In message to Igbo Congress, Jonathan promises fairness to all tribes

President Goodluck Jonathan

The Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, over the weekend said no region or tribe in Nigeria would be short-changed under his leadership.

Speaking at the World Igbo Congress Day in Houston, United States of America, Mr. Jonathan said his administration would deploy the principle of Federal Character to correct any use of politics to undermine his government’s commitment to fairness.

“Some have said that this government has done more in appointments than any other in our history for the Igbo, but that is a matter for the pundits and historians. Let me state that appointments by this administration, across the country, will continue to be based on equity, fairness and competence,” Mr. Jonathan said.

He said in projects and policies, his administration has continued to do its best to ensure equity and fairness to all regions.

He assured that his administration would work towards encouraging the Igbo people who, he said, have much to offer Nigeria.

Mr. Jonathan also explained that the aim of the past 2014 National Conference was to engender unity and advance Nigeria’s collective development as a people.

He said his administration was committed to implementing the recommendations of the just concluded National Conference report.

“It has been proposed several times in the recent past, and I believe it is among the recommendations of the national conference, that Nigerians in Diaspora be constitutionally enabled to vote in their countries of residence. This is a cause I am committed to support and champion with all the wherewithal of my office, and I am fairly certain that working together we can bring this to reality. Your vote for whoever you want must not be denied,” he said.

The president commended the Ndigbo for their illustrious and enterprising nature, which, he said, singled the Igbo people out.

Listing the likes of Louis Ojukwu, Chukwuemeka Ojukwu and Onyechere Osigwe, the president said it was pertinent to note that there was much more out of the Igbo land in various sectors, entertainment and sports inclusive.

“In literary excellence, Chinua Achebe stands tall, supported by Cyprian Ekwensi, Chris Okigbo, Flora Nwakpa, Chinwezu and in recent times Chimamanda Adichie and many others. The Igbo donated Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, scholar, journalist, nationalist, foremost politician and first President of Nigeria, who in concert with Sir Ahmadu Bello, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Dappa Biriye and others, fought for our independence from Great Britain,” Mr. Jonathan said.

The President said he believed hard work, excellence and resilience have helped the Ndigbo move forward. He added that it was time for Nigerians, with the new technology available, to build on the foundations laid by the elders of the Igbo land.

“I also believe that the time is now to build on the foundations laid by the elders and leaders in Igboland by adopting technology and planning, so as to deliver better planned functional modern cities that would attract the growing population of the Igbo in the Diaspora, so that they can come back and settle to a lifestyle commensurate with what they have helped to develop elsewhere,” he said.

The planning, he said, must be integrated and harmonised in the industrial and trading activities of entrepreneurs in a way that they become more mutually beneficial and also take advantage of economies of scale and engender a more modern, friendly and comfortable business environment.

He said such effort would ease tension and encourage domiciliation of affordable technology and wealth creation and also attract investors, small and big all over the globe.

Mr. Jonathan said he hoped the Congress would guard its strong position as a rallying point and trusted bastion of the community, noting that societies are founded on strong institutions of competence and integrity.


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  • tuco

    Nonsense, tell those who don’t know.

  • tuco

    Premium times when did you start blocking comments?. you have blocked my comments several times, nobi era of freedom of speech we dey?

    • the truth

      Read my comment at the top on how Jonathan is bad and it was posted,but all my previous comments on pro Jonathan were blocked.they hardly allow any pro Jonathan post or anti apc view

      • tuco

        As a matter of fact for your information, I’m not a pro-Jonathan and never was, as such can never be a pro-Jonathan. This gov’t is the worst gov’t Nigeria had ever seen since independence. There has never been a gov’t that loots and embezzled public funds with impunity like this govt, extremely clueless. Anybody that things 2015 will come and pass with Dr Dumbo as president is daydreaming, time will tell.

        • oriwu properties

          are u the chief account of the federation to know that they re looting. For eight yrs Obasanjo was the minister of petroleum and nobody compalianed but bcos there is freedom of information everybody is now saying what they know and all that they dont know

      • antonym

        F*ck off, u are a serial liar

  • Wähala

    @Ndigbo in Diaspora…
    Dr. Dumbo has not kept a single promise from his pre-election campaign to Igbos, don’t invest your future in deceit and corruption ooh! Dr. Dumbo is, Corruption Incorporated! He should not be telling Ndigbo about what they’ve contributed to One Nigeria… he should be telling us what Nigeria has done to reciprocate, nix! Like every other Nigerian, Ndigbo want “enabling environment” because we know we can prosper without an Amnesty Program if competent leadership is put in place and playing fields are leveled. Enough of pandering for votes, those Igbos in Houston had better know that they’re on their own if they cut any deal with Dr. Dumbo… they will not be speaking for Höly Wähala in part of the Diaspora ooh! Ogwu kwa!

    • the truth

      Keep hating.he is your president whether you kill yourself.president goodluck Jonathan we salute u

  • the truth

    Premium times Jonathan is the worst president in Nigeria,he is responsible for boko haram, he would loose 2015, power should return back to the north.the best and unbiased newspapers are premium times and Sahara reporters,jonathan made our education health and infrastructure collapse.he is a curse.post this comment premium times.I have been trying to post throughout today bit I have always been blocked.lets see if this pro apc and anti jonathan comment would be allowed

  • the truth

    To all concerned any post I have posted that is against apc is blocked by premium times.I just posted earlier about how jonathan is bad and it was allowed.I see people use the fword and curse Jonathan and pdp but they are allowed to post,but we are not allowed to post any post that contradicts premium times apc agenda.they censor pro Jonathan posts just to give the perception that most posters hate Jonathan.god is watching u premium times

    • Swansea

      Premium Times does not block/censor comments except those with foul words. Those allowed may have replaced the letters with numbers. Example id1ot here should go because of the “one” in place of letter i. Stop your baseless accusation and use commonsense..

  • John green

    As if he meant all those words, he should point out all he claimed he will do when he’s re-elected in any igbo state, he can’t even satisfy his people in bayelsa not to talk of helping those in igboland, he has failed every single man/woman in this country and not only a tribe and the judgment has been passed, no more jonathan by 2015. No more insecurity, total black out, bad road and all. Change will surely take over

    • BlackieUmukoro

      Keep your one vote, that is assuning you have the permanent voters card

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan has done much more for the Ibos than any president, living or dead. It is an actual fact

    • Wähala

      Namely?

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Ask Ebele. Abi l look like Ebele
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Wähala

          You’re an uglier Chimp… punk!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Like you. No problem then
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    • oriwu properties

      youre very right

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Thank you
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  • Abubakar Sfada

    Politicians words its all lairs

  • Muhammed Bello

    He doesn’t have to say it. It is his responsibility. That is what he swore to do.