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2023: My Presidential Ambition Is Speculative ― Goodluck Jonathan

FORMER President Goodluck Jonathan, Friday, said his intention to contest 2023 presidential election was speculative and pledged to continue to serve God, humanity, Africa and the world to the best of his ability and with all sense of commitment and sincerity. He called for synergy among President Muhammadu Buhari, Governors, Security Chiefs and other stakeholders, insisting that such would de-escalate tension occasioned by the challenge of insecurity in the country. Jonathan who stated this when he led a delegation of politicians from Bayelsa on a condolence visit to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at Government House, Asaba, over the recent demise of his father, Sir Okorie Okowa, said it was unfortunate that school children and many Nigerians were being kidnapped for ransom by bandits...
Those Demanding Buhari’s Resignation Only Exercising Freedom Of Speech – Adesina
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Those Demanding Buhari’s Resignation Only Exercising Freedom Of Speech – Adesina

The presidency has said those demanding the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari due to the mounting security challenges in the country are only exercising their freedom of speech. It however said such freedom has its limitations. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President was reacting to demand by Nigerians that President Buhari should resign just as he had asked former president Goodluck Jonathan to do in 2013. In May 2013, Buhari had asked Jonathan who was President then to vacate office for failing to tackle insecurity across the country. While addressing journalists at his residence in Daura, Katsina state, Buhari said: “Jonathan should vacate and give way to competent hand to govern the country.” When asked on if President Buhari sho...
Doyin Okupe To Run For President In 2023
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Doyin Okupe To Run For President In 2023

Doyin Okupe, a former aide to ex-Presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, has declared that he will be joining the race for the presidency in 2023 if the security situation in the country lingers on. “I will run for President in 2023 if banditry, kidnapping, herdsmen ravaging the South West and Boko Haram, all continue unabated,” he tweeted. According to him, bandits terrorising the country will be stopped dead on their tracks. The politician noted that the situation where bandits operate unchallenged for 3 to 4 hrs will no longer be possible during his government, adding that any major mass movement in the forests will be detected by satellite and ground forces will be mobilised instantly. “I will also submit a post dated letter of resignation from office by my...
2023 Presidency: Goodluck Jonathan Weighs Options Between APC, PDP
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2023 Presidency: Goodluck Jonathan Weighs Options Between APC, PDP

Former President Goodluck Jonathan is currently weighing his options between remaining in his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), or decamping to the ruling All Progressives Con­gress (APC) ahead of the 2023 presidential election, Daily Independent has gathered. A very close associate of the former president who disclosed this to Daily Inde­pendent on Wednesday said he (Jonathan) is widely con­sulting and will “make a bold decision very soon on wheth­er or not he will listen to the agitations of Nigerians who are yearning for his return”. He, however, said it won’t be a surprise to him if Jona­than defects to the APC given the political ostracisation he has suffered in the hands of his party and the respect be­ing accorded him in APC. While recalling what hap­pened duri...
Leader Can Be Called Upon To Come Rule Again After Losing Elections – Goodluck Jonathan
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Leader Can Be Called Upon To Come Rule Again After Losing Elections – Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, has given reason a politician could be called to come back to lead the people after losing an election. Recall that Jonathan lost his second term bid to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015. According to the former Nigerian leader, the way leaders are perceived while in office can play a major role in their political career. Jonathan stated this on Wednesday when he met the representatives of political parties from The Gambia at the closing of a two-day consultative retreat for political parties. He charged African leaders to always pay attention to the way the majority of perceive them and their policies while in office. He said for this reason, even after they lose elections, they can be called back to rule again by popular demand. ...
El-Rufai Cannot Be Jonathan’s Running Mate – Reno Omokri
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El-Rufai Cannot Be Jonathan’s Running Mate – Reno Omokri

A former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, says Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, can’t run as Jonathan’s mate in the 2023 presidential election. Omokri, however, said his former principal has no intention to run for president in 2023. He also said Jonathan has no plan to dump the People Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress. Omokri spoke on Wednesday while featuring on a PUNCH Online interview programme, The Roundtable. There have been political permutations and re-alignments amongst members of the PDP and the APC ahead of the 2023 general elections. There were also reports that El-Rufai, who would end his second term as Kaduna State governor in 2023, would be running with Jonathan but Omokri dismissed the report. Jonathan, of the PDP, ...
Abductions: Senate Probes FG’s $20m Safe School Initiative Fund
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Abductions: Senate Probes FG’s $20m Safe School Initiative Fund

The Senate urged the Federal Government to collaborate with states and local governments to urgently design and implement a workable arrangement to deploy well-armed security teams around all schools in Nigeria. It also mandated its Committees on Basic and Tertiary Education to investigate the use of the $20m Safe School Initiative Fund launched in 2014 during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. This was sequel to a motion on “Urgent need for the Restoration and Revalidation of the Safe School Initiative in Nigeria”, sponsored by Senator Adi Odey Stephen (Cross River North). The Safe School Initiative was launched with support from the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown to ensure schools are protected and spaces safe for childr...
Niger Delta Militants Threaten To Attack Abuja And Lagos (Video)
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Niger Delta Militants Threaten To Attack Abuja And Lagos (Video)

The Supreme Egbesu Liberation Fighters, a group of Niger Delta militants, has threatened to destroy infrastructure in Lagos and Abuja. In a video posted on Tuesday by Africa Independent Television (AIT), the group accused the federal government of marginalising the region and failing to deliver on the amnesty programme. Reading from a statement, a masked member of the group said after accepting the amnesty pact, “till date, there are no schools, no potable water, no light, no hospital and access roads for our people to enjoy”. The group also complained that “no meaningful progress has been made” with the Ogboni clean-up project “because the Nigerian government has decided to place politics against the meaningful development of our people”. It asked the government to allow t...
Goodluck Jonathan Complains Of Neglect By PDP
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Goodluck Jonathan Complains Of Neglect By PDP

Fresh facts have emerged on what transpired at the recent closed-door meeting between former President Goodluck Jonathan and the Reconciliation and Strategy Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by a former President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki. A source privy to the meeting told THISDAY at the weekend that Jonathan complained to the Saraki-led committee that the PDP left him in the dark, without any role assigned to him. According to the source, Jonathan told the committee that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was trying to poach him because the PDP did not carry him along in its activities. APC had clarified that it was not wooing the former president to become its presidential candidate in 2023. But the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee...
2023: Don’t Let Northerners Divide You, Adebanjo Tells Jonathan, Tinubu, Fayemi
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2023: Don’t Let Northerners Divide You, Adebanjo Tells Jonathan, Tinubu, Fayemi

Elder statesman and Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, on Saturday warned Southern politicians, especially those in the South-West not to allow Northerners cause division among them on the issue of who becomes President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023. Speaking with SATURDAY INDEPENDENT, Adebanjo who accused the Northerners of using ‘divide-and-rule tactics’, said while the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has been clamouring that the presidency should be zoned to the South in 2013, it has been dangling its presidential ticket among prominent politicians in the region so as to cause confusion among them. He mentioned former Lagos state governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former president Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Rotimi Amaechi, the M...
Femi Fani-Kayode Mocks Saraki Over Moves To Keep Jonathan In PDP
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Femi Fani-Kayode Mocks Saraki Over Moves To Keep Jonathan In PDP

Former minister of aviation Femi Fani-Kayode has thrown jibes at former Senate President Bukola Saraki who recently led a reconciliation committee of the Peoples Democratic Party on a visit to former President Goodluck Jonathan. Mr Fani-Kayode said in a tweet on Thursday that it was ironic for Saraki to be part of the team after he (Saraki) left the PDP in 2014 and allegedly cost Mr Jonathan the 2015 presidential election. “Interesting to note that the man that led the team to GEJ’s house to appeal to him not to leave the PDP yesterday is the same man that led the rebellion against him & the defection of Governors from the same party in 2014 & cost him the 2015 presidential election. What an irony!” he said. The visit of the PDP reconciliation committee came amid rumour the ...
PDP Leaders Meet Goodluck Jonathan Amid Defection Rumour
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PDP Leaders Meet Goodluck Jonathan Amid Defection Rumour

Some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday met with former President Goodluck Jonathan. Former Senate President Bukola Saraki made this known via a post across social media platforms. In the video, Mr Jonathan is seen receiving the delegates with smiles as he exchanges pleasantries with them. According to Saraki, the meeting was to resolve challenges in the party. “As part of our efforts to listen to the concerns of key stakeholders across our great party, this afternoon, the @OfficialPDPNig Reconciliation & Strategy Committee is meeting with our immediate past President, H.E. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (@GEJonathan),” Saraki captioned his post. This comes amid rumour that the All Progressives Congress is considering pitching Jonathan and Kaduna State Governor ...
Goodluck Jonathan Denies His Reported Defection To APC
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Goodluck Jonathan Denies His Reported Defection To APC

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has refuted reports of his defection to the All Progressives Congress, APC. Jonathan said he is still a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Speaking at the supreme court victory/ thanksgiving service of the Bayelsa State governor, the former president described PDP “as a friend that carries people along.” According to Jonathan: “PDP has been a very friendly party, I am a member of PDP and I know from the beginning till today, it has been a very friendly party, PDP is a party that carries everybody along and we should extend that to Bayelsa State. Jonathan has been linked with a possible move to the APC after he played host to some chieftains of the ruling party. The former president was linked with the APC 2023 presidential ticke...
APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket – SR
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APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket – SR

The All Progressives Congress is considering giving a joint ticket to former President Goodluck Jonathan and Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, for the 2023 presidential election. Top sources within the party told SaharaReporters that Jonathan is being considered as a strong voice in the southern region, while El-Rufai is being packaged to represent northern interests and later become the president when the presidency is again zoned to the North. "There are plans already to pair El-Rufai with Jonathan for 2023. We believe both forces are strong and have goodwill in their regions and are good for the party," one of the sources confirmed to SaharaReporters. It was learnt that there had been pressure on Jonathan, to defect to the All Progressives Congress and run for presiden...
Reno Omokri Names His Newborn Baby After Former President Goodluck Jonathan
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Reno Omokri Names His Newborn Baby After Former President Goodluck Jonathan

Reno Omokri and his wife have welcomed their fourth child, a baby girl who they have named after Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Nigeria's former president. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar shared the happy news as he took to Twitter to congratulate Reno and his wife on the birth of their fourth child. He also revealed the couple named their baby daughter, 'Ebele', after former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. In his congratulatory message, Atiku wrote: "I congratulate @renoomokri and his wife on the birth early this morning of their daughter, Ebele, named after former President @GEJonathan." "Reno has always shown a loyal spirit and when he offers friendship, that relationship is solid. I pray that his newborn child will display this virtue that her father epitomises. ...
Politicians Should Not See Elections As Coup – Goodluck Jonathan
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Politicians Should Not See Elections As Coup – Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has advised Nigerian politicians not to see elections as coup or war, but rather come together to support whoever emerges winner. Speaking in Yenegoa, the Bayelsa State capital during the thanksgiving/anniversary service to mark Governor Douye Diri’s one year in office, Jonathan also advised those in politics not to play it with bitterness. He said, “Our democratic process is recognised by law, so modern day politicians should not begin to practice democracy and contestation to power as if we were organising coup. “At the end of the political process, we expect that both parties should come together and the winner carries everybody along. Leaders who contested the election must know that it was a political process known by law, and whoe...
Femi Fani-Kayode And His Team Meet Jonathan In Abuja
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Femi Fani-Kayode And His Team Meet Jonathan In Abuja

Former minister of aviation Femi Fani-Kayode has continued his consultation with political leaders, this time meeting with former President Goodluck Jonathan. Mr Fani-Kayode, in a social media post on Wednesday, said he and his team met with Mr Jonathan in Abuja on Tuesday night. “My team and I had the honor and privilege of spending a wonderful evening with President Goodluck Jonathan in his Abuja home last night. None like him,” he said. Fani-Kayode is reported to be considering leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) which he has vehemently criticised over the years. He has also warned against fake quotes attributed to him. “I would advise Nigerians to be very wary about fake quotations that are being attributed to me conc...
Reno Omokri Promises To Pay Buhari ₦1 Billon In Bitcoin If He Can Do This
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Reno Omokri Promises To Pay Buhari ₦1 Billon In Bitcoin If He Can Do This

Reno Omokri shared a photo of former president Goodluck Jonathan doing a kick. Reno has promised to give President Buhari ₦1 billion, in Bitcoin if he can do the kick the same way Jonathan did it. Sharing the photo on his Twitter handle, Reno wrote; Dear General @MBuhari, I will pay you ₦1 billion, in #Crypto #Bitcoin, if you can do this kick! #BuhariTormentor
2023 Presidency: MASSOB Warns Jonathan, Tinubu, Bello
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2023 Presidency: MASSOB Warns Jonathan, Tinubu, Bello

AHEAD of 2023 elections, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has condemned the subtle political move by some Northern APC governors to lure and influence former president Goodluck Jonathan to vie for 2023 presidential election, warning Jonathan not to be deceived. MASSOB said the move was “a dangerous systematic way of creating and re-establishing another political discord among the people of old eastern region”. MASSOB also urged Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state to bury their presidential ambitions in 2023 and work towards ensuring that a South Easterner gets the Presidency. A statement signed by MASSOB leader, Comrade Uchenna Madu called all the political parties to ensure that their presidential ticket is g...
Myanmar Coup: Jonathan Calls For Release Of Aung San Suu Kyi
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Myanmar Coup: Jonathan Calls For Release Of Aung San Suu Kyi

Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan has called for a return to democratic rule following a military coup in Myanmar. The country’s military seized power after detaining Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and other democratically elected leaders. In a tweet on Monday, Mr Jonathan urged the military to release the counsellor and return the country to democratic rule. “I call for the unconditional release of Myanmar’s democratically elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. “I stand in solidarity with democracy all over the world, and call for a return to constitutional order in Myanmar,” he said. Meanwhile, the top army commander has declared a one-year state of emergency. The move follows a landslide win by Ms Suu Kyi’s party in an election the army claims was marred by fraud. ...
12 Governors & 40% Lawmakers In Nigeria Are Gay – Uche Maduagwu Says
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12 Governors & 40% Lawmakers In Nigeria Are Gay – Uche Maduagwu Says

Nollywood actor, Uche Maduagwu, who came out to recently to declare his sexual orientation as gay, made the claim in an Instagram post. He shied away from naming the people. He slammed the anti-gay law former President Goodluck Jonathan signed in 2014. The actor called on U.S. President Joe Biden to sanction Nigerian government over the 14-years jail term for homosexuals in Nigeria. Dear President Joe Biden i am proudly gay and i beg you to place sanctions on Nigerian government for its inhuman laws against law abiding homosexuals yet this same government pampers wicked fulani herdsmen who kidnap and cause trouble in southern part of Nigeria we are tired and scared despite the fact that more than 40% of current legislatures and over twelve governors are homosexuals in naija why t...
Governance Under Buhari Has Been Very Poor & Disappointing – Prof Attahiru Jega
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Governance Under Buhari Has Been Very Poor & Disappointing – Prof Attahiru Jega

Attahiru Jega, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has described the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as “very disappointing.” In an interview with Daily Trust, Jega said the current administration has performed below the expectations of “so many Nigerians”. Jega served as Nigeria’s electoral umpire from 2010 to 2015, following his appointment by former President Goodluck Jonathan. He remains the only INEC chairman that has presided over two general elections in Nigeria — in 2011 and 2015, when Jonathan lost to Buhari, making him the first incumbent president to lose re-election. Jega, who was once a vice-chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, said although Buhari enjoys goodwill from many Nigerians, citizens are worried “abo...
Jonathan’s Government Offered Us 100 Billion, Buhari Should Honor It – Herdsmen
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Jonathan’s Government Offered Us 100 Billion, Buhari Should Honor It – Herdsmen

The National Secretary, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Mr Saleh Alhassan, has said his group indeed demanded from the Federal Government the payment of N100bn to herders but for the construction of ranches and not for amnesty as reported on social media. Alhassan made the clarification in an interview with The PUNCH on Thursday. He claimed former President Goodluck Jonathan promised to give them the money and that was what informed their decision to support his re-election in 2015. The Miyetti Allah chief, however, said that after Jonathan left, the initiative was suspended, hence the decision of the group to present the matter to the President Muhammadu Buhari government. Asked why N100bn should be paid to violent herders to stop kidnappings, Alhassan said, “That is a mischiev...
Without Unity, Restructuring Won’t Work – Goodluck Jonathan
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Without Unity, Restructuring Won’t Work – Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has on Thursday said restructuring the country had its benefits but the elites must de-emphasize issues that polarised the people. He said, “We cannot restructure without solving issues that polarize us which are nepotism, ethnic and religious differences and lack of patriotism. “Also, discussion on restructuring will not help except we restructure our minds. Some of the challenges faced at the national level are still there at the state and local government levels, and sometimes even in our communities. “From Independence, the struggle was that politics was based on regions and there was this tension. It’s a dynamic blow between the regions who will produce the national leaders and that is still hunting us till today.” Drawing morals less...
Jonathan’s Romance With APC Triggers Anxiety In PDP
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Jonathan’s Romance With APC Triggers Anxiety In PDP

Some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are fretting over the growing rapport between former President Goodluck Jonathan and some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in recent times. GBADE OGUNWALE reports that some of the opposition leaders are worried by the implications of the unfolding development for 2023 elections To the casual onlooker, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) appears to be relatively calm, going by the lack of serious crisis at the national level. The party has so far been able to manage its crisis from erupting into the open. There are muffled disagreements among key party chieftains, which have continued to nibble at its unity and cohesion at the national, zonal and state levels. The party appears to be doing well at papering over the cracks...
Trump: Nigerians Hail Goodluck Jonathan
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Trump: Nigerians Hail Goodluck Jonathan

  Following the drama rocking the US presidential election, results, Donald Trump's loss and not accepting defeat - Nigerians are hailing ex President, Goodluck Jonathan, for accepting defeat without causing unnecessary drama. Journalist, Fisayo Soyombo wrote: For all of Goodluck Jonathan's imperfections, many of which I wrote about in the past, he is a far worthier statesman than Donald Trump. Trump needs specific post-election presidential carriage lessons that Jonathan can teach. Most of you said Goodluck Jonathan conceding & congratulating Buhari on the phone, was nothing extraordinary. Well, a 231-year-old democracy couldn’t do what Jonathan did. Nigeria democracy was only 16 years in 2015. At least this 4th Republic. I’ll leave you to your conscience. Editi ...
I Am The Wrong Person To Comment On Insecurity – Jonathan
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I Am The Wrong Person To Comment On Insecurity – Jonathan

Former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, refused to be drawn on any question about insecurity in Nigeria, saying he was the wrong person to speak on the issue. The former president said he also had his challenges to deal with while in office, “I was there before and of course, you know there was a lot of insecurity. So, I am the very wrong person to make comments on the insecurity in the land.” He spoke on the side-lines of the Exclusive Command Performance by the Commonwealth Community Choir in Abuja, on Friday. “All what we can do is to collectively support the government, encourage the soldiers and other security operatives to do more for our safety,” he added. He noted that insecurity is a world phenomenon and Nigeria isn’t an exception, therefore encourage the y...
Why I Rejected Jonathan & Supported Buhari In 2015 – Amaechi
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Why I Rejected Jonathan & Supported Buhari In 2015 – Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, has claimed that former President Goodluck Jonathan offered him every opportunity to remain in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but he rejected it. The minister says he went ahead to support President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 because he is not tribalistic. The former governor of Rivers State was speaking in Port Harcourt on Saturday while receiving some party members who defected from the PDP. The minister explained that whatever he says in Rivers State would happen, adding that he would soon return to declare prayers in the state. He claimed that God gave him victory over Goodluck Jonathan in 2015. “You know, when Goodluck fought us, he was not fighting me, he was fighting God and I knew he would fail. Tell them fro...
We Are In Trouble, Nigeria’s Unity Questionable – Goodluck Jonathan
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We Are In Trouble, Nigeria’s Unity Questionable – Goodluck Jonathan

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has said the unity of Nigeria is questionable. Jonathan stated this while speaking during an exclusive command performance by the Port-Harcourt Male Ensemble International tagged ‘Peace for All Nations’ at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja. He stated that Nigerian youths sometimes engaged in all kinds of confrontation, recalling his conversation with one of his friends. “And I was discussing with somebody, one of my friends and I said look, in Nigeria, they appear not to even have a national youth body. Because in most cases, the regional youth bodies are stronger than the national youth body. “Ordinarily, the national youth body is supposed to be stronger than the regional youth body. If you go to my state, Bayelsa state for...
Boko Haram: We’ll not help Nigeria again, Buhari rubbished us after Jonathan left – Mercenaries
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Boko Haram: We’ll not help Nigeria again, Buhari rubbished us after Jonathan left – Mercenaries

Days after North-East Governors urged President Muhammadu Buhari to use mercenaries to fight Boko Haram, the foreign military contractors earlier engaged by Nigeria have vowed never to return. The fighters took the battle to terrorists in Sambisa forest and other enclaves during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. Then, Nigeria covertly brought in ‘military-technical advisers’ regarded as mercenaries from South Africa and the former Soviet Union. Ahead of the 2015 general election, the hitmen day and night dealt Boko Haram severe blows. Regional security, defence and diplomatic sources were aware of the development. There was also a tacit confirmation by Jonathan that two companies were providing “trainers and technicians” to help Nigerian forces. Now, ...
Insecurity: Resign Now, Northern Elders Forum Tells Buhari
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Insecurity: Resign Now, Northern Elders Forum Tells Buhari

The Northern Elders Forum on Wednesday asked the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to resign. According to the group, the President has failed in the two critical areas of security and economy and as such has ‘nothing new to offer’ Nigerians. NEF Spokesman, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, stated this tonight on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme monitored by The PUNCH. He said it is disappointing that after over five years of being in office, Buhari still hasn’t delivered on the promises he made to Nigerians when he was first elected in 2015. Baba-Ahmed noted that Buhari had asked his predecessor, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, to resign in 2013 over growing insecurity in the country and so, it is not out of place to demand that he resigns over the same ...
Goodluck Jonathan Is Working For Buhari – APC
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Goodluck Jonathan Is Working For Buhari – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said former president, Goodluck Jonathan, is working for the current government. The ruling party’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, stated this while answering questions on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Friday. Nabena also slammed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for not being a worthy opposition. According to him, Jonathan has been working for the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, because he is a ‘progressive’ statesman. The visit by some APC chieftains to Jonathan last Friday, who contested in the 2011 and 2015 presidential elections on the platform of the PDP, raised the stakes in permutations for the 2023 general elections. But Nabena said, “We are not desperate. Goodluck Jonathan has be...
It Is Better To Gain Honour At The Cost Of Losing Power – Jonathan To Trump
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It Is Better To Gain Honour At The Cost Of Losing Power – Jonathan To Trump

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has again preached peace to nations around the world, saying it is preferable to gain honour and lose power. His Facebook post on Friday came at the time sources in US President Donald Trump’s camp said he was not considering conceding defeat if he loses the election to Democrat Joe Biden. “Nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any citizen. It is better to gain honour at the cost of losing power than to gain power at the cost of losing honour,” Mr Jonathan wrote. “At any point in time, the power of love should matter more than the love of power. “This is my philosophy. I have lived it. It has brought great peace to both my beloved nation and I. And I recommend it to all leaders facing challenging situations, either in government, or at the p...
Photos Of Goodluck Jonathan Observing Tanzanian Election
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Photos Of Goodluck Jonathan Observing Tanzanian Election

Shared with Caption... ELECTION DAY IN TANZANIA: The African Union (AU) Expert Election Observer Team which I lead visited some polling stations in Dar es Salaam this morning as voting got underway in Tanzania's general elections. The African Union sees today's polls as yet another opportunity for the good people of the United Republic of Tanzania to deepen democracy and peace in the country. -GEJ
JJC Skillz and Soso Soberekon clash over ex-president Goodluck Jonathan
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JJC Skillz and Soso Soberekon clash over ex-president Goodluck Jonathan

Music executive Soso Sobereokon, who recently indicated interest in going into politics, shared a photo of himself with former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan and added a prayer emoji. JJC Skillz had a problem with Soso's post and he replied: "4 what?" Soso hit back saying: Because he is far better!! Don't forget your wife campaigned for APC & Buhari and they still betrayed and disgraced her. Think about it bro. JJC hit back, writing: "Get your facts right. My wife never campaigned for your friend. You're just being defensive because you join chop Nigerian money. So Abegie Sharappp there. #thiefnathief." Soso responded by trying to emasculate JJC. He wrote: "No need for insults, your HUSBAND Funke is my friend except I for post the video evidence. Gig...
#EndSARS: Goodluck Jonathan Condemns The “Use Of Deadly Force” On Protesters
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#EndSARS: Goodluck Jonathan Condemns The “Use Of Deadly Force” On Protesters

Former president Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the “use of deadly force” on #EndSARS protesters in Lagos state. In a statement on Thursday, Jonathan said such actions will only worsen the situation, calling on all parties to embrace dialogue. Nationwide protests against the now-dissolved police special anti-robbery squad (SARS) metamorphosed into agitation for improved governance in addition to justice for victims of police brutality. On Tuesday, soldiers shot at the young protesters while they converged on the Lekki tollgate. Twelve people died in the shooting and in a related development in Ikeja, according to Amnesty International. In the statement shared with TheCable, the former president said the event of recent days “has been a difficult time to me as well”. ...
EndSARS: Buhari, Obasanjo, Jonathan, security chiefs, others in crucial meeting
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EndSARS: Buhari, Obasanjo, Jonathan, security chiefs, others in crucial meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently hosting a virtual meeting with former Nigerian leaders and senior government officials. Those believed to be in attendance at the closed-door virtual meeting include ex-presidents Goodluck Jonathan, Olusegun Obasanjo, Abdulsalami Abubakar, Ernest Shonekan and Yakubu Gowon. Senior officials physically attending the meeting at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari and National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno. The heads of various security agencies like the police and the SSS are also attending the meeting which commenced at about 9 a.m. Although details of the meeting, which ...
Actor Yul Edochie calls for President Buhari’s resignation
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Actor Yul Edochie calls for President Buhari’s resignation

Actor Yul Edochie has called for the resignation of President Buhari. He made the call via his Twitter handle on Monday afternoon, October 19.   According to Yul, President Buhari was very vocal during the Goodluck Jonathan administration and called for the resignation of the former President on the basis of poor performance.   He opined that President Buhari has performed worse than Jonathan, therefore  he should resign from office. ''President Buhari was very vocal during the previous Govt. He called for Goodluck's resignation on the basis of poor performance. Today Buhari's performance is worse than that of Jonathan. We put our hopes in him & he failed us. I call for Buhari's resignation. #ENDBADGOVERNANCE'' he tweeted
Goodluck Jonathan Congratulates Obaseki For Emerging Victorious In Edo Election
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Goodluck Jonathan Congratulates Obaseki For Emerging Victorious In Edo Election

Former president, Goodluck Jonathan has sent a congratulatory message to Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over his victory in the Edo state election. Jonathan in a series of tweets on Sunday, September 20, commended the people of Edo and INEC for ensuring a peaceful, credible and transparent election in the state. The former president urged the re-elected governor to govern all people of his state without any partisan bias. He wrote: "I congratulate His Excellency @GovernorObaseki on his re-election as Edo State Governor. I also congratulate @inecnigeria for overseeing a process that allowed the votes of the good people of Edo to count."   "Democracy can only be consolidated to promote good governance in our nation and continent when our ...
Electronic Voting Is The Only Way To Credible Elections – Jonathan
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Electronic Voting Is The Only Way To Credible Elections – Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan, former president of Nigeria and UN special envoy on crisis management, says for electronic voting is the only way to get to credible elections in Nigeria and the rest of Africa. Speaking on the presidential panel of The Osasu Show Symposium 2020, Jonathan said the outcome of elections should be decided by the ballots, not by any other means — not even the courts. “To me if Africa especially will move forward is not just about routine conducts of elections, this year alone in West Africa made up of 15 states, we have five states that had elections,” Jonathan said. “So in terms of regular elections, we are progressing, but are these elections credible? Are they representing a constructional democratic setting is the issue. “Regular elections, fine, but election...
Second Niger Bridge: Buhari Did What OBJ, Yar’adua, Jonathan Couldn’t – Adesina
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Second Niger Bridge: Buhari Did What OBJ, Yar’adua, Jonathan Couldn’t – Adesina

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity on Friday gave details of how former Presidents elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deceived Nigerians with the Second Niger Bridge project. In his weekly article titled ‘ My Mercedes Is Bigger Than Yours’, Adesina said former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo who ruled Nigeria from 1999 to 2007; Umaru Musa Yar’adua who was President from 2007 to 2010 and his successor, Goodluck Jonathan only used the Second Niger Bridge project as a campaign promise during the 16 year reign of the PDP. He said “We can never say too much about the Second Niger Bridge. The existing one was built in 1965, and had become totally inadequate to serve as the artery between the southern and other parts of the ...
Mali: Jonathan Briefs Buhari, Says Junta Wants ECOWAS Sanctions Removed
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Mali: Jonathan Briefs Buhari, Says Junta Wants ECOWAS Sanctions Removed

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), again on Monday received briefings from former President Goodluck Jonathan, who is the Economic Community of West African States Special Envoy to Mali, on the current situation in the country. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President at the meeting held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the priority in Mali now should be securing the country, which is largely occupied by terrorists. The statement was titled, ‘President Buhari receives updates on Mali situation from Special Envoy, Goodluck Jonathan.’ Adesina said the meeting between the two leaders came ahead of an extraordinary virtual summit by ECOWAS heads of state and leaders, scheduled for Friday. ...
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Marry a woman you are physically attracted to’ – Reno Omokri says to men

former Presidential Aide to Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has advised men to go in for women who there are physically attracted to. Taking to his Twitter page, Reno Omokri cited that a man should marry a woman he has physical attraction for irrespective of how ‘holy’ he is. He used the case of Abraham in the Holy Bible citing him as a holy man yet he was physically attracted to Sarah. his words; “No matter how holy you are, still ensure you marry a woman you are attracted to. She MUST be a believer. However, holiness alone can’t make a woman attractive. Abraham was physically attracted to Sarah!”
Goodluck Jonathan Mourns Late Burundi President, Nkurunziza, Prays For Peaceful Transition
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Goodluck Jonathan Mourns Late Burundi President, Nkurunziza, Prays For Peaceful Transition

I extend my deepest condolence to the Government and people of Burundi over the passing on of their President H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza who died suddenly on Tuesday. May God Almighty comfort his family and the good people of Burundi as they mourn. . May he grant the Republic of Burundi the grace of peaceful transition that will further strengthen the hope and confidence of the people in democracy and its promise of a stable State. GEJ The Former President Tweeted  
African leaders back Adesina, say no nation has veto power over AfDB
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African leaders back Adesina, say no nation has veto power over AfDB

  At least 15 African leaders Friday said they were “concerned” by the allegations against the president of African Development Bank Akinwunmi Adesina and insisted that no nation would be allowed to control the 56-year-old institution. Those who signed the statement included former Nigerian presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, whom Adesina served as agriculture minister, Ghana’s John Kuffour, former Malawian President Joyce Banda and former Liberian leader Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Tunisia’s Mohamed Marzouki, Tanzania’s Benjamin Mkapa and former Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn also signed the statement. “No nation, regardless of how powerful, has a veto power over the African Development Bank, and no nation should have such power,” the African...
Pantami Blocks Twitter Users Who Questioned Silence On Zamfara, Katsina Killings
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Pantami Blocks Twitter Users Who Questioned Silence On Zamfara, Katsina Killings

Nigerians on social networking platform, Twitter, are recounting how Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, blocked them for questioning him about his silence on the attacks by armed bandits in Zamfara and Katsina states. While in the opposition in 2012, Pantami heavily criticised the handling of insurgency in Nigeria's North-East by former President, Goodluck Jonathan. He also said in an opinion piece published on an online news platform that "leadership in Nigeria has failed" and called on Nigerians to "rise up" and change the situation. An audio where he incited Nigerians against Jonathan over his handling of security in the country has also been making the rounds on Twitter, with many accusing him of hypocrisy now that the party he belongs to, the All P...
Jonathan Disowns Online Comments On Biafra And Niger Delta
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Jonathan Disowns Online Comments On Biafra And Niger Delta

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that he never spoke on the position of Niger Delta over agitations for Biafra. Jonathan, in a statement by his Media Adviser, Mr Ikechukwu Eze, on Saturday also disowned an online publication which claimed that he spoke on the relationship between the South East and Niger Delta. The report was said to have also claimed that Jonathan spoke on the position of Niger Delta over agitations for Biafra in a speech he was said to have presented recently in Texas, United States. The former president described the report as false, adding that he couldn’t have presented the purported speech because he neither travelled to the US nor sent anybody to represent him at the unnamed event. Eze said it was the second time in three years that Jonath...