Jonathan Dissolves Cabinet Tomorrow- Report

According to Daily Trust, President Goodluck Jonathan will tomorrow dissolve his cabinet, barring last minute change of plan.

A presidency source told our correspondent yesterday that the president would dissolve the cabinet after a valedictory session scheduled to hold inside the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, Wednesday morning.

The source also confirmed that the Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting would be the last in the life of the administration of President Jonathan.

He said the president would use the opportunity to thank his cabinet members and request prayers for the country. The valedictory council session, prayers would also be offered for the incoming government of General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).
Jonathan, who lost the March 28 presidential election to Muhammadu Buhari, is scheduled to hand over the affairs of the country to Buhari on May 29.

A member of Jonathan’s kitchen cabinet told our correspondent yesterday that all the ministers had received letters from the president since Friday thanking them for serving their father land.

The minister, who is from the South-West said the president emphasised in the letters that the Wednesday’s council meeting would be the last to be held under his stewardship.

He further disclosed that in compliance to a directive from Jonathan, all ministers were expected to hand over the affairs of their ministries to their respective permanent secretaries by Thursday.

The minister, who pleaded not to be mentioned, added that there would also be send-off ceremonies for ministers also on Thursday.  He said: “I can confirm to you that this Wednesday will mark the last Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting to be presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan. That is when Mr President will dissolve the cabinet.

“This is not catching us unawares. All of us have been duly informed. Mr President has sent letters to all of us who are his ministers. Mr President thanked us for having served the country meritoriously well together with him within the last few years.”

The Minister of Information, Senator Patricia Akwashiki, had told State House journalists after the April 15 FEC meeting that the last council meeting under Jonathan would hold on May 20 (tomorrow).

“…The last one (FEC meeting) that will be the valedictory one, on May 20”, the information minister had said then.
Ahead of the May 29 transition programme, the president had on April 15 also directed all ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to submit their handover briefs to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) on or before April 20.

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President Jonathan Says Airport, Kubwa Expressways Uplift Abuja

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday in Abuja said that the Musa Yar’Adua (Airport Road) and Murtala Mohammed (Kubwa Road) Expressways had improved the face of Abuja.

Jonathan said this when he inspected the roads which had been put to use although at about 98 per cent completion.

He said the roads would ease road transportation into the Federal capital City and thanked the contractors and the FCT minister for supervising the project. “Thank you for handling this project for government.

“I also thank the FCT minister for the effective supervision

“These projects have improved the face of Abuja tremendously and people who come to Abuja are full of praises because the roads are really making Abuja to look like a real modern city

“We are quite pleased with the progress of work.

“We will do our best to see that the commitments of government are met.

“You have done well; congratulations.”

The president promised the contractors that the outstanding bills would be sorted out before the end of the administration.

The FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, described the roads as a flagship in national development which had reduced travel time. “As a politician, we want to really thank you for what you have done in terms of reduction of travel time from the places of work of Nigerians inside the city to the satellite areas of Abuja, Kubwa and Suleja, among others.

“The time has been reduced from two hours before to about 30 minutes.

“This project is driven by your grace with a robust financial plan that you bonded about N150 billion for the project and that is why the time line has been easy to comply with and we have been able to take it to 98 per cent.

“The only remaining portion that is not completed is the bridge behind the Aso villa.

“Otherwise, everything has been delivered and we are trying to look at the challenges of financing because we are owing the contractors about N10 to 15 billion on the two roads.”

The Airport road, handled by Julius Berger, is about 28.5 km while the Kubwa axis, handled by Dantata and Sowoe as well as CCECC of China, respectively covers a stretch of about 39 km.

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Jonathan Urged To Hand Over Power May 29

Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), in Yobe, Alhaji Umar Kukuri, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to hand over power on May 29, 2015. Huhuri made the call during interview, in Damaturu on Saturday.

He said, “the May 28 handover proposal has generated arguments with a lot of suspicions and interpreted negatively. “So, Mr President should complete the 24- hour difference and hand over power to the president-elect on May 29 to sustain the statesmanship he demonstrated during the election.

“President Jonathan has earned himself international respect when he conceded defeat and congratulated Gen. Buhari. He should sustain this for the remaining period of his administration and beyond.

“Handing over power on May 29 will erase every suspicion, fear of creating vacuum and the judicial interpretation to the difference between May 28 and May 29.’’

According to Kukuri, Nigerians are united towards peaceful transition after the peaceful elections, so, the traditional handover date of May 29 should be respected’’, he said.

He urged the two transition committees of the outgoing and incoming governments to give priority to national interest.

The chairman called on all stakeholders to support a smooth transition from Goodluck to Buhari to consolidate the achievements recorded in the just- concluded election. “The security agencies should also support a successful transition, every Nigerian has a role to play in ensuring a peaceful and successful transition for Nigeria’s democracy to become a role model in Africa.’’

He expressed optimism that the issue will be resolved easily. “l do not see this as a problem, but it seems to be generating serious arguments, l am sure it will be resolved amicably’’, he said.

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The Person Of President Jonathan Is An Embodiment Of Deceit By Boluwatife Adekunle

If President Jonathan were to be a soccer player, figuring his `ideal’ position of play would be a no brainer. In line with the never-ending tricks, hocus-pocus, and the voice of Jacob hands of Esau, double-dealing, craftiness attributed to this aforementioned person –I’ve reached a conclusion that he [GEJ] would be a trickery striker. I cannot rule out the use of this analogy, in light, of the numerous times I have been dribbled by the C-in-C with inconsistent comments on several media platforms, therefore –pardon my comparison.

I must admit that I have never been so confused by the position of leaders in terms of their visions and missions than I have with the administration of President Jonathan. If there is one thing Jonathan-led government has successfully accomplished, I mean on a personal note –I’d say its quest to finally bemuse me of its real objectives.
The unity of Nigeria has never been as threatened as compare to what we’re experiencing under the watchful eyes of President Jonathan. This government has developed an obsession and finds delight in fingering our two major fault lines (ethnicity and religion). At no time has this country been so tensed and divided, no thanks to GEJ, and to many of us who have seen beyond the smokescreen, we advise Mr President to stop hiding behind the needle and desist from this dangerous mission.
It is a statement of fact that the current administration has done more harm than good to our dear nation. Many have said, and I totally agree, that President Jonathan’s unending romance with churches of different faiths and ideologies (Catholic, Pentecostal etc –hopefully the Jehovah Witness and the white garment Celestials will not be sidelined) is absurd, the insensitivity was taken to another level during PDP rally in Niger state where his accomplice; periodic Vice President; Master of hide and seek; partner-in-crime further stoke the fire and formally brought to the fore their hidden-agenda, as he preaches religious division; the superiority of Islam amidst the Muslim north vis-à-vis Christian minority.
It is saddening that the government of the day continues to promote religious sentiments –not minding the complexity of our diversity and it appears some people are hell-bent in pouring water inside the ‘already’ heated oil. I thought things couldn’t be worse and hopefully we could still pick up the pieces, salvage the situation and save Nigeria from impending collapse. Hence, the next item on the hidden-agenda is to introduce pro-tribal forces which have since commenced (the re-awakening of MASSOB, OPC etc). President Jonathan has refused to let the sleeping dog lie and it seems all hell might break loose –in the face of all this, it’s crystal clear and legibly written for all to see his [GEJ] true mission of setting this country ablaze.
In the thick of this, I must also express my dissatisfaction towards the mounting gimmicks, chicaneries, falsehoods being pushed out by the ruling party at this late hour and make known my contempt regarding the inconsistent utterances and two-facedness of our President.
How should we begin to make sense out of these conflicting statements…? On 18th September 2014, the commander-in-chief during the 66th PDP National Executive Committee meeting in Abuja said…
“Nigeria is having an unfair share. Terror is a global problem, and Nigeria situation is going beyond terror. When terrorists think about holding ground, attempting to install leadership, it is no longer terrorism; it is almost like going into the line of succession. Between now and October [2014], things will change.”
And same President, during an interview with Thisday 22nd Feb 2015, was quoted to have said he underrated the capacity of Boko Haram.
I mean, I don’t know how to marry ‘these contradicting utterances’ together or establish a correlation between both statements.
As seen overtime, many of such instances go hand-in-hand with this government, therefore –it is safe to say we have at the centre an administration rooted on deception.
I have no doubt in my mind that the hullabaloo surrounding the Chairman of INEC (Prof. Attahiru Jega) is handiwork of the President. It is a clear representation of the voice of Jacob hands of Esau.
Excerpt from interviews
“I have never thought about removing INEC Chairman, though I have the constitutional power to do so – President Jonathan”
“INEC is a very sensitive body. For me to change INEC Chairman Nigerians will ask questions. So, you cannot wake up and change INEC Chairman. – President Jonathan”
“I’ve not discussed with anybody on earth or even in my dream whether Jega will stay or not – President Jonathan”
While it is important to note the above statements -as repeatedly mentioned by the President at different media houses, its genuineness remain doubtful, shady and questionable until one can rationalize why MASSOB, OPC etc, at this critical period, suddenly gain consciousness and realise the sins of Prof. Jega only after, more often than not, their meetings with the President and collection of fat-envelope as alleged.
The situation at hand is frightening and as it stands -it appears the nation is currently sitting on gun powder. As ethnic groups continue to spit fire and brimstone, the bomb plot thickens and if these threats are not mitigated, it could snowball into something irreparable [God forbid]
Likewise, I found it laughable and comical that same administration which oversees the increment of electricity tariff by 30% in January [2015] further conceive the need to decrease same tariff by 50% on the eve of election [March, 2015] –now if that isn’t funny, then I am not sure what would make you laugh. I mean this is one of the irregularities bedevilling this government. That being said, another of such hypocrisy, lies and deceits the President has been engaging of-late is ‘this’ idea of re-commissioning already commissioned projects or half a decade project of past government.
The height of deception is when a President –having being in power for six years –fails to live up to his responsibilities until six weeks to election.
Over and above, I think President Jonathan’s appearance during the ‘Nollywood Showbiz night’ calls for concern –I must advise the President to stop devoting all his energy into a lost cause, he needs to relax and stop fighting a battle he cannot win.
@boluzzz
Boluwatife Adekunle

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I’m Not A Politician Canvassing For Any Candidate – TY Danjuma

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, met with the former minister of defence, General Theophilus Danjuma, at the Presidential Villa.

Speaking with State House correspondents after the meeting which was held inside the president’s official residence, Danjuma said he was cannot canvass for votes for any candidate in the forthcoming general polls because he is not a politician.

He said the meeting between him the president, which is coming barely three weeks to the conduct of the general elections, was confidential and so he would not disclose it.

“Don’t speculate. I came to visit the president and find out how things are going because I have been away for sometime and just came back,” he stated.

Asked whether he was going to canvass for support for the president in the forthcoming election, Danjuma said, “I don’t belong to any of the political parties and as such cannot canvass for votes for anyone.” The president is the president of the countryt could be recalled that President Jonathan had on Sunday met behind closed door with former Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar and former South African President, Thabo Mbeki in his residence.

CAN Denies Collecting N7bn from Jonathan

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has denied collecting N7 billion bribe from President Goodluck Jonathan to campaign against the presidential candidate of  the All Progressives Congress(APC), Muhammadu Buhari.

The group said the allegation is one of the many evil plots to dent the image of CAN’s leadership. Sunday Oibe, Public Relation Officer (PRO) of Northern CAN , stated that the allegation is a complete lie.

He noted that the allegation is to silence the voice of CAN leaders against the tyranny and oppression that Christians suffer in the north-east and other parts of northern Nigeria.

A Borno-based Pastor, Kallamu Musa-Dikwa, had on Thursday accused the leadership of CAN of collecting N7 billion form President Jonathan to rubbish Buhari.

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My Husband Is The Best Thing That Happened To Nigeria, Says Dame Patience

First lady of the Democratic Republic of Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan, has claimed that her husband, the president, has done so much than any other administration in the 100 years of the existence of Nigeria.

Speaking in an extended meeting with the women at at the Presidential Villa, she said, “Let me remind you of the need to take advantage of this extension to intensify our campaigns in order that we realize our resolve to vote for the re-election of President Jonathan and his inauguration come May 29, 2015.

“Let us work harder and mobilize the people in our various states and communities to vote for the PDP candidates at all levels of the elections.We will continue to discuss and chart the way forward towards ensuring the success of PDP candidates in the March 28 and April 11, 2015, elections,” she said.

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Did President Jonathan Siphon N32b? Close Associate Reveals…

Frank Akpoebi, a close political associate of President Goodluck Jonathan, has revealed that a whopping N32billion was missing from the treasury of Bayelsa State Government when Jonathan was governor between 2005 and 2007.

He made the stunning revelation on Sunday at a press conference held at the National Headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja where he gave reasons for his defection and of hundreds of others from the PDP in Bayelsa to the APC.

Akpoebi served as Commissioner of Health in Jonathan’s administration during his governorship. A founding member of the PDP in Bayelsa, he was also a Federal Commissioner in the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission. He called on Bayelsans to ask Jonathan to refund the money before he can ask for their votes again.

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Jonathan Receives Forensic Audit on NNPC

President Goodluck Jonathan has received the Forensic Audit report on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) from auditing firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

He said that the report would help to address the lapses in the oil industry and help the administration to address misconceptions in the industry. “The figures being branded in the newspapers are ones that Nigerians will be interested in.

“Indeed, you mentioned the issue of the reforms in the sector. Everybody knows that the sector needs to be reformed and I believe that by the time we go through the petroleum industry bill and make it a law, most of these lapses would be corrected and the misconceptions will be properly addressed by the different administrative structures.

“I thank you for what you have done. It will help us, it will help this country to set things right. We will handle it decisively based on the information that we have…”

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Group calls for Jonathan to be Impeached

Reports say that the People’s Democratic Party’s presidential runner and current president, Goodluck Jonathan, has been called to be impeached by Sahara Reporters.

Sahara Reporters has called for the prosecution of the current president as they argue that he lacks strong leadership and has a lack of concern.

They went on to say that, president Jonathan together with the ruling party have failed to protect the country as he was supposed to from the beginning of his term. They accused the president of lacking strategy to eliminate insurgents.

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The President, His Bishop and the Gates of Hell- The Niaja Verdict

Recently, whilst arguing with a friend over military rule versus democracy, I was asked to highlight the benefits of democracy. Without pausing for breath, my first response was ‘ real freedom of speech and expression’. I am glad that it was one of the things on my list because yesterday, I was able to send him a bbm message gloating over this little, yet so important aspect of our evolution as a nation.

For those who might be wondering what I am yakking about, I shall elaborate. Yesterday, our darling President joined worshippers at Winners Chapel, Canaan Land, Otta for their Sunday Service. The fact that the President went for Sunday Service isn’t what made social media agog yesterday, it is the alleged remark made by the Host Pastor, Bishop David Oyedepo.

Bishop Oyedepo whilst reassuring the President of his support is said to have informed the President that “We will open the gates of hell on those who oppose you.When God enthrones you no one can dethrone you”. Walahi na there kasala burst oh! When the news of this statement filtered on to social media, the reactions were almost comical. Some people who already know their fate by virtue of supporting APC did not take it lightly and Oga Bishop was yapped gaan ni o.

As for me, I had an interesting time reading the various tweets in reaction to this. It made me realise that indeed democracy can be sweet – as in yummy. Can you imagine the fate of anybody who speaks against a Pastor that has just prayed for a Dictator? See why I said Freedom of Speech is a benefit of democracy?

In spite of having such an entertaining evening, I found myself wondering about three things.

  • Why did the Pro-APC guys take the matter to heart like this: The most interesting reactions came from supporters of the CHANGE campaign. Some of their comments were downright hilarious. In fact, they dug up every wrong statement our darling Bishop had ever uttered and began to  bandy it around. Biko, you guys should chill mehn, after all, when your Rev Father Mbaka gave his explosive sermon, all of you were very pleased, saved copies and even sent it via bbm to innocent people like us. Shall we brand your reaction as hypocrisy or pepper body? Or perhaps it is the threat of the furnace in the hereafter that is worrying youpipo? Oya judge ya matter yasef *side eye*
  • Would this alleged comment really sway a decided voter?: Lets see how this goes. So, you have decided to vote for Buhari, you believe that your reasons are valid but on Sunday, your Bishop threatens to open the door of the oven and give you first class access into hellfire and then you suddenly change your mind or how exactly does that work? I thought all you Christians had that big manual called the Bible which defines what constitutes a sin and when you get a pass onto the hot side. Is exercising your right to vote now a sin just because Oga Bishop said so? Or did the Bible tell you to vote your Pastor’s choice? Me no know oh, but even that kind of comment makes me wonder the kain Christians dem dey raise for there.
  • Did any of us really read the Electoral Acts?: Apparently, there is this little thing that mumu INEC failed to have done. They should have ensured that enough people knew what the electoral acts said. They should have used all possible means like adverts and jingles to inform the populace but did they? Naaaah! Our INEC often goes into comma only to reawaken six months before an election and even when they are up, they begin to flounder about like buffoons who didn’t know that an election was scheduled to happen. But, what do I know about all of these things eh? I’m just an olodo blogger. Below is an excerpt of the electoral act:

Section 95 (3) of the Electoral Act, states that “places designated for religious worship, police station and public offices shall not be used for political campaigns, rallies and processions or to promote, propagate or attack political parties, candidates, their political ideologies or programmes.”

In light of the of the section quoted above, who has contravened the laws of the land? Is it you or our MoGs? What has the Bible got to say about obedience to the laws of the land? On account of this, who is closer to gaining access to you-know-where now? Please do not answer that last question, no be me go cause make una backslide from your heavenward journey, biko.

Please, exercise your rights and vote your conscience because at the end of the day you aren’t the one with four private jets and many businesses, neither are you the one with the President of this great nation on your speed dial. Your reality and his are different.

Even though I know many people here are often scared to comment on religious topics, permit me to ask the bold ones, what is your take on this matter? Did the Bishop take it a little too far? Is the president getting desperate hopping from Oritz Bling-alot to Oyedepo? Or as I say, is everything fair in love, war and elections?

Over to you, after all the verdict is yours….

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2015: Goodluck Buses Set Ablaze by Alleged APC Faithfuls(See Photos)

Reports reaching us say that, PDP buses meant for President Goodluck’s campaign were set ablaze in Jos around Zololo area in Bauchi road. We were told that some touts within the area who blocked two of the buses did not hesitate to raze fire on them.

Following the incident, our sources add that security personnel from the Nigerian Police stormed the area the next day to arrest the culprits but were unable to identify who were responsible for the violent act.

More so, sources say some people in the area chased the police out of the area and attempted to burn down a police station within the same area. We were told that they had already set fire on the station, but was put out by peaceful citizens who pleaded with both the police and the aggrieved people, thus averting violence within the area.

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Father Mbaka Saga: Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie Threatens to Shut Down Adoration Ground

Retired Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, explains why the clergy should not mix religion with politics. He speaks against the backdrop of the statement by the Enugu-based Catholic priest and founder of Adoration Ground, Father Ejike Mbaka, that members of his congregation should reject President Goodluck Jonathan in the general elections.

How do you see the statement credited to Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka?

Any serious priest will not speak the way he spoke. I am not saying that he is not serious. I will not agree with the things he said. According to what I read in the newspapers, a few weeks earlier, the First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, visited his Adoration Ground in Enugu and he prayed for her. At that occasion, he was said to have lambasted the opposition party, APC, and now to turn around overnight and start lambasting President Goodluck Jonathan shows that there is something wrong somewhere.

Personally, I felt bad because it is not the place of a priest to go to that extent. He can have his personal opinion, but to go to the extent that he went is abnormal. I want you to know that he wasn’t speaking for the church. He said he was moved by the spirit, and I wonder what kind of spirit was that.

He said he was under the inspiration of the spirit. If he was under the inspiration of the spirit, I wonder if the spirit is that of God. I don’t think the spirit he’s referring to is the spirit of God. He must have been under the influence of another spirit. He must have been listening to a wrong spirit.

Is the statement not embarrassing to the Catholic Church as a whole?

Indeed, it is. But I must say to you that he was not speaking on behalf of the church. No! No!! No!!! Anybody with such opinion is in error. The man cannot hold brief for the church. Pardon me, but how can I say you are bloody fool and anybody takes that to mean that all journalists are bloody fools. It’s very funny.

In a situation such as this, what does the Catholic Church do?

Well, the Catholic Church is structured in such a way that there are dioceses where each priest belongs. This particular priest happens to come from Enugu Diocese, so it is left for the bishop in charge of that diocese to discipline him. If the priest fails to obey the discipline, then the bishop is obligated to report the mother to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN.

You may have heard the Bishop of Abuja Diocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, who said that if the priest were to be in his diocese, he would discipline him straight. But he is not in his diocese. The best anyone of us can do is just to advise him that he had gone too far and he is free to take our advice and he may not. God gave every one of us a free will and we are at liberty to use the freewill as we choose.

What kind of sanction can be given to such a priest?

It depends on his bishop. You cannot dictate for his bishop. Don’t forget that this same man was at loggerheads with a former governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamanni, and it was the same Adoration Ground in Enugu. If I have my way, we should close that place because a lot of things have been happening there that are out of tune. I think Gov. Peter Obi also went there for prayers at one point. If I have my way, I won’t go there for anything….

Your advice for politicians who are currently jostling for votes….

One of them came out publicly recently to say that if you are a politician and you cannot tell a lie…how then that anyone wants to go into politics? If they can openly say such a thing, it means they have been deceiving the people all this while. So, I don’t really know. Any good politician must, first and foremost, must have the fear of God in him. A responsible politician, irrespective of the office you are vying for—because they say whatever has a beginning must have an end—must begin by developing the fear of God in him because by and by your tenure will eventually come to an end.

It’s because of greed that most of them are clamouring for second or more terms. Any politician that has finished his first term and is asking for a second term, there is something wrong with him. If we look at it critically, after four years what is he clamouring for a second term for? I cannot understand Nigerians. Some of us are damn greedy. They don’t have the fear and respect for the down trodden.

Now they are up and about the whole place…they can even lick your boot now because they are canvassing for votes, but as soon as they get the votes they begin to show you pepper. They don’t regard the poor citizens that are out there; forgetting that someday and one day they may return to the status quo.

Whatever has a beginning must have an end. This is the time you get them talking but they won’t look at their manifestoes, but because they want to get to power they are going to everybody. Some of them have come to me here and I told them off: one of the first thing you’ve got to do is get religion off your mind because it is like putting petrol in a fire. You don’t mix politics with religion and some people came to me, saying, ‘Look at the situation in Lagos, what are we going to do?’ What are you going to do? Are they your God? Do they own the nation? The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Any clergyman that mixes religion with politics is finished including their church because they will not be spared.

Politicians are taking their campaigns to churches. Is it a healthy development?

It is not! They should keep religion out of politics. Don’t forget each person has his or her own mind. During harvest, you have the priest and the assistant priest and you go out to invite another priest to preach, that will affect what I am going give, because I have already made up my mind on what I am going to give. They come to church to canvas for votes.

It should not be allowed by anybody. I don’t really know what to do because this election, hmm hmm hmm, I am afraid. Imagine their utterances! Look at what Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) said about Shariah in 2011, that is what they are harping on now in 2015. Why? When did you hear about Shariah last? This kind of thing is annoying. Look at the recent campaign launch that produced over N21 billion. Where did they get the money from when people are hungry? No water. No electricity. No roads. I just wonder what kind of government we have in this country. These are all corrupt persons and they will want me to cast their vote for them.

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Jonathan, We Want Out! By Oluwadamilola Adesanya

President Goodluck is set to give us a gift again just like he did on January 1st 2012. It’s a different gift entirely unlike that of the increment in fuel price; it is the upward review of the electricity tariff. I just wonder how great our shortcomings are for us to deserve this unfeeling and anti-masses government. Or is this supposed to be a kind of joke? I am sure the thoughts going through the minds of many Nigerians now are that we didn’t bargain for this. O nse mi, o tun gba mi (you are inflicting pain on us and yet you are proposing anesthesia for the pain), they pretend as if all they can ever think of is the welfare of Nigerians but all their actions point towards deceit and oppression.

The hardship inflicted on the citizens does not seem enough, they just had to pile it up. Yet, this present government want us to be foolhardy enough to return them to power in 2015 so that we can have cause to praise Goodluck Jonathan in five years. Well, i will say he should not worry about the praise, his people in Otuoke are waiting to give it to him in great proportions. All he needs to do is just go and meet them in 2015 and leave Nigeria in peace.

This has been a very bad year in the history of his country; 219 Chibok girls are still missing, Police officers abducted from Police training college Gwoza have not been returned, many more have been taken into hostage, need I mention more? To tackle all these daunting challenges, we have a clueless and incompetent President who still wants to continue taking fresh air at the Aso villa when what we need is someone who will work his fingers to the bone. According to him, He knows who they are and he is on top of the situation, then why does Bokoharam still attack with impunity? At least if you know who is behind your problems, you will work towards a solution either covertly or overtly.  I don’t think Dame Patience Jonathan has reminded her husband lately that there is God, who can still uproot people the way he did to Abacha.

On Christmas day, Passionate Nigerians came out to ask for the return of the Chibok girls but they were ambushed by Security operatives unleashed by our Ogas at the top. Even our First lady that was “moved to tears” could not organize a rally to show solidarity. Her tears are dried and forgotten. Our rulers have decided to move on and they want to  forcefully drag the BBOG activists along. But we will not move on, like Japheth Omojuwa said in a tweet “we will march, we will speak, we will tweet, we will blog, we will demand.”

It gets even worse when I remember the #21.27 billion Naira or more that was raised for the presidential campaign. It wasn’t the fact that money was raised for the campaign that was upsetting (because the wheels of political campaigns are oiled with money) but that salaries are still being owed at federal and state levels. Civil servants celebrated Christmas without the November salary not to talk of early payment of December salary. That is not to say that some state under the aegis of APC don’t owe too, their hands are not clean as well. Was the fundraising supposed to endear us to them? To show us they are ready to spend so much on the re-election of the President at the workers’ expense?

Now, as Nigerians, we need to get our strategies right. The first and most important step is to get our permanent voters’ card because we can shout from today till kingdom come, if we do not get this visa for change, we will not be able to unseat this regime. INEC too has to be taken to task concerning those who could not get the PVC because of some technical shortcoming. The Temporary one should be used since it is accepted in corporate and government organizations.

We have to look this gift horse in the mouth and reject this brand of gift. We have to let them know that we want out.

 @ajoke_adesanya

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Nigerians Will Appreciate my Good Work after I Leave Office – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has said that Nigerians will appreciate the good work he has done for the country after he has left office.

Speaking yesterday when he received a delegation from Bayelsa State who paid him a Christmas visit, President Jonathan said he will continue to do his best in order to meet the expectations of not only Nigerians but especially the people of Bayelsa State.

According to President Jonathan, the seat of the president of the country belongs to the Nigerian people and only Nigerians can decide who occupies the seat at any point in time.

He said: “The new year is full of challenges. Everywhere will be hot from the January 2. I am here by the grace of God and the will of Nigerians. If I don’t do well the shame will be on you. I will do my best. I don’t expect praises now. Its when you leave that people will begin to compare you with others. I will do my best to address all the challenges we are having. I will do my best so that when I leave the people will compare what I have done and what others before me have done. The seat belongs to the country and it is only the country that can decide who occupies it.”

President Jonathan enjoined the people of Bayelsa State to pray for the country, adding that he will continue to do his best for the country.

In his remarks, the governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson said the delegation was in the State House to show solidarity with the president and express appreciation to Nigerians for supporting President Jonathan thus far.

He said: “We are here to show solidarity and to let everybody know that your people in Bayelsa are with you. It is in the spirit of Christmas that we are here on behalf of the people of Bayelsa to wish you, your government and family compliments of the season and a very happy, prosperous and victorious 2015.”

“We bring you prayers and strong message of solidarity. We are here to thank Nigerians for their support for your government” he said.

The delegation was made up of traditional rulers, political leaders as well as religious leaders. A Christmas card was later presented to the president.

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President Jonathan’s Salary in 3 Years Revealed!!!

For presiding over the affairs of Nigeria as its president in the last three years, President Goodluck Jonathan has pocketed N4.323 billion as salary.

In the same vein, he had within the last three years,paid N626.422 million as tax to the country. The years which the president earned the salary and paid the tax, according to document from the Federal Inland. Revenue Service,FIRS, he released to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, were 2011,2012 and 2013.

The document which was placed at the INEC office at Area 10, Abuja, showed that the president, in 2011,2012 and 2013, received the said amount. The document showed that the president yearly salary stands at N14, 410, 290. 48 yearly. The president also paid a total of N626, 422, 175 million as tax in the years under review.

The income tax clearance certificate from the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Abuja with Ref. No: ABJ/MDA/PAYE/09690150 and dated July 2 2014, revealed that in Year 2011, 2012 and 2013, he received a total of N4,323, 087,144 salaries.

But the total amount of tax paid for three years is N626, 422, 175. While he paid N1, 242, 670, 21 as tax in 2011, Jonathan paid N2, 510, 775.77 for 2012 and 2013.

The document tagged: “To whom it may concern”, indicated that the president’s source of income was “employment”.

The clearance which was stamped and received in the Legal Services Department of INEC on December 18 2014 reads: “This is to certify that Dr. JONATHAN, Ebele Goodluck (Presidency) has paid income tax assessment for the past three years.

Meanwhile, the Code of Conduct Bureau has cleared Vice President Namadi Sambo to contest the 2015 general elections.

The letter of clearance was issued by the chairman of CCB, Mr. Sam Saba, to Sambo for the 2011 general elections.

It reads: “This is to certify that Arc. Namadi Sambo, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has never breached any of the Code of Conduct for public officers as contained in 5th schedule to (sic) the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (1999), and has been declaring his assets as and when due. He is therefore cleared to contest the 2011 Presidential election.”

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Why President Jonathan Visited Babangida

Nigeria’s former military president Ibrahim Babangida has declared that well meaning Nigerians will vote for President Goodluck Jonathan come 2015.

Speaking at his home in Minna after he received Jonathan, IBB said: “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,” he said.

Jonathan, who described his meeting with Babangida as “fruitful”, said he visited the former military leader because he just returned from a medical trip abroad.

“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 from 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 fruitful discussion,” he said.

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The Opposition Won’t Leave ‘President Jesus’ Alone By Irabor Justin Ikhide

I was three years old when he was born, so, yes, I have practically watched this man grow up. It is quite unfortunate that the rest of the world does not think for itself, so it becomes my designated responsibility to assume introspection for the passengers onboard this toxic planet.

I would give it to him: his expensive foreign PR has done some forward thinking. The very first publication about him was that he is some uncorrupt, unblemished and untainted redeemer sent to pry this country from the degrading quicksand which clutches ever so desperately and steadfastly to it. Quickly, he formed his own party, a band of pretentious people (and I submitted a document to SaharaReporters which exposes the sordid pasts of these ‘disciples’) who have often veered towards violence and zealotry – and that’s on their good days.

One doesn’t even need to dig too deeply into the archives nowadays – thankfully, the internet never forgets – to remember the highly publicized event from his childhood when his mother took him for Bishop Oyedepo’s Shiloh event (inside sources say it was to cast out the hideous spirit of a god complex which has plagued him, even in adulthood). As you will recall, he snuck out on his mother and joined a group of unscrupulous men, where he attempted – at that astonishingly young age – to misdirect them about the political status quo. I hope that you, dear reader, can see how dangerous such a kid was, that he could sway adult interest his way. Imagine how much danger the polity would be in the hands of such a smooth-talking serpentine personality?

There are those who would swear by his stellar character, but we recall that the first formal wedding he attended as a local government personnel, Linda Ikeji caught him drinking alcohol and telling everyone who cared to listen that it was actually water.

And, oh, how the world has provided an alibi to his lie. Several times, he has cancelled public appearances and I have published that it was because your ‘leader’ was too ‘wasted’ to attend. Twice I have been threatened by John Thunderman, that crazed special assistant on media. I do not have pictorial evidence yet to support my claim, but some of your ‘leader’s’ erratic behaviour would suggest that he may be doing marijuana as well.

Anyway. Back to the Linda Ikeji blog post. When he was asked by the blogger about the obvious glass of alcoholic wine in his hands, he lied. Of course, he would give such a lie – he was obviously totally inebriated at the time, and I heard that he even proclaimed to his own mother that ‘his time had not yet come.’

Personally, that statement was most interesting. What did he, a lowly carpenter from Otuoke (who was no more than a member of a local government council), mean by ‘my time has not yet come’? Ah, but the answer is more obvious than anyone cares to admit.

His Godfathers have been prepping him for a seat at the presidency even before he knew what a ‘constitution’ meant. I have had word with Baba sometimes, and while Baba says he is ‘my son with whom I am well pleased,’ baba endeavors to be properly vague so that his ‘son’s’ steps are well-covered from my fiercely truth-seeking pen.

Arguably, baba is the greatest political mind in this country, so I spared not much time trying to get him to slip, but dug further into his godson’s files. Do not forget that this Otuoke man stormed the house of representatives with policemen and whipped the speaker of the house, barring the house from sitting. What was his reason? He said they had turned the nation into a den of thieves. Hah! What hypocrisy. It will be recalled that when Femi Fani-Kayode wrote in 2007 that this man accommodated tax collectors with undeclared assets and that none of his party members had done time for their embezzlement, he had simply brushed it aside during a May 1st speech, saying cryptically, ‘there is no need to fast while the groom is still around.’ I guess he picked up that proverb from the crafty old tortoise, baba.

The elections are round the corner, and the Otuoke man will need to tell us: in 3 and a half years of service, what have you been able to achieve? His party is already clogging up as many media agencies as they can. I was immensely impressed with CNN when they refused to allow his propaganda air on their networks – although it begs the question: why is his party campaigning abroad, spending taxpayers’ money on people that are not even eligible voters?

Ah, he had an answer for that one as well. Recently, in a Channels TV interview, he said: “People ask me why I have campaign posters abroad. It is quite simple: my leadership of hope isn’t only for people in my country – it is for the world.”

I say, ‘rubbish’. This is a man who, I heard from Peter Obaseki, his special adviser on public affairs, wouldn’t even pay his tax from actual money from his own pocket. I hear he goes to the sea to pry money from citizens there to pay his tax. Nobody would publish these sort of things, of course, because Otuoke man is wise: he knows that once the media is gagged, you can get away with murder.

The other day, he mixed mud and his saliva and splattered it in the eyes of an ordinary citizen. Yet this same man has the guts to accuse Adams Oshiomhole – who apologized a few million nairas afterwards – of not being ‘public-spirited.’

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Army Commander Disowns Scandalous Letter To Jonathan

The Commanding Officer of the 103 Battalion, Lt. Col Anthony Wende, was dissociated from a “Why We Couldn’t Defeat Boko Haram” letter supposedly written to President Goodluck Jonathan, on why the counter insurgency operations in the North-East had not yielded the desired results.

It was reported recently that the commanding officer appealed Jonathan, where claim of corruption was said to have been the reason for the continued battle against the insurgents.

The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, Col. Sani Usman, at a press-conference said the Nigerian military had investigated the petition and disclosed that the officer was not the author of the letter.

He said: “The petition was carefully studied and investigated by the Nigerian Army and as part of this process, forensic analysis by relevant security agencies was carried out.

“It was discovered that the allegations were spurious and baseless as the commanding officer had nothing to do with the petition. He has therefore been exonerated.”

Usman supposed that the petition was aimed at distracting the Army from its fight against insurgency in the country.

“We wish to categorically state that the petition is the handiwork of mischief-makers aimed at distracting the 7 Division and indeed the Nigerian Army from its determined efforts at fighting insurgency and terrorism in this nation to a logical and successful conclusion,” the Army spokesman said.

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#MorningTeaser: Grade President Jonathan

Here is a little challenge we found on Facebook rating Presidential grades and performance. Some may find it challenging, while others probably won’t. Feel free to grade Mr. President:

Babangida…… …….C6
Buhari……… ……….C5
Abacha……… ………E8
Abdulsalami…. …….C4
Obasanjo……. ……..C4
Yar’adua……. ………B2
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan………….. ???

2015 And The Gathering Storm By Dr Deborah Nelson

Since advent of Jonathan’s administration, many challenges have conspired to make Nigeria  ungovernable and frustrate him out of office. Some of the challenges are Boko Haram terrorist activities and widespread destruction of lives and properties in Northern Nigeria by Fulani herdsmen. However bloody these terrorist acts may be, core north politicians, A C F and APC often celebrate and use them to justify their incessant calls on president Jonathan to resign. In order to undermine the presidency, they constituted themselves into New PDP, frolicked around Nigeria like headless fowls then finally emptied themselves into APC. However, they left Governors Babangida Aliyu and Sule Lamido behind in PDP as mole to continue from where they stopped. At National Conference, core north delegates made it a point of duty to consistently work against Niger Delta. They wanted the restoration of offshore onshore dichotomy and reduction of derivation to 5%. In the NASS, they ensure the PIB does not see the light of the day because of a clause they feel will benefit Niger Delta only. They said Jonathan must not contest in 2015 and that power must return to them in 2015. With recent allocation of additional 20715 polling units to the north and only 8414 to the south by Professor Attahiru Jega’s INEC without any logical explanation, Jega had surreptitiously demonstrated his readiness to use INEC to help his kinsmen, core north politicians back to power in 2015. If each polling unit is for 500 voters as chorused by Professor Jega, it means Jega had used his office to allocate 10,357,500 votes to the north as against only 4,207,000 votes to the south. With above masterstroke by INEC Chairman, core north politicians do not need even a vote from the south to triumph at any presidential election.

About 69% of GDP of Nigeria is from the sale of gas and crude oil from South South Geopolitical Zone, 20% from South West Geopolitical Zone and 11% from South East Geopolitical Zone but not a single kobo from the north. But according to core north politicians,  north is the backbone of Nigeria. This is to say the least ridiculous because the ‘backbone’ can neither feed, clothe nor house itself without monthly handouts from the south.  Prior to amnesty, Nigeria could only produce about 700,000 barrels of crude oil daily due to disruptive activities of militants in spite of the fact that president Yar’ Adua saturated Niger Delta with soldiers from core north under command of core north military officers such as General Sarki Y Bello [retd] to restore normalcy but all to no avail. In order to forestall economic strangulation, president Yar’ Adua had to adopt the amnesty option. The militants who confronted the Yar’ Adua’s war machine are still very much around, with even more converts to disrupt crude oil and gas production if considered necessary.

If a core north politician becomes the president of Nigeria next year, it is very likely that the people of Niger Delta will do everything humanly possible to make Nigeria ungovernable for him. This is because they strongly believe that core north politicians use Boko Haram terrorists and Fulani herdsmen to perpetrate widespread destruction of lives and properties in order to make Nigeria ungovernable for Jonathan as they promised in 2010. Consequently, however credible the presidential election may be, emergence of Buhari, Kwankwaso or any core north politician as Nigerian president in 2015 will usher in unprecedented shortage of revenue due to massive and sustained disruption of crude oil and gas production by Niger Delta militants. It will never be business as usual because relying on gas and crude oil revenue will be a very costly miscalculation, hence core north politicians must make adequate arrangement for alternative sources of revenue in order to forestall manifestation of these consequences.

Even at the current production of over two million barrels of crude oil per day with a barrel of crude oil going for over $100, most states can not even pay the national minimum wage. With the exception of Lagos state, every other state will find it extremely difficult to function in absence of crude oil and gas revenue. Fuel scarcity will be persistent with no end in sight. The multiplying effects of these inevitable developments will be all encompassing with enormous capacity to ignite mob actions across the country against the ruling class. But for Niger Delta people, it will be a blessing in disguise because further plundering of their resources will be halted until when they will be free enough to freely harness their God given resources for the benefit of their people.

Initially, Lagos state will be able to generate enough revenue to function normally while all other states will find it extremely difficult to even provide essential services. Consequently, the harsh economic conditions in these states will force their citizens to migrate en mass to Lagos state. This huge and sustained influx of both skilled and unskilled Nigerians to Lagos will overwhelm the state and generate enormous social problems. Within a few years, the crime rate and all sorts of vices will be on the increase and slowly but surely, Lagos state’s government will find it increasingly difficult to function optimally due to lack of funds. Note that Lagos state must service huge domestic debt which runs into billions of Naira as well as $1.2 billion debt to international creditors.

All independent power plants scattered all over the country are powered exclusively by gas. Even at the current level of gas production and supply to these power plants, the quantity of electricity generated is not even enough to enable Distribution Companies break even. The inevitable disruption of gas production and supply to the power plants will lead to permanent shut down of these independent power plants thereby resulting in substantial reduction in electricity produced, hence there will be no power to either transmit or distribute. Many manufacturing companies will collapse due to lack of gas and NGO to power generating plants and generators respectively. Production of good and services will be negatively affected with unemployment, retrenchment, poverty, social vices on the increase.

Generating Companies and Distribution Companies will incur massive losses as there will be no gas for them to generate power from. The Commercial Banks which bankrolled some of these companies will be left with huge bad debts that negatively affect their financial well being. Those who invested in these Gencos and Discos will be enmeshed in massive losses and impact of these on the economy will be disastrous. Meanwhile, the Federal Government will be fighting two wars because while Boko Haram terrorists and Fulani herdsmen will continue with their terrorist activities in the north, crude oil and gas war will be rumbling in the creeks of Niger Delta simultaneously.

Additionally, revenue from South West Geopolitical Zone and South East Geopolitical Zone will also be drastically reduced due to low power supply and many other negative indices generated by the two wars. Faced with these two wars and very little or no revenue from the south as usual, Federal Government will be seriously handicapped in its effort to either prosecute the wars or provide essential services. The conditions so created will provide enabling environment for seamless establishment of a Caliphate by Boko Haram  in the north and inevitable disorderly fragmentation of the Nigerian state.

This can be averted. In 1999, only the Yorubas were asked to provide a president for the nation from amongst themselves in order to heal the wound inflicted by Babangida’s endless transition program. The degree of hatred and mistrust between core north politicians and people of Niger Delta has reached a very dangerous level. Core north politicians have every right as enshrined in the constitution to vie for any elective office in the land, but caution is required to avert the gathering storm next year. They have resolved to return power to the north, no problem. However, for the sake of national unity and survival of Nigeria, core north politicians should throw their weight behind any northerner of their choice to contest for presidency. If such a person is elected freely by the good people of Nigeria as their president, fine and good. But irrespective of the method used, be it through military coup or the most credible presidential election ever held in the entire universe, emergence of a core north politician as president in 2015 may usher in a series of events that may culminate in irreversible disintegration of the Nigerian state. This paper is not aimed at encouraging Nigerians to either oppose or support Jonathan’s political ambition. Rather, it is aimed at drawing the attention of Nigerians to the gathering storm which can dismember this nation if not well managed.

 Dr Deborah Nelson

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I Have no Stove to Cook By Offor Honest

The following events took place on Wednesday, November 26th 2014, at the executive chambers of the Federal executive council. The events are a product of the writer’s imagination.

Presido sauntered into the council chambers and all the Ministers stood from their chairs as a mark of respect. Today, Presido was donning the Yoruba native attire; he gathered the free flowing agbada clumsily and rested it on his shoulders before taking his seat. The kind of position he is occupying demands wisdom especially with the accusation that he is marginalizing the “Mgbati” people, he decided to wear their native attire in the spirit of Federal Character not minding that he looked funny in it.

Presido cleared his throat as he studied item 4 on the Agenda, “request for procurement of 750,000 units of clean stove and 18,000 wonder bags”. He looked in the direction of the Minister of women affairs whose ministry is responsible for the proposal. “Oya Madam, let’s hear from you”.

“Your Excellency, in line with your transformation agenda (starting with the usual refrain among council members) and your 35% affirmative action policy, my ministry wishes to procure clean stoves and wonder bags to alleviate the suffering of our rural women. Presido chuckled at the mention of wonder bag, it was the first time he was hearing that word. The Minister reeled out so many benefits of the magic stove before taking her seat.

Dr. Adesina, the Agric Minister at this point signaled his interest to contribute to the debate. Mr. President he said, this is a good initiative. Just like we did with our E-wallet system that dismantled the fertilizer cartel, we can ensure that the stove gets directly to the rural women. This can help make our farmers live longer and contribute more to our drive for food security.

His colleague in Trade and Investment adjusted his tie and stood up to make his contribution. He looked at the Minister of Finance who had been busy scribbling down some notes and studying the proposal with keen attention as if she was seeing it for the first time. Your Excellency, we can attract FDI by contacting the South African manufacturer, Sarah Collins, to come over here and set up an assembly plant just like we did with the Automobile Policy. That way, we can provide jobs and increase the capacity of our local artisans.

The debate was getting interesting but Presido was worried that her Super Minister had yet to say something. Her silence meant she had some reservation about the proposal.

Sensing the gaze of Presido, she looked up and made to get up from her seat but not before adjusting her head gear. She started, “the only reservation I have about this proposal Your Excellency”… Ehen, I know she must have some reservations, this World Bank woman sef, Presido thought to himself.

Mr. President, Dr. Okonjo continued, in the 2014 budget we earmarked 90 million Naira for these items so I am surprised that 9.2bn is now being requested. I hope it will not be like the fuel subsidy when we overspent what was budgeted for and the NASS gave me 50 stupid questions to answer. My other worry is that we’ll need about 55 million USD for this procurement which will put strain on the Naira we are trying to stabilize. But on the other hand Mr. President, this initiative can create 5,000 direct jobs in the first tranche and another 20,000 jobs in the next four years. It can reduce mortality rate in the rural area by 20% and we can double that figure in the next 4 years.

Presido wanted to smile but restrained himself, her ability to conjure figures and statistics marveled him. He looked around the room as if searching for someone to bail him out and provide answers to the cogent questions the Finance Minister had raised.

His eyes rested on his chubby SSA on public affairs Doyin Okupe. Sometimes he wondered how this man can be adding weight even with his herculean task of keeping critics like the Loquacious Lia Mohammed in check.

The big man stood up and in his rambunctious manner, he started gesticulating even before he opened his mouth. Your Excellency he began, let’s look at political benefit of this initiative. This is a perfect campaign tool. Imagine the number of people that will vote for you if they receive this stove. No government since 1960 has ever thought of it and this goes to prove my assertion that you are the best president Nigeria had ever had. Presido grinned widely as other council members nodded their heads in agreement with Doyin’s submission.

Your Excellency, I will immediately contact TAN people to run an advert with the clincher “I have no stove to cook”, in fact we can distribute rice before the elections just like Ayo Fayose so that our enemies will not complain that people were given stove without food.

Presido agreed with him. For once, this man did not speak like an attack dog. He looked around and everybody seems to be in agreement. Even Madam Okonjo seems to have forgotten about the issue of due process. Maybe she has finally started reasoning like a politician.

Just as Presido was about to close the meeting, Mr. Abati walked over to whisper something to his ears. From the sudden change in his demeanor, it seems the Boko boys have struck again. Council confirmed it when he told Rueben “just go and edit the last speech and release a press statement”.

@honest4change

Why Obasanjo Got It Wrong On Muslim-Muslim Ticket By Pas Chikero

It is obvious that Obasanjo’s warning against a Muslim-Muslim ticket shows that he is judging the temperament of our nation from the perspective of his generation. A fully-grown man can only see clearly what is on the floor if he bends down, Obasanjo can only understand the thinking of the emerging Nigeria if he listens to the youths. When he does that, he will realize that we don’t care about religion and tribe!  Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, once said that his is a wasted generation; I dare to say that tribalism and religion were the banes of that generation.

Olusegun Obasanjo warning the leadership of the All Progressive Congress against presenting a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the 2015 presidential election has done nothing else but take our developing democracy 15 years backwards. An APC Chieftain revealed that the party has decided to toe the path of the Ota farmer’s counsel by pushing forward a Muslim-Christian ticket from the North and South West, which automatically knocks off the most qualified man for the job, Babatunde Fashola the Governor of Lagos State. What this means is that the party will select a running mate for their Northern, Muslim presidential candidate based on religion and not track records. A nation like ours needs nothing but Technocrats like Fashola who have shown great leadership skills. If APC leaders adhere to Obasanjo’s opinion, they will definitely not be giving Nigerians their best.

Obasanjo needs to be told that the Federal Government Colleges, Higher Institutions and NYSC have in a way remolded the thinking of the Nigerian youth. We don’t think in religious or tribal currency, we want solutions to the problems bedeviling this nation and we don’t care if the Messiah comes in Agbada or Kaftan. We just want solution!  Stressing the role of religion and tribe in the coming general elections is a disservice to our nation.

Elders must consider the direction the young ones are running to before giving success tips. A Buhari/Fashola ticket is formidable. It is a balanced ticket. Look at it this way, a former Military Head of State running with a Lawyer, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, moan elected Governor of the most economically vibrant state in Nigeria. That is a marriage made in heaven, what Buhari lacks, Fashola makes up. If Buhari ever loses his cool and swerves into his military mindset, there is a Lawyer to remind him that this is a democracy! While Buhari fights to cleanse Nigeria of corruption, Fashola can head the economic team to steer us to glory days.  APC leaders must rethink this resolve because Nigerians can’t afford another clueless president and vice!

 Paschal Oge Chikero @SirChikero

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The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly that Follows the Impeachment of President Jonathan

It is now believed that over 200 honorable members of the House of spectators, pardon me, representatives, and about 60 seat warmers, sorry again, Senators – have signed the impeachment notice against President Jonathan – and ready to be issued to him on third of December next month. The impeachment proceeding against the President is connected with the siege of the national assembly by the Police last week.

Some reports have it that the parliamentarians want to use the threat of impeachment for personal gains. Instead of the parliamentarians to start the impeachment proceeding genuinely, because of corruption or a ” grave violation of the constitution, but they chose to do it for personal gains. For what ever, reason(s), removing Jonathan is good and in good direction. After thorough analysis of what is going on in Nigeria, I came to conclusion that, impeaching President Jonathan will see and bring the following;

  1. The rise up militancy in the Niger Delta: Oil bunkering, pipelines vanderlism, kidnapping of foreign Oil workers. The likes of Asari, Tompolo will strike again. They will try to undermine the subsequent regime government so as to make things difficult. Already, Dokubu has issued several threats that if Jonathan fail to make it as President after 2015, there will be violence. It will be recalled Dokubu was arrested in south Africa trying to smuggling arms to Nigerian moron government.
  2. The end of insurgency and Boko Haram: this is because, the Likes Of Ihejerika, Modu Shariff will be brought before justice. And the next government will be aggressive in ending the whole thing. Also, if
    the next leader or Namadi Sambo is committed, the over 8 billion dollars budgeted annually for the defense and security will be use judiciously.
  3. Criminals in the current government will go and brought to justice: the likes of petroleum minister Alison Madukwe, IG of police, the western and IMF finance minister, Stella Oduah, etc will be
    brought before justice. It will be recalled that Oduah bought two cars of over 250 million naira. Likewise Maina of the pension scam, subsidy scam, the missing 20 billion dollars etc.
  4. The executives will start to respect the parliamentarians: the House of reps has been battling with Jonathan to sack Orumah Eteh of security and exchange commission (SEC) but he refused, if Jonathan is to go, then the national assembly will sack Eteh. Also, the other thousands of recommendations, by the national assembly will be observed. Like wise the state House of assembly can start to muscle
    their governors.
  5. It will further enrich our democracy: that will, because, who ever becomes the next President will know that impeachment exist in Nigerian constitution and is Practicable.
  6. Nigeria’s image will be boosted: Jonathan has been embarrassing Nigeria for a long time. He went to UN assembly with 600 people, he was not able to speak in the AU in 2013, etc. If Nigeria is able to
    get a courageous leader like Murtala Muhammad or Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria’s image will surely be redeemed.
  7. Reawakening of Naira: If is impeached, the Naira will reawaken again. This is because, Jonathan has been wasteing our resources incessantly. He spent 30 billion naira annually on the Presidency.
    Even now that Naira is failing, the government is expected to usher in an austerity measure, but still they are on the spree.
  8. Nigeria will continue beyond 2015: with insinuations all over that Nigeria will disintegrate and will not continue beyond 2015, that was because Jonathan and PDP will rig the election. If he is impeached, then that solves our entire problem.

The national assembly should move fast and impeach Jonathan. They shouldn’t spare him he deserve to. They should be objective. Let them know Nigerians are waiting and all eyes are on them. Jonathan must go.

Doctor Ahmad Akintola @FrontNigeria

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Oil Shocks Hit Nigeria—and Threaten Jonathan’s Re-election

Last Tuesday, Nigeria’s central bank devalued the country’s currency by 10 percent in an effort to shore up foreign reserves hard-hit by falling oil prices. The move comes months before a presidential election and highlights the country’s vulnerability to the price of oil, which makes up 70-80 percent of the Nigerian government’s revenue.

With Brent crude hitting a four-year low of $77.83 per barrel in early November, Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer, is feeling the pinch. Government coffers are emptying, and construction companies and other employers have begun to lay off workers. As oil pricescould remain low for 2015, Nigeria must plan for a lean year. On Nov. 16, Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala announced that the government would cut expenditures by 6 percent in its 2015 budget, lower the budget’s benchmark for oil prices from $77.5 to $73 and raise taxes on certain luxury items. That move was followed by last week’s currency devaluation.

As the government recalibrates, the opposition has taken advantage of the market’s uncertainty to articulate a leftist economic vision for Nigeria’s future. Meanwhile, some observers wonder whether the plummeting oil prices will affect the financing for incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid or dampen Jonathan’s appeal. Others speculate that his campaign already has the funding it needs—licit or illicit—to dominate the field.

Nigeria relies heavily on oil, producing above 2 million barrels per day. Recently, economic growth has been faster in the non-oil sector, but oil still provides 70-80 percent of government revenues and over 80 percent of export earnings. Prices have fallen for reasons beyond Nigeria’s control, but Nigeria’s oil sector has internal problems of its own.Oil theft, whether by young men breaking into pipelines or bureaucrats stealing fortunes with the stroke of a pen, costs the government as much as $8 billion a year. Frustrated with the losses, international oil companies like Shell are selling off assets.

Oil theft has also played into Nigerian politics in ways that will resonate through the elections in February 2015. In 2013, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, then the governor of the Central Bank, alleged that $50 billion was missing from the accounts of Nigeria’s state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). In response, Jonathansuspended Sanusi, a move that deepened many Nigerians’ suspicions that Jonathan’s administration, like others before it, thrives on oil-related corruption. In August, Jonathanshook up the NNPC’s leadership, but some analysts saw the move as a way of tinkering with patronage networks rather than rooting out wrongdoing.

Meanwhile, former militants in the Niger Delta—Jonathan’s home region, the locus of Nigerian oil production and the site of an insurgency from 2006-2009—have threatened to resume violence if Jonathan is not re-elected. With an amnesty for militants set to expire in 2015, and Jonathan likely to extend it, some of the president’s backers will settle for nothing short of maintaining the status quo.

Heading into 2015, however, Jonathan faces the most formidable opposition coalition yet assembled in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic: the All Progressives Congress (APC). Jonathan’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has won every presidential election since Nigeria returned to civilian rule in 1999. But some northern Nigerian elites feel Jonathan has usurped their region’s rightful turn in Nigeria’s informal, rotational politics. In the booming southwest, meanwhile, APC politicians are emphasizing tax collection and service delivery, charting a vision that points to a possible future for Nigeria beyond oil. In 2011, southwestern politicians cemented their regional dominance while leaving the presidency to Jonathan. Since then, the APC’s architects have built a national party, including by wooing PDP malcontents. Five PDP governors, four of them from the north, switched parties in 2013.

The 2015 election will be decided partly through the machinations of these so-called political godfathers, including vote-buying and thuggery. Yet there are also real ideas at stake. In his Nov. 11 declaration of his candidacy for the February 2015 elections, Jonathan ended with the refrain that his government is “expanding opportunity.” With Nigeria’s economy growing over 6 percent annually, the economy is indeed expanding, but over 60 percent of Nigerians still live in extreme poverty. In the shadow of falling oil prices, Nigeria’s 2015 election campaign will feature a debate about the direction of the economy—and about who really benefits from current growth.

In a Nov. 13 op-ed, Bola Tinubu, an APC godfather and former governor of Lagos state, outlined the APC’s economic vision, including its response to declining oil revenues. Tinubu argued that despite “rosy GDP numbers,” poverty levels and middle class struggles indicate that “Nigeria is mired in a long-term, secular depression.” Castigating the PDP as a party whose policies favor the wealthy, Tinubu contended that austerity measures were the wrong response to falling oil revenues. Rather, he suggested that the government should cease to peg expenditures to the amount of dollars it holds, and instead print more money and stimulate the economy with job-creating infrastructure projects. “The rewards of job creation and economic growth allocated among the bulk of the populace outweigh the inflationary risk,” Tinbutu argued. Okonjo-Iweala rejected the proposal.

Will the APC’s economic vision earn them support? Their model of governance has drawn acclaim in Nigeria’s mega-city of Lagos, where the opposition has held power since 1999. But voters in an off-cycle election in Ekiti state in June rejected a reformist incumbent APC governor and embraced a PDP challenger with a populist touch and access to the party’s deep coffers. Many observers attributed the PDP’s upset in Ekiti to the so-called politics of rice—the PDP’s ability to mobilize voters by catering to their immediate needs.

If oil revenues continue to fall, however, the PDP’s finances could suffer—or not: Nigerian critics have raised suspicions about the role that Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, a close ally of Jonathan, occupies on his campaign, namely chair of the finance sub-committee. One commentator speculates that the campaign already has a “bottomless war chest” comprised of “the billions of dollars allegedly missing under Diezani’s watch” at the NNPC.

Jonathan’s government cannot ignore the drop in oil prices, but the advantages of incumbency, particularly if the rumors of illicit financing are true, could be enough to guarantee him another term.

Alex Thurston

Credit: worldpolitics.com

View Expressed are Solely Author’s.

Why Does President Jonathan want a Second Term Sef? by Tanimomo Oluseun .A.

Nigeria is one of the few countries that would vote in a man who after almost two decades in the helm of affairs would come around, put a bowler hat on a black traditional wear and declare, ‘I had no shoes.’ To us it seems the wise counsel of one of my acquaintance, who was contesting for the post of a Hall Chair in my university makes no sense; the said acquaintance reasoned during the Hall debates, ‘don’t ask a politician what he will do, he might lie, ask him what he has done and you will know who he is’. Unfortunately, in 2011, when Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, contested, we did not bother to ask him how he had spent his 19 years of service as an Assistant Director of OMPADEC (Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission), deputy governor, governor, vice president and president. We did not bother, the fever was infectious, the dreams were high, his good luck was desiring, the air was fresh and breathtaking and he was a ‘god-fearing’ man. So, we refused to harken to our father’s words, we refused to judge the man by the work of his hands and en masse, sans rigging, the gentleman from Otuoke became the President and Commander in chief of the armed forces.
 
However, recent happenings, have taught us and the man who occupies one of the most influential seats in Africa that a large chair does not make a king, to say the least the President has not been ‘kingly’ in any of his activities. In spite of the numerous failures that have trailed the administration of the incumbent president, it is rather unfortunate that the Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology still seeks a second term. The biggest fish in the large Nigerian administrative aqua has refused to see that the river in which it swims is gradually de-watered by corruption, insecurity and other agents. It is even worse that President Jonathan has made an enemy of those who point out the weaknesses in his sense of judgment but the man from whose head lice have been removed shouldn’t be ungrateful?
 
In my humble estimation, the president has failed in his promises and oaths as the president, so no second term for the president, abeg! One cannot go back to the farmer from whom one borrowed seed-yams to plant to say that beetles have eaten up the seed-yams; not only has the President failed woefully in economic matters, the president has also aided corruption and abated transparence. Corruption at the moment is at an all-time high, not only are some of his officials corrupt, the president has also encouraged, embezzlement, bribery and nepotism, think of Oduahgate, Otehgate, and think of the outcome of the fuel subsidy 1.3Trillion and Nuhu Ribadu’s report. Think of the fact that the President removed oil-subsidy and till date there are no clear explanations for the removal of fuel subsidy. Worse still, accountability in the oil sector seems to be the elusive leopard.
It should not get worse, we need to stop this economic hemorrhage and one of the fastest ways to halt this cancer is to halt a second term presidency of President Goodluck Jonathan. His infamous statement that ‘stealing is not corruption’ only lends to the narrative that the president is both unguarded in speech and governance. If you watch your pot, your food will not burn, the Boko Haram insurgence has grown out of proportion mainly because the president delayed in arresting the situation. It would not have been a bad idea if he had ordered the Nigerian Military to wage a full-blown war on these insurgents. Furthermore, his late response to the Chibok Kidnapping is far from being commander-in- chief-like; it is to say the least, disappointing and cowardly. Does a man not know when he has pepper in his eyes? Is it not annoying that in spite of the security challenge that we are facing and with no respite in sight, the President still thinks he needs a second term? The President has a full mouth of challenges already so one wonders what he needs another mouthful for?
The child that will sell the family’s property is known from childhood, every time I think of another four years of a Jonathan presidency, the duo of Mr Fix Nigeria andWendell Smith comes to mind, not only have these two disappointed the young generation by churning out blatant and stupid lies about the progress of this administration they have stifled the voices of reasoning. I imagine the enormous power these two will wield by 2019 supposing President Jonathan wins another term. These two and other youths who are enjoying from the present windfall will not only have earned millions to step into the shoes of the existing corrupt politicians they will also have the power of religion on their sides to cajole Nigerians into doing their biddings. The ‘Rome was not built in a day’ and ‘e go better’ maxims will then sell well like Iya Femi’s Akara on a Ramadan evening.
In a similar vein, the President has not paid attention to education, growing up, Federal Government Colleges were some of the best schools parents sent their children to for quality education; this has not been the case in recent times. It is even more saddening that at the moment, a private university, Covenant University, according to the Webometrics rating is the second best university in Nigeria.  If a load is too heavy for someone to carry, one would be better off to give the load to the ground to carry. It seems the burden of the presidency is too heavy for our president to carry, it will only be the responsible thing for him to turn a deaf ear to sycophants who are encouraging him to contest.

When the face is washed, you finish at the chin, I will like to end here but the president should be reminded that no one forgets the discussion of last night just because we went to bed, the 20Billion, the Immigration recruitment sham, his incessant travelling to Europe with his wife to ‘rest, his submitting of Nigeria’s sovereignty to the United States of America by inviting the President of the United State to come and fix Nigeria would have earned a president an impeachment in other climes.
Nigerians are not swayed by the President’s constant religious venues marathoning. Religion should be a private matter; neither are we persuaded by the infrastructural projects: all these have been included in the budget, we want a President who will tackle the Boko Haram menace, create respectful jobs for youths, provide social amenities, good education and healthcare system but all these do not seem to be priorities to this present government.
I am a positive Nigerian youth and I believe in a better Nigeria but I also realize the limits of wishful dreaming – a shrub never becomes an Iroko tree by dreaming. Wishing good luck on Nigeria is not the answer, hard work and funding of research, science and technology are some of the prerequisites to a working economy and government.
Views Expressed are Solely Author’s.

Jonathan Expected to Announce Second Term Bid

President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to formally declare his bid for re-election, Tuesday,  in a widely anticipated announcement that has been trailed by his office for weeks.

 The event, in central Abuja, has been billed as “the mother of all rallies” by Jonathan’s own 205-member re-election committee, with roads shut from early morning to the evening, police said.

Jonathan’s supporters took out four-page newspaper advertisements on Monday calling for Nigerians to “be a witness to history” and saying his candidacy was “in response to Nigerians’ demand”.

“Nigerians endorsed Goodluck Jonathan for continuity,” the adverts ran, claiming that more than 17.8 million had so far endorsed his candidacy.

Yoruba Youths Set to Endorse Jonathan

Reports say that the President of the Yoruba Youth Initiative, YYI, Comrade Adejumo Ishola said they have concluded plans to endorse the presidential ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan in Lagos.

He said, the YYI has pledge their loyalty and support for Mr. President, Dr, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. He also said, the organization which is a social and cultural interest group is solidly behind Mr. President and his transformation agenda.

Speaking further, he said,“Not in the history of this country has a president encountered the kind of troubles that Mr. President was able to deal with in his administration he further explained that Mr. President is a gentle and noble man. Who has worked tirelessly to achieve his transformation agenda despite the state of security in the Country. The group has fixed 30th of November, 2014 for an endorsement programme for Mr. President which is to hold at Administrative College of Nigeria, Topo Badagry.’’

 

Jonathan Picks Nomination Forms

Goodluck Jonathan, Thursday, collected the expression of interest and nomination forms of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, for the 2015 presidential election at the party’s national secretariat.

Reports say his nomination form was funded by contributions from stakeholders led by top hierarchy of the party, governors and senior stakeholders to the national secretariat of the party.

Reports further state that the president arrived the hall at exactly 2.08 pm, and was presented the forms by the National Organising Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha at 2.20 pm.

Presenting the forms to the president, Mustapha announced that Jonathan had paid for the form earlier and declared that history had been made by the PDP, explaining that it was the first time the party had given a sitting president the right of first refusal.

 

President Jonathan Reconciles with Sanusi

President Goodluck Jonathan and the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II,  have been reported to have reconcile their differences in Abuja on Thursday.

Sources say that the Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Attorney General, Mohammed Adoke, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister Aminu Wali and the National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki were with the President as they welcomed the emir who arrived at Aso Rock accompanied by senior members of his royal council.

Reports also say President Jonathan cleared the airwaves by saying he had nothing against the crowned emir, while Muhammad Sanusi II agreed with the idea of burying what happened in the past.

 

 

Jonathan to Pick Nomination Form Wednesday

Sources reveal that President Jonathan is expected to present to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  a bank draft of N22m as payment for the nomination form, implying that President Goodluck Jonathan will on Wednesday pick his presidential nomination form at the Peoples Democratic Party national secretariat, Abuja.

The National Executive Committee of the party and other caucuses of the party had endorsed the President as the sole candidate of the party for the 2015 presidential election.

 

Stop Political Rascality & Blackmail -Presidency Warns Amaechi

Governor Rotimi Amaechi took his obnoxious willingness to denigrate the highest office in the land in a reckless bid to advance his selfish political interests to a new level of irresponsible and rascally behaviour yesterday in Port Harcourt with his totally false and baseless vituperations against President Jonathan, the First Lady and the Federal Government.

It appears from the Governor’s completely unfounded and off-the-mark allegations that he had totally lost all sense of propriety, decorum and responsible political behaviour and resorted to unacceptable demagoguery, libel, blackmail and incitement of public disorder.

Unless his unbridled ambition and desire for self- promotion have completely befuddled his mental faculties and caused him to totally lose touch with reality, Governor Amaechi must know that his claims and allegations are untrue.

We can only assume therefore that he is deliberately spewing malicious falsehood in a desperate effort to incite the people of Rivers State and Nigeria against his assumed political foes.

We warn him that there are legal, constitutional and moral limits to political rascality beyond which he will not be allowed to go without repercussions.

The immunity which he currently enjoys notwithstanding, Governor Amaechi should be under no illusions:  A day of reckoning will surely come when he will answer for all his actions and false allegations against President Jonathan, the First Lady and the Federal Government.

He should also know that Nigerians are aware of the truth and will never be fooled or swayed by his arrant opportunism and anti-Jonathan rantings.

Nigerians know that while Mr. Amaechi falsely accuses others of corruption, he cannot show or explain to the people of Rivers State what he has done with the billions of Naira that has accrued to the state under his tenure.

They also know that while Amaechi continues to falsely accuse the Jonathan Administration of having done nothing for Rivers State, he has recklessly squandered huge state resources on dubious, vain-glorious projects or self aggrandizement.

Nigerians will know too that while he falsely alleges that Rivers and other states have not received funds due to them from the Federation account, the only outstanding allocation was for September, which was released to all states well over a week ago.

The Governor should stop trying to make President Jonathan the scapegoat for his woeful performance in Rivers State and look to his own very apparent failings and incompetencies.

He should also stop blackmailing the First Lady who has demanded nothing from him other than good governance, justice, equity, fairness, real development and progress in Rivers State.

Reuben Abati

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

October 26, 2014

President Jonathan Rejects Claim of $100 Million Net Worth

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan threatened legal action Thursday against a website that listed him as Africa’s sixth richest head of state with a net worth of about $100 million (78 million euros).

 The article on richestlifestyle.com provided little evidence to substantiate its list of Africa’s eight richest presidents.

But the claims about Jonathan, who has led Africa’s top oil producer since 2010, made front page news in several Nigerian newspapers on Thursday.

Jonathan’s inclusion in the article was “baseless and libellous,” his office said in a statement.

“President Jonathan has never been a businessman or entrepreneur,” it added.

“The clear and unacceptable imputation of the claim that President Jonathan is now worth about $100 million is that the president has corruptly enriched himself while in office which is certainly not the case,” it said.

Jonathan’s office demanded “a retraction and an unreserved apology from Richest Lifestyle.com and all those who have reproduced the offensive article,” and threatened action “in courts of law within and outside Nigeria.”

While there was no retraction or apology on the site, the item concerning Jonathan has been removed.

Emails to the contact address for richestlifestyle.com were not delivering on Thursday and the site’s managers were not available to comment on either the research supporting the article or why the Jonathan item had been removed.

Obama’s Goodwill Message to Nigeria on 54th Independence

United States’ President Barack Obama has sent his greetings and that of the American people to Nigerians on the 54th independence anniversary of the country.

The letter made available by the US Embassy in Abuja read in part: “At the heart of our enduring friendship is our shared commitment to democratic values, the rule of law, and economic development. We look forward to strengthening our relationship and working closely in the coming year, especially in promoting good governance and combating terrorism. As Nigerians observe this special day, we wish you a more peaceful and prosperous year.”

Obama added that the US was looking forward to strengthening its relationship with Nigeria in the coming year, especially on good governance.

On the other hand, President Goodluck Jonathan, in Abuja, on Tuesday, restated the commitment of his administration to doing what is right to improve the living standard of the people.

He stated that the desired transformation of the country could be realised within a short period of time, if government continued to take critical steps in the right direction. The president reiterated his position that the current challenges facing the country were temporary, adding that with the support and prayers of Nigerians, they would be over in no time.

These he revealed while receiving the Primatial Award of Excellence in Christian Stewardship from the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), at the Presidential Villa.

Other goodwill messages came from Senate President, David Mark, Speakerof the House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, Opposition leaders, State Governors, Stakeholders and business organisations as well.

Sole Candidacy : Jonathan’s Victory before Election?

“For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.”~ Sun Tzu

The man Mr Jonathan is someone that doesn’t feel comfortable with contests. His rise to power already reflects that. Thus, as much as possible GEJ only submits himself to contests that are seemingly inevitable. Talking about knowing how to fight and run away? You are thinking Big Joe.

 Thus, few days ago the National Executive Council of his party, PDP adopted him (Goodluck Jonathan) as the Sole-Candidate for 2015 Presidential election basing their logic in accordance with the American style of Incumbent Rights of First Refusal. In the words of Adamu Muazu, NEC “unanimously without any reservation decided to endorse the sole candidature of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 election”. Senator David Mark, the Senate President also corroborated this decision saying, ““At the PDP Caucus of the National Assembly, we have decided that a sitting and performing president should be given a chance to continue to perform even better?.”

As if to say that this came as a surprise? By calculation GEJ seemed convinced that to win his party’s Presidential Primary would be pyrrhic.  He would need to compromise so many things which changing his running mate may be one of. He won’t want to be held hostage by powerful adversaries like OBJ and others. Also, to gamble with a uniting Northern front can be suicidal. He would have been a fool to have envisaged a smooth ride with several “mind-prepared” ambushes waiting expectantly.

What’s more to add? An assessment of Jonathan’s tactics so far has always thread in that direction. It’s becoming so natural that it looks like the new scripture for morning devotion in Aso Rock is none but Sun Tzu’ s Art of War. This man is really picking his battles wisely and it seems to be performing the magic.

With all the tantrums that he could employ, including subtle threats of punishment, Big Joe made sure that the endorsements were overwhelming. So compelling  that the likes of Governors Sule Lamido, Aliyu Babangida and the rests who were hitherto anti-Jonathan suddenly turned soft-critics with equivocal sermons. Somehow GEJ, at least within the PDP, has achieved what Sun Tzu suggested in Chapter 3 of  the Art of War. According to Tzu; “the best victory is when the opponent surrenders of its own accord before there are any actual hostilities… It is best to win without fighting.”

Hence, by choosing the battle and the climate, he holds a firm grip on his party and a soft ride to concentrate fully on crushing the opposition totally. Like an examiner, one can judge from all indications that Jonathan is learning so fast!

But then what’s hard not to learn when the environment is enticing? Power is magnetic enough to drag necessary resources to fight any cause irrespective of it’s morality. Mr President is stopping at nothing to make his re-election dream come true. Is this end not worthy enough to justify any means?

Consequently, political strategies have been reduced to how to beat the system and flaunt orders, and politicians are trying their best to think outside “legitimate boxes” without tampering legality. Organisations like Transformation Agenda of Nigeria or TAN now runs like a political party with membership base and flag bearer for 2015. Perhaps, if TAN had shown keen interest in “walking alone” in 2015 it could have applied to INEC for registration.  But for the now it will exist as a unit of the PDP Conglomerate. That’s good news,too to men like Orji Uzor Kalu who sees the party as a viable investment should it go public.

TAN may be the big fish, but there are also Small scale political groups that have bought the GEJ/TAN franchise which are running into over 8,000 in numbers as one associate revealed. Business is real good selling emotions.  It is big hustle and who is to say what becomes of us if we don’t support this man?

There are several issues in the Art of War that are now evident but who dares to point out?  Only one factor is hanging in tomorrow because of the unknown which is never dictated by the whims and caprices of men’s actions. It is Night and Day and with internal and external reactions waiting we earnestly await the becoming.

*Showunmi Rex ( @remirex)

Views Expressed are Solely Author’s

Mr. President, Here is Gwoza. ­­-By Rabiu Usman

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The mind can only be distraught on matters that it is consented to. What you lack knowledge about bother you less because an individual gets his feet knocked off the ground largely by bothering much on difficulties than the difficulty itself. We have to spare the President any criticism further, and retract the many aspersions spewed on him over not acknowledging the abduction of Chibok Girls until after more than two weeks, and recently, for not memorising and assimilating the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria. It must be a daunting task for him to cram such number of LGAs even if he has been in possession of a couple of current affairs pamphlet during his yore days for job or employment interview purposes.
While we soften the pedal on criticising the President based on the aforementioned verdicts, certain facts here makes him more culpable and as a leader that has reduced the country to the size of Central Area of Abuja; what were the routine reports of the NSA, Colonel Sambo Dasuki to the President on the state of insecurity in the nation about? Was Dasuki misleading the President with the well-being of Aghenebode in Edo state over the trauma of Gwoza in Borno? Didn’t he mention to Presidents Jonathan that sometimes in May, more than two hundreds souls were annihilated in a space of a week by insurgents? Didn’t Sambo Dasuki narrates the tales of two first class monarch from Borno, that were attacked by insurgents while on their way to Gombe state with one of them losing his life in the process? If there is any area a sincere leader ought to be conversant with at this time of our crossroads should be not less than the troubled zones of the nation.

Mr. President’s palpable rhetoric is just a revelation out of a possible many heart drenching others. It is an outburst that should clear our eyes of the cataracts that has blinded us from how grossly duty is abdicated among public office holders. It has vindicated further how disconnected rural areas are from the impact of leadership. Really, the president doesn’t give a damn. Not until he’ll be able to garner a handful of votes from Gwoza. A troubled Gwoza is the ruling government’s gain and the opposition’s lost politically. It is on record that the president has never visited any insurgent victims outside Abuja since the advent of this carnage, save for his visit to Maiduguri on a meeting with the elders of Borno for more than a year ago. This is a huge manifestation of disconnect between leadership and the people.

Every single arm of the government is being dismantled from its function. There is no iota of productive output in them; they’ve become mere card carrying monuments that are occupied by various cronies of the leadership to enrich themselves and to fund the apex government’s re-election rallies and jingles through the back door of fundraising for insurgents and education support programmes.
The last straw of credibility in the nation, the Military has since become dysfunctional. The murky atmosphere of the nation’s politics has encroached into the once formidable agency. The pride of the nation and West Africa. In the past, there were security funds with no insecurity. In the present there is insecurity with looted security budgets. The decade long institutionalised corruption in security sector has created a grey spot to the advantage of insurgents dispersing our formations and making them to fall like a house of cards.

Again, for how long will the government continue to live in denials of the reality that stares at us? Here is Gwoza, the base of Nigeria Mobile Police Training, being overran by insurgents with thousands of its inhabitants displaced. So, Mr. President, not only Gwoza sef; Bama, Gamboru-Ngala, Damboa and Buni Yadi needs you to reason their matter. This is not a joke. This is a matter of survival! May God have mercy on us.

Rabiu Usman @rabiusm

 Views expressed are solely the author’s 

If Your Name Is Lai: President Jonathan’s Twitter Representative Fires Puerile Shot On Twitter

Supposed Special Assistant to the President on New Media, assumed Pastor Reno Omokri yesterday went down the path that he has now become known for on social media; the childish and thoughtless path, when he tweeted, “The new spelling of lie is Lai,” in apparent reference to the interim Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives’ Congress, Alh. Lai Mohammed who many regard as a thorn in the side of the Jonathan regime. Pastor Mr. Reno Omokri’s tweet did not go without fire from fellow twitter users. One of the responders @MrEnclave (Olumuyiwa Olumide) tweeted back at Mr. Omokri saying, “And the new spelling of mockery is Omokri.” Others were less subtle as words like “He-goat” were used in describing his name.

Twitter users like Editi Effiong @EditiEffiong expressed regret that national debate had gone down the path of abuses and name-calling. Mr. Effiong, of Anakle tweeted, “So we’re down to insulting people’s ames. What an absolute shame.” He also went ahead to tweet, “How is ‘Omokri means ‘he-goat’ elevating the conversation? Later, we’ll say the conversation should be issues based.”

Mr. Omokri once tweeted that northerners in Nigeria were “parasites” but he later claimed his account was hacked after coming under ferocious attack from Nigeria’s unforgiving Twittersphere. He is yet to make the same claim on this particular gaffe even though some twitter users refused to believe his account wasn’t hacked to release such a tweet. @oged07  tweeted “His account was clearly hacked. Such unprofessionalism. SMH.” (SMH means Shaking My Head).

No apologies or claims of a hacked account have been made but in a country where impunity is the norm, many will not be expecting an apology soon.

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