EDITORIAL: Nigeria’s 2015 Historic Presidential Election And The Tasks Ahead

Lagosians queuing up to vote in the rain on March 28
Lagosians queuing up to vote in the rain on March 28

Nigeria’s March 28, 2015 presidential election was, perhaps, one of the most bitterly fought in the annals of the country’s electoral history. The election occurred after a controversial six-week postponement following insistence by security agencies that it should be pushed forward for them to accelerate the battle against the insurgency in the North East.

It was possibly the most divisive election, drawing Nigerians into a devious web of mudslinging as well as ethnic and religious chauvinism. Eventually the election turned out to be largely a referendum on key national issues pertaining to the state of the country’s economy and security. This historic election was fought-and-won by Nigerians who appeared to have crucially determined to assert their position as the real employers of those in power, and on whose behalf and on whose benefits power should only be exercised.

The lesson of who truly wields power and whose interests should really matter in a democracy has definitely been affirmed. Nigeria’s president-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has his job cut out for him. He will need to be quick in forming a government. His government would need to swiftly work very hard in addressing the deep divisions in the country while simultaneously addressing the economic crisis and security challenges facing the country.

PREMIUM TIMES holds the view that this is not the time for Buhari and his followers to revel in triumphalism or adopt a winner-takes-all approach to governance that has been the graveyard of relationships across Nigeria’s multifarious political, social and economic constituencies.

The election has been a revelation on how best to exercise the franchise of Nigerians. The utilisation of the biometric capabilities of permanent voter’s cards and card-readers makes the polls Nigeria’s first technologically compliant elections, with a greater degree of success, despite initial hitches and distraction.

The ferocity with which the enemies of free and fair elections fought the utilisation of the new technology was a real revelation about the determination of some politicians to continue to steal the people’s mandate. The subsequent perfection of the biometric voting system in Nigeria would clearly improve the integrity of elections in Nigeria.

The election was historic because for the first time in the country’s history, an incumbent president was defeated in the polls. It is a huge signal bursting the presumed invincibility of our leaders. Now that Nigerians have demonstrated that they can remove ruling presidents through the electoral process, the accountability of leaders to the people is placed on the agenda.

Poor governance can henceforth be sanctioned through the ballot. This simple civic message on the power of the electorate could be a decisive turning point in consolidating our democracy. The value of coming out en masse to vote, but also staying back in the polling centres to protect the votes and ensure that they count is becoming clearer. These are significant indices of the progression of our democracy.

It is also important to note that another historic element in these elections is the emergence of a united opposition platform. Previous attempts to form a united opposition party have always floundered. This time round, the emergence of a virile political opposition in the form of the All Progressives Congress (APC) made it possible to challenge and defeat the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) after sixteen years of virtual one-party rule at the federal level. The PDP got so arrogant as to announce that its rule would last at least sixty years. The lesson here for the APC is that its longevity would depend on its capacity to promote good and democratic governance for Nigeria.

PREMIUM TIMES believes that the main heroes of these elections are the Nigerian people who showed commitment and discipline by coming out to vote and staying on in their polling units sometimes into the second day as the process dragged. President Goodluck Jonathan also exhibited grace and statesmanship by calling his opponent and conceding, a gesture signaling restraint to his followers and indicating the majority wish of Nigerians as greater than individual desire or ambition. By so doing, President Jonathan leaves Aso Rock on a high note and would enter Nigerian history as the first president to accept defeat.

It is also important to note that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its Chair, Professor Attahiru Jega, have been heroic in the conduct of the 2015 elections so far. They have been able to deploy technology to achieve credible, free and remarkably fair elections, while maintaining calm in the turbulence of a sensitive electoral process. Their foresight in introducing the technology that improved the electoral process earns them the respect and admiration of Nigerians.

PREMIUM TIMES urges President Jonathan and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party to continue in the path of honour and integrity as we approach the April 11 election. They now have the important responsibility of sustaining a strong opposition party.

The president-elect needs to hasten his preparations for the challenge of governance in the next few weeks before the official swearing in, so he can hit the ground running upon resumption. Nigeria’s problems are numerous and complex, but not intractable, whether these be corruption, an unraveling economy, insecurity, true federalism, unemployment, power, etc.

For Nigerians, the 2015 elections have restored our democratic bragging rights. We the people are employers of those holding power in trust for us and we can dispense with when they cease to act on our behalf and for our benefit and progress. This has been the most important lesson of these elections.


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  • Daft &Clueless President Elect

    The tragedy of having a daft, clueless, dunce & illiterate president elect is that his English and communication skills are so horrible that even with an hearing aid, one still has to literally turn his ear into a satellite receiver scrambling for any signal that would give a clue to the exact words that he utters from his mouth. Terrible. Really terrible. So unintelligent & incoherent.

    But it is he the parasitic and ever cowardly mischievous tribe have voted in as president to calm the terrorists who kept churning out suicide bombers. Is this trepidation or democracy? Is Bokohari Nigerian President elect or North/West President elect?

    The blood of over 20,000 Nigerians are in his hands. But Dr Jonathan says his ambition is not worth the live of any Nigerian. A most appropriate arable indeed. But just like many Nigerians did not understand his parable of “corruption is not stealing” (i.e., Perpetrators of the pioneering fraud in Nigeria – The ITT fraud, were celebrated, therefore how can such acts be fraud today?), so many Nigerians do not understand his historic statement “My ambition is not worth the life of any Nigeria” (i.e., I will not ask my supporters to go kill & spill blood on the streets like Buhari does whenever he loses)

    But the Editorial fails to mention the use of bitterly parochial and partisan news media with an ethnic agenda to return the Hausa & Yoruba back to power. Everyone knows that APC is Yoruba/Hausa party. The election results shows it. It will only foster a strong United SS&SE which will rule the world very soon when the economic superpower breaks away. When that revolution begins, no propaganda will halt it.

    It is ascendency to presidency by terrorism. Those who live by the sword, die by the sword.

    • burning spear

      U have said it—all–the gang up against Jonathan the best president Nigeria ever had came not only from the fulani north-and the Yoruba traitors—but also from d US and Britain–They had a strong hand in it——-There was no way Jonathan could have won the battle-against boko haram–with the sultan of sokoto—-writing letters to the globe about the human right abuses of our troops—-Again–If the US had any sympathy for Jonathan concerning his effort to get rid of Boko-haram–they would have aided him-with the much needed support——It was the US that provided the PR firm that Obama used to clinch victory from the jaws of the republicans—The same US asked the South African government not to supply arms to Nigeria——————–Then went on to establish a radio station in the fulani North–changi—-to broadcast hate messages against Gej 4 APC-Which Unity is PT talking about here?———-When an ijaw president and his tribesmen were vilified and called all sorts of names by the YORUBAS AND FULANIS–?—-I said it over 6 yrs ago that Jonathan was wasting his time in Aso Rock—That he will never be allowed to rule the country—–It was great that he quickly conceded defeat–else it qould have been a bloody coup—or an assassination–by the Yoruba and Fulanis–in the army—

      • burning spear

        The issue of Buharis certificate was a constitutional requirement which he could not meet—-Instead Nigerians were insulted with a fake statement of result—-produced by APC for him—–Besides Did the fulani governors in PDP support Jonathan-? PDP was a creation of the Fulanis—-They worked against the party because an Ijaw man mistakenly became president———-Except for the few governors that came from the SS-none supported Jonathan from the North–Not one–Everyone-of them—-was just paying games with him–Pretending to love him—-

        It was a taboo to even mention the name of Jonathan in the fulani north—not to talk of voting for him–Some animals in the system are saying this is a revolution————-a revolution to install the likes of Tinubu–a drug convict–and Amaechi who emptied the treasurer for buhari–Can Buhari swear to the Koran that he did not receive money from Amaechi?——Buhari—whom Jega disfranchised voters in the south to install as president cannot be my president–He cannot fight corruption because he lied to us that he borrowed 27m while at the same time—the woman he married at 9 was busy doling out 300m –If that makes sense to the socalled Nigerians who voted for Buhari—–then so be it—-He -may be president of the Yorubas and Fulanis—————–Certainly not my president-I have never liked the Ibos in my life——hated them with passion–I must confess—-But—-the result of the elections has now changed my mind——————–The only solution is separation–that has always been my prayers————-separation——there is nothing like unity of purpose among us—the presidency of Jonathan has shown that to all of- us that our unity is based on paper-U cannot run over my father with a truck-then turn around to ask for the hand of my daughter in marriage—-d next day——freedom in poverty is better than slavery in riches—this is what the bokohari elction means to me————–

  • Sanmi Falae

    Special thanks to the PREMIUM TIMES for their pivotal role in this quiet but radical Revolution. The History of the Revolution will not be accurate or complete without at least a chapter on your contribution. Thank you so much on behalf of generations of Nigerians yet unborn.

  • burning spear

    U have said it—all–the gang up against Jonathan the best president Nigeria ever had came not only from the fulani north-and the Yoruba traitors—but also from d US and Britain–They had a strong hand in it——-There was no way Jonathan could have won the battle-against boko haram–with the sultan of sokoto—-writing letters to the globe about the human right abuses of our troops—-Again–If the US had any sympathy for Jonathan concerning his effort to get rid of Boko-haram–they would have aided him-with the much needed support——It was the US that provided the PR firm that Obama used to clinch victory from the jaws of the republicans—The same US asked the South African government not to supply arms to Nigeria——————–Then went on to establish a radio station in the fulani North–changi—-to broadcast hate messages against Gej 4 APC-Which Unity is PT talking about here?———-When an ijaw president and his tribesmen were vilified and called all sorts of names by the YORUBAS AND FULANIS-where were they?—-I said it over 6 yrs ago that Jonathan was wasting his time in Aso Rock—That he will never be allowed to rule the country—–It was great that he quickly conceded defeat–else it qould have been a bloody coup—or an assassination–by the Yoruba and Fulanis–in the army—

    • burning spear

      The issue of Buhari’s certificate was a constitutional requirement which he could not meet—-Instead Nigerians were insulted with a fake statement of result—-produced by APC for him—–Besides Did the fulani governors in PDP support Jonathan-? PDP was a creation of the Fulanis—-They worked against the party because an Ijaw man mistakenly became president———-Except for the few governors that came from the SS-none supported Jonathan from the North–Not one–Everyone-of them—-was just paying games with him–Pretending to love him—-

      It was a taboo to even mention the name of Jonathan in the fulani north—not to talk of voting for him–Some animals in the system are saying this is a revolution————-a revolution to install the likes of Tinubu–a drug convict–and Amaechi who emptied the treasurer for buhari–Can Buhari swear to the Koran that he did not receive money from Amaechi?——Buhari—whom Jega disfranchised voters in the south to install as president cannot be my president–He cannot fight corruption because he lied to us that he borrowed 27m while at the same time—the woman he married at 9 was busy doling out 300m –If that makes sense to the socalled Nigerians who voted for Buhari—–then so be it—-He -may be president of the Yorubas and Fulanis—————–Certainly not my president-I have never liked the Ibos in my life——hated them with passion–I must confess—-But—-the result of the elections has now changed my mind——————–The only solution is separation–that has always been my prayers————-separation——there is nothing like unity of purpose among us—the presidency of Jonathan has shown that to all of- us that our unity is based on paper-U cannot run over my father with a truck then turn around to ask for the hand of my daughter in marriage—-d next day–to your son—-Freedom in poverty is better than slavery in riches—this is what the bokohari elction means to me————–

      • Obinna

        Burning Spear or what did you called yourself, please find the nearby transformer and kill yourself. Nigerians decided, GMB is our president. agree or not agree go and do you worst.

        • Citizen

          You are still hurting, please take time off, calm yourself and think about tomorrow and the situation of the country call Nigeria and politics of the Igbo Elders. Read what an Igbo wrote on the walls:

          Dear Igbo Compatriots:

          One of the closest Igbo man to the
          President Elect is Dr Chris Ngige Onwa, a Senator who was defeated in the
          Senatorial Election.

          See how bad Igbos are at
          strategizing? They couldn’t override a pathological hatred for General Buhari
          to make a hedge bet and return this man to the Senate, to enhance his chances
          at Senate President, incase General Buhari wins, which he did.

          Instead folks played tribal and
          religious politics to the tilt as drunken sailors, and failed the man and the
          chance to make history as Senate President.

          That’s what happens when emotions
          trips common sense and folks succumb to hustlers like Peter Obi and Arthur Eze,
          hustlers after their own interests instead of the masses they pretend to serve.

          I urged caution, I pleaded that we
          were making a huge mistake to hitch our wagon on Jonathan who wasn’t going to
          win. And predictably he lost, so also our chance in the new administration.

          I hate to gloat.

          But maybe, maybe, only maybe he
          gets a good ministerial appointment, but nothing beats being Senate President.

          Igbos are very bad at politics.

          Fifty years after independence, we
          are yet to produce a president when others have taken multiple turns. Our
          answer? Blame others! If you only Hausas didn’t do this or Yorubas didn’t do
          that, perhaps the god of politics will bless our lot.

          And sadly it won’t stop until we
          learn to coexist with others instead of our ‘better than thou’ attitude when
          dealing with the Hausas and Yorubas. We are not better than anyone, these folks
          we thumb our noses at, are God’s creatures like us.

          We don’t like the Hausas and we
          don’t like the Yorubas, yet we populate their States in search for our
          livelihood.

          Our politics should mirror our
          economic aspirations, not the other way around. There is no wisdom in living in
          the North, earning a living, yet despise the Northerners. That’s being
          ungrateful. The gods of politics don’t like that.

          How long can this collective
          amnesia insulate us from meaningfully seating at the table, making
          contributions to Nigeria’s political evolution?

          How long can this foolishness go
          on?

          How long?

          There is a miserable silence
          across the land today, because we are realizing that we were sold off for
          pennies by pimps who parade as Igbo leaders.

          Where are they?

          Anyone home?

        • Citizen

          previous comment meant for ‘Burning or Hurting Spear’ please

      • Citizen

        Why are u still hurting? take time off and cool yourself. I leave you with what an Igboman put on the walls:

        Dear Igbo Compatriots:
        One of the closest Igbo man to the
        President Elect is Dr Chris Ngige Onwa, a Senator who was defeated in the
        Senatorial Election.
        See how bad Igbos are at
        strategizing? They couldn’t override a pathological hatred for General Buhari
        to make a hedge bet and return this man to the Senate, to enhance his chances
        at Senate President, incase General Buhari wins, which he did.
        Instead folks played tribal and
        religious politics to the tilt as drunken sailors, and failed the man and the
        chance to make history as Senate President.
        That’s what happens when emotions
        trips common sense and folks succumb to hustlers like Peter Obi and Arthur Eze,
        hustlers after their own interests instead of the masses they pretend to serve.
        I urged caution, I pleaded that we
        were making a huge mistake to hitch our wagon on Jonathan who wasn’t going to
        win. And predictably he lost, so also our chance in the new administration.
        I hate to gloat.
        But maybe, maybe, only maybe he
        gets a good ministerial appointment, but nothing beats being Senate President.
        Igbos are very bad at politics.
        Fifty years after independence, we
        are yet to produce a president when others have taken multiple turns. Our
        answer? Blame others! If you only Hausas didn’t do this or Yorubas didn’t do
        that, perhaps the god of politics will bless our lot.
        And sadly it won’t stop until we
        learn to coexist with others instead of our ‘better than thou’ attitude when
        dealing with the Hausas and Yorubas. We are not better than anyone, these folks
        we thumb our noses at, are God’s creatures like us.
        We don’t like the Hausas and we
        don’t like the Yorubas, yet we populate their States in search for our
        livelihood.
        Our politics should mirror our
        economic aspirations, not the other way around. There is no wisdom in living in
        the North, earning a living, yet despise the Northerners. That’s being
        ungrateful. The gods of politics don’t like that.
        How long can this collective
        amnesia insulate us from meaningfully seating at the table, making
        contributions to Nigeria’s political evolution?
        How long can this foolishness go
        on?
        How long?
        There is a miserable silence
        across the land today, because we are realizing that we were sold off for
        pennies by pimps who parade as Igbo leaders.

        Where are they?

        Anyone home?

      • Intrepid

        Deri Orbuka, I really feel your pain. The injustice against your people is so mind wrenching, but man up my friend, nothing lasts forever, so goes a simple saying. We the Igbos have been in it since 1966, and yet we are still standing and excelling in all life endeavours. The only reason I am writing to you is because of that few but important lines, you wrote about my dear Igbo folks, how you hated them with passion.

        I thank God for you, for this new spirit that came over you. All along I knew you hated the Igbos with passion, just like any typical Ijaw. Remember some of my few exchanges of commentaries with you in various online fora, while you tried to convince me that you have nothing against the Igbos, that you even have two Igbo wards in your stead under your financial responsibility. I responded by telling you to your face that all those were falsehoods. These are some of your clichés, ”Civil war anger” and ”The day the Igbo will rule Naija, that will be the end of the Naija” You are not alone from the riverine area of the Niger Delta, with this unwanted prejudice towards the Igbos. Chief Edwin Clark is even worse than you in this instance. At one point, an old man of his status made an infamous and mind boggling statement and I quote, ” The Igbos remain the grestest threat to the Ijaw nation” You ask me what wrong for God’s sake the Igbos have done to the Ijaw, you look around nothing practically on the ground to show for this animosity. Instead in the other way round no group in the riverine area have consistently and clandestinely sabotage the Igbo economical and political reinsurgence after the civil war like the Ijaw. But have they succeeded? NO.

        I don’t want to start recalling all the evil your people in collaboration with others did to us after the civil wars, then you called it time for pay back. They are so numerous to start recounting here. While the Igbo may habour misgivings against some people because of past events, but we are very forgiving people, when we see genuine remorsefulness, from such people, because cirscumstances can push even your best friend to betray you. I definitely believe similar circumstances like the one you are facing now will catch up with others in the same mind frame like you, to come up and confess.

        Now on Jonathan, the Igbos solidly stood behind Jonathan, first we saw him not because he is an Ijaw, but because we saw a fine gentleman, whom we can trust and I rely on. Most impotantly because of the very factor, the Igbos have been fighting for, Justice and Equity. Here I think we can have a strong aggreement. The Igbos believe the Nigerian rulership is not the exclusive preserve for a particular section, even when the bomb came falling in the name of terrorism. What is good for the goose is also good for the gander. The Igbos did not vote against Buhari, but against the status quo, some may not agree with me. Infact I will say Jonathan was intimidated out of power to make way for those who believe it is theirs, he also to say the truth, was not prepared for that office. So when the intimidation started coming in different guise of threat and bombs, he surrendered easily. The rest has already become history.

        On Buhari the ball is in his court, what he does with power, we are watching. The Igbos should not be apprehensive on their political decision, I recalled when Murtalla Mohammed took over power in 1976, the Igbos were even more apprehensive then, reason quite obvious, but he turned out to be like a messiah to the Igbos, from Gowon’s policies of total confinement and economic strangulation. Murtalla surprised many by appointing Ndubuisi Kanu, a young naval office to partake with his colleagues from other ranks of the army, in the deliberations of the then SMC. Because he was his own man, being his character, went further to split the then ECS to two from where Gowon confined us to remain. Then as a youth, coming out from the pangs of the civil war, we hoped more positives from Murtalla, was on the way until his life was cut short. The evidence of gratitude towards him is there in one of the music of one of the legendary musical outfit(Oriental Brothers) The Igbos did praise him not like others will do, when was alive, but when he died.

        On an advisory note to my my fellow Igbos, the Ohanaeze should begin to show some relevance, stop all their bickerings at Enugu, looking into the disenfranchisement of millions of Igbos,both at home and also in the diaspora. I say this because some groups are erronously underestimating the Igbo voting power. Some years ago, I was on a WHO assignment, within the Central region of Africa, and to my amazement, I couldn’t believe the Igbos were so widely spread in every region of Africa just as in Nigeria. During my iterinerary I found time to interact with the local poulation and found out that, when you hear about The Nigeria Peoples community, 90% of the numeriacl strenght are all Igbos. A fellow even told me they are over five hundred thousand Igbos in the Cameroons alone, and that some no longer want to identify themselves with Nigeria, because they were born in that country. While some groups can equally boast of having their people in the diaspora, that is only as studies have shown, mostly within Europe and North America, but the Igbos are everywhere. Ohanaeze should do something about this important issue.

      • Fanen Harden

        Seperation indeed, who is holding u my friend burning spear just seperate urself and go now, becaus from what u just written up here, it means that u are related to Orubebe whom himself has already apologise to Nigerians for reacting according to his own selfish interest and not that of his brothers down south. Pls don’t make me believe the so-called illiterate Northers are even far better than u educated billonaires down south. Maturity is a bigger force than u can ever imagine my dear brother Burning spear, even if u seperate urself with the way u people are acting……hmmmmmm….that freedom may not give u sleep and rest of mind. Think about it this way sir,…….all the thugs and God-fathers down south, the President will be an eran-boy and u brother Burning spear may not have the freedom of speech exercising right now. Don’t make me believe ur fathers wasted their time bcause I beleive they gave u guys home training so where has it gone to?

  • Ananas_yolawa.

    All you drunkards are shouting after the battle have already been won.
    And also another area of concentration is that election result are allowed to be rigged from the S.E and S.S. We allowed you guys to do anything you can do, because we knew your votes will never catch up with those that are aspiring for change. Imaged Jonabomb is allowed to get enough vote from the North, while Buhari’s vote were being rigged in favour of Jonabomb. If we did what S.E and S.S did to our vote, Jonabomb will never get 10 million vote.
    What a coincidence. It is Borno State that finally send Jonathan out of Aso Rock Villa for killing their people.

  • Daft &Clueless President Elect

    The tragedy of having a daft, clueless, dunce & illiterate president elect is that his English and communication skills are so horrible that even with an hearing aid, one still has to literally turn his ear into a satellite receiver scrambling for any signal that would give a clue to the exact words that he utters from his mouth. Terrible. Really terrible. So unintelligent & incoherent.

    But it is the parasitic and ever cowardly mischievous tribe who have voted the dunce in as president to calm the terrorists who kept churning out suicide bombers. Is this trepidation or democracy? Is Bokohari Nigerian President elect or North/West and Yoruba/Hausa President elect?

    The blood of over 20,000 Nigerians are in his hands. But Dr Jonathan says his ambition is not worth the live of any Nigerian. A most appropriate parable indeed. But just like many Nigerians did not understand his parable of “corruption is not stealing” (i.e., Perpetrators of the pioneering fraud in Nigeria – The ITT fraud, were celebrated, therefore how can such acts be fraud today?), so also many Nigerians do not understand his historic statement “My ambition is not worth the life of any Nigeria” (i.e., I will not ask my supporters to go kill & spill blood on the streets like Buhari does whenever he loses)

    But the Editorial fails to mention the use of bitterly parochial and partisan news media with an ethnic agenda to return the Hausa & Yoruba back to power. Everyone knows that APC is Yoruba/Hausa party. The election results show it. It will only foster a strong United SS&SE which will rule the world very soon when the economic superpower breaks away. When that revolution begins, no propaganda will halt it.

    It is ascendency to presidency by terrorism. Those who live by the sword, die by the sword.

    • Obinna

      Nigerians decided, GMB is our president. agree or not agree go and do you worst.

      • Total

        You realy need to grow up. Emotions are high now. If you are a man or woman of understanding you will allow them to vent their anger. You realy need education in conciliation. The premium times platform should not be seen as a creation of opposition for sole purpose of pulling down a particular person please. The likes of Prof. WOLE Soyinka surrendered the rights to be mediators on the altar of partisanship. Nigeria needs healing more than ever before.

  • Total

    Fellow Nigerians ladies and gentlemen. I want to use this opportunity to address everyone on the way forward. 1. The APC, it’s leaders (the likes of El Rufai to be specific) and followers need to be careful now that they got the mandate to rule. In utterances and body language there is need for reassurance and fence mending. 2. Our Niger deltan brethren especially the ijaws who will feel bad about the turn of event need to be reached and assured our support going forward. We need to calm frayed nerves and let them understand that the change in government will not affect their legitimate demands for welfare in a region devastated by many years of neglect. Any attempt to wave off the threats and pretend or completely ignore this may lead to unimaginable consequences. 3. The media especially the online media who made it look like they have personal hatred for the person of President Jonathan (premiumtimesng and saharareporters in specific term) need to be moderate in their comment and cut the unsavory shenanigans leading to the Presidential election. No matter how bad you think GEJ is, he has his admirers and followers who are entitled to their opinion. We must not do anything to inflame the presently tense situation. 4. All information managers around the President elect should be mature and measured because the general has made many statement in the past that cast in a particular form and that must be worked on and changed. 5. It is now time for nation building, mediation, reconciliation and peace building. This is not the time to join issues with the aggrieved parties. Time is a healer. Finally my brethren APC government owe it to posterity to give us a true federal republic of Nigeria. Thank you.

  • Fanen Harden

    Seperation indeed, who is holding u my friend @buringspear:disqus just seperate urself and go now, becaus from what u just written up here, it means that u are related to Orubebe whom himself has already apologise to Nigerians for reacting according to his own selfish interest and not that of his brothers down south. Pls don’t make me believe the so-called illiterate Northers are even far better than u educated billonaires down south. Maturity is a bigger force than u can ever imagine my dear brother Burning spear, even if u seperate urself with the way u people are acting……hmmmmmm….that freedom may not give u sleep and rest of mind. Think about it this way sir,…….all the thugs and God-fathers down south, the President will be an eran-boy and u brother Burning spear may not have the freedom of speech exercising right now. Don’t make me believe ur fathers wasted their time bcause I beleive they gave u guys home training so where has it gone to?

  • Ed

    The apples and oranges on the street didn’t get to that point by accident. Someone sometimes work hard to make it happen. Professor Jega and his team at INEC did a lot to make us proud we say thanks for jod well done so far.. Premium Times and Sahara Reporters put a lot of energy and resources to get a step ahead of the criminal activities of the failed Jonathan presidential campaign. The people of Nigeria regardless of which party you voted for made us proud.First by adaptation of Card Readers , PVC and waiting for your votes to be counted at the polling booth.
    President Jonathan hopelessly corrupt administration will soon be history. Corruption in Nigeria unfortunately will not be history.
    The minimum we can hope for is accountability of governments to the people and end to impunity.
    Buhari incoming administration will be composed by mostly old corrupt same old same old. BUT THE PEOPLE’S GENERAL BUHARI BETTER HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE.

  • point of order

    Risk of an illegal President – Premium Times and its inadvertence

    Very mature editorial; true in all respects, and, objective in the matters it raised.
    But Premium Times did not raise at all; deliberately, the next constitutional issue:

    • A person shall not be qualified for election to
    the office of President if he has presented a
    forged certificate to the Independent
    National Electoral Commission.

    ……SECTION 137 (1) 1999 CONSTITUTION OF NIGERIA

    Premium Times should not say the court case on this constitutional issue is still
    sub judice; for even though it is, its significance is more decisive than the votes
    of the winning candidate – Muhammadu Buhari – and more decisive than all else.

    The Constitution says “SHALL NOT BE QUALIFIED.” Whenever the 1999 Constitution
    uses the word ‘shall‘, no Judge, no court nobody – not even President Jonathan –
    has the power to say, no! or to qualify Buhari by himself because Section 1 [1]
    of the 1999 Constitution is supreme over any Judge and over everybody in Nigeria.
    Never must anyone violate the 1999 Constitution to produce an ILLEGAL PRESIDENT.

    • Interrogator

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      • Willie

        Dear General Buhari:

        I fear you may not be getting good advice from the APC supporters surrounding you.
        Here’s some good advice. There are three conditions to become President of Nigeria.
        Those three conditions MUST be met before anyone can be cleared and sworn in.
        Just winning a poll by highest number of votes does NOT make anyone a President.

        [1] You must be a Nigerian citizen; adult, aged over 40 years and sponsored by a party.
        [2] You must win the highest number of votes at an election + 25% of votes in 24 states.
        [3] You must NOT have committed a dis-qualifying offence which nullifies all your votes.

        Today, you have met the first and second conditions but have NOT meet the 3rd condition.
        That third overriding condition is specifically stated in the 1999 Constitution as follows:

        • A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if he has
        presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

        …….Section 137 (1) 1999 Constitution of Nigeria

        You can not be sworn in, illegally, on 29th May 2015, without meeting this 3rd condition.

        • Freethinker

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  • Niger-Delta Warrior

    ASARI DOKUBO: WHERE WE STAND ON 2015 ELECTION RESULT

    Nigerian union clearly reinforces the fact of self-determination and that Nigeria
    remains a very divided and separated entity whose claim to unity remains a
    fraud of gargantuan proportion. The celebrated victory of Buhari is not
    the victory of the people but victory of regional conspiracy and supremacy.

    The voting Pattern has clearly shown that the Gambari North and the Yorubas are
    united in the conquest of the Niger Deltans and the Igbos of defunct Biafra
    with the middle belt now used as pawns.

    • Niger-Delta Warrior

      …….(2) WHERE WE STAND ON 2015 ELECTION RESULT…Asari-Dokubo

      The victory of Muhammadu Buhari is a historical reminder that we are a conquered
      people who are mere appendages existing at the pleasure of the supremacist and
      the regional overlords.

      We remain a people separated by our ideologies and interests; we are
      neither integrated nor reconciled. The conditions that advanced the need to
      embrace the creeks have been sadly re-energized; it is clear that a vicious
      government who may maim and murder the voice of the so called minorities may
      have just been birthed.

    • Words on Marble

      “The election of Muhammadu Buhari as president is a clear indication that the country is not united.
      The Yoruba and Hausa collaborated to frustrate Jonathan who hails from the Niger Delta region.”

      …………….Asari Dokubo

      Leader of Niger-Delta Freedom Fighters

      [April 2nd, 2015]

    • burning spear

      fROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART i SALUTE THE COURAGE OF THE IBO NATION——-A FRIEND IN NEED–IS A FRIEND INDEED——–I NEVER FOR ONE SECOND BELIEVED THE IBOS.-WHEN THEY KETP ON SAYING YORUBAS CANNOT BE TRUST–UNTIL THE JUST CONCLUDED ELECTION–DR- junaid said it–that the yorubas want jonatha out more than they the fulanis—–now i know better-

      • burning spear

        Junaid Mohammed, has declared that blood would flow on the streets of Nigeria, should President Jonathan insist on running for the presidency in 2015.
        Speaking in an exclusive interview with Sunday Sun from his base in Kano, the former lawmaker, who chaired the House Committee on International Economic Relations and Socialist Bloc, argued that it was wrong for anyone to suggest that the clamour for power to return to the North in 2015, was coming from the North alone, insisting that there abound more agitators in the South-west, in this regard, than there are in the North, adding that “I can tell you today that there are more agitators in the South-west, for power shift to the North, than there are in the North.

    • Chinenye

      Keep quiet Asari, When Mr. Jona was the Head did u show him that respect? u people had the opportunity but squanda it, Mr. Jona allow block headed and local champions into his Team and thats what he got. with all the programs in ur region yet ur pipo including u embaszzled it for ur personal use becoming Billonaires overnight all in the name of oil-rich region. Naija can survive with or without oil, don’t u know that? u pipo seems to lack attitude mr. Asari.

      • Allen Toikumo

        So can u keep off the oil for now? I think it will save us pollution

  • burning spear

    The Yorubas want Jonathan out more that the Fulanis———-Junaid——-

    Junaid Mohammed, has declared that blood would flow on the streets of Nigeria, should President Jonathan insist on running for the presidency in 2015.
    Speaking in an exclusive interview with Sunday Sun from his base in Kano, the former lawmaker, who chaired the House Committee on International Economic Relations and Socialist Bloc, argued that it was wrong for anyone to suggest that the clamour for power to return to the North in 2015, was coming from the North alone, insisting that there abound more agitators in the South-west, in this regard, than there are in the North, adding that “I can tell you today that there are more agitators in the South-west, for power shift to the North, than there are in the North.

    • burning spear

      THE YORUBAS WANT JONATHAN OUT MORE THAN THE FULANIS

      • Intrepid

        Thats a fact.

    • Tunsj

      You are back from your hiding hole. I’m expecting you to congratulate President-Elect Buhari. Don’t be shy. you can do it.

  • Chinenye

    Keep quiet Asari, When Mr. Jona was the Head did u show him that respect? u people had the opportunity but squanda it, Mr. Jona allow block headed and local champions into his Team and thats what he got. with all the programs in ur region yet ur pipo including u embaszzled it for ur personal use becoming Billonaires overnight all in the name of oil-rich region. Naija can survive with or without oil, don’t u know that? u pipo seems to lack attitude mr. Asari.

  • Godfrey Etokebe

    How can one judge en election to be free and fair when ministers of the federal government were not allowed to cast their votes by BOKO HARAM disguised as voters in Northern Nigeria?
    How can you judge an Electoral process to be free and fair when the mentioned of the name JONATHAN was enough evidence for a DEATH sentence in Northern Nigeria?
    How can one claim victory in the election when the voting pattern CLEARLY DEMARCATES Nigeria into Northern and Southern Nigeria?
    Buhari’s victory signifies the ”beginning of the end” of the entity Call Nigeria if care and DRASTIC REFORMS are not immediate implemented within the shortest possible time.
    May be the immediate implementation of the CONFAB report may heal wounds to some significant extent.

    • Guguru

      Are those cries of frustration I am reading?

      • Godfrey Etokebe

        If you like it believe it. When net 75% of Northern Nigerians rejects a Southern Nigerian presidency and 74% Southern Nigerian rejects a Northern presidency, there is cause for concern.

        • Guguru

          There is only cause for concern in a delusional mind.

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            People have refused to be bought nor intimidate over both Divides. PDP could not buy the Northerners votes while BOKO HARAM could not intimidate the Southerners to vote for Buhari. People have made up their minds and have clearly taken their respective stand. If the immediate reforms that guarantees the right to self determination that GEJ was on the way to giving to the Nigerian People is not immediately implemented by Buhari and his goons_HEAVENS may fall. The NORTHERNERS wants it and the SOUTHERNERS wants it.

          • Guguru

            I just pity you my brother. The things you are saying should scare any rational person.

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            My statement is based on a careful analysis and interpretation of the referendum provided by the just concluded presidential election. THE FIGURES are just TOO HIGH to be neglected.

  • Guguru

    Just read many of the comments below and all you see are odes to failure and chants of frustration, wailing, and gnashing of teeth by the unrepentant and delusional PDP goons and supporters who are by now, completely crushed and despondent over their recent decisive loss to the power of integrity, determination, and accountability.

  • Guguru

    APC gored the PDP like a lion gores an antelope.

    • Godfrey Etokebe

      And gave me my UNITY and FREEDOM as a Southern Nigeria and similarly gave the Northern Nigerians their UNITY and FREEDOM as Northern Nigeria.

      • Guguru

        No one has taken a thing from you. Frankly, you need a dose of reality from us. You feel so victimized. This is how emotionally challenged people think and behave.

  • Willie2

    Dear General Buhari:

    I fear you may not be getting good advice from the APC supporters surrounding you.
    Here’s some good advice. There are three conditions to become President of Nigeria.
    Those three conditions MUST be met before anyone can be cleared and sworn in.
    Just winning a poll by highest number of votes does NOT make anyone a President.

    [1] You must be a Nigerian citizen; adult, aged over 40 years and sponsored by a party.
    [2] You must win the highest number of votes at an election + 25% of votes in 24 states.
    [3] You must NOT have committed a dis-qualifying offence which nullifies all your votes.

    Today, you have met the first and second conditions but have NOT meet the 3rd condition.
    That third overriding condition is specifically stated in the 1999 Constitution as follows:

    • “A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if he has
    presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission”.

    …….Section 137 (1) 1999 Constitution of Nigeria

    You can not be sworn in, illegally, on 29th May 2015, without meeting this 3rd condition.

    • Interrogator

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      • point of order

        Risk of an illegal President – Premium Times and its inadvertence

        Very mature editorial; true in all respects, and, objective in the matters it raised.
        But Premium Times did not raise at all; deliberately, the next constitutional issue:

        • A person shall not be qualified for election to
        the office of President if he has presented a
        forged certificate to the Independent
        National Electoral Commission.

        …….Section 137 (1) 1999 Constitution of Nigeria

        Premium Times should not say the court case on this constitutional issue is still
        sub judice; for even though it is, its significance is more decisive than the votes
        of the winning candidate – Muhammadu Buhari – and more decisive than all else.

        The Constitution says “SHALL NOT BE QUALIFIED.” Whenever the 1999 Constitution
        uses the word ‘shall’, no Judge, no court, nobody – not even President Jonathan –
        has the power to say, no! or to qualify Buhari by himself because Section 1 [1]
        of the 1999 Constitution is supreme over any Judge and over everybody in Nigeria.
        Never must anyone violate the 1999 Constitution to procure an ILLEGAL PRESIDENT.

        • Words on Marble

          ‘Where we stand on Buhari’s election’………Asari Dokubo

          “The election of Buhari as president is a clear indication that the country, Nigeria, is not united.
          The Yoruba and Hausa collaborated to frustrate Jonathan who hails from the Niger Delta region.
          The celebrated victory of Buhari is not the victory of the people but victory of regional conspiracy
          and supremacy. The voting pattern has clearly shown that the Gambari North and the Yorubas are
          united in the conquest of the Niger Deltans and the Igbos of defunct Biafra with the middle belt now
          used as pawns. The conditions that advanced the need to embrace the creeks have been sadly
          re-energized; it is clear that a vicious government which may maim and murder the voice of the
          so-called minorities may have just been birthed.”

          …………….Asari Dokubo

          Leader of Niger-Delta Freedom Fighters

          [April 2nd, 2015]

        • Freethinker

          ..

        • No Comment

          “The election of Buhari as president is a clear indication that the country, Nigeria,
          is not united. The Yoruba and Hausa collaborated to frustrate Jonathan who hails
          from the Niger Delta region. The celebrated victory of Buhari is not the victory of the
          people but victory of regional conspiracy and supremacy. The voting pattern has
          clearly shown that the Gambari North and the Yorubas are united in the conquest
          of the Niger Deltans and the Igbos of defunct Biafra with the middle belt now used
          as pawns. The conditions that advanced the need to embrace the creeks have been
          sadly re-energized; it is clear that a vicious government which may maim and murder
          the voice of the so-called minorities may have just been birthed.”

          …………….Asari Dokubo

          Leader of Niger-Delta Freedom Fighters

          [April 2nd, 2015]

          • i dey hear

            BUHARI NO GET SCHOOL CERT AND HE RUSH GO DO JAMB,
            EVEN IF HE PASS JAMB HE STILL NO GO GET ADMISSION.
            NA COMMON SENSE BE THIS; NO DEBATE FOR THAT ONE.
            ELECTION RESULT NO BE WAEC CERTIFICATE O, BUHARI.

      • abuasmau

        Oh, have you not heard. The Nigerian Army HQ in Abuja has reported that GMB school certificate has been discovered. That is what is meant by “CHANGE”

        • udi

          hahahahahaha!!!!

  • Repeater Station

    The Constitution says “SHALL NOT BE QUALIFIED.” Whenever the 1999 Constitution
    uses the word ‘shall’, no Judge, no court, nobody – not even President Jonathan –
    has the power to say, no! or to qualify Buhari by himself because Section 1 [1]
    of the 1999 Constitution is supreme over any Judge and over everybody in Nigeria.
    Never must anyone violate the 1999 Constitution to procure an ILLEGAL PRESIDENT.

    • A person shall not be qualified for election to
    the office of President if he has presented a
    forged certificate to the Independent
    National Electoral Commission.

    …….Section 137 (1) 1999 Constitution of Nigeria

  • i dey hear

    BUHARI NO GET SCHOOL CERT AND HE RUSH GO DO JAMB,
    EVEN AS HE PASS JAMB, HE STILL NO GO GET ADMISSION.
    NA COMMON SENSE BE THIS; NO DEBATE FOR THAT ONE.
    ELECTION RESULT NO BE WAEC CERTIFICATE O, BUHARI.

    • Investigator

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      • checkmate

        YOU SOUND CHILDISH!!! BY THE WAY, WHERE IS MAMA PISS?

        • Pere

          How Jega ‘defeated’ Jonathan in the 2015 election

          On this 2015 election, history will surely question
          Goodluck Jonathan’s claim as an educated man.
          An educated person must think, plan, anticipate,
          pre-empt and leap over booby traps.

          Goodluck Jonathan did none of those things in this election.
          Once Professor Jega had manipulated PVC distribution to reduce
          Igbo voters by four million, and with President Jonathan blithely
          ignorant of the consequences of that shenanigan, Jonathan lost
          the election even before voting started on 28th March.

          • Pere

            President Jonathan naively assumed that his Igbo voters also existed as
            accredited voters but they didn’t, they only existed on INEC’s other
            files as merely registered voters without PVC. Goodluck Jonathan’s
            ignorant confidence, as Jega loaded the dice, was his greatest un-doing.

  • Parasites in Power

    How could you forget the ascendency to power by swaying to the sounds from the suicide bombings and gun firing at the Markets, churches and only recently, in mosques? How could you forget the several statements made by the one you call your President elect? His threats of violence and violence and more violence? How could you forget his call for Sharia all over Nigeria? How could you forget that he refused to come for a debate? Could it be that it is against the recommendation by Sharia law?

    And most weird of all, how could you forget mama Enitan the plantain seller at Jos central market? What about Daniel, the Recharge card seller @ Secretariat who was blown to ashes while selling his recharge cards at the gate? How could you forget to mention the many students, civil servants etc who were bombed to death at bus terminals, the many children who were shot dead on their dormitory beds, those who were blown to pieces at morning assembly grounds, those hapless Okada riders blown from their motor bikes to pieces etc etc etc all because one man must become president? ……

    ……Is the ambition of one man worth all the blood of Dogs & Baboons shed? To Dr Jonathan, the answer is NO…. An emphatic NO. But you come here to write an Editorial presenting the dirty as Saintly and vice versa, all because you are under the illusion that Nigerians have no brains to think and rationalize anymore. Nonnnnnnnnsense!

    This Editorial in my own opinion is crap!

    • citizenka

      Dear Parasite

      I totally agree with you. The editorial is crap.

      In a sort reconciliatory and let let us see the good side of everyone moment it forgot to mention that no matter what how well he considers and no matter who was behind a terrorist attack, a president that fails to protect his people and territory is a failure.

      The editorial in a let us see the good side of everyone moment forget that angry fighters like you are still out there.

      It forgot to mention that no amount dignified concession or congratulatory message can bring back to life the dead victims that an incompetent commander in chief could not protect.

  • Straightalk

    2015 Election and the Islamic State of Nigeria

    Nigeria is not and has never been a democracy. Nigeria is aptly now a proto Islamic State.
    Voters there have no core values they are seen to defend against anyone who infringes it.
    Just bought and sold like articles, the bereft voters were made poor by criminal official thefts.
    But most thoughtless are the Yoruba Christians who though educated are worse than useless.

    Silhouette of an eventual birth of an Islamic State of Nigeria is clearer than ever before.
    The Christians and their Pastors have no visceral objection to an Islamic State of Nigeria.
    America and Britain – who both take Nigeria as orphan, now have their cut out, as a ruffian
    rogue state is set to emerge from behind the back of Muhammadu Buhari whom Islamist
    fundamentalists in Nigeria see as acceptable icon of Jihadist Islamism.

  • Bassey Eniang

    The editorial and accompanying comments (some of which ought not to have been published) contain critical issues, useful counsel and advice for all concerned. As one of the millions of voters, whose expression has culminated in the change we all prayed for, l humbly state as follows. First and foremost, We should all give thanks to God who answered our prayers, endorsed our decrees and gave us the opportunity of a new beginning. The Muslims among us have the opportunity to do so today and the Christians will have same opportunity on Easter Sunday!

    The Premium Times editorial focused on the Presidential election and tasks ahead for the new Government to be inaugurated come May 29th, 2015. From the comments published so far, one can glean a lot of negative thinking, perspectives, apprehension, concerns etc. My advice is that the new ruling party has a road map that has already predetermined the path they have chosen, which if they strictly adhered to and follow the direction indicated, should produce the desired result, which subject to audit will justify the trust and confidence that the electorate has reposed on them.

    The road map and direction indicated are in the APC’s manifesto and President elect’s speeches. These contain the beacons between where we are now and our destination by May 29th, 2019. These also define the tasks ahead. For the incoming Government, politics must cease and efficient, effective and productive Government must commence immediately after inauguration on May 29th 2015. The transition process must include the list of ministers (to be presented to the Senate) and other officials to form the new Federal Government. This imposes a time line for negotiation, horse trading, lobbying etc within the APC (who must remain firm and indivisible for the next four years). Just as they stood firmly behind and made sacrifices that led to their success and emergence of Gen Muhammadu Buhari as the President elect, the APC must remain so, all burying their personal, political, religious, tribal, sectional, regional and other interests (whatever these may be).

    The electorate agreed with the APC that urgent issues to be tackled are the security of life and property, corruption, the economy including empowerment of citizens and sharp reduction in poverty and unemployment. The President elect has said that his Government will be committed to establishing and running good and “principled” Government. If the above covenants are kept then the chances for success and re-election in 2019 will be guaranteed. I also advice that the new Government should act quickly on the 600 resolutions of the National Conference. If they have any concerns, they should revert to the people through referenda or other means of communication.

    One of the first tasks of the new Federal Government is to harmonise the functions of the executive, legislative and judicial arms of Government to facilitate efficient and effective management of Government to achieve the desires and expectations of the citizens within the four years allotted. The change achieved with respect to the management of the executive arm of Government must be replicated in the legislative and judicial arms of Government as well. This is one of the recipes for successful Government. The primary and prerequisite condition for appointment into leadership position in the three arms of Government must be ability to serve and deliver on the covenant made between the electorate and the new ruling party, the leaders including the President elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari and his team. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!