Despite widespread corruption, Jonathan insists his govt is winning war against graft

Former president Goodluck Jonathan campaigning. Pic used to illustrate the story.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday said despite claims to the contrary, his administration is succeeding in its effort to combat corruption.

Speaking at the flag-off of his presidential campaign in Lagos, Mr. Jonathan explained that his strategy towards combating corruption involves the strengthening of public institutions instead of arresting criminals and parading them on television.

“They said that the government is corrupt, we are not fighting corruption,” said Mr. Jonathan.

“But only yesterday, I addressed the corruption agencies. I said look, people are deceiving young Nigerians. That you must tell Nigerians what you are doing.

“We have arrested more people within this period, we have done more convictions within this period. But everyday they tell us lie.”

Mr. Jonathan apologized to federal civil servants for the delay in their December salaries, adding that it was the result of his government’s fight against corrupt officials.

“I apologize to those families that suffered. Because we believe, and I believe, that for you to fight corruption you must take measures, establish and strengthen institutions.

“Not just wake up and enter the street and arrest one person and lock and show on television and say you are fighting corruption. If they had succeeded in fighting corruption corruption would not have been here today,” said Mr. Jonathan.

“What happened in December, it’s because of what we call IPPIS, it’s a software for analyzing and processing salary packages. Because sometimes people steal two salaries. And some Federal government agencies, even some ministries tried to divert funds to pay some kind of allowances, and the system is scientific, it’s not human being.

“And as long as money meant for salaries and you attempt to divert it to anyplace, it shuts it down. So those departments of government were shut down. This is the only way you can prevent corruption.”

The president also said that the evidence of his administration’s success in combating corruption could be seen in the fertilizer industry where farmers now have direct access to the product.

“I served in Bayelsa State as a deputy governor/governor for eight years, I also served as a vice president/president for another four years at the centre,” said Mr. Jonathan.

“From all these period, the fertilizer area is area where federal government and state governments spend billions of naira but less than 10 percent of that fertilizer get to the farmers, the rest is stolen or sent out of this country. We came and cleaned up, no corruption in the fertilizer industry again.

“What did we do? We developed what we call electronic wallet. And through that electronic wallet farmers get their fertilizers directly and nobody is cheating the government again. Is that not the way to stop corruption?

“If somebody tells you that the best way to fight corruption is to come and arrest your uncle and father and show on television and dump him, it won’t stop corruption. It will even encourage corruption,” Mr. Jonathan said.

“Armed robbery is still with us. We are shooting armed robbers. Is that stopping armed robbery?

“So arresting people and demonstrating on television will not. You must set up institutions, strengthen them to prevent people from even touching the money. That’s what we are working on and we are succeeding.”

The Tafawa Balewa Square, the venue of the rally, was almost filled to capacity as thousands of people crammed into the arena to attend the event.

The size of the crowd, however, had reduced drastically hours later, before the president gave his speech.

“Nigerians get to fuel stations, sleep on the line to get fuel or tip those who sell fuel to buy. They hoard fuel. Who benefits from the hoarding?”

Some people in the crowd shouted, “Corruption!”

Mr. Jonathan, “Who were those who benefitted from hoarding fuel?”

The crowd shouted, “Obasanjo!”

“Since we came on board, have you suffered, even to bribe somebody to get fuel? Have you slept in the filling station?”

“No!”

“In Port Harcourt, I use to, sometimes two days, my car will be with the filling station, I will be trekking to get fuel. Is that the life you want to go back to? I believe Nigerian youths will not want to go back to that kind of life.”

Mr. Jonathan’s claim that his administration is winning the anti-corruption war came amidst several corruption allegations against officials of his administration.

Unresolved corruption cases

Among the unresolved corruption cases facing the Jonathan administration is its handling of the Malabu $1.1 billion scandal.

The Jonathan administration approved the transfer of the money to Malabu, a company controlled by convicted money launderer, Dan Etete, in 2011, as payment for an oil block Mr. Etete fraudulently acquired from Nigeria.

The transfer occurred despite that Nigeria’s main anti-corruption agency, the EFCC, was already investigating Malabu for registration fraud and despite Mr. Etete’s earlier conviction in France.

The money was later transferred by Mr. Etete to other dubious accounts including those owned by a politician with links to Mr. Jonathan, Abubakar Aliyu.

Nigeria’s Attorney General, Mohammed Adoke, had claimed that the country only acted as an obligor, a claim that has been proven to be false in earlier reports by PREMIUM TIMES.

The president’s claim also came despite the massive corruption in the petroleum sector supervised by the Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison- Madueke.

At least N300 billion was fraudulently collected as subsidy by petroleum marketers in 2011, with active connivance of petroleum ministry officials. Several reports including that by a presidential committee and the House of Representatives revealed the unprecedented level of corruption in the sector, with many Nigerians wondering why Mrs. Alison-Madueke remains in office.

Mr. Jonathan, has however, continued to claim that most of the reports on corruption in the oil industry were not factual and that corruption is not among Nigeria’s biggest problems.


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  • Chris1408

    This president is truly clueless. You’ve failed every Nigerian. The youths you’re addressing are jobless. Graduate unemployment in Nigeria is more than 80%. Hear him, youths are acting films, making music. How many are acting and making music? God, what planet is this man from and living in.

    • dan

      You go and act and make music and make money and employ other people, leave social media alone. No government in the world can employ all citizens.

  • Aisha

    No wonder Obasanjo teamed up with Tinubu in support of Buhari.

    Another Yaradua in the making. Buhari collapses at Calabar campaign
    event, fails to show up at his Edo state campaign yesterday due to
    fatigue and weakness.

    We need a youthful president and not an old grand Pa who can’t stand the stress of public office.

    • Olateju

      Dont 4get that a sick old man with good governance is better than a healthy younger man. We enjoyed Yar adua despite his short time in office, imagine if he had stayed longer. First president to break so many records yet was sick. Reversal of fuel price twice. Allowing court rule to remove his pdp won governor due to ridging and replacing with opposition party. I beleive GMB is a much better candidate than GEJ. #myOpinion

  • kwango

    Haba! From which beer parlour is this governor coming from?. When the sound starts fading, the music and the musicians are exiting the stage. Look outside you will see cleaners with brooms and disinfectants to sweep and clear the debris left behind by night party drunkards. Akpabio take note that the party is over.
    State assembly is the highest political office GEJ can fit in.

  • onyeka okorie

    buhari has reached political menopause. lets help retire him completely.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Buhari must produce his certificates,Nigerians are fed up with Affidavits !!

  • Stomach Infrastructure

    Lies and local alcohol has never been a good combination. Those that knows Dumbo should advise him to change his ways now. Anyway, change is coming to Nigeria, come February 14, 2015.

  • warry

    Accusing somebody of something without proof is the most wicked thing people can do to another person .Everybody that has ruled this country has been accused of corruption. They cannot accuse GEJ of not working, but corruption, which accusers judge by themselves..Perception can be far from reality.

    • tundemash

      yeah right .. same way you perceived Ibori was innocent until he plead guilty and was jailed in UK …. and u claim the Western world don’t respect you ??????

      • Otile

        We wouldn’t mind if Imam Shekau attacks French Cameroon to liberate Bakassi in the Bight of Biafra for us.

  • Dr Williwilli

    CORRUPTION IS NOT SAME AS STEALING: See reason below:

    President Jonathan made a sweeping statement sometime ago…sadly, many months after, so many people still do not understand and those who do, pretend not to. When Mr President made the statement that stealing was not corruption, he was in effect speaking in contemporary parable. I will explain.

    Now, corruption started during the leadership of Yakubu G. in the 70s, but public office fraud executed in millions, actually started in OBJ’s regime in the mid 70s and the first case of public stealing was in the ITT fraud which involved 2 men. OBJ & MKO. But did Nigerians call it stealing? NO! …instead they called it corruption…and It was glorified. It was only Fela who granted a world press conference and interview with a British Journalist where he expressed his blunt opinion of the Fraud (The interview is on youtube), and would later sing about it. But Nigerians looked the other way as state resources were cornered by a few individuals who eventually were referred to as RICH and philanthropic…however, the seed of public office theft had been sown and would germinate rapidly and pervasively too…becoming intractable.

    So, if you did not call ITT fraud and its perpetrators thieves in the 70s, how then can you refer to Farouk Liwan & Otedola as thieves in 2013 or Stella Oduah in 2014? This is what Dr Jonathan meant. I hope you all understand now. Have a nice weekend!

    • bib

      Time came when corruption was punished in this country. It was not long after Obj. GMB called stealing and many crimes, eg hoarding, against the economy corruption. He also punished the perpetrators. It took the arch leader of corruption, IBB, to remove all the valves against corruption. So time is ripe again on GMB to clean the horse stables again. Ha’ve a nice weekend too.

  • Contact Point

    To be honestly, I doubt if it is a President of Nigerian that was running this contradictory speeches or a motor park tout to borrow his word. I could see the anxiety, nervousness to say something at all to convince Nigerians that he did not fail, but the more he try, the more he exposes his failures we never knew about. Jonathan has failed and to be honest with him, he has done as much as his little brain was able to comprehend. He never new that the job is not easy, he was never prepared, he thought it was like animal keeping in the zoo. CHANGE!!!!!!!!!

    • Arogbo

      I totally agreed with you that Jonathan was never prepared to be the President of Nigeria. There is nothing like bad leader, but bad advisers. He surrounds himself with some no good people who out there to enrich themselves, that’s all!

      • umunnem

        My major concern with this President is the level of his spoken English. You do not have to be Cicero to string words that come out well. I just tire.

        • Sword of Damocles

          You must not make me laugh this hard, I repeat YOU MUST NOT MAKE ME LAUGH THIS HARD!! You tire? Now i am VERY tired from laughing so hard. Peace be unto you my brother

    • Yusuf

      you people are agents of APC, cant u see that Patience and Dezieni are already in prison, the man is trying

    • emmy

      I like your observation. Your comments are what I expected to read from a patriotic Nigerian.

  • Kokori

    No distractions pls! Buhari, where is the certiPicate?

    • tundemash

      so why is Dumbo distracting us with his tales by moonlight ?????

      • Otile

        Did you hear that Imam Shakau has warned Paul Biya of French Cameroon to behave or else?

        • emmy

          Pastor Otile? You are just like Shekau.

      • emmy

        That is the issue, Bro.

  • Mamapikin

    Hahahaha… Just read his grammar…”the fertilizer area is an area…”, and someone Says this man saw the four walls of a university! Incroyable!

    • zygote

      are you talking of president that needed a 14 year old girl to realize he has to meet the parents of the missing Chibok girls?

    • orkar

      B4 now the fertilizer business was like a gold mine to the fulanis–we saw how some aids to governors made millions out of the deal–jonathan stopped it—–monkey–show us the corrupt people that buhari sent to jail–from the Fulani north–don’t forget all of those buhari sent to prison came from the South–Sam Mbakwe–Pa Ajasin of ONDO STATE—Ambrose Ali-of Edo state—Happily all of them were discovered to have been framed up by buhari–who even took Mbakwes junior wife–from him while the man was in prison

      • Mamapikin

        crap talk.

  • warry

    Nigerians should please reason this on corruption. Total budget for the country annually is $40 billion. The states and local govt gets $20 billion while the Federal Govt alone gets $20billion.Now out of the FG budget ,$15 billion is for salaries and $5billion for projects. Now if at the end of the year salaries have been paid and projects done,yet Buhari, OBJ Sanusi, etc says more than $20nillion dollars is missing, is that not wickedness?

    • orkar

      That is APC propaganda weapon–and some unscrupulous Nigerians are buying into it

      • emmy

        I am sorry for you. You say things without clear evidence.

  • Juliet Okoro

    Some of you should understand that we are in a Democratic system and it is the responsibility of the judiciary to try people and not the executive like in the military era which buhari think we still live in. Jonathan is still better than buhari

    • favourtalk

      Better my foot, ribadu was not a military man when he tried the looters like ibori, alamasheshia that are now mentor ti Jonathan. You this PDP agent are not even aware of how judiciary and graft agencies are runned, what shame, GEJ has failed us and we need a change away from this looters

      • Juliet Okoro

        You don’t have facts and you say rubbish, is Ribadu that tried him or the attorney general, blame the judiciary not Jonathan understand that there is separation of power, buhari can not send any body to jail until it is proven beyond reasonable doubt. You don’t understand government

        • favourtalk

          Intelligent people out upright and competent people in every seat and it is a pity that Gej couldn’t find none. Except bribing people like you to come up here and drag issues that are baseless.

        • favourtalk

          Where is your own fact, intelligent people font say what they can’t do or lie about it, we’re are the achievement of GEJ on ant-corruption in nigeria, people steal billions every day and you are here defending a failed president. I don’t blame you, when you have already been paid monthly allowance, people like you don’t care about others success. People and common man on the street are suffering and yet some of you are here defending a polluted rulers in nigeria.

          • Juliet Okoro

            If you say Jonathan has not done anything then you are just blind to the truth. Pls l always refer people to read Transparency international report on corruption to those that says Jonathan is not fighting corruption

      • Etomi

        Guy I am sure you live in a mansion in Uranus, not in Nigeria…
        If you don’t know, know it..
        Today, the EFCC is the busiest institution in Nigeria…investigating, arresting, charging, prosecuting and securing conviction of corrupt persons…
        The ICPC is very busy too…
        In fact most of our newspapers today carry no other news than the activities of the EFCC…
        Do you know where the courts are?
        Go there…
        The biggest “customer” of our courts is the EFCC….
        Unfortunately, ignorant people like you believe that unless and until the president usurp the role of an institution created by law like EFCC, then he is not fighting corruption…
        Ignorant lot…

        • favourtalk

          Busiest in your dream? And yet people steal billions in thus nation and go Scott free. Get a life and tell your pay master to return all out trillions missing over the years. Period!!!

        • Gaskiya

          “Today, the EFCC is the busiest institution in Nigeria…investigating, arresting, charging, prosecuting and securing conviction of corrupt persons…”

          How????

          But Jonathan and Diezani Alison-Madueke and co are still walking freely despite stealing 20 billions and many smaller amounts of funds. Are they above EFCC?? You should feel ashamed of yourself to mention the activities of EFCC where they arrest people that stole one million Naira and fewer millions of Naira. Those who stole billions and millions of dollars are untouchable.

    • emmy

      You are worst than a viber. Nothing is in your chest order than blood full of tribalism. And their are lot of people like you. The destiny of this nation is a dark one. The economy is in a bad shape, people are homeless, some people are dying, some lost their love ones as a result of series of attacks by insurgent other people are yearning for competent ones with ideology that can favour the masses but you are here writing rubbish.

  • favourtalk

    Nigeria will be great again but corruption will never allow us to move forward if we still allow GEJ and his mentor, ibori, alamasheshia and Peter odilli who stole billion in nigeria coffer and still expect us to vote GEJ, our God wil kit support retrogression and stealing. We need a country where citizen can be able to place thier live in a man and be save nit a situation where our children are still lost and the GEJ is still dancing around the market

    • Etomi

      Corruption would end when you vote in an illiterate to govern you under a parallel government!!!

      • emmy

        Vote literate Etomi for president so that corruption will go.

    • orkar

      Go away with your yeye retrogressive ideas–Sound very childish-Let me ask u a simple question–how old is Nigeria–and when was oil discovered —in 2011 abi? Oil was discovered in 1957—How old was Jonathan and the people u mentioned above then? Rather it is the state of Nigeria that has been stealing from the oil producing enclaves for the past 60 years–With nothing to show for it. Tell us when Ibori and Alams became governors-in the SS-? Besides—the money they stole if at all they did—-my friend did not come from cocoa–cotton–or the groundnut pyramids–not a single penny from cocoa was ever used to tar one centimeter road in the entire SS—————————so what are u talking about here–?—Nigerians’ have outgrown all these petty petty APC cloned lies for Buhari. Let him show us his certificates then and only then shall we start trusting him–until he does–pls tell APC to keep quiet.

      • Gaskiya

        @Mr Orkar! Your argument does not have any substance. You can not defend the corrupt practices of Jonathan led government. Doing so will mean even your own future will be very bleak. Nigerians can not survive the massive corruption going on. And for your information two wrongs can not be right. Previous corruption by our leaders can never be used as a reason for Jonathan to do the same or to tell Nigerians that they can not criticise Jonathan for corruption just because previous governments were corrupt too. Doing so will lead to catastrophe for Nigerians. Just as it is crazy for APC to embark of corrupt practices when voted into power and justify theirs with PDP led government corrupt practices. That will be a big unforgivable crime.

    • warry

      Ribadu cases are still hanging in the courts because camera arrests were done before conclusion of proper investigation. Better to prevent corruption with reforms and technology than to send perceived enemies to jail without evidence.

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  • orkar

    The irony of these ongoing rubbish is that-the said budget was prepared by the leadership of the Night Soil Men and Juju priest in APC led by tambuwal——prior to his departure————now he has no way of eating his cake and having it at the same time. That is the reason behind the whole mess-hence this janjaweed story by the night soil men in APC. Refusal to present your credential on demand is the highest level of corruption known around the world.

  • orkar

    Malabu is owned by Etete–and there is nothing Nigeria can do about it—-both etete and danjuma were given one oil block each–by Late Abacha—–Danujuma who is from the North sold his-without any trouble–but when it got to the turn of Ijaw man Etete—a Yoruba man in the person of Obj decided to raise dust-tribalism abi–that is your own cup of tea——-if he obj has oil in his state let him go and steal it—.-.—but the malabu oil deal is over—————-there is nothing Nigeria can do about it—–since the deal was properly arranged——-why must the land where oil is found not have her people also own oil blocks-?

    • Gaskiya

      Jonathan should give some powerful people from the south south some important oil blocks and let this matter rest. Owning oil blocks is not our main problems but having a credible leader who will lead Nigerians to compete with the rest of the world. And for those blind Jonathan supporters irrespective of good performance have already become desperate because of gloomy election outcome for PDP and Jonathan. I am sure they will learn a lesson that Nigerians are becoming very conscious of what our leaders are doing and no one can intimidate them.

  • Dazmillion

    Hear him “But only yesterday, I addressed the corruption agencies I said look, people are deceiving young Nigerians. That you must tell Nigerians what you are doing.” For goodness sake Jonathan should be more articulate than this.

    The corruption agencies should have asked Jonathan why he has not released any of the reports of committees that investigated corruption by members of his government.

    Jonathan is getting desperate. When he ran in 2011 no one asked him any serious questions. Now he is being required to explain his woeful performance and he trying to justify himself with fabricated stories.

  • Ijaw boy

    GEJ does not have any new idea on how he plans to develop Nigeria. He is out to tell stories on how Okar tried to kill him etc. We want to hear how he will deal with corruption,insecurity and unemployment. He should stop saying Buhari threw people to jail and that he would not do that. In fact that tells that he is in support of corruption. His handlers should vest his campaign speech as he’s causing more people to dislike him

  • Ekwekwe

    Lets not forget that Jonathan is also responsible for Nigerian journalists’ addiction to “Brown Envelopes.”

  • Gaskiya

    It is a big shame on PDP to have allowed clueless man in the person of Jonathan to be their candidate. His emergence demonstrated the highest degree of massive corruption the PDP and Jonathan government have been known for. Furthermore, the whole Jonathan speech was an extremely embarrassing one devoid of any substance and direction. But I am glad that most Nigerians have concluded that Jonathan must be voted out on February 14, 2015. We also hope those who have not read and heard about this speech, will have the opportunity to read and listen to it so that they will join the popular opinion that Jonathan must go. Enough is enough.

  • Gaskiya

    In Nigeria, only four sets of people can vote for Jonathan and PDP next month:

    (1) those who are blinded by corruption and therefore afraid of the unknown, should power change hands.

    (2) those who are intellectually blind.

    (3) those who are blinded by ethnicity.

    (4) those who are suffering from a combination of the above terminal sicknesses”

    Therefore, think of the implications of voting Jonathan and PDP to you, your children and grandchildren.

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  • OWOLABI ADELEKE

    YOU KNOW PDP AND JONATHAN SLOGAN IS CORRUPTION IS MARE STEALING. NIGERIANS SHOULD NOT MIND THEIR LANGUAGE.

  • Okache

    The man Jonathan is delusional.

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