Despite growing graft, President Jonathan says he’s best anti-corruption fighter ever

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Jonathan believes he is the greatest anti-corruption crusader.

President Goodluck Jonathan, Sunday, said his administration had done very well on efforts to rid the country of corruption, saying huge successes have been recorded in three key sectors of the economy.

The President, who was fielding questions from a select panel of journalists in his fourth Presidential Media Chat, said his administration had already got a handle on political corruption and fertilizer subsidy scam, while currently tackling the corruption in the oil and gas sector of the economy.

The presidential chest-thumping came at a time corruption has clearly spiralled out of control in the country, with top administration officials fingered in monumental stealing of public funds.

It also came days after a Gallup poll rated Nigeria as the second most corrupt country in the world, a verdict that vindicated claims by critics that corruption has  grown since President Jonathan came to power

“I believe that the effort this government has put in, in terms of fighting corruption, I don’t think any other person (administration) has done that before,” the president said. “The perception may be different from reality. One is not saying there is no corruption. Corruption is there. But, we will continue to fight corruption.”

“The first and greatest problem we had in Nigeria was the issue of political corruption. If the President or the governor manipulate himself to office, that is corruption. The first thing is to sanitize the electoral process. We have gone very far to sanitize the system, and people are not talking about it.

“The government has sanitized the fertilizer subsidy scams to the extent that others from other African countries are coming to learn from us. We are dealing with the oil and gas industry. I have sent the report to the EFCC and told them to go beyond the recommendations,” he added.

No subsidy removal

The president, who spoke on a wide range of issues, denied that the Federal Government plans to finally remove subsidy on petrol.

“I was probably misquoted over what I said recently in an answer to a question by a group of students. If we (government) wanted to remove subsidy in January, we could not have made provision for subsidy in the 2013 budget from January to December,” he said.

On the perennial fuel crisis in the country, he noted the dearth of fresh investments to boost the country’s refining capacity, pointing out that though licenses were issued to private investors to establish refineries, they are afraid to go ahead since they would have to depend on government to get their money back.

He pleaded with Nigerians to be patient with government and give it time to sanitize the petroleum industry, saying his administration is currently conducting a forensic audit of the subsidy process to see whether the process was abused.

“I plead with Nigerians to bear with government. I got the preliminary report from Aig-Imoukhuede committee last week Friday. We will look into it to reconcile the various claims by some of the marketers who say that government might even be owing them.

“Experts are being brought in to carry out the forensic audit. I believe by the time we conclude the process of sanitizing the oil sector, the issue of fuel queues would be put behind us. We will do our best to check the fuel queues,” he said.

Power

On the status of the controversial Manitoba management contract for the country’s electricity transmission system, the President said the contract awarded last July by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) had not been revoked.

He said there were misunderstanding of some issues found to have been inconsistent with the country’s privatization process, pointing out at that time Manitoba bided for the contract, BPE had placed it as consultant, which contravened the current due process law.

“Today, the issue is viewed differently. The transaction did follow the country’s law strictly, since it was considered as a process of privatization. Every country must keep the law. There were some loopholes that were not done properly. So we need correct that so that after we have left office, we will not be invited to come and answer questions.

“I have given the relevant authorities and agencies up to Tuesday (next week) to get things sorted out. If it requires my final authorization I will get that done before the close of work on Tuesday,” he said.

On poverty reduction, the president said: “I have never promised to reduce poverty, I only promised to create wealth. If you reduce poverty and the person is still poor, you are only reducing poverty. I don’t believe in that concept of poverty reduction.”

Lagos-Ibadan expressway

President Jonathan also stated that his administration might be forced to revoke the Bi-Courtney agreement for the Lagos –Ibadan Expressway as it appears the company is not able to deliver on the re-construction of the road.

Why I can’t probe Halliburton, Siemens

Mr. Jonathan also spoke about the failure of his administration to diligently prosecute and convict beneficiaries of the Halliburton and Siemens bribe payments.

The president said it was difficult to effect the prosecution as the alleged crimes did not occur during his tenure.

He tried to absolve the two foreign companies of complicity in the bribery scandals saying “you know the history of Halliburton and you know the history of Siemens.”

Both companies have been found guilty and have paid heavy fines for bribing Nigerian officials in their own countries.


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  • Followtruth

    Two words: SELF DELUSION

    • mystified

      Can someone pls wake up this man from he’s slumber for him to see what is going on.Isn’t it obvious that he’s delutional?That he’s leaving in a different realm.How can he say he’s the best crusader of corruption ever.That smack of insult on the collective intelligence of nigerians.How long does he think he can hold on with very transparent lies and deciet?I cry for my country!!

      • Adeojo AA

        So what do u expect. Are u aware he is the only one in history who has tackled subsidy thieves. Are u aware..moron

    • DUE

      or a 55yr old man with the brain of a 9yr old.

  • Dankatsinawa

    Do not plead with any Nigerian, Mr. President. You do not need more than what you have on your table as regards the findings and investigations about the oil scams, theft, abuse of office and swindles, that requires you to wear another spectacles. Mr. GO-SLOW, hurry up and sack those you consider the untouchables……. Nigerians consider them to be THIEVES AND ROBBERS. No more, no less. But if you belong to the group, then respect yourself also. Do what is right and quit.

  • NAGODI

    THE ONLY TRUTH HE UTTERED WAS THAT HE WAS LEAVING OFFICE AND DO NOT WANT TO BE PROBED. APPARENTLY EVEN HE DOES NOT BELIEVE IN THIS TRUTH GOING BY WHAT HE IS DOING!

    EVERY ONE CAN NOW SEE THAT WE PUT A LIAR, A CORRUPT AND AN INCOMPETENT MAN TO LEAD US.

    AS ALWAYS THE PUBLIC COULD NOT CALL AND ASK HIM A QUESTION, THE PHONES DID NOT WORK. I WILL BE SUPRISED IF HE DID NOT READ THE ANSWERS FROM A PREPARED SCRIPT WHICH IS THEN VOICED OVER HIS TALK! THE QUESTIONS WERE PREPARED IN ADVANCED AND HANDED TO HIS HANDLERS WHO ARE FACED WITH THE TASK OF THINKING UP THE ANSWERS AND PUTTING THEM IN A WAY THE RETARD WILL PRONOUNCE. EVEN THEN SO MANY GRAMMATICAL AND CONTEXTUAL ERRORS. IS ANYBODY STILL IN THE DARK ABOUT WHY THIS PRESIDENT APPEARS EMASCULATED? IF HE SHOWED ANY VIGOR IN LEADING THE COUNTRY THEN HE RISKS LOSING HIS HANDLERS WHOS BIDDING HE DOES. THEN HE WOULD HAVE LOST HIS BRAIN, HIS EYES, EARS AND VOICE. PATHETIC!

  • Edo

    It’s so obvious that this man lacks the understanding of what corruption is. And that is the irony of the whole situation.

  • Nigerians should prepare themselves for the worst. How can my president say he is be the best corruption fighter? when it is obvious even to a child that it is not well with the country due to corruption by the president’s men.

  • akpos1

    Everybody, I mean all of you should shut up your mouths. Take a look at all the past presidents of the continent we love to call a country.

    From Gowon-Murtala-OBJ-Shagari-Buhari-IBB-abacha-abdulsalami-OBJ-Musa, which of these men are less corrupt than Great Jona?

    Have u people not heard of the stealing by OBJ & abdulsalami in the Haliburturn scandal running into Billions of Dollars?

    ….are you people too young to remember the stealing of over 12.7 billion US dollars by IBB during the gulf war of 1990?

    …are you not aware of OBJ’s stealing of the Otta farm land, his tax evasion skills etc?

    …are you not aware the Buhari was an employee under abacha as PTF chief where he stole a lot of the oil & money of the blessed South South countries?

    …are you not aware that it was Buhari who planned to set up a petroleum training university in Kaduna leaving the whole of the South South which produces the Oil? If not that the couragoeus south south peoples violently threatened to blow up all the oil pipes, useless Musa was ready to move the institution to the North.

    …Did you not hear of abdulsalami buying Power generating companies & winning bids? Where did an army general get all that money if not from corruption?

    These men destroyed the continent before Jona got there. Jona is certainly the best President continent Nigeria has ever produced & perhaps the last God willing.

    Verily verily I say unto you, Nigeria is not a country but a continent. Break up now.

    The SS & SE countries cannot feed the rest of the countries in Nigeria for ever. Impossible!!
    If you do not like the statement, get sufficiently angry & reject the SS oil allocation which you survive on every month..alternatively, go to hell. Saraki & abacha hav confirmed that there is still space in hell.

    Long live the United States of The SS & SE.

    • NAGODI

      IF ABDUSSALAMI IS STILL ABLE TO BUY POWER COMPANIES UNDER GEJ, WHAT DOES THAT SAY OF GEJ?

      • DUE

        That GEJ is a fool

  • akpos1

    NAGODI

    Regardless of your pathetic state of derangement, I suggest you juxtapose Great Jona with any past past president & see if any will fare better.

    …who has presided over the continent all these years? …are they not the poor, non productive & and thieving citizens of the countries of the North & West? NONSENSE!!!

    Jona for LIFE…………..

    Long live President Jonathan
    Short live all his enemies

    Long live the United States of the oil producing South South & South East

  • akpos1

    NAGODI

    Regardless of your pathetic state of derangement, I suggest you juxtapose Great Jona with any past past president & see if any will fare better.

    …who has presided over the continent all these years? …are they not the poor, non productive & and thieving citizens of the countries of the North & West? NONSENSE!!!

    Jona for LIFE…………..

    Long live President Jonathan
    Short live all his enemies

    Long live the United States of the oil producing South South & South East

    • NAGODI

      I AM A NORTHERNER BUT I WILL ADMIT THAT ONE OF THE WORST LEADERS NIGERIA HAS THE MISFORTUNE OF BEING UNDER IS ABACHA, BUT COMPARED TO GEJ ABACHA WAS A NATION BUILDER. ABACHA WOULD NOT HAVE ALLOWED BOKO HARAM TO BE WHAT IT IS TODAY. HE KEPT THE NAIRA AT AN EXCHANGE RATE OF 80 TO THE DOLLAR THROUGH OUT HIS RULE. HE REHABILITATE HUNDREDS OF FEDERAL ROADS THROUGH THE PTF, SUPPLIED DRUGS TO HOSPITALS AND BUILD WATER TREATMENT PLANTS. FOR THOSE WHO WILL CONDEMN PTF FOR FIXING ONLY ROADS IN THE NORTH, TELL US FIRST HOW MANY ROADS IN THE SOUTH THIS PRESIDENT HAS FIXED IN THE THREE YEARS HE HAS BEEN IN POWER.

      • Marvin

        Are you dreaming or is this a northern plot? Come and see Shagamu-Benin road, Light rail in abuja, east-west almost completed (it has taken forever to get to 30%, come and see d road now)

  • Mohammed

    Nigeria was never rated most corrupt by Gallup. Thats false. On corruption, we all know there is widespread all over from private to public sector, but to discountenence the efforts bein made by this administration. The president is doing all he could to check the menace. Corruption is endemic in Nigeria , got a boost during the IBB era, that it nealy became a state policy. For the first time the FG has gone after subsidy thieves. We have had this with us for ages. people have been stealing through subsidy for ages. The president is also takin seriously the Ribadu report and the Kalu Kalu reports on the sector. It will take a while to wipe the system clean. Look at corrupt electoral process, Jonathan insisted every vote must count in Edo and Ondo. its a long road. Jonathan cant wipe the stable clean in 2 years.

  • Mr. President stop praisin ur selt let people praised u.

    • Adeojo AA

      Halilu so when Obama faced Romney in debates did you expect the audience or Americans to speak for him or for the president to speak for himself.. so for a president to say i ma making progress in XYZ areas is wrong. why are we so primitive in Nigeria