Jonathan visits Synagogue Church, plans meeting with governors on building collapse

President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday said he would meet with Nigeria’s state governors on ways of averting building collapse in the country.

Mr. Jonathan, who spoke when he visited the scene of the Synagogue Church building collapse in Lagos, said it had become imperative for him to meet with the state chief executives on possible policies that would guide the erection of high-rise building anywhere in the country, to avert future collapse of buildings.

The yet-to-be-scheduled meeting will also take policy decisions on the alleged use of substandard materials in buildings and the strengthening regulations concerning high rise buildings, the President said.
A five-storey building inside The Synagogue Church of all Nation’s premises in Lagos collapsed on September 12 as three additional floors were being added to the original two-storey structure.

Eighty-six dead bodies were recovered from the rubble and 131 rescued, according to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.

President Jonathan, who visited the scene to condole with the church and victims of the tragedy, described the incident as “very sad story and very sad incident”, but expressed his condolences to the Church members, the Head of the Church, T. B. Joshua and those who lost their dear ones in the incident.

He particularly condoled ‎with the South African people and their President, Jacob Zuma, whom he said he had already spoken with.

‎According to the President, “Today when I arrived Lagos, my first port of call was where a five-storey building collapsed and 80 people confirmed dead, about 131 people were injured.

“It is a very sad story, very sad incident to us and the international community because most of the people that died in that building collapse were not ‎Nigerians. In fact about majority of them are South Africans,” Mr. Jonathan said. “I spoke to the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma to first express our own sentiments and condolences to the President and people of that country.”

The building, which served as Guest House for visitors to the Church, collapsed at about 12.45 pm on Friday, September 12.

Mr. Joshua blamed the incident on a strange aircraft which he alleged hovered around the building before its collapse.

The South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, more than 84 South Africans died in the incident.


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  • amazing2012

    Up to now no one is arrested, is meeting going to solve this problem ? Are the dead coming back after the meeting?

    • Truth

      The president should not only meet the Governors, he should also meet with the professionals: Engineers, architects, building technologies etc and ensure that no engineering project no matter how small is done without a seal from a certified engineer.

      • redeem

        good taLK

    • redeem

      they will according to fashola

  • Scalywag

    Arrest the false prophet! Who told him he could superimpose three floors on an existing two floor building without collapse of the whole structure?. Its all part of ‘Gambling in the Temple’ Then travel to Chibok, Maiduguri, Gwoza and Bama to also condole and console multitudes that have been orphaned, widowed maimed and displaced by BH. A C in C must have balls or what Madeline Albright called ‘Co-Jones’. The President should not only enjoy the spoils of office! He must also do the hard work associated with the office

    • redeem

      how many has the lagos state government nabbed since buildings started–collapsing in lagos–ban dangote cement

  • Ijeuwa

    Quick to visit his constituents to commiserate with them. When will he visit Chibok? Hypocrisy!!! Oh, I remember now, there were South Africans involved in the tragedy. Their lives are worth something, not like the bloody Nigerians who’re worth nothing!

    • Nkem Njoku

      ..and $9.3 million…

      • redeem

        covers the cost of two jets tinubu bought–that is a man who is not even from an oil producing state

        • The Nationalst

          You sound retarded. Is oil the only only source of revenue ?

          • redeem

            put yr revenue base on the table for us to see————————————————-is it cocoa–ground–nut pyramid rubber—palm oil——-which one

          • The Nationalst

            MY revenue base is my brain and my hands. YOUR revenue base seems to be parasitism on oil that you do not know how it got there or when it would finish. My advice to you is to wake up and realize that oil is not wealth to you except you own an oil company.
            If you don’t then you’d better shut up and find something to do with your brain and your hands.

    • Lanre

      Ask Jonathan why he went there. He does not know. I am sure his media advisers counselled him to go so they can recover the $9.3m. Nigeria has been taken over by hardened criminals at all levels.

      • redeem

        perhaps the building collapsed because of the ongoing stealing by APC in lagos

      • redeem

        u mean he should not have gone to visit the scene of an incident that led to the death of over 100 people ?

    • redeem

      did boko kidnap or murder the school girls—————————————-

  • Salim

    $9.3M dollars at stake here

    • redeem

      was the moeny stolen and used for drugs————————almost the same amount of money tinubu used in buying two private jets————————–

  • ACTION MAN

    Is building collapse a political issue that we need governors to resolve? I would have thought that the president shout look up to the professional engineers, builders, architects, town planners and building control agencies. What about SON and quality of buiding materials produced in and brought into the country? are there no building and town planning codes in Nigeria? THIS IS WHAT CORRUPTION CAN DO TO A
    COUNTRY. Its rather pathetic that the most of our leader see corruption as their family and would rather die than tackle it.

    PATHETIC THAT THE PRESIDENTBE

    • T.B Joshua raises the dead, therefore he should start raising those who died in his building.

      Nigerians and West Africans called for ZMapp and other experimental drugs.

      Why have Nigerians and West Africans refused to call on their ANOINTED ONES
      (e.g., Adeboye and Joshua) to start laying hands on Ebola patients?

      • redeem

        what type of miracle did Jesus perform in his home town——————————————-was he able to raise the dead————————————-and the sick—————-told us why—————-bible teacher

        • Your Nigerian Pastors don’t compare to the true Prophets
          (the Jewish Scripture: Old and New Testament).

    • Lanre

      I see your anger in your writing. I have given up on Nigeria. There is no hope.

      • redeem

        then dont touch the oil revenue from the SS—it will save us all the trouble—hate 9ja yet u beg for kudi daily from the SS————-oil revenue base—————–because yr tribes man is not in power——-abi——————

    • redeem

      Its it more than a political issue——————how many building has collapsed in Lagos state alone within the last few months————count the number of who died in the incident——some thing must be wrong with the type of cement they use——————this dangote cement———————-

  • Abate Dokpu

    Following this well thought out visit, prophet Joshua will soon endorse Jonathan and predict victory for him in 2015. Charlatans.

    • redeem

      What is wrong with that——–if he does—————-? Did Bakare————-not predict that Obj was not the chosen one and that he will not rule beyond his first term———did u 9jas hiding in APC kill him because of that——————i begi

  • alao

    Nigeria is indeed at its lowest ebb. The President visiting TB Joshua who clearly violated building plans,which lead to its collapse and resulted in the death of over 80 souls. Solidarity to criminals by Jonathan is unprecedented.

    • umunnem

      We are not just at our lowest ebb, we are at the bottom. Read the spoken English of our President…terrible. His handlers should tell him not to speak ex tempore without his script: “most of the people that died in the building collapse” should have been “most of the people who died in the collapsed building”. The former is broken or pidgin which is common in the Creeks. Also, the second sentence is a mangle. You cannot have “about” followed by “majority” in one sentence. You can have “about” followed by a number example: “about 30 people”. This is sad. I understand Abati and Omokri laugh at their Boss behnd his back yet they fail to prep him. Sad.

      “It is a very sad story, very sad incident to us and the international community because most of the people that died in that building collapse were not ‎Nigerians. In fact about majority of them are South Africans,” Mr. Jonathan said. “I spoke to the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma to first express our own sentiments and condolences to the President and people of that country.” –

      • Wähala

        An Ijaw president who once asked, “where is Gwoza sef?” is proof and why I say Aborigine education is contaminated by oyel spill and that Sapele Water they bath in. His wife can’t speak, he can’t express himself eloquently yet, they allow them to open their slimy mouths to disgrace Nigerians. The crude couple must be returned to the Otuoke Zoo they escaped from make we ressi o’jare… to sound like them. Who can blame a creek crook with Port Harcourt Degree (PhD) from the University of Pitakwa nobody has ever seen the thesis that qualified him for that piece of paper? It would be unfair not to correct that your quote of his stup*dity: “It is a very sad story, very sad incident to us and the international community because most of the people (who) died in that building collapse were not Nigerians. In fact, majority of them (were) South Africans.”

        • redeem

          i know u would be the one to attempt to correct his spoken English which again is different from the written English—————the first editor- of daily times–Ernest ikoli who also taught maths at kings college is not yr tribes man———————Obama ati George bush whose mother tongue is English———————-often make mistakes–so do not harp on it for passage to——aso rock——————–yorubas have their ngbati nbati——————ibos have their also———-hear them speak as if they are stammerers———————————the fulanis—except for those educated in london————go and listen to rudolf okonkow speak and tell me the tribe he hails from——————–monkey——————-have u heard allwell brown–among other s read news————-

      • redeem

        @wahala————–u who does not even know the meaning of synergy wants to correct the spoken English of others—–abi—-when u were asked for the meaning here –u said its a word used by dietitians—————-Monkey teacher don teach US rubbish—he is correct————that died in the building that collapsed——————–is——– correct ———————agbero English teacher—————————-the president could not be specific———————concerning the number of south Africans who died in that unfortunate incident———-who told u that majority of those who lost their lives in the building collapse—————-WERE from SA———–WAS IT THE POLICE——————————-or the insurance firm—-?———Abi Fashola ati Tinubu——–mumu————-he said it has been alleged that most of those who died are south Africans———————as a result of which he called the south African president———-to express his heart felt condolence to him and behalf of the government and people of Nigeria———————-

      • Nigerian

        HAHAHA! That’s Dr. Dumbo for you.

    • redeem

      Mumu no wonder u are with the drug addicts in APC——————he visited to express his condolence to those who died in the collapsed building———————————

      • Wähala

        Mumu, did he visit to express his condolence with the families of 59 school boys whose heads were chopped-off as they slept in their dorms? Hypocrite!

        • Mosaku 147

          Ask am for me ooo. What about the security men slaughtered by ombatse?why has he not called their families to the villa if he is afraid of visiting the scene of the incident.
          Anyway I than God he visited SCOAN for the sake of the South Africans as I can bet if only Nigerians had died,he will never go there.but wait o,PDP rally.ok now,that’s the reason he was even in Lagos in the first place.
          Yeye dey smell for villa.

      • Shehu

        Shege, your Dumbo Jonaharam is wicked. He is always with the wicked people, the MAD SHERRIFS, OLEJETSAFORS, IHEJERICRIMINAL and now TUBERCULOSIS JOSHUA.

  • Lanre

    I am happy to read some comments here. What some of us have been saying since 2011. Nigeria is in the abyss. The lowest ebb a rudderless country can ever reach. If you do not have the commensurate intellect you cannot govern. The previous leaders in Nigeria never had that intellect. That was never in doubt. Nigerians decided (against better judgment) to try an intellectual and a southerner. The outcome has been a fraud. My greetings to Olusegun Obasanjo and his fellow co-travelers who continue to make stupendous wealth while many more Nigerians go into dire poverty. In 2015, let Nigerians continue their suffering by returning Obasanjo, I mean Babangida, I mean Jonathan. What is the difference anyway?

    • redeem

      U have not been saying anything since 2011——-nothing—————just busy expressing yr local regional sentiments-period– I be yoruba–ibo ati fulani——–so I am right———-while the other shoe–less people from the yonder country are not————–period——–That is your own Nigeria————-Added to the fact that—the rogues u want to have them lead us in APC–should at least if for nothing——- be able to lead by example—————Yr gold platted lagos is in debt to the tune of over 600b–in spite of the fact that over 99.9 percent of the infrastructure in lagos was built with revenue from the SS—–crude oil ——YET THE STATES UNDER THE CONTROL OF APC—are now referred to as (ONIGBESE STATES-)—————–meaning debt infested states———————–u cannot train your child to be an armed robber——— ati drug addicts——– while the others are involved in with the jihadist activities with the vampires in boko haram—then plead with me to allow u train my kids——-again—–even for free—God forbid bad thing——I must be mad to allow u go near my family————————–that is the janjaweed brigade in APC for u——eveil to the core———that is why they are based on sharia reporters ati Punch——–they work with ideas glimpsed from the blood stained jihadist books of boko haram—–which no sane Nigerian wants———————in 2015-

  • redeem

    U have not been saying anything since 2011——-nothing—————just busy expressing yr local regional sentiments-period– I be yoruba–ibo ati fulani——–so I am right———-while the other shoe–less people from the yonder country are not————–period——–That is your own Nigeria————-Added to the fact that—the rogues u want to have them lead us in APC–should at least if for nothing——- be able to lead by example—————Yr gold platted lagos is in debt to the tune of over 600b–in spite of the fact that over 99.9 percent of the infrastructure in lagos was built with revenue from the SS—–crude oil ——YET THE STATES UNDER THE CONTROL OF APC—are now referred to as (ONIGBESE STATES-)—————–meaning debt infested states———————–u cannot train your child to be an armed robber——— ati drug addicts——– while the others are involved in with the jihadist activities with the vampires in boko haram—then plead with me to allow u train my kids——-again—–even for free—God forbid bad thing——I must be mad to allow u go near my family————————–that is the janjaweed brigade in APC for u——eveil to the core———that is why they are based on sharia reporters ati Punch——–they work with ideas glimpsed from the blood stained jihadist books of boko haram—–which no sane Nigerian wants———————in 2015—–cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeers

    • The Nationalst

      Your writing is painful read. So disjointed

      • T.B Joshua raises the dead, therefore he should start raising those who died in his building.

        Nigerians and West Africans called for ZMapp and other experimental drugs.

        Why have Nigerians and West Africans refused to call on their ANOINTED ONES
        (e.g., Adeboye and Joshua) to start laying hands on Ebola patients?

      • redeem

        @wahal————but the message is not painful to assimilate in your APC infested lungs abi

        • The Nationalst

          Stop smoking drugs, it’s starting to dull your mind. Is this how you were taught to write in school ?, using dashes instead of proper punctuation ?

          • Nigerian

            Don’t mind him. Do you think he went to school. This is the kind of English he picked on the streets of Port Harcourt or Otuake. Don’t you see how his brother Dumbo Jonaharam speaks. A total disgrace. Redeem is a street boy a thug and a paid PDPigs agent.

    • kick ’em out

      YOU ARE A CONFUSIONIST AND A BIGOT.

  • jack meofferman

    T.B. Joshua NEEDS T BE ARRESTED FOR THIS BUILDING COLLAPSE.HE TOLD CONTRACTORS TO CUT BACK ON STEEL AND USE INFERIOR CONCRETE..I HAVE PROOF HE MET WITH CONTRACTORS ABOUT THIS.TB JOSHUA IS ALSO RAPING NIGERIAN STREET CHILDREN..WE HAVE A $50,000 CASH REWARD FOR HIS ARREST

  • jack meofferman

    TO ALL NIGERIAN MUSLIMS- TB JOSHUA HATES YOU AND HATES THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD EVEN MORE. TB JOSHUA THINKS ALL MUSLIMS ARE GOING TO HELL

  • redeem

    i can smell u one million milies away from home—————————–

  • Amir

    A misguided and jealous preacher has again escaped from PDP online secretariat. Believers please be on the watch lest you believe these double faced marabouts! Religious confusionists must return their contract loot too.

    • IskaCountryman

      dont you pray 5 times daily?…leave my friend alone…he is not of the pdp…he needs to be converted to islam…

    • How much are you getting from the APC Secretariat?

  • tiiye

    Who is the “Lord” to whom Emmanuel Igein’s old man went? Why can you not just say the truth that he died. See? We have come to a new dispensation., It is FIRST Jon 4:1 that teaches us to test every spirit. Believers are being destroyed with lack of knowledge. Are you not hearing the noise all over Nigeria? Is that prayer? Believers are invoking Fire. Is that prayer. Is that God? Is that not Molech? We need deep-seated repentance, restitution, being re-molded and being re-molded to be conformed to Heart of our Almighty Creator through the One who was made the ATONEMENT for us,.
    It is a Personality that we need to submit and keep SUBMITTING to. See Philippians 2:13 and Matthew 11:29

  • tundemash

    No more PDP money for this fake Pastor to write propagandas again ???????

  • Lawrence Azubuike

    Femi, I wish you well in your new found “Vocation”