Presidential Media Chat: 15 Questions For Mr. Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan at a presidential media chat

President Goodluck Jonathan will this evening host a Media Chat to be broadcast live on radio and TV stations across the country.

The president is expected to respond to questions on a number of topical national issues from journalists selected by his handlers.

Mr. Jonathan’s spokesperson, Reuben Abati, said in a statement that the Presidential Media Chat would begin at 7:00 p.m.

The presidency has in the past promised to entertain questions by telephone calls, sms, and via social media.

This time, the presidency has said interested members of the public could send in their question via twitter to the account @mediachatng1.

In case you are able to reach the president on the programme, we suggest you put the questions below to him, in addition to others you might have.

We also urge the journalists, who will interview the president, to consider asking him some of the questions suggested below.

  1. It is now three weeks since over 250 schoolgirls were kidnapped in Borno State with the government still unable to ascertain the number of girls kidnapped or more importantly to free them. Can you tell Nigerians how much time the government needs to ascertain the number and identity of girls kidnapped and most importantly when the girls would be freed?
  2. There have been reports that the government is negotiating with the kidnappers to free the girls. Is the government willing to pay ransom to terrorists to free the girls or what is the government willing to do to free them?
  3. Borno, like Yobe and Adamawa, has been under state of emergency for about a year. Despite this, killings, arson, abduction and other crimes happen virtually everyday with over 1,500 killed in 2014 alone, according to Human Rights Watch.  Would you say the emergency rule has been effective, or would it be right for Nigerians to say the federal government’s best efforts is not good enough to secure lives and property?
  4. There have been debates on various sides on the state of emergency in the North-East. Does the Federal Government plan to extend the state of emergency in those three states?
  5. About 24 hours after at least 75 people were killed in a bomb explosion in Abuja, you were seen dancing at a political function in Kano. What informed your decision? Do you have remorse for your action? Would you act in a similar manner if such happens again?
  6. The insecurity in Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa, and other North-Central states have worsened in the past few years, particularly during your administration; with hundreds killed and thousands displaced. What would you say is the cause of this? Is the government not simply failing in securing the lives and property of Nigerians?
  7. Kidnapping for ransom in the South-South including in your home state of Bayelsa has worsened. Several people, including your own relatives, have been victims. What really is the government doing about the growing insecurity in Nigeria?
  8. You have ordered schools and offices shut in Abuja for the World Economic Forum for Africa event. In Davos, New York and other places where bigger or similar events usually hold, kids are never denied schooling, neither are offices shut. What informed your thinking and what example do you think your administration is setting by doing this? By the way, how much is the hosting of the WEF costing Nigeria?
  9. The Federal Government claims the economy is strong and stable, with inflation rate at single digit, while external reserves remain robust. But the impact of all this is hardly felt by the people, with unemployment rate still very high. Why is it difficult to translate the ‘economic successes’ to job creation?
  10. At least two groups have made demands for evidence of the 1.6 million jobs that your administration claims to have generated in 2013. No record has been provided by the Finance Ministry, statistics’ bureau and others.  Can you tell Nigerians now that you as President has evidence of that amount of jobs and when will you provide the public with evidence of the job created?
  11. There have been at least five government reports (KPMG, House of Reps, Nuhu Ribadu, Aig-Imokhuede, and NEITI) that have shown that Nigeria’s petroleum ministry and its subsidiaries are either corruptly or inefficiently managed. Why does it appear impossible for you to remove the petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, despite these reports?
  12. The House of Representatives has recommended the cancellation of OPL 245 sale to Shell and AGIP; and the investigation and prosecution of all officials, public and private involved in the fraudulent transaction. You too were named as beneficiary of that monumental scam. At what point did you as president get involved in the Malabu OPL 245 deal, and when will you implement the House resolutions?
  13. The federal government in December shared Nigeria’s ecological funds to 17 states whose governors are loyal to you. In fact, you reportedly ordered that the N34 billion naira be shared to only states whose governors are either in the PDP or loyal to you like Ondo and Anambra. Are you saying none of the 16 APC controlled states deserved shares of the ecological fund?
  14. Have you approved an extension for the National Conference? Are you bothered that the APC and NBA boycotted the conference? Should Nigerians really expect any tangible result from the conference?
  15. It is now exactly three months since suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, revealed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC,  failed to account for $20billion oil money. What are you doing to find that missing money?

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  • Dan-Hausa

    I don’t give a damn with these questions

  • Hassan

    What will you said on the accusation of Gov. Shettima by your wife? Leaving you the chief security officer since emergency rule?

  • Doc

    Ask him what will he do if he lost 2015 election?!

  • Jay

    If only he would provide even reasonable responses to these questions. Unfortunately, He just doesn’t give a Damn!!!

  • Amaka

    The president has promised to set up a committee of eminent Nigerians to study these questions and determine if –
    1. They are presidential questions.
    2. If APC is not the sponsor of the education of the editor.
    3. As a practising Christian, the president expects these questions to be forwarded to CAN, and the National Conference for their input.
    4. The president has decided to cancel the media chat to honour the ‘friends and families’ of the victims of the Chibok kidnap, while promising to free the kids at all cost.
    Next media chat will be in December if APC learns to respect the president of Nigeria and desist from asking BH questions? These questions are from the ‘born to write’ journalists who are not happy that a SS man is hosting a media chat. DJ -please more music -Shakira, Shakira..

    • syab

      Hmmmm…u cant understand….. u f***l

  • Mosaku 147

    Premium times na wa for una. Do you want ‘my dear’ president to insult you before you know you are asking for too much.
    Please president GEJ ,don’t mind muskiliu Mojeed and the whole of PT,just answer only questions 1,5,6,7,8,9 and 15.
    Thank you my presi Azonto (sorry typographical error). I meant to write my presi Jona paraga.

  • okwy umeh

    Okay, monkey and baboon is soaking in blood and Goodluck cannot save the fight, he cannot fail from tree because of antics of mere monkeys. He is ruling amid crisis he cannot run away. Gowon ruled for nine years despite civil war, obasanjo ruled despite Niger delta crisis, Abacha ruled despite nadeco.

  • lanito

    Million question to be answer, Last question you 4got ” What re you doin to End ASUP strike dat has been stage 4 almost 10months now?

  • sunday Dankwai

    the only think in his mind is how to come back in 2015,any other thing is BANZA

    • Night Crawler

      …and he will fail woefully

  • Yomi

    Rubbish questions

  • BlackieUmukoro

    If only these questions can actually be posed to him, only then can we know the workings of his mind

    • Naijagogoodagain

      It is a waste of time asking Jonathan any question! He is next to useless!
      In previous media chat we only heard the same mundane and utterly rubbish rhetoric brain dead answers!

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Citizens of other countries that are worse than Nigeria do not refer to their president as useless. You have confessed with your mouth that your president is useless, which mean YOU shall find nothing Useful. Cause and effects at play Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Night Crawler

          GEJ is clueless, things are getting worse and your still here supporting dumbo, how much did GEJ pay you to be his “Online Rueben Abati”?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Yours is a useless and hopeless case
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Naijagogoodagain

          I feel you! So you accept that GEJ is useless in term of governing this country; you just don’t want us to say it?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Na you sabi.
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Come what may Nigerians must re-assert their mind and dump the clueless,dumbo,ineptitude,kindergarten and non-performing with leadership incapacity defect by 2015 presidential election.President Jonathan does not even deserve staying in office till may 29,2015 before Nigerian people-voters over-throw him out of office.President Jonathan is a waste of space in Nigeria presidency.If it was in the past the military would have long overthrew Ebele Azikwe Jonathan for being corrupt-ridden,clueless,ineffective,non-focus,ineptitude and non-transparent with Nigerian people.
    Our roads are death traps,security challenges are growing,power-outage-worsening,unemployment sky-rocketing and ethnic/tribal/religion division widening.Disunity grows
    on president Ebele Jonathan watch,with his divide and rule style of governance.

  • TRUTH

    Q. Many Nigerian youths died others seriously wounded during the NIS recruitment exercise .money was collected 4 d exercise which was doomed 2 fail from d beginning. What have u done 2 restore hope 2 these Nigerians apart from d promise of automatic employment which we r not aware whether it has been provided as promised. Beside, does it mean Nigerians must die or sustain injury 2 get employment?
    Q. Why have d security forces remained in d phase of reactionary instead of proactive in d countering of dis BH menace?
    Q. Y have both d PDP n APC continued in d blame game while nigerians keep dieing instead of coming up with proactive measures and solution for dis current insecurity challenges?
    Q. Do u really tink Nigerians r rich just bc u saw some few flying in2 kenya with private jets? Does dat mean u r not close 2 d average Nigerain man who barely feed three sqquare meal a day?
    Q. So many officiials have been indicted in dis administration, few were removed, most importantly in d oil sector has remain as usual whereas dis is d scetor our economy depends on, y has it been difficult 4 u 2 sanitise d oil sector free from its curruption practices?
    Q. CCTV cameras were installed in ABJ yet it has not provided any visible video or camera capture of any crime dat we can see’ I mean d masses through any media” not d claim dat ii is working, why is it not providing any crime solution?

  • Bashir

    This clueless President disgusts me and I am sure its the same thing with every right thinking Nigerian.Let us show this man the way out of Ado Rock and let bring in experienced hand. Buhari to really fits this description. He has a lot in promise for this nation. The southerners particularly people from the south south are mostly lazy about everything. The want to be fed and they also want people to think for them. So, I am not supprised about the character of GEJ. The leadership of this country is better left in the hands of the categories of people that can guarantee peace and freedom in Nigeria. The Normal order had to be restored.We have tried a new order of allowing people of southern extract to rule and the country is almost breaking. He is even planning to remove the resources of the country from the control of the Federal government so that those Morons in the south south can take full responsibility of the resources. How about religion. Christianity is the order of the day in Aso Rock.He has set up a confab to change the constitution in favour of southerners and against northerners. They are planning to remove sharia law from our constitution and remove anything that has to do with Islam from our Currency. This is one of the reasons Sanusi was removed and replace by a southerner an he is a christian. We need to watch out. Let us bring in APC government with Buhari or Atiku as President and remove this people. Let us preserve our religion which Buhari has been pro missing since 2001. Northerners are the majority in this country so why are we not in control. Islam is also the majority spreading across some of the southern states. We should rise up and take up our Normal position from this clueless minority man. A chance for a northern president by 2015 is not something we can effort to miss.

  • Bashir

    This clueless President disgusts me and I am sure its the same thing with every right thinking Nigerian.Let us show this man the way out of Ado Rock and let bring in experienced hand. Buhari to really fits this description. He has a lot in promise for this nation. The southerners particularly people from the south south are mostly lazy about everything. The want to be fed and they also want people to think for them. So, I am not supprised about the character of GEJ. The leadership of this country is better left in the hands of the categories of people that can guarantee peace and freedom in Nigeria. The Normal order had to be restored.We have tried a new order of allowing people of southern extract to rule and the country is almost breaking. He is even planning to remove the resources of the country from the control of the Federal government so that those Morons in the south south can take full responsibility of the resources. How about religion. Christianity is the order of the day in Aso Rock.He has set up a confab to change the constitution in favour of southerners and against northerners. They are planning to remove sharia law from our constitution and remove anything that has to do with Islam from our Currency. This is one of the reasons Sanusi was removed and replace by a southerner an he is a christian. We need to watch out. Let us bring in APC government with Buhari or Atiku as President and remove this people. Let us preserve our religion which Buhari has been pro missing since 2001. Northerners are the majority in this country so why are we not in control. Islam is also the majority spreading across some of the southern states. We should rise up and take up our Normal position from this clueless minority man. A chance for a northern president by 2015 is not something we can effort to miss.

    • Tufiakwa

      Here lies the North’s anger with Jonathan. This malam, in his rant, in between eating his kolanut, gives us his sermon on why the North must continue to rule Nigeria. Have you considered this: having your own country, Sahel Republic, where you can rule forever. And keep your resources and constitution – the sharia.

      • Basir

        There you go with you divisive ideas. Nigeria remains indivisible and so will it be.Enemy of Nigeria.

        • Angryman

          But you started the division
          All the same , thanks for giving us an insight into the North’s thinking
          I hope all the Christians and Southerners will read this
          But some of us knew all along this was why APC was forged
          It is obvious that if GEJ had been a northern muslim all of you would have been singing his praises comparing him with Murtala
          “.We have tried a new order of allowing people of southern extract to rule and the country is almost breaking.” – who is tearing the country apart if not the North via Boko Haram
          “Christianity is the order of the day in Aso Rock.” – Hallelujah
          Despite the fact that mosques have always been an integral part of seat of government , no provision was ever made for a Church until OBJ became President
          “They are planning to remove sharia law from our constitution and remove anything that has to do with Islam from our Currency.” – it is better that way
          Let us have a universal law devoid of any religious leanings
          Any religion interested in setting up it’s own judicial system should do so at it’s own cost and must not go against the Nigerian Constitution
          “Let us bring in APC government with Buhari or Atiku as President and remove this people. Let us preserve our religion which Buhari has been pro missing since 2001”. – the reason some people insist that Buhari cannot and should not be the President of this country
          “Northerners are the majority in this country so why are we not in control “- because you have been in control for donkey years to the detriment of others
          “Islam is also the majority spreading across some of the southern states”. – not only in the South but in the North as well for many reasons including via Boko Haram
          “A chance for a northern president by 2015 is not something we can effort to miss”. – we all can see the desperation
          Have a nice day.

    • Ali

      This so called Bashir is paid to write this rubbish. He is attempting to which up sentiment. Please readers ignore this ‘mercenary’

      • Basir

        People like you disgust me. Was your Jonathan not brought in by high level sentiments? Just tell him to pack his bags and go.Mtcheeww!

        • Bereo

          Exactly, Bashir. Jonathan was actually voted in based on sentiments of not having shoes. I hope the next elections will correct that anomaly of both president and party – though it depends on whom the APC fields as presidential candidate.

          • Night Crawler

            Any body APC fields as their candidate will defeat GEJ hands down, because PDP has failed this great nation, since 1999 nothing good has been done in the country, even you will win GEJ in a free and fair local government election in the country

  • Isiagwo

    Propaganda Times! Jaundiced “journalism(?)” blinded by tribalism!

  • Usman

    One more: recently, your minister of interior organised an interview in an unlawful manner, extorting the applicants, which is contrary to the bill passed by the national assembly, worst of all, he had the estimated number of the applicants, yet, the interview was organised to maximise profit thereby claiming lives of Nigerian graduates and the man is still in your cabinet, what motivated you to allow him stay

  • Zaid Habibu

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    The list goes on nd on.

  • Hassan Babaji

    Do u think u are the right person to lead our county to the next level ?

  • Hassan Babaji

    Why do u order sss to seize the passport of sunusi lamido sunusi?how can u describe nageria in term of security ? Chibok’s girls were kidnapped 20days back u haven’t say anything till after the 2bomb blast near iyanya ? N finally wat can u say about ur wife’s comment about shettima….

  • Zee

    Daring questions. But what jounalist is bold enough to put the questions to Mr President? Certainly not those conducting the interview.

  • Tonnero

    We have no questions for the man. The ones wey him answer before nko? How far those ones go? He should go home and have another bottle and leave us alone in our darkness.

  • Angryman

    Sorry , which APC Department drew up these questions – the Children’s?
    I thought I had answered these questions before
    Not to worry , we shall retake the questions next Presidential chart
    But you must promise me there will be no Boko Haram attacks for the next six years
    Agreed ?

    • Angryman

      Not to worry , we shall retake the questions next Presidential chat

  • taewo

    Great questions, after all, Mr. Jonathan loves seeing questions before the exam day. Even then, I can assure you that no one will be able to reach him on phone to ask the questions. Everything around him tastes, sounds and feels like fraud.