Ex-President Jonathan steals the show at first Council of State meeting

FORMER PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN ATTENDS THE COUNCIL OF STATE MEETING AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA IN ABUJA
FORMER PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN ATTENDS THE COUNCIL OF STATE MEETING AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA IN ABUJA

Former President Goodluck Jonathan attracted the most attention Wednesday as he attended his first Council of State meeting as a former president.

The council, which comprises all former presidents and heads of states, as well as vice president, governors, Senate president and House of Representative speaker, is currently meeting.

President Muhammadu Buhari is chairing the meeting at the presidential villa, Abuja.

Former heads of state, Abdusalami Abubakar, and Ernest Shonekan, are also in attendance.

But Mr. Jonathan stole the show as journalists and photographers turned their attention on him. This is the first time Mr. Jonathan is attending the Council of State meeting since he left power in 2015. He did not attend October’s meeting.

FROM LEFT:  Former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernerst Shionekan;  Former Head of State, Gen Abdulsalami Abubarka; Former President Goodluck Jonathan; Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Lawal Uwais; Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Alpha Belgore and Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Idris Kutigi during  Council of State Meeting at the Presidential Villa Abuja on Wednesday (7/9/16) Photo by CAPTUREWELL IMAGE
FROM LEFT: Former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernerst Shionekan; Former Head of State, Gen Abdulsalami Abubarka; Former President Goodluck Jonathan; Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Lawal Uwais; Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Alpha Belgore and Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Idris Kutigi during Council of State Meeting at the Presidential Villa Abuja on Wednesday (7/9/16)
Photo by CAPTUREWELL IMAGE

Wednesday’s meeting is expected to ratify the appointment of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris.

The Council is also expected to consider possible nominees for the positions of National and Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

INEC currently has six national commissioners out of 12, while 21 out of 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners are yet to be appointed.

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  • Watch man

    Hmmmmmmm!!!!

  • This Council should be scrapped. It’s rationale was ill-intentioned and a waste. At least all the unelected dictators should be excluded from this council.

  • abdul dull daura

    GEJ IS THE BEST.

    • Tunsj

      Keep on dreaming my friend.

    • Paul Young

      Yes, he is the best at stealing and corruption

  • mukaro

    GEJ all the way. Man wey no wan wahala. Man wey wan peace. Man wey wey get enough to eat and throw away during him tenure.

  • aisha ani

    This article only makes sense to the writer, how exactly did Jonathan steal the show?

    • GameChanger

      Don’t be a hater, so one day God can bless you and lift you to GEJ’s level.

    • share Idea

      lol…you’re not alone. Just disappointed trying to find out what GEJ did that made him the focus of attention…

      I’m am GEJ fan, and remain same, but could not reconcile the heading with the content of the article. Nigeria we hail thee

      • Marcus Ijele

        Sometimes, details are unnecessary, and one of such times is this. It is not difficult to understand statements as this. I understood the writer and he makes so much sense. He saw what happened and that resulted to his report. No praise singing intended for the Ex President. Reactions from the attendees could be part of the reason for the report. Of course he should steal the show because he made peace possible for this country when the Daura dog was thirsting for blood and lusting for flesh. Stop being critical for nothing.

    • Broadway2

      Do I know? They always seek attention for GEJ.

    • ayo

      Corrupt journalist…..None sense writeup…..

  • Marcus Ijele

    Sometimes, details are unnecessary, and one of such times is this. It is not difficult to understand statements as this. I understood the writer and he makes so much sense. He saw what happened and that resulted to his report. No praise singing intended for the Ex President. Reactions from the attendees could be part of the reason for the report. Of course he should steal the show because he made peace possible for this country when the Daura dog was thirsting for blood and lusting for flesh.

    • Broadway2

      Thank you. Bias reportage. These details are not necessary.

    • Kallah Bature

      I think he attracted attention because the reporters wanted to know when he will refund the money allegedly stolen when he was in charge,especially the money meant for arms purchase diverted to his re-election campaign.They are wondering what a man like that is doing there discussing our collective security.They in effect reminding PMB and Nigerians to put pressure in recovering our allegedly looted common wealth.

      • Marcus Ijele

        You can go and remind your President about that. If you are reasonable, you will look for better things to do as you can see the two smiling while shaking hands. Kill yourself for a non existing issue.

    • Malik Isah

      Marcus, I guest these insults are meant for your osu ancestors!

      • Marcus Ijele

        You directed your curse well. Look for them where they are for there isn’t anything as such.

  • Abidilagungun

    The man is still stealing after leaving office… now he is stealing Show! Lol

  • ayo

    Premium times with their warped reportage……Lies lies Lies

  • IZ

    “This is the first time Mr. Jonathan is attending the Council of State meeting since he left power in 2015. So don’t you think this could be the reason why?

    • Political ninja

      only 2 meetings and he has attended 1…..so what are you driving at.

  • GEJ FOREVER

    WHY ON EARTH SHOULD PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN SHAKE HANDS WITH MR. BUHARI

    THIS IS VERY VERY ANNOYING …. GEJ MUST BE CALLED TO ORDER

    • Guest

      Keep your own house in order, President Jonathan has moved on, he is a Nigerian citizen first then an Ijaw man second.

    • Pete

      Jonathan has to apologize to his numerous fans for shaking hands with a killer like Buhari

  • DELOPEMI

    DESPITE ALL THE MONEY HE STOLE HE IS STILL STEALING………THE SHOW WHY NOT HE HAS SKELETONS IN HIS CUPBOARD,,

    • Walker_hd752abc

      The money he stole from you and other gullible idiots on cyberspace?

      • DELOPENI

        NOT FROM ME MY BROTHER FROM THE STATE TREASURY ….NOT PERSONAL PLS ………………………IT IS NATIONAL….REMEMBER BUHARI RECOVERED OVER 3TR NAIRA FROM HIM AND HIS CRONIES ….IN ONLY SIX YEARS….IF THE TREASURY WOULD BE LOOTED LIKE THIS HA. GEJ AND HIS PIGS WOULD NOT HAVE FOUND NIGERIA THEY WAY IT WAS WHEN HE CAME TO POWER……

        • Political ninja

          Recorvered N3tr and still claiming nigeria is broke and intend to borrow? thats a whole year’s budget! stop acring naive abeg.

  • ahmed

    Shame to Buhari. Buhari never attend Council meeting when Jonathan, OBJ, Yar Adua, IBB, Abdulsalam were in Power. Buhari never like Nigeria. He is only pretending. God is punishing Buhari for bad belly.

  • Walker_hd752abc

    No amount of lies can dim this light; NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • DELOPEMI

      HATER AND GO AND HANG…NOT IN NIGERIA AGAIN GEJ NEVER AND FOREVER,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Omiligbo

    I am angry and highly disappointed that President Jonathan will attend the council of state meeting with Buhari as chair when Buhari himself never attended any council of state meeting while President Jonathan was in office and the chair. Dr Jonathan’s actions is taking exquisite and uncommon humane qualities too far and to a fault. Why extend such privilege to an arrogant opportunist who viewed every council of state meeting held by President Jonathan and in fact, all other council of state meetings from 1999 – 2015 with scorn? Even at the height of Islamic terrorism and bombings here and there, the Sharia loving man never attended state security meetings. Jonathan should know that the entire Niger Delta people are VERY VERY VERY angry with him for attending this meeting. We know Buhari needs but he should know that he does not and will never need Buhari. Jonathan has to apologise to all persons from the Niger Delta country.

    • Guest

      Get angrier you hear, until you….the former President is a good man, only if he had righteous people gird him during his government, and not veiled and evil men.

      • Host

        He is not a good man. I disagree with you. He is a very very very very very very bad man. see ya life? Mumu! It is now that you want him to plead with Avenging Avengers that you are saying he is a good man. Make Bicycle jam your kpenkele legs. For your information, whether Jonathan attends meeting or not, Avengers are spirits and ghosts of the Niger Delta avenging the injustices in our Niger Delta and Jonathan can’t do anything about it. The only solutions are:
        1. Separation and/or 100% resources control and recovery of stolen oil blocks by North & its allied West
        2. Never give up on solution 1 above.

        • Guest

          Says who? by your water spirit you worship! A generation from now, Naija will still dey kampe!! free your mind from hatred.

          • Omiligbo

            So what will u tell Buhari if u tell me to free my mind from hatred? A human beans who has never visited the Niger Delta where he gets money to fly over all other country but sends army to occupy and bomb innocent people, a man who has never borrowed from any agency or solicited for funds for the suffering and poor people of the Niger Delta except funds for his North?, a man who gives orders that harmless and unarmed civilians be shot and killed and buried in mass graves? Can any one alive or dead have more hate than Buhari? Be truthful to yourself. Judgement day will be interesting. I only pity anyone who is unfortunate to be standing behind Buhari – cos he will wait for a very very very very long time before Buhari is done with as his evil deeds are many.

    • Akaninyene Akpan

      Hi, Jonathan is a Christian. Christianity is not an eye for an eye religion. It preaches love to your haters.

    • I share your anger and disgust. Me think the whole council should be scrapped. Or at the least, all unelected dictators should not be a member of this council.

  • Walker_hd752abc

    Former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is to lead the African Union
    Elections Observation Mission, AUEOM, to the Zambian general elections
    scheduled take place on October 11, 2016.

    Former President Goodluck Jonathan A
    statement posted on AU’s website yesterday stated that Jonathan would be
    leading members of the short term mission to join the continental
    body’s deployment of long term election experts who are already on
    ground in Zambia, adding that the chairperson of African Union
    Commission, AUC, approved it. The statement read, “The Chairperson of
    the AUC has approved the deployment of African Union Elections
    Observation Mission, AUEOM, to the General Elections scheduled to place
    in the Republic of Zambia on October 11, 2016. “The deployment of the
    AUEOM will take place in two phases. The first phase comprise the
    deployment of long term election experts and took place from July 14
    to August 22, 2016 and it is made up of 10 observers. “For the first
    time, the AU long term experts include election/ legal
    political/media/campaign analysts. “The objective is ensure that the
    AUEOM approaches its work with added professionalism and factual
    analysis of the legal, political, electoral, media and campaign aspects
    of the electoral process in Zambia. “At the second phase of the Mission,
    the long term experts will to be joined by Short Term observers from
    the August 1 to 15, 2016. “The Short Term Mission will be headed by
    Goodluck Jonathan, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
    “The AUEOM draws its mandate from various African Union instruments,
    most importantly: (a) the AU Guidelines for Elections Observation and
    Monitoring Missions, 2002; (b) the OUA/AU Declaration on Principles
    Governing Democratic Elections in Africa, 2002; African Charter on Human
    and Peoples Rights, 1981, and (c) African Charter on Democracy,
    Elections and Governance, 200), among others. “The objectives of the
    Mission is (a) to provide an accurate and impartial reporting or
    assessment of the quality of the 25th October General Elections in the
    United Republic of Tanzania, including the degree to which the conduct
    of the elections meets regional, continental and international standards
    for democratic elections; (b) to offer recommendations for improvement
    of future elections based on the findings; and, and (c) to demonstrate
    AU’s interest to support Tanzania’s elections and democratisation
    process to ensure that the conduct of genuine elections contributes to
    the consolidation of democratic governance, peace and stability in
    Tanzania in particular and the East African sub-region in general.”

  • Omiligbo

    Why should Jonathan attend this meeting when Buhari never attended any of the 9 Council of state meetings which Jonathan chaired in 4 years of his fruitful and hunger free term?

    • thusspokez

      What exactly is the argument that you are trying to make here but ending up confusing yourself?

      • Omiligbo

        How do u mean?

        • JayGeeX

          Ignore him…

        • thusspokez

          Proverb says that “two wrongs don’t make a right”, but ( just to confuse you a bit), logically speaking, two wrongs make a right. hehehe!

    • deltavoice

      Do you pay evil for evil?

      • Senator D

        Two wrongs don’t make a right! By this act Jonathan has proved Buhari wrong in many ways… I assume this to be maturity on Jonathan’s part…

        • deltavoice

          I concur

  • thusspokez

    Is the Council of State meeting even necessary? After looting [aka serving] your country, thank you (!!) and off you go!!!

    Go and find something to do and stop hanging around Abuja. What do they still want? I can imagine the conversations with one another. “Oh look, that room has been painted white; that window wasn’t there when I was here; there used to be a large table there-o! blah blah blah!”

    The problem with these leaders is that they don’t have life plans after leaving public office, hence they don’t know what to do with themselves and like Obasanjo and Babangida, a tendency to prostitute themselves to the media; and boring Nigerians with their advice when no one had asked for it.

  • Facts of the matter

    Buhari only attended Council of state meetings chaired by Abacha. He never attended any Council of state meetings chaired by any other president from Babangida to Dr Jonathan. So every other president should not attend council of state meetings chaired by him. Let him recall his friend (Abacha – who by the way was another killer president like him) to attend council of state meeting…and if Abacha refuses to wake up let Buhari conduct the meeting all alone by himself.

    • Omiligbo

      I agree with you 100%

    • thusspokez

      So every other president should not attend council of state meetings chaired by him.

      Their attendance is a statement that they are not as vindictive as the benighted Buhari. He must be feeling belittled and remorseful and even shameful by their presence.

      • Eagle_Zerenjo

        He never did, not out of resentment but just so he keeps his empty brain from being exposed.

        • thusspokez

          Well if so, there is no way to hide from them now.

          • Eagle_Zerenjo

            For where, a fowl can’t hide anything while standing in the eye of a whirlwind.

    • kleinmann

      Do we really need the council of state meetings? These men had their opportunities to turn things around for the good of Nigeria, but failed woefully. Fact is…….these ought to be caged for life.

    • Senator D

      Two wrongs don’t make a right!

  • Rommel

    Of course he must begin to act as a good boy considering that his name has been mentioned as a sponsor of Boko Haram as well as the Niger delta insurgency

    • ijaw manu

      Ibo man–I will fish u out cause u stink like stockfish——-here———-and pummel u to death—with my sledge–hammer——–Did Bingo Buhari show his dirty regional Fulani face from Mali at any of the council of state meeting chaired by Jonathan?——Or dare appear before your late uncle—Justice Oputa to defend his theft of 2.8b—oil money from the SS?———-Sadly u are an Ibo man–often armed with a Fulani agenda–to kill the Ibos in the south east—tear open the wombs of your women—–and throw their smelly intestines to the vultures—Yet the Ibos with no where else to go–in 9JA— back the Fulanis-ti Yorubas——————–just for the fun of it———-soon it will be we voted for Zonathan instead of Buhari-now u see why Jonathan is being interviewed by the press——‘? Because he has more to offer the press than mumu certificate—-less Bingo Buhari—–The media have learnt to appreciate his worth—————Jonathan—————lived for Nigeria and not his Ijaw brothers-whom he neglected to his own peril —separation is the answer.——-not the rule of the Fulnis and Yorubas ati their Ibo surrogates–in APC——–animals

      • Rommel

        That is precisely my point,you are a good observant boy to have noticed that president Buhari never attended,why then is Jonathan attending if not to answer “present sir” so that they will not assume he was in a meeting with militants

        • Senator D

          Olodo it’s council of State! Or are you insinuating IBB and OBJ are having meeting with Militants that’s why they are conspicuously absent?

        • Maureen

          GEJ attented cos cos he has the interest of the nation at heart and he is also educated. Buhari did not attend cos he has selfish interest which he didwell to exhibit since resumed power and gave ooffered us quasi-military regime. Nigerians are suffering today cos he is bereaved of any plan to govern. May God save Nigerians and forgive those that voted n rigged Bokohari into power

    • Right Minded

      Dumb as ever! You dont always disappoint.

    • Senator D

      Always confirming your status as an indefatigable moron! Keep it bro…

  • IZON Redeemer

    The Dog named Buhari–

    The Dog named Fulani Buhari, is a curse to the Nation state of Nigeria—The only solution to our troubles is to restructure the country–I said it long before 2015 –contest between the Yorubas and Fulanis on one side and the Ijaws–from the South-South and the Ibos from the South East on the other side of the political divide that, instead of an election let us relax over a bottle of pure water sachets and talk about our collectives political boundaries–that exist -between the Fulanis–Yorubas and the Ibos-first and the rest of Nigeria————concerning d mis-rulers of our collective destinies-by-the Fulanis ati Yorubas———-Most especially———as it affects their power struggle with the 6 Geo political entities–and the so called minority ethnic groups—-in 9ja—–Instead, some greedy unthinking Nigerians from the old regions of the country–said we must have a go at another mis-rule of the Fulanis——-via an election–Yes Nigeria once had a Prime Minister—A nomadic Fulani man called Balewa all he left us with was his golden Voice—a civil war–and operation (wetie) in the south west——Then came Shagari–another Fulani—He also left us with an unprecedented economic crisis——————-Sadly he was also Fulani—–Not Satisfied with the demonic rule-of–Shagari the Fulanis encouraged—Buhari to sack Shagari–Simply because the Fulanis never wanted–either Zik or Awo to rule us—So Buhari arrived via a coup———–Things got worse under his 2 years mis-rule—-Nigerians had to almost beg b4 they could eat–The price of our staple food Garri—Amala–Akpu went up like hell- to eat rice -egg-meat- fish or ever drink a cup of tea was a luxury—He was also a Fulani and the man who gave birth to essential commodities–Cause 9jas had to queue to buy a cup of rice-or cooking oil—–IBB a semi Fulani-came via the orders of the Sultan of Sokoto when things became unbearable for the citizenry—–also—-left the country in shambles————-with his cancellation of the June 12 elections———Suddenly we had the Yorubas impose a certain Yara Adua on us—equally from the Nomadic Fulani ethnic group———–From the blues came another Fulani—————-known as Buhari the dog from Mali——–via the American CIA——and the Yorubas–again–to repeat the same mistakes that led to d sack of Buhari over 30 years ago—–by IBB——-Unfortunately for us-we have certain unthinking Nigerians–armed with their suffering and smiling mentality– tell us all will be well soon——-UNAWARE————-Leopards like Buhari never change their skins– psychopaths like Buhari-should be seen as a curse to Nigeria–by all regardless of our tribal marks——————

    • Abdulkadir

      Unfortunately, you will be alive and witness the rulership of Buhari till 2023. You ain’t seen anything yet. Thereafter we shall hand over the Presidency to the North in 2023 by voting the PDP into power. Indeed northerners shall be in control of the party by then. We shall continue to dominate the South, continue to suppress them in terms of ruling the nation until they (Southerners) come to acknowledge that indeed they have underestimated our collective purposefulness and administrative sagacity.

      The South, a colony of the North, has more educated individuals than the North. We shall ensure that we keep them at bay as they cannot have a double advantage. We are looking at a long term plan where all they can boast of is exhausted, then they will know which region is richer in terms of natural resources. The destiny of the south is in the hands of the North and it is better they accepted that sooner that later.

      • Owenz

        It will be well if the Northern enslavers will at least develop the North. With so many years in power, there is still untold poverty, almajiri and boko haram. It will be in the interest of all both North and South to have leaders with sincerity of purpose. Not just whose who seek power for its sake, and do absolutely nothing with it except to supervise economic decline, mayhem and suffering on the good people of Nigeria. It will not be bad if they copy Qatar, Kuwait or United Arab Emirates.

      • pere

        if even d north must be in charge is there no brilliant , vibrant young man… well if there is non at least there re enough young cows in the farm that might b more productive than this president

      • Political ninja

        This is how we sport a nama!

      • Senator D

        Your Land Or Your Blood

        By Adamu Mohammed

        Ever since President Muhammadu Buhari took over the mantle of leadership of this great country Nigeria, we (Hausa-Fulanis) have come under severe media attack from enemies of progress. Just because they are educated than us, they stereotype us with negativity. Just because they own and control the media, they use the media against us.

        But let me make something clear to you st*pid fellows hating us, whether you love us or h*te us, it doesn’t change anything. We are who we are and we will continue to remain like that. We h*te you even more and we can never love you because you are all infidels. I pity those of you who keep deluding yourselves that we can love and trust you simply because you worked against your people to our own advantage, never!
        I heard that the stup*d Governor of Oyo State, Ajimobi said that they won’t accept the proposed Grazing Bill. But my message to the filthy Yoruba p*g is that, if you don’t want to give us your cursed land, we will rear our cattle not only on your farmlands but in your churches. And if you try to stop us, we would killed your chicken hearted men like rabbits then turn your mothers, wives, sisters and daughters to our s*x slaves like we have always done.
        It is either you give the whole of South to us to use as grazing reserve or we soak it with your blood. And what you would do like you always do is noise on Facebook and Twitter. you cannot be united against us because there would always be the likes of Tinubu, Amaechi and Okorocha in your midst who will divide you for selfishness and love of money. Such treacherous characters can’t survive in our midst because we burn them and their families.
        I so much detest Southern Christians because they are the problem of this country. If I have my way, there won’t be any functional church in this country, especially in the North. That’s why I am so much happy with Governor El-rufai who is living up to the expectations of Allah in Kaduna State. We are not really pleased with President Muhammadu Buhari who is too slow to implement everything we asked him to implement in this country for us, he has not even done 20% of the Northern/Islam agenda, what he is waiting for I don’t know.
        We will make life unbearable for Igbos like they are in Hell, and yet we won’t let them have their useless Biafra because the whole of South is a conquered territory. We can never see Yorubas as allies no matter how hard they try to please or serve us because they are born traitors and infidels. Those slaves in the Middle Belt would continue to be willing tools in our hands, and the day they attempt to raise their heads, we will cut off their heads like weeds. I lack words to tell the inconsequential and always crying Niger Delta because what we are waiting for is for President Buhari to declare state of emergency in Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta, then we will show them how to use power.

    • deltavoice

      My brother from the Delta, I am supporting you here because of the reply that namanama wrote below.
      If not all you wrote is jargon.
      U failed to mention h the yorubas made our brother the president as well. Who squandered our chances of becoming great.

  • serubawon70

    Deleted as spam

  • Sonny Martin

    Stole the show? What show?

  • Igodomigo Suleman

    NO DOUBT THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COUNCIL OF STATE IS MADE UP OF VERY WEIGHTY HIGH CALIBRE MEN THAT HAVE SEEN IT ALL. SURPRISINGLY IT DOES APPEAR THEY ARE MERE RUBBER STAMPS, OTHERWISE IN THEIR CAPACITY THEY ARE EXPECTED TO SUGGEST/ADVISE OR POSSIBLY OPPOSE THE LOPSIDED APPOINTMENTS OF BUHARI WHICH IS TEARING THE UNITY OF THE COUNTRY APART WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOUR OR ELSE THE COUNCIL PLACE IN THE MILITARY CONSTITUTION IS A MERE JAMBOREE. AND WASTE OF RESOURCES.

  • Sir Louis

    Former President Jonathan cannot steal any show because the situation of things in the country today is such that the word “Show” is inappropriate. Nigerians are hungry, unhappy and most have no jobs. The former President would forever be remembered for the mess he made of the chance he had to make Nigeria a better place rather he left the country in a lurch such that economic depression and uncertainty stirs us in the face.

    • Senator D

      And how is that his fault? Or are you not done with your blame gaming??? Can you please recall he took over from Umaru Yardua who took over from OBJ who took over from Adulsalami who took over from Abacha who took over Shonekan who took from IBB who took from Buhari!

  • Senator D

    Jonathan took over from Umaru Yardua who took over from OBJ who took over from Adulsalami who took over from Abacha who took over Shonekan who took from IBB who took from Buhari!

  • Senator D

    Two wrongs don’t make a right! By this act Jonathan has proved Buhari wrong in many ways…

  • Senator D

    President Jonathan once said that he would be the most vilified President in the History of Nigeria but after he leaves he will be celebrated. I mocked his statement back then but it seems he predicted right…