President Jonathan Centenary Broadcast – Live Update

President Goodluck Jonathan

19:19 The 19 minute speech ends with a call for unity.

19:16 The president slows his speech tempo to talk about the murder of young students in Yobe, less than 48 hours before the speech, as a show of emotion. His tempo picks up, back to normal after references to the murder is over.

19:13 The president explains the significance of the planned National Conference and hopes it will not be used to bargain regional entitlements.

19:12 The president hopes his story – from grass to grace – will not be extraordinary but normal in the century.

19:08 The president advises that Nigerians focus on the potentials of its resources going forward.

If in our first century, we built a new capital city, we can build a stronger, more united Nigeria, the president argues.

19:05 The president salutes Nigeria’s heroes, as he begins to settle in to the speech. Odimegwu Ojukwu who led the Biafran side in Nigeria’s civil war is not mentioned.

19:04 “While we may have traveled for 100 years, were are not yet there,” the president said as he recounts that Nigeria has had good and bad times in its 100 years of existence.

19:00 The speech starts with the national anthem. The president said he feels great pride leading Nigeria into its second century.


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    My God, this speech is ill-timed, a classical case of Nero fiddling while Rome burns!.

    Couldn’t it have been delayed as a mark of respect for our children who were slaughtered due to the incompetence of this same federal government? What is so special about this centenary celebration that we must waste our scarce resources on it anyway?

    President Jonathan needs to fire his advisers who daily lead him along the path of ignominy.