Fashola and no one else