Nigerians say Jonathan performed poorly at fourth media chat

President Jonathan during the media chat [Photo:saharareporters.com]

One in seven Nigerians said the president performed poorly

Majority of Nigerians are dissatisfied with President Goodluck Jonathan’s performance at the fourth presidential medial chat which took place on Sunday evening.

A survey conducted by PREMIUM TIMES on Facebook and Disqus, (the comment section on PREMIUM TIMES’ website) revealed that for every person impressed with the president’s answers to the questions posed, at least three were dissatisfied.

In the survey conducted, 61 per cent of the respondents on Disqus and 80 per cent of the respondents on Facebook were completely unimpressed with the president’s answers to questions.

“He was one of the journalists, instead of affirmative action from him, he was re-phrasing them,” Ajayi Nicholas said on Facebook. “In fact…after two years of sitting as a president, he doesn’t know how to go about issue that will be seen physically in the life of the ordinary person on the street. I score him 25 per cent.”

“Very poor both from the President and the Media. The question and the answers are not convincing,” Yusuf Lawal, another Facebook respondent said.

Also, 15 per cent of respondents on Disqus and 12 per cent on Facebook indicated that the president’s performance was unsatisfactory but not so bad.

“I listened and wish to rate Mr President average,” Ismail Adsayo said on Facebook. “His belief that a journalist should know more than him worries me.”

A handful were deeply impressed by the president’s performance with 23 per cent of respondents on Disqus and 8 per cent of respondents on Facebook holding that the president did well during the media chat.

“I am impressed with his answer to the issue of Aviation,” Azuka Osunde said on Disqus. “Why things are not working the way it should have been. On the area of our university, he need to do more.”

Martins Oloja, a hero

In addition to the president’s performance at the media chat, PREMIUM TIMES sought to find out the public’s perception on the efficacy of the questions put across to the president.

The president was questioned by a panel of four journalists, led by Mohammed Kudu Abubakar, a newscaster with the government-owned National Television Authority.

He was joined by Editor of the Guardian Newspapers, Martin Oloja; Chairman of the Editorial Board of Vanguard Newspapers, Ikeddy Isiguzo; and Editor of the Saturday Mirror, Gbemi Olujobi.

Martins Oloja, editor of The Guardian, who asked the president a punchy and straight forward question was the hero of the night, according to the survey.

Respondents praised his bravery with more than half of the respondents saying his question about the government’s handling of Halliburton bribe takers made their night.

“Martin Oloja of the Guardian showed he was in his element,” Hassan Idayat said on Disqus.

“The editor of Guardian asked him so pretty good questions,” Alek, another Disqus respondent, said.

“The journalists did well especially the guy from Guardian,” Isyaku Mukhtar Gwarzo said on Facebook.

Besides Mr. Oloja’s one-off spike, respondents were almost equally divided over the performance of the journalists at the media chat.

“The journalists perform badly,” Aminu Nass said on Disqus. “They are just listeners maybe they are not watching the way BBC HARD-TALK are doing their talk. The questions asked were not in the interest of Nigerians,” Mr. Nass wrote.


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