I don’t hate North, Jonathan tells northern elders

Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja on Wednesday told some N​o​rthern elders that he does not hate th​at​ part the country.

Speaking when a delegation of the Northern Elders Council, NEC, visited him at the Presidential lodge, Mr. Jonathan wondered what informed such suggestion.

He also flayed the attitude of some people, who paraded themselves as statesmen but “make provocative statements just to create enmity and division in the country”.

Citing projects executed by his administration in the north and appointment of many northerners into key positions in his government, Mr. Jonathan said he would provide documents to prove his critics wrong.

“Some people say Jonathan hates the north; I have heard that statement and I tell Namadi Sambo; `they say I hate the north but you are here as my Vice-President’.

“I tell the National Security Adviser and my Principal Secretary the same thing. In fact my Principal Secretary (Hassan Tukur) has been my friend since I was the deputy governor of Bayelsa​.​

“I never knew I was going to come here as Vice-President not to talk of President. But I have known him since I was the deputy governor of Bayelsa.

“My Chief Detail, Yusuf, is from Borno and has been with me since I was a deputy governor in Yenagoa.

“I see him as a good person and I have carried him along with me. So I had to ask how can somebody wake up and say I hate the north?” he said.

The president stated that out of the 12 new federal universities established by his administration, nine were in the north while only three were in the south.

Mr. Jonathan said his government also initiated Almajiri education in the north to bring the region at par with the south in terms of education development.

He expressed happiness that state governments in the north had keyed into the imitative, which he said had greatly expanded access to education in the region.

“I feel we must enter the north with aggression through education.

“Whenever the statistics of school dropouts in the country is released, I’m not happy. The percentage from states in the north is sometimes as high as 50 (per cent) and even more.

“The last one was up to 70 per cent. I said no, we must change this statistics.

“Somebody who hates the people cannot talk about educating their children because the people we are educating are the future leaders of this country,” he said.

The president expressed concern over provocative statements by some elderly Nigerians, “who parade themselves as statesmen.

“Some people call themselves statesmen but they are not statesmen; they are just ordinary politicians.

“Being a statesman is not because you have occupied a big office before but the question is what are you bringing to bear?

“Are you building this country or are you a part of people who tell lies to destroy this country and to create enmity between people who ordinarily would have been living together?

“At the appropriate time Nigerians will know all of us even though I know most of you know us but the younger ones do not know.

“Some people are hiding under some clogs, some big names and creating a lot of problems in this country,” he said.

Mr. Jonathan commended NEC for its commitment to peace, unity and progress of the country, saying government would continue to protect Nigerians and make the country safe.

Earlier, the Chairman of NEC, Tanko Yakasai, said the purpose of the visit was to formally present members of the body to the president.

Mr. Yakasai used the opportunity to call for a peaceful coexistence among all Nigerians irrespective of religion, ethnic groups and location.

“The Northern Elders Council believes in peaceful co-existence and extension of hands of fellowship to brothers and sisters from the other parts of the nation.

“It is unpatriotic for anybody to instigate people against any person or people because of a temporary gain.

“Politics of insult, blackmail and castigation of individuals shall not take this country anywhere.

“We, therefore, believe in peaceful co-existence among Nigerians and by working together shall we move the country forward.’’

(NAN)


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  • tuco

    Mr president, actions speaks louder than words and as such your actions say the contrary to what you claim. Too late to cry Dr Dumbo, oya begin to pack your belongings to otuoke or may be to kirikiri. Ohh almost forgot don’t forget the ogogoro bottle, there is no room for that in the next regime in aso villa.

    • Baba

      Honestly Mr President northerners like other Nigerians are not happy with you simply because of your administration failure to bring an end to the ongoing killing in the north. As commander in Chief you need to match word with action instead of talking and allowing shekau to do the action!

    • PROF

      VOTE FOR BUHARI

  • Hassan

    “We in Northern Nigeria are not going to support Goodluck Jonathan in 2015
    because he has done nothing for this country since he became president
    In fact, things are worse than they have ever been. In the first place,
    Jonathan should not be sitting as the president of Nigeria today, going
    by the zoning formula of his party – the PDP. The president should have come
    from the North based on the zoning policy of the PDP. For the Niger Delta
    militants, the choice is theirs. The choice for peace or no peace is for all
    Nigerians. My reaction is directed to the leaders and elders of the Niger
    Delta, including President Goodluck Jonathan. I am saying on behalf of the
    Northern Elders Forum that they should start the crisis now, because i’m
    putting them on notice that Jonathan will not be president in 2015. So, they
    can start the crisis now because we in the north are waiting.”

    ……..Professor Ango Abdullahi

    (Chieftain of Northern Elders Forum)

    May 12, 2013

  • engr

    “Some people are hiding under some clogs, some big names and creating a lot of problems in this country,” he said. Why should i support a president that always give excuses not solutions

  • tundemash

    Nice to know that Dumbo has started reading from the book of LAMENTATION sjust like his e-rats online here. Soon it will be the book of HOPELESSNESS they would switch to.

    Did anyone notice not a word about insecurity in North East nor Chibok girls which is the basis of the “north hatred” accusation and the compromised tired fossils who went to solicit for their own Ghana-must-go from the $20bn awoof didn’t ask him; none of their children/family is affected anyway ! Same AGIP men were with Abacha, IBB, OBJ and so on !

    ON FeBUHARI WE STAND !!!!!!!!!

    • Oleku

      Mumu who are the we–count those of us who are not jihadist out of your janjaweeds shariarist agenda-nonsense

      • tundemash

        ofcourse cross-bred monkeys like u are not included !
        Happy now creek monkey ?

        • SAM .A

          I dey laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafffffffffffffffffff ooooooooo ………….. Tunde.

  • I Hate Sycophant Truly

    You don’t hate the North but many of your supporters hate the North. By their everyday comments it show in it. You will still come across them here very soon.

  • Yusuf

    We hate you! and u are too late

  • Wale

    This is what the fort coming Ex-President says
    “I never knew I was going to come here as Vice-President not to talk of President”.

    But The sales-man who sold the bad product to Nigerians is being called all kinds of name by your camp and supporters.
    With that, we say Serves you well OBJ; next time try to know somebody well enough before you recommend them for any position in life,
    you didn’t know Jonathan well enough, and he showed you the type of person he is.
    On the other hand, this is a good lesson to the governors, has anybody notice that deputy Governors are not becoming governors?
    that is because deputy governors are selected by the party, but the the governors want a continuity from a person he can trust and gets his back.

    Election is coming, Chief Edwin Clark, Asari Dokubo etc are laying it low, thinking we already forgot about them.

  • Seyi Adele

    What right does Dumbo have to give orders to a supposedly independent INEC? Independence my foot. Shoeless dumbo about to become jobless Dumbo. Moving van already outside Aso rock.

  • Agent Harvey

    Incompetence at its peak, I am highly disappointed at DSS, I sense corruption amidst them. This why we need a CHANGE, somethings just have to stop. #APC2015.

    • Kensty

      My brother I tire ooh. Security don turn party members. She said APC registered soldiers, Road safety, Civil defence. I believe PDP registered her

      • Agent Harvey

        Burst my head o. Nice one bro, na true yarns sha.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    No ties with APC but only doing business with Buhari

    • tundemash

      Can u respond to MEND please on behalf of your other e-rats …

      MEND also urged the IYC to show Nigerians what President Jonathan has done for the Niger Delta people apart from paying monthly stipends to ex-militants of Ijaw extraction.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        As in what manner
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • tundemash

          MEND aurged you to show Nigerians what President Jonathan has done for the Niger Delta people apart from paying monthly stipends to ex-militants of Ijaw extraction.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            You do know that MEND has a grudge against the president for Jailing Okah in SA. Some faceless persons could also be hiding behind MEND to throw brats at the presidency. So let’s be careful here Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • tundemash

            Keep jabbing the air …..Only a lunatic wouldn’t have grudge with the Otuoke Clown …..

            Answer us on what MEND said:
            show Nigerians what President Jonathan has done for the Niger Delta people apart from paying monthly stipends to ex-militants of Ijaw extraction. How difficult is that ?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Tell me what he has not done for Niger Delta
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • tundemash

            Apparently … you have nothing to say ….. dummy guess what ? he’s done everything ….. everyone he left at the creek now have shoes …. happy now ?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            You don’t have to be abusive to make your point. After all there is freedom of association Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • tundemash

            duh ! like jona ….. clueless !

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Incurable. Go and die
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • tundemash

            duh !!!!!! Go lick your wounds creek monkey !

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Dead like dodo.
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • tundemash

            keep hallucinating …. Dumbo was able to jail Okah in South Africa but not able to jail the Nyanya bomber in Nigeria …… guess what ? It was also Dumbo that jailed Ibori in UK , it was Dumbo that also jailed the abdumutalab bomber in US ….. isn’t it ?
            This TAN stove and bag of rice is really exciting you guys O!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            It is like your get your kicks from bashing Ebele. Carry on then
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • tundemash

            duh ! like dumbo ….. clueless

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Go and embrace a live transformer and die
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • tundemash

            duh !!!!!! Creek monkey !

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Dead smelly rat
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • Igbenosa

    GENERAL OBASANJO TELLS LIES BECAUSE…….

    Some people call themselves statesmen but they are not statesmen.
    They are just ordinary politicians. For you to be a statesman it is not
    because you have occupied a big office before but the question is:
    what are you bringing to bear?

    Are you building this country or are you a part of the people
    who tell lies to destroy this country, to create enmity and make
    people who ordinarily would have been living together, fight
    themselves? Are you planning to set the country ablaze
    because you did not get that particular thing you want?

    Hiding under some big names and creating a lot of problems
    in this country, making provocative statements in this country –
    statements that will set this country ablaze – and you tell
    me you are a senior citizen. You are not a senior citizen;
    you can never be. You are an ordinary motor park tout.

    ………..President Goodluck Jonathan

    (January 7th, 2014)

    • tanwa

      My dear father, General Obasanjo,

      You and your cronies that you mentioned in your letter to President Jonathan have left
      the country worse than you met it at your births in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Nigeria is not
      the creation of any of you, though you feel you own it and you are “Mr Nigeria” –
      deciding whether the country stays together or not.

      Your attitude is a reflection of the country. It is not certain which came first –
      your attitude seeping into the country’s psyche, or, the country accepting
      your irresponsible behaviour for so long.

      For you to accuse someone else of what you so obviously practised yourself
      tells of your narcissistic, megalomaniac personality. I don’t blame you for the
      many atrocities you have been able to get away with. Nigerians were your enablers
      every step of the way.

      This is the end of my communication with you for life. I pray Nigeria survives your
      continual intervention in its affairs.

      …………Iyabo Obasanjo

      (Letter to my father – December 18, 2013)

    • Donald

      Yepa! Please don’t let the international community hear this bad thing. They will hate Obasanjo more.
      Motor park tout can’t be wanted by the international community. This is supposed to be state secret.

      Jonathan should not have exposed this state secret like this. Jonathan should be severely criticized.

      • Ojuromi Fred

        Jonathan has squander 34billion dollars, is that a good statement from a GentleMan, He was a former President of this nation, if International community hear this from an Elder stateman how will they Rate Jonathan. is it Jonathan that should be severely criticize, what of those who started the fire, If Jonathan is doing something wrong today, Obj should hide his head in shame, Jonathtan was on his own as Governor, when Obj went and Ring election for Them, Thinking He has saw a dundee, Thinking he can still be in control of Aso Rock,since 3rd term agender failled, Now that the man has wised up he want to Drag Nigerians into His Mess,

    • Emmy

      This is laughable. This statement is so incoherent. Can’t this guy speak coherently with all the resources at his disposal? It’s a shame that a president can be talking as if he has a hot yam in his mouth.

      • Ojuromi Fred

        You are also incoherent in your statements, you are like that man they call reveren M—, who heared a knock at his door and said yes i am in, a minute later he says no, i am out, God is not an Author of confussion. Stateman do’t talk much becouse their words are wisdom and knownledge, not sensitive statements that couse anachy, This is a man Ob- during his military misrule promogate laws that we are still suffering till date, eg land use act, inginisation, and more, 16billion NEPA scam as civilian president, 3rd term scam. This is a man who has no N20,000 before he came to power, but now he is one of Africans Richest man. If you are not voting Good Luck Vote Badluck and stop saying what you know nothing about.

    • Otito Koro

      While Jonathan speaks the truth???

      For example, in most states, civil servants are yet to receive their salaries!!!

  • emmy

    Nobody knows this guy in Ile Ife which is his hometown. He can’t even win a mere councillorship position if he contest. Yet he is bn made the spoke person of a campaign team. He has no electoral value whatsoever, the only thing he knows is to throw bricks to the opposition from the camp of any highest bidder. He lacks ideology, discipline and decorum. I’m sure Bianchi Ojukwu is still patiently waiting for her payback. Like father like son.

  • This is from a compromised and biased individual who had submitted the control of our national treasury to Diezani, afterall she could not ascertain the actual missing amount between $10.8billion and $20billion.She directed then that all the questions pertaining to inflows be directedvat Diezani as She was notvin the know of the National accounting for crude proceeds., shame.This was the same woman supporting the corrupt N2.3trillion fuel subsidy in 2011.
    To cut the long story short, Governor Akpabio today in Lagos has confirmed that the $55billion has been shared, so money no loss. What a country even before the report of the Indepedent forensic accountants.

  • D1

    This cocaine crack-head, is one of the pimps that made most of the voters want to vote out GEJ/PDP. Big STRATEGIC mistake making this POS, one of their spokesman. We all know him as a LIAR and DERANGED SOUL.
    Still looking for what shite to bring out about Buhari that is new to us……we are waiting, E TI PO TO!

  • Arogbo

    FFK is a man of his convictions and we admire him for that, but he’s defending the indefensible. Let him do the needful and return to APC where he belongs.

  • Eze1

    Only the Ijaws Militant made billions from the Amnesty Program… No wonder they are all acquiring private jets… Lobatan

  • There is Fire on the mountain, RUN,RUN,RUN.

  • Recycle

    General Obasanjo: You are a Motor Park Tout……

    Some people call themselves statesmen but they are NOT statesmen.
    They are just ordinary politicians. For you to be a statesman it is not
    because you have occupied a big office before but the question is:
    what are you bringing to bear?

    Are you building this country or are you a part of the people
    who tell lies to destroy this country, to create enmity and make
    people who ordinarily would have been living together, fight
    themselves? Are you planning to set the country ablaze
    because you did not get that particular thing you want?

    Hiding under some big names and creating a lot of problems
    in this country, making provocative statements in this country –
    statements that will set this country ablaze – and you tell me
    you are a senior citizen. You are not a senior citizen;
    you can never be. You are an ordinary motor park tout.

    ………..President Goodluck Jonathan

    (January 7th, 2014)

    • ogechi

      …….Obasanjo is the motor park tout who singlehandedly mobilised u in that position after u chameloned to be worthy of a driver, not knowing a Driver can be a drunkard!!!,
      People still listened to u now because u r still the GCON, but after the Feb.14, ur words will be like faeces&urine of a maggot!!!
      …….God put u whr u never tot of being but u jollof-riced all ur blessings, and ur time is up.

  • BABUYANMA

    Who is listening to the biafrian Rogue Iweala?. Obasanjo removed her from the Finance post for a good reason. JAGUDA!

  • Dr Williwilli

    …any simpleton who did not even complete Primary School or has no certificate to show as evidence of literacy will easily decipher that the statements purported to come from Jomo Gbomo are pure mischief.

    1. Jomo Gbomo is not known by any person except combatant freedom fighters. No journalist, politician or any individual outside the Niger Deltan freedom fighters can claim to have seen Jomo Gbomo. He communicates via E-mail….even a superficial probing of past emails and press releases show a deviation from the norm…Not only in terminologies but in style and presentation.

    2. MEND never discusses politics…It has one and only one cardinal or if you like, central objective – Control of its resources. To attributes these statements to MEND is to continue to wallow in our self inflicted incurable blight of self delusion.

    What Nigeria needs is bespoke solution to our legion of problems. Confederation at the very least or disintegration as a more rational approach. This media euphoria of crude campaigning for one candidate against another is and will be futile. If you are still in doubt, interpret the acronym – MEND or get hold of their constitution if you can. People shud stop deceiving Nigerians. Perhaps it even serves MEND’s purpose if Buhari finds his way to Presidency…bcos they will have reason to accelerate their ultimate goal. Can’t some1 reason?

  • SAM .A

    “”While branding IYC as a tribal assembly of political praise singers, it noted that the decision of the militant group to support Mr. Buhari has shocked the Ijaw youth body.”
    “MEND also urged the IYC to show Nigerians what President Jonathan has done for Niger Delta people apart from paying monthly stipends to ex militants of Ijaw extraction”
    Fellow Nigerians Jonathan and his cohorts chicken has come home to roost . The MEND statements above have confirmed what people have been saying , that our Kindergarten / incompetent man is devicive, tribalistic , how do you explain only Ijaw militants been paid , where u have irobo and Shekiri and others as part of the militants, b/c who ever he delegated to handle it lacks organization skill & he is incompetent .
    President and his corrupt handlers also nationalized tribalism , ethnicity and religious bigotry with his e -rats /praise singers who are fanning the embers of hatred and decisiveness now getting drown in their poison .
    Jonathan Ebere the Ijaw President and his 4 other presidents go , we need a truely patriotic President
    in Buhahi/ Osinbajo on Febuhari 14th . Olufebuhari choirs are chorusing it , the music is getting louder every day . Father Ejike Mbaka has megaphone the chorus, now MEND has taken the Bass,Let the music go on.

  • Kensty

    Campaign on issues if you have any not discussing GMB.

  • Alcindo Satori

    Haha..!!! I said it! This is the handwork of Yoruba people; masquerading as MEND spokesman to perpetrate some nefarious crap. So now MEND has denied endorsing APC. I dey laughoooo…….

    • Troublesome

      Please go back to school and read well before you make comment.

      • Kensty

        Dont mind him, he doesn’t know the meaning of reaffirm support for GMB

    • Corect Point

      Satori, you’re the laughing stock. Does that sounds to you as Mend dumping Buhari after seeing all his good qualities? Read the story again before you laugh!

    • Aku

      Ogogoro at it’s fullest they accepted it was MEND but now said it wasn’t you confused the little you have as followers. Chai a dey laugh ooo!

  • SAM .A

    dr Williwilli alias Reno Omokiri, you denounced the messenger, what about the message ? Is there anything not true in all the points raised by MEND,? Is Niger Delta better today better than it was 4-6 years ago, ? With the special funds to the tune of $billion pumped into Niger Delta , while is poverty on the increase here? More pollution more oil spill, incompetent Ijaw man couldn’t find solution, The US where you left to join the incompetent group , made Shell to vomit $billion to clean up their Sh**t .
    Hey Reno ( omo KiriKiri ) it is you who is delusional , you are already close to frank psychotic stage , Nigerians should put you under Suicidal watch . The way you push out garbage these days under > 10 different names is symptomatic of beginning of psychosis . Please do not hang yourself , KiriKiri is waiting for you for all the monies you have mismanaged on the e-rats& others.

  • Kensty

    Those with certificate have failed us we need certificateless people to take us to promise land.

  • Kensty

    Remember Mu’azu said there is injustice in PDP,, TRY TO ADDRESS THE INJUSTICE IN YOUR PARTY BEFORE DISCUSSING GMB.

  • Comfortkay

    Finance Minister has lost all credibility and l don’t believe all this cooked story. There are better Nigerian that can manage of money.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    The restless incestuous gorilla has made mockery of old age,he tells blatant lies……..He has to be ignored !!

    • Aku

      Back to ring? Then we are also around lets continue.

  • SAM .A

    Anti Ngozi , we know foreign reserve fluctuates , though Nigerians fluctuation will never go up when the price of oil goes up, it only goes down when oil drops, because Nigeria economic defies universal economics. Obj made u finance Minister first, under his watch you paid all the National debt. Kudos then .Tell Nigerians why he changed you . Is Obasanjo lying about what he told those women? Assuming foreign reserve fluctuate. What about ECA account ? Why did Governor Ameachi & Oshomole shouted that Federal Government RATs have started eating up ECA , and you Ngozi lied to the face of Governors that you have been distributing part of it , they denied ever receiving any amount from ECA.
    Now Ngozi who is the Liar between u and Pa Obj ? you, who promised to announce the result of Forensic investigation by Price Water house Cooper on November 7th 2014 , 2 months after you are afraid to release it because of negative findings which indict you and your Boss (for election shake ) Or Pa Obasajo who was saying what Nigerians have already known ?
    Madam Ngozi your remaining integrity is on the Line . There is God oooooo.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      It is clear that Buhari cannot even work a computer talk less of understanding how a modern 21st century economy works but here you are putting your views through to a Havard product. One wonders why you want to impose a half-baked retired DICTATORIAL TYRANT on Nigeria ?

      BUHARI……..BUHARI……..BUHARI !!

      WHERE ARE YOUR PRIM ARY SCHOOL AND O’LEVEL CERTIFICATES ??

      WAS BUHARI QUALIFIED TO ENROL IN THE ARMY AS A CADET OFFICER AS IT WERE ?

      IS THERE A POTENTIAL CASE OF PERJURY AGAINST THE OLD DICTATOR ?

  • OLAWISDOM

    It is shameful for virtueless people like Fani-Kayode to call GMB names just because he is currently being paid by PDP. People like him should have been jailed if we have a serious government. Nigerians are wiser now. What we want is issue-based campaign . Let GEJ listen to people and come out for a national presidential debate. All we want is judicious use of our national resources to bring development and sufficiency to our nation and its people. we are tired of selfish and self-centered political leaders. On the question of morality and integrity let’s people decide who is better between GMB and GEJ.