Tag Archives: Goodluck Jonathan

Former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka

INTERVIEW: How we convinced Jonathan to concede defeat to Buhari – Osita Chidoka

Osita Chidoka is a former Minister of Aviation, Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and currently a governorship aspirant in Anambra State. He recently spoke with PREMIUM TIMES’ Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete, Abdulaziz Abdulaziz and Idris Ibrahim on his years in the Obasanjo, Yar’Adua and Jonathan administrations as well…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo [Photo credit: dailypost.ng]

Some young Nigerians have been “complete disappointment and failure” in leadership – Obasanjo

Nigeria's former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has lamented the failure of certain "privileged young men and women" he helped to top positions in government and the private sector. The former president stated this in a letter he wrote to senior lawyer, Olisa Agbakoba. Mr. Agbakoba, former President of the Nigerian Bar…

FILE PHOTO: Federal secretariat

Perm. Sec. accused of corruption forfeits N660 million, $137,000, two buildings to Nigerian govt

The Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Thursday ordered the temporary forfeiture of N664,475,246 and $137,680 allegedly diverted from the previous administration's Sure-P funds to the Nigerian government. The suspect, Clement Onubuogo, a serving Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, was also ordered to…

FILE PHOTO: President Muhammadu Buhari (R) welcoming Former President Goodluck Jonathan  to the  Presidential Villa today (3/8/16) 5466/03/08/2016/ICE//NAN

Presidency replies Jonathan: You put Nigeria in this economic mess

The presidency said on Monday that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was handed an economy ravaged by years of mismanagement and corruption. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, stated this in a statement in Abuja. The presidential aide was reacting to statements credited…

Reno Omokri

Osita Okechukwu, Reno Omokri bicker over Jonathan’s anti-corruption claims

The Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, VON, Osita Okechukwu and ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s Special Assistant on new media, Reno Omokri, have been engaged in a media war over the former president’s speech at the Peoples Democratic party, PDP, Special Non-elective Convention. While Mr. Okechukwu dismissed with a wave…

Edwin Clark briefing reporters

MEND announces pull out from Edwin Clark led-PANDEF negotiating with Nigerian govt

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, has announced its withdrawal from the Pan Niger Delta Front, PANDEF. PANDEF is a common platform used by the leaders of the troubled region to negotiate with the federal government for a peaceful settlement of the conflicts and the development…

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

How Jonathan, Yar’Adua, Atiku, Saraki lost millions of naira, properties to aides, partners

Two weeks ago, PREMIUM TIMES exclusively reported on how an Abuja home of Nigeria’s immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, was burgled by police officers assigned to guard the property. The policemen stole items valued at several millions of naira from the building located at No. 89, Fourth Avenue in the Gwarimpa District…

OBJ, Yar’Adua, Jonathan

How Obasanjo, Yar’Adua, Jonathan govts allegedly squandered N11 trillion electricity fund – SERAP

A new report by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has revealed how over N11 trillion meant to provide regular electricity supply was allegedly squandered under the governments of former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua and Goodluck Jonathan. According to the report, “The total estimated financial loss to Nigeria…

Former President Jonathan's house burgled

Sacked police officer arraigned for looting Jonathan’s home

The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has arraigned a police officer, Musa Musa, for alleged involvement in the looting of the residence of former President Goodluck Jonathan. The FCT police command confirmed the arraignment to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday. They were arraigned at a magistrate court in Wuse, Abuja. Mr.…

Former President Jonathan's house burgled

EXCLUSIVE: How Police foiled Sergeant’s attempt to escape after looting Jonathan’s home

The policeman at the centre of the burglary of an Abuja home of former President Goodluck Jonathan, initially made a bolt for it but was rearrested after a man he sold a property to tricked him into police's net, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Mr. Jonathan had last week confirmed this…

Senate President Bukola Saraki

Why we tried to remove president’s powers in constitution amendment – Saraki

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has said that presidential assent was an unnecessary addition to the process of amendment of the constitution. He told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja that it was with that conviction that the Senate approved the removal of presidential assent to…

FROM LEFT: A retired Maj.-Gen. in the British Army, Dickie Davis; Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Idiat Adebile; Formal President Olusegun Obasanjo; and Director of Brenthurst Foundation, MR Greg Mills, at the launch of a book titled: “Making Africa Work”, in Lagos on Wednesday (2/8/17).
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Three major factors hinder Nigeria’s development – Obasanjo

A former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Wednesday gave insight into how the Umaru Yar’Adua administration allegedly jettisoned his administration's reforms. Mr. Obasanjo made this revelation at the launch of a book titled, "Making Africa Work", co-authored by the former president and three other authors. The book, which was unveiled…

Former President Jonathan's house burgled

INTERVIEW: How I was invited to buy ex-President Jonathan’s belongings – Trader

In this exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Ashafa Murnai, the Chairman of the Tipper Garage second-hand materials market, Ibrahim Bagobiri, explained how he was persuaded to buy some items looted from an Abuja residence of former President Goodluck Jonathan, and the reason why he is on the run from the…

FILE PHOTO: Students in a classroom

Nigerian Christian, Muslim leaders fought together to return IRK, CRK as subjects in schools – Officials

The Secretary of the National Inter-religious Council, Ishaq Oloyede, has described as a betrayal of trust, allegations that the controversial curriculum for primary and secondary schools was aimed at Islamising Nigeria. Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES in an exclusive interview, Mr. Oloyede, who is the Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation…

Nigerian Senate

‎ANALYSIS: Constitutional Amendment: Next steps after Senate, House approvals

The Senate and the House of Representatives have concluded voting on the amendment to aspects of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution. Altogether, the two chambers of the National Assembly considered 33 sections of the document slated for amendment in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Fourth Alteration) Bill, 2017.…

Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)

Protesting workers shut down CAC over salary arrears

The staff union of the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, in Abuja on Tuesday shut down business activities at the commission’s headquarters as the members began warning strike over alleged non-payment of salary arrears. The chairman of the staff union, Ibrahim Kirfi, alleged that the management of CAC defaulted in the…

Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar

Sultan of Sokoto speaks on CRK, IRK controversy; says ‘we’ pushed for change

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Abubakar, has given details how religious leaders pushed the Goodluck Jonathan administration to change the status of Christian and Islamic subjects in school curriculum. The two subjects, previously optional, are now core for students of respective faiths. Mr. Abubakar spoke amid controversy that has trailed…

Former Petroleum Miniister, Diezani Allison-Madueke

U.S. prosecutors expose how Alison-Madueke, Omokore, Aluko blew billions on ‘lavish lifestyle’

Prosecutors in the United States have provided details of how Nigeria’s former minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and her two businessmen-allies, Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko, lavished billions of naira on property and luxury items in the U.S. and United Kingdom. The trio have, in the last two years, been…

Ahmed Makarfi, Former President Goodluck Jonathan and Ali Modu Sheriff during a peace parley before today's Supreme Court ruling

PDP: Jonathan speaks on Makarfi’s Supreme Court victory

The former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has described Ahmed Makarfi’s victory on the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leadership tussle at the Supreme Court on Wednesday as verdict that would bring the party together. Mr. Jonathan stated this on Wednesday on his tweeter handle in his reaction to the court judgment on…

Senator Ali Ndume

False Boko Haram allegation: Senator considers suing Nigerian govt, accuses media of unfairness

The Borno State senator, Muhammed Ndume, who was acquitted by an Abuja court of alleged links to Boko Haram had on Sunday said he was considering suing the federal government. Mr. Ndume is currently serving a six months suspension that was slammed on him by his colleagues after he asked…

Doyin Okupe

Jonathan’s former aide, ‎Doyin Okupe, dumps PDP

Doyin Okupe, a former Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Affairs, has abandoned the Peoples Democratic Party. In a Facebook post on Sunday, Mr. Okupe said the PDP had become so deep in crisis that the former ruling party could no longer be saved, notwithstanding the faction that…

Former Vice President, Namadi Sambo; Photo credits: Desert Herald

Security agencies search ex-VP Namadi Sambo’s house

Heavily armed security operatives on Wednesday raided the residence of a former vice president, Namadi Sambo, in Kaduna. The operatives are believed to have come from the State Security Service, SSS, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC. An ICPC operative in the North-West zonal office…

Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and wife, Judith Amaechi [Photo: Sahara Reporters]

Don’t make me speak about your wife, Amaechi tells Wike

A furious Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has warned Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers to desist from denigrating his family, as a lingering political face-off between the duo grows even more vicious and personal. At the inspection of a dry inland port in Kaduna Tuesday, the minister said he had…

Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi

It was difficult paying salaries when Buhari assumed office – Amaechi

Nigeria's Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Tuesday said it was difficult for the Muhammadu Buhari administration to pay salaries when it took over government. Mr. Amaechi, who spoke at an annual lecture organised by CKN News, said the rot the government inherited from the Goodluck Jonathan government was unimaginable.…

Reno Omokri

‎Jonathan’s former aide blasts Ango Abdullahi over comments on calls for Igbo exit

A former communication aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has dismissed a recent claim by the spokesperson of Northern Elders' Forum, Ango Abdullahi, who said Northern Nigeria provided the resources used to develop the southern part of the country pre-independence. In a Facebook statement Saturday, Mr. Omokri said crucial…