Again, Jonathan affirms elections will hold on new dates; says talk about Interim Govt. “treasonable”

President Goodluck Jonathan, said on Sunday in Abuja, that it was treasonable for anybody to insinuate the possibility of an interim government, stressing that it was also unconstitutional.

Mr. Jonathan, in a goodwill message at the opening of the Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), said he was convinced that Nigeria would remain stable.

The president said at the risk of being accused of campaigning in a church, that he must give clarification to the worrying issue of interim government.

“Interim government is not known to the Nigerian constitution, as a nation, we don’t have a constitutional court, we only have a Supreme Court; I don’t have powers to redefine our constitution.

“There is no way Goodluck Jonathan who was elected by the people with a clear mandate will now go and head an interim government without a mandate.

“The only interim government that anybody can contemplate is a military government which of course will not be accepted.

“ECOWAS will not accept it that is why we forced Burkina Faso to take the decision they took; AU will not accept it, the UN will not accept it and Nigerians will not in this present generation accept it.

“So any insinuation about interim government is treasonable and people should not talk about it.

“Elections will be conducted as scheduled by INEC,” he said.

Mr. Jonathan noted that Nigeria has had its unfair share of insecurity which also led to the postponement of the election but there was no going back on the new dates.

Mr. Jonathan, who expressed worry over some media reports, especially on the social media, stressed that the nation must remain stable.

“The kind of statements we read in the media especially in the social media, sometimes you begin to get worried; is Nigeria going up in flames?

“But I am convinced that this country will continue to be stable,” he said.

Mr. Jonathan said the elections were postponed due to issues of insecurity and reaffirmed his commitment to the new dates.

On the attack on Gombe State on Feb. 14, the former date of the election, Mr. Jonathan expressed concern that the election could have been disrupted had it held on the day.

He, however, assured that before the new dates fixed for the elections, insecurity would have been stemmed to allow for a peaceful, free, fair and undisrupted exercise.

“Probably if INEC had gone ahead to conduct the elections, there would have been a major crisis in the North-East.

“It is better for us to conduct elections that are free and fair; elections that are credible, elections that will not be interrupted and there will be no crisis.

“I am pleased with what is happening in the North-East now; I am convinced that before March 28, this country will be in a position that no criminal element will disrupt our elections.

“I will not in any way because of my own personal interest, do anything that will jeopardise the interest of our nation as a whole; Nigeria is bigger than anybody.

“There is no office that is more important than the unity of this country,” he said.

He expressed gratitude to Catholics, all Christians and other religious groups for their fervent prayers for Nigeria.

(NAN)


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  • taewo

    Oh, he used and dumped Pastor Bakare and Yinka Aodumakin. I was terribly disappointed when I saw the duo addressing a press conference in which they were recommending an interim government.

  • Sword of Damocles

    Thats more like it Mr President. “treasonable”, I would just say some of the things that have occurred on 3 specifiic dates have an close correlation with this term. The dates are Nov 20th 2014, Feb 7th 2015, and june14th, 2014. Just commot, We take mama peace beg una. Bleach may not remove the stain on honor.

  • the truth

    Mr president I am neither an apc or pdp member,but u have performed tremendously.I see it from the journey I took from lagos to benin,the benin ore road is now history.I took d train which was dead before u came in.u have built 21 universities in 5 years which all d president s combined can’t boast of.I dont need to mention any more.they have bought d media with propaganda

    • SAM .A

      Mr liar, why do you keep lying , deceiving yourself that u are not Feedeefee , you are absolutely free today to make yourself happy here, loo & behold , lots on Nigerians in NE, the mother of Chibok girls, those who have their relative killed, the IDP and Nigerian refuges in Chad, Cameroon, and Niger know that you are deceiving yourself . Keep on enjoying your deceit till March 28 , when your joy will turn into sorrow and light will shine on your darkness.

      • alhaji

        better you tell your mother to fine the chibok girls,stupid

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Mr. President, I sincerely pray that the blood of those innocent ones whose lives were lost to boko haram in about six years of inaction by you and your men would not rest until the lives of those who let them down join them.

    Amen

    • the truth

      And may god strike to death all who inwardly support this terror for political gains.this includes all sponsors including their families, people who come online to castigate the govt and are sympathetic to boko haram cause,also strike to death all those who inwardly wish this insurgency continues so nigerians would be sympathetic to their cause and candidate.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Amen.

        And may the plague of leprosy afflict all those who seek to profit from boko haram politically as well those who support them and their generations forever.

        I trust you would also say Amen to this.

        • the truth

          We both agree boko haram is d enemy.we both agree all those who inwardly support boko haram to further a particular candidate should die,we both agree death should befall all who come online to castigate the fg why inwardly wishing boko haram continue

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            We “both” do not agree on the ‘fg’.

            I don’t know why you are waffling.

            I have said Amen, why are you afraid to say the same?

            Anything outside the simple Amen is pure horse crap. And you know it.

    • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

      Someone sounds really sad. Is it that we are routing your military wing at the North East or that this man here is reaffirming a one strong Nigeria that you all want to destroy? Either way, get help fast.

      • Yusuf

        we are happy that the president is speaking this way even though his words hardly match his actions, but a good correction doesnt do away with the responsibilities of the past, that is the reason why histories are written

        • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

          Why then are you guys afraid to face Buhari’s past and call it personal attack?

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Ifebuche, if only you know!

    • burning spear

      Sad to see certain Nigerians like u post comments without taking the pains to put on your thinking caps————obj was president for 8 yrs———————–when oil was selling at $147————–he did–not deem it necessary—-to equip our soldiers—————–obj did nothing about sharia law—————or boko haram which was created when he was president—————-now u play the blame game–with the lives of those who were murdered like abiola and kudirat in the fulani north

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        It is a prayer.

        You either say Amen or shut your trap!

        There is no room for a halfway measure against all traducers.

    • Wise Head

      You started Boko Haram so you can claim the President is inactive. Sorry, you’ve lost it. When Gen Ihejirika went after Boko Haram to end it’s menace, Northern political/religious elements began to shout “genocide!!”. Buhari said that FG was killing BH while Niger Delta militants were given amnesty. He has been quoted as saying any war against BH is war against the North. Even today, in a recent al jazeera interview, he still refers to BH as the “So-called Boko Haram”. BH even nominated him to negotiate on their behalf. It was his refusal that frustrated the talks, because he is probably the only one they know and trust. So, dream up another trick. It is sickening how a people kill and blow themselves up to just to “prove” that a man is incompetent. Dumb isn’t it?

      • sani

        just a bunch of irreleant people trying to be elevant, liars

  • Titi

    the president who speaks from the church

    • burning spear

      sOON U WILL VIA apc THUGS ON LINE CLAIM JONATHAN IS USING RELIGION TO SPLIT THE COUNTRY—-ONLY A MAN WHO IS MENTALLY SICK——WILL CANVASS FIR AN INTERIM GOVERNMENT LIKE OBJ IS TRYING TO DO——————–

  • 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 Nation

    • Tunsj

      You talk a lot without saying anything of significance. Your hero, Jonathan, represents the problems not the solutions.

  • Wise Head

    Some people are willingly embracing slavery by opposing the restructuring of the federation for justice and fair play which the Yoruba have championed since the time of Awolowo and which the HAUSA/FULANI for selfish reasons have opposed so that they would continue to reap where they did not sow. Do not say I did not tell you. By the time all of us open your eyes to see where Bola Tinubu (who had supported restructuring before) had led these people, it would be too late. Nigeria needs to be restructured for healthy competition to thrive between the various zones and states, not for a particular group to corner other country’s entire resources in the name of “one federal government”. Support the implementation of the National Conference resolution. Oppose any candidate that opposes restructuring.

  • Wise Head

    It is now widely believed (with some justification) that some political and religious elements started Boko Haram so you can claim the President is inactive. Sorry, you’ve lost it. When Gen Ihejirika went after Boko Haram to end it’s menace, Northern political/religious elements began to shout “genocide!!”. Buhari said that FG was killing BH while Niger Delta militants were given amnesty. He has been quoted as saying any war against BH is war against the North. Even today, in a recent al jazeera interview, he still refers to BH as the “So-called Boko Haram”. BH even nominated him to negotiate on their behalf. It was his refusal that frustrated the talks, because he is probably the only one they know and trust. So, dream up another trick. It is sickening how a people kill and blow themselves up to just to “prove” that a man is incompetent. Dumb isn’t it?

  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    GOOD LOCKED

  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    JO NOTHING

  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    GOODLOCK JONOTHING

  • Sams

    “The president said at the risk of being accused of campaigning in a church, ..” – Why stop now? You have been campaigning in churches for years. No one has eroded the integrity of the church like GEJ did.

  • sani

    very well said there Mr President, i believe in your government, i know with your government Nigeria is heading for the best of there life #MARCH4GEJ #FORWARDNIGERIA

  • Advocate

    whenever this president lay emphasis on something, it means he is planning to do otherwise. nigerians do not believe this man again

  • excel

    Just as the clueless president promise Feb14, it is not in your power anymore to determine if the election will hold or not the constitution has said it all. March4GMB

  • dele

    This man will pollute every institution in Nigeria, including the church. A completely amoral man, ethically challenged, devoid of strong character and integrity. No wonder he finds comfort in the company of the like of Fayose, Buruji, Bode George, Chris Uba, Omisore, Tompolo, Asari and the rest of them.

  • bello audu

    Mr. Jonathan, in a goodwill message at the opening of the Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), said he was convinced that Nigeria would remain stable.#GEJNaija

  • bello audu

    we believe in you mr president because we no how much you are working hard to see that the economics is stabilize and an average Nigeria have something to do may God continue to guide and direct you in wisdom to carry-on the good work.#GEJN aija