What ex-President Jonathan told U.S. lawmakers about Nigerian Christians – FULL SPEECH

FILE PHOTO: Former President Goodluck Jonathan speaking at the Bloomberg Studio in London
FILE PHOTO: Former President Goodluck Jonathan speaking at the Bloomberg Studio in London

Challenges of Nigerian Christians and the Niger Delta Question-A Summary

A Presentation by Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Chairman of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation to the U.S. House Sub Committee on Africa, February 1, 2017

Let me start by thanking Congressman, Christopher H. Smith, Chairman U.S. House Sub-Committee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations for inviting me to share my views on the crisis facing Christians in Nigeria today and the Niger Delta question. The U.S. Congress is a powerful institution not just for good governance in the U.S. but also for global peace and development. Over the years, the U.S. Congress has shown consistent interest in African affairs and I thank you for this and for showing interest in Nigeria.

Congressman Smith has personally visited troubled spots in Nigeria and especially those geo-political zones that are considered the frontline of ethnic and religious conflicts. He has also visited the Niger Delta. I sincerely thank him for these efforts.

In your invitation letter, you highlighted a number of very sensitive issues you wanted me to touch on. I group all these issues under ‘Challenges Facing Nigerian Christians and the Niger Delta Question’. A full discussion on even one of these issues may take a minimum of two hours, but here, I am expected to be very brief. I will therefore present a bird’s eye view, but when next your committee visits Nigeria, even more detailed presentations will be made by other stake holders.

  1. Nigeria and the World

I read a paper presented by Princeton N. Lyman, a former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, suggesting that Nigeria is no longer strategic to U.S. interests in Africa and the world as it used to be. Ambassador Lyman may have had valid reasons for such a view point, but I make bold to say that the relationship between the U.S. and Nigeria has come a long way since Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa’s State Visit to the U.S. in July of 1961 and that relationship should not only endure, but be built upon.

Nigeria, as a nation, is relevant to the U.S. in my opinion especially when you consider such parameters as:

Mineral Resources

Economy/Trade

Biotic Resources

Population/Human Resources, etc

Nations such as Nigeria can impact the globe positively when things are handled properly. They may also affect the world negatively if things go wrong. It is not in the best interest of the U.S. and indeed the international community to ignore Nigeria.

  1. Killing of Christians in Nigeria

Your invitation letter profusely highlighted the issues of the killing of Christians in Nigeria, the last major incident being the recent killings in Southern Kaduna in Kaduna state, and I do not need to elaborate on that. The challenge is how do we stop that from recurring. How do we ensure that Christians and Muslims cohabit peacefully in Nigeria and practice their religions freely without discrimination, molestation and killings?

One school of thought believes that these killings reoccur because of impunity. Security and law enforcement bodies unfortunately have a history of failing to apprehend the culprits of previous killings and disturbances and punishing according to the law. Such impunity has emboldened and encouraged persons with such tendencies.

Indeed, though there have been over 10 major incidences of ethnic and religious conflagration in the frontline state of Kaduna since 1979, there has only ever been one incidence where the authorities took action, according to the law, to punish the culprits of the disturbances. This was in 1992, after the Zangon Kataf riots in which the official death toll was 300. The military administration of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida constituted the Civil Disturbances Special Tribunal to try arrested persons and a total of 14 persons were sentenced to death, although the Babangida administration commuted the sentences to five years imprisonment.

Within the period I served as a Vice President and later as President, it became very clear to me that if the issue of religion is not handled properly, the unity of the country would be in great jeopardy. Religious and other ethnic issues were becoming a stumbling block towards societal cohesion and economic development. I therefore set up a National Conference with the mandate of looking into all the grey areas militating against the peace, progress and development of Nigeria. On the issue of religion, let me quote unedited the position of the 2014 National Conference. Nigeria has over 350 ethnic nationalities and that:

‘“This multi-ethnicity has been compounded by pronounced religious differences, exploited usually for political considerations by avid political classes in contexts of extreme poverty and very low educational development among the mass of the populace. Whereas Nigeria is supposed to be a secular state,” one nation bound in freedom, peace and unity”, the prevalence of religiosity and its related nepotism at all levels, has effectively undermined the objectivity which secularity would have ordinarily imbued in national politics.”

The Conference further stated that:

“In view of the fact that religion plays a vital role in many aspects of our national life especially in the aspect of national security and national unity, it is highly imperative that it be singled out from other fundamental rights and given a special attention via the creation of an Equity Commission whose sole mandate will be to focus on religious rights and their promotion. This is in line with best global practices as many advanced democracies have special legal and institutional arrangements for some very sensitive aspects of their national life. Examples of such specialized agencies from other countries are presented below:

  1. a) In the United Kingdom, despite the existence of the UK Equal Opportunities Commission (UK-EOC), a Commission for Racial Equality (created by the Race Relations Act, 1976) which existed alongside UK-EOC for many years. This was done because at the time, issues of racial discrimination were very sensitive and crucial that it was thought necessary to create a special commission for it.
  2. b) In the United States, despite the existence of the US State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, it has other special human rights enforcement agencies created to promote specific rights. One of such agencies is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) which is a federal law enforcement agency that enforces laws against workplace discrimination. The EEOC investigates discrimination complaints based on an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, genetic information, and retaliation for reporting, participating in, and/or opposing a discriminatory practice.
  3. c) Canada has a similar arrangement to that of the United States. The Canadian Human Rights Act has long prohibited discrimination on the basis of gender, PREMIUMTIMESNG.COM FINAL CONFERENCE REPORT PAGE 433 race, ethnicity, and certain other grounds. In 1986, the Canadian government passed the Employment Equity Act which was meant to protect certain restricted vulnerable categories of persons. The Canadian Human Rights Act continues to be in force alongside the Employment Equity Act.
  4. d) In Australia, there are 3 different commissions addressing the issues of human rights, namely: Human Rights Commission, Anti-Discrimination Commission and Equal Opportunities Commission”

I totally agreed with the 2014 National Conference on the need to establish the Religious Equity Commission that will have powers to arrest and prosecute those who contravene the law. If, as a nation, we do not kill religious persecution and extremism, then religious persecution and extremism will kill Nigeria. The potential danger associated with the level of conflicts going on across the country is so glaring that no sane mind can ignore.

Even before I set up the National Conference in 2014, my government took certain initiatives to end impunity and reorient the minds of Nigerians. First was education. I established twelve conventional Federal Universities and two specialized universities. Nine of the twelve Federal Universities were located in those states in Northern Nigeria that previously did not have any Federal University. The Specialized Police University was located in Kano state, also in the North, bringing the total number of universities I established in the North of Nigeria to ten. The Specialized Maritime University was located in the Niger Delta.

In addition to these, I also established 165 Almajiri elementary and high schools in each of the nineteen states of Northern Nigeria to combine Islamic education with Western education.

In the area of law enforcement, it was quite challenging, but we were determined. 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.

Before then, my administration had also diligently carried out the first successful prosecution of terrorists of the Islamic extremist group, Boko Haram, for another terror attack, but this time not in a place of worship but on the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission also in Madalla, Niger state, an act which led to the deaths of sixteen persons on April 8th, 2011.

We were in the process of prosecuting Aminu Ogwuche, the mastermind of the April 14, 2014 Nyanya bombing in Nasarawa state which killed 75 people but unfortunately that prosecution was ongoing as at the time I left office in 2015.

But the point I want to emphasize by citing these incidences is that my administration had the political will to halt impunity in Nigeria and that is why killings due to religious extremism was localized to the Northeast with occasional killings in other zones of the North.

And even in the Northeast, we had rolled back the Islamic terrorist sect, Boko Haram, by the end of the first quarter of 2015 after we were able to get weapons to arm our military.

The killings did not spread to the mainly Christian south and I believe that the fight back against impunity by my administration was the main reason for this.

Of course, there were other reasons for this. For instance, through my personal reach out to the then President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, I was able to persuade the Body of Christ in Nigeria not to engage in any retaliation or reprisal killings. My job was made easier in this regards when the Christian Association of Nigeria saw a genuine desire on my part to bring religious extremists to book.

Using the same approach with the head of the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria, His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, I was able to get the mainstream of the Islamic faith to publicly condemn Islamic extremism in Nigeria. This was important to show that a clampdown on Islamic extremism was and is not a clampdown on Islam.

Going a step further, I worked through a body known as the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) to bring Christian and Muslim leaders together so they could talk to each other not at each other.

To summarize on the issue of ethnic and religious conflicts, I recommend the establishment of the Religious Equity Commission, enforcement of our laws without fear or favor and maximum cooperation by all Nigerians especially our revered religious leaders and clerics.

  1. The Niger Delta Question

The issue of the Niger Delta is an issue of exploitation of natural resources, economy and development. The complaints and restiveness is not unique to the Niger Delta of Nigeria alone. In most African nations where resources are domiciled in minority regions and the control of such resources are in the hands of majority regions, such agitations are commonplace.

The people in these regions feel that though they suffer from the environmental hazards of the exploitation of the God given resources, they do not commensurately benefit from the exploitation of these resources.

In the Niger Delta, these agitations predate Nigeria’s existence in 1914. Oil palm produce (palm oil and kernel) were major raw materials that fed the growth of the Industrial Revolution in Europe, and they largely came from the Niger Delta. Various tribal kings and chiefs such as King Jaja of Opobo and Nana Olomu, resisted British exploitation of these resources and were both arrested, deposed and exiled to the West Indies (King Jaja) and the Gold Coast (Nana) by the British Imperial Government as punishment for their agitations. Let me add that the punitive measures against these kings did not end the agitations.

With the discovery of petroleum, in the Niger Delta, similar agitations surfaced. On February 23, 1966, these agitations culminated in the declaration of the first secessionist state in post independent Nigeria, the Niger Delta Republic, proclaimed by Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro. His twelve day revolution was crushed by the Federal Government. It is instructive to note that Isaac Boro declared the Republic of the Niger Delta a full year and three months before May, 1967 when then Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu declared the secession of the Eastern Region to form the Republic of Biafra leading to the thirty month civil war.

From the end of the civil war to date the Federal Government has come up with many interventionist initiatives to pacify the Niger Delta. I was a pioneer staff and worked as an Assistant Director of Environmental Protection at one of these early interventionist agencies called the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC), set up by the military administration of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. With the advent of democracy in 1999, then President Olusegun Obasanjo established the present body, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The greatest stumbling block of these interventionist agencies was lack of continuity, resulting from an over politicization of projects as each successive management awarded new contracts rather than continue with those awarded by their predecessors and as such, the Niger Delta is littered with many abandoned projects with very few completed projects to show for the huge monies spent.

During the Obasanjo era, the Federal Government, in line with our constitution and revenue laws, set aside 13% of oil revenues to be paid as derivation funds to oil producing states and shared on the basis of proportion of oil they produce.  As a person from the Niger Delta, I can say that the 13% derivation has benefitted Niger Delta states and their people more than the interventionist agencies. For example, those who knew Akwa Ibom state before the 13% derivation become law will agree that the derivation fund has changed the face of that state making it almost overnight one of the most developed states in Nigeria. The same is true with other oil producing states though with varying degrees of development.

From the foregoing, the only option that will solve the agitation in the Niger Delta is true and Fiscal Federalism as practiced in the United States from whom we copied the Presidential model of government. States should be allowed to exploit their natural resources as they deem fit and pay adequate taxes to the Federal Government. This is also the position of the 2014 National Conference. The Conference strongly recommended the adoption of Fiscal Federalism as the only panacea to these agitations and other challenges.

  1. The Role of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation

Resolving both the religious crises and the Niger Delta question requires a new legal framework, thus the Federal Government and the National Assembly have major roles to play. The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation working with Elder statesmen and Civil Society groups can, through dialogue and advocacy, encourage religious leaders, traditional rulers, youth groups and women groups to participate in the formulation of a new legal framework. They will also be impressed upon to abide by these laws when put in place.

Without a new legal framework, successes by any advocacy group will at best be transient, it will not endure. Also, the military crackdown in the Niger Delta will not end the agitation there. It will have the opposite effect of provoking the youths which will cause them to seek to acquire sophisticated weapons to defend themselves and their communities. This may in turn lead to secessionist movements and the reincarnation of the Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro led revolution and the Biafran Civil War. The Federal Government and the international community must work to avoid this.

  1. Global Terror and Boko Haram in Nigeria

The Boko Haram Islamic terrorist sect has been classified as the most deadly terror group in the world by the Global Terrorism Index. Herdsmen operating in and around Nigeria are listed as the fourth most deadly terror group. However, I do not intend to discuss global terror because it is a subject well known to all and the U.S. government has been working hard with various governments to address these issues. My belief is that the day the U.S. government and the Russian government decide to work together, that will surely mark the beginning of the end of global terror.

  1. Conclusion

In my capacity as head of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, I visited former Nigerian leaders to call for unity of purpose to fend off some of these challenges I have listed above.

And finally today I am here, calling on this august body and the new American administration of President Donald J Trump, of whom we are very confident, to please work with the government and people of Nigeria by way of capacity building and intelligence gathering and sharing and indeed in any way possible to bring an end to religious extremism in Nigeria.

Mr. Chairman, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my ideas on these sensitive subject with you.


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  • Abidilagungun

    President Jonathan of the Universe! God bless you, clear thinker. Oya, make una curse una selves

  • Bash

    Am impressed! He spoke statemanly

    • Okay

      Good one

  • Comfortkay

    What will he tell them that they do not know about Nigerian Christian?

    • wonderboi

      I wonder oooo, they know that he was reckless when it comes to money and how he allow corruption to flourish during his time in office

  • Jon

    Nice to see in suit in US rather than his native jumper.

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  • DONALDSON

    the indecipherable criticism of president goodluck Jonathan by hausa fualani and APC is not just stereotypical. rather it typifies a mindset that is clustered with prejudice. i have never seen a man that is so calm and intelligent like him. the difference between Jonathan and others is unimaginable, we will ever missed you sir.

  • fear God or u will die

    Our hero. God bless u. Once again bravo

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  • Wetin Naija

    Wonderful presentation. Northerners are the main problem of Nigeria. My problem with Jonathan is corruption. Corruption was moved to a new height under Jonathan’s administration.

    • Suleiman

      What about the corruption going on under the supervision of your man Buhari? Or are you saying there is no corruption going on now? Just noticed some long queses at the petrol stations today. When is the duo’ Tinubu and Odetola going to deliver the fuel from the fuel subsidy that your headmaster is afraid to investigate?

      • Ezekiel Bukola Samuel

        Help me ask them ooo

      • Al

        Suleman you are very intelligent, keep it up. Very soon donald trump will also invite you to WhiteHouse for get together

  • Akpan Bassey

    While President Jonathan was invited by Donal Trump to his inauguration Buhari was ignored. Jonathan has moved round the world preaching peace and advancing democracy all over the globe – the exact opposite of Buhari’s mission. It is irrationality in colossal dimension to compare both men except to depict the unbridgeable gap in ideas, intelligence, refinement and finesse – like comparing light and darkness. A man with no single political prisoner despite the avalanche of salvos from Northern Politicians and their surrogate cowed propagandist accomplices from the West, is truly a hero and a statesman of uncommon breed. I see him as a President someday of a sovereign Niger DELTA or Biafran Republic. God bless you President Jonathan.

  • NAMES of Suicide Bombers Pls!!

    His RESOURCE CONTROL cap is unmistakable and speaks louder than all the points he has made in his speech. Jonathan would have made his speech better by reminding the World that Nigerian Governmnet led by ailing Buhari does not investigate or release the identities of terrorists, suicide bombers and/or their sponsors…and this is the mother of all cover ups.

  • smart

    Well said. Workable solutions.. Especially to agitations in Nigeria.

  • Legbara Nubor Legbara

    Goodluck Jonathan should be ashamed of himself. Did he think he’s talking to fools who will listen and clap like many Nigerians especially his tribal supporters, the Ijaws of Niger delta will do? Except a National Conference he called as a way to regain support and electability when he lost the confidence and trust reposed in him due to gross incompetence and being complaisant to corruption and insecurity until the dying minute efforts that attempted to curtail Boko Haram thinking that could help his reelection. He couldn’t point to any tangible measure he put in place to help solve the Niger delta question he seems to have suddenly remember. Not even a holistic attempt to intervene and save the region from deadly environmental pollution which, of course, his Ijaw people and land may be the worst victims was considered by him during his so-called presidency. He pointed to what his predecessors did to address the Niger delta questions including so-called 13% derivation money that is insulting, paid to the oil producing states, which citizens unfortunately don’t benefit because governors and other politicians which include Jonathan while the deputy and executive governor of BAYELSA State, steal majority part of this money for personal and family use. Shamelessly too, he pointed to the many universities he established in the North in the hope that he may pacify and secure support from its citizens who are largely Hausa-Fulanis and many of whom have been against religious freedom since Nigeria was illegally created. Surely, like other regions, the North deserve to be educated and enlightened away from the myopic thinking about the exclusiveness of the Islamic religion and their so-called right to rule Nigeria with iron hand and the stealing of oil and gas wealth from oil producing region. The question becomes: are citizens of the region taking advantage so as to help open their heart and thinking given the fact that only broad-based thinking and understanding, respect for others, their land, rights and religion, collaboration and compromise, and not force can keep the unity of this DISUNITED NIGERIA? Finally, Jonathan tried to take credit for the reason the South which is predominantly Christians haven’t retaliated the multiplicity of religious intolerance and violence in the North by Muslims against Christians, especially those from the South. He forgot or ignored the obvious historically fact, that the South, though co-conspirator to the nations problems, the stealing of Niger delta oil in particular has always been open, respectful of religious freedoms and rights. It hasn’t concertedly retaliated Hausa-Fulani or Muslims’ violence against Christians, rather speak against it. He’s now talking like ignorant Trump, who take credit for everything including what he know nothing about and by BANNING Muslims and refugees, others, acting like Hausa-Fulani Muslims of Nigeria who are mostly religious bigots, believes they’re superior to others because they control the military and guns, and loves intolerance.

    • Suleiman

      Ben,
      No matter what Jonathan says, nucleheads like you would always blame him. If you compare Jonathan and Buhari, he has out shone Buhari. Mark my words, Nigeria is in the dross and nucleheads like you have been made by this government to believe that everything bad in Nigeria has Jonathan’s name written on it. No matter what you think, Jonathan is ten times better than Buhari who has crashed this country and brought it to a standstill

      • emmanuel

        @Akpan Bassey said it all.

        “While President Jonathan was invited by Donal Trump to his inauguration Buhari was ignored. Jonathan has moved round the world preaching peace and advancing democracy all over the globe – the exact opposite of Buhari’s mission. It is irrationality in colossal dimension to compare both men except to depict the unbridgeable gap in ideas, intelligence, refinement and finesse – like comparing light and darkness. A man with no single political prisoner despite the avalanche of salvos from Northern Politicians and their surrogate cowed propagandist accomplices from the West, is truly a hero and a statesman of uncommon breed. I see him as a President someday of a sovereign Niger DELTA or Biafran Republic. God bless you President Jonathan.”

        The problem with people like that useless Yoruba Mumuwole who is even ashamed to identify himself by his name is that they fail to accept the fact that Nigeria is not a country but several countries put together. He is angry that the Niger Delta people praise and love Jonathan. It is like saying the Germans love their Chancelor or President. Nobody will expect the men from Greece or Portugal to love a leader from Germany or UK or France. This is exactly the situation here. Buhari is dead and they tell us he is playing basketball in his hotel. We never see his videos, only manipulated still photos. Secession is the answer

      • Legbara Nubor Legbara

        Suleiman, look at the facts of what Jonathan said and what I said. I’m from the oil producing area so know what I’m talking about contrary to Jonathan’s shameless rants. I supported him from the outset. but changed when I noticed he’s clueless, weak and permit corruption claiming it isn’t stealing. Therefore, look for the facts as truth is the way forward and remedy to solving all problems. Being unnecessarily emotional in attempting to defend the indefensible will not make you or Jonathan credible. People who aren’t knuckleheads do exactly what I’ve done and asked of you. So read well to understand, think independently and rationally irrespective of where you come from and what party or organization you belong. Note, I don’t belong to PDP or APC, not any political or otherwise party anywhere in the world hence speaks neutrally though an oil producing community of illegal and criminal Nigeria’s stakeholder so understand the issues I speak to and how different presidents, military heads of state handle the region and Nigeria in general. By the way, I’m not comparing Buhari to or with Jonathan, rather pointing out some things Jonathan didn’t do or just responding to some of the misleading or outright deceitful statements he made.

        • sab

          Has anything changed now under this administration except hunt for opposition? Tell me, is corruption not still thriving under the watchful eyes of the present govt? Ok let’s face it, has Burattai, Babachir, Dambazzau, Magu etc been probed by EFCC? Would these people have been walking scot free if they were of PDP block in the face of the huge allegations against them? You will never see reasons with GEJ and no one expects you to. But then, truth is always bitter to be told and heard. Like it, hate it but truth is truth and can never be wished away.

          • Powerlessconscious

            18months is not enough to change all the mess. Mind you a lot has changed. Nigerians now know who loves the country and who encourage looting and criminality. Nigerians now know who is planning good future for them and who have been looting them to downfall. Stealing of public fund anyhow you like has reduce. Punishmwnt and prosecution is going all over the country. Bokoharam that would have destroyed the entire country just like Syria Isis have been taken care off by our military. As insecurity will never allow progress. Nigerians are passionately making sacrifices to support the current govt until the govt totally remove them from the death trap set by PDP 16years misrule. Nigerians now have hope for the future because the future is important than the present. God bless buhari/osinbanjo.

          • Legbara Legbara

            I’m neither Buhari nor Jonathan’s, Obasanjo, other politicians or rulers’ supporter. Nevertheless, how do you expect 16 or more years corruption, which include Jonathan’s as deputy and governor of BAYELSA State to be solved in 18 months? I hope you also remember Alams as BAYELSA governor while Jonathan was deputy before he took over from him. By the way, same PDP politicians are in APC today, and those who remain in PDP haven’t changed and may not. Importantly, I wasn’t comparing Jonathan to or with Buhari. Of course, Buhari and his team aren’t without blemish so I discuss and criticize his regime when I deem fit. Note that I praise good deeds too, notwithstanding who did what good. My focus was on what Jonathan should have done for Niger delta but refused or didn’t know how or what to do and didn’t seek help or complain if he’s having problems from Northern and other politicians or rulers and groups. No one can fault my calling Jonathan out on his inability or disability to address Niger delta environmental pollution, socioeconomic crisis threatening Ijaws, Ogonis and others in the region. No one can also fault me calling him out on talking true fiscal federalism now that he’s a private citizen when he did nothing as so-called president He rather called a dying-minute conference thinking he’d reclaim the confidence citizens lost in him. He’d 6 years and did nothing until election was approaching. I however expect those who don’t know the issues or naive about true democracy and good leadership or governance, especially those who worship politicians and rulers because they’re from their villages, ethnic groups or states, regions-even party members without looking critically and honestly at the issues to disagree with me. I’m neutral hence my ability to speak to these issues and call out those involved irrespective of who they are or where they come from. I’m independent and can’t be bought or easily convinced because i don’t take things on face value.

      • Al

        Suleiman if am in your shoes, I will praise Jonathan more any animal

      • Haba mallam

        You must be that pastor or preacher man Suleiman who was telling Christians to kill Fulani herdsmen. You clown

      • Powerlessconscious

        Your contribution look childish.

        • Chym

          Truth hurts deal with it.

  • Rommel

    I am happy Dr Jonathan pointed out the many interventions that the FG has made to develop the Niger delta yet the people of Niger delta has become immuned to accepting development.

  • Spoken word

    Only a daft person will waste their time and listen to dumbo speak.

    • Powerlessconscious

      That is the truth. Everybody knows that poverty and corruption is the root of all problems in Nigeria. What sustainable legacy did gej left? Nothing but LOOTING LEGACY. The worst thing is that Nigeria dies not have database and technology to monitor crime. Instead for them to pursue those two I mention, they will be busy preaching around. Is that how the developed nations gej mentioned BEG their citizens not to commit crime?. THEY already have the database and technology to monitor lot of crimes. And they are ready to enforce the punishment. But, Nigeria is a country like a FOREST. And every leader including gej that have come do not care to turn it into a modern world. They rule on a forest and treat people like animals. They love and care for themselves and their party member than the CITIZENS.

      • Chym

        You are insane to say poverty is the root of Nigeria problem.

    • gosgos

      Unfortunately, no body in your lineage has ever/ will ever,in a foreseeable future,have the privilege of being a doorkeeper of such an August gathering,not to even speak of addressing the audience.
      If uncommon privileges such as this are extended to him who you have termed ” dumbo” ,then,dumbo just got a new definition.

      • Charles

        YOU MAKE SENSE

      • Spoken word

        you did not even deny that dumbo is a dumbo.

  • CEO

    Great speech, delivered with impeccable intelligence. Quite Statesmanlike, unrivaled in the recent past. There could have been no better audience – The United States Congress. What an Honour.
    “History shall vindicate the just” (Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe)

  • Powerlessconscious

    Everybody knows that poverty and corruption is the root of all problems in Nigeria. What sustainable legacy did gej left? Nothing but LOOTING LEGACY. The worst thing is that Nigeria does not have database and technology to monitor crime. Instead for them to pursue those two I mention, they will be busy preaching around. Is that how the developed nations gej mentioned BEG their citizens not to commit crime?. THEY already have the database and technology to monitor lot of crimes. And they are ready to enforce the punishment. But, Nigeria is a country like a FOREST. And every leader including gej that have come do not care to turn it into a modern world. They rule on a forest and treat people like animals. They love and care for themselves and their party member than the CITIZENS.

    • Chym

      Has Buhari changed any thing? The solution is separation or true federalism which will eventually lead to bulkanisation.

  • Africa

    Poor Jonathan, junketing about looking for relevance. The man simply failed Nigeria… the high oil price when he ruled was an opportunity to transform Nigeria. He led the most corrupt government ever in the history of this nation.

    • Izon Redeemer

      Very sad ;;;;for an Ibo man to be seen backing the Fulanis against Ijaw man Jonathan—–Because of his appearance in the USA abi?————Jonathan was invited to present a paper and did a good job–of it—–before Ojukwu was Isaac Adaka Boro–who made first class in chemistry at an institution owned by the Ibos—-UNIVERSITY OF NSUKKA–Separation is the answer

      • Chym

        Thanks bro, separation is the answer. I concur!

    • Toughie Man

      abacha not jonathan

      • augustine

        ➖➖Abacha is reputed to have looted almost alone, blocking others except the smartest looters or those he blesses.

        ➖➖➖Jonathan I love his good character, but he gave free licence to loot treasury to every interested looter by watching his staff rob Nigeria of national wealth and dump us in poverty

        ➖We youths love Goodluck Jonathan, but he dissappointed us. So sad, very sad.

  • Deri Orbuka

    freedom is our goal not the rule of the Fulanis—–Yorubas——and their Ibo surrogates in Apc

  • augustine

    ⏩ Dr. Jonathan sir, I agree with you Akwa Ibom has changed to glory as the 13% oil derivation payments was spent by governor Akpabio to better his people’s lives

    ⏩ Why has Bayelsa, Rivers and Delta, performed worse than Akwa Ibom with their own money? Corruption or what?

    ⏩ Bayelsa is worst of all, massive treasury looting by government officials without mercy on our poor hungry Bayelsa people

    ⏩ Delta and Rivers improved a bit, but why did Amechi and Uduaghan fail to transform their states with these billions of dollars❓❓

    • Poseidon

      If you read that piece very well, he did say that the development has been in various degrees. He is not there to talk about corruption. You guys are just obsessed with it.

  • Analyst

    The Nigeria president honoured with such invitation since independence.

  • Jb

    This man, under your watchful eyes for 7 yrs, hundred of thousands of muslims, Christians and even free thinkers were killed in churches, mosques, markets, schools, offices, roads, shops etc while you and your family members, relations, friends, party men and women were laughing to the banks collecting huge sums of blood money and now you are opening your mouth to say rubbish. There is God ooooooooooooo.

    • Chym

      What is rubbish in what GEJ said? Yes people were killed in his regime likewise as it is in Buhari regime now. So let’s concentrate on the main points/issues raised by GEJ which for most Nigerians the solution to their problems. True federalism is now 80% of the solution of this country or division which is the best solution.

      • augustine

        ❌True federalism can only work if we first kill corruption.

        ❌ 100% resource control = 100% treasury looting

        ❌ Nigerians will still live in poverty as long as we are fools that vote super thief-leaders like Ibori, Fayose, Dariye, Alamesyiegha, Gbenga Daniel.

        • Chym

          I don’t have time to educate you

  • Poseidon

    Well rendered speech and spot on in the articulation of his ideas.
    Facts and figures can never be disputed.
    Not propaganda.

    I will always respect you GEJ

  • westman

    Well done GEJ.
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  • Chym

    This 18 months your illiterate Buhari has ruin Nigeria that it will take 15years of quality leadership to reverse.

  • 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.

    • Biafra Must Rise

      Mind you that your propaganda is weak and will serve nothing in tarnishing all the positive achievements of Pres. GeJ. Reasonable Nigerians and Americans knows that what you wrote above is jargons in your quest to satisfy your northern Nigeria paymasters.

  • Impulse400

    Nigeria For Sale. USA, you go buy…?
    Oil, e dey.
    Minerals, akwe.
    Human beings, we dey brekete… we dey waste. America, wish wan you go buy…?

  • Chym

    Nobody is praying for Nigeria. Don’t be deceived Nigeria is going into extinction….

  • Tunsj

    Your last sentence said it all.