Jonathan attends Zuma’s swearing-in ceremony

Other African presidents in attendance include Mr. Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Mr. Museveni of Uganda.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday attended the inauguration of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa for a second term in office.

Mr. Jonathan is currently facing the tough task of finding girls who were kidnapped from a Borno secondary school and taming Boko Haram insurgents who have intensified attacks in most of Northern Nigeria.

The president had on Thursday refused to address citizens of Nigeria and the #BringBackOurGirls protesters who sought him for assurances that the over 250 girls abducted in Chibok, Borno State will be rescued alive.

He, instead, sent a delegate led by the Abuja Minister of State, who also read a speech that aggravated rather than douse the doubts of the capability of the Nigerian government to successfully rescue the girls.

Presidential Spokesperson, Reuben Abati, told Daily Independent newspaper that the President would leave for South Africa on Friday and be back on Saturday.

Mr. Jonathan, his Zimbabwean and Ugandan counterpart, Robert Mugabe and Yoweri Museveni, and officials from Russia, China and India attended the elaborate swearing-in ceremony.

Mr. Zuma, who had an outstanding victory in the May 7 election, was sworn in at 09:00 GMT on Saturday.


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  • Spoken word

    This GEJ is surely jobless. Ur house is burning and you are going for a ceremony in SA. Typical Blackman mentality.

    • johansen

      Don’t worry he can’t run away for too long, he will be back to face the heat tomorrow. ” I want be president”

      • redeem

        its these types of stupid comments that help empower boko haram to kill–

    • redeem

      did 9/11 stop president bush from travelling around the globe–is Nigeria the only country with such rubbish–.are the Russians the brits and the US not still having bombs exploded on their faces–stop deleting my comment-or u ship out–must we all be agents of APC in Nigeria–i begi

      • Seun

        Redeem, I am convinced that you have problems. How can you compare Nigeria to the USA? The USA has a fully functional government and with great infrastructure and Nigeria is nothing to write home about. GEJ is not a competent president, but people like you keep providing him with an excuse. Bombs exploded in the USA and in the UK and with great intelligence, the culprits were arrested.

      • Spoken word

        Gibberish.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Premium times gradually becoming the mouthpiece of boko haram and prominently ant govt. How much are you guys getting for this dirty smear campaign

    • Amaka

      They are paid less than your amnesty salary. It is known by all that Nigeria has no government. The country is led by an obscure adventurer who is incapable of leading a village.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        But he is your leader for now. If you detest him so much, kiss a cobra Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

      • redeem

        its their oil revenue that u have been depending on since 1960–they fought for what belongs to them-that is why they got out of the eastern region–what is boko haram fighting for–the revenue from that fake ground-nut pyramids abi or islam

    • Spoken word

      WhiteyUmukoro

    • concerned Citezen

      I hope you have watched the ceremony. When GEJ was introduced while walking on the RED carpet together with DAME in SA all you can hear was Bringbackourgirls.. Mugabe was recognised more than our President.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Deride your president. Deride your country. You are the loser
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • concerned Citezen

          No Sir. I’m surely not. But that is exactly what happens. Our President is jeered while walking on a red carpet at the union building in S.A. You just don’t understand the gravity of what is going on. You are too blinded with sentiment and emotion. Can you honestly say that those who did that were paid by Rivers, Kano or Lagos state governments?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            You just mentioned those who sponsored it. Nigerians will not boo another country’s president here. It is not done. That was a diplomatic blunder by misguided south africans, and our govt will react appropriately Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • concerned Citezen

            I feel sorry for you. My prayers is for Nigeria to have competent and capable leadership irrrespective of wherever they come from and the God they serve. Period.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Sorry for yourself
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • concerned Citezen

            Hahaha! You are too baised. I feel so sorry for you and your likes.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Once again, accept my sympathy
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Naijagogoodagain

          Once we have a good president maybe the we shall stop deriding such!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            We already have a very good and hard-working president. Can’t you see it Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Naijagogoodagain

            You misunderstood me; I am talking about Nigeria not Ghana?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Good nite
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          How so, Blackie?

      • redeem

        so what it took the yankees over 2 yrs to release their hostages–from Iran –an additional 10 yrs to get bin laden-from your stupid unthinking statement its clear as day light that APC master minded the kidnap of the chibok girls–cause they know them will never win the centre–so had to resort to this madness-to save face in the south west-

    • humm

      Touche, !!. So, how much are you getting from ASO ROCK?

      • BlackieUmukoro

        An oil bloc
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • Comfortkay

    American President earns 400 dollars in a year and it is like a pocket change for GEJ as he is known to be making the biggest salary as a President so he can afford it to travel in a plane that doesn’t cost him anything .

    • redeem

      the oil revenue is from his back yard–that is why we are together–if u had left his oil alone–or not become greedy his people would have become greater than they are now-u have been fed for over 60 yrs yet u don’t want to let go-when will u grow up–and become self dependent

      • Comfortkay

        Bullshit ! When are you going to stop making nuisances of yourself because of GEJ

  • Usman

    I want to travel, did Zuma attended your inauguration?, looks like he can’t spend a week at home

    • redeem

      where was Zik when Nzeogwu struck in sokoto abi–what about Idiagbon when Ibb sacked him–did buhari not tell us he sacked shagari because of corruption–was he not there when abacha was looting my oil revenue

    • humm

      He cannt stand the barage of the #bringour girls back. It is giving him a nightmare. But then CNN is avialable to remind him regargless of where he runs to.

  • redeem

    President Obama is sending more troops and military aircraft to Uganda as part of a long-running effort to hunt down Joseph Kony, the fugitive rebel commander who is believed to have been hiding in the jungles of central Africa for years, a Defense Department official said on Sunday.

    The president is sending several CV-22 Osprey aircraft, along with 150 Air Force Special Operations forces and other airmen, to join the American troops already in the region to help the Ugandan government find Mr. Kony.

  • citiguy12

    “Dia ris God O” Nigerian political clowns to note, from Head Clown down the line

  • Sword of Damocles

    meanwhile back at the ranch……. President Obama flew in on a surprise visit to Afghanistan to rally US troops on Memorial day(which is today). Our “Piss for pant” President is busing flying everywhere BUT Chibok or affected parts of North Eastern Nigeria. As my Dad would say “there you have it”. Hint: stay in the f$ucked-up country you and looting ruling elites have created, and ENJOY the misery that is your legacy.