To justify Alamieyeseigha’s pardon, Jonathan commits factual blunders

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

The Nigerian President repeated pardons for already pardoned people.

In what appears a desperate and hurried move by President Goodluck Jonathan to justify the pardon of his former boss and ex-convict, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, the president introduced names of other Nigerians who had been pardoned by previous governments.

When the Nigeria Council of State met on Tuesday, the president read out a list of some convicted Nigerians whom he would want pardoned.

Sources at the meeting said top on the list read by the president was Mr. Alamieyeseigha, and that “it was clear to all of us that he (Mr. Alamieyeseigha) was the target of the pardon.”

Evidence has now shown that at least three other names pardoned by Mr. Jonathan and the Council had been pardoned by an earlier government.

Repeated names

Among those pardoned by the president are the elder brother to deceased President Umaru Yar Adua, General Shehu Musa Yar Adua, and three former Army officers accused of coup plotting:  Oladipo Diya, a former Chief of General Staff; Major-General Abdulkareem Adisa; and Major Fadipe.

General Shehu Yar Adua was pardoned along with President Olusegun Obasanjo by the Abdulsalam Abubakar administration.  Sources at the last Tuesday meeting where President Jonathan tabled his list of candidates for pardon spoke of  “an obvious and blatant administrative shoddiness that led to this repetition.”  The three army Generals who also earned President Jonathan’s pardon had  earlier received pardon of clemency from the  same Abdulsalam Abubakar administration. The were accused of coup plotting by late Nigerian Head of State, Sani Abacha,. The pardoned was gazetted on March 4, 1999.

Sources say the presidency was blind-sided, with its retinue of aides and assistants, into committing these obvious gaffes because the exercise was hurriedly done, to justify Mr. Alamieyeseigha’s pardon.

Find scanned copies of gazetted documents showing trio had been pardoned by Mr. Abubakar.

 

Gazette document for the pardon of Olusegun Obasanjo, Shehu Yar'Adua... Document: Courtesy Daily Trust
Gazette document for the pardon of Olusegun Obasanjo, Shehu Yar’Adua… Document: Courtesy Daily Trust

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  • Clench

    Ok now! There has to be a very well hidden agenda behind this rubbish. Persidential blunder, as if the ridicule of “Oga at the top” is not enough. see Oga kpata-kpata at the top committing this error. Nigeria is like a football pitch overseen by corrupt referees and line men.

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      you have been misinformed. Diya and co were granted clemency and not pardon. They are not the same.

      • Babajide

        mpitikwelu, I have responded to your post on this matter in another Premiumtimes story. I am simply cutting and pasting for the benefit of reders.
        Now let us come to the clemency/pardon talk. After you have been
        exposed by the SOURCE OF MEANING-DICTIONARY I hope you will go to
        President Jonathan’s presidency and look for new arguments to defend
        the GREATEST SHAME OF A COUNTRY AND OF THE CENTURY. Before I wrote my
        initial post which you responded to I was very careful conceptually. I
        checked my words, I checked the dictionary. Happily you and President
        Jonathan fell for my post. I knew you will run around SHOUTING ABOUT
        THE “difference” BETWEEN CLEMENCY/PARDON. But this is what the
        dictionary says about THE TWO.

        CLEMENCY-mercy/leniency/mercifulness/mildness/indulgence/quarter/compassion/humanity/sympathy/

        PARDON-forgiveness/absolution/CLEMENCY(my emphasis)/MERCY(my emphasis)/LENIENCY(my emphasis)/remission.
        I conclude, please use rational criterion in your engagement of the issue. Dictionary says Clemency =Pardon and Pardon = Clemency. My source is the dictionary and NOTHING else.
        Thanks.

        • May God bless you. Infact these unpatriotic elements are bent on finding every excuse to justify their Oga Jonathan’s iniquities. They shall come to know soonest!

        • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

          Dictionary meaning is different from legal meaning like in this case. When the word ‘pardon’ is used, it carries more consequence than the word ‘clemency’. A person convicted of murder for example may be sentenced to death. If he receives clemency, he might receive imprisonment instead of death. He might even be asked to go free but he remains a convict. While a pardon is like a baptism, it washes the sinner of the original sin. It is like he never committed the crime at all. He can no longer be addressed as an ex convict in the eye of the law.

    • Neo

      Can you do better than the ”Ogas at the top”?

  • Kuku

    Nigerians have suffered enough! Pls Mr. President pardon us all and vacate ur office!

  • Bams

    It is written,the soul of innocence have stated to work on him,see he want to run again in 2015,that when he started to make heavenly mistake of his presidency.1st he went to borno state,2 prominent pdp member that welcome him get killed,2nd he collide with inec not to register opponent party that blow out in there face,3rd he pardon this gorilla of a man when he knew the uproar it’s going to cause,ride on contest,people are happy with your administration and looting of the treasury going on .CLULESS MY PRESIDENT MY ASS.

  • Ndidi

    Why did the council agree to this if they don’t support it? Are they not grown men? Why couldn’t they fight for Nigeria? They are all old men so death isn’t far away from them anyway – if that is what they were fearing.

  • tommy

    Its now I understand that GEJ is confuse, is that the key to democracy sustainance. GEJ has special interest in this act and there is no love for the citizen. Why can’t he include Tampire Silva former governor of Bayesal state

  • sidypower

    nigeria is a country where leader favour them person and leave the rest

  • “those whom the gods want to kill, they first make mad”. GEJ is a typicsl example of this adage,

    • Neo

      …just as your governor is!

  • Gab

    Is it impossible for Nigerian to storm the streets and start this revolution? How long do we continue to condone this rubbish? Why don’t we do something? Let the revolution start please !!!

  • Anonymous

    Goodluck Jonathan is a hopeless and unmitigated disaster to the Nigerian Presidency. A useless villager, crude, unpolished, daft, arrogant, corrupt and wicked specimen of the human race.

    Those who are waiting for 2015 to boot out Jonathan are deluded. He will resort to all manner of fraud, rigging, collusive practice and terrorism in order to retain the Presidency for himself and his gang of criminal collaborators.

    Nigerians must march out in unity and one voice to occupy Aso Rock and demand the immediate vacation of office by the shameless embarrasment and miserable excuse called Goodluck Jonathan.

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      we have all seen your civilised language in addressing your president.

    • U CANNOT STEAL OUR OIL AND INSUTL US–GO ON STRIKE PROTEST IF U LIKE–WE SHALL NOT BE THERE-WAS THE STATEMENT NO PREPARED BY THE AGF WHY BLAME JOANTHAN

    • Neo

      You are pathetic! If you can’t respect President Jonathan as a person, I would suggest you respect his office. He was voted into office by millions of Nigerians. keep that at the back of your mind you brat devoid of respect

  • what abdul salami granted them–as shown in the letter that I just read, was Clemency! Not Pardon never! so stop deceiving Nigerians–with these APC sponsored articles-Clemency is when a person is spared of the death penalty like OBJ and Diya. But does not “un-convict” you. Death Row inmates who receive clemency basically are saved from being executed, but are still imprisoned for their crimes. A pardon basically (un-convicts) you. Technically, Alams received official forgiveness of the sin that ribadu and OBJ attempted to impose on the Governor General of Izon nation-go die if it pains u–or relocate to the desert-buhari jailed Fela and allowed his towns man alhaji alhaji to go free–Uba Ahmed was freed by him–while abacha hanged kensarowiwa–none spoke then-why the hate messages on alams-u waste our crude oil and foist your visionless views on us-hardly ever talks about resource control-let my people go-

    • Mr. Myle

      Deri or what ever your name is, which of the APC are you talking about… Is it the PDP sponsored APC or the Nigerian People APC… please clearify Sir. and to correct to add up to some names you missed out – those who Buhari Jailed include Alh. Shehu Shagari, a fulani from Sokoto, Alh. Dabo Lere Former Executive governor of kaduna his neighbor, and freed chief Uzo Emeka and Joseph Bamidele… and so on Sir.

      • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

        you are joking. Shagari was producing children under house arrest while Ekwueme, a mere deputy, was thrown into Kirikiri prison. Ojukwu who had no political position was still jailed for corruption by Buhari without trial. The facts speak for themselves.

    • Dan maikoko

      Deri master of semantics. Your worst nightmare is in knowing the meaninig of pardon which GEJ granted to a self-confessed thief. Read the difference between the two: :”

      While clemency and pardon are not interchangeable, a pardon is a form of clemency. Clemency is a general term for reducing the penalties for a particular crime without actually clearing your criminal record. A clemency can come in the form of a pardon, which is forgiveness of a sentence, a commutation, which is reduction of a sentence, or a reprieve, which is a temporary putting off of punishment while the situation is analyzed further. Therefore a pardon is always clemency, but when someone receives clemency, it does not necessarily mean a pardon.

      A pardon is meant to indicate forgiveness of a particular crime, either because a person was wrongfully convicted or the punishment was not appropriate for the crime committed. A commutation is a merciful act offered when it is determined that the penalty given was too harsh. A common use of commutation is to reduce a death penalty verdict to life in prison. A reprieve may be given when more information is needed before it can be determined that it is appropriate for a person to serve a particular sentence. This is also often used in death penalty situations.

      It’s important to note that in all cases of clemency, pardon or otherwise, the person’s conviction is not overturned or removed from the public record. In fact, some people feel that accepting a pardon is tantamount to an admission of guilt. Those seeking to remove a criminal record will need to pursue expungement or having their record sealed. When a conviction is expunged, it is as if it never happened. There is no need for any kind of clemency because the crime is deleted from the record. This is obviously the ideal situation, and it happens more commonly than one might think. For many first offenses, even felonies, expungement is a real option.” http://www.clearupmyrecords.com

    • Oladimeji Olaposi

      Deri, you must be stupid, really! Why are you playing to be a linguist that you are not and may never be? Your defence is quite illogical, regardless of wherever you sprouted from in Nigeria.

    • akinyanju

      So deri orbuka Alamieyeseigha stole that money on your behalf? Is that what you are saying? And is that what President Jonathan is saying? Ah dis one pass me o-but I no go siddon look.

      • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

        I think his point is that Tinubu and Alamieyeser should be bed mates in prison, They should stop picking on weak south south politicians.

        • akinyanju

          mpitikwelu, can you please state your position on the IMMORAL granting of Pardon to Alamieyesegha by President Jonathan? Do you as a Nigerian citizen accept it? That is the primary question and which is the occasion of this conversation. We call something red herring and straw argument in thought-I do not want you to engage in that. So? STATE YOUR POSITION ON THE IMMORALITY PRESIDENT JONATHAN HAS JUST COMMITTED. AND LET US KNOW WHETHER YOU AGREE WHEN HE AND HIS MEDIA MEN SAID PRESIDENT JONATHAN DOES NOT HAVE ANY APOLOGY TO NIGERIAN CITIZENS FOR COMMITTING THIS IMMORALITY. And if President Jonathan does not have ANY APOLOGY TO WE NIGERIANS WHO PAY HIS SALARY , then should we again give him another mandate(four more years as all of you his online campaigners say) especially since an election is also a moral act of giving mandate to the elected. Please speak to all these and DO NOT divert. Okay?

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            I want to see both Alamieysa and Tinubu in prison. That’s my interest. Equals must be treated equally, otherwise, it is IMMORAL.

          • akinyanju

            Can you please state your position to the following (i) President Jonathan called a convict Dan Etete his mentor, (ii) President Jonathan called Alamieyeseigha who DRESSED LIKE A WOMAN TO ESCAPE ARREST his mentor. (iii) President Jonathan called Alamieyesegha who looted dry the treasury of Bayelsa state his mentor. (iv) President Jonathan pardoned a convict-Alamieyesegha- and in rushing to do a stinking “ethnic balancing” he put in the names of other people who do not need President Jonathan’s pardon in the list. Now tell me : is this moral? Do you like what you see in President Jonathan’s presidency? Is this the way modern and civilised states which want to be taken seriously work? Which African country works this way? yet we are “giant” of Africa. Given what this President has done to Nigerian citizens, do you want me to bow my head in shame when citizens of small African countries talk proudly about themselves, and about Nigeria? Please answer and let us know your views. O ya Mpiti!!!

    • Dan maikoko

      Clemency is even a better word than a pardon, read the difference: ”

      While clemency and pardon are not interchangeable, a pardon is a form of clemency. Clemency is a general term for reducing the penalties for a particular crime without actually clearing your criminal record. A clemency can come in the form of a pardon, which is forgiveness of a sentence, a commutation, which is reduction of a sentence, or a reprieve, which is a temporary putting off of punishment while the situation is analyzed further. Therefore a pardon is always clemency, but when someone receives clemency, it does not necessarily mean a pardon.

      A pardon is meant to indicate forgiveness of a particular crime, either because a person was wrongfully convicted or the punishment was not appropriate for the crime committed. A commutation is a merciful act offered when it is determined that the penalty given was too harsh. A common use of commutation is to reduce a death penalty verdict to life in prison. A reprieve may be given when more information is needed before it can be determined that it is appropriate for a person to serve a particular sentence. This is also often used in death penalty situations.

      It’s important to note that in all cases of clemency, pardon or otherwise, the person’s conviction is not overturned or removed from the public record. In fact, some people feel that accepting a pardon is tantamount to an admission of guilt. Those seeking to remove a criminal record will need to pursue expungement or having their record sealed. When a conviction is expunged, it is as if it never happened. There is no need for any kind of clemency because the crime is deleted from the record. This is obviously the ideal situation, and it happens more commonly than one might think. For many first offenses, even felonies, expungement is a real option.

    • But you guys in the south south have always been full supporters of Northern domination in Nigeria. When did the marriage collapse?Lol.

    • Voice4change

      Deri is a notorious Presidency/South South social media maverick on Saharareporters. He has one of the most illogical reasoning for discussion. He is paid to do the job of twisting facts and selling fictions for President Jonny-go-Slow

      • Neo

        call him whatever you like..

  • Mr. Myle

    Amazing GEJ! For goodness sake all the Okupes’, Abatis’ and the Makus’ could not see beyond the president urgent craze and advice as appropriate or remind him of what Abdussalami have done earlier and stop him in mentioning names of those already granted pardon. Where is Labaran Maku? waiting for him to defend the president. please GEJ you are just the weakest link… Take the path of Honour and return back to Otuekwe Quietly.

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      You got it wrong mr Myle. Clemency is different from pardon.

  • NM

    Not even the best of rigging will return the presidency to the People Desperate 4 Power (PDP) party in 2015. Nigerian youths will vote you out overwhelmingly. We are no fools!!!! These charlatans have done enough to our commonwealth. We will name & shame irresponsible artist & actors who’s belly is their God, who would misrepresent Nigerian youths in the runoff to the elections. Around Africa change is happening & PDPs days are numbered!

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      So long as it is not Buhari, most of us will join you.

    • Neo

      Stop being such a little girl…whining all day long!!!

  • Oladimeji Olaposi

    It is, most obviously, better not to lie once than spending the whole life covering-up a once blown blunder… the president must be power thirst and might be in need of power-logical check-up.

  • OG Mishael

    What is really goin on in dis country.Y shud pardon be granted to men dt are enjoyin in prison havin everytin dey need.those dt looted d public funds are bin compensated by grantin pardon While those dt stole only bicycle hav bin lavishin in prison wt hard labour. Who actually are to be granted pardon. Mr President,u kip bringin up surprises

  • If this is true, then its a shame. We cannot blame GEJ, we must blame ourselves who voted PDP and GEJ. SIMPLE.

  • TATA

    Na today…

  • Muhammad Hamisu Yau

    Dama the sabi blunder. It’s not surprising at all. To balance that pardon Major Hamza Almustapha must be considered.

  • igbiki

    In order to beat opposition to Mr Anamesenya’s pardon, serious blunders bordering on stupidity were commited.

    I am still wondering just like when the Transparency story broke etc, what the Jonathan’s team is all about???

  • justice adekunle

    ℓ̊ A̶̲̥̅♏ a die hard fan Τ̅☺ jonathan bt he. Sometimes disappoint.alamis a man who already ȋ̝̊̅§ enjoying D̶̲̥̅̊ direct presidential romance S̶̲̥̅Ơ̴̴̴̴̴̴͡ wat ȋ̝̊̅§ D̶̲̥̅̊ need F̶̲̅Õ̳͡я̅ pardon why ȋ̝̊̅§ he stiring pples anger Τ̅☺ that direction:he shud be cautioned o