Jonathan falls short of declaring for the 2015 elections in Eid-El-Kabir message

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan, in his goodwill message towards Saturday’s Eid-El-Kabir celebration, stated that he was still deciding on an appropriate response to calls for him to run for the presidency in 2015.

Mr. Jonathan stated that his administration had done its best to carry out its agenda in the last four years.
He thanked all those, “in recognition and appreciation of our efforts and commitment,” who have urged him to run for a second term.

“In deciding on an appropriate response to such calls, I will place the greater interests of national harmony, cohesion, unity, security, political stability, progress, equity, justice and fairness above any personal ambition or sectional agenda,” the president said.

He said with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s issuance of a formal notice of the impending general elections this week, he was urging all political leaders in the country to place the overriding interest of the well-being and progress of Nigeria above all.

“Let us all rise above unedifying, unpatriotic and selfish personal interests and divisive sectional agenda in the coming national elections. Let us also commit ourselves more to the sustenance of democracy and political stability which are essential prerequisites for the advancement of good governance, inclusive economic growth and rapid development,” he said.

He noted the critical challenges Nigeria still faced despite “the significant progress we have made in the past four years,” saying, “I am convinced, however, that if we persevere and continue to build diligently on what the present administration has achieved, we will surely overcome all hindrances and fully establish a stronger, more united and prosperous nation that meets the aspirations and yearnings of all of our people.”

He congratulated those who had successfully undertaken the hajj in 2014, and called on Nigerians to join them in offering special prayers for greater security, peace, unity and progress in the country.

“As we celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir, let us also rededicate and commit ourselves to the Holy Prophet’s injunctions of piety, honesty, charity and generosity to the less privileged, impartial leadership and true justice for all. These virtues and lessons will surely stand our nation in good stead as we continue our journey towards the fulfilment of our founding fathers’ vision of a great nation,” he said.

He also prayed for safe journey back home for those still in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.


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  • Baba Messi

    Which appropriate response again?

    After all he told us he will only run for one term.

    Same thing Buhari told us after the TROUNCING & The TEARS:
    ‘I will NOT be contesting again’.

    A man’s word is his bond..
    But in Naija, it’s “Do as I say..but DONT Do as I do”.

    • Dan Fulani

      You are not fair to Buhari.

      • True son of the soil

        Mallam this guy is right,Buhari said that the 2011 election will be his last while Jonathan says in Uganda that he is going for one term only.
        We need new set of people to lead us not serial liars like GMB & GEJ.

        • D-ONE

          i agree wif you bros!!!! we need a new crop!!!
          we cant get any new thing from these set whether PDP or APC!

          • D1

            Seconded!

          • Otile

            We don’t need another crop of Hausa Fulani born to rule tribesmen.

          • Factual

            You are a BIG TASk, boy. Hallucinating???

          • Otile

            So if an idea is too complex for you, you call it hallucinating.

  • Otile

    Just allow GEJ to finish his second term. Remember when Musa Yar’Adua
    was sick and nonfunctional you all were about to make him the sole
    candidate. I am sure if death had not knocked he would be getting ready
    for his 3rd term now. People were already saying that since they got a
    good president there was no need for wasteful elections. Africans are
    always ready to settle down with a president they feel comfortable with,
    good or bad. Remember too, that Biya, Mugabe, and Mbasogo are still
    sitting tight with their people not trying to talk them out.

    • Maria

      ‘Remember when Musa Yar’Adua was sick and nonfunctional you all were about to make him the sole candidate.’…. Liar… Yaradua had not even spent half of his tenure when he fell ill… so, who were those about to make him sole candidate? Your desperation to foist an inept man on Nigeria has made you lose all sense of decency.

      • D-ONE

        what do you have to say to the plot by most of his supporters to hid his death? sneaking him into the country and denying his VP access to him till his death?
        we forget so easily in naija!!!!!
        if yaradua was alive 2dy maybe we would be drumming support for third term and nobody would have opposed it becos he is from the north!!!!!
        i am expecting u all to talk but this is the truth!!!!!!

        • Mosaku 147

          Most of the supporters in question are the very same people who are again urging Jona to run. Is it not funny that the man who took the budget to Yar’adua for his signature then and who was chief amongst those that prevented Jona from seeing Yar’adua is today’s Jonathan’s adviser? I am talking about the minister of special duties in the presidency.

          • Otile

            That is why Nigeria is getting nowhere. They are scared to death of
            their Hausa Fulani masters. It is really depressing how Jonathan
            kowtows to his Hausa Fulani masters. The so called bond between Ijaw
            and Hausa Fulani will continue to hold Nigeria back until the moribund
            bond is broken.

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        • Otile

          God bless you. Jonathan is going this pounding today simply because he is from east of the Niger, but the enemy wouldn’t say so.

        • Otile

          God bless you. Jonathan is going through this pounding today simply because he
          is from east of the Niger, but the enemy wouldn’t say so.

          • Maria

            And when Yaradua’s cabals wanted to deny him access to presidency, remember those who fought against the cabals are prominent members of the south west… including OBJ. Your point is worthless. You forget so soon. Ask Pastor Bakare and his SNG group.

          • Otile

            My point is not worthless, Ogagun never intended GEJ to serve this long. It is his ardent desire that GEJ would show up as a southern president for a short while and hand over power back to the North. Unfortunately that is not what we the people want. Your people, Hausa Fulani have blown their chances, other ethnic groups must taste power also. Your people do not have monopoly of what it takes to rule Najeriya. Maria, ka ji ko?

        • Maria

          I campaigned against the cabals… those who connived with Yaradua’s wife to deny the VP access to his boss. Even OBJ voiced out and all right thinking Nigerians went on the streets including my amiable Pastor, Pastor Tunde Bakare. Remember also that most prominent members of the cabals are now closest friends of Mr Jonathan…Katsina Governor, Bauchi Governor, including the current minister of special duties in the presidency, etc… Rather than prosecuting the cabals after we fought to ensure his rights were not denied, Mr Jonathan converted the cabals to his closest friends…What do you then say about Jonathan’s present romance with the cabals? Please, ask Jonathan where the 3 billions is.

          • Otile

            How can one ask Jonathan about the $3 billions, when he confronted the criminal cabal with that issue they rebuffed him and he sulkily succumbed. Remember also that GEJ’s hands are tied, he inherited an ancestral curse in the way of a bond between his people and your people, the Hausa Fulani. He cannot renege on that bond without being seen as a traitor, so understand the motive for the choice of his kitchen cabinet and inner circle.

      • Otile

        Maria, the word liar is too harsh, I am a Christian man. No, Musa was sick before he was made president. Remember the Hausa Fulani were furious that Ogagun picked a man who had one foot in the grave. So, he was never functional for those years he slept at Aso Rock. Remember President Go Slow. Maria, you know very well that regime was run by a criminal cabal made up mainly of Hajiya Turai’s concubines, remember. What happened to our $3 billion budget the cabal smuggled in when Musa was in coma in Arabia? I have my sense of decency intact, thank you.

        • Maria

          I campaigned against the cabals… those who connived with Yaradua’s wife to deny the VP access to his boss. Even OBJ voiced out and all right thinking Nigerians went on the streets including my amiable Pastor, Pastor Tunde Bakare. Remember also that most prominent members of the cabals are now closest friends of Mr Jonathan…Katsina Governor, Bauchi Governor, etc…What do you also say about Jonathan’s present romance with the members of the cabals?

  • Wähala

    If national harmony & unity, security of lives and property, fairness in pursuit of equity under the law are all taken into consideration, Dr. Dumbo should heed Baba Iyabo’s advise and take the path of honor back to his Outoke enclave and forget his personal ambition… regardless of sectional sycophants misleading him that Nigerians are happy with his corrupt style of governance. With the US, South African, Italian, French and the UK’s Crown Prosecution Services investigating his cronies for various money laundering and other corrupt practices, the international community are also tired of the scandalous, clueless leadership of present day Nigeria. So, Yes! Dumbo should learn from history and forget about returning in 2015 just as Cardinal Okogie recently advised him… echoing Mrs. Gani who equally thinks he is a bombing failure. But if he decides to run, he risks getting impeached even if he wins as the scandals of his cronies sponsoring Boko Haram, Malabu and Zulu investigations may ridicule him out of office and straight to The Hague… which will put him in company of Bashir of North Sudan and the Kenyan President. Thugs on the run!

  • Buhari Haram

    Eid-El-Kabir is not the right place to declare, he is not a Muslim.

  • Maria

    “In deciding on an appropriate response to such calls, I will place the greater interests of national harmony, cohesion, unity, security, political stability, progress, equity, justice and fairness above any personal ambition or sectional agenda,”… The only honorable response is to stand down as president, and if you insist on contesting, your humiliation and disgrace at the polls are imminent.

    • D-ONE

      r u sure?

    • D1

      Nigeria politics is full of kind of intrigues, no one can ever predict the outcome of any election. GEJ only asked for 4 years. He may stand down or not, but one thing is for sure you can never trust this set of politicians.
      The only ones in PDP clamoring for him to vie for next year presidency and emerge as a consensus candidate are the ones that want to protect and cover their loots, thats for sure.

  • D-ONE

    naijas pls pray!!!!! talk no go help next yr oh!!!!
    jonathan will win, apc will head to the court!!!! but may a war not break out from the events that follow!!!!
    all these is a well written script by the west and these men have sold our future!!!!!
    remember they said in 2005 that naija will disintegrate by 2015; then last yr during the PDP quarrel, the US was only thing of how to protect the OIL INSTALLATIONS in case a war breaks out!!!!!
    hope we are all reading the hand writing on the wall!!!
    the UK distabilised Libya, egypt, tunisia! France was a partner in all this and also helped the rebels in ivory-coast!!!!
    now they have their eyes on naija!!!!!!
    we need to all wake up before we are all turned to soldiers wif guns!!!!!!

  • Ette

    GEJ should just go and get ready to give account of his monumental stealing of our resources. He said he will not stay in power beyond 2015. By 2015 he will have done 5 years and he has constitutional right to rule for not more than 8 years. He is thus not qualified to contest. Worst still, he has failed to deliver developments in most fronts, let him support a better person from the south south. For the sake of peace and unity of the nation, the north should forget about power for now because of the havoc Done against our land by boko haram. Oshiomole is the man to beat.