INTERVIEW: Buhari will win presidential poll by a landslide – Dele Momodu

Dele Momodu

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Michael Abimboye, journalist, social critic and former presidential candidate, Dele Momodu, speaks on the coming presidential election, the Goodluck Jonathan Presidency, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and other sundry issues. Excerpts:

You are one of the critics of the Jonathan administration, what do you think it could have done better?

For a man with that kind of background similar to mine, he should have been president of the people. Jonathan became an elitist president and the moment you are elitist in nature, outlook in attitude, you are bound to fail. Nigeria requires a selfless leader and reduces personal comfort for overall comfort of the people. The moment you gallivant all over the world, drive special jets, go to Jerusalem with entourage of people and people are lying to you that you are the best thing that ever happened to Nigeria, what nonsense.

The mistake he made was that he did not come as a leader who was ready to serve his people. You look at their budget in a year they are budgeting billions for food in Aso rock. If the president is ready to downgrade his personal lifestyle, you will see that people will follow him.

The key element of leadership is trust. If you are coming to Lagos, you lock down everywhere; you cannot be a man of the people, you cannot see anything and that is why the Benin-Ore road they are making noise about is still useless. They have repaired some parts of it but did not do it all the way to Sagamu. Jonathan does not see all these because when he moves, they shield him.

Look at the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the most important road linking the heartbeat of Nigeria to the rest of Nigeria. The PDP has not been able to complete it in the last 16 years. There is headway in the railway, looking at Sijuade and the rest, but the government must be more serious than ambitious. If you just want to do one rail from Lagos to Kano then make it the best quality. When are we going to start doing quality projects?

Look at the international airport, the first point of contact with foreigners. I will expect the renovations that they are shouting about. I do not know how much it cost but the airport is one of the worst in the world today and that is why I took some pictures to show the world.

If I were in his shoes I would have merged all the universities so that it will reduce the overhead cost. In those days, University of Ife started from University of Ibadan. The Adeyemi College of Education was in Ondo but under University of Ife. If that is done we will have a single vice chancellor manage them well and standardize them.

I was made to know education is the bedrock of any great nation. Any nation where you do not make education as priority, you are going to have glorified illiterate. If we switch to economy, to create jobs is not difficult. It is for you to reduce cost of running government. If you reduce cost of running government you will be able to use money for the health of the nation. He should approach the National Assembly and tell them he is reducing the cost of running the government by 25 per cent or 50 per cent. If the National Assembly sees that he has reduced the cost by 25 per cent and plead with them to reduce the cost and they say no, then we will now take them to the court of the public. But when they see you are living lavishly, you cannot tell others not to do so.

The cost of running the Federal Government is outrageous. Imagine Nigeria wanting to go and borrow $1billion to fight Boko Haram. If corruption is reduced you will see that Nigeria will be top all around the world because we are the most brilliant people in the world. If it is seen that we have a good president, people will come back home to be among the best in the world. I interacted with them – our military as far back as 2001 in Sierra Leone, later in Liberia. As a matter of fact, Nigerian military was controlling 10 out of 15 states in Liberia. They were well equipped, motivated, well protected. Until that is done we are going to continue having the security situation. Our secret service has been politicized. I have never seen where FBI, CIA……..They should be well equipped so that they can carry out their job of spying, which is one of the important jobs in a country. That is why in France when the enemy strikes before 24 hours, they are tracked. Our men can do it but everything in this country has been politicized. We now have to choose based on ethnicity. Nigeria has brilliant people who can lead this country.

A lot has been said about governance in Nigeria, what actually do you think is Nigeria’s problem?

Our problems are multifaceted. They are not problems we have not seen elsewhere. They can be solved by one man. People think it can be solved by all of us. I disagree with them and that is why I ran for the presidential race. The day we get the right president with the right mindset, a lot of things will go away because everybody is looking at the man at the top. If you see that the man at the top is not corrupt, even if you are corrupt, you will be more careful. People will say they are many corrupt people in APC, but I can tell you because I have good relationship with top characters in APC that they have maximum respect for Buhari. That is why I will call Buhari the Mandela of the nation. Once there is respect, we will not want to tarnish his image.

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has been criticizing President Jonathan. Don’t you feel he is one of the people that created the problem in Nigeria?

He has been a critic of the government but if he makes a mistake, it is good for you to admit. I believe what Obasanjo is doing now is a way for atoning for his sins. He must be feeling bad and guilty that this problem is on Nigerians. So whether he is doing it for selfish reasons, the reason is best known to him. We must listen to him. He is one of the best we have in Nigeria, against all odds. He was able to fight for Nigeria, hold Nigeria together, went to prison, came out, and became president though he is not perfect. By now, I am sure he will be regretting some of these things that happened under his administration. He has his followers too and he is respected, internationally.

As a former presidential candidate, why did you decide to support Mr. Buhari for presidency in the coming elections?

Well, the mood of the nation favours a change in our state of affairs. The average Nigerian, except maybe those who are profiting from the government, believes that government has not performed. So I have looked at the political situation, based on my vast experience working with late Chief M.K.O Abiola, working with Chief Olu Falae, and working for myself and I can see that the only way to dislodge the PDP is if we all join forces. I’m not a member of the APC, I’m a member of the National Conscience Party and I never thought a day would come when I won’t support my own presidential candidate. But the reality on ground is that we have to face the reality.

I now know what it takes to win a presidential election. I went through it. All the idealism that I had has evaporated. I was one of those who felt that Nigeria was ready for change in 2011. They would look at the track records, merits and they could see that I was one of the best candidates that was available in the country but the truth is that it takes much more than your personal character, achievement, popularity to win a presidential election and that is why I’m humble enough to say enough of contesting and let me find one of the candidates who has the ideals that I had in 2011. Unfortunately, I can’t find any other person than Buhari. It does not mean Buhari is a saint; it does not mean Buhari does not have his own faults because he’s human being and we are all mortals. But if I have to choose between Buhari and Jonathan, I will go for Buhari.

So you are sure of Mr. Buhari winning the election?

Oh, I have no doubt that General Buhari is set to create an upset in Nigeria’s political configuration.

Despite the violence-free peace pact signed in Abuja by President Jonathan, Buhari and others, there are still cases of electoral violence. Do you see a violence-free election in February?

Oh, we can. What usually happens is that once a particular candidate is overwhelmingly popular and the mood of change permeates the entire society, it becomes difficult for people to fight because it becomes oblivious that one candidate was more popular than the other. That’s what happened in 1993. Nobody fought when Chief Abiola won. People expected that there was going to be violence, but there was no violence because it was clear that Abiola was way ahead of Tofa. How will you fight when your own people are supporting your opponent?

If Buhari wins this election, it is not going to be a close election because he is going to win by a wide margin. Jonathan’s supporters who think they can fight now, by that time, it would have dawn on them that even in their own village, Buhari has supporters and in situations like that who are you going to fight?

There have been attacks on candidates as the elections get closer. What do you make of the advertorial by Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose on Buhari?

I will describe the advert as very satanic, extremely satanic. It is probably worse than the cartoon that caused problem in France and this is where you know that Nigerians are not really violent. In other places, that would have caused violence. What he did was to provoke anger in the people against the PDP and against Jonathan. If I were Jonathan, I will distant myself from Fayose immediately because that advert was totally reckless and irresponsible. I will appeal to us to tread carefully. Who knows tomorrow? Nobody has the power to life and death. Old age doesn’t mean you will die before a young man. I think he carried it too far. I’m sure by now he is regretting it but might not admit it. If I were him, I will run another advert on the same pages and apologize. If he carries on with this recalcitrant approach to life, he would not like it in future. We must all guide what we say and do because we need peace in Nigeria.

There are reports that elections might not hold in some areas within the troubled north-east region. If elections do not hold eventually in those areas, do you think this will affect the outcome of the election?

I do not know what will happen. The elections are still over 20 days away. I don’t know what INEC’s decision is going to be. I’m sure the candidates will agree before a decision is reached. If the candidates agree to exclude those affected areas, so be it. The governors in those states are insisting that election can be held. Maybe what they have to consider is to do special election for the affected areas so they can concentrate more security. If it is just a one day affair, whatever it will take for those people to exercise their voting right must be done.

The Federal Government announced reduction in price of petrol, what can you make of this?

My reaction when I heard this was that it was a little too small and a little too late. I wrote in my column in ThisDay that what has been done in Nigeria is wrong and that it is different from what is done in other countries. You use to tell us that you were paying subsidies. If the price has fallen, so what subsidies are you paying? Removing N10 naira is an act of ‘tokenism’ and I’m sure it is because of election, which is sad. It is something you should have done under normal situation. You (Jonathan) went to Borno also. It is something you should have done on a normal basis. If sufficient interest has been shown, even the military would have driven into action but his body language is ‘I don’t care.’

What is next for you?

Well, you know I have always been a media person and I hope we will be able to achieve more aims because as you know that is my lone interest. I have been working quietly. My attitude to business is that – if you cannot make a difference do not bother investing. Whenever, you see me bring any media thing it has to be top notch.


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  • ice queen

    If buhari wins dis election Nigeria is doomed!!!,we Nigerians don’t reason,a WAEC holder,a man at his 70’s,are we going bak or front.may God save thia country..Goodluck all the way!!

    • Factual

      You are as dumb as the Dumb Jonathan. What has Gej’s “PhD” and Age brought you? Boy, you better think twice. It’s not about WAEC, the number of DEGREES you have or Age. It’s about change for the better.

      • Optimistic Nigerian

        Do you think jonathief cash and carry Port Harcourt Diploma PHD is something worthy of mentioning as qualification?

      • warry

        What has the igbo smoking illiterate has to show from Gov of N/E in 1975, petroleum minister,$2.8 billion missing -probe stopped by him, Head of state- brutality, as PTF chair -awarding the entire operations of the agency as a contract to a relation and paying several billions to the relation as fees?

        • Factual

          Ask the igbos what has Gej’s “PhD” and Age done to them for 6 years despite the fact that they voted him massively. I know they will be sincere and tell you.

      • ice queen

        We need exposed person to rule our nation,not a common waec holder and a 72years old man.the one he ruled in the past what did he achieve?absolutely NOTHING!!,so how is he the change?..reason with ur brain plz.

        • Leslie

          Advising people to reason with their.hmm!Learn to practice what you preach plz.

        • Factual

          That’s why you cannot understand. Do you really know the meaning of the word “exposure”? What exposure does Jonathan have compared to Buhari’s if you really know who Buhari is. Keep sentiments aside and find about the Real Buhari .

    • Ha

      Ice queen you are surely going to melt and exclusively going to be doomed (not Nigeria) in the next few days.

      • ice queen

        U are already doomed,it shows u don’t have vision at all.look who u want to make ur president,a person with no class,a Waec holder,72years old,grand father.what vision does he have for Nigeria at that age.

        • eddy

          The current president u have what has he done to move the nation forward in the past 5 to 6 years? Nigeria has become a joke in the eyes of the world because of Mr. Jonathan. I am sorry to say but Nigeria needs change… lets try someone else.

          • ice queen

            Yes we need a change,but let me ask u?,buhari that ruled us in the past what did he do for us?..Nothing!.goodluck even achieved better than him.

          • Leslie

            Continue deceiving yourself.

          • eddy

            My dear, Buhari was a leader for just 20months and people still talk about the good change in system of the way things were done as far back as the 80’s… today Jonathan as been in power 6yrs and nothing to show for it… yet he says vote for me i will do this and that. My question is was he sleeping b4 now?

            We need to try someone else… i yhink everyone including u is tired of the way things r done in this country.

            One more question… and pls be truth to yourself, when the price of petrol was increased in 2012, what was ur reaction… Pls tell urself the truth… were u really happy?

          • ice queen

            Yes I am happy

          • eddy

            I will say this much… u r not being truthful to urself. so therefore I will stop this conversation with u. Good day.

          • Badikko

            My brother don’t stop conversation until u test ice queen’s knowledge in The English language,becuase when u asked him ‘were u really happy?’The answer was ‘Yes I am happy’not ‘Yes I was happy’.He is now telling u his state of mind at present(if at all he knows English) not in 2012 when petrol price was increased.That is to say perhabs he has forgotten the pains he went through at that time.

    • VOTEoutGEJ!

      Nigerians no more need a lazy, incompetent and clueless wishful thinker as their president.

    • Onike24

      Why are we doomed? Between Jonathan with a supposed PHD and Buhari without any certificate( which is a lie by the way) I will chose Buhari a billion times, what Good has Jonathan done with his PHD? When a so called academic cannot manage the educational sector which is his alleged forte, what the dickens can he do? Jonathan will loose and the heavens will not fall, we have had enough of these idiotic threats, just as we resisted a majority hegemony, is the same way we resist a minority hegemony, anyone that wants to be re-elected must show what he did in his first term or get lost, let someone else do the job!

    • Concerned

      Italy have just elected a 73 year old president – his predecessor stepped down at 89.
      Why are we a culture that has prided itself on respect for the aged – throwing that away because of elections
      What message are we sending the youths?

      • Yinka

        and what position is Italy in the committee of Nations? If not for backwardness introduced into our ship of state by useless amalgamation that placed someone from Sokoto or Katsina who needs to score just 2 marks to be admitted into the same school where someone from Delta, rivers or Enugu to score 139, what would have been the basis for comparing Italy with Biafran Republic or the Republic of the Niger Delta?

        Are there different rules and different examination cut off marks for different people based on their regions in Italy? …and u have the guts to come here to write nonsense. When did Italy become a standard? How many Professtheors, PhD holders, Doctors has Italy produced? I hope you are Ok? Italy is just like Oyo state and Lagos Island put together. You don’t have shame. Nigeria is 201 million people…and you come1 me1ntioning Italy as a standard…No wonder you are supporting illiterate Bokohari…the limits of your comprehension & reasoning.

        • Concerned

          Stop posting such incomprehensible garbage! It’s giving me a headache trying to understand it!

          • Yinka

            Then it is working. That is the idea. That you will get headache and faint and don’t wake up until May 29th 2019

          • Concerned

            Joblessness no be work – na condition !

          • Con

            Yes ooohhh! Political ashawo no be work…na management…..!!

    • Ha

      The desperate and melting queen. Jonathan is like a piece of ‘ice’ in the Nigerian atmosphere that has already reached over 40 degrees. Melt, melt, meeeeeelt.

    • Badikko

      I didn’t see you print his recent and actual name BADLUCK.

  • PEOPLE

    BUHARI CANNOT WIN BY GRACE OF ALLAH. CORRUPT GOVERNORS LIKE ADAMS, ROTIME, RABIU AND OTHERS ARE WITH HIM. HE SHOULD STOP DECEIVING HIMSELF AND NIGERIANS. HE CANNOT FIGHT CORRUPTION. ARAB COUNTRIES ARE BACKING BUHARI BECAUSE THEN WAN MUSLIM TO LEAD NIGERIA NOT CHRISTIAN.

    BUHARI HAS NOTING TO OFFER NIGERIAN. HE SHOULD GO AND REST. BUHARI IS THE HEAD OF BOKO HARAM. THEY ARE USING BOKO HARAM TO BLACKMAIL GET.

    BY GRACE OF ALLAH GEJ WILL WIN 2015 ELECTION.

    • checkmate

      YOU SOUND SO CHILDISH. KEEP YOUR SENTIMENTS AWAY AND VOTE FOR CHANGE. YOU WON’T REGRET IT.

  • warry

    Buhari symbolizes all that ruined Nigeria for 50years before GEJ. Lies, Ignorance, deceit, hypocrisy, illiteracy etc. What more proof does anybody need to show that corruption has been drastically reduced in an administration, other than successfully completing several projects!?
    Trains,Food production,Aurports,universities,schools,Roads,freedom of Expression, Electoral Reforms,Due process in Procurement, Banking reforms to suit emerging Technologies to check corruption, etc

  • Rommel

    Ehhhhhhh! Dele you don enter wahala! they will come after you with everything they have for attempting to voice the inevitable,the PDP hyenas will eat you raw,have courage my brother,have courage

    • Kimono

      na small small craze dey take start—and when craze don reach market place like internet, the thing dey difficult to cure.

  • .PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

    QUESTION..: Mr Buhari, you are very much welcome to the 2015 Presidential debate
    BOKOHARI.. : Thank you very much…but pls learn to refer to me as General Bokohari or Imam Bokohari. Ok?
    QUESTION.. : Ok! To start with, how old exactly are you? Bcos @ 80+ you don’t have a single white hair
    BOKOHARI.. : Look my prend, I am simply younger than Robert…As for the white hair, I use concentrated dye thrice per week.
    QUESTION.. : But why? Getting old is a gracious thing?
    BOKOHARI.. : Yes!…but these PDP people can use that against me. They are very dangerous you know…
    QUESTION…: Oh I see. Now let’s address a burning issue. Your certificates…where are they? Where is your certificate?
    BOKOHARI.. : Look my prend, Walahii I can spill blood here in the studio if you go there again…pls move to the next question.
    QUESTION.. : What’s your position on Boko haram?
    BOKOHARI.. : I have said it before, and I say it again, Imam Shekau is a good man. FG shud grant him amnesty like the Niger Delta fighters…he should get the same treatment

    QUESTION.. : But Mr Bokohari, oh sorry! General Bokohari, Shekau has killed too many & destroyed so much
    BOKOHARI.. : Who told you that lie? The streets are not soaked with blood yet.
    QUESTION.. : What is your position on Sharia…the cutting of limbs as punishment etc etc
    BOKOHARI.. : Let the Muslims bother about that. Is it your limbs that are cut? Let the muslims whose limbs are cut bother and not you.
    QUESTION.. : You arrested Fela bcos he sang a song that you did not like. You asked that he be beaten and thrown into jail. Do you regret that action?

    BOKOHARI.. : No. Not at all. My only regret is that I did not punish him well enough
    QUESTION.. : Gen Bokohari, just to test your mathematical skills, kindly tell us the answer to this question: 11 + 11 = ?
    BOKOHARI.. : Oh…that’s a simple one. The answer is 1111.
    QUESTION ..: Ladies & Gentlemen, may we now take a commercial break. The General’s answer has made our transmitters to begin to overheat. We’ll be back in a moment….

    • Alhassan Adamu

      Hmmmmm you have worked alot to come up with these ideas, but i am sure you will die with heart attack based on this hatred in your mine. February 14 2015 is a black day i am sure.

    • Kriss12.002

      Excellent! Pls more questions. Have ur transmitters recovered?

    • Babandum

      Grow up!

      • Factual

        Don’t mind him. He will never grow up just like Femi Fani Kayode. But they will regret it when it’s too late.

        • Whisky O’tega

          Regret?….U forgot that Jonathan’s oil & gas are immovable, inflammable and are resident resources? Keep dreaming. Miserable parasites.

          Instead of you to go start digging the ground in your regions looking for oil, you all lazy about on internet comment sections supporting the serial loser with reasons largely hinged on the banality of fear arising from the treat by Buhari. …Meanwhile the Igbos have long swung into action and have been seriously digging the ground in all the Eastern states and have struck oil in commercial quantities in Abia, Anambra and Enugu states.

          Stay on the internet to support aboki..and lets see what will come out of it. yeye fowl.

          • Factual

            Hahaha! What concern FFK with Jonathan’s oil & gas that Jonathan rely on him to concoct lies.

    • Otile

      This is excellent.

  • Sege

    “Education is the bedrock of any great nation. Any nation where you

    do
    not make education as priority, you are going to have glorified
    illiterate”.

    …………Dele Momodu

    • Badikko

      If I were u I ll not waste my time typing these blah 4 campaign, instead I ll show the electorate vividly what my champion has done for the past 6 years for him to be voted for again…but that’s for the matured minds anyway.

  • Sege 2015

    “Education is the bedrock of any great nation. Any nation where you
    do not make education as priority, you are going to have glorified illiterate”.

    …………Dele Momodu

    • Right of Reply

      “I am not surprised. This is Nigeria, if people are serious about this certificate issue;
      they ought to have listened to the legal adviser f INEC. This is the fourth time
      i’ll run for this office and INEC by law have got those documents. They (INEC)
      said they have got them. Anybody who has any different idea should go to court.
      They are now in court, let them remain there.”

      ……General Muhammadu Buhari

      [January 27th, 2015]

      • Investigator

        DID GENERAL BUHARI TELL LIES ON OATH ON WAEC CERTIFICATE?

        The question till now is whether Buhari lied in his INEC Form that he sat
        for the WAEC examination and obtained a WASC certificate. That’s the question.
        Buhari has throughout his life and up till today refused to answer it with proof.
        In 1962, he intentionally evaded to answer this simple question on Army records.

        In 2014, he declined to answer it when confronted by APC party screening Committee.
        The law gave him til 18th December, 2014 to submit to INEC his CF001 Eligibilty Form,
        and to mandatorily attach a copy of the academic certificate he claims to have obtained.

        Buhari wrote WASC but he did not attach any copy of a valid WASC certificate.
        Instead of attaching a copy, Buhari swore an affidavit saying his claimed WASC
        certificate or and copies of it are with the Secretary to Nigeria’s Military Board.

        On January 20th, the Army Board testified denying custody of any certificate.
        All Buhari did in 1962, said the Army, was just to orally state his qualifications,
        upon which he was commissioned as army officer, just based on belief.

        • Investigator

          ……..DID BUHARI TELL LIES ON OATH ON WAEC CERTIFICATE?

          Till today, that is all the evidence Buhari can depend on to prove his eligibility.
          Buhari cannot rely on Katsina State’s Provincial School Statement of Result,
          because a Statement of Result is not a certificate, or, is it valid after 52 years
          when a certificate is conclusively presumed to have been issued overriding it.

          Buhari thus did not comply with the Electoral Law’s deadline of 18th December.
          Worse than that, Evidence Law bars him from ever refuting the Nigerian Army.
          Buhari is therefore ineligible to contest February’s 2015 presidential election.

          • A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if he has
          presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

          ……SECTION 137 (1) 1999 CONSTITUTION

    • paul eneke

      My grouse about you people that are anti-Buhari ,is that ,you ‘ll also benefit positively from his governance.Its could be likened to a falling rain, that falls on both good and bad people.We are all Nigerians,am sure most Jonathanians are not getting anything from his government,if you want to be sincere with yourself,are you better- off now? as very few benefits from mis-rule and bad government and am sure you are not one of them! Think again

    • fresh15

      When Buhari was the head of state,how many schools did he build?

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        He renovated Prisons and pushed in more Yoruba politicians and activists many of whom later died of the effects of his inhuman incarcerations.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    The truth is that Nigerians will not swap their hard earned democratic freedoms just to satisfy the derelict ambitions of a near senile brutal ex-tyrant.
    Buhari represents the horrible past which we all wish to forget,he and the other APC sadists whose quest for power outweigh the democratic progress of our nation will once more be rejected overwhelmingly.
    Dele,you are a joke !!

    BUHARI,WHERE IS YOUR BIRTH-CERTIFICATE ?……………………………….NONE

    BUHARI,WHERE IS YOUR WASC-CERTIFICATE ?……………………………….NONE

    BUHARI,COME FOR CONFERENCE IN THE USA………………………..NO

    BUHARI COME FOR DEBATE IN NIGERIA……………………………………NO

    What is Buhari running from ?

    Why is Buhari dodging,the man cannot address a crowd for more than 5 minutes especially when he is out of his comfort zone ie when not speaking Hausa !!

    • Deltans

      “CHEI!!! SEE THE SUPPORT BUHARI IS GETTING ALL OVER WITH ALL THE LIES AGAINST HIM” -GEJ

      • Gideon Orkar

        GMB is a coward hence why he is running from a mere debate

        • Deltans

          The First coward ran away from the Debate in 2011. Where were you then? In the creeks drinking ogogoro, I guess.

    • Salisu

      He will attend eep and only eep the sessions will be in Hausa language/

    • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

      Caught between the iceberg of possible defeat and the tempest of certain shame, this is crunch time for President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. With the economy unhinged, the naira in a free-fall and his approval rating plunging barely three weeks to the presidential polls, it is clear something is about to give in the world’s most populous black nation.

      In 2011, the pan-Nigerian formation at his disposal aided him in clinching the presidential trophy, how ironic that the regiment behind Mr President now consists mostly of dubious contractors and political mendicants. Back in 2010, a broad coalition from across the nation’s divides had gathered at Aso Rock to champion GEJ’s coronation as acting president, following the eventual incapacitation of Yar’Adua, invoking the spirit of the law. By raising their voices and standing to be counted for what was just then, those citizens no doubt helped in large measure to give patriotism its true meaning.

      Today, the big tragedy is that from those lofty overtones of 2010/2011, agitation for GEJ’s re-election is increasingly hijacked by the likes of Edwin Clark, Tompolo and Asari Dokubo with their bankrupt idea that the national yardstick for leadership selection and recruitment in the twenty-first century be determined only by base clannish consideration, even after their kinsman had convincingly failed the preliminary aptitude test.

      Drunk on new-found power, Asari and his cohorts swooped on Yenagoa last weekend and openly threatened to levy war on Nigeria should Jonathan lose the February 14 poll. They spoke after meeting with Governor Seriake Dickson at the Government House, in sheer contempt of the much-trumpeted anti-violence pact signed two weeks ago by political parties. Characteristically, Mr President looks the other way. No less confounding also is the DSS’ loud silence so far. Like bullies, its operatives appear adept only at showing strength over hapless members of the opposition.

      Of course, these overfed political hirelings are only looking for what to eat. Their worry actually is the sustenance of obscene contracts and other mouth-watering largesse they are getting from Abuja. So, they cannot possibly be speaking for the generality of Niger Delta people who, just like other Nigerians, are at the receiving end of Jonathan’s fumbling and wobbling.

      Now, GEJ’s new fair-weather friends want to show their own love is greater than the unconditional national brotherhood shown him in 2010 or the pan-Nigerian solidarity of 2011. Unable to sustain the argument of logic further, they have resorted to hurling personal abuse or issuing threats like ill-bred motor-park touts (apology GEJ).

      But they miss the point. Before a global audience in Turkey in January 2011, Jonathan had hinted he would do only a term. As editor-in-chief of a national newspaper then, this writer recalls that it was the lead story in most national dailies on February 1, 2011. It helped to finally disarm some northern agitators who had mounted a vociferous campaign that one of their own be allowed to fly PDP’s flag in the pending presidential polls in view of “Yar’Adua’s right to two terms”.

      Having enjoyed fifteen months of the four years of Yar’Adua’s first term, GEJ pleaded for four more years, if only to write his own name in gold. If granted, he boasted that his focus would be to make blackouts history in Nigeria. His exact words: “If I’m voted into power, within the next four years, the issue of power will become a thing of the past. Four years is enough for anyone in power to make significant improvement and if I can’t improve on power within this period, it then means I cannot do anything even if I’m there for the next four years.”

      For the avoidance of doubt, he ruled out the possibility of Nigerians in Diaspora participating directly in the voting exercise of 2011: “I would have loved that the Nigerians in Diaspora vote this year. But to be frank with you, that is going to be difficult now. Presently, the law does not allow voting outside Nigeria and so this year Nigerians in Diaspora will not vote but I will work towards it by 2015 even though I WILL NOT BE RUNNING FOR ELECTION” (emphasis is mine).

      Against this weighty backdrop, that GEJ could still keep a straight face today and be gallivanting all over the land asking for a renewal of his tenancy at Aso Rock could only mean two things: a contemptuous assumption the nation is condemned to amnesia or he sees no shame in not keeping his word . But what defines a man is honour. The most elementary measure of a man’s honour is the weight his own very word carries.

      To be sure, newspaper reports of GEJ’s Turkey declaration would certainly not have become an issue now had he delivered on his own self-assigned priority: power and security. Weighed against the resources and opportunities available, the hard truth is GEJ has failed woefully on both counts. Today, power supply remains epileptic with all Nigerians sentenced to pay more for darkness.

      Under Jonathan’s watch, we have been treated to some funny coinages like GENCOS ((Generation Companies) now humorously pronounced as GECKOS) and DISCOS (Distribution Companies) in the name of liberalising the power sector. But like everything, the devil has been in the details. Public assets as well as the commanding heights of this critical sector have only ended up mostly in the hands of GEJ’s cronies with little or no clue on how the sector should be run. They are often the first to announce multi-billion naira donations at any fund-raiser hosted by their benefactor. As Edo governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, recently put it, “Nigerians will never have power as long as PDP remains in power… And when PDP said they would be in office for sixty years, I am sure they meant to say sixteen years.”

      Today, the mess in the power sector is perhaps only equalled by the bungling of national security. Whereas the Nigeria GEJ took over in May 2010 boasted of 774 councils. Today, close to thirty of those territories are being occupied by insurgents, with their dark, blood-stained flag fluttering defiantly. Over 200 Chibok girls are yet to be accounted for under GEJ’s watch. While it is true that Boko Haram took inspiration from the global terror order, the truth that still needs to be admitted is that the Nigerian variant has metastasised largely on account of official impotence. While it is now so convenient to accuse our ill-equipped soldiers of running away from battles with the rampaging insurgents, what is often added in hushed tones, perhaps out of charity, is that the nation itself is left to endure the shame of a runaway commander-in-chief.
      CRIMINAL COPY.
      Again, whereas the national navy is starved of funds, its statutory duty has been outsourced to a known thug at a jaw-dropping fee. Perhaps, the only area where presidential competence has so far been demonstrated was in neatly loading millions of dollars, sack after sack, into a rented jet on the way to secure arms from the black market in South Africa.

      So, Asari and co need be reminded the case against Jonathan is not personal. It is about changing a model that does not work and stave off national haemorrhage inflicted by thieving incompetence. Those who have had personal interactions with Mr President are often quick to attest his good nature. But the guy you engage in the debauchery of beer and banter in a pub is not usually the type you need to think up fresh ideas to drive changes in the boardroom. In fact, last week, a joke gained currency in the social media. It goes thus: “If you insist PDP must return in 2015, then also pray that God should run your life the way Jonathan is running Nigeria.”

      In the final analysis, GEJ may be left with a consolation prize after all. If his party loses the February 14 polls as all indicators now clearly suggest, he can at least return to his native Otuoke with this epithet: the first sitting president to lose an election and took his fate like a man.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Aboki, your English is so poor that you cannot make an independent comment that is not at based on obscenities,you keep cutting and pasting rubbish . It is not late to go back to school else you may suffer the same fate as tyrant Buhari who hates certificates !

        • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

          CRIMINAL 419ER YAHOO YAHOO SCAMMER.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            You are at it again? obscenities galore !

          • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

            419ER, CRIMINAL FRAUDSTER.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Why do you reject western education ? You keep repeating the same bytes because you cannot communicate . It is not too late to go back to school,leave that forest,drop your rusty AK47 and you will be glad you did so. At least you will not be afraid of showing your certificate like the old tyrant who you support !!

          • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

            CRIMINAL BASTARRD 419ER INTERNET FRAUDSTER.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Aboki,still repeating the same bytes ? Go try the unity schools,you only need a score of 2 to enrol !!

          • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

            BASTARRD CRIMINAL 419ER ARMED ROBBER, SLAVE OF THE DEVIL SATAN JESUS CHRIST. YOU WORTH THESE WORDS ONLY IN THE WHOLE OF YOUR IGBO STATUS.

  • Shuaibu Bola Victor

    Dele Momodu is a joker. You know Dele Momodu has remained a comic character in all his social and political engagements. He tends to be more ironic than real. To reveal the secret, Dele Momodu was ironically mocking and celebrating Buhari’s failure.
    He knows quite well that Buhari has lost already but because of the friendship ties between them, he is under obligation to fulfill the formality.
    So, believe you me, Momodu was in his usual outing when he made that statement.

    GEJ till 2019.

  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    Caught between the iceberg of possible defeat and the tempest of certain shame, this is crunch time for President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. With the economy unhinged, the naira in a free-fall and his approval rating plunging barely three weeks to the presidential polls, it is clear something is about to give in the world’s most populous black nation.

    In 2011, the pan-Nigerian formation at his disposal aided him in clinching the presidential trophy, how ironic that the regiment behind Mr President now consists mostly of dubious contractors and political mendicants. Back in 2010, a broad coalition from across the nation’s divides had gathered at Aso Rock to champion GEJ’s coronation as acting president, following the eventual incapacitation of Yar’Adua, invoking the spirit of the law. By raising their voices and standing to be counted for what was just then, those citizens no doubt helped in large measure to give patriotism its true meaning.

    Today, the big tragedy is that from those lofty overtones of 2010/2011, agitation for GEJ’s re-election is increasingly hijacked by the likes of Edwin Clark, Tompolo and Asari Dokubo with their bankrupt idea that the national yardstick for leadership selection and recruitment in the twenty-first century be determined only by base clannish consideration, even after their kinsman had convincingly failed the preliminary aptitude test.

    Drunk on new-found power, Asari and his cohorts swooped on Yenagoa last weekend and openly threatened to levy war on Nigeria should Jonathan lose the February 14 poll. They spoke after meeting with Governor Seriake Dickson at the Government House, in sheer contempt of the much-trumpeted anti-violence pact signed two weeks ago by political parties. Characteristically, Mr President looks the other way. No less confounding also is the DSS’ loud silence so far. Like bullies, its operatives appear adept only at showing strength over hapless members of the opposition.

    Of course, these overfed political hirelings are only looking for what to eat. Their worry actually is the sustenance of obscene contracts and other mouth-watering largesse they are getting from Abuja. So, they cannot possibly be speaking for the generality of Niger Delta people who, just like other Nigerians, are at the receiving end of Jonathan’s fumbling and wobbling.

    Now, GEJ’s new fair-weather friends want to show their own love is greater than the unconditional national brotherhood shown him in 2010 or the pan-Nigerian solidarity of 2011. Unable to sustain the argument of logic further, they have resorted to hurling personal abuse or issuing threats like ill-bred motor-park touts (apology GEJ).

    But they miss the point. Before a global audience in Turkey in January 2011, Jonathan had hinted he would do only a term. As editor-in-chief of a national newspaper then, this writer recalls that it was the lead story in most national dailies on February 1, 2011. It helped to finally disarm some northern agitators who had mounted a vociferous campaign that one of their own be allowed to fly PDP’s flag in the pending presidential polls in view of “Yar’Adua’s right to two terms”.

    Having enjoyed fifteen months of the four years of Yar’Adua’s first term, GEJ pleaded for four more years, if only to write his own name in gold. If granted, he boasted that his focus would be to make blackouts history in Nigeria. His exact words: “If I’m voted into power, within the next four years, the issue of power will become a thing of the past. Four years is enough for anyone in power to make significant improvement and if I can’t improve on power within this period, it then means I cannot do anything even if I’m there for the next four years.”

    For the avoidance of doubt, he ruled out the possibility of Nigerians in Diaspora participating directly in the voting exercise of 2011: “I would have loved that the Nigerians in Diaspora vote this year. But to be frank with you, that is going to be difficult now. Presently, the law does not allow voting outside Nigeria and so this year Nigerians in Diaspora will not vote but I will work towards it by 2015 even though I WILL NOT BE RUNNING FOR ELECTION” (emphasis is mine).

    Against this weighty backdrop, that GEJ could still keep a straight face today and be gallivanting all over the land asking for a renewal of his tenancy at Aso Rock could only mean two things: a contemptuous assumption the nation is condemned to amnesia or he sees no shame in not keeping his word . But what defines a man is honour. The most elementary measure of a man’s honour is the weight his own very word carries.

    To be sure, newspaper reports of GEJ’s Turkey declaration would certainly not have become an issue now had he delivered on his own self-assigned priority: power and security. Weighed against the resources and opportunities available, the hard truth is GEJ has failed woefully on both counts. Today, power supply remains epileptic with all Nigerians sentenced to pay more for darkness.

    Under Jonathan’s watch, we have been treated to some funny coinages like GENCOS ((Generation Companies) now humorously pronounced as GECKOS) and DISCOS (Distribution Companies) in the name of liberalising the power sector. But like everything, the devil has been in the details. Public assets as well as the commanding heights of this critical sector have only ended up mostly in the hands of GEJ’s cronies with little or no clue on how the sector should be run. They are often the first to announce multi-billion naira donations at any fund-raiser hosted by their benefactor. As Edo governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, recently put it, “Nigerians will never have power as long as PDP remains in power… And when PDP said they would be in office for sixty years, I am sure they meant to say sixteen years.”

    Today, the mess in the power sector is perhaps only equalled by the bungling of national security. Whereas the Nigeria GEJ took over in May 2010 boasted of 774 councils. Today, close to thirty of those territories are being occupied by insurgents, with their dark, blood-stained flag fluttering defiantly. Over 200 Chibok girls are yet to be accounted for under GEJ’s watch. While it is true that Boko Haram took inspiration from the global terror order, the truth that still needs to be admitted is that the Nigerian variant has metastasised largely on account of official impotence. While it is now so convenient to accuse our ill-equipped soldiers of running away from battles with the rampaging insurgents, what is often added in hushed tones, perhaps out of charity, is that the nation itself is left to endure the shame of a runaway commander-in-chief.

    Again, whereas the national navy is starved of funds, its statutory duty has been outsourced to a known thug at a jaw-dropping fee. Perhaps, the only area where presidential competence has so far been demonstrated was in neatly loading millions of dollars, sack after sack, into a rented jet on the way to secure arms from the black market in South Africa.

    So, Asari and co need be reminded the case against Jonathan is not personal. It is about changing a model that does not work and stave off national haemorrhage inflicted by thieving incompetence. Those who have had personal interactions with Mr President are often quick to attest his good nature. But the guy you engage in the debauchery of beer and banter in a pub is not usually the type you need to think up fresh ideas to drive changes in the boardroom. In fact, last week, a joke gained currency in the social media. It goes thus: “If you insist PDP must return in 2015, then also pray that God should run your life the way Jonathan is running Nigeria.”

    In the final analysis, GEJ may be left with a consolation prize after all. If his party loses the February 14 polls as all indicators now clearly suggest, he can at least return to his native Otuoke with this epithet: the first sitting president to lose an election and took his fate like a man.

  • Philex

    Dele Momodu said Buhari will win by a landslide. Incidentally, this projection is rather kind to the ruling party compared to Fani-Kayode’s verdict on the chances of the PDP. This is what FFK said less than a year ago:

    “The APC, with the support of the PDP dissidents, will form the next Federal Government of Nigeria. That is the way to go. PDP as we once knew her has gone forever. The ship has hit the rocks and she has sunk to the bottom of the sea. She is dead and buried and my prayer is that her soul rests in perfect peace”.
    This is what Fani-Kayode said just last year, so it might be appropriate for Dele Momodu to review his position accordingly to reflect the severity of the disaster facing the PDP and its candidate.

    • What Others Said of APC

      WHAT APC MEMBERS SAID ABOUT BOKOHRI
      =====================================

      “…I don’t believe a man running for the president of Nigeria and not the Emir-ship of Katsina should not have the needed flexibility. To be a good leader, you have to be accommodating …” —- Bola Tinubu (After power sharing deal with Buhari failed in 2011. However Tinubu capitulated after Buhari threatened to spill blood. )

      “…Mallam El-Rufai wishes to remind General Buhari that he has remained perpetually unelectable because his record as military head of state, and afterwards, is a warning that many Nigerians have wisely heeded. His insensitivity to Nigeria’s diversity and his parochial focus are already well-known…” —- Mallam El-Rufai

      “…A 57yr old is too old to rule, …If you put an old man there, he cannot do it. If you call him in the night, he may not pick your calls,”
      —Babatunde Fashola
      The above statement was made by Fashola to discredit the PDP Lagos Governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje…But Fashola’s party’s presidential candidate is a 78yr old Buhari with no basic education certificate as required by the constitution.

      • Philex

        This is another one to remind you of how low your boss has sunk. Just less than a few weeks before his shameless summersault, this is what your turncoat of a boss said:

        “Mr. President has failed woefully to protect the lives and property of the Nigerian people and no responsible, self-respecting and rational human being, including those that consider themselves to be his officials and friends, should fail to admit this or should shy away from telling him.”

        Incidentally, your paymaster now happens to be one of the “officials and friends” of the president. I hope he is practicing what he preached.

        • True Nigerian

          Hilarious! No wonder he has been dwelling on Buhari’s certificate – he knows that almost anything else he says will have been contradicted by something else he said in the past.

    • True Nigerian

      Hahahahahaha! Oh dear Jonathan! What a President! How did he come to the decision to appoint FFK as the face of his campaign! It’s such a shame!

  • Comfortkay

    Bob Dee thank you for the excellent interview am sure the PDP fans will want to wash everything you said down. You said it all if l have to choose between Jonathan and Buhari me and my house will go for Buhari.
    JONATHAN HAS LOST HIS GOODLUCK.

  • Encore

    “Education is the bedrock of any great nation. Any nation where you do NOT
    make education as priority, you are going to have glorified illiterate”.

    …………Dele Momodu

    • I go die O!

      • A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if he has
      presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

      ……SECTION 137 (1) 1999 CONSTITUTION

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Buhari never built one school to his name both as President and PTF boss.The tyrant believes in the entitlement culture and preferential treatment for his tribe mentality,lest we forget,Buhari was a colonel in 1980 and a Major General in 1983,he did not need any special achievement for that because he is Fulani !!

  • Change for the Worse

    Buhari landslide: Another malaria induced dream

  • fresh15

    One thing is that so many people have lost sense of judgement.No body can tell me that Jonathan’s administration has not made positive impacts in most of the sectors of the economy considering their deplorable state before he assumed office.If Buhari is voted in,he will not be capable of achieving anything but will be controlled by those PDP ‘waste baskets’.That will not happen,GEJ should be re-elected to continue his good job.

    • Ukpaka

      I think you have reached the 7-daily-online-posts to collect your meagre N500.00. You can now stop shouting. You can go back and glance at your previous posts……they all show sign of fear and panic. If you feel GEJ has done well and most people believe so, then you don’t have to waste your time bashing Buhari.

  • Joe

    Voting for Buhari is like reversing the Nigerian nation 15years backward. The Buhari of yesteryears is not the Buhari of today and I believe there is something in Buhari the south west have seen or perceived that ordinary people can not see, if not, I do not see the reason for the seemly support the Buhari is getting from the south west. Ordinarily, south west should be the first group of people to kick against the inadequencies found in Buhari’s registration because they have been the beacon of enlightenment in Nigeria, but surprisingly, they are supporting the lack if certificates of Buhari. Was there anything the south west are knows that the rest of Nigerians do not know about the man Buhari. South west were the most brutalized by Buhari’s military regime, followed by south east, but the sudden love south west have for Buhari in this 21st century passed human understanding. The hate for Jonathan is beyond corruption, economy and security. All the sponsors of Buhari’s campaign are corrupt, in fact the houses, the cars, the clothes and even the tv and bed they use are in bondage crying for deliverance. Yes, insecurity is alarming particularly in the north east, but the political killings that has being a tradition or norm in the previous regimes are non existent in this government.

    • fresh15

      The south westerners are supporting Buhari because he picked his vice from there.Blind south westerners!.

      • Benson Idahosa

        Why do you write and reply yourself? I know you are paid for all these. But you give things away too easily, and you make a mess of your payment from the 20 Billion Naira Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Chop when you write and you reply yourself this cheaply!!!

      • Separate Us…

        We will regain our sight in 2 weeks bro,n u forgot same southwest made him the president,ur doing more harm than good to ur pay master

    • Ukpaka

      How can you claim to know Buhari when you barely know yourself. Who are you to lecture the entire South West about Buhari? What pedigree do you base your advice on?
      You think you’re better than INEC?.
      Instead of being so concerned about Buhari’s certificate, you should worry about incoherent sentences and misspellings and other blunders you just made in your comment. Fix yourself and be a better person before you worry about somebody’s problem. Fix yourself before you wreck yourself Mr. Joe!
      If you’re a GEJ’s supporter, advise him to run a campaign based on issues…not looking for somebody to disqualify. You go to a game prepared to win, not hoping your opponent gets disqualified. You can’t get far in life with “good luck” alone.

  • fresh15

    Jonathan will surely defeat Buhari because Nigerians know who is capable.

    • Benson Idahosa

      Which Nigerians? You mean the few to be bribed by the 20 Billion Naira Goodluck Jonathan Stomach Infrastructure?

  • Shuaibu Bola Victor

    Dele Momodu is a joker. You know Dele Momodu has remained a comic
    character in all his social and political engagements. He tends to be
    more ironic than real. To reveal the secret, Dele Momodu was ironically
    mocking and celebrating Buhari’s failure.
    He knows quite well that
    Buhari has lost already but because of the friendship ties between them,
    he is under obligation to fulfill the formality.
    So, believe you me, Momodu was in his usual outing when he made that statement.

    GEJ till 2019.

  • Dele Momodu is a sick man with bipolar.

    • Benson Idahosa

      And you? What are you sick of? Too much Ogogoro? Just asking.

      • Goatahari wot is ur problem? 4got 2 take ur medication 4 dementia & foolishness?Benson Idahosa indeed u 4got ur useless name,Mr goatahari.

        • Benson Idahosa

          How many buckets of Ogogoro did you just drink in one hour? How many? Tell us!!! Dis ting will kill you oooo. You better stop taking it. You can see how you have become an imbecile and incoherent. Dis ogogoro is just bad! Take it easy bro!

          • Are u 4 real or just another pedophile who like 2 marry a 9years old girl.mumu man,

    • Ukpaka

      You sound like an angry man. When you have nothing to contribute, insult flies first. You point a finger at somebody, 4 fingers point back to you. Open your mind. If you disagree with him, let us know why. If you have nothing constructive to add, just move over.

  • Dunamis

    Cumyn from a failed presidential aspirant, a GEK administration critic. Your opinion hold no water. GEJ till 2019

  • tyson

    Look at a man who could not raise the flag of late Chief Gani—in a presidential race–talking like a cloned APC Night Soil Man—If Jonathan fails its not because he did not do better than any president in Nigeria–its because of the region that he hails from period—How can a sane journalist claim a man who could not even produce his primary school certificate–forged his secodnary cert–become hoisted as the winner of an election—Nigeria would be made the laughing stock of the world should Buhari scale through the election with the aid of Jeg his Fulani brother–

    • Arabakpura

      Jonathan is his own nemesis! There are so many competent men from his region who would have done a far better job even without PHD. He squandered all the goodwill deposited at his door step by providence. Some people are not routing for GMB for any other reason but for the disappointment shown by Jonathan. If I were him I would have hidden my PHD degree for it is like a sore thumb rubbing his personality of some goodwill . I have no tear for him.

  • Arabakpura

    GMB winning by a landslide is looking as simple as APC by the day!

  • Jaspa Matanga

    Dele Momodu is obviously suffering from ebola fever induced day dreams. Electrons are not won by news media propaganda, yellow journalism, gara-gara, grand standing or wishful thinking otherwise Fayemi of Ekiti State would not be licking his wounds now with Aregbesola soon to join him. Dele Momodu lost out in his bid to become Jonathan’s Special Assistant on media. Since then he has obsessively abused, pilloried, stigmatised and vilified Jonathan to no end. What a demonised loser. I expect Dele Momodu to commit suicide when Jonathan wins the presidential elections in February because God will never allow any man to share his glory so He will shame all those playing gods in Nigeria now.

  • Alcindo Satori

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!! I dey laugh ooohhhhhhh!!! How is this news worthy? Like Marco Rubio saying a Republican will win the election. Duh! What do you expect?

  • Wisdom-Ivo Gideon Ifeanacho O.

    Mr Dele please can u tell us the yardstick with which u used in making ur opinion? because it is clear to all and sundry that GEJ will be returned elected giving the statistics on ground.. or may be I should remind u that elections are not won on the pages of news papers..

  • taiwo

    Premuim una get time well well,seems you have nothing better to do with your time than granting interview to a loud mouthed fat boy that cannot manage his weight,Presidential candidate indeed you think Nigeria is ovation magazine

  • Garden-City Boy

    Well, everybody knows about this super-inflated bat that calls himself Dele Momodu, for whom he is…….an inveterate Jonathan hater. We know how he litters the “This Day” newspaper with his toxic trash. This is a man whose name is DELE and then MOMODU. Not proud of his spineless Ishan heritage, this man manifests the lowest of self-esteems, choosing the unworthy option of assimilation under a Yoruba umbrella. What do they call the donkey horse crossbreed…..mule?

    • PH

      Wow! Your apt description of Dele Momodu reminds me of one dele Awogbeoba….both spineless Ishans.

  • tyson

    n 2011, when I became President by the grace of God and the votes of Nigerians, I promised the Southeastern region of Nigeria that I would ensure that my administration gives them an international airport.

    This promise was fulfilled to the glory of God and the benefit of humanity on the 24th of August 2013 when an Ethiopian Airlines flight made the first international commercial flight landing at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu.

    Since that day, international flights have been regular from that airport and God willing, this will continue in perpetuity.
    No longer will the people of the Southeast have to spend upwards of 50,000 Naira on connecting flights to Port Harcourt, Lagos, Abuja, or Kano before connecting internationally. We are working hard to encourage more airlines to originate their international route because of the high volume of traffic.

    This administration did not stop there. Knowing that the people of the Southeast were commercially inclined, we are also upgrading the Sam Mbakwe airport Owerri, which has been designated an International Cargo Airport.
    Inclusivity is the watchword of this administration and no zone will be left behind on our journey of transformation

    • Advocate

      PRESIDENT GOODLUCK “I WILL” JONATHAN IN 2015, AFTER SIX YEARS IS CAMPAIGNING AS IF HE WAS STILL IN 2011!!!

  • tyson

    Even If Buhari Picks the Pope as Running Mate. He Will Not Get Our Vote.

    Former military dictator, Maj General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) picked Save Nigeria Group (SNG) Convener Pastor Tunde Bakare as his running mate in the 2011 presidential election and I was not moved. This time, he has picked another Pastor, Yemi Osibanjo and my decision remains the same. I will not vote for Buhari and I have my reasons based on facts of our nation’s past.

    Pa Buhari (73) is a great man in his own right and I respect him as an elder statesman. But as far as a democracy is concerned in this digital age and time, Buhari is not the best that Nigeria has to offer.

    Abuse of power is the worst form of corruption in leadership. Buhari abused power when he was military Head of State. He stole $2.8Billion as Oil Ministers and Misappropriated nearly N40billion in PTF, buying fake drugs that sent 1000s of Nigerians to untimely grave.

    When Buhari seized power, he threw Alex Ekwueme into prison in KiriKiri and kept Shehu Shagari under house arrest. How do you explain such double standards?

    During Buhari, journalists were brutalized, hushed and muzzled. Tunde Thompson and Nduka Irabor were jailed under the evil laws of the Buhari regime.

    During the Buhari regime, 53 suitcases were smuggled into the country at a time the nation’s borders were closed because of the change in the colour of the national currency in 1984. Have we forgotten?

    Under Buhari’s regime, there was a law against 18 year olds going to Hajj. Tunde Idiagbon took his 14 year old son to Hajj and nothing happened.

    Lawal Ojuolape, Benard Ogedengbe and Bartholomew Owoh; these three men were ordered to be executed by Buhari under a retroactive decree for the crime of drug trafficking which didn’t carry a death penalty wen they committed the crime.

    The late Tai Solarin was imprisoned and refused treatment for his asthma by this same Buhari.

    Secretary General of the ruling NPN Uba Ahmed who was Buhari’s tribesman was arrested at the airport only to be released on Buhari’s orders and allowed to fly out of the country.

    Buhari, like IBB and Abdusalami Abubakar treated the Oputa Panel with disdain. He refused to show up at the panel.

    I will not vote for Buhari in 2011; not even if he picks the Pope as his running mate.

    • Advocate

      BROKEN RECORD CRAP!!

      >>>>>>FEBHUARI2015>>>>>

  • Don

    There will be no landslide in this election the way it is going. It is too close to call. google naijasportscrib for sports. i just did.

  • Peter Irene

    It is obvious that Jonathan cannot win this election. Buhari will show him a red card. Where will Jonathan win? He has already lost the southwest including Edo state say the old west minus Delta. The North Naturally is not for him. They will go for their man. The South East alone and South South that are already sounding war drums cannot return him to Aso rock in a free and fair election. If election is not free and fair then that is another matter for Nigerians to deal with. We have suffered for 16 years with nothing to show for it. This country need an incorruptible man who would not falsify his asset declaration form or acquire stupendous wealth in a sort period of time.That Honest man is Buhari. A majority of Nigerians will vote for him no matter what a few will say.

  • tyson

    “The grounds on which General Buhari is being promoted as the alternative choice are not only shaky, but pitifully naive. History matters. Records are not kept simply to assist the weakness of memory, but to operate as guides to the future.
    Prof. Wole Soyinka

    Those with “calcified memory” who are turning History on its head by revising it and painting a villain like Buhari in glowing terms are destroying the future of Nigeria and its peoples. They are essentially saying that it does not matter how crooked and criminally tendentious you are in your trajectory you could still be rewarded with leadership position. It means an Ibrahim Babangida, if young and healthy enough, able to buy the press and engineer an effective propaganda to spread falsehood, could come back and rule Nigeria tomorrow. It means that a Sanni Abacha, if he was alive and well, and able to do the same, could come back and rule Nigeria. It means that all the things we teach our children – the difference between evil and good – mean nothing. It then portends that very soon, we will be grabbing armed robbers and assassins from the streets to rule over us!

    • timothy

      You finished writing garbage, thinking through your anus, then you graded yourself!!! ah!

      • evi

        It is garbage to you because like your result forger quota system general, buhari,that is going senile, you don’t value education,that is why you are celebrating ignorance, lawlessness and every sordid thing buhari is known for.Even a cleaner looking for a job is asked to bring copies of credentials and originals for sighting, how much more someone that wants to be president of a complex country like nigeria. Who does buhari think he is? What message are we passing to the younger generation? That education is not important? That anybody vying for any post can simply swear affidavit and no questions should be asked? You guys are treading a dangerous path and need to retrace your steps quickky.

        • kudirat

          Thank you evi, well spoken and may God bless you for standing by the truth and also the grace to continually stand by the truth always. Well spoken!

          • evi

            Thanks,May God Bless you too!

        • Advocate

          evi, kudirat et al.. YOUR GENERATION IS SO TRAUMATISED THAT YOU DON’T KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG. IN OTHER WORDS, YOUR MORAL COMPASS IS WARPED. DONT WORRY CHANGE IS COMING. THINGS WILL BE SET RIGHT ONCE AGAIN. >>>>>FEBUHARI2015>>>>>

      • kudirat

        Timothy Buhari’s e-rat can’t people be free to have their own views on issues without you people attacking them? This is the character of your sponsors, they can’t give people freedom to make their choice without been attacked or intimidated. God will be expose you all. My fellow truthful tyson thanks for the eye opener and may God give you the power to continually stand by the truth.

      • Clear Water

        Just leave them to continue their trash postings. They will have heart attack in a few days time when Buhari will win with a landslide.

    • Advocate

      “PDP IS POLITICALLY TRYING TO DISQUALIFY A FORMIDABLE OPPONENT THIS TIME BY INVENTING AND TWISTING A LEGAL TECHNICALITY. LEAVE BUHARI’S SSCE QUALIFICATION TO INEC, OR AT BEST THE PEOPLE. FOR A MAN WITH CERTIFICATION FROM THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS WAR COLLEGE IN THE WORLD, THE EQUIVALENT OF A MASTERS DEGREE IN THE U.S. TO BE PROJECTED AS ILLITERATE IS MAKING US A LAUGHING STOCK TO THE WORLD, WHILE MILLIONS OF OUR COUNTRY MEN SUFFER UNDER THE CRUSHING WEIGHT OF CORRUPTION AND MISGOVERNANCE.

      THE FEEBLENESS OF OUR MINDS IS INDEED AN AFRICAN TRAGEDY” – kudos to logmein2tonite

  • Frances Jini

    I believe in you GEJ

  • anneedu

    Jonathan has already won

    • timothy

      ah! what did you take, drink, smoke or sniff?

  • kudirat

    Oga Ovation look who is talking, how many poor people are in your magazine? Is your magazine not made for the elite? How many lifes have you affected if not only to show? You talk about governance, can you govern only ikeja in lagos without choes? Not to talk about a country that you and your fellow APC members in disguise are making un-governable. Since your magazine is not making wave again, u want to pitch your tent with Buhari hoping he wins so you can come back to lime light and criminally sell off Nigeria like your brother Uncle Tinubu. But my Prayers is God will expose you all and Nigerians says NO. GEJ till 2019!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Advocate

      OMG, FFK HAS GONE AND RECRUITED SEVERAL UNINFORMED IMMATURE JUVENILE DELINQUENT E-RATS SELLING THEIR FUTURE FOR A FEW CHANGE. THE POOR QUALITY OF EDUCATION SYSTEM TODAY IS GEJ’S FAULT. SHAME

      • kudirat

        The poor education will give your so called Mr integrity without a certificate the opportunity to go to school and have an original certificate, at least it has also provided adult education. All you fraudsters that was recruited as APC e-rats are so into your fraud that you think everyone is fraudulent like you.

        • Advocate

          YOU ARE REALLY MAKING SENSE????

          • kudirat

            Thank God you now realise. The agricultural sector is there with all those corruption of people eating money given to others for fertiliser been address. Will give you more when this goes down well in your brain.

  • olamide martins

    This guy definitely smoked pot to make such baseless comment, he is just seeking recognition. How on earth will jonathan lose this election and of all people to buhari

    • Clear Water

      It will be like film show to you. Wait, feBuhari 14th is upon us

      • kudirat

        Upon only you and your household dirty water.

      • Bio

        Gutter water,please give Bokohari little to drink, he is tasty and it will clear his drowning voice. No Vacancy.

    • Titi

      keep dreaming

      • Bio

        Like you have be Dreaming all the while.

    • Separate Us…

      Gej should be in distance 10 out of 14,but we will never get it right in Nigeria…….Just like i said 4 yrs ago that Rebadu would make a better president,here we r again……..Anybody but Gej please!!!

  • Ahmed usman

    Mr man your existence is inconsequential, we refuse to recognize you and your pitiful assumption. tell them to give you an overdose of what ever they gave you cos this dose isn’t working at all.

  • Ani Arinzona

    GEJ is a man who have the passion to transformed our our country by 1> Established of Nigeria sovereign wealth fund. 2> special bail out to Bank. 3>. Establishment of the asset management company of Nigeria. 4> Strengthening the Nigeria Capital market. 5> Inclusive growth & job creation. 6> Infrastructure concession regulatory commission. 7> #10 billion revolving fund with the urban development Bank for procurement of mass busses. 8> The Nigeria incentive based risk sharing agriculture lending.

    • freddo

      This is a joke, right?

  • sammyctu ode

    Dele Momodu is one of the few respected columnist in Nigeria who tells it like it is, criticize people based on facts and not fiction, was very hard on President Obasanjo because he expected him to perform much better and uplift Nigerians to greater level than he did and Dele is not one of those brown envelope journalist. I had the opportunity in reading most of the comments of jonathan supporters and my conclusion is they were too emotive and sentimental without addressing the issue of Dele’s interview. Majority of Nigerians know that jonathan had many baggages and also an elist president who only served the interest of a few. For instance, the 2nd Niger bridge which he promised the Igbos that he will complete before his first term never materialized, if even he is building it, it will end up as an elephant project, the cost of N117 Billion is too high for a 1.5 kilometer bridge, the many tolls that Nigerians especially the Igbos will pay and the high toll cost of tolling are killing for 25 years. The able performing Governor of Lagos State constructed a world class Ikoyi bridge of 1.3 kilometer for only N50 Billion with only one tolling collection area. jonathan has scorned majority of Nigerians and committed many arrogant sins like: “I don’t give a damn when he was asked to declare his assets which means that he is above the law, the Governor Forum election which he supported and gave backing to the looser thereby becoming the first president in modern history saying that 16 is greater than 19 despite the fact that he just came back from Isreal where he went to atone his sins with God, the 20 Billion dollars missing money from Nnpc whereby he agreed to an International forensic audit and when they completed the job never released the report till date, the high level of corruption all over which rendered EFCC ineffective, hobnobbing with corrupt people like the thug governor in Ekiti who was being tried for money laundering and corruption but was installed by jonathan, the Chibok girls issue which disgraced Nigeria till date, the ineffective execution of the war with boko haram despite huge trillions of Naira budgeted for it leading to no effective hardware/equipment to prosecute the war, jonathan allowing parts of Nigerian soil to be ruled by terrorists till date, he can’t control his illiterate wife who is a co-president out of five people, the poor execution of the economy which led to total collapse of our economy, behaving so imatured by fighting Amechi without using wisdom and maturity to deal with the situation, the non granting of TBS for use by Lagos State government, preventing Lagos State government to install solar street lights on 3rd Mainland bridge forgetting is for the benefit, safety and security of Lagosians who are from all parts of the country, lack of infrastructure all over Nigeria, high food imports despite his so called achievements in agriculture, buying world class presidential jets that we don’t need, giving a bogus 9.6 Billion dollars to five or six militants to protect ND Oil Infrastructure after which there was a high increase in oil theft, illegal bunkering and destruction of oil facilities, lack of power till now after spending trillions of Naira on power infrastructure, letting him, friends and cronies buying our common wealth, high frugal spending but nothing to show for it. jonathan’s sins and lack of prudency are too many and he is not the man to lead us for another four years. WE NEED A FRESH START AND THAT MAN IS GMB BUT NOT jonathan and pdp.

    • Separate Us…

      Truth they say is bitter my friend,once bitten twice shy!!!

  • ucheJ

    The coment and vedict by Dele momodu is his own opinion and does not reflect the reality on ground, if you listend ti his comemt about GEJ’S travelling habbit of all the place he said GEJ travelled to he never menshioned any country except Isreal which means Dele Momodu as a muslem is now supporting GMB becase he is a muslem like himself if a dictator like GMB is a beter choice for Dele Momodu then he he has no good opinion of himself, GEJ will continue to work hard for Nigeria untill we get there he remains the best thing to have happened to Nigeria and he will win again.

  • Ping

    Dele Momodu life style is also same. The rich

  • Ani Arinzona

    GEJ is a man who have the passion to transformed our our country by 1> Established of Nigeria sovereign wealth fund. 2> special bail out to Bank. 3>. Establishment of the asset management company of Nigeria. 4> Strengthening the Nigeria Capital market. 5> Inclusive growth & job creation. 6> Infrastructure concession regulatory commission. 7> #10 billion revolving fund with the urban development Bank for procurement of mass busses. 8> The Nigeria incentive based risk sharing agriculture lending.

    • Advocate

      CRUMBS!!!

      >>>>>>FEBUARI2015>>>>>>

  • Bio

    Until you Dele Mumu, publishes the poor ones in the Magazine,then I known where you go we will follow. See good samaritans Talking.

  • Etomi

    This efulefu; this pathetic lost soul that has no roots; this self-uprooted wannabe Yoruba-man; this man that abjures his Edo origins; this man that is more Catholic than the Pope, yet a Satanist; this man who can’t even trace his homestead in Edo-land, because of his self-dissolution in a fiction so much so that his soul has become mortally twisted like that of a shemale tranny who’s conflated as to which gender to subscribe…
    Shame to your self-delusion Edo-born Momodu, who’s now a Yoruba-man in speech, accent, thought and attitude by self-condemnation and fatal choice!
    If Abacha were alive and came out to contest on the 14th, I am sure you would prefer him to Buhari, because for you the worse the merrier, the worse the better!!!!!
    The Bible declares that you’re ensnared and judged by the words of your mouth….
    Thus, by saying that Buhari is a bigot, have I told a lie???
    Is what I said not based on what Buhari is known to have said in 2001 that he is committed internally and outwardly to seeing sharia imposed all across Nigeria??
    By calling him old, is it a lie that he’s 73??
    By calling him perjured, did he not swear on oath that his certificates are with the military board, which however has come out to officially deny Buhari’s sworn averrment??
    By saying he forged a certificate, is it not obvious…even WAEC hqtrs in Ghana, which keeps the record of all its candidates from the time of its establishment has officially denied having any record of any ‘Mohamed Buhari..’ Despite the raging controversy, why has he not done the needful and put paid to all the doubts and misgivings? I mean, if he truly has a WASC, why is he pussyfooting with approaching Cambridge University to issue him his certificate, even when the institution has veiledly invited him to do so….
    What is corruption if not perjury, forgery, bigotry, among many others, which now hangs like the sword of Damocles over Buhari…
    Nothing good can come from such a man…
    Nothing good can come from a man that sacked a democratically elected government and became one of Nigeria’s worst military despots, for which he was also toppled in a military coup d’eter….
    An equitable maxim says he that comes to equity must come with clean hands..
    How can a man without clean hands, with this kind of foreboding moral baggage, i.e perjury, forgery, bigotry be your saviour, be the man to clean up Nigeria???
    How????????
    Wake up man before you sign your death warrant with your own hands!!!!!

  • jomo

    People should not take Dele Momodu seriously. HE IS LOOKING FOR AN APPOINTMENT.

  • Awosanya Oluwafunmbi Ilesanmi

    Momodum , If Fayoye’s advert is probably worse than Charlie Hedbdo’s caricature of your holy prophet that left France in grieve then what are you suggesting to supporters of Buhari? Take their guns and swords to Kill Fayose? I am appalled that a journalist like yourself who profess to belief in free expression is trying to make a point out of shameful and barbaric ideas.

  • jomo

    Momodu is nobody in Nigerian politics. Didn’t he contest for the presidency in 2011? I am not sure he got up to 1000 votes.

  • jomo

    @DeleMomodu is nobody in Nigerian politics. Didn’t he contest for the presidency in 2011? I am not sure he got up to 1000 votes.

  • Investigator

    “Professor Jega of INEC is only trying to shift responsibility by saying people
    opposed to Buhari’s qualification for the polls should go to court. I heard the
    APC saying Buhari has been contesting election for the past 12 years,
    and that nobody said anything about it, so, why now? And my answer,
    in form of question is, if someone has been committing robbery and
    getting away with it, the day he is caught, you are now asking,
    why has he not been caught all this while? Buhari is NOT eligible.
    That is the law.”

    ………………Chief Ayo Adebanjo

    (Afenifere Chieftain)
    January 25th, 2015

    • By Popular Demand

      “Education is the bedrock of any great nation. Any nation where you do NOT
      make education as priority, you are going to have glorified illiterate”.

      …………Dele Momodu

    • Sholoko

      General Muhammadu Buhari,

      • Did you commit perjury or not by filling out Nigerian Army Form 199A,
      shortly after 18th October 1961, wherein you intentionally wrote that you
      had obtained specific credits in English, Geography, History, and, Hausa
      (with a pass in English Literature) when, in fact, you had not sat for WAEC
      examination as of the date you filled that Army Form, or at any time afterwards,
      which (inferred) perjury was compounded by the affidavit you swore in the year
      2014, stating on oath that you had sat for WAEC exam in 1961 and got WASC
      – being an intentionally false statement; tantamount to perjury, insofar as you
      had not sat for WAEC exam or obtained any score in any subject?

  • Advocate

    BUHARI means many things to different categories of people….

    To the ELECTION RIGGERS, he is a coupist.

    To the less privileged NIGERIANS, he is an helper

    To the CORRUPT, he is Mr. Jailor.

    To the DRUG BARONS, he is a killer.

    To the runaway thief, he is a crater.

    To a dying Economy, he is a saviour.

    To INDISCIPLINE, he is brutish.

    To TERRORISTS, he is an enemy.

    To the BROWN ENVELOPE JOURNALISTS like AIT, he is a dictator.

    To his children, a daddy to be proud of.

    To his wife, a worthy husband.

    To the oil INDUSTRY, he is a refineries builder.

    To DORA AKUNYILI, he is a caring boss.

    To NIGERIA, he is a fixer.

    To JONATHAN, KASHAMU, FFK, he is a nemesis.

    To the PDP, he is a destroyer.

    To the APC, he is the CHANGE.

    To the ordinary PEOPLE, he is one of them.

    Your behaviour determines your definition of BUHARI. To me and my family he is the leader of much needed changes in Nigeria!

    GMB 2015 let the changes for better Nigeria begins. God bless Nigeria!

    >>>>>>>FEBUHARI2015>>>>>

  • Ossy

    Like GEJ, all his followers are still so blind to see the hand writing on the wall. keep suportin evil we will all see between God & devil who is more powerful come FEBUHARI 14 mtcheew

  • Aso

    “It is inconceivable that allegations as weighty as forgery and perjury
    will be made against the person of a retired General and a former
    Head of State without him deeming it necessary to conclusively debunk such
    allegations but would rather pass the buck to other persons or organisations.
    We consider this as an unstatesmanlike assault on the intelligence of Nigerians
    and it represents the greatest challenge between Gen Buhari and the office he
    seeks to occupy. the West African Examinations Council recently “declared that
    it did not have any records of Buhari’s secondary school certificate just as the
    military authorities did.”

    ……….Doyin Okupe

    (Senior Special Adviser to President Jonathan)
    February 1st, 2015

  • Aso2015

    “It is inconceivable that allegations as weighty as forgery and perjury
    will be made against the person of a retired General and a former
    Head of State without him deeming it necessary to conclusively debunk such
    allegations but would rather pass the buck to other persons or organisations.
    We consider this as an un-statesmanlike assault on the intelligence of Nigerians
    and it represents the greatest challenge between Gen Buhari and the office he
    seeks to occupy. The West African Examinations Council recently “declared that
    it did not have any records of Buhari’s secondary school certificate just as the
    military authorities did.”

    ……….Doyin Okupe

    (Senior Special Adviser to President Jonathan)
    February 1st, 2015

    • Duduosun

      • A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if he has
      presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

      ……SECTION 137 (1) 1999 CONSTITUTION

      • akindee

        @Duduosun:

        This whole thing is so suspicious to the rest of the world that since 1962
        Buhari has only used affidavits which NEVER explain the WAEC certificate’s
        whereabouts. It is however a disqualifying offence under the law to present
        a false declaration to INEC for an election. Also, it is a criminal offence
        punishable by 14 years’ imprisonment to make a false declaration by affidavit.

  • Amenwolf

    Dele Momodu is in the pay roll of Rotimi Amaechi hence he’s been paid to never see any thing good in Jonathan. No serious minded fellow should take the bloody nitwit serious.

  • Akin Otiko

    Hi
    I expect my Nigerian people to discuss this important issue logically without resulting to insults , abuse and character assassination.

  • SONGS OF PATRIOTS

    DELE ”MUMU – D” . COLD WATER BATH IN HAMARTAN!

    =============================================================================

    THIS DELE MOMUDU MUST BE AN IMBECILE FOR HIM

    TO TO TRANSCRIBE HIS MALARIA DREAM INTO AN ARTICLE IN SAHARA REPORTERS, HE MUST

    BE CLUELESS TO BE RECOMMENDING AN ILLITERATE CERTIFICATE FORGER AND AN ISLAMIC

    FUNDAMENTALIST IN A MULTI-RELIGIOUS NATION LIKE NIGERIA GOD

    BLESS OUR DEAR PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN.

    VICTORY IS SURE AND PEOPLE LIKE DELE ”MUMU -D” WILL CRY THEIR BIG EYES OUT.

  • SONGS OF PATRIOTS

    DELE ”MUMU – D” . COLD WATER BATH IN HAMARTAN!

    =============================================================================

    THIS DELE MOMUDU MUST BE AN IMBECILE FOR HIM TO TRANSCRIBE HIS MALARIA DREAM INTO AN ARTICLE IN PREMIUM TIMES.

    HE MUST BE CLUELESS TO BE RECOMMENDING AN ILLITERATE CERTIFICATE FORGER AND AN ISLAMIC

    FUNDAMENTALIST IN A MULTI-RELIGIOUS NATION LIKE NIGERIA GOD

    BLESS OUR DEAR PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN.

    VICTORY IS SURE AND PEOPLE LIKE DELE ”MUMU -D” WILL CRY THEIR BIG EYES OUT.