Video shows President Jonathan linking ex-Borno Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, to Boko Haram

Goodluck and Modu-sherif

About two weeks after Nigeria’s secret police, the State Security Service [SSS], cleared a former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, of any link to the extremist Boko Haram sect, PREMIUM TIMES has obtained a video suggesting that President Goodluck Jonathan is personally aware and strongly convinced of the former’s governor’s longstanding relationship with the founder of the sect.

In the video clip, shot in April 2013 during a visit he made to Borno state, Mr. Jonathan was heard describing Mr. Sheriff, who was then a member of the opposition All Progressives Congress [APC] as a “friend” of Mohammed Yusuf, the man who founded and led Boko Haram for years.

Mr. Yusuf died while in the custody of the Nigeria Police after he and a number of his followers were arrested following a bloody clash between the sect members and law enforcement.

During his visit to Borno that April 2013 to persuade Borno leaders and residents to accept a heightened military presence in the state until the insurgency is checked, Mr. Jonathan suggested that Boko Haram evolved, blossomed and took up arms against the Nigerian state during Mr. Sheriff’s reign as governor of the troubled North-East state.,

As commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Jonathan regularly has access to a multiplicity of security reports, and many believed he spoke from a position of knowledge at the time.

The video features the president, dressed in agbada and a cap, and clutching two microphones in his left hand while he addressed his audience, trying to defend the militarization of Borno and other states in the northeast region.

In his speech, Mr. Jonathan argued that the militarization of the region began after the crises that trailed the murder of the Boko Haram founder.

For a moment, the president could not remember the name of the slain Boko Haram leader and he called on the audience for help.

“Ehn ehn, what is the name of ehn ehn Governor Sheriff’s friend?” the president asked.

The audience clapped and laughed. Some echoed Yusuf!

“When Yusuf was killed, that was the beginning of the crisis…” the president continued his speech.

Mr. Yusuf was the founder of the Boko Haram sect. His extrajudicial murder in 2009 marked the beginning of the deadly insurgency that is now threatening the entire northeast region of Nigeria.

See full transcript of President Jonathan’s speech. Then watch the video after the transcript.

… Bunkers in Maiduguri or Borno state. Why should the bunkers come? Who wants to send bunkers to Borno state. There are too many APCs (armoured personnel carriers). Why should there be APCs in Borno state? Who wants to send APcs to Borno state? We are talking about soldiers.

There are some people even saying JTF should go. Who wants to spend money paying allowances of soldiers for God-sake. We need money for development.

If the circumstances that brought the soldiers are no longer there, that day, they will all leave. [Audience clap clap clap]

They were not in Borno state in 2001, 2002, 2003, up to 2009. Probably that is when ehnn this man was killed, and that was the beginning of crises.

Ehn ehn, what is the name of ehn ehn governor Sheriff’s friend? [Audience clapped, laughed and echoed Yusuf].

When Yusuf was killed, that was the beginning of the crisis…

A history : Ali Modu Sheriff and Boko Haram

Mr. Sheriff’s alleged link with Boko Haram dates back to his days as governor of Borno between 2003 and 2011.

Multiple security sources, politicians from his home state and residents of Borno claim Mr. Sheriff was close to the group and and its leadership, and indeed appointed a member of the sect to his cabinet as commissioner.

Recently, an Australian negotiator, working with the Nigerian government, Stephen Davis, also claimed that the sect’s top members told him Mr. Sheriff was a key sponsor of their activities.

On December 16, the SSS exonerated Mr. Sheriff after it paraded six men – including a former special assistant to current Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima. The SSS claimed the suspects admitted fabricating the scenarios the Australian negotiator relied on to make his claims.

A leaked security intelligence dispatch obtained by this newspaper also suggested Mr. Sheriff has link with the sect.

The memo claimed Mr. Sheriff personally oversaw the training and deployment of fighters from the Abeche region in Chad.

In Abeche, Mr. Sheriff operated from the lodge of the Chadian President, Idris Deby, the memo claimed.

After joining the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] in July 2014, Mr. Sheriff became a close ally of President Jonathan, and top leaders of the ruling party. He now enjoys state protection.

Mr. Sheriff has consistently denied any link with the Boko Haram sect. But this new video may pose a fresh challenge in his bid to delink himself from the deadly sect, which now appears to have grown out of control.


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  • kenagala2002

    Yususfs closeness to Ali Modu Sherrif is not secret. Ali Modu sherrif became governor due to the support from Yusuf. Ali Modu Sherrif also had Yusuf’s father inlaw as commissioner for religious affairs under him. But the same Modu Sherrif fell out with them and even supervised the killing of Yusuf and his father inlaw by the Nigerian police. Ali Modu Sherrif is actually culpable of the breeding ground that produced Boko Haram, but today he is their number one target as they have attempted to kill him severally, even killing his cousin. Jonathan referring to Yusuf as Sherrif’s cousin cannot be what he got from intelligence reports please. Its public knowledge. But its also good to learn here that the President travelled to Borno last year. I thought he is accused of not visiting Borno State.

    • Strong System

      A lot of people will be satisfied with a situation where Sheriff is put away…whether he is a sponsor or target of Boko,for the simple reason that his misrule and selfish interest brought about this monster

    • endingNaija

      Reno Omokri/Doyin Okugbe/Reuben Abati na Kenagala2002-Stop your garbage and spin. The question is: Is Ali Modu Sheriff a sponsor of Boko Haram? The answer is Yes. Next question: Is Ali Modu Sheriff a close ally of President Jonathan? The answer is Yes. Final question: Does President Jonathan know that his friend and ally Ali Modu Sheriff is a sponsor of Boko haram? The answer is yes. Kenagala na Reno Omokri na Doyin Okugbe na Reuben Abati your post is a SPIN-stop insulting the intelligence of Nigerians.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      April 2013.

      Stop thinking.

      That was almost a year before the Chibok event. Just 4 months shy of 2 years.

  • Guguru

    When a President is associated with a sponsor of terrorism, can that President be said to be clean? If you associate with sponsors of evil, are you not evil yourself?

  • Kermit

    That was a sarcastic statement the President made at the time just to make the meeting lively,it’s a joke he teases Modu Sheriff with, it wasn’t factual statement. He still repeated it in 2014 again. But then again now that Modu Sheriff is a PDP member we see him malingering around with the President and running errands for him, so does this mean that Goodluck is also a Boko Haram sponsor?

    • endingNaija

      Logically, it seems so given what you present here and the facts on ground!

      • Save Nigeria Father

        Please let us be in the same light mood with our President. Why must we pick holes where he is trying to patch up things?

        • endingNaija

          Patch? Did you say patch? I do not want to patch! I want to BUILD AND CHANGE!

          • Save Nigeria Father

            That is how it will be for now we still have all these military/dictators brought up around the corridors of power and no man fight two wars at different fronts and live to tell the story. No authority exist without God knowing about it. We must pray for our leaders.

          • endingNaija

            So you prefer to PATCH rather than BUILD and CHANGE? Too bad for you. You can continue in your patch of darkness.

          • Save Nigeria Father

            When that which is perfect shall come, that which is imperfect will give way. Partial emancipation cannot guaranty anything and we must learn to put the horse before the cart so that things can start working in Nigeria.

    • Maria

      Yes, he is.

    • tundemash

      have you been in a hole all the while ? yes Dumbo is a boko Haram sponsor.

      Dumbo is making a sarcastic statement with people dying daily ? How come Buhari’s comment about baboon didn’t sound sarcastic to you ?

      • Guguru

        tunde,

        Very true!

  • Olu from South Africa

    For knowing fully well the sponsor of Boko Haram and romancing the devil for selfish ambition, truly GEJ will be praised after he leaves office by the sons of demonic Satan.

    • kcee

      GEJ romances corruption, same way he does with terrorist. He allowed Alamblow, Oduah, Dishonorable Farouk etc… etc off the hook. We shall surely miss GEJ like Abacha when he leaves. We will sit back and remember years of wallowing in Darkness, Corruption, Potholes, Kidnapping, Terrorism and all other ills that would leave office with him. GOD BLESS NIGERIA

      • Save Nigeria Father

        Did corruption in Nigeria start with GEJ? If we must be real he ushered in democracy that is devoid of intimidation and bullying. At least there is a fair play and justice int the land now.

        • endingNaija

          GEJ was part of the origin of corruption and Corruption flowered boundlessly without limit with and under GEJ

          • Save Nigeria Father

            Corruption in Nigeria dates back with the Colonial master, the first republic and the military era is an aberration. OBJ democratic dictatorship is nothing to write home about. GEJ is better than all. But I believe Nigeria is metamorphosing and any attempt to force it without recourse may be disastrous to equity and fair play.

          • endingNaija

            President King Goodluck Jonathan Nebuchadnezzar has been historically part of Nigerian corrution. He has carried it to the highest height ever in Nigerian history. Enough! He has to leave. And he will leave by the special grace of God and our democratic votes so that Nigeria can move on without him!

          • Save Nigeria Father

            It is then the wishes of Nigerians that will prevail not only the political cabals nor the elites of your type.

          • kcee

            Now you are beating around. Everyone has a fault but GEJ has uncountable faults as a leader. How do you dine and wine with known Terrorists and Corrupt politicians. President GEJ is ironically saying to people “Don’t eat meat but on the other hand he is always seen with toothpick. Please let him give way, Abeg

        • kcee

          You can preach the good he has done which we all know of, but if the Country is in decline more than it is ascending. Sorry that’s not good enough and that means we have a leader that lacks vision and discipline. Nobody is perfect but let GEJ give up to 45% of leadership and you will see praises from Nigerians. If he is not fit, let him step aside. I don’t care even if he is from my area.

          • Save Nigeria Father

            To some people he has enthrone equity and justice(true democracy) a prerequisite for harmonious leaving that can spark off economic development.

        • tundemash

          Creek monkey … must something start with him before he addresses it ? Did the locomotives you claimed GEJ is refurbishing start with him, how come he’s refurbishing them?

          Now that we know Dumbo knew about Ali Modu Sherrif’s connection to Boko Haram since 2013, what have they both been diwcussing in Chad if not sponsoring more attacks from Boko Haram ?

          Secondly, you amnesty miscreants have been made to beleive Boko Haram was being sponsored to bring down Dumbo’s govt and here you have Dumbo confirming the crisis started when Yusuf was killed which pre-dates Dumbo’s Presidency. TRUTH IS CATCHING UP WITH ALL YOUR LIES AND THE COOKIE IS CRUMBLING FAST !

          • Save Nigeria Father

            Courtesy demands may not be followed here else I may be regarded as u suggested Creek monkey for I am not one please. Learn your manners.

          • tundemash

            if it reasons like a monkey …….

          • Save Nigeria Father

            My President is not a monkey and I cannot accept such less it tantamount heaping a curse on my country. Please you may be citizen of dual nationality but me I have no other. I reject any curse against my Fatherland. You can make your contribution without cursing the sitting president of my Fatherland.

          • tundemash

            u are d@ft ….. does my statement up there reference Dumbo ? Stick to your area of expertise; diving under water fishing for perewinkles!

          • Save Nigeria Father

            Must u resort to insult before any comment. How do you expect me to accept you or must you force your ideology on me even when you are preaching democracy abi na demoncrazy.

          • tundemash

            asking if corruption starts with Jonathan is very d@ft …. i have no apologies for people that sees through ethnic and religious glasses. Yaradua didn’t ask if the terrorism in ND started with him b4 tackling it nor did Obama ask of Alqaeda problem started with him.
            You don’t have to accept my view. Democracy is a game of numbers and Feb. 2015 shall determine that.

  • Galare I. N

    The timeless joy about the Truth is that it can never be hidden forever. As God lives,the blood of every person that has been shed by this insurgency will not be in vain. Justice will surely be done if not now,then eventually.

  • endingNaija

    PDP and President King Goodluck Jonathan Nebuchadnezzar’s e-rats are coordinated by Reno Omokri, Doyin Okugbe and Reuben Abati. These e-rats are oleku/otile/deacon/the “truth”/akpos1/Gideon Orkar/okar/mani_kay/mpitikwelu/redeem/Tawanda/peter2000/Nwa Abba Biafra/Proudly Deltan etc. Where are these e-rats? When are they going to Ruuusshhh in as usual in the most illogical manner to spin and defend the indefensible-Goodluck Jonathan! Now Goodluck Jonathan e-rats RUSH in –one,two, three GO!

    • larrybiafra

      Shaarap! You kill and kidnap your children and when Ihejirika sends troops to stop BH you swore to send him to ICC. Now you want GEJ to clean up your mess!

      • endingNaija

        Can you think? Or is it just a difficulty for you to think? Is this failed ability to think what President Goodluck Jonathan reflects in his lack of ethics of governance ? Just asking Mr. Biafra!

  • favourtalk

    That is what PDP had done for us nigerians, lies everyday and continous impunity in this government which is really bringing down the country, nigerians have known the truth now and we need a change rust now for a better development in the country. We need change

  • Thepeople

    Again this is how we would remember this Bokoharam President now, and when he leaves office.
    This why America and the west have refused to help in the fight of Bokoharam.
    This is why America has refused to sell arms to Nigerian government.
    Jonathan and Nigerian government is associated with terrorisim, drug dealers, looters and corruption.
    CHANGE MUST COME TO NIGERIA

  • Seadog

    I wish in God’s name someone would govern this place (Nigeria)
    in a way that doesn’t make me feel personally belittled. I cannot
    stand the notion of these people feeling they have the right

    to wipe their dirty feet and piss upon us.

    Nigeria is almost a failed state where ordinary people’s anger
    has peaked with potentially lethal consequences. If nothing
    changes, i cannot guarantee what recourse the people will take.

    The level of anger has peaked. I don’t rule out Nigeria breaking up.

    That’s what can happen to a failed state. Nigeria is close to breaking

    up and its leadership has descended into a theatre of the absurd.

    ……….Professor Wole Soyinka

    (March 16, 2010)

  • Maria

    PDP is the janjaweed party… now the evidence is coming out.

  • dudu

    Is GEJ this naive?

    • endingNaija

      No he is not. He knows what he is doing. That is the poor and sickening character of a President who thinks ONLY about himself. Such fellow will cling onto anything to survive-including the most deadly as you can see for yourself. King Goodluck Jonathan Nebu’s “principle” of governance is “It is good if it works for me even if it is bad for Nigeria… it is bad if it works for the country but if it does not work for me…” That is what is happening to President King Goodluck Jonathan Nebu of Aso Rock. This is why he -King Jona Nebu boxed himself into this hole of perdition-let him sink in it. He caused it through his greed, un-ethical and sharp practices, manipulative politics, sheer incompetence in governance, selfishness, and failure of character and leadership.

      • dudu

        hmmn, well said and I agree with you. It is just so so sad and unfortunate the colossal loss of human lives that followed years after he made that speech. From the way he spoke, one would have expected him to be on top of the situation and make genuine efforts to quash the insurgency since it began to escalate but he would not do that, because he wants to be served more food in his plate when he is yet to finish eating the one that has been set before him. Patriotic Nigerians have an opportunity to make a change come February 14, 2015. It is a date with Nigeria’s destiny.

  • Save Nigeria Father

    GEJ style of leadership that is clothed in humility, justice and peace is strange to a generation that is brought up with military dictatorship. When shall we learn what true democracy entails? Must he make enemy of all corrupt men which is more in percentage to pacify a few? That doesn’t mean support of evil but with diplomacy he is carrying majority along. I am not in support of any cabal who may want to wrestle power with disguise. Afterall he has succeeded in stopping the share the money attachment to PD.

    • endingNaija

      Did you mean GEJ failed “leadership” style clothed in CORRUPT GARMENT? Do you know GEJ woman called Diezani Alison Madueke? Can you tell us something about this Corrupt female soul? Can you come again please?

      • Save Nigeria Father

        I beg your pardon sir. I am not standing in for anybody but as long as judiciary and NASS has not done anything on the perceived corruption, executive alone cannot be held accountable. The way I saw it is that GEJ refuse to play the game of corruption with our NASS members and they started throwing stones.

        • tundemash

          keep playing the blame game.Soon , you will blame God.
          Does NASS control the anti-corruption agencies ?

          • Save Nigeria Father

            They are in position to impeach him if they are no corrupt themslves.

          • endingNaija

            And GEJ is in a paid executive position to probe and sanction his woman-Ms. Diezani Alison Maduke!

          • Save Nigeria Father

            And he said he has not seen anything wrong with her in his own perception and records before him. But your own record upon which you are judging is well assessable by NASS. Let them do their work of checkmating the executive for that is why they are there.

        • endingNaija

          Your GEJ set up the Ribadu Task Force of The Petroleum Industry. Ribadu is a member of your party. He is the PDP governorship candidate in Adamawa state. The Ribadu task force indicted Ms. Diezani Alison Madueke. Why has your GEJ not sanctioned his woman-Diezani Alison Madueke based on the outcome of a Task Force he-GEJ set up? Your GEJ cannot sanction his woman because Diezani Alison madueke is GEJ’s woman and she is his stealing and thieving purse in the petroleum industry. These are facts. Go back and cross check the facts since you, GEJ, his woman Ms. Diezani Alison Madueke and Nuhu Ribadu belong to the same party-PDP.

    • Thepeople

      God is truth says Ghandi. Those who worship him, must worship him in truth. Only the truth would save you. If only GEJ stood for the truth, that only would have saved him, no matter what percentage of corrupt men, cabal or looters that stood against him. The sword of truth is powerful. Our President has no truth in him and therefore with the corrupt people he wants to pacify would and have failed. A vision is what makes or breaks a leader. GEJ have a vision of corruption and lacks truth. He failed. He must go. Buhari is not a saint, he has to win for the good Nigeria. When he wins , if he works only for the corrupt as GEJ did, if he does not work for a better Nigeria for your children and my children, then he should and would be removed. That is true democracy. CHANGE MUST COME TO NIGERIA.

    • Paiko

      No matter how bad and terrible a man is there are people that see him as a saint. I’m not surprised of your belief in Jona!!!

      • Save Nigeria Father

        Over the years I have been watching with keen interest the political, economic and religious growth in Nigeria which made me to understand the position of Nigeria in the world. Nigeria – perfect sample of the global world in terms of multiplicity of religion, ethnicity, population etc is the world most populous nation of the blacks – the useless thing of the world which God will use to shame the wise. Don’t worry my dear Satan must hand off first and you will know who is the originator of all sciences.

  • Titi

    If a President can not expose a single financial sponsor of such heinous act after 6 yrs then he clearly can not exonerate himself. If U exonerate him from complicity then I will not exonerate him from inability. Either ways he is unfit to be my President

    • Thepeople

      Absolutely right!!! Nigerians are no fools

    • Save Nigeria Father

      Nigeria is a complex society which cannot be forced in stereotyped straight-jacket.

      • Thepeople

        Execuses, execuses, excuses, Nigeria is no more a complex society than Malaysia, Singapore, indonesia or Ghana here in Africa….etc. They are making progress. Accept it GEJ has failed and must go. CHANGE MUST COME TO NIGERIA

        • Save Nigeria Father

          Nigeria is the 7th largest populated nation in the world with more than 350 ethnic groups and multiplicity of religion and cultures which no other country can compare to in terms of complexity.

  • Ha

    This govt is ending in two months time. I’m afraid the FG may in the end decide to assassinate Sheriff to cover up all that transpired between them. It is now becoming crystal clear everyday that the sect is enjoying legitimate sponsorship from the g*vt.

  • tundemash

    The e-rats are in disarray about this expose on Dumbo Jo. They are still busy looking for a lie to spin on this.
    So Dumbo knew Boko Haram crisis started well before his Presidency and yet kept quiet when his army of online insurgents from Reno, Abati, Okupe, Femi Aribisala and the usual e-rats here kept pining everything unto Buhari and APC.
    So Dumbo knew Modu Sherrif has a connection to Boko Haram and yet was having meetings with him in Aso Rock and Chad ….. to discuss what ?

    Under Dumbo, Nigeria is a crime scene (cr. @dare). After the 2015 election, Dumbo must be prosecuted for crimes against humanity like Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Taylor !

  • Abiodun Adeniran

    Shame I say shame on all Jonathan’s supporters! It is extremely senseless to commit the Nation’s security unto this man called Jonathan!

  • Oleku

    “If what happened in 2011 should again happen in 2015, the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood…Revolution is inevitable in 2015 if I lose.” – M.BUHARI

    “The next election is likely to be violent and many people are likely going to die…”- Nasiru El-RUFIA

    “I am putting Jonathan on notice that he must leave office come 2015.”- Mr Ango ABDULAHI

    “If Jonathan insists on running, there will be bloodshed…His running will amount to taking northerners for a ride. So, there will be bloodshed.” – Junaid MUHAMMED

    “You ‘rig & roast’…” – Malam Bola TINUBU

    “If APC loses the elections we shall not accept defeat but set up a parralel govt and install our own president”— Liar Mohammed

    • endingNaija

      welcome Ole

    • endingNaija

      Ole, the spin of YOU e-rats is to distract and refuse to address the ISSUES-anyway we already anticipate you. We are only having fun. Welcome Ole with your distraction. Even YOU can SEE that your miserable post DODGED the issue!!! I just dey enjoy myself for dis King Goodluck Jonathan Nebu e-rats who are e-rattling away with distractions in defense of a Goodluck Jonathan FAILED presidency!

    • Kola Adekola

      He goat! Is that the issue here?

    • amazing2012

      To complete your list please quotes those hate comments from DOKUBO, Edward Clark etc

  • Mr Igbo Sanity

    <odu Sherriff has always been a false flag pdp mole, even while he came with other ANPP members to APC merger.
    When APC became convinced that he is been used by pdp to sugggest that the New Party, APC was behind B/H, Tinubu public;y teold him to leave APC immediately!

    When Shrriff realised that his cover as a "false flag" pdp operative is now blown open he went to the willing hands of his secret benefactor, jonathan!

    • Save Nigeria Father

      A true politician of this kind will not be so reckless in disclosing whom his true benefactor is. GEJ is only humoring the crowd and they are giving a wrong interpretation here.

      • tundemash

        we all know Jona is a master of gaffe ! It’s two per week !

        • Save Nigeria Father

          Na only you sabi that one. But hold on and let those whose duty it is to call him to order do their work first.

          • tundemash

            I am a Nigerian and I have every right to call him to order. We can’t all be sycophants and we all don’t get crumbs from the looters.

          • Save Nigeria Father

            There is always a hierarchy of authority and that is why you must cast your vote wisely. But for millions of Nigeria after they have voted people in to do the work of checkmating to come to the social media to continue insulting their President is a gross distraction and is unacceptable.

          • tundemash

            Keep shifting the goalpost ! Respect is earned and not given on a platter and Respect should be reciprocal. A cl0wn who claimed corruption is mere stealing has not respected me and cannot earn my respect for abusing my sensibility.
            A coward jittery enough to be able to visit a part of his country where lunatics are on a killing spree cannot earn my respect. If he canot guarantee his own safety as President to visit those areas, how can he guarantee the safety of poor Nigerians with no access to multitude of SSS, Army and POlice as guards as he does?
            A divisive man who uses religion and ethnicity to dubiously divide people he rules over cannot earn my respect.
            A man who hugs and he’s in bed with corruption cannot earn my respect.

            Good on you that you respect the cl0wn ……. I don’t …. if you don’t like it, u can nsuck on it for all i care.

          • Oleku

            Tundemash, come 14th February 2015 he who laughs last…?

          • Save Nigeria Father

            I am not asking you to respect Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, I am asking you to respect the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which you may become tomorrow. Though still honor to whom honor is due. And more importantly not to curse the seat of the Government of our Fatherland.

          • tundemash

            Sycophancy taken to the level of madness. An office is as good as the occupant. Did you pray for Abacha when he occupied same office ? No one probably knew of NAFDAC until Dora got there. Since Ribadu left, some are wondering of EFCC still exist. An office is as good as the occupant.
            Keep working for your stove and 5kg of rice.

          • Save Nigeria Father

            Yes I did but what I don’t understand is why you cannot make your comment without insult? Or do you see your opinion as devoid of mistake? don’t you think that such is self delusion?

          • tundemash

            I thought i told you my opinion of you earlier, i will repeat for the last time; only a d@ft will say corruption did not start with GEJ hence not responsible to tackle it.

          • Save Nigeria Father

            I hope you mean to say daft not d@ft. I have never said such regarding GEJ tackling corruption rather am only saying the inevitable if the other arms of government cannot play their role since we are in a democratic settings not autocracy.

          • Save Nigeria Father

            I am working for the truth and Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

          • tundemash

            Good on you ……

            What good fortune for governments that the people they govern do not think….. Adolf Hitler.

            Keep getting high on that poor man’s opium : religion !

          • Save Nigeria Father

            Intelligent and rich guys like you have never think of a way to stop this heavy dependence on importation to better our economy but only specialized on a crook way of widening the gap between the rich and the poor. Thinking themselves master of disaster? Yes I know my God and they that knows their God shall do exploit

          • tundemash

            shou ! loose canon …. why keep jumping here and there when u are defeated on an issue. It is now about some guys depending on importation ….. i guess it is those your fathom rich guys that determines the economic policy for Dumbo’s govt. You wanna tell us the made-in-nigeria wine, cars, household items used in Aso Rock so we can buy same please?

          • Save Nigeria Father

            Now you are putting your world wide intelligent into action. Just as you cannot understand the sarcastical statement of Mr. President or should I come down for you to understand that that one is directed to you who is all the while taking the issue personal, boasting of your intelligent and those that ought not to exist.

          • prettyriversgirl

            what has this got to do withd issue at hand

          • Guguru

            Tunde, well said.

  • Wise Head

    Premium Times, editors: Based on your understanding of the nuanced usages of the English language, and the tone used here, do you truly believe in your heart of hearts that when GEJ said “Sheriff’s friend”, that it means linking him with Boko Haram, or are you just involved in deliberate mischief? Ask your conscience? You know as well as I do, and you are able to understand what I mean (unless you choose not to) that if, for instance, a certain criminal is terrorizing a state, that I can publicly ask the governor at a function; “what about your friend?” or “have they apprehended your friend yet?” and it will be clear to everyone what I mean. Now, Sheriff was in the APC when GEJ made this statement, now if he understood it as you are trying to portray it, why did he not call a press conference the next day to protest? By the way, why did you grossly minimize that video? Is it possible that Sheriff was even in that audience when GEJ said it since that was not a political rally but an official visit to Borno which even as a governor from the opposition, he would be the one to host the president and become part of his itinerary? Can you tell why Sheriff never reacted to the statement? So, you mean that your mouthpiece, Lai Mohammed, will hear this kind of thing (and understood it the way you distorting it) and keep quiet? I want to tell you this: One day, Premium Times and Sahara Reporters will wake up to be confronted by all they are doing to the psyche of their simple-minded readers just to satisfy APC chieftain whom none of them, in the privacy of their thoughts believe are genuine patriots interested in the welfare of this country. Well, I understand you just have a job to do, but you also have a conscience to contend with after the smoke of 2015 might have evaporated and you are confronted with you helped to turn Nigeria into.

    • Save Nigeria Father

      Objective analysis! God bless you for our dear nation Nigeria.

    • Oleku

      Wow! What an objective analysis from a non partisan Nigerian, you said it all dear compatriot. I have always maintained that Premium Times and Sahara Reporters are enemies of Nigeria. Whatever they sow they shall reap. SR is not only being bankrolled by APC but they are also an agent of CIA, to destabilise the most powerful black nation, create unrest and then send troops to invade the country and alternatively control our oil wells. But they all will fail

      • Save Nigeria Father

        Thanks for your understanding my dear.

      • Rommel

        Wow!!! where did you learn the art of sycophancy so well that I am wondering if you indeed have Phd in it? president Jonathan will remain eternally grateful to these news media you just mentioned especially Sahara reporters for making it possible for him to become president of Nigeria only that he failed everybody except those that worship untruths and and workers of iniquity.

    • Rommel

      Without Sahara reporters,Jonathan probably may never have become president,they more than any other media organization were responsible for making the Turai cabal uncomfortable such that they decided to see reason and do the right thing since they never knew where Sahara reporters were getting information from,even president Jonathan can never say these things you just said because he might be clueless no doubt but as dumb as not to recognize those who stood with him against his oppressors,only that today,he has become the oppressor

      • Wise Head

        Okay, I get it now. So, Sahara Reporters expected GEJ to reach out to them and rub their palms and because he did not, they have now declared an all out war that has become even injurious to the country. I guess the APC has done what GEJ didn’t do, and Sahara Reporters has become their militant media. It is now known in some quarters as Buhari Reporters.

        Well, not many share, however, your opinion that without Sahara Reporters, GEJ would not taken over as president. Yes, they did several reports on the cabal, but how far did that affect the National Assembly that eventually did what they should do? Note that after Yar’Adua died eventually, the cabal could no longer find what to hide behind to cling on to power.

        • Rommel

          They are merely reporting facts,Sahara is always on the side of the oppressed,haven’t you noticed? if you haven’t then your heart must be dark

          • Save Nigeria Father

            You have already betrayed yourself.

    • Guguru

      Wise head,

      We cannot assume what Jonathan was trying to say because none of us is a mind-reader. If Jonathan said Yusuf was Ali Modu Sheriff’s friend, who are we to dispute what the President said? Or, since when has any of us become the spokes person and Presidential mind reader for Jonathan?

      • Wise Head

        And why on earth did Mr. Sheriff not respond to such a grave allegation (as you now make it to be) even when he was still in the APC? Why did Lai Mohammed not immediately cry blue murder? Only the other day, because the DSS spokesperson said that any time APC won an election, there is usually NO bomb blast, but when PDP or other parties win, we usually experience bomb blasts and other acts of terror, Lai Mohammed almost jumped out of his skin with rage and began to threaten law suit? He made such a great noise about such an insinuation, yet he could keep quiet about this? And why did Premium Times minimize that video to obviously black out Sheriff who might have been in that audience as the president’s host, and whom he probably directed the “Yusuuf friend” joke at? That event was not a political rally, so it was perfectly in order to expect Sheriff to be there as the GEJ’s host as the security in his state was being discussed with the people of his state (since he is not a Rotimi Amaechi or Musa Kwankwaso – the man who has elevated politics with bitterness into an art)

        • Guguru

          Wise Head,

          Do you hang out with armed robbers and kidnappers and other types of criminals? Well, Jonathan seems to have found friendship with a man with a criminal past (Ali Modu Sheriff—BH sponsor) , correct? Which other President of Nigeria do we know have hung out with Ali Modu Sheriff so publicly and blatantly like Jonathan? Ali Modu Sheriff did not change to the PDP under Obasanjo or Yaradaua, both PDP members. Sheriff did change to the PDP under Jonathan. Any reason for this? Again, you are making unsubstantiated assumptions. Mr Jonathan is hanging out with a criminal and you seem incapable of understanding why it is troubling to see a President hanging out with a terror sponsor like Ali Modu Sheriff, right?

          • Wise Head

            How did all these answer my question, that there was public ceremony in Borno and Sheriff (still a member of APC then) received the president as host governor, and while addressing the people of the state, the president made his joke before crowds of people which elicited loud laughter from the crowd who understood what he meant. The issue here is that Premium Times is alleging based on that video that GEJ publicly accused Sheriff of being sponsor of Boko Haram. Remember the issue under contention. Now, how does a public ceremony with crowds of people mean “hanging out”? Do you really understand the meaning of that phrase?

  • Seadog

    “I wish in God’s name someone would govern this place (Nigeria)
    in a way that doesn’t make me feel personally belittled. I cannot
    stand the notion of these people feeling they have the right
    to wipe their dirty feet and piss upon us.

    Nigeria is almost a failed state where ordinary people’s anger
    has peaked with potentially lethal consequences. If nothing
    changes, i cannot guarantee what recourse the people will take.

    The level of anger has peaked. I don’t rule out Nigeria breaking up.
    That’s what can happen to a failed state. Nigeria is close to breaking
    up and its leadership has descended into a theatre of the absurd.”

    ……….Professor Wole Soyinka

    (March 16, 2010)

  • Between The Lines

    It’s just a press stunt by Premium times, and for those that understand what sarcasm is that’s what the President was trying to do there. He always teases Ali Modu Sheriff that Mohamed Yusuf was his friend and people around including Modu Sheriff (SAS) himself all laugh to it, as you can see for yourself in the video. Modu Sheriff is very close to the President and if he GEJ truly believed that there’s a connection am sure he would not like to be seen with Modu Sheriff (SAS) and also he would have chased him out of PDP or Locked him up, but it’s obvious the guy is innocent and his enemies were the ones that created these malicious stories surrounding Sheriff and Boko Haram links. So please let’s not try to blow the whole thing out of context by debating and making and issue from it.

    • tundemash

      Modu Sheriff is innocent …. so who is behind Boko Haram or are they truly ghosts ?

      • Save Nigeria Father

        No, they are not ghosts but people like me and you who believe they are fighting for a just cause and have been depraved of logical reasoning along the line because they thought it is by power and might. Little did they know that a little leaven that leaveneth the whole lump. My corrupt actions and your corrupt actions in public office can trigger reactions from a set of people who hate injustice and on trying to take laws into their hands can cross the boundary especially when they have a little support and justification for their actions.

        • tundemash

          What you are and i think about Boko Haram does not matter as much as what the man who control the security agencies think. For a while, he thought and he said they were ghosts , a supposed PhD holder !
          When the head is rotten …… no hope for the body ……… if the man at the top is corrupt nothing you and I can do. I am not a govt contractor and i am far removed from anywhere i can be corrupt. Supporting the looters in govt. e.g you saying corruption did not start with GEJ does not help him. He’s not voted into power to tackle problems that started with him ! Stop being a loose cannon; neither here or there !

          • Save Nigeria Father

            I must not take side to front the truth. I am interested in whatever that will be good for my country and I know that God will help us when we start being honest to ourselves. Democratic government is characterized with a lot of checks and balances and I want to see every one of them start functioning so as to check the excesses not pretending to be active and continue to sacrifice the interest/rights of nearly 170million people for bags of rice and salt which they have doled out earlier. I am not supporting any corrupt government but we must be careful of those who may want to gang up to wrestle power by all means. GMB may be a man with zero tolerance to corruption but can he still do it in this democratic era as he did as dictator. What of the cabal behind him? Anyway that is for Nigerians to say mine is just one vote.

          • tundemash

            If GMB doesn’t do well, we will vote him out in 4yrs too, that is the beauty of democracy; we are not scared of change !

          • Save Nigeria Father

            Different regions of the country with different views, some prefer GEJ, some like you say is GMB. I admonish you to pray for the seat of the incumbent for the peaceful conduct of the election through. So that we will elect whom we want by majority voters interest.

          • tundemash

            As usual, Jonathanians trying to use ethnic divide. There is no different regions preferring a candidate. He had 6yrs to use to convince people and u can see your self online how disapointed people are.
            As far as i can remember, GEJ had over 25% in over 24 states in 2011 and actualy had majority on some northern states and south west not to talk about the SS and SE. The truth is that people have now seen thru the “i had no shoes” story they got scammed with. A coward not bold enough to confront oil subsidy thieves, pension thieves and terrorists isn’t worth to be a President. A man who likens online criticism to the use of dynamite is at best d@ft and not worth to be a President. A man under whose watch $44bn Excess Crude Oil Reserve has depleted to $4bn in 6yrs will bankrupt this country. A man not able to get a single conviction of corrupt case in 6 yrs but instead pardoned convicted looters should be consigned to the dustbin of history!
            Do not introduce ethnic dimension about certain regions preferring someone; it is the people !

          • Save Nigeria Father

            Nigerian people have never spoken with one voice in this social media unless you want to impose yourself as some who believe that some others are second class citizen.

          • tundemash

            We don’t have to speak with one voice and no nation or group of people have ever spoken with one voice…. in a democracy, majority always have their way. Just as Nigerians did not speak with one voice in 2011 but majority had their way and Dumbo was made President, you have to accept it if same majority now have a different opinion after 4yrs of Dumbo. And obviously u can see the handwriting on the wall that CHANGE HAS COME hence you have been struggling since to muddle up the water just to maintain the status quo ! Sorry you failed this time around ! If you feel inferior because you are intellectually deficient, that is your problem. If u wanna be taken serious, stay on course in your argument and stop going astray here and there.

          • Save Nigeria Father

            I will like to reason with you but your problem is that you hardly make your point without insulting others. But your insult can never make me feel inferior as u may suggest. Or do you think that your intellectual efficiency will make the black white or vise-verse before your maker. Common wisen up and lets reason together for the betterment of our nation, Stop being aggressive please.

          • tundemash

            How can i be on same page with someone who excuses Dumbo incompetence by saying corruption did not start with GEJ?
            Obviously you are sober and don’t be too ashamed to admit you erred with that naive statement and hence forth do not attempt to introduce religious sentiment in the issue here; religion is always the hiding place of the ones lacking in ideas !

          • Save Nigeria Father

            It is religion that is causing problem in the NE and you cannot deny the fact. We know the antics of those who want to snatch power with disguise. They have introduce religion in their campaign take off.

          • tundemash

            u see why i told you …. u are d@ft? In same video, u are commenting on right now, Dumbo just told you Boko Haram problem started when Yusuf their leader was killed, was Dumbo in power then ?
            Muazu, current PDP Chairman, signed Sharia into law in Bauchi state as gov.
            GEJ personally attended OIC(Organisation of Islamic Countries) meeting in Egypt in 2013
            GEJ went about churches in Abuja last week campaigning and making policy statements.

            So who exactly is using religion to divide and rule ?

          • Save Nigeria Father

            There is a lot of difference between me and you. As long as you continue to resort on insult while making your comments, I may not continue with you because you know how to stoke the ember of violence and little did you know about it.Even if I should point on your weakness, I must be careful to avoid insult. Please learn this especially for your kind who did not know the origin of violence in the NE. Thank you

          • tundemash

            Dispute the facts i just gave you instead of behaving like a weakling!

            If you wanna crawl back into the hole you came from, you don’t have to announce that to me. A d@ft that equates disagreement with him to violence isn’t worth my time. Not different from how your Dumbo was equating criticism of his govt to usage of dynamite yesterday …. stick to what you know how to do best: diving under water fishing for perewinkles !

          • Save Nigeria Father

            And you think I can stoop so low. If you have a bad stock to sell why not try other doors? I can only discuss issues and not insults please. I have some others of my kind as you go ahead enjoy your kind.

          • tundemash

            Creek monkey …. you are the one asking us not to get down from the ONE CHANCE misfortune Nigeria has found itself since 1999 ! CHANGE HAS COME and u better live with that reality ! Save whatever u hav made from your TAN misadventure as the amnesty awoof will cease from next year.

          • Save Nigeria Father

            Your vomit speaks more of you. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

          • tundemash

            Go lick your wounds …. no one is buying your ethnic and religious divide sentiment !

          • Save Nigeria Father

            It is only Boko Haramist that give wounds. I hope you will not throw bomb in this social media?

          • tundemash

            olodo creek monkey ! The wound here is figurative …. go check the meaning of that in the dictionary!

          • Save Nigeria Father

            I know you are an intelligent crook but you still fail to see my sarcasm.

          • prettyriversgirl

            he is one of those that gives christians a bad name. trully a ‘fake’ christian. it might even an arm of TAN.

          • tundemash

            did u notice the way he dodges issues and brings up something different once he’s cornered in his fantasies?

          • prettyriversgirl

            GEJ is d onw strongly uaing religion in an effort to sway public opinion in his favour. asking us to pray for him.if he does not have what takes. he’s had enough time to realise it. why not go home to rest and pursue other interests

          • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

            I admire and learn lots from your comments. We must learn to speak the truth no matter the cost. We need to put Nigeria in the right direction. Point out our leaders mistakes and duggest ways of correction.

          • tundemash

            thanks bro. wish you a prosperous and Ebele-free, mere stealing-free 2015 !

          • Sword of Damocles

            Dont sweat the technique. You got “mashed up” because there was “cognitive dissonance” in your intellectual game and a renowned patriot on this here blog had to call you out. It is simple, speak truth ONLY, when it comes to our beloved Fatherland. It is the surest & simplest test of loyalty to our Republic

          • Save Nigeria Father

            The truth you want to know is that Nigeria politics is divided between religion and tribalism a thing that was calculated and thrown into the country by the enemies of the country who now has predicted its disintegration by 2015 and their own continent is gathering up with one voice pushing for one world government wher you will still remain fith class in all ramifications, citizenship, economically, intellectually and otherwise.

          • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

            Mr Save Nigeria Father, I want to ask who started it? Recall the first bomb explosion on the independence day, GEJ cried out “It not my people, I know my people.” A president should have known that all Nigerians are his people. And I tell you that was the beginning of sectionalism that we are witnessing today and perhaps a reason why he failed to visit the Northeast to condole thousands that lost their love ones.

          • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

            If at all we will be allowed to elect who we want to elect. I have no confidence with the manner of electoral process in Nigeria. Security agents are always made to work for those paying their current salaries and not those who are not. Battalion of soldiers are often deployed for elections instead of deploying them to the terrorists held areas.

          • prettyriversgirl

            u r right

          • Hassan Abdussalam

            Thank you

          • prettyriversgirl

            still a better choice to GEJ. D man has been there for almost 6 years. aside from making taking steps that rarely bnefits d commom man. corruption is at a great level, he publicly supports corrupt officials, his officials are loose canons… they r talking austerity measures while telling us we have d largest economy in Africa, our economy is robust. all lies. d economy is at d brink of collapse, we are borrowing so much, cost of governance is so high. we need someone like GMB to bring some sanity to this country so we don’t lose everything. d man has proved he has integrity and a very strong will. these are qualities we strongly need in our leader

          • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

            Mr Save Nigeria Father, I was going through your interesting discussion and I felt like joining you. At a point in your discussion you stated that GMB was once a dictator and left wondering what is the situation now. Recall the recent treatment given to the Rivers State Governor, Speaker National House of Representatives, etc by the President. If GMB was a dictator then what will you call this one? Happy new year and please pray for our country.

          • Save Nigeria Father

            I merely delayed to give this reply to be sure you are not the type that will resort to violence when loosing in a dialogue because I believe that round table dialogue is the only solution to the problem of Nigeria but since it cannot be possible without violence I think it wise for us to start from this blog. Those who resort to insult in a blog of this type are clearly sending message of violence if we are to be in a round table dialogue.

          • Save Nigeria Father

            I am not for either of the camp as you may be suggesting, I stand for the truth for only the truth shall make us free. I like GMB as a person being the only man with the courage so far in the political history of Nigeria to fight the greatest monster devastating our land – corruption. We can understand each others point of view if we can dialogue in this blog without anybody insulting anybody. Happy new year Mr Abdullahi Abbaa Bukakar.

          • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

            Thanks my brother. As your name suggests, we need to put our heads together and save our father land. Happy new year to you and your entire members of your family. Save Nigeria Father, it is not only our leaders that is our problem. The ordinary people also have some problems. Often they are misleading the leadership. Nigeria shall by the Grace of God come out of the trouble it is now facing.

          • Save Nigeria Father

            You are welcome my dear. We will learn from each other and then shall we be able to stand on the same footing in fighting our common enemy. But to be fair with you unless we discuss these paramount issues that is tearing us apart namely ethnicity and religion, we cannot move ahead. But for you to have regarded me as your brother means a lot and to me I am overjoyed. Some miscreants will ask how? But it is not an over statement for we have but one Father who is the maker of heaven an earth upon whom is rooted all religion both in truth and disguise. As long as you are for peace you are my brother. Yet above every fallacy no person on earth chooses his/her parents before coming to this world. Only one person is the architector and the grand designer of everybody’s ancestral history and it is not optional. That designer is our Father – the Father of all.

          • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

            Save Nigeria Father, frankly speaking my pain today is the way we divided. My dream has always been Nigerians irrespective where they come from or regardless of their religious affiliation should live together and make it home where ever they find themselves. Christians and Muslims believed that we are children of Adam and Eve. Both never lived in Nigeria so everyone is entitled to the ownership where he or she finds himself or herself. In all sincerity I consider every Nigerian as my brother or sister except Boko Haram who believed in killing my people. They are not my brothers and they will never be.

          • Save Nigeria Father

            Those people in a way may believe they are fighting for their maker and until we look for a way to call them to reasoning, they will never stop. Meanwhile this country Nigeria is a perfect sample of the global world in terms of population, multiplicity of religion, uncountable number of ethnic groups. financial crises, political unrest, economic grapplings, insurgents of recent to name but few. And this is the most populous black nation of the world still in the only continent known as the home of the blacks – the abhorred things of the world which the Almighty will use to shame the wise. And He is only waiting for the appointed time – when me and you will be ready for his use because as I told you unless we discuss this issue of religion which the intelligent crooks with their father the Devil call them that discuss it the bigots, we are still far from the truth. And the truth is that the earth and the fullness therein is not a product of chance. Who owns the world? The Satan or God Almighty?

          • Save Nigeria Father

            Your dream will come to pass if we can reason together here in this blog for wit God nothing shall be impossible.

    • Richard

      It seems you are reading outside the line. Why is it that people deliberately propagate lies. Nothing is complicated in the President’s speech to suggest sarcasm. How would you take if someone links you to a criminal. Would you take it as jokes. Let’s be realistic what is not good is not good. Call a spade a spade. Any serious President would not surround himself with criminals as in the case of Sheriff. It is time for change. And the change is here – GMB.

      • Save Nigeria Father

        Let’s be realistic, if you are a politician, would you condemn openly somebody you aim to embrace in apolitical race?

    • Ayo O.Kellany

      Sarcasm my foot. How do you jokingly laugh off the originator of boko haram while you “Jonathan” associate Buhari that never had any link with the same boko haram ? Is it not rather senseless to think any right thinking Nigerian would take this as sarcasm considering over 20,000 dead n million IDP’s.

    • prettyriversgirl

      u really believe it’s a joke. in very bad taste. d man was saying what he knows to be d truth. what’s he always doing in Chad?

  • Save Nigeria Father

    As long as we continue to lay curse on the seat of the government of our Fatherland so shall our suffering continues. We must reject any curse in disguise by the media, foreign aides or any satanic agent. God has spoken good concerning Nigeria. We must not curse ourselves when God is blessing us. As you make your bed so you lie on it. APC is a blessing to Nigeria to promote checks and balances. GMB a man of zero tolerant to corruption with his running mate a Pastor that understand what it means to fear God are all good but we must understand the prophecy of this great nation Nigeria to the entire world. We must not destroy with our hands what the Father has given us. Lets reject lies in any disguise. God bless Nigerians.

    • Benicio

      Religious Bigot.

  • Maria

    Jonathan and Alli Modu both are instrumental in the campaign of violence against Nigerian people. While GEJ as deputy governor and later governor of Bayelsa state was the leader of MEND, Alli Modu then also was the leader and founder of Boko Haram. I am not surprised seeing both of them together with Jonathan offering state protection to terrorist Modu Sherrif.

    • Save Nigeria Father

      Your opinion is respected. But how does it help us if the people you send to the NASS cannot conceptualize it.the same way. Making good policies that will guide the actions of our leaders should be championed by all and sundry then we shall start emerging.

  • Rommel

    I want the Jonathanians on this forum to tell me one thing or decision they think president Jonathan has done or taking that in their opinion they think is wrong

  • Guguru

    What other evidence does Nigeria need to link the Nigerian government to Boko Haram? These are the irrefutable facts.

    1. Jonathan treats Boko Haram with “kid gloves”

    2. Ali Modu Sheriff is a member of PDP and he has not been kicked out of the PDP.

    3. Jonathan hangs out in Aso Rock and Chad with Ali Modu Sheriff, a sponsor of Boko Haram

    4. Nigerian government has never made any attempts to storm Sambisa forest where Boko Haram calls headquarters.

    5. Jonathan speciifcally calls Ali Modu Sheriff a friend to Yusuf, the founder of Boko Haram.

    6. Jonathan has not prosecuted Ali Modu Sheriff or any known sponsor of terrorism in Nigeria.

    Nothing in the noted items suggests a delineation in function and/or relationship between the Nigerian government and the sponsor(s) of Boko Haram and/or Boko Haram itself. It appears that a cycle of re-inforcement and maintenance of the status quo is what is obtainable here. There is nothing to suggest any strategic and tangible effort by the Nigerian government to diminish the influence and value of Boko Haram materially and immaterially.

    • prettyriversgirl

      so. she lost. nobody likes to lose especially if they feel cheated or unfairly treated. don’t try to detract us from d truth. I saw d video from another source. now d president and d man r best buddies. what do you make of that

  • the truth

    Premium times are fond of lies, not until i threatened them yesterday
    giving them 24 hours to retract the lies they told millions of
    nigerians before they apologized for a fake news report yesterday. These
    were my comments yesterday “lol desperate. Why don’t premium times tell
    us the whole story why this
    lady decamped, i give you guys 24 hours to say the truth or else i
    would post the truth. enough of this inbalance reporting. I am just
    fair, give us the whole gist, not half baked stories to favor your
    paymasters” I was abused by pfools like wahala, ending naija, tundemash. Now here is premium times retraction.

    A People Democratic Party, PDP, House of Representative aspirant,
    Aisha Osori, has denounced the PDP to join the All Progressives
    Congress, APC, after losing on the platform of the PDP.

    Ms. Osori announced her defection on Tuesday in Abuja while briefing journalists at the APC national secretariat.

    Ms. Osori emerged loser at the recent AMAC/Bwari federal constituency
    primary in the Federal Capital Territory. The incumbent member of the
    House from the constituency, Zaphania Jissalo, emerged victorious in the
    primary.

    Mr. Jissalo got 89 votes out of the 107 cast to defeat Ms. Osori and three others.

    Ms. Osori, who was presented with the membership card of the APC,
    told journalists she decided to defect after watching the APC primary
    because she believed in APC’s vice presidential candidate, Yemi
    Osibanjo, who was her lecturer at one time.

    “I decided to denounce membership after watching the APC conduct its
    presidential primary in a fair and competitive manner and after seeing
    the combination of Osibanjo and Buhari, both men of integrity,” Ms.
    Osori said.

    “Osibanjo used to teach me at the University of Lagos, faculty of
    law, I believe that is a great combination that would move the country
    forward and I want to be part of that team,’’ she said.

    According to her, the APC slogan “Change” is enough reason to support
    the party as she was sure of winning the on the platform of APC.

    Ms. Osori noted that more than 70 per cent of Nigerians were youth who wanted the change that “APC represents’’.

    On what her contribution would be to ensure the success of the APC at
    the general elections, Ms. Osori, who leads the non-governmental
    organization, Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund, cited experience.

    “The years of experience I garnered in the private sector as a lawyer
    and also as writer, first with Thisday and later with Leadership
    newspapers, will be of value to APC.

    Reacting to the defection, the APC National Secretary, Mai-Mala Buni,
    who presented the membership card to Ms. Osori, expressed delight
    because his party was waxing stronger by the day.

    “Such event will be a continuous thing. Our doors are open.
    Everybody, who is ready to join the party, is welcome anytime, any
    day,’’ he said.

    (NAN)

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This
    post has been updated to reflect the fact that Ms. Osori actually lost
    the PDP primary in the FCT contrary to the despatch sent us by the News
    Agency of Nigeria, which suggested she won.

  • McAlfred Uta

    Happy New Year for once to all bloggers and commentators. Can we for once forget political divide, ethnicity and other forms of divisiveness to praise God for his gift of 2015 and making it possible for our fingers to touch and compose thoughts on computer key board instead of abuse and rancor this early New Year. God bless us All, Amen.

  • Aminu

    It is evidently clear from the tape Jonathan believed Modu Sheriff was indeed a friend to Boko Haram founder and its supreme leader Mohammed Yusuf.But why did Jonathan decided to be a friend to Modu Sheriff.By anology Jonathan is a friend to Mohammed Yusuf unless otherwise Jonathan reffered Modu Sherif a friend to Boko leader because they were in diffent political party.Does that meant Jonathan discovered the usefulness if insurgency by freinding Modu Sheriff.Anyway time shall unveil the truth especially that he will defeated in the coming election and definately the Army morale will be renewed and boosted to uproot Boko boys and their leaders and financiers will be brought to book to account

    • GEJmustgo!

      Jona is indirectly the sponsor of Boko Haram!
      Think about it, why does Boko Haram operates only in opposition states? Take kano for instance, a state that’s surrended by katsina, Jigawa, kaduna, all are PDP states but surprisingly Boko Haram has no operations those states.Can you imagine that Boko haram can not enter Kano unless they pass through theses states!

  • bluewater

    Have you written about Hillary’s email scandals which bordered more on national security and disqualifying? Nope I guess but you have time to write long rubbish about Trump’s wife speech with a spinning of your own and others you gathered from CNNs of this world. FYI only about 50 words are affected not the whole speech as you want it to look. And by the way, Mrs Obama plagiarised part of that speech in contention from Alinsky. MSM in US would ignore this because they are in bed with Hillary. And I know people like you think Democratic Party is party of the blacks in US. Nonsense. What has it benefited them? Food stamps and welfare doles and by extension poverty. Or why are they complaining now with BLM after about 8 years in power of a black president? I keep saying it, most of Nigerian writers know little or nothing about US politics as I see your ignorance always in your write ups. Yeye.