INVESTIGATION: Inside Jonathan’s Controversial Mega Farm

Afeni Eunice and her son, Prsident Goodluck Jonathan jointly owns Ebele Integrated Farms Limited

People residing in six villages in Abuja, the nation’s capital, have been forced by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, to leave their homes and relocate to a neighbouring Wukara community at the Aviation Village in Abuja to pave way for the establishment of a farm by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and his mother, Madam Afeni Eunice.

The large expanse of the land was allocated to them by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Daily Trust reported.

The farmland, measuring 95.88 hectares, is located at the Cadastral Zone, Aviation Village, within the Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, and was specifically allocated to Ebele Integrated Farms Limited by FCTA on March 8, 2012, two days after the company applied for the land and less than three months after it was incorporated by the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC.

According to the CAC, Ebele Integrated Farms Limited, with registration number 1003866, was registered on December 20, 2011 with a share capital of N30 million, said Daily Trust.

The company has only two registered directors: Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, with share capital of N28.5 million and Madam Afeni Eunice, with share capital of N1.5 million.

Records at the commission indicated that the nature of business the company was registered to execute are: “To carry on the business of agricultural and mechanical farming in all its branches (which include but not limited to) crop farming, rearing of livestock, feed milling, arable and fruit farming, manufacturing and distribution of agric products, flour merchants, poultry farming, animal husbandry, fish farming, deep sea fishing, trawling and to sell and deal in same etc.”

However, Ebele Integrated Farms Limited, since its registration in 2012, has no evidence of filing annual returns with the CAC, which is a vital requirement to be fulfilled by all such registered companies.

The legal practitioner that filed the application documents for the registration of the company with the commission, Arum Ifeyinwa Jane, provided the address of the company’s owners, Jonathan and Eunice, as number 23, Kolda Street, Wuse 11, Abuja.

Similar address was provided by the company to the Abuja Geographic Information System (AGIS) in its application for the farmland.

However, Daily Trust reported that when its correspondent visited the supposed company’s address at 23 Kolda Street, nobody around the area seemed to know that Ebele Integrated Farms Limited or any other company ever occupied the building within the past ten years. A security guard inside the compound said that the building was owned by a telecommunication firm.

When Daily Trust visited the farm near Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, over 40 articulated vehicles belonging to SCC Construction Company were seen with several staff of the company carrying out different works.

Armed soldiers and plain-cloth security operatives were seen at strategic parts of the farm which has a crocodile section near the main gate, orchards, where well irrigated mango trees provide shelter overlooking the hill top buildings said to be meeting and resting place for the president.

On the other side, there is a standard fish pond with embankment to prevent erosion. There is also the clean water in the fish pond recycling itself.

A short distance from there is a small airstrip for any helicopter to land. The airstrip is overlooking another set of hundreds of mango trees and a small stream with water passing through all in a solid concrete walls round the farm.

The security operatives in the farm were there to, among other assignments, prevent any unauthorised person from gaining access into the farm.

However, our reporters, with their cameras and other tools, succeeded in gaining access to the facility.

People living at the Wukara village, workers at the SCC construction company working in the farm, government officials in the FCT ministry, AGIS, Development Control Department of the FCDA and AMAC “have all been warned not to talk about that farm,” Daily Trust said.

The case of the displaced villagers is pathetic. Malam Ahmadu (not real name), who was seen resting under a tree at the outskirt of Wukara, spoke to our reporters.

He said: “I was residing in Sarkin Madaki village before we were ejected and our houses demolished. Six villages that include Sarkin Madaki where I hail from, Aguwan Audu, Kukeli, Anguwan Sharuwa, Badambo and Nasarawai, were the villages people were sacked from and demolished to provide space for this farm. Yes, we knew the farm belongs to the president but we have been warned not to say so. They said we must never discuss about the farm with anyone.

“The former FCT Commissioner of Police came in company of some top officers and warned us at the palace of the Aguma (village head) of Wukara that if we ever mentioned anything to anyone about the farm, they will arrest the person that made the statement and drive others from here without compensation. I am talking to you now because no one is seeing us. If you had met me in the village, I would not have talked to you.

“When they sacked us from our various villages, government gave us plots of land each at Wukara. People from all the six affected villages were moved to Wukara. But no monetary compensation was given to us. We had to sell part of the land allocated to us and build the remaining. It was after the commissioner of police warned us and left that we resolved to name the farm as the Aviation Farm.”

Another resident of Wukara, who simply identified himself as Malam, told Daily Trust at BasanJiya, a nearby community where he went to buy provisions, that their problem is not just because their villages have been converted to the president’s farm, but because they took away their houses, places of worship, farmlands only to be given a piece of land, each, in return. “We are all farmers. None of us had his farm replaced. How do they want us to cultivate?

“We all had our various sources of water before we were sacked from our villages. Here at Wukara, we scoop water from the ground to drink, cook and use at home because we have 2 boreholes that do not work. We complained to the Aguma who said he has written to SCC Construction Company but nothing has been done till date.

“Yes, they are constructing access road for us through the bush path. We do not want that one. Let them construct the one that will burst near the airport gate. That’ll be shorter and safer for us.”

When Daily Trust visited the palace of the Aguma of Wukara, Malam Mohammed Sarki, the people seen around the palace said the traditional ruler was indisposed.

One of the elders was however said: “Nobody can speak to you about the farm. On the issue of the road and water, we have written to AMAC and SCC. Go to their offices and ask them why they refused to help us.”

Daily Trust reporters visited AMAC twice; first the chairman was said to be in a meeting, while on the second occasion he was said to have gone to the FCT ministry for official consultation.

A senior council official who pleaded anonymity, however, said: “Look, do not waste your time. The chairman will never see you on this matter. How can the president compensate them? Advise them to come and beg the chairman for a borehole and clinic, that is more realistic.”

At the SCC Construction office in Utako District, Abuja, efforts to see the project manager were not successful.

However, a top official of the company, who pleaded not to be identified, said that Aguma had actually written a two-page letter to the company, dated May 16, 2014, requesting them to sink additional boreholes for them, adding: “In as much as we sympathise with the community, as contractors, we cannot use our money to develop their community for them.

“What they are asking for is not provided in the contract agreement. As a construction company, we only employ people with skills. But we went out of our way and employed their people who are now working for us. I am not privy to the contract sum, I would have told you. But it is a fact that what qualified us most for this contract was what the president saw our company did in General Abdulsalami Abubakar’s farm in Minna. You know, it was SCC that constructed it also.”

Meanwhile, the development makes people wonder if the farmland in question was actually intended to be used as such by the designers of Abuja.

A retired top ranking civil servant, Chief Bisi Winsala Kolins, who said he used all his retirement benefit to build houses in Garki that were demolished by the FCDA on the excuse that the area was meant for business and not residential, averred: “I am aware that in the Abuja master plan, no part of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), including the aviation village, is meant to be used for farming. It is also a fact that the Abuja master plan cannot be redesigned to accommodate any new development. That farm must, therefore, be demolished and relocated to outside AMAC for justice and fair play.”

Former Minister of the FCT, Malam Nasir el-Rufa’i, in a response from the United Kingdom to an online inquiry by Daily Trust, said no part of Abuja Municipal Area is supposed to be used for farming purposes, including the aviation village now housing Ebele Integrated Farms.

El-Rufa’i said: “Aviation Village is self-explanatory … it is part of Phase 5 of the Federal Capital City (FCC) meant to accommodate aviation company needs – hangars, fuelling and maintenance facilities, housing and hotels. There were no provisions for agricultural land in the city footprint.

“Farmlands are located outside the city in places like Gaube, Kuje and Kwali. I am surprised that agricultural land is being allocated in the footprint of the FCT. This may be another violation of the Abuja Dream…..God Save us.”

At the Abuja Geographic Information system (AGIS), a top official who initially doubted claims by our reporters that the application by Ebele Integrated Farms Limited was approved in only two days from the date of the application, was shocked to see the company’s file number MISC 117899 with AGIS.

He said: “You are right, look at the farm’s file. Their application for the allocation of the plot was dated March 6, 2012 and approval given on March 8, 2012. The initial plot number was 1680 before it was later changed to 1683. The change in the plot number does not affect the plot itself. Look at the note written with red pen that the FCT Minister attached to his approval.

“In all my years in AGIS I have never seen an application for plot of land treated with such a rush. If we were allowed to treat it like the normal applications, we would have verified the address. Even if the address they gave was correct and they later moved to a new address, they are supposed to notify us of their new address.”

Mr. Jonathan’s multibillion naira integrated farm project has attracted a lot of criticisms from the public, mainly because the president’s salary and legitimate earnings as a president could not afford him to own a multi-billion Naira farm project.

An NGO, Purpose Driven Human Initiative, in a media advertisement said the president’s farm project has vividly demonstrated why his administration has been unable to fight corruption.

According to the NGO, the president’s action of owning the farm has contravened Fifth Schedule Part 1 (code of conduct for public officers) of the 1999 constitution, section 1, which states: “A public officer shall not put himself in position where his personal interest conflicts with his duties and responsibilities.”

Reacting to the publication, New Generation Coalition, a pro-Jonathan group, argued that the president’s project has not violated the Constitution, arguing that the Constitution allows a public servant to engage in farming activities.

It also pointed out that former president Olusegun Obasanjo also acquired a farmland in Abuja while in office in 2005.

Also, some legal experts who spoke to Daily Trust expressed different views on the issue. While some argue that the president was morally wrong to undertake such ventures while in office, others think differently.

Below are some of the views in their words:

Jonathan is not wrong – Fagboungbe (SAN)

Nahimah Ajikanle Nurudeen, Lagos

Lagos-based Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Felix Fagboungbe, said President Goodluck Jonathan has not violated any law by applying for, and obtaining, a farmland in Abuja.

The position of Jonathan as a president, Fagboungbe argued, did not take away his right to own property.

He said the Code of Conduct only required the president to declare his assets if he owns property, because he has legal right to own property.

“The only thing the Code of Conduct requires is that he has to disclose it, if people know that the land belongs to him, anyway. Because we are not sure he actually owns the land in as much as he hasn’t confirmed that the land belongs to him. People might just be speculating.

“It is not possible to conclude land allocation processing within 48 hours, it is not possible because you need to identify the land, do the survey of land and a lot processes that go along with land allocation. But if truly the land in question was allotted within 48 hours, it means that it was not applied for with the survey plan because for such land, the surveyor-general has to see the survey and the survey department too, has to do something to certify the process,” he said.

It’s an impeachable offence – Bala Na’Allah

From Garba Muhammad, Birnin Kebbi

Bala Ibn Na’Allah, a former member of the House of Representatives and a lawyer, described the acquisition of a farmland at Aviation Village, Abuja, by President Goodluck Jonathan as a breach of his terms of office.

“It’s an impeachable offence,” he said.

Mr. Na’Allah, speaking in Zuru, Kebbi State, added: “The Conduct of approaching FCDA to get the land is in breach of the oath of his office and that is what is referred to as gross misconduct which itself is an impeachable offence.

“Looking at the speed of the processing of the grant of that land to the said company of which the president is alleged to be a director, it’s obvious to give a reasonable ground for establishing gross abuse of office by both the president and the minister of the FCT.”

Na’Allah, however, pointed out that it may be difficult to determine the legal position of this issue without putting it on both moral and legal scale.

“Law and morality are distinct and distinguishable but looking at the entire phantasmagoria vis-a-vis the oath of office taken and subscribed by Mr. President which among other things states that he would not allow his personal interest to influence his official conduct and decisions.

“It does appear that there is a clear case of breach of oath of office amounting to establishing a case of gross misconduct against Mr. President. While the Constitution allows public office holder’s to engage in farming, it equally prohibits them from taking any appointment as directors of companies and other paid employment.

“So, if you look at this issue from both moral and legal scale, there is no how the president will be exonerated because as president, you are barred from becoming a director of any company.

“Therefore, it doesn’t make sense if anybody thinks that it is okay, since the land is going to be used for farming. Legally, since he cannot be a director of a company, it means he is in breach of the oath of his office where he said he will not allow his personal interest to influence his official conduct and decisions.”

Revoke that allocation – Aliyu Umar (SAN)

From Ibrahim Musa Giginyu, Kano

For a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and former Kano State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Aliyu Umar, the approval for the allocation of the farmland to President Goodluck Jonathan should be revoked to deter Nigerians from engaging themselves in corrupt practices.

He, however, said that the speed with which the FCT minister approved the land cannot be faulted by the law because the Land Use Act has not given time frame for processing and approving of such applications. “The question to ask is: did he (Jonathan) actually apply for the land or was the land allocated to him before he was given forms to fill?

“If the processes enshrined for the acquisition of the land have been breached for any reason, then it has become illegal and also an act of abuse of office. The act may not be a crime, but it is morally wrong as it encourages corruption.”

He urged relevant authorities to investigate the alleged irregularities involved in the matter such as when the company was incorporated and whether the process involved in the acquisition of the land was breached and whether the acquisition and the erection of the farm has altered the master plan of FCT or not.

He may not be entirely wrong – Festus Okoye

From Dickson S. Adama, Kaduna

The President is allowed, in the Constitution, to acquire land for the purpose of farming, a constitutional lawyer and Civil Rights Activist, Barrister Festus Okoye has said.

However, he pointed out that the size of the land and procedure of acquiring it can be unacceptable.

He argued: “By the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution containing the Code of Conduct for public officers, the president is allowed to acquire land for the purposes of farming. But the issue of the quantum of land acquired or the purposes for which it is acquired or the means through which the land was acquired is a completely different matter. But the Constitution allows the president to engage in farming, and you cannot engage in farming without acquiring a land. So, to that very extent, it is legitimate for the president to acquire land for the purposes of farming.

“If you ask me though, I will say that for a land as big as a whole village to be acquired by anyone for the purposes of farming is not acceptable. I personally don’t see the reason why the president should acquire over 90 hectares of land for purposes of farming while in office. Again, what the law says about acquisition of such land or property by a public office holder like the president is that it must be declared publicly and filed with the Code of Conduct Bureau or the agency in charge of asset declaration by public office holders. And this should be done before, during and after leaving the office.”

He urged public officers, including the president, politicians and the media to work towards building a greater Nigeria and stop trivialising issues and or hide under the coverage of the Constitution to do things that would be morally unacceptable.

This report was first published by Daily Trust. We have the newspaper’s permission to republish.


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  • kykkyk

    Where is Buhari’s farm?

    • burning spear

      The 1,000 hectares of land valued at about N75billion located at Lakowe near Abijo at Ibeju-Lekki Local Government and given to Lekki Concession Company (LCC) which is partly- owned by Tinubu and Fashola and being developed as golf course and housing estate by Assets and Resource Management Ltd (ARM) as ADIVA project.

      The prime land of 157 hectares with 2.5km of Atlantic beachfront valued at about N10billion and stolen by Tinubu from the communities of Siriwon, Igbekodo, Apakin, etc in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government and given to Ibukun Fakeye – his crony to build a golf course and luxury villa with little or no compensation to the villagers. In addition, Tinubu paid $20million (N3billion) out of public treasury to Ibukun Fakeye to commence the project in late 2006. Fashola has since released additional funding for this project, which is not owned by the state government.

      The 14-hectare Parkview Ikoyi Estate foreshore land reclaimed by Lagos State Government is now owned by Bola Tinubu.

      • burning spear

        While in office, he allocated to himself the former Strabag yard beside the Lagos State Secretariat at Alausa, Ikeja. The property is now being developed into a shopping mall as big as the Palms in Lekki. This is public property brazenly stolen and now owned by Tinubu, aided by Fashola.

        The choice property at Lekki-Epe road on which he built and owns the multi-billion Naira Oriental Hotel and the extension of multi-storey car park beside it. Also, the multi-level recreation centre by Mobil in Oniru Estate on Lekki-Epe road jointly owned with ARM and Tunji Olowolafe. All these assets valued at over N25billion were obtained without paying a kobo to the Lagos State Government.

        Tinubu and Fashola sold the following prime Lagos properties to their personal friend and front – Prince Dipo Eludoyin at very ridiculous prices:

        • The 3.8-hectare of land of Lagos State Fisheries office in VI (beside the Institute of Oceanography) valued at N3billion.

        • The fishery landing jetty at Badore (where the Ilubirin fishermen were to be relocated) valued at N500million

        • The entire Ogudu foreshore scheme initially earmarked for a low-cost housing scheme valued at N5billion

        • The Ilubinrin housing estate (which used to house Lagos state civil servants and judges up till 2007) valued at N2.5billion.

        • burning spear

          • The former Julius Berger yard at Oko Orisan, Epe valued at N450million.
          Tinubu raised a loan of N4.7billion on Eko Akete project for which nothing was achieved before he turned around to sell the property to his Chagouri friends of Chagouri & Chagouri and Hitech Construction Ltd at a ridiculously low price at the expense of the taxpayers of Lagos.

          Tinubu applied to personally purchase the Federal Secretariat building while in office. When he couldn’t get to buy it, he directed Fashola to stop the eventual owner of the complex to develop it. The complex is presently wasting away courtesy of the Lagos State Government.

          • kykkyk

            Are all these Buhari’s farm?

          • Festuso

            …again, who is feeding you with all this privileged information? Where did this dossier on Tinubu come from? You give yourself away by cataloguing one man’s apparent illegal transactions without having the guts to initiate a court action to make him pay for any of these allegations. You are obviously a paid PDP agent out to get Tinubu. Those who gave you the spurious dossier are just as lily-livered as you are. The man you are after is an Eagle …..he soars high above the machinations of goons like you!

        • Festuso

          …and who is feeding you with all this privileged information? Where did this dossier on Tinubu come from? You are obviously a paid PDP agent out to get Tinubu!

      • Festuso

        …and who is feeding you with all this privileged information? You are obviously a paid PDP agent out to get Tinubu!

  • Ken

    This paper has no work. Kindly go and do a massive report on Tinubu and how he has finished Lagos State Treasury

  • burning spear

    The massive looting of Lagos state by the Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has reached monumental proportion. Tinubu whose companies recently conered a multi billion road construction job in Ogun State, has in his pocket all the juicy contract in all the Action Congress’ states.

    In retrospect, it might be difficult to come to terms with the fact that an individual could hold the entire south west to ransom. There is no doubt that Tinubu has succeeded in buying the Lagos State government, and he has done this using government funds.
    Whenever someone in Lagos begins to wonder where their 4th mainland bridge went, or what was the fate of the pipe-borne water project, or even where the schools and hospitals had vanished to, there is a silence that contains it all. The largest landlord in Lagos has done as he has pleased, and the rest of the state just has to deal with it. For instance: Number 4, Oyinkan Abayomi (formerly Queens) Drive, Ikoyi: A 5-bedroom detached house on one acre of land which was originally the Lagos State Governor’s guest house since 1979, but which now belongs to Tinubu. The certificate of occupancy of the property valued at N450 million was signed and released to him by Fashola in 2007 shortly after he assumed office.

    • burning spear

      Tinubu’s residence at 26 Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi was initially falsely presented as Oando Plc Guest House. Later, he purportedly bought it from Oando, and used public funds to rebuild and renovate it. The Lagos State Government bought the property and paid an undisclosed sum to him and thereafter gave the property back to him under the bogus Pension Bill he signed to law shortly before he left office in 2007. The property is worth over N600 million.

      The annex of the Lagos State Guest House in Asokoro, Abuja was bought by the State Government in 2006 for N450 million, purportedly to protect the main house from security breach. Shortly after Tinubu left office, the property was transferred to him under the pension plan he signed into law before leaving office.

      The 250-hectare land valued at about N35billion and strategically located at the Ajah junction on Lekki Road was initially meant for a General Hospital for the people of Eti-Osa Local Government but was stolen by Tinubu and handed over to Trojan Estate Ltd – a company owned by Deji and Wale Tinubu – to develop as Royal Garden Housing Estate at the expense of the taxpayers of Lagos.

      • D advocator

        You are a made man

      • Festuso

        …and who is feeding you with all this privileged information? You are obviously a paid PDP agent!

        • Wähala

          That’s the eccentric Deri Orbuka aka, Redeem. Banned by all self-respecting news outlets for his legendary lies. I wonder why they still allow him to sneak-in here to post his diversionary lies. Oloshi ni, ignore him biko!

      • progress

        Irrelevant. We are talking jona here, he stole poor people’s farm land why?

    • Joe

      But illegality should and must be condemned. If you know about the Tinubu illegality you should have voiced it out. You should have been in the court. pointing at somebody when you are indicted for crime must be condemned. We cannot redeem this nation with this type of attitude.

    • Festuso

      Are you not being ridiculous by citing an illegality to justify another illegality? Haven’t you heard the saying two wrongs do not make a right?

      • Wähala

        Deri Redeem does not know the difference between right & wrong… Amoral to the core he is, a drunkard!

    • Wähala

      Deri Redeem, Answer me!
      Where did JoDumbo get the capital outlay for the farm barely 6months after telling Nigerians he had no shoes? Where did Afeni Eunice get N1.5million she contributed to her son’s capital for their fraudulent farm business… definitely not from her pension savings. Aborigines are natural thieves, “wetbacks” is how I described them to you on Sahara Reporters. Shameless old woman encouraging her son to seal land from poor farmers and you’re here vomiting garbage. Thunder fire your entire household there. Mordafcuker!

    • Tunsj

      No one is interested in your trash comment. WRONG, all the time!! No trophy for you, second place LOSER!!

  • omala

    I think we are yet to see anything should this man wins reelection

  • burning spear


    • Wähala

      Where did JoDumbo get the capital outlay for the farm barely 6months after telling Nigerians he had no shoes? Where did Afeni Eunice get N1.5million she contributed to her son’s capital for their fraudulent farm business… definitely not from her pension savings. Aborigines are natural thieves, “wetbacks” is how I described them to you on Sahara Reporters. Shameless old woman encouraging her son to seal land from poor farmers and you’re here vomiting garbage. Thunder fire your entire household there. Mordafcuker!

      • Dan maikoko

        Wrong Wahala just look at the woman’s eye she has become either senile or is suffering from alzheimer’s disease. I doubt if she can tell either where she is or what was happening. The crooked son used her name as cover for fraud. I bet if she was not so visible he would have sold her for more cash or landed property.

    • Arisekola

      You Ijaw people shout about the OIL IN MY BACKYARD. With the Abuja land theft by Goodluck Jonathan is Abuja land also Sweet smelling OIL in ya Backyard too? Your Ijaw tribalism, deception, dishonesty and theft are endless.

      • progress

        Leave them, they’ve started begging for our votes after all the threats, we will send jona back to otuoke on 28th of march 2015. When next they hold any political office they will learn to behave. Nonsense!

  • Spoken word

    A blatantly corruption president

  • Guguru

    Jonathan, a man once without shoes has forced others like him to go without shoes. What a shame.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Bruv, it is state land.

      It will be re-appropriated for the purpose it was meant for when APC comes into power.

      This megalomaniac stole the few bits of dry land in Otuoke and drove the villagers into the swamps, but it seems that is not enough!

      Never again!!

      • Tunsj

        Well laid out.

      • Guguru

        My brother Kay,

        Amen! APC will bring back justice. Jonathan was really deprived of a lot in life when he was a young man. Otherwise, how does one explain his insatiable desire to steal at any rate and in anyway possible?

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          True, bruv.

          He must have been deprived and it still shows in his bloodshot eyes.

          Abi na the after effects of over-indulgence in Sapele Water dey give am red-eye?

          Good one, Guguru.

          • Guguru


      • me

        Mr Kay. Do not waste your time. He does not give a damn. He lied. He said he had no shoes. I wonder how many pairs of shoes he will buy with a town size of land. Ole jaguda. he is breeding crocodiles I wonder what those crocodiles are being fed with. He reminds me Mobutu SeseMobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga.Ngbendu Wa Za Banga. The ex dictator of Zaire that killed his people in thousands and fed them to crocodiles. This Jonathan is up to something! Guys Nigeria is in trouble.
        Look at Mobutu and remember Jonathan!

  • Wähala

    Jonathan and his mother engaged in land scam… by their fruit we shall know them indeed. Thieves!

  • Mosaku 147

    I really don’t mind if he decides to own a farm,the size notwithstanding because most leaders do.but my qualms with him is why should it be Abuja,so close to the airport? Where did obj start his farm from? What about abdusalami? You start a farm to empower your people first. Why did Jonathan not start this farm in bayelsa?or is he saying bayelsa does not have 950,000sqm to allocate him?
    Win or lose,Joeboy does not even have plans to return to his roots and yet some people are willing to die for him. Is this not the height of deceit to those you claim to love?

    • Ade

      Bayelsa land is not currently suitable for farming due to environmental degradation brought about by oil exploration and exploitation. They can’t even fish. So, the acquisition of farmland in Abuja is appropriate. The Northern Mallams own the oil wells in Niger Delta. What is your problem?

      • Mosaku 147

        Why near the airport then? I hope you realize there are places called kuje,gwagwalada and abaji? Or are ‘they’ exploring your ‘oil’ on your dry land? So una no even get land sef and you will be the first to shout my niger delta sweet oil. Rubbish.

  • Sanmi Falae

    Like Obasanjo etc, why does not Jonathan Goodluck acquire land and set up the farm in his own state? The way his moronic professional marauders carry on about ‘my oil’, you would think they don’t use the resources of other people in other parts of Nigeria. Like Jonathan Goodluck, Asari Dokubo is so passionate (sic) about his people that he went to set up a university in a foreign country, even at a time when his own state probably didn’t have one!! And their people still keep wasting their lives and time for them. I don’t get their logic.

  • Tunsj

    The most corrupt Nigerian President ever.

  • Maria

    Jaguda president… even this old mama that is close to the grave is also helping her son to do jaguda…yeye people.

    • Bidemi Lukman

      You surpise me. No be from im Mama and papa he inherited the jaguda. Am not sure im papa is still alive, if not , na for Aso rock dem for site the farm.

  • SAM .A

    Two wrongs can never make a right, if Obasanjo did it , must Jonathan do it too,If Obasanjo enter fire, must Jonathan also enter fire? Obasanjo , jailed Tafa Balogun, IG, S. M Afolabi etc .why has Jonathan not put anybody among his corrupt Minisers in jail.This president can not prosecute anybody because of this land acquisition issue & others unknown.

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    Man’s inhumanity to man at its most galling!

  • Omotolaaraujo

    Jona said the FG was investing into agriculture. This must be what he meant.

  • Abu Murtala

    Nonsense article and quack journalism.

  • Modibbo Adamu

    Goodluckgate might open another Can of warm , Jonah Agricultural reforms programm wonders will never as long as the world exist

  • Bidemi Lukman

    This is why we need a change. Jona can own 1000 hectres of land for farm but if Abuja master plan is not to have a farm where he located his farm, am sure subsequent gov will reverse it. No wonder he is running from pillar to post not to have Buahri as president.

    Thia is the problem we are currently facing in Lagos. Lagos master plan wwas not to have companies in V/I. As we speak, no more space for companies that they have to sand-fill bar beach. Those working in V/I face hell daily to cross to the Island.

    • HarryP

      Change to what?… Tinubu and his oriental hotel in Lagos haven’t been probed…. Cunny man die cunny man bury am..

      • Bidemi Lukman

        Ask Jonathan why he failed to probe Tinubu. This is part of his failure. He failed to arrest criminals which left a sound minded Nigerian with no doubt that he is also a crimi…..

  • FortB

    Like every Nigerian, the president is entitled under the law to apply, be approved and own land in FCT. Bad belle people, leave the president alone. Are other land owners in Abuja better than him, or he is now a second class citizen? If you become president, refuse to own land in Abuja. Since Abuja was built, show me one head of state or president who do no have land in Abuja. Nonsense and Rubbish news

  • Orphic

    Well acquiring (stealing) land is not so bad at least you can’t store land in a Swiss bank or overseas and there is plenty of land, up to 44% of arable land in Nigeria is undeveloped. Peasant farmer occupiers of land do not have the capital or wherewithal to make such land meaningfully productive. So as long as such peasant farmers are offered alternative resettlement, land acquisition is not a bad idea as a pension plan for politicians and public servants who can use such land for capital intensive and productive mechanised farming. The country gets more agricultural produce and politicians feel secure in knowing that there is life after politics. A win-win for the country.

    • progress

      Is it right for a sitting president to aquire such expanse of land?

  • Ade

    Elrufai is not in a moral position to talk about unlawful allocation of land.

  • Chris1408

    Thief thief Jonathan, more corrupt than OBJ, IBB and Abacha put together

    • fresh15

      I pity you.A President who openly invested in agriculture to boost our GDP and to create jobs is called a corrupt man.Be realistic

      • Murtala Aliyu

        The corruption is his failure to follow due process.

      • lukman

        You need to wake up from your slumber; he is doing it to enrich himself and his family. I learnt that majority of people working in that farm land are Israelis. This man is the worst president ever in the history of our nation. He should go to jail. If i were Buhari i will make him and his cohorts a scapegoat for impunity and corruption.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    All these legal rigmarole notwithstanding, the simple question to ask is why did the president not go somewhere else to acquire land? Why must citizens be displaced in order to make room for a president’s farm? And why did the president not use the same influence he used in acquiring this land in rehabilitating adequately these displaced persons? What a thinking president would have done would be to quickly cause money to be made available to see to their rehabilitation.

    Secondly, why must the Abuja environs be the choice of the president? Would running a farm as large as this proposed one not violate the Abuja Master Plan? Why should the president not go down south, like in his Bayelsa or Rivers State or even in Enugu State? These places would gladly oblige the president.

    • lukman

      Because he is clueless.

  • AD

    What about the land in Maitama on ministers hill by colarado

    • Aninta

      Wait, from the activity on that land it has certainly attracting eyebrows and raising questions. I and some friends were discussing on why the government will allocate every available space in Abuja. In fact that hill should have been left fallow forever. I weep for what this government is doing to our dear country. My God help us and save us.

  • Simeon

    Jonathan is a satanic lucifer. A rotten thief. How much money can a single individual illegally accumulate from Nigeria for being shoeless at birth? Shame on all of them and shame on Nigerians for allowing this impunity to continue

    • lee

      I can say aithoritatively that Oga Jona is Not a Thief, he’s just a corrupt blockhead

      • Dan Arewa

        ….and he said stealing is not corruption, is that your point?

    • lukman

      Simeon, not only a shame but a big slap in the faces of Nigerians. There are enough evidences to impeach him b4 now. He has demonic veins in his system. What a corrupt leader without a vision.

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    • Enyi Enyi

      Tell it to the marines! How much is the presidents annual pay for him to acquire this?

  • Investigative Journalism…..Premium Times and Sahara Reporters…..I am Proud; I know this is from from the Daily Trust, but For the two earlier mentioned…..I Hail!!!!!

  • shola

    It is a bitter truth that a house built on muds will sooner or later collapse. Our consttution is filled up with
    loopholes like the Swiss cheese, that IMPUNITY means POWER. The
    constitution must be completely looked into and overworked. The question is,
    who will bell the cat? None of our lawmakers is ready to make the move as to
    this because they are benefitting in one way or the other from it. Declaration
    of assets before and after your tenor of office as a (this is out of question
    in the western world) lawmaker is not written in BONES in our constitution –
    This is a hot iron no lawmaker is ready to tourch. It is heartbreaking to daily observe that
    our lawmakers are our LAWBREAKERS. Imagine how these MORONS cross carpet the
    moment they smell their ship (Party) has a leakage and is sinking gradually.
    Why is this act constitutionally allowed? Because they haven’t got enough from
    the national cake. No single Nigerian politician is talented enough to put the national interest above HIS or HERS.
    None, and this will never happen as long as our NATIONAL GUIDLINE = CONSTITUTION is built on a MUD.

    • lukman


  • PeterPaul1

    As mama Peace would say, “dis is not koroption; it is asset sharing”.

    • lukman


  • Epi

    The land should be taken back from GEJ at the same speed he got it and given back to the rightful owners and then “We The People” can decide to give him as much land as he wants in Borno, Yobe or Adamawa State.

    • lukman

      No, you want him to bring corruption virus to people of Borno, Yobe or Adamawa, He can still get a land in Otuoke or Okrika his wife town. Shameless man.

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  • Dazmillion

    Jonathan doesn’t give a damn

  • thusspokez

    Why would anyone have a farm near a big city, let alone the
    capital city with the high level of pollution? Both his own
    state and his wife’s state have far better farm land than
    the soil in Abuja.

  • Worried Mother

    The man is clueless

    • warry

      It could be that you are the clueless one. You can’t test your intelligence against his in a debate..

      • lukman

        What has he got to debate on? Debate of Chibok girls, Morrocan lies, Oil theft, devaluation of Naira, looting of our treasury with his followers. The man has no integrity in him, he is clueless and incompetent. He has a shallow brain to think. He takes people’s resources and turn it into his personal wealth

  • warry

    Why are we so hypocritical? Why is applying for land for farming now a big issue. Somebody acquires land for farming is a big political cum propaganda stuff. Which Nigerian will be president or even senior civil servant,knows that there are opportunities to apply for land for persons, and will not apply for one?

    • shine ur eyes

      The owner is a thief, that is why its a big issue.

    • lukman

      Warry, you people are a disgrace to the nation. Your judgement day is near.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    President Ebele Jonathan is a curse on Nigerians an advance looter,thieve and embezzler of our national patrimony.Very clueless,incapable and incompetent president Jonathan.But Jonathan only cares for his pocket.

    • lukman

      Pat, the man is truly a big course and this already put Ibos in a bad shape; they will never smell the throne of presidency again ever! I cannot wait another minutes for him to be voted out.

  • ODOFIN, Lagos

    This is what gej & his cohorts called TRANSFORMATION AGENDA. gej is transforming his purse and that of his cohorts while Nigeria’s economy and her people are being deformed by gej with corruptions, lies and propaganda


    Imagine President Obama acquiring farmland in the suburbs of Washington DC while in office! There is no sense of right and wrong. Nigeria is run by rapacious rulers with no scruples. Shameful!



  • Saydo Shan

    If the President applies for land, nothing is wrong in that, provided he will not be the one to allocate the land to himself and will not be signing d C of O himself. Nothing prevents the President from seeking for something like this legitimately, provided the area is designated in the Original Master-Plan as agricultural area. Afterall, he is a Nigerian.

    But again this is where GMB is of an entirely different character. He could have applied for and be properly allocated things either as Governor, Commissioner of Petroleum Resources or Head of State. But he never did. GMB does not even hav an ordinary Petrol Station. And he never allocated himself a land, either as Governor or Head of State. GMB has no land in Abuja. The land he allocated in Kaduna was split into two by him. He sold one part and used the proceeds from the sale to build the other. That is GMB 4 U. Pls all MARCH on the 28th 4 Buhari.

  • Aldame AD

    The main issue here is that the area is not part of the areas designated for farming in Abuja. This is part of the ongoing impunity and why PDP want to win by at all cost. The fact remains that one day, they will come a king who does not know Joseph and that farm will go as keeping the farm will limit the development of Abuja airport.

  • Wetin Naija

    The evil of modern time. GEJ has brought evil to Nigeria

    • lukman

      I tell you the man is evil. That farm land must be revoked by Buhari.