Jonathan meets U.S. lawmakers; speaks on Nigerian Christians, Niger Delta

Goodluck Jonathan
Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has met with the United States Congress House Sub Committee on Africa to speak on the Niger Delta issue and the challenges facing Christians in Nigeria.

A spokesperson for Mr. Jonathan, Ikechukwu Eze, said the meeting was part of efforts of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation to fulfill its mission to promote peace and prosperity in Nigeria and Africa.

The statement said the former president, who was invited by the U.S. Congress subcommittee and spoke in his capacity as Chairman of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation.

Mr. Jonathan, who left office in 2015 after six years, said the implementation of the resolutions of the 2014 National Conference is the panacea that will prevent ethnic and religious tensions that lead to crises such as the recent Southern Kaduna killings.

He also identified impunity as a factor that contributes to the reoccurrence of such violence, noting that if those behind previous violence were not prosecuted then likeminded individuals and groups would be emboldened to repeat the same act.

Mr. Jonathan talked about his efforts to end impunity, specifically citing the case of Kabiru Sokoto, the mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing of Saint Theresa’s Catholic Church in Madalla, Niger state who was arrested, prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned by his administration and was the first successful prosecution of a terrorist attack on a place of worship in Nigeria’s history.

He said: “That promise was fulfilled on the 20th of December 2013 when Kabiru Umar, aka Kabiru Sokoto, was sentenced to life imprisonment after my administration investigated that crime, identified him as the mastermind, arrested him and diligently prosecuted him and some of his associates.”

The former president also noted that his administration’s prosecution of the perpetrators of the deadly bombing of an office of the Independent National Electoral Commission also in Madalla on April 8, 2011 was the first successful prosecution of terrorists in Nigeria.

While supporting the 2014 National Conference’s recommendation for an independent Religious Equity Commission to be set up to apprehend and arrest perpetrators of ethnic and religious violence, Mr. Jonathan said that ending impunity will also mean ending these tensions.

On the Niger Delta, the former president said he fully aligned with the views of the 2014 National Conference which called for True and Fiscal Federalism as the way out of agitations in the region and in
other parts of Nigeria.

He also said that interventionist agencies like the Niger Delta Development Commission tend not to be effective due to over politicization.

The former President opined that the almost overnight development of a state like Akwa-Ibom proved that what the region needed was resource control not interventionist agencies.

The meeting was attended by Chairman of the U.S. House Sub-Committee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations, Congressman Christopher H Smith and other influential staff of the Committee.


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  • Rommel

    Meeting house subcommittee on Africa,chai !!!!,and to think that this man was once the president of Nigeria,sad

    • chika

      What do you mean! Bill Clinton meets even smaller group in the cause of his foundation…so what is sad about that?.

    • Mike udi

      U Re pathetic bigot.

    • Etomi

      You are so dumb!

      • Ayinde

        What better description besides DUMB, think the Guy is CLUELESS like his Bubu Master

      • AryLoyds

        He worse than DUMB!

    • Epsilon_Delta

      Nazi supporter, Trump has kicked your ass!!

      • Rommel

        I am sure you know that president Jonathan has direct links to Henry Okah who masterminded 2010 october 1st Abuja bombings

        • Epsilon_Delta

          I’m sure you know that Buhari avoided debate with Jonathan. Come 2018 – 2019, debate is a must! A president that can only speak through “spokesmen”, never again.

          • Rommel

            The honorable Buhari did not refuse a debate with your man but rather asked if there was any person in Nigeria who did not know that the country was being mismanaged by Dumbo

          • Epsilon_Delta

            You so dumb and deaf like your handler.

          • Gary

            Honorable henchman to Sani Abacha who joined in the looting of Nigeria through the PTF? Then turned around to say that Abacha did not steal any money?
            Honorable indeed! The things you have to say to get paid for propaganda.

          • Alpachino Roar

            We ate better and fared better then……..so who is a mid manager now

        • AryLoyds

          What a clown you have become 🙂

        • Really

          Just to remind you that the greatest sympatheiser of Boko Haram, infact their chosen negotiator is your hero Mohammadu Buhari, today siting in Aso Rock. Oooh sorry on medical holiday to London.

          Now we can understand why he needed an urgent medical check up.

        • Alpachino Roar

          But he still prosecuted him and jailed him. Why is the opposite the order of the in this govt.

        • Otile

          Imam Abu Shekau and Imam Mohamed Buhari won a joint award for strong Islamic leadership. What is your own cut?

      • AryLoyds

        I don’t see anything bad in meeting with a Sub committee, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter speak all around the world to groups and NGOs from third world countries.

    • Arabakpura

      Actually, only one person attended the talk. The rest of the people had no names and were rented bystanders! Imagine a sub committee of a Nigerian assembly’s committee!

    • Alpachino Roar

      The same committee that this govt begged to see but could not.

  • adekenny

    All these calumny stories will keep on endangering your life! You can never know peace unless you desist from blackmailing ;lies;hypocrisy! From your writing;we know your identity!

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    “That promise was fulfilled on the 20th of December 2013 when Kabiru Umar, aka Kabiru Sokoto, was sentenced to life imprisonment after my administration investigated that crime, identified him as the mastermind, arrested him and diligently prosecuted him and some of his associates.” Good job GEJ!

    Since you left, Nigeria has really deteriorated with regards to wide scale killing of Christians in Nigeria!

  • No-Comment

    “When the Boko Haram Islamic terrorists bombed St. Theresa’s Catholic
    Church, Madalla, in Niger state of Nigeria on Christmas Day of 2011, I
    physically visited the scene of the bombing at which 44 people died on Saturday
    the 31st of December 2011 and I promised Nigerians that those responsible for
    that heinous act would be brought to book. That promise was fulfilled on the
    20th of December 2013 when Kabiru Umar, aka Kabiru Sokoto, was sentenced to
    life imprisonment after my administration investigated that crime, identified
    him as the mastermind, arrested him and diligently prosecuted him and some of
    his associates. Might I add that this was the first and only successful
    prosecution of a crime of deadly terrorism against a religious place of worship
    inspired by religious extremism since Nigeria’s return to civil rule in 1999”.

    ……………………Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan

    (February 2nd, 2017)

    • No-Comment

      “Unwittingly, and I dare say unintentionally, the application of the Leahy Law Amendment

      by the United States government has aided and abetted the Boko Haram terrorists.”

      …………….PRESIDENT BUHARI

      (Speech at United States Institute of Peace, U.S.A)

      [July 22, 2015]

      • Alpachino Roar

        The same buhari that hailed the US when they applied same leachy law against the gej govt making it unable to procure arms

    • Des Everisto

      @nadaboyusuf:disqus

      JONATHAN did well on that score, to bring the bomber of the church in Madalla to justice, but his desire to win
      a second term made him lose focus. He wanted the votes of the seven main Hausa/Fulani in the north-west,
      and became weak to fight terrorism with the deadly force required for success. If Jonathan foresaw that
      the Hausa/Fulani would still not vote for him even if he were offering to Boko Haram militias, he would
      have done the needful to lock down the seven Hausa Fulani states under a state of emergency and
      carried out a one-year deadly military operation to remove the financiers of Boko Haram in Kano.

      • musa aliyu

        Then rewind the years. mtchewww!

  • Nadabo Yusuf

    When did Goodluck Jonathan becomes religious bigot? Somebody who was known with drinking kai kai as his hobby nw want to take up senseless campaign to US? The National Conference documents was in his custody since 2014, and he did nothing to implement it but now he want somebody to implement it for him. What an irony?

    • FuzzyLogic

      There is no where in the Bible where the drinking of ‘kai kai’ is said to be sinful. What is sinful is drinking it in excess just like every other thing in life is a sin when done in excess.

      • musa aliyu

        But how many times did your Jonathan had to miss important international events because he was drunk?

        • FuzzyLogic

          Witnessed by you, his personal aide alone.

        • Otile

          You sound like Kashumu Buruji.

        • Alpachino Roar

          I havent seen anywhere he missed an important enfagement ooo,but That one is better is better than someone that refuses to go to rivers,Lagos and Enugu after he was threatened by masses and always miss important engagements because of ear.

          • musa aliyu

            How will all of U know when U were all drunk in US when he carried 600 delegates to address UN that never was. And his visit to UK where he missed his appointments because he was drunk, along side U. How would U know?

    • Alpachino Roar

      Drinking is not a sin but I guess u won’t know that cos of ur half brain. The conference finished in Nov 2014 and he handed over in may 2019. Give itself brain

  • ijelejames

    After overseeing massive looting, you are speaking on Nigerian christians. Did you not know that Nigerian Christians deserve better during your tenure? I hope the US sub committee will understand your pigeon English. Just saying…….

    • Jay one

      Lol..Jonathan oversaw looting but Buhari ‘undersaw maximum stealing’.

    • LionHeart

      2.8bn dollars of oil money disappeared when Gen. Buhari was Petroleum Minister in 1977. There is no saint in all the Nigerian Presidents including the current one.

    • Alpachino Roar

      The Nigerian Christians got better under GEJ and this govt is just killing them but the tables will soon spiritually turn as in 2009.

      • ijelejames

        Go get a nap. You need some sleep

  • Black or White

    Jonathan is now a Christian??????

    • FuzzyLogic

      He has always been. He may not be wearing it openly as a badge like others from other parts of the country. It is a personal thing between you and your God.

      • Rommel

        Really? with all the stealing he supervised

        • Jay one

          At least he did no steal as much as Buhris present govt.

          • Rommel

            Even if Buhari’s administration has not received 1/20th of what Dumbo received

          • Jay one

            Thank you for realizing that we now have the real mohamadu Dumbo as pres. He will rule for 40 years to teach people like you some good lessons. Paid e-ant.

          • Otile

            How much did Duncee illegally transfer to his cousin Maruwa, 1 billion or more?

          • Black or White

            Shut up. Use your brain. He stole billions. Buhari has not stolen.

        • FuzzyLogic

          No body has been convicted yet. So don’t rush to judgement. People are considered innocent until they are convicted in a court of law. Buhari controls everything, so why has he not gotten a single conviction?

        • FuzzyLogic

          Says who?

        • Jay one

          You mean mohamadu dombo?

        • forestgee

          ….from cutting grass!!!

          • AryLoyds

            LOL

        • Shift Luther

          Stealing? People were given money for election and that is stealing ba? Tell me who sponsored APC. 2015 election

          • Black or White

            stealing is not corruption, I forgot.

          • Jay one

            Petty comment. You deserve mohamodu dunbodumbo fo 40 years.

          • Shift Luther

            stealing is stealing; what is corruption?

        • lamadi

          Under Jonathan everyone was able to steal something, including market women, which is not a bad idea. Half of civil servants could afford a tokumbo car. With Buhari only a select few of his kinsmen – Buratai … – are sharing the entire loot.

        • LionHeart

          WHICH PRESIDENT WE GET WHEN NEVER STEAL? From the 60s to 2017. Even Buhari himself is not a saint. 2.8bn dollars of oil money disappeared when Gen. Buhari was Petroleum Minister in 1977. The Great Fela Kuti also sang about this.

        • Otile

          Are you reiterating that Dullard of Daura stole $2.8billion of PTF Fund?

          • Rommel

            Such funds did not exist in any NNPC or allied account anywhere on earth at that time so could not have been stolen,one cannot steal what does not exist

    • Jay one

      No.he is now a muslim. Ignoramus Nigerians like you deserve Buhari! Petty thing.

      • Black or White

        shut up. Use your brain. He is NOT a christian. He is a thief.

        • Jay one

          Buh*ri e-ant.Shut down. Use your gumption. Your hero muhamadu Donbodombo stole twice in less than 2years.

        • Alpachino Roar

          Just as your mother is a prostitute.

    • Shift Luther

      GEJ is a christian who preaches peace not like buhari who loves Bloodshed and preaches it

      • Black or White

        Peace by stealing billions and sponsoring militants? DYU have any idea how heavily complicated Nigerian politicians are?? You are giving in to pretense.

        • Jay one

          …..Like $200 billion to cut grass.

          • LionHeart

            WHICH PRESIDENT WE GET FOR NIGERIA WHEN NEVER STEAL?

        • Alpachino Roar

          How can someone sponsor a group of people that existed before he was birn???

    • iwe paul

      No,he is a muslim

  • Shift Luther

    With all these fighting for or against GEJ and Buhari, may God peacefully divide Nigeria

  • Jb

    This man under who’s watchful eyes thousands of Muslims and Christians were killed in churches, mosques,markets,schools etc for 7 yrs while himself, his family members,friends, relations,party men and women were laughing to the bank to enjoy blood money now talking rubbish. God will never forgive this man.

    • Abel Wariboko

      How many of your baseless allegations have you proved?can you deny the facts he has placed before the world?

      • Jay one

        Dont mind him. He is one of mohamodu Dunbodumbo’s paid e- ants. He will never see the $200billion some people spent in cutting grass…
        Lol.

    • Jay one

      Your hero muhamodu dunbodumbo supervised the killing of hundreds of tbousand of Christians and southerners all over the country……thank God for Trump.

    • Alpachino Roar

      And who caused it all….if I remember rightly,someone said”he wiil make the country ungovernable” if GEJ won the elections at that time and it manifested.

    • Solomon U. Ernest Akacha

      So, under whose watchful eyes are Christians and Muslims being killed today by Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen? The impunity under Buhari is worse than all previous governments put together.

  • LionHeart

    I am not a fan of Jonathan, but I am glad that we Christians can now expose the injustice and unwarranted slaughtering of our brothers and sisters in Nigeria to the U. S authorities. This we could not do when Obama was the President. Hopefully Trump’s administration will curb the menace of Islamic terrorist like Boko Haram.

    • A Aminu

      Buhari.

      • LionHeart

        What happened in 1977 when he was the petroleum minister. The earlier you realize the truth the better for you. Buhari cannot swear that he has never been corrupt since the 70s.

        • A Aminu

          Perhaps you may like to tell me.
          The fact is that Buhari is not corrupt. The life style of corrupt leaders or people generally is not hidden, no matter how much they want to hide it. Buhari lives a simple life commiserate to his rank, and status in the society. We who live with him in kaduna can testify to that.
          No matter how much you like IBB or OBJ or Abdulsalam, you cannot compare them with Buhari.
          Out of frustration, his wife open up. Never in the history of First Ladies, has a wife been so frustrated. You need no lecture on how flavouyant women are, and would always want to be.

        • “go and ask”?

    • So your source of factual information is to quite the late Fela, huuummm

  • Gabriel Olasebikan

    It is interesting that there are people here who are siding with a man who is “not a thief” but his wife not too long ago on BBC Hausa service told the world how incompetent her husband is. Shame on us.

    • A Aminu

      Buhari does not, and did not steal. Steal in Buhari’s government, and you will be prosecuted. Note here I said be prosecuted, not go to jail. It is for the law court to send you to jail, or not. It is sad, the level of corruption brought about by GEJ and OBJ governments is so much that it will take PMB more than eight statutory years he is allowed to govern to clean the mess. In democracy, we must appreciate that it can be slow to obtain Justice, as rule of law must be obeyed. If not for rule of law, PMB would have cleaned the mess by now. Issue of incompetence is there. PMB is the most incompetent Nigerian president we have in the history of Nigeria. If not an incompetent president in him, who will appoint a chairman of a board, for the last 5-6 months, without a board to chair. Nigeria railway has a chairman appointed 6 months ago, without a board. Can you beat that. Which president would take 7 months or forever to replace a deceased minister who died in line of duty as was the case of Kogi state minister Ocholi who died in a motor accident. What does it take to appoint a minister, or reconstitute a board of a parastatal.

      • LionHeart

        Buhari’s campaign during the election was sponsored with stolen money from Rivers and Lagos. Is that not corruption?

        • A Aminu

          Yes I agree with you it was. But money stolen by some people not him. The world over, political activities are sponsored, and in politics, you dine with the devil, and the saints. The end result, is to win the election. Then you can turn your back to the devil, and embrace the saints. And this is exactly what Buhari is doing, and had done. Small thefts and pilferings are going on, but not with the kind of impunity as was the case before.

  • dudu

    This is my major grouse with PMB,he permitted GEJ and his cohorts to continue to pour filth daily on the sensibilities of hardworking Nigerians who have been robbed blind of their commonwealth especially in the last 16 years. Smh

  • westman

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  • D boss

    hmmmmmmmmm….. it sound to me as if trump is the Jesus the xtians are be waiting for. God guide us right

  • Nigerian Patriot

    After messing up our beloved country Nigeria; “transforming” it into one of the most insanely corrupt havens in the world; one of the worst places in ease of doing business; ensuring 1% of the population owned the most number of private jets, yachts, automobiles and luxurious properties all over the world, while the rest 99% went to hell (yes – the present recession); as well as turning a blind eye while funds meant to stop the atrocities of Boko Haram terrorists and their satanic sponsors were diverted and shared among his close friends, acolytes and relatives… Our Ex-Presido Ebele Jonathan, the “ineffectual buffoon” continues to piss on our sensibilities with these juncketing trips all over the world, undeservedly parading himself as a “statesman” and unashamedly speaking out on the current painful challenges that he himself laid the foundation for. Therefore, instead of laundering his already soiled, stained and battered image, Goodluck Jonathan would have done better to admit to the world his failures as a weak and laissez-faire ex-leader and helping to recover our stolen loots stashed overseas… as a first step to redemption and forgiveness.

  • Deji

    Mr GEJ has never spoken like someone conversant with the whole truth about Nigeria : 1992 Zango – Kataf crisis had no one punished because General Zamani Lekwot and his co sponsor of the killers were pardoned by IBB, so southern Kaduna strive never had anyone punished including that of 2011 when GEJ was the President, when not even a culprit was apprehended.
    The Southern Kaduna crisis was inter ethnic than religious. The only one that had religious motive was 2000 Sharia crisis that engulfed Kano and Kaduna. Even the last December crisis wasn’t political, but something like Offa – Erin Ile, hitherto Ife – Modakeke, Agunleri-Umuleri etc crisis.
    Politicians and religious propagandists tagged it religious for it to attract attention.
    GEJ must be too funny to have claimed he curbed impunity, when instead of curtailing Boko Haram his government shared money allocated to buy weapons to the point that CAN leader then, Oritsejafor became courier of illicit money ;under his watch Boko Haram assumed national threat and captured territory, the rest is history and for posterity.
    GEJ claims 2014 Conference addressed Nigeria problems, but the comedian never attempted a implementation of any of the recommendations before he lost election in 2015. Fiscal federalism which in his stupor, he never contemplated became his dream. Kai, what an unpresidential ex-president!