Jonathan speaks at Hope Global Forum, urges massive empowerment of youth, women

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday delivered the opening remarks at the Hope Global Forum discussing Emerging Africa: Beyond the Headlines, with a call on African nations to introduce ‎policies that would empower youth and women.

Prior to the event, he met privately with Ambassador Andrew Young and John Bryant Hope, Chairman and Founder of HOPE.

Also at the event were former US ambassador to Nigeria, Robin Sanders; Atlanta mayor, Kassim Reed; and other city fathers.

2016 is the first year the Hope Global Forums has showcased Sub-Saharan Africa.

During his opening remarks, Mr Jonathan drew parallels between Africa and Nigeria’s economic and social struggles to those of Atlanta and the HOPE foundation.

He stated that he was devoting his post presidential life to partnering with others of like mind to develop the African continent by working for political stability and wealth creation.

The former President gave highlights of his experience as head of the Commonwealth Election Observer mission to Tanzania.

He also lamented the fact that Africa, which has 15 per cent of the world’s population, only controls 2.5 per cent of global trade.

In particular, he drew applause from the audience of dignitaries when he said “If we do not add value to our commodity exports, all we will be doing is exporting jobs”.

He also got a standing ovation for calling for affirmative action to empower African women politically, economically and socially.

Mr. Jonathan also talked about his administration’s policy of empowering youths with capital through such interventionist programmes like Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria (YouWin) and the Nagropreneurs initiative.

He encouraged other African nations to introduce similar policies.

President Jonathan finally called on the August body to continue to support Nigeria and Africa’s economic progress through trade and investment noting that “foreign aid can never help Africa grow its economy. It can only help you exist vegetatively”.

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  • Chuks

    Jonathan was an Ijaw president who saw everyone and everything from the prism of bigotry. He is now so troubled in his conscience that he couldn’t do what was expected of him in power. His brain has probably started working a bit. He no longer wears his colourless Ijaw dress and cap. President Jona, a real comedy and paradox of a human being.

    • aisha ani

      Definitely looks a lot better, those corduroy materials were awful.

  • Omotolaaraujo

    We don’t want him in the US. Send him back!

    • Original_Raskal

      just like jesus among the jews! the more you hate him and crucify him, the more the world embrace him and worship him! who is fooling? lol

      • Amir

        Jonathan -just like Jesus? May God have mercy upon your demented soul.

      • Omotolaaraujo

        Obviously, he gave Nigerian money to those organizations. No Christian organizations are honoring him in Nigeria. He’s been implicated in several crimes.

        • Original_Raskal

          funny that you were in sambisa forest when CAN gave him the award! I pity your type!

          Jesus bribed the world to appreciate him, that is why his own Jewish people hate him! Keep fooling! This same GEJ you see today, will get a nobel price one day! You should learn that some people are blessed by God and no man can curse them! It is irrevocable blessing! That is GEJ for you! Learn to live with it or hang yourself like Judas did!

  • Sir Louis

    The West is using every means at its disposal to compensate former President Jonathan for the massive feat he achieved by ensuring the looting and degradation of the Nigerian economy, the biggest economy in the black World! One wonders whether with his record of incompetence Jonathan would appeal to the voters of any Western country as likely leader!

  • Frank

    Nduka Obaigbena is his foot soldier in US and Europe. He his Mr. Fix Jonathan image in the West. Hope you still remember his polls in This Day Newspaper before the election.

    • Damilola

      The international community is not as dummy as we’re here, they seek for the truth. Like someone said here, the more we talk about him the more he becomes fascinating to them to really know him and what he stood for. Unknown to his haters, they’re his “image fixers” and not one man in the name of Nduka.

      • Lola

        Do you think US could have called Jonathan a hero if he is an American. I am sure he would have been behind bar by now.

        • Damilola

          Lola, I tell you it wouldn’t have been less. Someone of that pedigree with less sabotage will deliver and be honoured alongside, amongst others, the Jimmy Carter, Bush jr, of whom even as a Nigerian, African soil, still caught their attention repeatedly after his presidency. We castigate him with hatred here, unknowing to us we’re his promoters. Is deep in controversy that the sane ones are scrambling to demystify him. I believe the popularity the opposition has placed on, now sells him in the international market. Imagine the commonwealth job, leading 180 countries to Tanzania. Was that also a bribe? NDI US also a bribe or illusion? What of the others? We sold him ourselves by mere hatred. The fact holding him down are daunting. Let’s see the game towards 2017 as it is. If this man is not docked by then, then forget it. Not even Nazi propaganda nor is propagandist flies the air forever. Peace and truth will forever reign.

    • Sincerely Yours

      Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t Nduka’s name mentioned in this ‘Dasukigate’? He got his pay, for this image laundering.

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  • Gugurus Ekpa

    Why is the world bending over for this Ijaw criminal?

    • John

      It is not the world. It is a group of black people.

      • Omoagunmate

        And they are not doing so for free.

  • eclub

    The civilized world has rendered their verdict after Jonathan haters have said their peace, and it is thus:

    WAKA! SHEGE!!

  • Henry Nworu

    A man of honourable disposition, now reaping the benefits of true humility and magnanimity. The best is yet to come. We salute you, Your Excellency.

  • Fadama

    All these in the name of repairing a battered image. GEJ, you knew all these and failed to achieve any in 6 years. Absolute bunkum!