Jonathan eats humble pie, woos Obasanjo to help tackle Boko Haram insurgency

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo whispering to Goodluck Jonathan, a former president too while latter was still in power

President Goodluck Jonathan has reached out to former President Olusegun Obasanjo for ideas as the deadly Boko Haram insurgency ravaging the North-East region of the country spirals out of control, with the terrorists capturing Gwoza, a Nigerian territory, and declaring it an Islamic caliphate.

The development suggests a rethink by the Jonathan administration which had all along disregarded Mr. Obasanjo’s proposal to commence talks with the extremist Boko Haram sect through an informal channel.

Both leaders, PREMIUM TIMES learnt, met in Abuja Wednesday at the instance of President Jonathan and had extensive discussion on how to tackle the insurgency.

In fact, ostensibly desperate for solution to the problem, Mr. Jonathan offered to fly to Abeokuta to meet with Mr. Obasanjo.

The former President however offered to travel to Abuja to meet Mr. Jonathan out of respect for the office of the president.

Mr. Obasanjo confirmed the meeting on arrival back to his base in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

“Yes, I can confirm that I met with Mr. President on his invitation,” he told journalists. “In fact, he had wanted to come down to Abeokuta, but as a sign of respect to the Office of the President, I had to go. We had discussion on the country’s security issues and that is all.”

The former President appreciated Mr. Jonathan’s invitation and assured the administration that, in the interest of peace and progress of the country, he would continue to make himself available whenever solutions are being sought for knotty national issues.

Details of the discussions between the two leaders are unclear.

It is also not clear whether Mr. Jonathan has now given the former President the nod to explore talks with the Boko Haram contacts he has identified.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, confirmed the meeting but said he had no details of what was discussed.

“It was a meeting between the two of them and only them can say what was discussed, Mr. Abati told PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Obasanjo has for years advocated the use of force alongside peaceful negotiation as a panacea for tackling the insurgency in the North.

In May, Mr. Obasanjo commenced efforts to reach out to the Boko Haram sect, in a series of attempts at negotiating with the sect to free the over 250 school girls it abducted in April from their dormitories in Chibok, Borno State.

At the time, the former leader contacted a go-between, who assisted him in his unsuccessful attempt at mediating with the Boko Haram group in 2011.

The go-between, a lawyer, was led by a prominent civil rights activist, Shehu Sani, to meet with Mr. Obasanjo in his Ota farm in an “exploratory” effort.

After meeting with the go-between, Mr. Obasanjo contacted President Jonathan for clearance to continue with the talks. He was ignored.

“Without a response from the authorities, no one can proceed,” Mr. Obasanjo told PREMIUM TIMES at the time. “If they agree to negotiate then we can begin to talk with them (Boko Haram). Nobody can do anything alone. You cannot do it alone, it is not a one man mission, it’s not even a two man mission. It’s a collective mission. It can even be an international mission.”

Mr. Obasanjo’s 2011 attempt at negotiations with the deadly sect ended on a bloody note with the murder of Babakura Fugu, the man who received him and made effort to establish a link between Boko Haram and the former president.

The effort was reportedly not at the instance of the federal government, officials said at the time.

Mr. Fugu, a brother-in-law of the slain leader of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, was shot to death shortly after Mr. Obasanjo’s departure from Maiduguri, Borno State, to seek peace talks with the group.

The attack ended one of the best known efforts at reaching out to the deadly sect, which is responsible for thousands of deaths.

Since 2011, the group has killed thousands more, and recently drew the outrage of the international community with the abduction of hundreds of girls from their dormitory in Chibok, Borno State.


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  • janjaweed3

    A bakery should be part of the economic plans of the presidency. As it will be too expensive to continue the purchase of humble pies the president will have to gorge on in the near future.

    • redeem

      Why should we allow foreigners to dominate the aborigines? When people like us talk, they say these are very sensitive issues, don’t touch them. Why should we not touch them? Why should the Sultan of Sokoto be the head of Muslims in Nigeria? Where did we meet and make the Sultan our head? So these are the things. But a lot of people don’t look beyond the surface. A man says he is born to rule; you have not asked yourself, if that man is born to rule, what about you? If the man is born to rule, you are born to be ruled.

      So you become drawers of water and hewers of wood. A wise man in one of the great books I have read said: For I have seen a grave injustice on the surface of the earth that I saw the servants riding on horseback and princes walking on foot. The Hausa man in Kano is walking on foot; Sanusi, a Fulani man, a Gambari from Guinea is riding on horseback.

      Fulani Sulu-Gambari in Ilorin is riding on horseback. These are the issues that we’ve not been able to capture. Why should injustice continue? Why should the indigenous Hausa population in Kano not be given back what rightfully belongs to them? Why is it that in Ilorin, the indigenous Yoruba people, the ones they call Baba Agba, are not given back what rightfully belongs to them?

      • I Hate Sycophant Truly

        Why do you like talking out of point? The topic above is Jonathan ate humble pie. Can you compare your write up with the may subject matter. Poor people discuss others. why do you place yourself in that class of poor fellow. If truly you know history, you will discover that you missed the Ilorin issue and every thing you say about Sultan and Kano were just figment of your imagination and not based on logical reasoning or historical background. Why not just eat the same humble pie and build a country your children will be proud of.

        • hauwee

          What is the point of insulting one another.

          • James Breen

            Very sad, Nigerians insulting one another on the grounds of tribe, and religion. ALL OF YOU who are on this thread insulting each other are quite frankly ignorant. Do you not realise that the rest of the world is moving on with innovation and technology and that as a nation we have to compete against other countries to sell our products, to stake our place on the world stage, to be financially independent and to give our people a sense of positioning on the global stage. Nigeria’s problems are steeped in tribalism and corruption, simple. Everyone wants power but nobody has the experience or ability to administer it equitably and fairly so that EVERYONE benefits, irrespective of tribe, region.

        • redeem

          @wahala———-shut up—pig like u should jide their regional head in shame–when real nigerians are talking–parasite who strayed into the country via our porous border should just keep quiet //the root cause of all our troubles are embedded in the above statement————-by Asare dokubo—u pretend as if all is well but deep down in our souls we are confused as the name Confucius-itself–are the fulanis the owners of Kano———ati kwara–that i called u to assist me in war does not make u the owner of my land————————————sooon u will tell us that u own the entire SS—-monkey

      • karx

        You are indeed an aborigine. Please look out for its meaning in a dictionary before referring to yourself as one.

        • sharp shape

          Proudly aboriginal it means son of the soil ! But you read Genesis you have the curse of cain a fugitive and a vagabond you shall roam the earth and will soon be exterminated like the vermin that your are with your fore-bearers insha Allah

        • redeem

          @wahala u who does not know where u hail ——in africa–yesterday u said yr people migrated from Israel–into Nigeria———fine——————-today u have turned around to claim u are from egypt————tomorrow u will allege u hail from chad————-the next day libya———————-the people of Thailand also eat human meat.–so can rightly say u hail from there also–animals

        • redeem

          @wahala it seems u do not even understand the meaning of aborigines-it simply means original inhabitants-of an area

      • Ahmad

        Tell that tall tales to your Portuguese parents who raped your mothers to beget you.

      • Wähala

        Your psychosis is getting worse, where did you forget your bottle of tablets? So now you accept what I’ve been calling you creek crooks for year, “Aborigines” from Papua New Guinea ba? Since when did you become a Muslim and under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto? And, when did ‘we’ (North & South) get together to make Ayo Oritsejafor our leader… see how s+upid you sound? Drunkard, keep gulping ogogoro, your life depends on it. Until Nigeria gathers all wetbacks on canoes and return them to Kalaka Islands, natural habitat of the Aborigines, Nigeria will never know peace. Animals cannot continue to mix-n-mingle with humans!

        • Messi Okorocha

          Mallam Wähala, i hav said it b4, and say it again; I perceive u are an intelligent fellow..but yur lack of objectivity in discussing issued makes you look extremely dumb and daft! You keep on talking of yur president and others gulping ogogoro. But tell me, HOW WILL A ‘SOBER’ PERSON COMPARE THE THE SULTAN AND CAN PRESIDENT?? Every sane and sober person is aware that while the Muslim leadership is tied to whoever occupies the position of the sultan, the CAN president position is NOT tied to any individual nor denomination. Put away yur ogogoro wahala, and you will see the big fat log in yur eye. Return to objectivity my frend..Return..

          • A. Oche

            That is correct. The Sokoto people chose their sultan. He automatically becomes the head of Nigerian Muslims, as the head of the Muslim supreme council. The CAN president on the other hand is an elective position. Not reserved for any church or ethnic group. While not all denominations may be members of CAN, CAN represents the largest association of Christians in the country.

          • Wähala

            Oh yeah? Stupidity unlimited is what you share with that clown, @Don whatever!

          • redeem

            SINCE WHEN DID THIS ROGUE BECOME A BORN AGAIN CATHOLIC

          • Wähala

            We don’t have “born again” fakes in the Catholic faith…
            Ebola don touch base for yonder oh, hope it wipes out your kin and save us your likes…

          • redeem

            u have have the charismatic movement in the catholic church———————or they are the Islamic jihadist movement in APC

          • Wähala

            On the other hand, I see you as a fraud…
            Posting comments as @Don Messi Januzi and @Messi Okorocha disqualifies you for a response from me… besides, you’re a pathological liar if you can’t point to where you said what you claim you said bcos I don’t remember ever reading from you. Get lost!

          • Messi Okorocha

            Shebi u can still see ‘Messi’ in the names? Ok..lets assume yur surname is ‘Wähala ‘. And yur first name is like ‘chimpanzee ‘..and yur last name ‘ Olodo’. What is wrong in u calling yurself ‘Chimpanzee Wähala’…or ‘Wähala Olodo’??
            Turkey!

        • redeem

          where do the ibos hail from–may be Thailand———-

      • Don Messi Januzi

        You are a discerning man my bro…you are…

        • Wähala

          You are @Akpos1 aka, @Oleku, @Otile, @iykeogbuefi…bla,bla,bla. Another fraud hiding under different handles forgetting that your diction is like your fingerprints… I will always decode you and your Oga@theTop, @Deri… the Kingpin of Crumbies. Ediots!

          • redeem

            WHERE IS THIS IBO MAN COMING FROM AGAIN WITH HIS CIVIL WAR RANTINGS———–

          • Wähala

            Your uncle stole $20bn in one heist… highest recording theft ever by mankind. OBJ gave us Dumbo, he must return the zoo keeper to his monkeys before Naija go better, simple. Ebola don enter Pitakwa where your hopeless kin was hiding a patient in a hotel for greedy gains, see what I mean… unless you thugs from Kalaka Islands return to your Aborigine ancestors, nothing good will ever come out of the Sou-South. Animals cannot continue to live and infect humans with deadly diseases. Drunkard.

          • redeem

            How many oil wells does Obj have in Ogun state—how can u steal what belongs to u–its parasites like u who should bazz off our crude oil resources——-in the SS———————–those names Wahala attributed to others are his names———–he is confused–what did he go to do in Ibadan–he was there because his father a fulani was in the army—later transferred to Kano–with his mother—who sold herself cheap————————–to her fulani boyfriend during the war–cause of food–she was starving so had to sell HERSELF cheap to the fulanis-YIPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

          • Don Messi Januzi

            If u would bLive I am Akpos..Oleku etc etc u mentioned, then u must be more daft than I ever imagined. For crying out loud, i don’t even belive all those guys u mentioned r the same person. How much more of me. I can assure u that I am NOT 4rm the Southern part of Nigeria..unlike those guys who would seem to be 4rm the SS & SE. But then, u can live in LaLa-Land and presume I am them..the jokes on u.
            In all yur comments, I noticed the only time u seem objective is wen u comment on issues to do with yur ‘aunt’ Okonjo iweala..and Buhari. Any other comment from u is usually absolute crap!
            The way u shoot yur smelly mouth calling everyone with a veiw contrary to yurs ‘crumbie’ mkes me suspect u r actually one-someone who never seems to hav an opinion on any topic but spends his time attacking other people’s views.
            Turkey!

    • Leslie

      Stop this thing please cos my belly aches from laughing.

  • redeem

    Nigerian Made The British To Leave, What Is The Fulanis From Guinea Doing In Nigeria. – Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo:

    **Ilorin is a Yoruba city, Emir of Ilorin is a Fulani. Bida is a Nupe town, Emir of Bida is a Fulani. Birnin Gwari is a Gbagi town, the Emir of Birnin Gwari is a Fulani. Why?

    Boko Haram is not fighting for anything other than the seizure of political power by the Fulani people. They are using Kanuri territory to perpetrate the evil, but the main people instigating this bloodletting are the Fulani from Futa Djallon. We know where they came from. They are colonialists and if we made the British to leave, what are these people doing here? They are also colonialists.

    You have to reflect and ask yourself some questions.

    Kano is a Hausa city, the Emir of Kano is not a Hausa man; he is a Fulani. Ilorin is a Yoruba city, the Emir of Ilorin is a Fulani. Bida is a Nupe town, the Emir of Bida is a Fulani. Birnin Gwari is a Gbagi town, the Emir of Birnin Gwari is a Fulani. The Lamido of Adamawa who is residing in Yola is a Fulani, who claims he has other Fulanis in Cameroon and other places. These are not Fulani cities. We know where they all came from.

    They all migrated from far-flung places to their present locations. So if we know where they come from and we know that they are not from here, they came to colonise these territories. What are they still doing here? If the British left, the

    • And your point is…..? Is that a solution to the insurgency?

    • I Hate Sycophant Truly

      Your point is as meaningless as yourself. All these cities you quoted do you know their historical background? Thank God google is everyone’s friend.

    • Ahmad

      Well done. Take another sip. The night has just begun.

      • sharp shape

        Death to buhuram death to obj and finally death to all fulanis

  • redeem

    Its Obj is the one who should be ashamed of himself—–Jonathan has never snubbed him–he is the person who goes about opening his mouth anyhow–to the media-abusing the president–daily an indication that something is wrong with him—And in spite of the insults——the president puts everything aside to reach out to him,—who is now the fool—-obj or Gej? Talking to boko haram via his contact Shehu Sani— does not require the consent of the president–Obj is the man who is acting like a little aje butter kid–whose mother needs to pamper him daily with loads of sweets—anytime she wants to venture out——–

  • John green

    When a man who has no future is and vision for the nation moves forward and backwards all the time, all in for himself and to help him get re-elected by 2015, life is not about him because he has been tested and failed. Obj is just a man saying his own, afterall, we have loads of ex-president who doesn’t care with the present situation of the country, obasanjo has said it and worked toward reconcialation and making the country work well but this jonathan wouldn’t stop causing a problem for the nation. We need a change and it’s better we move ahead with the best party not a confused one

    • redeem

      KEEP QUIET IF HE HAS ANYTHING TO SAY LET HIM OPEN HIS REGIONAL MOUTH AND SAY SENSIBLE THINGS TO THE PRESIDENT–NOT ACT AS A SPOILER

  • deji

    Nigerians should get wiser now. Next time when someone tells you he has no shoe, your next question should be “What is your size”. You dont rush to give somebody an oversized shoe.

    Shoe get size. Joanathan at best should be a Village Councillor, talkless of a President of a complex country like Nigeria.

    Shame on you Obasanjo for bequeathing on Nigerians this clulees Ogogoro drinker, Ebola Jonathan.

    • don

      Right on point my brother. This otuoke clown does not even deserve to be a class monitor in a secondary school talk less of a president. He should pray when he dies for his sycophant associates to even respect his children.

    • sharp shape

      Till our lord jesus christ returns nobody in your entire family will ever rise to the status of the greatest president Nigeria has ever had Dr goodluck Jonathan

      • Ahmad

        Your knotty head has gone out of shape. Thunder fire you.

        • sharp shape

          Be gone from me you spawn of the satan ! Darkness can never comprehend light ! Boko haram bastard ! May God destroy this British fraud called Nigeria so that you and your fulani monkeys can remain in your scorched desert and expire from your barbarism and stupidity insha Allah

      • deji

        As the lord liveth, may you or any member of your family never do well again. May all of the graduates in your family die like the 19 job seekers who died during the Immigration employment excercise. Amen.

        • dudu

          methink its better to ignore people of his calibre

    • BlackieUmukoro

      With your lousy mouth, you just cursed your own family. And so shall it be In the Mighty Name of Jesus. Ameeeeeen

      • deji

        The curse goes to your entire family. So shall it be, in Jesus name. Amen.

        • BlackieUmukoro

          What I have written I have written. You asked for it
          Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • deji

            What I have written, shall come to pass on your life.

        • gymer

          If you know Jesus, you will not be insulting your leaders that it is only by God’s grace they are in position of authority today. May God have mercy on you.

          • deji

            May God have mercy on you as well, for you know what you write about. The devil must have installed Jonathan, not the God I serve. Jesus does not support election riggers and thieves.
            That I know for sure.

        • demola

          Deji you too?

          • deji

            Ok bros.

      • demola

        My guy easy. You too de follow use Jesus name curse person family? Na wa for you. Abi you too na christian #BokoHaram? Using religion to justify your true barbaric nature!

      • TRUTH MASTER

        Stop being dramatic and dwell on issues, please!

        Remember, if you point a finger at someone, four others are pointing at you!

        • BlackieUmukoro

          The guy named GEJ, Ebola and a shoeless drunkard. I was pissed off, in my shoes what would you do? Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • TRUTH MASTER

            I will never use such words against the President. But the answer is not to curse anyone. Engaging them constructively might just turn them around.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Thank you for the advice
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

    • Tomisin

      The best comments have read for months

      • deji

        Thank you my brother!

    • Wähala

      No one can ignore Baba Iyabo for long…
      When I vehemently defend Baba folks call me names, it’s not everything about him I like but for certain, the man has… ‘ogbon agba’ unlike any stateman in Africa today. Next time, he should have given the shoeless clown one shoe at a time to gauge how it fits… at least, that’s how it’s done in shops. If the left foot doesn’t fit, no use putting on the right. Sha, I wouldn’t say “same on you Obasanjo”…Baba can return the shoes to the cobbler in the creeks from whom he bought them and say, ‘it didn’t fit… exchange them or my money back’. Ebola Jona no fit for Presido job in Nigeria… Shikena!

      • 2015 president

        Who tell you say Ebola Jonathan no fit rule Nigeria ? Bring your wife and try him

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Wow! Some pretty strong words there. But one thing I agree: OBJ dragged Nigeria into this mess!

    • Madiba

      welldone deji

      • deji

        Thank you.

    • redeem

      Yes because we used our crude oil resources to develop lagos for the yorubas———so u can abuse us as u like—u did not use yr cocoa to aid us in the SS-so u can make all the noise now that u have started enjoying awooooooooooooooof oil revenue

  • Jojo

    It is either President Goodluck Jonathan is truly confused or just keeping up appearances.
    What does General Obasanjo know about Jihad and where did he get Islamic mediation skills?
    Truth to tell neither Jonathan nor Jonathan is thinking properly within their competencies.
    Where in the history of Islamic Jihad was a Christian the acceptable mediator of Islamic Jihad?
    Little wonder Nigeria degrades. There’s hardly any good thinking leading the country.
    For even if the purpose is a military counter-attack Obasanjo is the wrong officer to consult.

    • Nigerian

      This clearly tells you that Boko Haram has nothing to do with Islam but a PDP affair.

  • J.J

    It is either President Goodluck Jonathan is truly confused or just keeping up appearances.
    What does General Obasanjo know about Jihad and where did he get Islamic mediation skills?
    Truth to tell neither Jonathan nor Obasanjo is thinking properly within their competencies.
    Where in the history of Islamic Jihad was a Christian the acceptable mediator of Islamic Jihad?
    Little wonder Nigeria degrades. There’s hardly any good thinking leading the country.
    For even if the purpose is a military counter-attack Obasanjo is the wrong officer to consult.

    • sharp shape

      Thanks nothing more to add

      • Dele Omowale

        J.J:

        Perfect summation – good thinking, good logic, good analysis!

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Bottom line is that he contacted OBJ!

    • wode

      Why are you so naive? You don’t even seem to know what’s going on. Go and do your research VERY well so that you can have an inkling of what/who are really behind BH. Edward Snowden recently released some hints pointing at some World powers being behind the Iraqi and Syrian ISIS. Who else can be behind BH to be that strong and be taming/dreading the Nigerian Soldiers? The issue on ground is more of diplomacy and experience in International conflict resolution, far beyond the parochial sentiments being peddled locally..

  • robo

    No comment!

  • Wähala

    Waiting to see which APC chieftain Baba Iyabo will contact in his efforts to bring lasting peace and end the bloodbath…
    Humbled, indeed. Dr. Dumbo was a misfit any discerning mind could’ve recognized a mile away, just that fedora alone is enough to raise the antenna. OBJ thought he could rule from the shadows until regional sycophants like Ed Clark, Asari, Orubebe et al, started mouthing off at Nigerians aided by senseless e-rats led @Deri, aka, redeem et Reno Omokri. Clowns. Their lives depend on crumbs so I expect them to show up here with warped, diversionary expose to a simple thema. Next year, Nigerians will be wise to return the Otuoke zoo-keeper to his animals and ogogoro. EiE, biko!
    #SayNo-2-Aborigines… in 2015!

    • Patriotic Dom

      If there is anything called illiteracy, frustration and depression… You are all these things personified… I pity your wife… The poisonous venom that oozes out from your mouth must have made her depressed…

      • Wähala

        have mercy on yourself, Ebola Jona is coming home for good… hope it kills your entire family in one swell swoop, you cross-bred animals are not supposed to mingle with humans. takes only an aborigine quack doctor to think of treating a dangerously sick patient in a hotel room, desperate and amoral drunkards.

  • Gbolahan G.

    @ J.J

    Thinking people need to hold Nigeria by the scruff of the neck and take charge.
    The country is becoming a comic tragedy on the world stage more irritatingly.
    Those strutting the corridors of power lack thinking abilities to change Nigeria.
    Even as far as Boko Haram goes no good thinking is evident for five years.
    Boko Haram has exposed the rump of Nigeria’s self-described leaders as daft.

  • Do not be fooled. Jonathan’s people are the ones organizing
    the religious leaders to go and beg Baba. We are in a deep shit. There is massive
    unemployment of youths, security challenges, lowest morale for the military, collapse
    of the oil sector, massive corruption etc.,It is however better late than
    never. You do not stab your benefactor in the back and expect to really do well.
    The situation is very bad for GEJ, he is in the middle of a desperate group of
    people who do not mean well for him. Baba has nothing to lose or gain, He told
    Jonathan the truth. All the issues raised in Baba’s letters have all come to
    light. Most of the achievements being dramatized for GEJ were achieved by SURE
    P which came about as palliative measures inspired by the Unions outside the
    government. The roads, bridges, health while most of the ministries are all
    embedded in corruption. Imagine for once, if Patrick Sawyer’s Ebola had come in
    through Abuja, there would have been dead bodies all around the streets. This
    is because GEJ/Mama Peace would have been set up committees to investigate how
    and why Sawyer came to Nigeria while it is devastating the country. We thank
    God for Fashola whose medical personnel, facilities and logistics helped contained the
    virus. Do not believe the Minister claiming glory from far away Abuja.

    Despite all the above, I shall still vote for GEJ
    rather than a terrorist sponsor from the North West. APC can make the change by
    presenting Fashola for the Presidency.GEJ can only counter this by presenting
    Ribadu as a Vice Presidential Candidate under the PDP.

  • Do not be fooled. The Jonathan’s people are the ones organizing
    the religious leaders to go and beg Baba. We are in a deep shit. There is massive unemployment of youths in the land, security challenges, lowest morale in the military, collapse of the oil sector and fund conversion, massive corruption etc.,It is however better late than never. You do not stab your benefactor in the back and expect to really do well.
    The situation is very bad for GEJ, he is in the middle of a desperate advisers who do not mean well for him. Baba has nothing to lose or gain, He told
    Jonathan the truth. All the issues raised in Baba’s letters have all come to
    light. Most of the achievements being dramatized for GEJ were achieved by SURE P which came about as palliative measures inspired by the Unions outside the government. The roads, bridges, health while most of the ministries are all
    embedded in corruption. Imagine for once, if Patrick Sawyer’s Ebola had come in
    through Abuja, there would have been dead bodies all around the streets. This
    is because GEJ/Mama Peace would have set up committees to investigate how
    and why Sawyer came to Nigeria while virus devastates the country. We thank
    God for Fashola whose medical personnel, facilities and logistics helped contain the
    virus. Do not believe the Minister claiming glory from far away Abuja.Even the N1.9billion Ebola fund is now being into car purchase

    Despite all the above, we shall still vote for GEJ rather than a terrorist sponsor from the North West. APC can make the change by presenting Fashola for the Presidency.GEJ can only counter this by presenting Ribadu as a Vice Presidential Candidate under the PDP.

    • deji

      What do you mean by ” We shall still vote Jonathan” Is it from your far away UK Financ (whatever that means). Stop misleading the public and speak for yourself. Who is the Terrorist from North West? The same Jonathan is the sponsor of Boko Haram. Go figure.
      Only a mad man will continue to do the same thing and yet expect a different result.Jonathan is bad and yet you will still vote for him because of some imaginary North West terrorist sponsor.
      Listen to yourself. Oh my God..

  • uduakomiri

    Weak people don’t make good leaders. Just like unintelligent and unenlightened people (even if educated) cant provide good leadership. You need strength of character, and will power to provide basic leadership. But you need to be as tough as a steel to provide anything near what a country needs in times of crises. From all the evidence available the current president has no strength of character, he is self-centred, flimsy minded, arrogant, vindictive and sheepish. If he has any strength of character the moment he was sure he didn’t want OBJ’s help, he ought to have stuck to his guns and go it alone. But this guy is not one bit brave. This is possibly the reason OBJ put him there because he wants someone as mellow as mash mellows, someone he can throw into his pockets and walk around with them inside.
    OBJ should wipe that smug smile off his face because he is directly responsible for the current mess. First he gave us a dying man in Yar’Dua, someone he knew to be a vegetable, and to add salt to insult he threw in Jonathan who although not a vegetable is no more determined than a dying, fragile Yar’Dua.
    If OBJ had allowed someone who knows what they want and have no fear in pursuing same maybe, just maybe, Nigeria will not be in this mess. Obj created this mess just to spite Nigerians for shooting down his third term agenda. So before he starts displaying that same annoying sanguine infallibility that was a hallmark of his 8 year train wreck administration, he ought to know that his hands are soaked with the blood of everyone who died as a result of his mischief in installing Yar’Dua’s snailspeed government and now Jonathan’s timid, super-stupid, confused, bumbling administration.
    One day, Obj and his gang will answer for their actions against Nigeria

  • True Nigerian

    Obasanjo, a man well-known for his reputation as an unforgiving sadist and an addict of vindictiveness, is now the man Jonathan wants to rely on after he (Jonathan) ignored, insulted and humilated this useless narcissist named Obasanjo (IBB’s curse on Nigerians).

    Write my words down: By the next election in 2015, Jonathan would look at his political self in the mirror and will not be able to recognise what he will see in the mirror. Obasanjo is about to get his pound of flesh by compounding Jonathan’s problem and multiplying them by 100.

    It is simply idi*tic to expect that Obasanjo would not get his pound of flesh against Jonathan after the letter he got from his daughter Iyabo whose expose on Obasanjo was instigated by Jonathan’s rift with Obasanjo. I know Jonathan has always been a laughing stock. But this one is just another powerful feather to his unthinking cap. How can the affairs of 150 million people be so entrusted into the hands of a man that is as naive and unthinking as Jonathan? No wonder Nigeria is no the way down.

  • True Nigerian

    How on earth is Obasanjo going to be the solution? The last time he supposedly negotiated on our behalf, the uncle of the boko haram man he went to see was shot dead the next day after Baba left the place with his convoy. Since then, Nigeria has been boarded a flight enroute Somalia.
    Yet, somehow, Jonathan thinks there is something Obasanjo can now do which he, Jonathan, cannot possibly do. Is Obasanjo not the same President that simply sat back and watched as northern governors were introducing Sharia in a supposedly “secular” Nigeria? How did he handle it? He simply said dismissively that Sharia would die a natural death. Rather than dying a natural death, this shamelful state of existence is where Sharia has brought Nigeria into. Even when Sharia armies were formed in the North, Obasanjo was still not dealing with it, because he was concentrating on his plan to rule Nigeria for life.

    For a man whom, for purely selfish reasons, deliberately imposed a corrupt dying man and a corrupt, purposeless, visionless, reluctant and retarded deputy on 150 million people of his country, it is simply laughable to think that such a man would suddenly become a patriot and selfless fellow. The thoughtlessness in that idea is simply comical just as it is repulsive and disgusting.

    But it says a lot about the quality of leadership that Jonathan represents – leadership by impulse, excitable moments, guess work and groping in darkness. No normal, right-thinking visionary leader with a purpose will think that Obasanjo has something great to offer Nigeria or any solution whatsoever. The curse for Nigerians is that they (especially the dirty, corrupt and shameless Supreme court of Nigeria) failed to reject Obasanjo’s curse on Nigerians in the name of a mindless fraud called the 2007 elections. But to make it worse, Nigerians decided to perpetuate that horrendous evil in 2011 when they had a chance to tell satanic Obasanjo and his toy President (Jonathan) that we want a country that is heading out of the woods.

    Well, as you all said to those of us that warned you in 2011, I am now saying to you all: Goodluck to you, Nigerians! Try to enjoy your pains and misery! You can’t sow the hypocrisy of ethno-religious sentiments and yet somehow expect to reap genuine integrity and visionary leadership from the leaders that represent your ethno-religious mindlessness. It is impossible.

    • Es3

      A lot of Nigerians are so blinded against the very truth or reality in this, but I thank God for a few like that can still see!

      If Jonathan had accepted Obasanjo’s initial advise on Boko Haram, many that are still talking today abd criticizing him would not have been alive???!

      What do I mean, if it is beyond his only known combat strategy that he sought to use during the civil war but was stopped by Isama and others, he only knows how to beg to settle?! Anyone that is still confused on his only known combat startegy should review the fate of Odi and Zaki Biam!

  • Ette

    Same Obj brought us to this point of darkness in our land. He allowed sharia which has grown to become boko haram and rather than nib it in the board then, he joined his wicked friend Sheriff to form political boko haram to fight the purely religious sect which was out to punish politicians who were moslems in name but wicked in government. Obj also brought GEJ who has become terrible disaster in our national life. Obj operated as the sole administrator of Nigeria and breached all known electoral rules to railroad wicked PDP into perpetual power equation. History will not forgive Obj till he corrects all the wicked things he has caused to this country. Nigerians should rise up and cry never again to all forms of wicked manipulations and elect service oriented persons to positions of authority.

  • Kitunde

    I don’t get all these never ending dialogues with ‘stakeholders’- we have a situation where some depraved men and women are killing innocent citizens of Nigeria,but there is one

  • Kitunde

    There is one solution, crush the terrorists with all our Military might and stop all the talking whilst Nigeria burns. Mr President,please look sharp!

  • Bala R

    Blackie what do you say about this? Ebola eating deep into Ebele.

    • Es3

      Yes, after it (Ebola) had finished with Bala R?!

  • Where are the GEJ people criticising Baba online. They are all playing dumb or swallowing their spit now. Do not be fooled. The Jonathan people are the ones begging Baba. We are in a deep shit. There is massive unemployment of youths in the land, security challenges, lowest morale in the military, collapse of the oil sector amidst fund diversion by Diezani, massive corruption etc.,It is however better late than never. GEJ is smart to now know who the true leader is.You do not stab your benefactor in the back and expect to really do well.

    The situation is very bad for GEJ, he encircled himself with the Hausa-Fulani security advisers who do not mean well for him. Baba has nothing to lose or gain because Baba says the truth and had always supported Jonathan from the word go.Jonathan and his advisers are deceiving the nation. All the issues raised in Baba’s letters have all come to light. Most of the achievements being dramatized for GEJ were by SURE P which came about as palliative measures inspired by the last Fuel riot. The roads, bridges, health while most of the ministries are all embedded in corruption. Imagine for once, if Patrick Sawyer’s Ebola had come in through Abuja, there would have been dead bodies all around the streets. This is because GEJ/Mama Peace would have set up committees to investigate how and why Sawyer came to Nigeria first while the virus devastates the country just like the Chibok girls issue.

    We should all thank God for Governor Fashola whose personnel, facilities and logistics helped contain the virus. Do not believe the Health Minister claiming glory from far away Abuja.Even the N1.9billion Ebola fund is now being diverted to purchase cars for the health ministry

    Despite all the above, GEJ is just a lucky man and we shall still vote for him rather than a terrorist sponsor from the North West. APC can make the change however by presenting Fashola for the Presidency.GEJ can only counter this by drafting Ribadu as a Vice Presidential Candidate under the PDP.

    • Yusuf Ismaila

      Honsyl, you have made good presentation here and I totally agreed with in virtually all except probably this two. 1. “The situation is very bad for GEJ, he encircled himself with the Hausa-Fulani security advisers who do not mean well for him”. To the best of my knowledge I do not know the hausa-fulani security advisers that you are referring to. While the second one is “Despite all the above, we shall still vote for GEJ rather than a terrorist sponsor from the North West. APC can make the change by presenting Fashola for the Presidency.GEJ can only counter this by presenting Ribadu as a Vice Presidential Candidate under the PDP”. For this second one, yes you have right to your opinion and you can support who ever you want to support, but the issue of Boko Haram is in the North East but what does it get to do with North West. Or is it because Buhari came from the zone and you don’t like Buhari? Do you think every southerner would be loved by all the southerners? Is good for all of us to reason towards the progress of this country. If Baba can assist in resolving this matter let him do it. My own is, not just resolving it but they should make the names of the sponsors of this carnage known. They should make the identity of all those involved known. But the write up is a good one any way.

      • kiliminati

        All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain and Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir El-Rufai, named former Borno State governor Modu Sheriff (recently defected to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP) and Lt. Gen Azubuike Ihejirika, a former chief of army staff as Boko Haram “kingpins”.

        Nasir El-Rufai
        Posting the statement to his Facebook and Twitter pages, the former minister cited Australian hostage and crisis negotiator Stephen Davis, who alleged the above duo were key elements of the insurgency on Arise News. Davis claims the information was disclosed by Boko Haram commanders, who claim the pair has targeted individuals for assassination and execution.

    • Es3

      many like fail to see strength in what Jonathan has done here, mainly because of the lack of ability to decipher to the power that lies embedded in humility?!

      Besides, you are too hasty to conclude that Obasanjo has answers to Boko Haram as it is one thing to lay claims to a thing and another to do it convincingly as a proof?!!!

      For your information, Obasanjo knows how to make progress only when with political power (either directly or through puppetry) and the evidence of this is obvious in his dramatic (Tinubu-like) transformation from a poor officer before he became Head of State (and later President) to excessively rich farmer with farms spreads across various parts of the country!

      The Obasanjo that I know, with him at all times, is always about self first!

  • Johnson

    He should have done that long ago. He simply wanted to transfer his responsibility to OBJ in order to have enough time to campaign for re-election. Such a selfish man!

  • Gogome

    JONATHAN FAILS COMMON SENSE TEST ON BOKO HARAM

    President Jonathan can consult 50 million people if he wants.
    He still has to act responsibly by himself at the end of the day.
    Just wanting to be seen prancing to be consulting is nonsense.
    Goodluck Jonathan fails the common sense test on Boko Haram.
    Consultation is a low priority in the middle of a country’s invasion.
    Jonathan must either live up as General Commander of the Army,
    Or, give up fooling himself with useless meetings with irrelevant people.

  • AMA AMOAH

    THANKS BE TO THE ALMIGHTY GOD. The two are supposed to work together but the enemies of Nigeria are the ones causing frictions with lies, slander, manipulation of words and actions. The two had humble background and can relate to what is going on with the needy in the society. For the wicked ones in Nigeria, it shall be ill with them and their offsprings forever. It shall not be well for the wicked causing trouble in Nigeria
    OBJ and GEJ, go ahead you have the backing of heaven.

    • Ovie Obaro E

      I sorry for you no be small.
      …after a forensic analysis of your comment and style of writing it is easy to conclude that you are not only a poorly educated juvenile but one of those who can best be described as slaves who love their chains. Otherwise, you ought to have known that Baba Iyabo belongs to that hegemonic power drunk rascally cabal of ex-military dictators who believe only ex-military thieves and/or their cronies should govern Nigeria.

      Ordinarily I expect any high school student to understand the fact above…and not resign to such pedestrian assertions seemingly ascribing rectitude to one of whom it can be said that Nigeria would be better off had he not been born. Comments like yours brings despair so close…

      My Dear Ama or na wetin you call yourself? You be no see the letter wey Iyabo write? Did you not watch the confessions of Obasanjo’s aides on Sahara Tv sometimes last year, where they exposed his criminal activities spanning bribery, assassination, stealing etc? The video is still available on youtube. Despite the revelations, OBJ is not arrested. His compatriot in crime has not been able to tell us what happened to $12.7b Gulf war oil windfall…Yet, these men are the ones very poor thinking souls hope to solve the problem. Oh Boy, grow up! If possible swallow sufficient fertilizer…and wash your eyes properly. If Nigeria were a country OBJ, like Bo Xilia, would be in Jail serving out life sentence as a minimum…

      How can the North terrorists to pursue political agenda? We need to disintegrate and terminate this Britico wuruwuru. Let every emergent country develop at its own pace. I need my Niger Delta Republic like yesterday.

      • bibi

        Till GEN learn to disengage himself from you biafran apologists, he cannot get it right

  • Ebola

    When an irredeemable ‘beacon’ of corruption and mischief offers to help discuss with terrorists, Jona ought to have sought the opinion of some wise men/women.

    …If Iyabo’s letter is anything to go by, then Jona might be pushing his hand too deep into the Tortoise’s yansh. No be small thing o.

  • Dan Yaro

    Too late .. the Sons of Satan have tasted blood, fresh virgins, put fear into over 400 FG soldiers, “seized” land and establishing a caliphate …and OBJ and GEJ (infidels to the BH) want to sit down and talk? What can they offer them to drop what they have already “claimed”? Some of the girls may well be on their way to being mothers of the children of the sons of satan! And it took these fellows how many months to calm their self egos and sheathe their swords – all for 2015 I bet! Yeye people – I dey wait!