Lawmakers attack Jonathan over comments on Alison-Madueke

House of Representatives

Lawmakers accuse the president of overstepping his limits

The House of Representatives has expressed outrage at President Goodluck Jonathan’s comments accusing the chamber of doing more politics than work, and increasingly becoming dictatorial.

A spokesperson for the house said the president’s remarks were “unfortunate, derogatory and uncalled for”.

“The office of Mr. President is one we hold in high esteem but for him to address an arm of government the way he did was rather unfortunate,” Zakary Mohammed, the chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, said Monday.

Mr. Jonathan’s remarks came Sunday in a televised interview where he was questioned about unresolved corruption cases in his government and allegations against petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

Mrs. Alison-Madueke is facing an ongoing investigation by the House for allegedly misspending more than N10 billion on private aircraft charter for trips that are not often official.

Mrs. Alison-Madueke has refused to appear before the House’s investigating committee and has launched a legal suit to stop the probe.

The minister has been indicted in past investigations, but has been retained by Mr. Jonathan who came out strongly Sunday to defend her publicly.

Mr. Jonathan claimed ignorance of the minister’s lawsuit against the House of Representatives, and said the minister was right in not responding to summons by the House.

The president accused the lawmakers of “witch-hunt” and questioned why the petroleum minister should make more than 200 appearances before the House since her appointment.

“The Ministry of Petroleum has always been using jets,” he said, adding however that his government is looking into allegations of fraud in the jet hiring.

He added: “There is more of politics than work in the House of Representatives”, and warned that the nation risks “parliamentary dictatorship”.

The House is expected to raise the president’s comments on Tuesday when it sits in plenary.

Mr. Zakary said the House would not shirk its responsibilities on account of such comments.

“And let me make it abundantly clear that we are not afraid of any name that we are being tagged for supporting Nigerians,” he said.

“For a leader to tag an arm of government that has immensely contributed to his political career in that derogatory manner was really uncalled for.”

The Minority Leader of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said the president had no duty appraising the performance of the House.

“I will not join issues with Mr. President. On this one I will allow the electorate to determine who plays politics and who is working.”

“I will let the Nigerian people speak in 2015 as to who they think has been the stumbling block to the wheel of the Nigerian progress. I am supremely confident of what the verdict will be,” Mr. Gbajabiamila said.


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  • Spoken word

    GEJ dunce.speaks before he thinks.when the House of Rep took up the doctrine of necessity. The house was not political then.This guy’s PHD degree should be investigated. He is shaming PHD holders like myself.

    • redeem

      was gej the one who used the house of reptiles to attempt to deceive Nigerians with regard to Maduekes purported court order–which later turned out to be fake as planted by the House of Rep to deceive Nigerians-sanusi thief–no case –free to travel–tinubu steals no wahala–alams steals trouble start in nigeria

    • Ahmed Goje

      God punish your mouth. Look at his poor written English. 419er like you, which PHd do you have? Ok, Pull Him Down (Phd).

    • redeem

      Did Ghana also take up the socalled doctrine of necessity when Prof Mills the president of Ghana died-Besides was it under the leadership of these APC Islamic clowns that Gej was forced to become the acting presido under Fulani Turai? What is the difference between the lies they told us about Maduke and the ongoing killings by boko haram? Every memeber of APC in the House is supposed to be sanctioned-sent to jail until they confess their sins to the nation-

      • cbb

        Sometime wen u comment here I wonder even a pig cannot comment d way u do

        • Ahmad

          cbb you have said it well. I wont waste my time responding to such idiotic remarks

    • Diana-Abasi Alphonsus Udoh

      can u scan your PhD let’s see it please? because u don’t speak like one. Or is it this quota PhD given out on Federal character

      • Spoken word

        I’m sorry I mispoke. GEJ is very smart.he is very articulate.he is a well rounded PhD holder,that we should all emulate.

  • arewethishopeless

    “Oath of Office of President

    I, GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN do solemnly swear/affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I will discharge my duties to the best of my ability, faithfully and in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the law, and always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that I will strive to preserve the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy contained in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that I will not allow my personal interest to influence my official conduct or my official decisions; that I will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that I will abide by the Code of Conduct contained in the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that in all circumstances, I will do right to all manner of people, according to law, without fear or favor, affection or ill-will; that I will not directly or indirectly communication or reveal to any person any matter which shall be brought under my consideration or shall become known to me as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, except as may be required for the due discharge of my duties as President; and that I will devote myself to the service and well-being of the people of Nigeria. So help me God.”

    President “I don’t know” aka “See no evil, hear no evil”, do you remember any of this ….

    • redeem

      wahala u are not different from the leader of boko haram-very empty-sadly u are an Ibo man

      • Tonnero

        See how useless you are? Someone reproduces the President’s oath of office and asks the simple question whether he remembers it. All you can say is remind him that he is Igbo. I know you and your master thrive on ethnic division. But even that can only go so far in the face of the monumental corruption and incompetence being displayed by your principal. FYI, you and you Oga are worse than BH. The only difference is that we do not see on TV the deaths from poor hospitals and fake medicine and inadequate feeding that your massive corruption is causing.

      • Wähala

        Every sensible contributor is Wähala to you and your mentor, I hope both of you get heart attacks on the same day. I warned you four years ago that Dumbo will shoot himself on the foot with stupidity before 2015… back when I christianed him, “Dumbo-Dumbo” after a catoon character, remember? Keep drinking, pour another finger, he’s doing the same thing is right now… Drunkards!

        • redeem

          Sadly u are the one who goes about changing yr name like baby nappies or toilet rolls —and foolishly thinks u will not be detected-out–look at the two postings from Tonnero and Wahala–are they not the same ten and ten pence-sweet mommy Ibo– daddy Fulani-retired as corporal in the Nigerian army-now late –that was the same aoth of office the pig called shekauru was seen reciting-in Fulani on sharia reporters

          • Wähala

            Are you not @Deri elsewhere? I need not hide under any monikers, my English is unique and unconventional… kapisch? I’m enjoying your psychosis. Drink drunk, drink… until you lose your breath. Drunkard!!!

      • Col.MH Mariam(rtd)

        I can tell you for sure that this fellow is not Igbo.. Stop talking about things you do not understand. I am not a regular here but this fellow is quite familiar to me in another forum. Is “redeem” your preferred choice of name here? Hmmm!!

        • Wähala

          Who’s not Igbo… and what makes you so sure? I’ve been disciplining @Deri with his thousand aka’s for years yet, here you jump in writing what you have no idea about. Who’s not Igbo, eeh? Clown!

  • max

    ‘House of rape’ even when nobody stopped them from conducting the politically induced probe they claimed the court stopped them. House of thieves populated by hoodlums And undesirable elements.

    • concerned9ja

      You said it all, but forgot to say that GEJ is the CEO of the thieves.

    • concerned9ja

      You said it all, but forgot to say that GEJ is the CEO of the thieves.

  • Diana-Abasi Alphonsus Udoh

    The House of Representatives is place for jokers. Am happy the President just confirmed that.
    For Zakary claim that the House contributed immensely to Mr. President political career, I will safely assume he is referring to the law of necessity which was evoked to allow GEJ take over from Yar’adua will the later was sick.
    I think that’s unfair for the House of Representatives to take credit for the duty of the Senate.
    And finally Mr. President categorically referred to the House of Representatives in his accusation that the do more of politics than work not the senate. So for the house spoke person to use the word “Legislative arm of government ” to respond to Mr. President accusations is hypocritical and trying to incite the Senate to join them in fighting the President.
    We Nigerians all know the Senate of the Federation is more focus and hardworking than the House of Rapes

    • sol

      If DAM has no skeleton in her cupboard, why is she using the judiciary to circumvent legislative duties? Please can you react to my ?.

      • Diana-Abasi Alphonsus Udoh

        I think they House of Representatives is really distracting DAM. As u heard from the President she has been in the House for a total of about 200 days since she assumed office.
        I think she should use the court if possible to restrict this lazy representatives from distracting her.
        Besides hasn’t Sanusi also gotten injunction from our courts as well.?

  • redeem

    The president spoke truth to the confused APC tele-guided leadership of the house–how can the House led by Tambuwal an agent of APC explain the mess the House made of the alleged order from the court directing them to stay action on the case of Mrs Madueke? The House of Rep we have in the present dispensation is worst than boko haram–Tambuwal is not different from Imam Shekau the boko haram leaders from Sudan tormenting Nigerians in the fulani north

  • tsunami1earthquake

    We do hope what is happening should serve as eye-opener to the House of Reps and the Upper Chamber, the Senate. What we have always had from these two houses had been talk, talk and nothing more. Issues, like the Alison-Madueke case, come up, we hear talk and after that, nothing more happens; everything fizzles out or dies out like a deflated balloon. Nigerians have been right to surmise that the NASS usually took bribes to keep quiet. All these events have morphed into the feeling of contempt visited on the NASS by other stakeholders in government. See how a judge had ordered that the House of Reps must not probe Alison-Madueke. Ordinarily this should not have come out of the Judiciary that recognizes the separation of powers in the system. However this is a sign of contempt from the Judiciary. Then the President himself has dismissed the House of Reps with a wave of the hand in this Alison-Madueke case; another show of contempt for the NASS. What the NASS should do now is to put its act together and reinvent itself, otherwise Nigerians could even begin a recall of its entire membership. The Alison-Madueke’s case is a litmus test on the integrity of the NASS. If the NASS allows this case to be swept under the carpet then the NASS would be seen as wastepaper that is only good for the trashcan. The NASS must not allow underhand business to torpedo this Alison-Madueke’s case. And the NASS must impress on the President that he must have to send Alison-Madueke packing before NASS will reestablish any business with the president and the presidency.

  • Comfortkay

    Gbam , I always think that an elected President of Nigeria is a President for all Nigerian and he does nor play politics, recently President Goodluck is unable to control what comes out of his mouth. I wonder why a Minister is above the law? If it were in another country this Ms Alison-Madueke would have been arrested for disobedient to law makers.

    • Truth

      You guys just dont get it. This villager from Otuoke, whose exposure was nowhere beyond Portharcourt, but whom you chose to elevate to the exalted office of president is now unleashing his bitterness and vengeance on Nigeria for being born shoeless and poor.

      Deziani Madueke is a dazzling beauty to the eyes of this rural creature and irredeemable villager (compare her physical appearance to the hideous monstrosity called Patience Jonathan) and he is so besotted and entranced that he is utterly powerless over her criminality.

      Remember the book titled “Anatomy of Female Power” by Chinweizu? Well there lies your explanation!

      • sol

        In the epilogue of Anatomy of Female Power by Chinweizu, he said we may deceive ourselves that men ruled the world, but unequivocally, men ruled the world, but women ruled the men who ruled the world. We can liken it to His Excellency and DAM.

  • dipupo

    I don’t kw why people talk like they’ve got no brain, is it nt true that GEJ phd degree should be investigated, a whole president that doesn’t kw the difference between corruption n stealn. Who is doing more politics than work here……..

  • 9jaIsFinished

    Here we go again from the Moron himself. Its no wonder the New York says he leads a “currupt government”!

  • 9jaIsFinished

    Here we go again from the Moron himself. Its no wonder the New York says he leads a “currupt government”!