‎Jonathan to Nigerians: Endure hardship that comes with fallen oil price

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has asked Nigerians to endure the effects of the current drop in global oil prices, saying the nation will survive it.

Mr. Jonathan, while speaking at the Christ Apostolic Church in Abuja on Sunday, said the oil price drop is nothing compared to 2008 to 2009 when oil was sold for $40 per barrel.

“Of course, if t‎here is a drop in oil price, it will affect us in one way or the other. We tell our people to bear with us. It has happened before in 2008, 2009 that was almost about $40, we survived as a nation.

“This time, by all predictions, it will not even go as low as that, we will surely survive it. The economic team is working very hard to stabilise it and we believe that although there may be temporary inconveniences, it will definitely not bring the economy down” he said.

The President told the congregation that he decided to go round churches in Abuja to thank them for their prayers. He said even as the challenges facing the country increased during his tenure, Nigeria’s current woes would have been worse but for prayers.

“With the prayers you continue to offer to God, God will see us through” he said, adding that it was worse in the bible days.

The President said 2015 “is a tempting year for us” since election year in third world countries is always turbulent.

“All that I will request of you is to continue to pray for us politicians, myself and other politicians from all political parties, for God to guide us in our utterances and what we do so that we will not sacrifice the lives of Nigerians because of our ambitions.

“Nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian. Pray to God to give us that wisdom and mind to make sure we conduct ourselves in a way that will not set the country ablaze because of our own personal ambition.

“There are so many good Nigerians that can hold the offices we are occupying or aspiring to occupy, it is by privilege of God that we are here in positions to ask for the mandates of Nigerians.

“None of us should begin to think that he is the best person to be anywhere from state houses of assembly to the president. There are a thousand and one Nigerians that are super qualified more than those people who are even aspiring to occupy offices.

“The development of Nigeria is what all of us want. If every aspirant has the mind to develop the people, the. You do not need to kill or maim people to get there.

“You do not need to kill the people you want to develop in order to get to the office you want except if you are aspiring for that office for a different reason.

“If the idea is to help the people, grow the economy and make the people happy, you won’t want to kill, you won’t want to maim or burn down houses, vehicles and property.

“Human beings may see things differently but God can guide us, ” he added.

Mr. Jonathan said his administration is coming up with policies to move the country forward; and subtly campaigned for votes in the coming elections saying: “those who are taking pains to look at what we are doing will agree with us that if we progress as a nation steadily in this manner, in the next four or five years, this country will be a better place.”

The President admitted that the results of his “policies” are not obvious but said “God willing”, job opportunities will continue to increase and many more young people will be engaged.


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  • Emeka

    is this one alright? GEJ is just too shallow. Good riddance come #2015. rubbish

  • Pastor Adeniyi Jones

    A DANGER WORSE THAN OIL PRICE FALL

    “Don’t look at Boko Haram as something that is isolated to North-east
    no, no, it is meant to spread and cover the entire nation until Christianity is
    eradicated in all its forms and ramifications. There is an Islamic Agenda for
    Nigeria. 80% of their (APC) governors are Muslims. There must be a
    restructuring. 2015 Christians must stand and insist Lagos State governor must
    be a Christian. The Islamic agenda that is unleashed against Nigeria shall fail.

    In September last year, God spoke particularly to Dr. Vincent Aigbogun,
    Director General, National Institute of Transformation, that if care
    is not taken in 30 to 40 years Nigeria will be like Turkey. And God
    told him. ‘Go and learn what happened to Turkey’. Turkey used to be 100
    percent Christian. Today Turkey is 96.04 percent Muslim. Christianity
    in Turkey is 0.24 percent. Christianity was in Turkey for 1123 years,
    Islam uprooted it. Christianity in Nigeria is 172 years old. If Islam
    could uproot the one that had been planted for 1123 years in Constantinople,
    tell me if it can’t uproot one that’s just 172- years-old in Nigeria?”

    ………..Pastor Bosun Emmanuel

    [September, 2014)

    • Nota Bien

      “We want to stress that in our struggle, we only kill government functionaries,
      security agents, Christians, and, anyone who pretends to be a Muslim but engages
      in assisting security agents to arrest us”
      .

      ………………Boko Haram

      [Abu Qaqa, August 1, 2012]

    • saj

      I am not sure I heard it right,if what I read is truly what this pastor mean,then my suggestion is the can not be one of the true men of God. My reason here is, the pastor should not engineered our fellow Christian brothers to engaged into riot that will resulted into blood shed. As a man of God he should focus on preaching to the people on what exactly Jesus Christ brought to world in particular and to the entire man kind in general,by doing that he can possibly attract the attention of some of our Muslim brothers to Christianity. Because he can not win the mind of people by pushing them to kill them selves. Moreover to my own understanding mr. Pastor is not saying all this in the interest of 1. Jesus Christ.
      2. Christianity
      3. Christian brothers.
      He is saying all this to our fellow Nigerian for the interest of;
      1. Politics.
      2. His contractors.
      3. His own personal interest.
      Unknown to the mr. Pastor that, Nigerian both Muslim and Christian understand that we people are all human being,created by the God, under one single land we called a(country), with the same skin color and also understand without peace no people,society,nation or country can exist in this world. So that no Christian or Muslim can exist without peace,understanding,and love. Mr. Pastor this time around Nigerians need need no religious,ethnic,or tribal sentiment all we need is a person or people that can get us out of this mess that is about fall on us,on our beloved country. So pls save your tongue,saliva and energy and go back to tell your contractors that actually the people the great country of Nigeria, the giant and largest black nation of the world are now not buying all what you are trying to sell to them. They only need change. My pastor change is REAL AND THIS TIME MAKE NO DOUBT NIGERIAN ARE GETTING IT BY THE WILL OF GOD. God bless you, bless the Christian and Muslim brothers in particular and bless the FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA IN GENERAL.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Bosun Emmanuel and his fellow anarchists have failed and have been repudiated by those who matter in the Christiandom. They have lied through their teeth in trying to pitch Christians against Muslims. Nigeria’s problems go beyond religion and ethnicity. Let Bosun Emmanuel stop worrying about these issues and give us a break!

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    All politicians ,from the President to all legislators and government appointees must have their salaries and allowances slashed by 50% if they are patriotic……..this is no time for lip service i,it is time for a practical response !! This sacrifice should cut across party lines .
    Any attempt to make the commoner the only victims will be unacceptable !!

    • Sword of Damocles

      and the President must return our $20B plus any other looted funds, and we have a deal! deal?

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        There is no $20 billion missing anywhere it is only in the minds of nincompoops like you that such amount vanished !

        • Sword of Damocles

          wishing upon a star i see? can you say KUJE & KIRIKIRI? sorry to interrupt your delusion, carry on

        • Chris1408

          $20b is not missing. It’s actually a lot more than $20b

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            SLS has since withdrawn his APC engineered lies and accusations. there is no missing penny !!

          • Sword of Damocles

            lol!!!! hahahaha, u dey very funny

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Are you claiming not to know that his friends, El-Rufai and Tinubu were pretty much behind his shenanigans !!

          • Sword of Damocles

            Troll Tawanda, do you what the definition of “incommunicado” is? By your very name you sir disqualifies your association with the word KNOWLEDGE. here is why, the definition of the aforementioned term is to be “deprived of communication with other people, as while in solitary confinement”. so how in looting hell can we rely on you for anything related to the truth on the ground. Your name suggests that you are deprived of interaction with anything current. Like I suggested to you earlier, get the ear of that fellow you’all sent to Aso Rock, and tell to vomit that $20B, because failure to vomit would mean that our Democracy means NOTHING. you people dont have the shame a human is supposed to have , and it is “f”ing disconcerting. Do you know that DOGS can feel shame?(i have seen it with my eyes).

          • endingNaija

            Mr. Nuhu Ribadu is a member of your party-PDP. He was the chair of the Ribadu Task Force of Petroleum Industry. That task force laid it open how the operators of the petroleum industry headed by Mrs. Diezani Alsion Madueke, Goodluck Jonathan’s woman and minister for petroleum LOOTED the industry. I think the first thing is for the LOOT to be returned to the Nigerian treasury.

          • GEJisaDISASTER

            The fact that Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has refused to release the PriceWaterHouseCoopers (PwC) audit report on NNPC is a confirmation that $20bn is missing

          • Chris1408

            In your dreams he did, SLS doesn’t have any respect for your thieving president.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Your are wallowing in self deceit,SLS has been all over Aso-Rock doing the needful !!

        • endingNaija

          With this comment of yours you can no longer be taken seriously. None of your comment can be taken seriously anymore-period.

    • Chris1408

      True talk GEJ praise singer

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        That came off his keyboard because it was either hijacked or he is suffering from acute ogogoro withdrawal symptoms.

        He will revert back to type as soon as the free Ogogoro flow is reinstated.

    • endingNaija

      Tawanda, your suggestion is very good. But before your suggestion, the first IMMEDIATE AND PRACTICAL thing is for President Jonathan and Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke to return the billions of dollars they stole back to the Nigerian treasury. After that we move from there.

      • burning spear

        set your example from the house of buhari with the 2.8 he stole—then go tell tinubu to sell his jets——to fund buhari instead of encouraging Amaechi to fund the projects of the Night Soil Men he is working for–in APC

        • endingNaija

          When will Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke vomit the billions of dollar she has stolen on behalf of President King Goodluck Jonathan Nebuchadnezzar?

    • Dr. Kay

      Tell that to Dumbo he just went to London on a private visit at your expense. Mark my words he will increase his salary by 50% not decrease it. And stop this your sucking up we know you are pro Dumbo to the core

    • Tunsj

      On this topic, I agree with you but it will never happen. Remember that a lot of these legislators are rogues.

    • burning spear

      when APC controlled states spend over 1 billion to build one kilometer roads———what do u expect———from an awooooooooof loving people—That is why the best option for 9ja is resource control——–Such will make us look inwards—–be self reliant—–Instead of importing every piece of item that can be manufactured in 9ja—–from China as we now have in d country—–Besides———the ideas if adhered to will go a long way- in helping us revive the economy–the thing again is that—–Nigeria has been recycling road projects for the past 50 years——-Until Jonathan took up the Benin Ore road-among others—we have been budgeting money for the repair of that road every year——–no head no tail———

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Otile, what nonsense are you spilling?

        Even the expired grains of rice your Jonothing is dishing out to crumbies like you is from Thailand and yet y’all claim Adeshina has heralded a revolution in Agriculture!

    • Guguru

      Tawanda,

      Have you sent your letter to your lord and savior, Jonathan? What are you waiting for? LOL.

    • Titi

      Ah! have resigned your job? u are talking sense today but 2015 budget has already been presented and less than 10% is for capital expenditure so when is this salary slashing going to start?

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Did you employ me ? Budgets can be amended to reflect new circumstances if the political will to sacrifice is there.
        It is clear that greedy APC legislators will constitute a blocking factor,all they seem to know about is to plot unreasonable and unconstitutional impeachments !!

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      @Tawanda, for once you state the truth, but the PDPig in you is yet to disappear!

      You just cannot resist the urge to cheat and upvoted yourself!

      Haba, on a simple matter like this?

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        As a true capitalist,I must confess that I prefer to take the best of everything,even if I have to vote for myself to win,I do not care !!

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          I like forthright honesty coming from people.

          Thanks for this, Tawanda.

          Not that I agree with the means though.

  • Magenta

    What is the president? saying. I don’t understand

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Neither does he!

    • Abubakar

      He seems totally confused

    • GEJisaDISASTER

      Okupe’s jesus said the economic situation was worse in the bible days. So he is telling Nigerians that they haven’t seen nothing yet

    • burning spear

      Go and ask tinubu ati buhari may be they will aid u–to understand his economic policies better————have u ever seen a country at war—–not ever go down on her knees——b4———–what brought the economy of the USA down—————may be it was Jonathan also

  • Chris1408

    Did Nigerians enjoy it when oil was selling higher than the budgeted price. GEJ and his cronies embezzled the whole money. Is the fuel price gonna be reduced since crude oil is cheaper now?

  • Spoken word

    GEJ.why don’t you lead by example by cutting all your wasteful expentiture.your voodoo economics cannot continue,when oil price was over $100 per barrel Nigerians were suffering, now that oil price is now below $60 per barrel were are still suffering. How does this make sense.

  • Alaba

    The point is: what sensible economic counter-plans does President Jonathan?

    • burning spear

      EVERY NATION DEPENDS ON HER HUMAN ATI NATURAL RESOURCES———-TO SURVIVE IN TIMES OF NEED—–U HAVE BEEN DEPENDING ON THE AWOOOOOF OIL REVENUE FROM THE SS–FOR THE PAST 54 YEARS———TIME FOR U TO LOOK INWARDS IS NOW—GO AND GENERATE YOUR OWN REVENUE—AND STOP ACTING LIKE AN ECONOMIC PARASITE–AN AJE BUTTER KID—-WHICH U ARE——–OIL ONCE SOLD AT 40 DOLLARS PER BARREL—WE DID NOT DIE—GIVE US RESOURCE CONTROL U SAY NAAAAAAAAAAAAA—————————–WHY CRY NOW

  • Alaba

    The point is: what sensible economic counter-plans does President Jonathan have?

    • Town Crier

      “Goodluck Jonathan is not a terrible human being, but he is NOT
      a good leader. He is not the right leader for this nation. Not now,

      not in 2015 and beyond! You don’t have to be the most intelligent
      person to make a good leader but you must be smart and curious
      and steady and have a good sense of self. And you must surround

      yourself with intelligent people with an abundance of courage and vision.

      Under Jonathan, our institutions are collapsing at a faster rate.

      The elite continue to steal knowing there would be no penalties

      but national honour for them; and the country continues to drift.
      Is this the kind of country you want to grow old in?

      ………Sabella Abbide

      [December 17th, 2014]

      • Hosea

        PDP supporters must rush to Premium Times now! APC folks are taking over the place in droves.
        They keep ticking anything in support of APC and Buhari with many likes to give a false impression.
        The whole of Aso Rock workers must put aside all official work and come to help get rid of APC fanatics.

        • burning spear

          For the ban placed on some of us by Premium Times–ati Sahara Reporters-for reasons best know to them- we would have been around to chase them off from here—ants like Wahala—-Only those who yearn to see the power of d jihadist in boko haram–who go about using 14 yr old gals as suicide bombers—-will vote for APC——–we do not need prayer warriors from Redeem Church of God—— to help us know that the Night Soil Men and women in APC–do not deserve our votes—tell me why we should go and vote for a Buhari who executed 3 drug offenders whose case was on appeal——–then have a Prof of law–throw caution to the wind—-act as if he has erasable memory stick in him———by going to work with Buhari as his VP—Oya told me——biko——BUHARI NEED TO EXPLAIN TO US WHY HE IS with TINUBU A CONVICTED DRUG———–BARON IN D USA–AFTER THE MURDER OF THOSE DRUG OFFENDERS—by him—u know d man has NO CONSCIENCE ———-NONE WHATSOEVER——–BROTHER ME——

      • burning spear

        ———————————

        • Hambolu Segun

          You tried but not convincing. Jona has failed.
          Give us another SS man that can deliver!

          • Philip Waziri

            …he has over-convinced me! My biggest struggle now is how a Nigeria can exist with the most fickle tribe under the sun; Yorubas that is.

          • Yusuf

            Jona is their best, just like Patience was Jonas best English student; its a hopeless situation

    • burning spear

      ask the state to look inwards instead of chopping awoooooooof oil revenue every month

  • Yusuf Benjamin

    What about the Price waters Audit work on the oil sector commissioned by the FGN? We understand the report has been ready since November but like the FGN is reluctant to release it! Is the price waters Audit firm owned by Tinubu and APC?

    • Philip Waziri

      …you must first learn how to spell pricewaterhouseCoopers before demanding for food to eat. “He that does not sow, let him not eat.”

      • Yusuf

        there is noting special in spelling an audit firm unless u have nothing to say. Its only in your village that English is an issue while food is not an issue. the greater part of Europe do not understand 10 English words

        • burning spear

          Na u sabi

          • Wähala

            Deri,
            Go home to Nembe and untie the rejected goat before someone else beats you to it. Ten bags of rice will go a long way in relieving your penury instead of this daily postings allover the net for crumbs. Your kin just rejected Mobil’s He-Goat and you’re here mouthing off at everybody… Mugu with a badge!

    • burning spear

      if the report has been ready since November is it the president who will tell them to submit the report and they will arrange to have the president receive the report–if u are given a job–is it not for the firm handling the project to alert the owners of the contract—to the fact that the job has completed” —Now u want the president to go to town and ask if the job is finished–the APC way

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Mr. Otile, your logic is not only perverted, but equally upside down.

        If you pay for goods and the seller do not hand it over, do you not demand for your goods or money back?

        Ol’boy, this insane excuse will not wash.

        The only reason that report is being suppressed is because it contains unwanted truths.

  • Chidi

    You have not paid most civil servants their salaries and most of these people are bread winners, how do you expect them to be happy with you. Meanwhile as a President you have everything at your disposal while the citizens are suffering.

    • burning spear

      why don’t u put on your thinking cap for once

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Otile, why don’t you take your thinking cap off your backside and put it on your head for once?

  • Dr. Kay

    See me see this Dumbo oh , so it is Nigerians who must now endure hardship why you and your people can decide to go to London on a private tour at our expense. clueless, inept, olodo, inefficient,corrupt ridden government. Your time is up chikena, next year you history

  • Chidi

    When there was a windfall in oil price, why did you not save for a period like this? What happen to our excess crude account, why have some civil servant not been paid, what is Nigeria’s current debt status?

  • Olu Ade

    Can your words ever match your body language Mr. Dumbo?
    Is your own way of enduring hardship to budget now for an 11th plane for the presidential fleet?
    Is enduring hardship getting state governors who are owing their workers 2 to 3months salary to contribute to the billions you just raked in for your campaign?
    Is enduring hardship embarking on a private visit to UK in which you will stay for less than 24hours there?
    Is enduring hardship playing on intelligence of worshipers by going round the house of worship to do salient political campaigns?

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      @Olu Ade, Classic.

      Permit me to Tweet this.

      • Olu Ade

        Mr. Kay, you have my express and unrestricted permission to use whatever means, forum or medium to get these words or posting to people. 48days left to kick these hawks and rogues out of govt.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Many thanks, bruv.

  • Ogunjimi Dipo O

    And a reasonable person will tell me GEJ is not always under the influence of ogogoro. When the oil price was $108 we didn’t enjoy now you’re telling us to brave up for the heat abi?

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Beats me o. Nigerians who never ate with them must now fast with them? No way. GEJ must go!

    • Yusuf

      thank you my broda, u have spoken my mind; its only suffering that we deserve

  • Tunsj

    Nigerians to Jonathan: Time for new leadership and time to pack your bags.

    • Philip Waziri

      …more like Yorubas to Nigerians. And I praise God that you guys have taken that position. Time for the real moles in Nigeria to be exposed!

      • endingNaija

        Shut up! because you thought that your dubious dichotomy “Yoruba Christian/Muslim” will fly, you were “friendly” with the Yorubas in order to take the “Yoruba Christian” votes!. And the Yorubas told you to stop your nonsense and stop patronizing them. You do not patronize a culture-Yoruba Culture and Polity -that predates Nigeria itself. When the Yorubas told you where they are headed because they will not vote PDP , you Goodluck Jonathan Nebu people changed your tune. You became abusive. You are a dubious and evil Goodluck Jonathan campaign team. If you people gave OIL money to the criminal “pastor” Bosun Emmnauel, Reuben Abati and Bastard Doyin Okugbe, hoping that they will work for you-Goodluck Jonathan Nebu’s campaign team in Yorubaland-you better go and collect your money because it is a waste. Yorubas know where they are headed-but definitely NOT in the direction of PDP and Goodluck Jonathan-Yu hear?

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Abeg, make you help me tell am!

  • TRUTH MASTER

    GEJ is making the church rounds to thank them for their prayers and their support. Very Nice. But I think the President has seen the handwriting on the wall, hence he is on a valedictory visit. He is also looking beyond his presidency. Can anyone see how he repudiated Doyin Okupe’s statement that he is the best President ever to rule Nigeria? Hear him: ”There are so many good Nigerians that can hold the offices we are occupying or aspiring to occupy, it is by privilege of God that we are here in positions to ask for the mandates of Nigerians.

    “None of us should begin to think that he is the best person to be anywhere from state houses of assembly to the president. There are a thousand and one Nigerians that are super qualified more than those people who are even aspiring to occupy offices.”

    Where is Okupe???

    • Tunsj

      Okupe is the big clown performing in circuses around the country but his main base is in Abuja.

  • Okafor

    Nigerians should endure, while you and your cabinet members enjoy. You have not paid salaries, our excess crude account depleted, you have allowed people who have stolen public funds to walk freely. Our domestic and foreign debts has risen,

  • Philip Waziri

    In another news, gunmen (boko haram) massacre individuals during a post-Christmas celebration in kaduna. Now, as a country we are faced with several options. (1) Elected President vs. Retired Junta/coupist/dictator (2) Gentleman vs. Sharia proponent (3) Western Civilization vs. boko haram… I could go on and on, but more importantly, (4) Nigeria vs. Yoruba (deceit). LOL!!!

    • wonderboi

      You are nothing but an unemployed parrot , Yoruba is bigger than your lazy tribe .we shall see what will become of your indolent(militant) tribe when oil price plunge lower than price of water. I can see you are spoiling for argument already , don’t worry old your horses time will be the best judge

      • Philip Waziri

        keep in mind, I leave not in Nigeria! But in God’s own country. Your great great grandfathers shall rise and vote for GEJ come feb. 2015. That’s the curse for deceitfulness!!

      • Philip Waziri

        …and by the way, you still haven’t addressed your tribe’s notoriety; two tongue that is!!

      • Titi

        palm oil price has not plunged..or what oil are u talking about? the man is a biafran commando

    • burning spear

      Nations at war with itself never progress———

  • Okafor

    Nigerians should endure, while you and your cabinet members enjoy. You have not paid salaries, our excess crude account depleted, you have allowed people who have stolen public funds to walk freely. Our domestic and foreign debts has risen, people are displaced and killed daily in the north.

  • Mo

    The missing $20bn will alleviate the hardship!

    • umolu

      Yes but where is it? In Jonathan’s brief case to London? You can’t get back what you can’t see, can you?

    • burning spear

      ask the emir of kano to tell us about the one that Buhari stole—the 2.8b will aid us get to the promised land

  • Abiodun Olayinka

    Like there is any difference from now and the time when the price of a barrel of crude was close to or over $100.

  • Dr. Ahmad

    Our hardship is not due to falling oil prices (its just a trigger), it is rather due to theft and mismanagement of funds. The price was lower than $40 in 2008 but the economy was not this bad bcus someone has saved money from revenue that was less than what Jonathan has received. If u have saved N1m 60 days ago, the same value that is now left in your account is N700k, its the same as the banker telling u that N300,000 has vanished. In reality Jonathan took it, bcus he embezzled dollars that would have guaranteed our savings. In the next 6 months the real value that will be left out of each N1m save as at Sep 2014 will probably be less than N200k with the current managers of the economy. If u think only a certain people in this country are in trouble u may need to have a rethink

    • Philip Waziri

      …tell that to Russia, Venezuela, etc that are witnessing the same thing!

      • Dr. Ahmad

        and why should Russia and Venezuela be your role models??

        • Philip Waziri

          because their economies are in worse shape because of the steep slide in crude oil prices. By the way, have you wondered why independent oil companies in the united states are now starting to feel the bite too?

          • Yusuf

            If u talk about oil prices and economy I will expect u to site Saudi, Qatar or UAE as your reference. Venezuela is probably more corrupt than Nigeria, Russia is no-ones role model an equally corrupt rogue govt. More so, Russia is also the main target of the falling oil prices coupled with economic sanctions from their major trade partners-EU, a similar approach that disbanded USSR in early nineties. and the crises may continue for as long as it takes to brake Russia. But mind u Russia do not depend on the dollar as much as we do bcus their import is about half of their export and they may manage dollar crises once they are able to diversify trade to China. As for America, the masses are not complaining, its the oil majors which is just a political noise to tell the world that America is not benefiting from the oil crises but in real sense it will not stop the shale exploration. For my country its a disaster in the next two years unless we stop importing toothpick and stop the small stealing

          • Philip Waziri

            Actually, no. Forget the liberal media. Want the real news in America? Read bloomberg, breitbert, wall street journal. More than 70% of shale companies in the u.s. will be wiped out because of bankruptcy due to falling oil prices. Economists are predicting job losses not only by those companies, but also service companies that are dependent on them for patronage.

          • Yusuf

            ok, so lets watch and see. but what ever the case we are in a deep mess and we may not eventually come out of this one unless we work as one people

          • Philip Waziri

            I agree with you on that. Now that’s why the 2015 election is very critical for Nigeria, and you and other well meaning Nigerians should work assiduously to ensure GEJ is reelected. The alternative no clue about economy.

          • Yusuf

            clue? ofcouse i can see that..really a funny country

          • umolu

            And also ban going to Dubai for shopping. And also stop all top government officials from going abroad for medical attention with our stolen money. We must all go to hospitals here at home, get healed or die here. Not to say if Babangida coughs he goes Germany or Obasanjo sneezes he goes to England.

        • burning spear

          because they are experiencing worst crisis than us-

      • burning spear

        Don’t mind him—————-what does he know about the global economy his is–to abuse Jonathan———–over an issue which is affecting the entire globe—————————if his brothers had taken care of most of the projects that Jonathan helped to fix———we would have been on our way to Dubai

      • Onike24

        Russia is suffering because of sanctions, Venezuela because Chavez spent a great deal on social welfare to bridge the rich/ poor divide, what did Jonathan do with the huge resources at his disposal. I have been to Yenegoa and the people I pity most are the very idiots that defend this kleptocrat! Jonathan is a kleptocrat simple! Stop making idiotic comparisons , why don’t you compare Nigeria to Norway or even Angola( which is not even democratic!)

        • Philip Waziri

          Well, common sense as they say, is really not common for some. If you can’t see the answers to your questions in your own posting, then you’re not worth engaging!

          • Onike24

            Thank God! you sound like another ‘manifestation’ for want of a better word of Otile aka Reno Omokri!

      • hummm

        How come Saudi Arabia, Kuwait etc are not experiencing a problematic economy?. I advice you watch the documentary on what these countries did in order to prevent that debacle. So, stop comparing your country to other loser countries. Education and awareness is power.

        • Philip Waziri

          …. and how much education prepares you for situation?

    • burning spear

      mumu u call self a doctor——–ask the states to stop depending on oil revenue———–if your leaders had done half of what the president is doing–there would have been no need for him to start wasting money on projects that we continue to recycle—–from 1960 till date————every state depends on the awoooof oil revenue from the SS———————————–

  • Guguru

    What an insensitive man. If oil prices have dropped before in the history of Nigeria, what did Jonathan do in his 5 years to ensure that another drop would not affect Nigerians negatively? Is he asking Nigerians to accept suffering and pain as part of our cultural heritage? Anyone listening to this man who has allowed so much crime in this nation should be ashamed of themselves.

    • burning spear

      Very senseless UNTHINKING question—————–how can Jonathan control the price of oil–AROUND THE WORLD——is he a Saudi Prince or King——mumu————-who made the fall take place–the message is very simple go and look for your own revenue base period–u have been depending on d SS for over 54 years—————————–The president is right–what he is saying is very simple—-that when the price of oil fell down to 40–we were able to over–come those painful periods—so shall we also be able to surmount this war time economic depression——-as it concerns the fall in the price of oil also———————-give the south south resource control—for once—–then and only then shall we work to over come–our oil dependent—heartless–greed

      • Guguru

        burning,

        I can hardly understand what you have just said. You are too incoherent and you write in a very weird and infantile way. Tell me, from which cave did you bust out from again? Did someone disturb your hibernation this winter?

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          @Guguru, it is deriobukonaotilenaburningspear.

          He has been declared persona non grata on most forum, so he is using another handle to crawl back in.

          Shortly, the moderators will be alerted to him.

          • Guguru

            Kay,

            LOL. Thanks for sharing.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            You are welcome, bruv.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Forgot, he’s also @okar!

          • Guguru

            Ok.

      • Titi

        guy u are the only mumu here, the time oil fall to $40 jona was not president and there was a lot of savings. Jona can not control price but he can control savings. Ask your paymaster to give u a better job

  • Wähala

    Biko ignore Dumbo’s mumbo-jumbo as he jets off to London for a one-day “private visit” while telling Nigerians to prepare for harsh times ahead, as if it has been easy coasting with him and his rudderless government. What did he do with the money when crude sold at $108 per barrel? What did he do with the NNPC heist of $20bn while pocketing the report of an audit Nigerians paid for? Are pump prices dropping in Nigeria like elsewhere in the world since the glut in the oil market? These are the things the mumu and his handlers cannot answer because they mismanaged the economy and every other facet of government when the going was good. Running to launder our money in the UK while telling Naijas to tighten their belt is hypocritical and typical to his nature, albeit speaking from a pulpit. Oloshi, where’s the forensic report on the NNPC let’s begin to count our losses under this aborigine crook from the creeks? Falling prices ko… rising costs ni. Oponu President.

    • Chris1408

      Can you imagine, the drunk is flying to London using our scarce resources, but he’s telling us to prepare for hard times.

      • burning spear

        @wahala———its our money————–from–the oil revenue base–tell us what u have been able to add to our revenue since 1960—or just shut–up

        • Yusuf

          what is your effort in exploring the oil? what is the production par day? this are simple questions u do not know. if u are not a biafran commando then u are certainly a rogue. Stolen money u do not have a share

          • Wähala

            He’s no Biafran. He’s from Nembe Community in Bayelsa State which just rejected a goat and ten bags of rice donated to the suffer-heads by Mobil Oil company. He’s better off stealing the rejected goat than wasting his time defending a slimy crook… Hahaha chai.

        • Wähala

          What has your creek crook added to our economy in 6yrs with his fake PhD?
          Instead, he and your bug-eyed sister have stolen everything they met in the shortest time possible…
          Aborigine thieves must be gathered on their canoes and shooed off to Papua New Guinea. Wallahi!

      • umolu

        Or swim through the Otuoke creeks with his briefcase on his head to PHC, catch a train to Katsina, handover the presidency to ZangoDaura, for onward transfer to Buhari in Kaduna where he is on exile then take a donkey to Algiers through the Sahara desert to be crossed by the Arabs in a canoe through the Mediterranean to Madrid. From there he could ride a bike to Buckingham Palace to tell the Queen he has finally handed over power to born to rule as provided for by the imperialist. Then there will be no need for election, easy.

    • burning spear

      when obj was in power crude oil sold at 150 dollars per barrel—–tell Nigerians what he did with the money–show us the roads he was able to build with the money—all he did was to award Emeka Offor-100m dollar TAM contract-to fix the refineries–are they operational now——-?—–Sad for an unthinking maigida like u to ask such a silly-question———-Nigeria operates a rental economy—the 36 states of the federation depend on her resources from the SS——that is to say 170m humans rely on the revenue from the SS————Yr comment is like asking the sprit of Awo to tell Nigerians what he did with the revenue from cocoa—which no other region was allowed to touch.——-in d south west—————————-Or the cotton ati invisible—ground-nut pyramids—The 20b is an over flogged issue–nobody stole 20b from the crude oil resources of the president–in d SS–Get that into your fat skull——-empty skull——-mumu civil war victim

      • Wähala

        Liar!
        The highest price crude sold during OBJ’s period was $75/pb yet he was able to save $60bn in our foreign reserves, paid-off all our debt and left a healthy $40bn in our ECA account. Your uncle has not only stolen what he met, he has also not saved from what he sold at a much higher price of $108/pb. Go back to your ogogoro Deri biko, I don’t have time for your cobweb writings of rubbish. Dumbo is a thief extraordinaire… a very wicked one at that. Heartless psychopath as well… Aborigne Drunkards!

      • Dr. Ahmad

        The average monthly price of crude never reached $90 throughout OBJs tenure. The price by WTRG Economics was $15.17 in may 1999, $26.06 in may 2000-2003, $36.31 in may 2004, $43 in may 2005, $63 in may 2006, $52 in may 2007. OBJ met less than $5B in all reserves but left over $40B in ECA, over $60B in ER, paid over $22B external debt with additional $18B debt relief…. Its your turn! what have your President done with average around $85 for 6yrs? Nigeria should not be about where u come from but rather about what u have done

        • UKM

          I think our friend the burning spear suddenly departure is a good way of his expression of ignorance; as he is found of speaking without facts…Thank u Dr. keep enlighten the ignorant…

          • Dr. Ahmad

            don’t mind him my broda, Nigeria belongs to all of us

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Otile, why are you making up things?

        Is it pay as you go or paid as you comment?

    • Dr. Ahmad

      The oil crises that is projected to stay for years is the one we are crying barely 6 months

  • Concerned Citizen

    We should all know better than to listen to GEJ by now. My advice is to watch his actions not his words.

  • D1

    For Heaven sake, Mr President speak to the nation, not through the churches pulpit! What kind of President is this?

    • Yusuf

      He is the nationalist that tag religion on people to win elections

    • Ibraheem Aruna

      You read my mind. Presidential policy statement from a church pupilt.?

  • ODOFIN, Lagos

    Nigerians have always been enduring hardship even when the oil price was very high…We have always been bearing hardship of stolen N664b subsidy fund in 2011 used for gej election, US$20B diverted from CBN account and US$30B stolen from Excess Crude Account as alleged by one of the state governors recently…the list goes on

    • wonderboi

      Absolutely spot on bro ! Jona and his cronies should bear the brunt of hardship not us

  • opuruiche

    The dude always wants someone else to do something for him. He can’t even say prayers for himself. “With the prayers you continue to offer to God, God will see us through.” “All that I will request of you is to continue to pray for us politicians, myself and other politicians from all political parties, for God to guide us in our utterances and what we do so that we will not sacrifice the lives of Nigerians because of our ambitions. Pray to God to give us that wisdom and mind to make sure we conduct ourselves in a way that will not set the country ablaze because of our own personal ambition.”

  • umolu

    While we seek optimism for the country, it doesn’t appear anything will change soon. Already the two known big thieves have taken position. Obasanjo wants Buhari as our next leader and Babangida wants Jonathan. These two some are being protective of their interests, not our own. In a two party system like ours, we have limited choices to make. Buhari comes in, there are issues, Jonathan comes back nothing changes. What to do?

    • Yusuf

      OBJ is corrupt but to compare him with IBB is not fair

      • umolu

        Thanks for your input. Obasanjo recorded the largest receipts of oil money during his time, what did he do with it? To call a spade a spade, between OBJ, IBB, a lot need to be made public. And then add Jonathan. Nigeria has never had it so bad! Have you ever sat down to ask yourself a question like if a near moron like Abacha could steal six billion dollars in forty six months, how much could have stolen in almost eight years? Or the holier than thou OBJ, has stolen in eight years plus Murtala, years.OBJ, IBB, and GEJ are living, let’s audit them.The books are there, their ‘accomplishments’ are there ,let us compile, compare and contrast. You think Iyabo, the daughter of Obasanjo does not know her father better than you and I?

        • Yusuf

          Umolu honestly OBJ can not be our role model, I am with u on this, but looking at where he picked Nigeria from we are not being fair to him. His major crime was breeding roqueness in governance, but economically he hardly has a match in Nigeria. I gave an analysis somewhere on this page, OBJ saved over $100B in reserves and debt payment, and he didnt receive the highest oil revenue, Jonathan did. We have to say the good and bad about our leaders so that we can encourage good and discourage bad

          • umolu

            Right, right, right.

    • IskaCountryman

      do nothing…doofus…

  • Thepeople

    The man that has asked us to endure the hardship of fallen oil prices, what did he do with our money when oil price was 100 dollars. This is the man who has just visited IBB for support. IBB has just returned after spending 2 months abroad for medical treatment. Many Nigerians, their fathers, mothers, sons, daughters,brothers, sisters, etc..need medical treatment, but have no medicine, no hospitals, cannot pay doctors, nurses to look after them. They cannot run abroad to be treated like IBB. What has this President done with our crude oil money? They have been looted, stolen and embezzled by PDP. Nigerians irrespective of tribe or religion have endured enough hard ship, CHANGE MUST COME TO NIGERIA. Jonathan has failed and must go. PDP must be kicked out. Buhari is no saint but he must win for the good of the country. When he wins, if he does work for better Nigeria for us all, our children and grandchildren, he would and should be kicked out. The basics of democracy.

    • Yusuf

      They are building an alliance to take us to the early nineties. IBB needs someone that can break his record

    • burning spear

      we have been feeding u with our oil revenue for over 54 years—is it not time for u to grow up and go rent yr own apartment—and begin to take care of yr kids ati yawo

      • endingNaija

        Tawanda , Can you say Amen please? May God in his infinite mercies let ALL OIL in ALL parts of Nigeria dry up so that we live once again in peace and tranquility. Say Amen Tawanda na burning spear.

      • Thepeople

        Who is we? We are a nation. And any President who is worth his name must know his responsibility to the people, otherwise he should leave the job. He should be able to feed generations to come with the oil revenue. I am sure you have been to Dubai, Quatar etc…..

  • Adoki Achine

    It looks like oil price just handed our president one more excuse. And this one is custom made for 2015. So, sir, you said last time oil price fell to $40 and we survived, abi? Ok, maybe you have forgotten, but that was because you were handed over $20 billion in excess crude account and over $40 billion in foreign researves. But you, for the past 6 years, what have you been doing? Allowing your ministers to steal the money as much as they want. So please, next time you look for something to pin the performance of this government on, better find something that would really stick sir.

    • Titi

      nice talk

  • IskaCountryman

    muslim or christian prayers?

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    I pray that the oil price drops to $10 so that Nigeria will sit up and diversify the economy,cut down the size of government and cost of governance,exploit the possible increase in local revenue generation,have a proper data base for identifying citizens and reduce tax dodging by the rich and middle class etc.
    I pray the price drops,I will sacrifice a big cow to Amadioha should my wish come true !!

    • Titi

      If oil prices reach $10 with your clueless President u will not have a paper to post your rubbish

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        I actually employ 7 Nigerians,two of them men with family…….If the oil stops flowing,I will celebrate endlessly,it will mean that my Igbo ingenuity which is getting cramped up by oil will have more chances of opening up.

        • endingNaija

          Reno Omokri as Tawanda you are fake and dubious. Yesterday, you were South South, today you are South East. I guess you dubiously check and on what will sell under a particular story and discussion and then you self identify on that basis. You are a dubious e-rat Tawanda na Reno Omokri na Bastard Doyin Okugbe na the truth na otile na oleku.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Boy !! you can believe whatever,it is your prerogative

          • endingNaija

            Baby, when your dubious self is caught pants down because you did not take your medicine in order to make your brain work better so that you do not forget the last lie, you run away. Better go and take your drug before you tell the next lie.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Stop making a monkey of yourself,What has that your SS SE got to do with my Igboness,I do not care where you and your Generals drew the lines on the Igbo map. Boy !! I am not here for your monkey games.I prefer issues

          • endingNaija

            Shut up! and go and take your drug-bloody liar. Yesterday you were SS. Today you are SE-Bloody liar and dishonest person. This is the way you radiate and reflect the inherent dishonesty of your candidate-Goodluck Jonathan Nebu.

          • Yusuf

            one sentence is enough for you to identify a Biafran commando. The true Niger Deltans are either rogue or naive but they are not devilish

        • tundemash

          How does oil stop the development of Aba as the economic nerve center of Africa as Dumbo promised in this fake electoral campaigns in 2011 ?

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Yes,I know this will hurt you because most oil-bloc bandit millionaires come from the SW,ie those who enabled the rampaging northern dictators and OBJ to loot oil revenue for more than 4 decades !
            Let the oil stop,it will make us realise who we are.Aba will be redeemed,after all,I know what we achieved in Biafra under a hail of bullets and genocidal blockade………to hell with oil and gas !!

          • tundemash

            Hurt ? Creek monkey , only the d@ft like you live on the crumbs from the tables of these looters.

            Guess what ? Check the names of the looters that donated to the campaign of the Otuoke Cl0wn, they are full of the “oil-bloc bandit millionaires come from the SW” and the tragedy is that the Otuoke Cl0wn is in league with them stealing the future f your generations unborn while they give you stove and bag of rice to come write rubbish here.
            And what exactly are you Mr Fraud ….. you have been Ijaw and SS for a while now and today you are now Biafra and SE …. Keep at it deluded f00l !!!

        • Tunsj

          You did good and thanks for creating jobs for Nigerians.

    • endingNaija

      I pray that Nigerian oil found in ALL parts of Nigeria dries up COMPLETELY without a single trace , so that Nigeria will be more peaceful. This way we will be able to show more respect to one another and we all will face the reality on ground! Nigerian oil is a curse.

      • burning spear

        give the south south resource control-then-use yr wisdom to look inwards——search for something to depend on—necessity is the mother of invention abi

        • endingNaija

          We are talking about prayers. May God in his infinite mercies make ALL the oil found in ALL parts of Nigeria dry up without a trace-Tawanda na burning spear na Reno Omokri na the “truth” na otile na oleku na ole-say AMEN In Jesus name loud and clear! Amen!

    • Ibraheem Aruna

      I do not think paying the taxes is the challenge of the well off. There are two things you cannot run away from in life Death and taxes. It is how the taxes are spent that is the crux of the matter. You pay taxes you see a bigger than usual cabinet/goverment, extraministeral roles that are unwarranted. Look at those salaries they are simply staggering not to mention the almighty of them all corruption before we get mismanagement and the stealing of our commonwealth in crude oil. I mean I could go on and on, that`s what I think is the matter.

  • djay

    Haba Jona, you so crazy.

    • burning spear

      even a Togolese will not look down on his president this way—too much awooooooooooof oil revenue is troubling your Janjaweed soul—resource control

      • djay

        He is not fit to be a president.

        • Bunduma Mohammed

          GEJ is not fit to be LG Chairman

          • Tunsj

            So what are you trying to say? So are you telling us that the only job GEJ is fit for is Zoo Keeper.

  • Okemute1

    Where are all the e-rats?

  • burning spear

    BUHARI Is Corrupt And Not clean.
    **a man that stole $2.8billion in 1978 as NNPC Fed
    commissioner.
    **Buhari advised Muslims not to vote any Christian
    candidate.
    **as PTF Chairman, Buhari embezzled billions of
    Naira through over-invoicing of supplies & the
    supply of fake & expired drugs to hospitals
    Which Buhari is clean? It is only in Nigeria that a
    man who embezzled $2.8 billion NNPC money while
    he was Federal Commissioner of Petroleum in 1978
    will be described as disciplined, isn’t it? “It is only in
    Nigeria that a man who led the criminal overthrow
    of a democratically elected government in 1984
    would later wish to benefit from the same
    democracy.
    “It is only in Nigeria that the man who, as Head of
    State, allowed 56 illegal suitcases of currency notes
    into the country through his ADC unchecked when
    there was currency change by his own government
    in the country at the time would be described as a
    man of his words. “It is only in Nigeria that the man
    who enacted RETROACTIVE DECREES and used them
    to murder Lawal Ojuolape, Bartholomew Owoh and
    Bernard Ogedengbe would be promoted as being
    better than others.) What a country —what a shame–Jonathan is niot crazy

    • Igwee!!!

      You could have done a better job by campaigning for Jonathan. Most of Buhari’s voters are smart enough to see beyond the phobia and falsehood you are peddling here. More crucially, most people who will vote for Buhari are not going to do so because they think he is perfect or spotless. Instead, they will vote for Buhari because they find Jonathan’s government sickeningly deceitful, unbrearably corrupt, and staggeringly incompetent. This is why Buhari will win. You have just wasted an opportunity to campaign for Jonathan. Buhari’s supporters have already made up their minds. And his new supporters that will pitch their tents with him between now and February will do so based on the reasons I gave you above.

      You say that Buhari asked Muslims not to vote for a Christian. Yet, his running mates in every election he has contested were all Christians, including Pastors. So does that mean he asked Muslims not to vote for his running mates and for him (given that they are on the same ticket)? Are you a MUMU raised to power 1000?

      • djay

        No mind them, crazy people. They think if they can allow themselves to be fooled others are expected to think like them. You have said well and they keep lying and spreading propaganda to Buhair’s advantage. Come 2015 Buhari shall win.

    • amazing2012

      Any time you comment against Buhari, you made us to like him more, because you keep exposing your lies and ignorance on him !!

    • jade

      I guess u are pdp man if u like paint buhari black n white we will all vote for him the same way n manner we voted this maggots fellow of urs who is running to churches now for support Pls that won’t work any longer cos Nigerians are wiser now far beyond religious lines. I am christian from south south (edo) we have not seen the benefit(s) of this man.. they deceived us to vote GEJ Cos they preached Christianity n south south thing to us but it’s not going to work this time, good news also osibanjo the APC vice presidential candidate is a christian to me he is even more qualified as pastor than a mere church goer like Jonathan so if not for the sake of buhari certainly osibanjo we will all save this country from sinking by the special grace of God. Remember what happened in edo state when revolution took place the entire people mobilised against the pdp voted oshiomhole but they try to subvert the will of the people but we all stood film until the will of the people prevailed. I think that is the extent things are going now nationwide cos our mumu Don do! Vote buhari/osibanjo 2015 elections..pls on a clear note am not a card carrying member of any political party.

    • Steve

      Buhari stole N2.8b? Many thanks for this news. However, don’t you think Nigerians at this stage will prefer someone that “stole” N2.8b than a shoeless president that stole over $20b? Don’t you think Nigerians will rather choose someone as head of state who “allowed 56 illegal suitcases of currency into the country” than a president who presided over huge looting of pensions funds running into hundreds of billions of Nigeria that was meant for payment of those elderly men and women, who spent their lives working for their country, but were sadly sent to their early graves due to hunger orchestrated by this evil act. This is aside the oil subsidy scam that is unprecedented in the history of the entire universe. Nigerians will rather cast their votes for someone who “advised Muslims to not vote for any Christians candidate” than a confused man who now goes from one church to another, hijacking the pulpits and turning them to political platforms to seek cheap and undeserved supports. Very soon, this clueless characters will use helicopter to fly to all the camps along Lagos-Ibadan expressway (since the roads that led to these camps have become death traps as results of looting of monies allocated to repair these roads), to kneel before men of God for “blessing” in his desperate attempts to clinch to power at all cost, forgetting that almighty God cannot be mocked. Nigerians will be more comfortable with a man that enacted “retroactive decrees” than a president who not only encourage corruption on a large scale to but also pardoned condemned looters and wants them returned to senate to be our lawmakers. Be advised that Nigerians of today are not the same of 2011. No vacancy for any shoeless man in Aso rock again.

    • Change

      Yes, we want him anyway.

  • Igwee!!!

    “Prayer” is the President of Nigeria, not Jonathan. Nigeria does not have a government manned by human beings who are responsible for their own actions and its natural consequences.

    “Prayer” governs Nigeria; which makes you wonder why this headless and limbless fellow insists on seeking a second term.

    I am a Christian, but I believe that Christianity should make a Christian smart, thoughtful, competent and wise. No Christian who has really studied Jesus, David, Solomon or Paul would replace his brains with “prayers”, especially in the context of governance.

    Jonathan should be a sanctuary keeper or a mass servant in the church, not the President of a country!
    As a President, Jonathan is an eyesore to every right-thinking Nigerian across the world.

    • jade

      Very correct by dear brother, this guy GEJ as a president is the worst thing that has ever happened to this darling country of us n a total disgrace to christiandom. He engage in stealing agenda with his cohorts. Thatz y any right thinking Nigerian will vote out this demonic people n vote for change. Who cares if the change is coming from a Muslim? So long it’s a change from darkness to light. No wonder pastor Chris okotie said, ” the declaration of GEJ To ruin for a second term as an ocucultic significant as such he is not from the David lineage but jeroboam

  • Wale

    “President Goodluck Jonathan has asked Nigerians to endure the effects of the current drop in global oil prices, saying the nation will survive it”.
    I agreed, Nigerians will survive this, They have thick skin; I also hope that you as “Mr. President” will forget about the procurement of the tenth plane you plan add to the presidential fleet that already has nine.
    I love this, a gallon of unleaded gasoline is $1:83 compared to $3:25 few weeks ago.
    Wow, lets go for a ride in lone star state.

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  • tsunami1earthquake

    This administration has no modicum of shame on the faces of its officials, including the president. Jonathan pleads with Nigerians to endure hardship that comes with fall in oil price? And what did he do with the accruing huge money when oil price was high? It’s even more insulting to make this plea when this administration has pilfered a whopping sum of $20billion! Do members of this administration not know what this humongous sum of money would have done to Nigeria’s economy if it had been used for the benefit of the country and its citizens? I always say that Jonathan and his cronies are damn lucky they operate in Nigeria where the people are as docile as a flock of sheep that knows no direction. Nigeria is the only country this kind of messing around by government would happen; no other nation on earth would permit or tolerate this!

    • okar

      Would he have said that if u and your state government had been looking inwards…..generating yr own revenue…….like we have in the states…all u do from January to December is to wait for oil to be sold………then u collect from the so calls federation account…yr usual awoooof oil revenue…

      • tsunami1earthquake

        Dude, get wise, purge yourself of any alcoholic intoxication and focus on the topic of this news. I’ve not come here to debate with you about whatever you call ‘awoooof oil revenue’, whatever that means.

  • pheliciti

    This president keeps jumping from one church to the other passing political messages, yet nobody tags him a religious fundamentalist. Shouldn’t your worship in church be between you and your God? Why the huge fanfare and campaign from the pulpit.

  • fela fela

    Akpabio, Jang, Imoke, Suswam, others donate N1billion to PDP while owing workers for months

    December 23, 2014Ini Ekott

    As representatives of 21 Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] governors mounted the rostrum Saturday night at the presidential villa in Abuja to announce N1.05 billion in donation to the PDP, back in their respective states, school teachers and other state workers were enduring their second or third month of work without pay.

    In some states, the indebtedness to workers stretched a year.

    In Ebonyi, authorities owed teachers under the Universal Basic Education scheme nearly 12 months of salaries.

    In Abia State, secondary school teachers were last paid in August, while primary school teachers have been owed since October.

    In Akwa Ibom State, the nation’s leading oil producer which draws more than triple of what other states receive from the federation account monthly, local government staff were on strike. Before the strike, they were forced to receive half salaries for several months, while authorities claimed they had no money.

    In Cross River, the situation had worsened after months of indebtedness that state-run television, the Cross River Broadcasting Corporation, CRBC, shut off production last week.

    The station remains off air till date. Other staff fortunate to have received reasonably up-to-date pay, have yet to be paid for November.

    But on Saturday night, Cross State governor, Liyel Imoke, stood next to his Bauchi State colleague, Isa Yuguda, as Mr. Yuguda announced to a gleeful president and a shocked nation how the 21 governors who had been struggling to pay salaries long before the present oil crisis, rallied N50 million each in donation to the PDP.

    “We may do more in future, but that is what we were able to raise for now,” Mr. Yuguda assured.

    In all, the PDP and the president raked in over N21 billion, with donations coming from government contractors, nameless associates, and Tunde Ayeni, the head of Skye Bank, who has bought a string of government assets, including the mega telecoms carrier, NITEL/MTEL, in a process that has already become controversial.

    On Monday, Arabian Amlak Investment Limited, one of the 22 companies that bid for NITEL, filed a legal challenge, saying the Nigerian government, through the Bureau of Public Enterprises, deliberately skewed the privatisation process to favour Mr. Ayeni’s company.

    As chairman of the PDP fund raiser, Mr. Ayeni donated N2 billion. He announced that he was donating N1 billion on behalf of himself and an unnamed partner, and another two billion on behalf of his friends. After a while, Mr. Ayeni returned to the podium to announce another donation of half a billion naira on behalf of himself and other players in the country’s power sector.

    A former Information Minister, Jerry Gana, announced a donation of N5 billion, again, on behalf of his unnamed friends and associates in the power sector.

    Other major donors were oil and gas operators– N5 billion; players in Real Estate and Building – N4 billion; Transport and Aviation – N 1billion; Food and Agriculture – N500 million; Power – N500 million; Construction – N310 million; Road Construction – N250 million; National Automotive Association – N450 million; Shelter Development Limited – N250 million; and SIFAX group – N100 million.

    But the governors’ donations stood out for many reason, including the fact that workers in many of their states remain without pay for months even with Christmas and New Year around the corner.

    In Plateau State, under Jonah Jang, workers are currently owed three months of pay. In Ondo State, Governor Olusegun Mimiko has also failed to pay secondary school teachers and other categories of workers for the last three months.

    In Benue State, workers have been at a longstanding confrontation with the governor, Gabriel Suswam, who has yet to pay them for months.

    In Abia State, led by Theordore Orji, beside secondary school teachers who were last paid in August, and primary school teachers, last paid in October, secondary school teachers told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday they have not received leave allowances in the last five years.

    In Enugu State, civil servants are yet to be paid for November, more than three weeks into the new month. Workers who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES said in past years, the culture was that by now, they would have been paid for December.
    On Monday, labour union leaders in the state gave the state governor, Sullivan Chime, a 21-day ultimatum to clear salary backlog and resolve other pending issues relating to staff welfare or face strike.

    A statement signed by Igbokwe Igbokwe, the state Chairman of the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JPSNC), and the chairmen and secretaries of all labour unions in the state, vowed to commence an indefinite strike January 15, 2015, if the demands are not met.

    Akwa Ibom’s case remains one of the most intriguing given the amount the state draws monthly. While other states receive an average of N5billion, Akwa Ibom and Rivers State receive as much as N25 billion monthly as federal allocation.

    Still, state workers and pensioners have not received pay for several months, and local government workers are currently on strike.

    While the state is not directly responsible for paying local government workers, all states in the country operate a compulsory joint account with local governments, and disbursement of local government funds are carried out by the governors.

  • fela fela

    Monkey they work baboon dey chop why cant the president donate the 21 billion naira his theiving friends gave him to pay salaries of people that actually worked and were not paid

  • olotito

    Did the oktupe son just said we should endure?fellowcountry men this is our last christmas in boundage…the one he increased in 2011 didn’t yield any result yet?wake up Nigeria

  • Bidemi Lukman

    Nigerains should endure because of the fall in price of oil. Is GEJ suggesting we have been enjoying during the oil boom. He should tell his co-thieves to endure as there would not be much for them to steal.

    I wonder if this guy is rulling lythe christains. As much as this guy has been romancing pastors and going on pilgrimage to Isreal, he has never been tagged a religious fundamentalist.

    The worst that can happen to Nigeria since creation of this country is to have GEJ as president beyond February, 2015.

  • Des Rees

    Naira devaluation wipes off $7.8billion from Aliko Dangote’s assets…..

    Aliko Dangote – Africa’s declared richest man – is not quite in the dumps yet, but near the doldrums.
    FORBES reported last week that Aliko Dangote lost a whopping $7.8 billion of his assets on the back
    of last month’s 21% Naira devaluation in the inter-bank market. This huge loss looks irrecoverable.

    But because Nigeria is not yet at the bottom of the trough, analysts project Aliko Dangote’s assets will further
    decline when international crude oil price falls below $60 to force a fresh devaluation of the Naira by next month.

    As Nigeria’s national currency (Naira) falls the ripples spread across the board – besides steep price increases.
    Reports say Mobil Oil (Nigeria) plans massive staff retrenchment. Shell Oil is expected to do likewise. And as
    international oil companies scramble for costs-reduction against falling incomes, indigenous enterprises ponder
    voluntary closure or bankruptcy, once bank lending rates on existing loans were re-adjusted upwards by banks.

    • No Comment

      “As it stands in the present moment, the continued presence
      of President Goodluck Jonathan beyond 2015 will be the death knell for
      Nigeria’s existence. I know no man of intelligence and honor that will pitch
      his tent with President Jonathan with his proven lot of cluelessness,
      incapacitation and wanton corruption.”

      ……….Frisky Larr

      [December 29th, 2014]

      • okar

        Where was buhari when Kudirat was murdered he was with PTF. in abachas government…..show us one statement that he made when she was assassinated….according to SGT rogers……

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          @Otile na Okar, na Deri Obuko, na Burning Spear!

          Na wa o.

        • endingNaija

          And this is why Goodluck Jonathan Nebu FREED the killer of Kudirat Abiola-Major Hamzat Mustapha-right? And that is why Badluck Jonathan Nebu returned the remaining Abacha LOOT to Gumsu ati Mohammed Abacha-right?

    • okar

      Go and do your research h on how he became rich……..via government contracts……..besides…….Nigeria operates a rental economy……..that is the entire 170 m people depend on the south south…..b4 they can drink garri

  • concerned9ja

    I am sure the spirit of Apostle Babalola, the founder of CAC would be troubled in the grave with this unholy attendance by GEJ.
    We need to know how much was pulled in in offerings, tithes and thanksgiving on that day. Given the President’s large retinue, then it must have been a good day in office for the pastor.
    That was why the pastor must have forgotten the admonition of Moses to the elders concerning gifts in Deuteronomy 16:19. The pastor must have been obviously well blinded in this instance. If not, why did he miss the chance to explain the agony of Nigerians under this most corrupt leadership?
    This pastor has surely failed his flock, his calling and even God for his failure to say it like the prophets of old. I feel let down as a Christian

  • ibrahim

    Nebuchadnezzer collected N21billion from among Thieves Among Thieves (TAN) while thousands spent the Christmas without their hard earned wages, he went to stash the ,money in UK and is now telling poor Nigerians to bear with hardship imposed by his corruption

  • Titi

    Please and please Nigerians Vote GEJ 2015 so that we can help save the world population and provide Africa with a lot of free space

  • favourtalk

    We have already known and by the grace of God, we will do the needful in 2015 by voting for change and sending you back to otuoke because the hardship is to much and nothing is improving in Nigeria with you

    • okar

      We’re yr hands and legs cut in 2003 and 2007…so could not vote us back 1914….the era of the jihadist…….

  • Thetwin

    Hmmmmm……. who is fooling who? News reports show the President and his Vice are to spend a whooping 4 Billion on feeding and travels from 2015 budget estimates. Talk of bearing with declining oil prices indeed. Please Mr. President lead us in bearing the hardship, start with yourself and your cabinet members. Better just hang on till May 29th, 2015 when you hand over to the next elected President who will liberate us from the shackles you and your party members forcefully put us in.

    • okar

      Fashola spent over 70b to on his office alone…whereas Jonathan who operates a larger office than fashola…set aside only 25 b……..how can u compare night soil men and juju priest……….with GOd man like Jonathan?…..don’t forget he does not sniff drugs like tinubu…..

      • Thetwin

        Fashola spent 70 Billion on what. Show us evidence please. I supported my statement with the 2015 budget as reference which is verifiable. It is not enough to just drop post just like that, Nigerians are getting wiser please. We need hard facts not fiction. Kindly support yours with evidence, that’s if you can!

      • Tunsj

        If that is true, both of them shouldn’t have spent that much.

  • tundemash

    Before the fallen oil price nko ? was there anything to be happy about Mr. Jonothing ?

    • okar

      Nigeria is at war. And..wars are not fought with stones and balls of Amala……..it’s oil revenue….that is being wasted…added to the fact that when obj yr uncle was in power…..oil sold at 150 per barrel show us the things he did with the oil revenue…apart from being forced to pay debts from the PAris club that Nigerians do not even know the projects for which the money was borrowed for …yet we had to use our oil resoures to pay…………besides the 36 states depend on the oil revenue of the SS to survive………this is how it has been since oil was discovered in 1957…,,,,,

      • Thetwin

        we are fighting a war abi? Yet our ill-equipped soldiers are seen running away on the sight of insurgents abi? Does that justify the huge unaccounted security votes? Who is fooling who here, Nigeria is not at war, the government just lacks the will to wipe out these criminal insurgents.

      • endingNaija

        So Nigeria is at war Reno OmOKARI this is why President Jonathan has to give money to Tomopolo to privately import SIX WARSHIPS for the Ijaws to re-start and continue the next round of sea and creek based terrorism in NIgeria? Please come forward and redeem the real truth

  • Spoken word

    At least GEJ is honest. His campaign promise is that we will endure more hardship. The choice is very clear. If you vote for him in 2015, you are on your own. You will have no reason to complain.

    • Night Crawler

      GEJ has nothing to offer Nigerians, so he must go

      • okar

        How old is Nigeria…show us yr achievements as. Action since 1960……..is it on roads…health….education…….light water…what is it…..stop this yr yeye regional crap

      • Spoken word

        Absolutely nothing

  • Night Crawler

    Nigerians should vote out PDP in all public offices because they have nothing to offer Nigerians

    • okar

      Who asked u not to vote for the night soil men and juju priest in APC……..was buhari not in the south east in2003 and 2007?..,,,,,,,,the man is not electable at 72……this is a man so executed 3 drug offenders……..now the same man who killed them at the bar beach while their case was on appeal is currently dancing Azonto with tinubu an drug convict……..how do u reconcile that with his fake mr clean stand?

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Interesting!

        So Otile is back as both @burning spear and as @okar?

        Deceit seems to run thickly in your veins.

        • endingNaija

          This is what the online media team of President Goodluck Jonathan Nebuchadnezzar does when they know that a particular name has been exposed. They will rest that name for a while and invent a new name. That is what happened to mpitikelu, mani_kay, peter2000 etc. That is why they use Blackieumukoro , akpos1 once in a while. Just watch them in all online news papers. Some of us keep a good history of these evil people.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            True, bruv.

            They are not even intelligent enough to change how they write their diatribes!

    • Anonymous

      Mr Crawler, APC is worse, they want to TUrn Nigeria to TUrkey

  • IJAW.NOT.IGBO

    I CANT UNDERSTAND IT.

  • IJAW.NOT.IGBO

    IF YOU ARE ONCE MAD, THEN FOREVER YOU ARE.

  • okar

    What is the business of ijaws and ibos here again….is that what Jonathan now means to u?

  • Atom Ant

    Oga Jona, you are a Nigerian too, lead by example. Reduce your food budget to N500,000 per month.

  • Rommel

    I am surprised that out of all our numerous pastors and seers who claim prophetic anointing and are also known to hobnob with the president, none could tell the man that after oil boom comes years of want as interpreted for Pharaoh by Joseph son of Jacob in the old testament,this indicates that none of these pastors is Godly,rather,they are worshippers of Mammon and have led many Nigerians astray which is why people are suffering,they have forsaken God almighty and followed the lying lips of Mammon worshippers and workers of iniquity to confuse as evidence of salvation and blessings of God.The key to survival was that Okonjo Iweala should have saved but president Jonathan and his cronies decided to steal Nigeria dry and now this wicked man is telling Nigerians to adjust and endure what is coming with the slump,

    What did Nigerians benefit from the oil boom of 2011-August 2014? what happened to the money? How do we begin to gauge the expertise of Okonjo Iweala since no visible advantage for having her as finance minister if a drop in oil price that went below budget threshold has almost turned Nigeria into a pariah state in less than one month,what can she claim again?

  • Can somebody please tell this man to direct Diezani to refund the $20billion back from where She took it to, Nigeria will be okay. The $30 billion missing from the excess crude account will also go along way to help.The masses are suffering.

  • Anonynmous

    i think his cabinet is made up of fools for they never planned for something like this even if they foresaw it,,,,,

  • Oladimeji Ayodele

    I seem to be convinced that these aristocrats, calling themselves administrators, are all fools. For what reason could Mr President make such absurdity? Has any ordinary Nigerian benefited from the oil money at any point in Nigerian history? Look, the doomsday is at hand for all those that have reduced Nigerians to mere slaves, not citizen. I do not belong to any political party as I have lost interest in the political efficacy of Nigeria. For those of you who may want to comment on the statement being made by Mr President, Nigeria of today is a product of all regimes and administrators that have ruled at one time or the other. Personally, I do not see any solution in sight as most people craving for change are all products of the rudderless society. Unless a miracle happens, Nigeria is lost for ever.

  • ABUBAKAR A.

    NIGERIANS CONTINUE TO ENDURE THE HARDSHIP AS REQUESTED BY MR PRESIDENT WHILE THEY CONTINUE TO ENJOY THEIR LOOT.