Jonathan tackles Obasanjo: ‘Your utterances ridiculing Nigeria, scaring investors’

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

President Goodluck Jonathan has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of ridiculing Nigeria before the international community and of scaring investors away from the country by his consistent criticism of his administration.

In an interview with the Nigerian Tribune, Mr. Jonathan said Mr. Obasanjo, by his utterances, was creating the impression that Nigeria is a country on the verge of collapse.

Mr. Jonathan therefore advised the former president to be civil in his criticism so as not to create the impression that the country is in crisis.

“For one reason or the other, Obasanjo may disagree with me as his first political son. You can even disagree with your own biological children, as a human being, not to talk of disagreeing with your political children. So, he can agree or disagree with me, but the utterances have to be managed in a way that it does not affect the economy and security of this country.

“But I will use this opportunity, because you asked, to just plead with my father that he is a leader, a former president of the country. He has led the country more than anybody — eight years of democratic governance and almost four years of military governance. No other person has that kind of record.

“The stability of this country is critical in terms of the economy of this country. Rating agencies downgrade countries that are going into elections because the feeling is that there would be crisis. When you paint the colour of instability for your own nation, you are doing so much injustice to the country because it affects the economy of the country, not just affecting the country in terms of security and social issues alone. It affects the economy directly. So, I plead with very senior citizens that Nigeria is dear to us; we don’t have any other country than Nigeria.

“So, actions and inactions, or utterances, should be guarded so that we don’t expose our country to the international community as if it is a country in danger, a country that is about to collapse. You are frightening investors, especially those who invest hot cash, to pull out their money from the country and that would affect the stock market and it would affect the economy.”

Mr. Jonathan however insisted that he remained a political child of Mr. Obasanjo, saying he owes his rise to political prominence to the influence of the former President.

“First and foremost, Obasanjo is a father to me. By divine providence and the grace of God, I am the President of Nigeria today. It is not by my strength. But God uses human beings to actualise His own blessings on human beings. And he used so many Nigerians, including former President Obasanjo, to play one role or the other for me,” he said.

“I became the deputy governor of a state, became the governor, the vice president and president. I have no issues with him, and I really don’t want to join issues with President Obasanjo. I think it is not necessary,” he added.

The relationship between both men worsened after Mr. Obasanjo’s wrote an 18-page open letter to Mr Jonathan on December 2, 2013, blaming the president for failing to deliver on his promises to Nigerians. He also accused him of making no effort to check the growing corruption in the country and allowing insecurity to degenerate.

In the letter, Mr. Obasanjo also accused Mr Jonathan of hounding prominent members of the Peoples Democratic Party opposed to his second term ambition.

Since then, Mr. Obasanjo has relentlessly criticised the Jonathan administration and all efforts by party chieftains to reconcile both of them have failed.

Matters got to a head last Monday after Mr Obasanjo, who apparently got wind of a plan to expel him from the party, dumped the party before the plan was executed. On the occasion, Mr Obasanjo, not one to leave without creating a spectacle, asked the PDP ward leader to tear his membership card.

He also announced his retirement from active politics and expressed his desire to be a statesman.


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  • ADEYANJU

    Well…..pdp has failed us….obasanjo and jonathan have failed us…our 16 years of democracy have been jeopardise by pdpigs…..all we want is change for better….apc all the way. Buhari and osibanjo

  • vuvuzela

    good bye to pdp andgej and obj

  • Rommel

    If president Jonathan had done well and Obasanjo is criticising him,we would have known whom to side with but this is a case where the OBJ’s criticism reflects the general feeling of the entire world about the Jonathan administration,so how does he want anyone to believe him when the investors are interested in change of direction for Nigeria

  • Arabakpura

    This must be a sober Jonathan that did this interview. On a day that he has taken some ‘liquid’, he would have called Obasanjo a chief tout. The atonement is coming rather late in the day. Unless Jonathan donates Femi Fani Kayode and Doyin Okukpe for public flogging, forget it!

    • Wähala

      …ati Fayose!

      • Arabakpura

        Yes please! Add Fayose to the public flogging. He deserves to be stripped before the flogging to clear his head very well.

      • Otile

        Vous êtes un salaud.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Real statesman don’t run their country or sitting presdent down. Nelson Mandela, jerry rawlings and all the past presidents of US, both living and dead never did. But when a past president and a supposedly a statesman engage in unblushing lies and despecable actions/attitude, it becvomes very worrisome

    • Arabakpura

      Tell his benefactor to stop drinking excessive liquor so that he would be sober at all times to navigate the land mines.
      The problem is that Jonathan is a man of straw; no pedigree! Full of contradictions! People don’t take people like him serious at all and that is why he is being driven like a kabu-kabu vehicle. Quite sad!

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Simplicity or humility is never a sign of cowardice. An ijaw man is naturally very patient. He can take his canoe out for an all night fishing and catch nothing, yet he waits Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Olu Ade

          is part of his patience being militancy and illegal bunkering?…making Dokubo and Tompolo the Nigerian navy in Niger Delta and becoming instant billionaires overnight…The fisherman has thrown patience to the winds and going after stealing Nigeria dry.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Other Nigerians can be billionaires, other than Ijaws. You are wicked Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • taewo

    Mr. Gridluck Jonothing, you lied! You did an incalculable damage to the economy by shifting the election date. If you are in doubt, check the figures at the Nigeria stock exchange.

  • Wähala

    Dumbo is a dangerous and deceitful psychopath, Baba OBJ should ignore his daylight “political son” who turns to a vampire at nights looking for blood to drain. JoDumbo has set his EFCC goons to re-visit the PHCN probe of OBJ and even went further to order an investigation of one of Obasanjo’s daughter and her dirty oil deals with the NNPC worth $300,000/month. Soon more dirt will be flying allover the place in Dumbo’s vendetta politics once it final becomes clear to him that Baba will not back down from a fight he’s sure to win. Today na Sunday, wait till Dumbo returns from church hard gulps, his tone will certainly change… we’ve seen & heard all from him. Meanwhile, presidential material is out in the world explaining the real danger facing Nigerians is Dumbo and his corrupt cabal, the PDP. Investors will return once sanity is restored in government… what we have now is “Graft Rush” for the richest Ali Baba.

    • Guest

      It’s a disingenuous posture by President Jonathan to say the least, like OBJ has any direct influence over sharp minded investors. “If you build it they shall come”, the foreign investors knows the reputation of Jonathan government, who wants to put their hard earned clients money into a sink hole trap, run by dishonest people.

    • Otile

      Eso son simplezas.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Incestuous, irresponsible, reckless baboon OBJ should be arrested and thrown into jail.

    • Arabakpura

      With a friend like you, jonathan does not need an enemy! The man is trying to atone and you are adding more ache to his overheated head!

    • Guest

      If President Jonathan does well, will he not be accepted? think about that.

  • Johnson Omale

    OBJ is criticizing you for not doing well. Even a primary school certificate holder can do better than you.

    • U are so thick,man

      • Johnson Omale

        Do you know in civilized countries, Jo-Nothing would have resigned for his inability to bring back the missing school girls? Corruption has destroyed the country. He is the chief security officer of this country and part of the country has been taken over by the enemy. Boko Haram. His bribing Christians and running to traditional chiefs would not help this time. Jo-Nothing, your days in Aso Villa are numbered!

        • Which country?Mr bipolar.

        • When was d last time u took bribe from someone? Bloody thief.

          • Umar Dendi

            How much were you paid to become a cyber Gejite?
            Talk true woo, or America Will Know!!

          • Otile

            Umaru, whatever you do, don’t place fatwa on the heads of my people based on false accusation. Your religion is full of deceit.

          • truth is bitter

            Why are you so uncivilised your utterance portray you as a tout

          • U must b so demented like buhari,so ur father is a tout, mumu

          • truth is bitter

            I said that you are a tout now u prove to me you are not only a tout but also a thug that lacks basic home training.

          • U are just a pig.

          • truth is bitter

            Like I said you have no manners. So your case is closed

        • Arabakpura

          The man that caused the death of Nigerian unemployed graduates in the scam called immigration interview has not resigned. In fact he is now the campaign manager of senate president David Mark.
          Don’t expect him to resign my brother! We will simply give the severance letter by March 28 whether or whether not he likes it.
          All this his gallivanting are reactive in nature. We no longer will tolerate a president that is not pro-active

  • True

    The headline is scary and meant to create bad blood. But the body of the message itself, is measured, temperate and sensible. Obasanjo himself really need to watch it because there should be Nigeria after Jonathan. Agba awo ki bawo je. Nigeria yi ti gbogbo wa ni ko ma gbodo baje, ejeka fowo sowopo kaa fi mo sokan gbe kemi gbe. Translation: An elder should not be a spoiler. Nigeria is our collective heritage that must not be destroyed, we need to work together for her good, contribute your quota and I will contribute mine. God bless Nigeria.

    • Lanre

      Please don’t mind Obasanjo. I am begging Jonathan to finish this task that he has started. Nigeria must be restructured!. If he does not continue with it, WE WILL! Quote me!

  • Preco01

    No,Jonathan your utterances, body language and the crooks working for you have scared not only investors but all people of goodwill from Nigeria .Go just go!!

  • Amir

    Jonathan, it is corruption that scares investors, it is incompetence that scares investors, it is perennial lying by the president of a country that scares investors, it is excessive borrowing, black market purchase of foreign money and illegal transportation of raw dollars into another country that scares investors, it is oil theft and lawlessness by Ijaw militants that scares investors. Without Obasanjo investors will still run away from an internationally discredited president. No investor will take a country where corruption cases are pending for 8 years serious. No investor will take a country where an internationally wanted Alamaseiya is pardoned, and a wanted drug czar is in the same party and acolyte of the president. Jonathan, you are very divisive and mischievous. You want to win by ‘hook or crook’ and start insulting Obasanjo again as you have done in the last 2 years, even calling someone who brought you from obscurity against capable hands into the presidency a ‘motor park tout’. You and Obasanjo standing both locally and internationally, who qualifies for that ‘motor park tout’ description?. Granted that your knowledge of the world is seen only from your Ijaw environment of crowded motor parks with gossip and illicit Gin to savour, such language is very dirty and below human from the office you occupy. You have always released your online Niger Delta dogs to bark at Obasanjo. calling him unprintable names, why the change of tone? ‘Dr’ Jonathan, In which democratic country were you resident to know or teach Obasanjo what ‘civil criticism’ means? When have you attended a forum to distinguish about various forms of criticism? You have for nearly 6 years struggled to align your poor grasp of issues and mediocre leadership to the demands of the high office Obasanjo pushed you into. Please keep away from Obasanjo, who definitely has more knowledge and training to understand your mischievous attitude.

    • Arabakpura

      Very clear, full of truths and concise! Thank you very much!

    • Dazmillion

      Thank you very much

    • Kokori

      You are very correct. It is corruption that scares investors. Below is ‘irrefutable’ statistic of those crooks who ‘did not’ scare investors. Join me now in praying that if any of them finds himself in hell, that the room given to them will be heated to the degrees of Naira stolen while on earth or which they assisted their families and cronies to steal while on earth. In same vein, may the reverse be to them if they built Nigeria for all who live in it.

      No of yrs in Presidency from 1960 – 2015 by Regional Distribution
      ===============================================
      North = 39 yrs (9 presidents = Balewa,Gowon, Muritala,Shagari,Buhari,Babangida,Abacha,Abdulsalam,YarAdua,)
      West = 11 yrs (2 Presidents = Obasanjo, Shonekan)
      East = 0 yrs (Nil)
      South = 4 yrs (1 President = Jonathan)

      .
      Will you now say Amen? Yeye fowl!

      • Tarzan

        Perfect response. Succinct. Precise. Concise.

      • Jumoke

        You bring no value to yourself, your community or your creek enclave except to sleep and wake up a worse ethnic bigot. Which motor park are you just coming out from? It looks like you are mentally and intellectually challenged, I do not think you have the brain to understand what Amir said.

      • Kollins

        my brother dont mind them. We know is is our resources aboki & yoruba people are fighting for. but this time, they will see pepper.

      • Mayowa

        What of Agunyi Ironsi and Dr Azikwe? Were they from Sudan.

      • Dumbo

        Ironsi was a Kanuri man. The mayhem and sufferings inflicted on Nigerians in the six years of Dr Dumbo is greater than all that of others combined. Change we must.

      • truth is bitter

        So where do u put a guy irosi or kaduna ezeego. Am sure u will not include them. I don’t especially less you are from the east so like ur usual behaviour. You like to pretend nothing is happening after drinking pammy. The problem of this country started with the ibos. The first coup was done by the ibos. The civil war by the ibos.

      • Lanre

        Thank you, Kokori. Jonathan might yet be the saviour we are looking for. Enough is enough. The young ones are so gullible they think Buhari can perform any wonders. No. He cannot. Jonathan must fininsh this work he has started to restructure Nigeria, make people like Obasanjo, Buhari, Danjuma, Babangida irrelevant. If there was justice in Nigeria and Buhari was behind bars for his role during the Abacha era, the young gullible ones today will not see him as a hero. JONATHAN MUST FINISH THIS TASK!

  • warry

    The president is right. Despite the shouts of corruption, the international community through Transparency International rated Nigeria 44th most corrupt country in the world under GEJ from our usual 1st or 2nd position under Obj. God is watching.

    • Arabakpura

      If that makes you happy, congratulations! I need the dollar to come back to its old 160 Naira to a dollar.

      • Umar Dendi

        Bullseye!!!

        • Arabakpura

          Tell you what!

    • Guguru

      Warry the liar, Nigeria was rated 35th most corrupt nation, and at no time was Nigeria rated 1st and 2nd most corrupt nation under OBJ. You are living in the figment of a most corrupt imagination.

  • Umar Dendi

    OBJ is 100% right!
    Nigeria is about to become never land and its all because we have a bunch of nitwits calling the shots.
    Why is it, do you think that every sane person, every person that isn’t a money-go-after tattletale, is against GEJ?
    Hell, even people that Buhari once jailed have given him their support!
    Nigeria is about to go Kaput!
    If you don’t want to buy a loaf of bread with a wheelbarrow load of Naira notes then y’all know what you need to do!
    March out come March 28th and Vote for Buhari!

    • George

      let look at this analogy: I am in a cage and somehow wants
      to open the cage so that I have my freedom. But someone now says I should stay
      in the cage but will make sure my children get a meal a day inside it. If the
      only thing I will get to stay inside the cage is for my children to have a meal
      a day, I will not stay. Even if the person has a political party willing to
      make my father its presidential candidate and my mother his running mate, I
      would go on the path of freedom.

      Is Nigeria now a one-party state where there is no freedom
      of choice? I am not working for any administration. I am working for issues.
      Intelligent people should be able to separate issues from personalities. Fuel
      was increased, we called people out and the price was reduced. What happened to
      those who protested against the Lekki Toll Gate? They were beaten by the
      ‘change agents.’ Was the toll reduced?

      • Umar Dendi

        oh, so fuel was reduced right, back to 64? or is the dubious math of madame Diexani what your referring to?
        Muyideen Jimoh and the many martyred during the occupy protest would disagree with your “logic”
        You are Free to do as you like, but so are we!

        • Otile

          Dendi boy, you are free to do as you like in your ow Caliphate, not here.

    • Otile

      Umaru Dendi boy. You are a devout Mohammedan, you ways are not our ways. Do not preach to us one of your satanic verses. Don’t invoke hell on my country. Go back to Chad and call hell, not in my backyard.

      You can go ahead and buy half a loaf of bread with a wheelbarrow load of CFA, not in this country, boy.

      • Guguru

        Otile,

        Be quiet. Your days of ranting and raving about that which never existed are coming to a crushing end. Your paymaster is about to be shown the door to the creeks, where he can live out his wet and wild dreams for the rest of his own contrived eternity.

  • Ngo_Zib1

    Olu Obasanjo: Politics Of The Garrison Ideologue

    “Obasanjo’s years as civilian President gave Nigerians few reasons to smile, but greater part of his eight-year reign was lived in tears, sorrow and blood. From the Odi and Zakibiam massacres to the dubious impeachments of state governors he encouraged and supported, Olu Obasanjo sees force as the veritable expression of leadership acumen. The Four governors that received the impeachment treatment included Governors Lateef Ladoja, Ayo Fayose, Diepreye Solomon Peter Alameseigha and Joshua Dariye. While six out of 24 legislators impeached Dariye, 15 out of 24 impeached Alameseigha and 18 out of 32 impeached Ladoja. In the case of Ekiti, out of the 22 legislators that okayed Fayose’s impeachment, 10 later turned back to confess that they were misled. It is not only lowly state legislators that Obasanjo’s misleads into taking wrong actions, wealthy and influential people also fall victims to the man’s guile.”

  • Truthometer

    Truth is very bitter to swallow for thieving Dumbo and his wrecking crew. The unprecedented corruption and stealing that is going on in Dumbo’s government is what is scaring investors. What about stealing is not corruption and corruption is not stealing? Dumbo is a shame of a nation!

  • Area

    I want to be able to vote for someone like Chief Dokubo Asari or General Government Ekpemuopolo as President of my Republic. Bcos these two have both contributed immensely to EQUITY in resource distribution of the Niger Delta (in the Niger Delta). I therefore would not have reason to bother who anyone in Sokoto chooses for the Bokostani Republic and/or whether such a person went to school at all. Neither will I have to bother whom the people in Ibadan choose for the Oduduwa Republic. Everyone shud be able to choose according to the standards prevailing in your own country. But a one Nigeria with different standards for different regions is nothing but a ‘Time Bomb’. If Bros Jona survived the treatment meted to him during Musa’s terminal ailment, then he would survive anything including the ranting of the senile.

    We need a secession referendum. There are many Nigerians who want change. Some want Jonathan to stay and continue his good work. Others want him to go so they can come and continue the old way of stealing. There are some of us who want a separate country for ourselves as we do not feel Nigerian bcos of the illegal exploitation of our resources which are used to develop other parts of Nigeria and/or stolen and stashed away in offshore accounts of politicians from other regions. To the latter, it does not matter who wins in March for secession is a pact with destiny.

    Our sick nation needs physical restructuring. We need to encourage competition among the best and not throw up a below mediocre illiterate on such banalities as ethnicity and/or religion.

  • Intrepid

    Obusunju is a disgruntled old man, Mr President, stop kidding with him, take him on before you are swallowed by this marine monster. Let me remind you Mr President, the Agama lizard, will never give up in bringing you down. He was never your friend, neither your political father, nor a friend to Nigeria. You could have placed him on house arrest, when he went rumour mongering about coup. Don’t be afraid of the mortal shadow, he is just but a mere EXHALATION.

    • Mayowa

      It is the type of useless and irresponsible advise by subversive elements like you that had pushed Jonathan to where he has found himself today. Just like you, the advises by the likes of Pa Clark, Asari, Okunpe, Abati, Fani Kayode had created more enemies for the president and with people like you, Mr president requires no enemy

      • Intrepid

        Tell your obusunju, he doesn’t own Nigeria. He should leave the President alone and respect himself. Is your obusunju the only living head of State? He should be given the Sani Abacha treatment, if he has not learnt his lesson. Which enenemies? If you don’t want to vote for the President others will vote for him.

    • Philex

      Did I hear you say take Obsanjo on? So what has the president been doing all these while? Was he not taking him on when you people claimed that he relegated Obj to the background? Was he not taking him on when he collected the party structure in the SW and handed it over to that drug peddler? What was Jonathan doing when he paid Obj’s daughter to rubbish him publicly? When he called Obj “Motor Park Tout”, what was he doing? My friend, if you do not know what “take him on” means, just leave this place and go and help your man prepare his belongings for the final journey to Otueke.

      • Felix

        I”m glad it was OBJ’s daughter he paid to rubbish her own father

  • SAM .A

    You open your mouth & ridicule your political father before a group of elders from the North you called him a TOUT.
    You imposed a moral less corrupt Drug Baron on him as his leader.
    You let loose your dogs of war , Abati, Okupe (bastard) Femi Fanikayode , Maku.,& Metu to. call your political father all kinds of unprintable names.
    He wrote you a letter your reply did not answer the Qs raised in his letter.
    Obj is not a perfect man , it is not him that is scaring away investors, it is the way you have been handling the affair of the nation:
    1) insecurity,2 infrastructure : power, u want investors to use generator 24 hrs,3) corruption 4) postponing election and allow all foreign monitors to have waisted their time & money, creating doubts .
    Those are the factors scaring investors not Pa Obasanjo .

  • Olalere Yusuf

    Yes you are right, since stealing is not corruption, and using soldiers to manipilate election is not rigging

  • Cairo Et

    Duncee should not forget to bring his certificate on his way back.

    The only area you will never hear PC or any opposition criticize the PDP is in the area of criminal Salaries, allowances and other entitlements paid to our useless public officials & others politicians. Surprisingly, some Nigerians are ignorant and/or seem not to notice. These crooks hire their cousins, friends and other relatives to flood the internet with their comments for or against each other. But one area of corruption that they must close their eyes to, that in their crooked wisdom does not constitute corruption is this area of unfair salaries. APC could remember to tell PDP to reduce pump price bcos oil prices had crashed. But APC would not remember that the salaries of legislators needed to be cut downwards as income had diminished due to falling oil prices. Such is the criminal enterprise to which PDP & APC belong. And those who ultimately suffer are the oil producing regions which continue to sacrifice their wealth for continued existence of Nigeria at the expense of their health & economy. But for how long?

    Nigeria’s problem is structural. We were not designed as a functional country but as a functional colony. We ought to have redefined Nigeria in 1960 when undemocratic Britain left us. India & Pakistan had realized early enough. But how long will it take us to realize that we need a dramatic STRUCTURAL change?

  • Ogom

    Mr Verbal Diarrhea himself complaining about someone else’s “utterances”?

    Mr “Yam vs Goat” talking about scaring foreign investors?

    Uncertainty created by incompetence is what scares markets, Mr “Service Cheifs Didn’t Tell Me They Couldn’t Provide Security For Elections”.

    Yidiot!

    • Patriotique

      hahaha, Yam and Goat system. He is working out technology to stop goats from eating yams. hahaha

      • Gbofia Lunar

        Lol

    • Philip Gokir Musa

      unfortunately, his incompetence is still bringing investors into the country. Just my 2 naira thought… sorry

      • Ogom

        (Bloomberg) — As if the collapse in crude prices, forthcoming elections and an Islamist insurgency weren’t enough, investors in Nigeria have another matter to worry about: deciding whether the new central banker is his own man.”

        ““Sanusi had high credibility in the international markets and both the nature of his exit and the context resulted in an increase in Nigerian risk premium, which has remained,” Jim O’Neill, the former chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management”

        – Bloomberg (5th Feb)

        Yurp, everything is jiggy in Nigeria.

  • korona melvin

    OBJ HAS SHOWED THAT HE DOES NOT HAVE THE INTEREST OF THE NATION AT HEART. OBJ IS IN TURN RIDICULING HIMSELF TOO #GEJ4NAIJA

    • Guguru

      Yes, your comments are so predictable with the #GEJ4NAIJA hook, line and sinker still lodged in your throat. LOL.

  • Philex

    No sir, my president. The thing that really ridiculed Nigeria was this needless and wrongheaded postponement. Do you remember that even when the postponement was only just a rumor, that Mr. John Kerry, the world’s leading diplomat quickly dropped everything he was doing and ran to Nigeria to advise you to perish the thought of postponing the election? Do you also remember that it was immediately after the postponement that the New York times wrote that stinker about your government and your candidacy? Do you know that the rumor and the postponement suddenly started rumors of interim government even before Mr. Obasanjo adopted it? Do you realize that the role the military played in this whole saga, practically blackmailing INEC into postponing the election gave the signal to the international community that Nigeria was about to slip back into military dictatorship? Are you aware that your supporters have been going about telling whoever care to listen that if push comes to shove, you would hand over to the military instead of hand over to Mr. Buhari?
    My dear president, these are the kind of things that are ridiculing Nigeria and scaring investors. If you run Nigeria well and do the right thing, nobody would listen to Obasanjo, list of all the international community.

    • UYI111

      This is not the first time Nija will postpone an election !!!!!!!!!!what a heck say som new!

  • hummm

    Ode, ur postponement of election automatically downgrades a country , not an expresidents speech.Stop talking from ur arse. Oga JONA.

    • Mugu shut d f up.

      • Guguru

        Be quiet. No one wants to hear from you.

  • The people

    No President or leader has riddiculed and shamed Nigeria as much as Jonathan and present government.

  • Effacer

    ‘….not to create the impression that the country is in crisis’. I am beginning to believe that in this country the rulers and the led are leaving in two different worlds. Nigeria currently has no security, with a chunk of its territory under occupation by a rag-tag army. Niger, Chad and Cameroon – much poorer than us are now providing for our security. If this is not a crisis then what is?

    • Otile

      Why not blame Islamic terrorists for the insecurity? Is GEJ responsible for the same Islamic attacks on Somalia, Libya, Syria etc?

      Nigeria needs to divide, let the North and Yorubas allow us to go our way, the hatred is too much.

  • Rataya Tambai

    My president, if say this over OBJ’s utterances, what do we say about your actions?

  • frankabby

    OBJ is irrelevant any longer in PDP. OBJ carries on as a quasi Nigerian president trying to impose his will and ways on the country.Obasanjo himself really need to watch it. An elder should not be a spoiler. Nigeria is our collective heritage that must not be destroyed, we need to work together for her good, contribute your quota and I will contribute mine. God bless Nigeria#GEJ4NAIJA

  • Comfortkay

    Let us face the fact Is Nigeria not on the verge of Collapse when PDP and the President of Nigeria are using the Nigerian Army to rig election and the President just talk as if it is a good thing. All the looters and drug dealer in PDP leadership are internationaly Unknown , OBJ is quite relevant anywhere around the world and PDP still need him.
    If the President is not informed Nigeria has leadership Crisis, Credibility Crisis and the Country Nigeria has been ruined by powers that be a very destructive set of people for whom Nigeria is just a Source wealth, the Situation is very bad.
    Jonathan has lost his Goodluck and the revolution that is going to take place to remove PDP from power is unstopable.

  • Olusegun Olawonyi

    If Jonathan had been talking like this in the past, his situation would have been better than what it is today. You never go after your “political father” to the extent of calling him a “motor park tout” and expect him to invite you over for dinner. Lesson learnt. Jonathan and everybody should move on…let’s have some real change in the general election. I want some change in the government at the federal level.

  • Guguru

    There is data to show that Nigeria is in a very precarious position as a state. Nigeria is in the top 20 nations of 170 nations on this planet considered fragile and capable of disintegrating. Jonathan and his subordinates need to take a closer look at how bad things really are in Nigeria rather than living in denial. Secondly, investors have been leaving Nigeria since 2011. The foreign direct investments into Nigeria has been falling since then. It started with Jonathan’s desire to remove fuel subsidy right after his 2011 election, which brought economic progress to a near halt. Just as now, investors fled then, as a result of the elections and they fled some more after the fuel subsidy strikes occurred after the elections. Obasanjo had nothing to do with this, as Jonathan claimed. Investors have not fully returned since that episode. Now, we have Jonathan postponing the current elections and what do we have again? Investors are fleeing some more, which is exacerbating the already frail foreign direct investments which Nigeria needs to stay afloat as a non-oil dependent nation. The policies of the Jonathan administration, his actions and utterances as President, which has been closely studied by investors, have all colluded to make things worse in Nigeria. For example, what are investors to think when a President took so much time to determine if $20 billion was missing from the federal coffers or not? As an investor, would you loan money to such an individual or do any serious business with them? . This is a President unwilling to acknowledge and recognize his faults and his significant contributions to the existing economic and political malaise that hunts Nigeria these days. Investors are correct to abscond from a system that is increasingly opaque, unrealistic, and completely bereft of any reasonable or credible ideas to get the engines of economic progress going. Obasanjo is simply a messenger who made is possible for many to see the darkness which the Jonathan administration has infested Nigeria with.

    • burning spear

      Fox News, indicated Former President of the United States of America, George W. Bush, to have said that he avoided publicly criticizing President Obama because he feels doing so would undermine the office of the Presidency. This is one practice Obasanjo has been involved over the years without restraints.
      “I don’t think it’s good for the country to have a former President undermine a current President; I think it’s bad for the Presidency for that matter,” Bush was gathered to have said on Fox News.
      Bush had said that, though he follows politics and is “very aware of what’s going on,” he has no interest in generating headlines for himself by bashing his successor. Here, he demonstrated high leadership culture that transcends personal interests and respects institutions of the state.
      “Secondly, I really have had all the fame I want,” he said. “I really don’t long for publicity. And the truth of the matter is in order for me to generate publicity I would have to either attack the Republican Party, which I don’t want to do, or attack the President, which I don’t want to do. And so, I’m perfectly content to be out of the limelight,” Bush had declared.
      Bush is widely construed to have demonstrated the true spirit of elder statesman, a statesman who understands the sanctity of public institutions and leadership etiquette.–That is the USA for u-but not in NIGERIA OR WHERE WE HAVE HUMANS WITH DARK SKINS

      • Guguru

        Burning Spear,

        You can see that obviously the quality of your work barely makes a dent on the quality of information i presented. You look like a loser by posting that nonsense you claim and consider to be information.

      • Ogom

        Don’t worry, when Obama starts talking about “Yam and Goat” or discussing the pros and cons of “Corruption vs Stealing” on national TV, Bush will make an exception.

        Abeg, leave story.

  • Lanre

    Thank you, Jonathan. After dealing with Obasanjo, please restructure Nigeria. Send that bill I asked you to send. Let everyone work for the money they spend. No more going to the Niger-Delta because you are a friend of Obasanjo or Babangida to get an oil well. I want my Yoruba people to use their superior intellect to develop our land. Ride on Jonathan. I support you!

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    OBJ is an old clown,who does he think he is intimidating ? We Nigerians have long gone past that stage. Equity must rule in this country,the era in which a few people connive with foreigners to enslave a portion of the country is long gone,OBJ can globe trot with his propaganda,he can even scare investors but he cannot erase the firm and unshakable will of Nigerians for equity. Nigeria does not belong to the Fulani and their few servants from the SW who are content to play the lackey role.

    NIGERIA BELONGS TO ALL NIGERIANS, OBJ IS A RELIC OF THE PAST,HE IS OLD AND IRRELEVANT . OBJ WANTS TO TAKE NIGERIA INTO HIS GRAVE BUT THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN !!

    • Guguru

      Oh, please save us from the agony of your weak and sordid diatribe. OBJ’s intellectual heft at 80 out-strips and out-matches whatever you have ever been capable of demonstrating in your life time. So, be quiet.

      • Arabakpura

        And honestly, if at 80+ OBJ can pull this way, I will like to be like him when I grow up.

        • Philip Gokir Musa

          …and having your Harvard-educated daughter disgrace you publicly. Or your son outing you as a father sleeping with his daughter-in-law? I don’t know if I’ll put my name out in public if I were OBJ. But he’s Yoruba, so shame means nothing to him!

          • Arabakpura

            I only claimed his prowess and nothing more! I like that aspect believe me, but leave out the rest!

      • Olushola Charles Akinkunmi

        By stealing for his family right? When was the last time you visited Abeokuta to understand what I am saying? From Operation Finish Nigeria (OFN), Otta farm came alive. Do you at any time ask yourself the meaning of service in the Military? What’s the life package of any General? How much is Obj and his children worth? Who questions this man you so much would die for? Or is he above the law of this country? Sensual reactive responses is what most Nigerians write because of our failure to catalogue our history. Obj is self-serving.

  • sammyctu ode

    When I listen to the many speeches of jonathan, I feel so embarrassed that I have a nitwit, a dumb ass and a clueless person as president of Nigeria. This is a man who has been president for six years and is now admitting to us and the whole world that he has failed woefully, President Obasanjo left a lot of money for ya’radua who was prudent but immediately you took over, you started depleting all the savings, borrowing a lot from World Bank, IMF, IFC and others for one project or the other. It is not President Obasanjo’s utterances that is driving investors away, it’s jonathan’s failed policies, corruption, lying, surrounding yourself with evil corrupt people, bringing drug barons to be your friends, telling the whole world that 16 is greater than 19 by supporting the looser of the governors forum election, blocking diezani from going to the House of Reps to answer questions about her spending and stealing 10 billion Naira on jets, your government inconsistent policies on our economy, your failure to divest the economy, your not paying the oil companies the joint venture money you owed them for producing the oil money you are wasting and stealing, your buying many presidential jets that we don’t need, your not investing in water for all, surrounding yourself with very corrupt people, your not declaring your assets in accordance with our constitution and many other things you have done which are totally unsustainable are what have been driving investors away so don’t come and hoodwink us with your unintelligent grammar that President Obasanjo’s comments are driving investors away. jonathan and pdp are the ones driving investors away dumb ass president.

    • alhaji

      mr man where is the money?youjust opune your mouth and talk,well maybe your not ok

    • burning spear

      Fox News, indicated Former President of the United States of America, George W. Bush, to have said that he avoided publicly criticizing President Obama because he feels doing so would undermine the office of the Presidency. This is one practice Obasanjo has been involved over the years without restraints.
      “I don’t think it’s good for the country to have a former President undermine a current President; I think it’s bad for the Presidency for that matter,” Bush was gathered to have said on Fox News.
      Bush had said that, though he follows politics and is “very aware of what’s going on,” he has no interest in generating headlines for himself by bashing his successor. Here, he demonstrated high leadership culture that transcends personal interests and respects institutions of the state.
      “Secondly, I really have had all the fame I want,” he said. “I really don’t long for publicity. And the truth of the matter is in order for me to generate publicity I would have to either attack the Republican Party, which I don’t want to do, or attack the President, which I don’t want to do. And so, I’m perfectly content to be out of the limelight,” Bush had declared.
      Bush is widely construed to have demonstrated the true spirit of elder statesman, a statesman who understands the sanctity of public institutions and leadership etiquette.what a shame

    • obianuju #GMB15

      GEJ has belittled Nigeria and made us a laughing stock in the comity of nations by his negligence to the core responsibility of a competent and dedicated Leader

  • tunji braimoh

    Mr president you are really a breath of fresh air to Nigeria,we really appreciate your refined brand of politics

    • sani

      OBJ should stop interferring with the affairs of Nigeria,he has already done his

  • Yusuf

    see your mouth like the clueless mumu u are, what is scaring investors is mass corruption, insecurity and political uncertainty caused by desperation such deliberate postponement of electn

  • Tunsj

    I’m not Obasanjo and I can see that Nigeria is on the verge of collapse because of Jonathan’s leadership.

    • burning spear

      if Nigeria is on the verge of collapse what are we waiting for–then———————————————————–why have we not been able to separate—what are we together for–to wash the face of obj abi———————-

      • Arabakpura

        The Spear continues to burn!

      • Philip Gokir Musa

        only Yoruba people say Nigeria is collapsing because the country’s wealth has been spread out further from their control.

        • Separate Us…

          Keep dreaming lol

    • Olushola Charles Akinkunmi

      The collapse you talked about will come from our inabilities to understand indexes that are woven together to make Nigeria great. I have never really seen or read in developed world news where citizens celebrate/propagate their own collapse through the media like us. Nigeria is not wholly dependent on oil sector alone. Please all should wake up and contribute positive quota as demandes by God. Stop this Hatred. Jonathan is not God but may be used by God. You can’t see progress when your eyes are wickedly glued using Alteco 101 hatred.

  • Jerry Marok

    GEJ you don’t want to join issues with OBJ after you described him as a ” motor park tout”. You are confused now because defeat is staring you in the face. You seem to be speaking from both sides of your mouth. Too late for you mr presisdent.

    • burning spear

      Obj is worst than a motor park tout————————————————–an agbero—————–obj is worst than Lucifer—————————————————————–he is evil to a fault———————–any family with the likes of obj—is dead————————would never see progress-

      • Lenz

        I’m so happy you are cursing yourself, your father and your useless family that nobody knows in Nigeria or anywhere in the world

        Jimmy Carter criticised President Bush. Bill Clinton has criticised Obama on several occasions. This is not news here in the US.

        Bush cannot criticize Obama because Obama is cleaning up his gargantuan mess.

        You are a glorified nonentity.

        • Olushola Charles Akinkunmi

          Must you get so abusive to make your point known? Please lower that tone of unbridled outburst. Good morning

          • Save Nigeria Father

            Tthanks dear! It is a manifestation of violence from the haters of peace of the like that instruct to destroy property (Party card, cars, buildings, estate, towns(like Odi), states(like Anambra), regions like North East and nations and countries) and lives for their mission is simply to steal, to kill and to destroy. I pray they understand the mission of the Son of God and change for good.

          • Lenz

            You are admonishing me for being abusive? But you said nothing about the comment from “burning spear” to which I was reacting?

            BurningSpear referred to OBJ as:

            “worst than a motor park tout… an agbero… obj is worst than Lucifer… he is evil to a fault… any family with the likes of obj is dead… would never see progress”

            And you saw nothing wrong with this? What type of family did you come from???

            If somebody cannot respect themselves and their elders and betters then I will not respect them either…

          • Olushola Charles Akinkunmi

            Mr. When you leave out facts to chase shadow, you end up in pit. That’s a Mongolian proverb. My take on this forum is simple. Avoid personal attacks just like you ask me for the kind of home I am from. When you vent your frustration on a forum like this through character asssination….may heaven help Nigeria. Encourage constructive criticism. BY that you build a robust society. If you point one finger at me………what happens to the rest? Simply put …..they face you. Gooz afternoon.

          • Lenz

            Clearly you have nothing to say so why are you talking (to me)?

            There were no facts to “leave out” in BurningSpears comment, simply vitriol against an elder statesman and African icon. And I rightly paid him in his own coin.

            People like the both of you are a disgrace to Nigeria.

            Please direct your vapid commentary to him. He may have time for you .

          • Olushola Charles Akinkunmi

            Must you reply so negatively at all suggestions? I joined this forum today hoping to enjoy the freedom to add positive input to project Nigeria. Mr. Think Nigeria first as u may find it difficult to get asylum/refugees status elsewhere. To your defense of obj I say more grease. I hope you take time out to check profiles like mine that would not hide under a funny user name. You have the right to your thoughts, it’s God-given but use it well to glorify His name. Hope your day is great.

          • Lenz

            You are the one giving yourself headache.

            I reacted to somebody having the temerity to address a 3-time Head of State like Obasanjo as “worse than a motor park tout” and “worse than Lucifer” — but you STILL cannot condemn that act. Yet you waste your time preaching to me.

            I am not a Yoruba, so I’m not related to OBJ. From your name you appear to be a Yoruba. I went to school in Yourubaland, so I understand the culture very well. I know that Yoruba respect their elders — at least they used to.

            I guess things have changed with people like you, FFK, Fayose and Obanikoro who can proudly abuse their own father in the marketplace.

            Can’t you see the way Muazu and Lamido address OBJ? Even GEJ has now admitted that OBJ is his “father” and he’s feeling the loss of OBJs endorsement . Can you abuse your father ?

          • Olushola Charles Akinkunmi

            God bless you my bro for your understanding. May God continue to uphold u. I am not soliciting for your kind of understanding in the polity of Nigeria. He who has not sin…should cast the first stone. The beautiful part of great forum like this is that your profile is not really hidden. Slow down and be centrist to gauge development. As always don’t take up a fight that will not add divine value to you and generations after . That’s what I’m preaching to you. Ask yourself this question…the man obj … Does he really care about even his kids? Always ask …what if? Don’t abuse that’s all. Do have a lovely evening. We signed Independence as Nigeria, not as Yoruba, Ibo or Hausa/Fulani. Ponder on that.

          • Olushola Charles Akinkunmi

            And your reaction should be proactive. Generate great ideas to establish better ideals bro.

          • Lenz

            Keep talking… Maybe eventually you will actually listen to yourself…

      • sani

        he shouldgo and take his leave at ota farm and be a good elder statesman

  • burning spear

    Pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu allegedly described corruption under President Olusegun Obasanjo as worse than that of late General Sani Abacha, according to United States cable obtained by Wikileaks.

    The report released by Wikileaks stated that a meeting which the former US Ambassador to Nigeria, Robin Sanders had with Mallam Ribadu to discuss his removal from the EFCC, Ribadu told the US ambassador that Obasanjo was good at covering his tracks while admitting that corruption was worse under Obasanjo. Ribadu was quoted as saying that former President Obasanjo knew how to play the game. “Although he created the EFCC and understood its importance for him with the international community, Ribadu explained, that by far and even more than the Abacha days, corruption under Obasanjo’s eight years was far worse.what a shame

    • Aminu

      Let’s Ribadu now compare the level of corruption of obasanjo Govt and that of goodluck.
      Hope the governorship ticket given to him by Jonathan will not affect his judgement

  • burning spear

    Fox News, indicated Former President of the United States of America, George W. Bush, to have said that he avoided publicly criticizing President Obama because he feels doing so would undermine the office of the Presidency. This is one practice Obasanjo has been involved over the years without restraints.
    “I don’t think it’s good for the country to have a former President undermine a current President; I think it’s bad for the Presidency for that matter,” Bush was gathered to have said on Fox News.
    Bush had said that, though he follows politics and is “very aware of what’s going on,” he has no interest in generating headlines for himself by bashing his successor. Here, he demonstrated high leadership culture that transcends personal interests and respects institutions of the state.
    “Secondly, I really have had all the fame I want,” he said. “I really don’t long for publicity. And the truth of the matter is in order for me to generate publicity I would have to either attack the Republican Party, which I don’t want to do, or attack the President, which I don’t want to do. And so, I’m perfectly content to be out of the limelight,” Bush had declared.
    Bush is widely construed to have demonstrated the true spirit of elder statesman, a statesman who understands the sanctity of public institutions and leadership etiquette.

    • Aminu

      Agreed, but did you ever see where a sitting American president criticising his predecessor openly like what Jonathan use to do through his spokespersons?

      • burning spear

        Jonathan is the last person who will order his MEN to insult people in the APC———————–HIS COMMENTS HAVE OFTEN BEEN BASED ON—-RESPONSE TO INSULTS POURED ON HIM–BY THE NIGHT SOIL MEN IN APC

    • Enyi Enyi

      This Nigeria not USA!

  • Sams

    Insecurity, corruption and political instability brought about by postponing the elections are driving investors away, not Obj. As usual, the president trying to cover his failures by blaming others.

  • Majek tunde

    Mr president,as usual you missed the point.What drives investors away is :the police impounds your car,they deflate your tires and you are expected to pay 200 naira to the policemen at the station gate -after the DPO had collected 5000 naira,-before they release your tire valve.When people like Koro are made ministers and FFK are preside titian spokesperson.

    • burning spear

      does what u have posted make sense to your head—————–how many investors——-or diplomats ——-drive themselves in Nigeria————————-well that is why those who are sane—————–pray for state police————instead of federal——————–which said never to———-the elections for 2011 was shifted for one week–we never heard ACN complain then—-sha

  • burning spear

    Pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu allegedly described corruption under President Olusegun Obasanjo as worse than that of late General Sani Abacha, according to United States cable obtained by Wikileaks.

    The report released by Wikileaks stated that a meeting which the former US Ambassador to Nigeria, Robin Sanders had with Mallam Ribadu to discuss his removal from the EFCC, Ribadu told the US ambassador that Obasanjo was good at covering his tracks while admitting that corruption was worse under Obasanjo. Ribadu was quoted as saying that former President Obasanjo knew how to play the game. “Although he created the EFCC and understood its importance for him with the international community, Ribadu explained, that by far and even more than the Abacha days, corruption under Obasanjo’s eight years was far worse.what a shame

    • emmanuel

      Please respect yourself and do not talk about the only elder statesman in Nigeria like this. Even if Ribadu described him in this light.

      The USA knows this, yet Obasanjo carries on as if the UN will not do anything in and for Africa without the consent of Obasanjo.

      The man sure has Alzhemier

  • Aminu

    If you really recognised obasanjo as your political father why did you called him motor park tout?

  • BTT

    Obasanjo cannot drive foreign investors away. Even a blind man could see that Nigeria was at the verge of collapse. Even Obama faces strong opposition in the US senate. Rather, criticism determines the maturity of democracy of a nation. Moreover, these are uncalled-for statements against a man that was instrumental for a man from the Nigerian minority to become president. A little respect is necessary. Go see OBJ and discuss your grievance with him if you truly recognized him as your political father, instead of lashing him in newspaper lines. He is not the one responsible for Nigerian current situation.

    • Olushola Charles Akinkunmi

      You all reason like Nigeria needs Obj to survive. Obj is self- serving. Period. Nigeria is bigger than any grunted elder stateman. Put your country first before self.

      • Enaikebi

        Thank you bo.

        • Akinola

          Suffering can NEVER end in Nigeria. That nation is under a curse. When God wants to punish a nation, He gives her a bad leader. Those advocating for Jonathan are those benefitting from his corrupt government. But I pity the futureless youths shouting GEJ. They have sold their future and the future of their children. We will stay here and watch them suffer, groan and weep under ther hardship Jonathan will inflict on them for the next four years.

  • Fidelis Anka

    Where President Jonathan got it right and then wrong………

    President Jonathan is correct on the reckless statements by Obasanjo.
    Where Jonathan is NOT correct, is his own stated stance on corruption.
    Where arrests are not effected or reported the purpose of preventive
    corruption that he adopts becomes self-refuted as tantamount to
    implied private settlement of treasury crimes in violation of law.

    • Encore

      AS BUHARI’S COURT TRIAL STARTS TOMORROW…

      “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)

  • burning spear

    tHE PRESIDENT IS RIGHT—-U CANNOT FIGHT CORRUPTION WITH CORRUPT IDEAS—HOW DO U EXPECT A MAN WHO FORGED HIS CERTIFICATE TO FIGHT CORRUPTION—HOW

    • sani

      he has already failed and there is no way Nigerians will vote for him to go to Aso Rock

      • emmanuel

        And Buhari has won? Mu mu!

    • Ricca

      …..AND THAT MEANS THE FIRST STEP TO TRANSPARENCY
      IS JUST AN ARM’S LENGTH AWAY, AND, THAT SIMPLY MEANS:

  • Gbenizibe Amachree

    Statesmanship is earned by deserving and responsible elders and not self taken.

    • sani

      yes,but i wonder why that is sohard for OBJ to grasp, he should respect himself, politcs is a young man’s gameand not forold people

  • sani

    Fox News, indicated Former President of the United States of America, George W. Bush, to have said that he avoided publicly criticizing President Obama because he feels doing so would undermine the office of the Presidency. This is one practice Obasanjo has been involved over the years without restraints.
    “I don’t think it’s good for the country to have a former President undermine a current President; I think it’s bad for the Presidency for that matter,” Bush was gathered to have said on Fox News.
    Bush had said that, though he follows politics and is “very aware of what’s going on,” he has no interest in generating headlines for himself by bashing his successor. Here, he demonstrated high leadership culture that transcends personal interests and respects institutions of the state.
    “Secondly, I really have had all the fame I want,” he said. “I really don’t long for publicity. And the truth of the matter is in order for me to generate publicity I would have to either attack the Republican Party, which I don’t want to do, or attack the President, which I don’t want to do. And so, I’m perfectly content to be out of the limelight,” Bush had declared.
    Bush is widely construed to have demonstrated the true spirit of elder statesman, a statesman who understands the sanctity of public institutions and leadership etiquette.what a shame on OBJ

  • Segun

    Thank u Mr president. U are always calm no matter the provocation.

  • Bidemi Lukman

    Jona did not want to join issues with OBJ but can call him a tout

    • Enaikebi

      When??? Pls stop the speculations.

      • Bidemi Lukman

        So, you were not in this country when he said some elder statemen are behaving like motor garage touts when responding to OBJ’s comment on how GEJ ran Nigerian economy

      • hyperbole123

        where were you when he called him a motor park tout. abi him mouth just dey drive rough ni?

  • emmanuel

    Jonathan was very unfortunate to have the like of Obasanjo as a father, because he never means wellbfor anyone.

    Jonathan was made to fly to Ota on regular basis within the first six months of his Term as president. The essence was to make Nigerians believe that je was not competent. This Jonathan realised early and distanced himself.

    It suffices to say ‘head or tail, any one who preside over Nigeria is a looser on the sides of Obasanjo’ reason being that his larger than life posture will not allow him let Nigeria produce a President better than him

  • Save Nigeria Father

    Those that accuse GEJ of stealing and corruption are not really fair because comparatively he is trying and going by their views I think they are well versed because they are being beaten at their game. Rome is not built in a day and democracy requires a solid foundation which the man is doing and until the bad eggs OBJ filled in NASS are vacated things might not start working. At least the constitution need to be Nigerian. The enemies of Jonathan are simply proponents of inequality gap.

  • PATROTIC NIGERIAN WOMAN

    Has Obasanjo forgotten the antecedents of Goodluck
    Jonathan in a hurry? Has he forgotten that nobody rivals Goodluck Jonathan and
    remains sane and relevant again? baba had started dancing naked in the market
    square and he is no longer comfortable. I hope baba is not a striving god
    father. where was Obasanjo when Goodluck Govt fought EBOLA hands down and dazed
    the whole world including America? He has run to Ebola torn
    countries to seek relevance in order to beat Goodluck’s records or what? Is it
    part of the APC game plan to import Ebola to Nigeria again through
    Obasanjo and discredit the good work Goodluck did? Of what good if not strife
    and self relevance is Obasanjo going to Guinea, Sierra Leone and other Ebola
    torn countries to do. Where was Obasanjo when Ebola entered Nigeria and why did
    he not seek support for vitamins in Nigeria?. What is this sudden love for
    other African countries where none was shown to Nigeria that has given Obasanjo
    two opportunities to rule as Military and civilian president? Nigerians
    wake up from your slumber and shine your eyes. God is indeed exposing evil
    people who hate our country. Has Baba gone to seek INTERNATIONAL CAKE to
    enable him and his children form A PARALELL GOVERNMENT? More revelations will
    come sooner or later; certainly there is more to it than the eyes can see.
    GOOLUCK TILL 2019. GOD BLESS NIGERIA!!!

    • Enaikebi

      Bless you my dear, yet the blind ones would not see the truth. The harm Obj is causing in this country is so grave that if he is not stopped, l bet you this country will not stand. He is so bent on pulling the 4 walls of this country down to achieve his devilish aim. God forbid.

      • hyperbole123

        which arm? which devilish aim? you don’t know what you’re talking about. obj is a great patriot. jonathan’s who generation to the 10th will not active what he has achieved already

    • Guest

      Kai….stop your misinformation. Thank God for USA CDC manpower, training and equipment on ground, the same America in your poor attempt trying to discredit, provided the road map for our brave healthcare workers and Nigeria to successfully contained ebola.

    • hyperbole123

      what nonsense. so Jonathan is God? was he not a shoeless fisherman yesterday? back to fishing he will go. along with all you dividers of our people who support him

  • chi boss

    He has not only ridiculed himself but also the reputation of Nigeria, both nationally and internationally, hence scaring foreign investors away, this can depreciate the country’s foreign earnings…#GEJ4NAIJA

  • Ozonato

    Nigerians are very luck and proud because GEJ is not using any sedious act to detain individual causing problems for the state. OBJ should remember that any person who levies war against the State, in order to intimidate or overawe the President or the Governor of a State, is guilty of treason, and is liable to the punishment. Planning for emergency govt is not the answer because any person conspiring with any person, either within or without Nigeria, to levy war against the State with intent to cause such levying of war as would be treason if committed by a citizen of Nigeria, is guilty of treason and is liable to the punishment of death. There is no need to intimidate the Presidency. Hope that OBJ is not aligning himself on sedition. What is sedition? Sedition is the act of promoting discontent or inciting people to insurrection against the government. Remember in 1909, a law was introduced by the Egeton Administration, which gave magistrates the right to imprison anyone for sedition.

    Gladly enough, Nigeria is one of such countries that have not merely included a bill of rights in their national constitutions, but have equally ratified a number of international agreements embodying what is nationally known as ‘fundamental rights. Chapter IV of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 is a bundle of rights recognised as fundamental by the Constitution itself. The so-called proposed ‘National Harmony Act’ in fact encourages DISHARMONY as it allows hate-speeches with hatred being openly expressed as long as no threat or use of force is made. Our multi-racial societies are not ready for this yet perhaps give Nigerians a chance with more time to prepare itself for an election. The ability to speak and express themselves freely, the only way Nigerians can vent their frustrations will be at the ballot box if they think that GEJ is not doing well enough, but with what we are seeing the economy is good compared with other neighboring States and ofcourse it is on top in Africa. Are our leaders willing to stand up and unequivocally renounce excuse for physical violence and demand individuals to take up responsibility of their actions even when they are offended verbally?

    Our leaders lack courage to demand more matured citizenry, who can take verbal offence in stride. Obj is too quick to kowtow to thuggish threat: I will beat you up into pulp unless you stop offending me. Nigerians are not adopt the attitude of battered-wife-syndrom. Should there be Sedition Act strengthen and enforced, would you wonder all Nigerians become “battered wives”? And guess who are the aggressive husbands who would be appeased when there is no offending criticism. The President is humbly and not week at all, if he uses force they will complain now even small boy in primary 1 have the chances to abuse Gej online, can such thing happen in Asia and some European Nations?

    Apparently many countries, including Canada, India, Singapore, still need their versions of the Sedition Acts for their own societies and individual national interests. Not many can disagree that Canada & Singapore, for instance, are developed countries yet they find it necessary to give ‘a place to Sedition Act’. However, plenty of other countries, especially those from the Commonwealth still keeping this leftover law from our British colonial masters including Canada, India, Singapore and Hong Kong. What many don’t know is that the US has Sedition Acts too. You read right, plural – they have more than one. First, there was the Sedition Act of 1798 that made it illegal to criticise the American government and punishable by fine and/or imprisonment if found guilty. President John Adams and the Federalists feared internal dissent and passed the law to effectively reduce opposition. This was repealed by Thomas Jefferson on grounds that the law restrained free speech.

    On May 16, 1918, the US Congress passed another Sedition Act to supplement the Espionage Act created in the previous year. Both legislation’s were made to protect America’s participation in World War I. The Sedition Act imposed harsh penalties – up to $10,000 and/or 20 years imprisonment for ‘anyone found guilty of making false statements that interfered with the prosecution of the war; insulting or abusing the US Government, the flag, the Constitution or the military; agitating against the production of necessary war materials; or advocating, teaching or defending any of these acts’. Congress later repealed this law in 1921 on grounds that it contravened the fundamentals of America’s democracy.

    The third and final attempt at creating seditious offenses happened vis-à-vis the Alien Registration Act 1940. Popularly known as the Smith Act named after its principal author, Democrat Congressman Howard W Smith of Virginia, it targeted Trotskyites, Nazi sympathizers, communists and socialists that were growing in number in America after World War II. The Act cast a wide net too namely anybody with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so or organises or helps or attempts to organise any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof”.

    Hundreds of people were prosecuted under this law between 1940 to 1956, a period of time encompassing the height of espionage between warring sides during World War II and the start of the Cold War. It took a Supreme Court case in 1957 to rule that the First Amendment right to free speech protected radical and incendiary speech unless it posed a ‘clear and present danger’ that would lead to an overthrow of government. The decision effectively increased the burden of proof for the prosecution to show actual action to overthrow the government using violent, unlawful means. The 14 communist leaders in that trial of Yates v. United States had their convictions reversed and retried in the district courts. By middle-1962, the last of the convicted communists finished serving their jail term and some had their sentences commuted by President John F Kennedy. The Smith Act may still be in existence today but it is mostly seen as a relic from the Cold War.

    So what does this mean for Nigeria? There is no space for sedition for a country wanting to achieve developed nation status. It needs to take leaf from the UK that had abolished criminal libel and sedition just four years ago in 2010. Then Justice Minister Claire Ward had described sedition as arcane and that the freedom of speech is the touchstone of democracy. How has this been for them? The British monarchy and government are both still standing, and the union hasn’t gone up in flames. Dr Jonathan is a patient man and he must win this election to fix all the projects on table. Enough for Northern element to cage Nigerians again for 40yrs without any good developments.

    • Worldpoliti

      Beatiful

  • grace folarin

    Those that accuse GEJ of stealing and corruption are not really fair because comparatively he is trying and going by their views I think they are well versed because they are being beaten at their game. Rome is not built in a day and democracy requires a solid foundation which the man is doing and until the bad eggs OBJ filled in NASS are vacated things might not start working. At least the constitution need to be Nigerian. The enemies of Jonathan are simply proponents of inequality gap. #GEJ4NAIJA