Elections will hold as scheduled — President Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday assured Nigerians and the international community that the country’s general elections, fixed for March 28 and April 11, would hold as scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Mr. Jonathan also said the Federal Government was working hard to improve the capacity of the armed forces to fight insecurity.

The president spoke at the inauguration of four Navy ships: Okpabana, Centenary, Sagbama and Prosperity at the Naval Dockyard limited, Victoria Island, Lagos.

He said his administration would rout Boko Haram and conduct elections as scheduled by INEC.

“So, Nigerians can see that the present administration is leaving no stone unturned to improve the capacity of our armed forces, not just the Navy but also the Army and the Air Force,” he said. “We have built sufficient capacity. And let me also use this platform to promise good country men and women that we would rout Boko Haram. Our capacity has increased sufficiently and our officers and men are doing wonderfully well in the North.

“And we must conduct our elections as scheduled by INEC, because within this period we are convinced that we will return the North to the level where the activities of extremists will not affect our elections. They are working hard day and night and I directed that Nigerians should be briefed regularly.”

The President spoke a day after the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, told Nigerian federal lawmakers he could not guarantee the 2015 general elections would hold on the rescheduled dates.
At a meeting with Senators Wednesday, Mr. Jega said he could not commit himself to the “sanctity” of the new dates because security cover for the polls was beyond the control of his commission.

INEC had postponed the elections after military chiefs warned against going on with the vote to allow it focus on fighting the terror group, Boko Haram.

But the opposition All Progressives Congress said the delay was instigated by President Jonathan, to save him and his party from losing the elections to the APC candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.

There have also been suggestions that Mr. Jonathan and his party were plotting to derail the election and planning to foist crisis and an Interim National Government on the country.

But the President has now reiterated that the election would go on as planned, saying Boko Haram would have been sufficiently routed by the new dates to allow elections hold in the troubled North-East region.

Mr. Jonathan said his administration would continue to place much premium on national security in its drive to become one of the leading economies in the world.

“In line with my administration’s Transformation Agenda and our vision of becoming one of the leading economies in the world, premium is placed on improved national security. This includes food security as well as employment generation. The high dependence of the nation’s economy on offshore resources as well as the enormous potential of the maritime sector to contribute to our food security and employment generation makes provision of effective maritime security very imperative.

“Therefore, the Nigerian Navy, as the lead maritime agency, deserves all the support it needs to effectively carry out its statutory roles. In this regard and in spite of other pressing demands, this administration has continued to support the fleet capitalisation objective of the Nigerian Navy transformation plan of 2010 to 2020, which was formulated to support the realisation of the goals of the Federal Government’s Transformation Agenda, especially in the security sector. The four ships being commissioned today are part of a total of six ships expected to be commissioned into the Nigerian Navy fleet by 2015.”

Mr. Jonathan further reaffirmed the administration’s confidence in the ability of the Nigerian Navy to fight oil theft and other maritime crimes.

According to him, the level of oil theft has not abated but vandalism of pipelines in the coastal regions has reduced drastically.

He said that the four ships inaugurated were the highest delivered by any administration since the Shehu Shagari’s administration inaugurated three at once during the Second Republic.

The president also commended the collaboration among the U.S., Peoples Republic of China and the Federal Government of Nigeria to fight insecurity, adding that his administration would not waiver in its support to the armed forces.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Usman Jubrin, a vice admiral, said that in line with the Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government, the Nigerian Navy formulated its transformation plan from 2011 to 2020 with fleet capitalisation as its target.

He said that the Navy had been dogged by inadequate facility to contain the nation’s security challenges.

Mr. Jubrin, however, commended the Jonathan administration for its huge investment in security which he admitted was the highest by any administration.

The Naval chief said that additional eight small craft were expected to join the fleet before the end of 2015 in support of the naval efforts in ensuring maritime security.

(NAN)


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  • Political and Electoral Security in Action.

  • Akiika

    As much as i’ll love to believe you, you lie so much that i don’t know when you say the truth.

  • Harry

    CLUELESS PRESIDENT!!! CATALOGUES OF BROKEN PROMISES….CHANGE IS INEVITABLE AND UNAVOIDABLE…..PERIOD.

  • terry

    its only when your defeat at the polls was almost imminent that you decided to commit to fight BH.
    you leave us with many unanwered questions.

  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    MAMA OYINBO QUEEN OF ENGLAND “MAY SHE FOREVER REIGN”INVITED GMB TO HANDOVER NIGERIA TO HIM.
    The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari today (Thursday) left Abuja on a short working visit to the United Kingdom.

    In the course of this visit, General Buhari is expected to hold meetings with the queen her majesty and key members of the British political
    establishment and interact with some global institutions with stakeholder interest in the affairs of Nigeria.
    General Buhari would hopefully give a talk at the prestigious foreign policy hub, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatam House in London, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatam House in London,
    //////

    • Rocket_TV

      Wow.

    • TrueNja

      What does that tell u? Her Majesty Queen of Great Britain and the oyinbos have agreed that change is inevitable in Nigeria. I seize this opportunity to congratulate GMB, the incoming president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on May 29, 2015.

  • Arrest warrant

    Yesterday Jega said no possibility today GEJ said its possible..Jega is afraid and confused..Nigeria is in big trouble on election issues…but looking closely Jega was right no visible possibilities for election in Nigeria..MORE 6 WEEKS AROUND THE CORNER OR EVEN MORE..

  • Dave

    Jonathan should be less commital because there’s no time limit to a war
    with Boko Haram involving four African countries if the 1999 Constitution
    prescribes that elections be postponed from time to time at a time of war.

  • SAM .A

    “present administration is leaving no stone unturned to improve the capacity of our armed forces, not just the Navy but also the Army and the Air “-President Jonathan
    Where was this zeal of leaving no stone unturned to confront the insecurity the CIC have been facing since 5 years ago?
    The CIC has failed woefully in fulfilling the oath of office he sworn to protect live and properties of all Nigerians including Chibok girls and all NE,Why is it at the tail end of his term and election campaign season that he now find it necessary to secure NE & the nation?

    • Gaskiya

      Dan iskan president.

  • Alcindo Satori

    Good job my Presido!!

  • Wetin Naija

    Nobody can believe Jonathan anymore, he is aliar

  • blackdove

    Empty words, zero credibility.

  • TrueNja

    No Nigerian should believe this shoeless clueless president. He said the same in January that election will be held as scheduled in February.

  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    JO NO

  • ADEYANJU

    Well we hope so…but gej is not a man of integrity. he doesnt follow his words….lets watch…mayb he will have change of time….but ooo….his leaving asorock by may 29……apc is all we want

  • warry

    Well done my president.APC has ideology.LIES,deceit,manipulations,propaganda,hypocrisy and more lies.God will fight for you my performing president.Of course that is the only way you attack a highly successful and performing president-blackmail.APC,shame.

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  • Of course it will, what else were they especting,

  • Tunde philips

    Once shifting is enough, beside all legal excuses are blocked, the election shall proceed as said

  • chinwe davis

    yes it won’t be shifted again.. so all thumbs be ready to print it on the umbrella.

  • GEJ till2019…lets go there

  • favourtalk

    GEJ is gone in this country, people are seriously waiting for him to be defeated. Change is coming through nigerians bite not by rigging

  • ahmed

    Buhari has no place in this country, Nigerians have rejected him three times…but like the devil he is he never gives up! so we will continue rejecting this man who killed, tortured, maimed and betrayed Nigerians… #noGMBforever

    • Uko owo inua

      Ahmed u are a great man.i will join u in rejecting this serial and dedicated failure.

  • uko bassey

    The election will hold and Gej will rule till 2019!

  • Nelson David

    I too love this man called GEJ ..is very wise and God gave him wisdom he gave to Solomon. .may the almighty God gave you more wisdom and idea to move this NIGERIA forward

  • Divine West

    What can GMB offer to Nigerians? That is one question we will ask our before voting him into power, for me GEJ is still better. God bless Nigeria.

  • Ndubuisi Chinedu

    35% of NIGERIA are saying they need changes but it come to my surprise that the changes they need is from the same pple will brought PDP into this country, because if you check well u will know their evil plan because they all ran away after GEJ say no to their looting and embezzlement of funds, now they are re emforcing to come back……oh nigeria make we open our eyes oooooh and say no to APC before it gets late, the only party sound go now let it be PDP and let GEJ stand on his feet and chase them away all ..OBJ ,Buhari,Amechin and so all our eyez don clear make una go. President is a man of his word and he will see to it that the election holds on the set date.

  • Ukpono

    He did it in 2011, he will do it again. GEJ till 2019.

  • nwaeke

    Under the watch of President Goodluck Jonathan this nation recorded the best election since June 12th and in the same vain he is doing all he can to deliver another free, fair and credible election.

  • Innocent

    Thank you Mr President. You are a blessing to Nigeria. May God bless you forever.

    Yes! The election will hold except Duncee goes for medical treatment abroad like he has done now.

  • Emeka215

    Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives….This will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government, this shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures under the supervision of A GOODLUCK administration come March 28.

  • Etega

    Jonathan carrry on na u we know, the rest na conterfeit.

  • ubong ekanem

    we love you mr president.carry go GEJ till 2019

  • kemi

    there should be no further delay of GEJ victory

  • uzo

    we believe you MR President.carry go till 2019

  • korona melvin

    I WONDER WHAT APC WILL SAY NOW THAT THE PRESIDENCY AND DHQ HAS CLEARED THE AIR. GEJ IS A MAN OF HIS WORDS AND HE HAS THE INTEREST OF NIGERIA AT HEART. VOTE GOODLUCK JONATHAN . MARCH ON FOR GEJ #GEJ4NAIJA

  • V.E

    GEJ is ready for election,and the rest of nigeria is ready.the question is ,is APC ready?

  • Alpha

    Election won’t be shifted again so APC stop complaining go and get ready

  • Tunde Mo’ Aguda

    Great Piece ………….