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Nigeria battles to stop spread of al Qaeda chaos in Africa

January 23rd, 2013
05:33 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

In her testimony to Congress on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cited jihadist group Boko Haram as part of the broader Islamic militant threat in Africa.

Clinton said that the West-African group, whose name means "Western education is sinful" is a major threat to Nigeria – Africa’s largest oil exporter.

In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan agreed that Boko Haram could pose an existential threat to his country.

“If Boko Haram is not contained, it would be a threat not only to Nigeria, but to West Africa, Central Africa and of course to North Africa,” he said. “Elements of Boko Haram link up with some of al Qaeda in northern Mali and other North African countries.” 

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For that reason, he said his government is “totally committed” to working with friendly nations to help contain problems in Mali. Like many other world leaders, Jonathan said the problem there has been exacerbated by the free flow of weapons out of Libya since the fall of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

President Jonathan admitted that initially Boko Haram caught Nigeria off guard; now, he said, the country has been making progress to contain “the Boko Haram saga.”

He said his government is working day and night to make sure that the deadly attacks on an Algerian oil field do not happen in Nigeria.

The Economist reports that the death toll from Boko Haram attacks in 2012 was 1,099 – double was it was the previous year.

“If you look at the last six months, incidents of killing started dropping,” President Jonathan contended, insisting that the government is gaining control.

He denied suggestions from the U.S. State Department that the Nigerian government has conducted a large quantity of arrests and killings that have been indiscriminate, possibly driving more people into the hands of Boko Haram.

“The United States of America is completely wrong,” he told Amanpour. “No security agency arrests anybody just for the love of arrest. We have intelligence that enables us to arrest the people who have been arrested.”

President Jonathan also insists that poverty and unemployment are not fueling the violent rise of Boko Haram – citing religion as the primary motivation of this jihadist group.

As part of a counter terrorism effort, President Jonathan’s national security adviser has sought to engage in dialogue with Boko Haram.

Jonathan told Amanpour that the discourse has helped the situation, and that he will continue to pursue this strategy.

The Power of the Presidency

Christiane Amanpour was the first journalist to interview Goodluck Jonathan when he assumed the presidency in April 2010. One focus of that conversation was about the endemic electric outages that average Nigerians face.

Three years later, despite continued problems and a report by Nigeria's Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission that says 60% of Nigerians are without access to power, Jonathan said that the country has made significant strides.

“That is one area where Nigerians are quite pleased with the government – that our commitment to improve power is working,” he said. “I promise you before the end of this year, power outages will be reasonably stable in Nigeria.”

Endemic Corruption

“You cannot change the mindset of people by waving your hand. You must take means to make sure that you don’t create an environment where everyone will be corrupt and we are doing it very well,” Jonathan said.

He cited the previous elections as signs of success against corruption. International observers, The African Union, and the Independent National Electoral Commission all praised the polling.

But there is still widespread corruption in the oil industry.

Last April, Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said that 400,000 barrels of oil a day were looted from the country in just one month.
The International Energy Agency said that $7 billion dollars a year is lost annually to oil theft.

“Frankly speaking, speaking I want the international community to support Nigeria because this stolen crude is being bought by refineries abroad and they know the crude oil was stolen,” Jonathan told Amanpour. “The world must condemn what is wrong.”

CNN’s Claire Calzonetti produced this piece for television.


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  1. ikp4success

    I always thought Boko Haram was political, and has no connections to alqueda.
    hmm Jonathan should please try and speed up the process of electricity.

    God Bless 9ja

    January 23, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Reply
    • Mint Vedutti

      I hope you did not fall for those lines? Because they are all lies. If Amanpour can try and spend just a week in Nigeria, not in a hotel, in a house/home without a generator (Let's leave out the security threats and focus just on the light) then she would know how much lies this clown just told.

      January 23, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Reply
      • Juliet Akinwale

        I support you... The president only came out here to lie. He is nothing but a liar. Nothing is good in this country Nigeria. Imagine the president of a good country like Nigeria could not answer simple questions with confidence. He was shy and scared cos he knew he was only lying to cover all his mess. Nothing is good in this country. All they know how to do is to come in public and lie to the world.
        Note: Please please and please I appeal to you not to re-contest for election again. Nigerians need a lead that can secure our Future. We are tired of failures like PRESIDENT BADLUCK JONATHAN. He is nothing but a bunch of failure.
        God bless Nigeria.

        January 24, 2013 at 2:43 am |
      • Truth Sayer

        I am ashamed to be associated with the president of my country. He cant even express himself well enough. how the hell did a moron like this become the president. on the issues @ hand about power and the security challenges of the Islamist extreme. he erred in his judgement on both issues. we lack power, because of the acute corruption prevalent in the country, same goes to for the inefficiency of our security agent. boko haram truly arises as a result of government neglect of very vulnerable set of people, lack of all life basic and essential amenities ranging from water for consumption to mere food to eat. power gone again on UPS now cant continue further

        January 24, 2013 at 4:58 am |
      • Africa needs love

        Even the Taliban fighters cannot insult Pres. Kaizer of Afghanistan like what Nigerians do.
        I think we have a character problem here, born out of our tribalistic affiliation that need to end.

        I was at Schiphol the other day and I was shocked how many black people have to go through extra control.
        This comes not because they all had something to hide, but because the way which we portray ourselves to the world
        blends into the way which the world wants to see us and this make trust difficult to attain by a black man even in an obviously trustworthy situation. Do not forget the world is a game and different countries are in to compete.

        I know most of you are young and some have not left Nigeria yet, but even if revolution must happen to root out your inactive govt or whatever your grievances are, I do not think it has to play out this way to the eyes of the world.
        Do you think you will be respected for insulting your president without really making a strong argument of your points?.

        Tunisians started the revolution in their state not in any world network but by themselves in their own networks, that is why even in the last offensive the Algerians made, P.M. Cameron had to retract is statement because of the self respect which they do display when it comes to their sovereignty. I could go on. But I wish you my brothers and sister love and I expect same in return so Africa can move to higher grounds.

        January 24, 2013 at 8:42 am |
      • TruSOn

        @AFRICA NEEDS LOVE You have just said it all. Even in the midst of failures of the government, Nigerians need to carry themselves with dignity. Nobody will respect you for insulting your president publicly. Nobody does that.

        Deal decisively with your national issues in-house, not deriding yourselves by parading your president naked in the market square. Be wise Nigerians!

        February 5, 2013 at 4:35 am |
    • naijaG

      Note that Jonathan said the 'power outages will be reasonably stable' by the end of the year NOT that power will be stable. This might be a freudian slip of the tongue but he said what he meant to say. So perhaps you will be sure of not having electricity from 9am to 6pm everyday insead of not knowing when power will go off. That will be a reasonable achievement indeed!

      January 24, 2013 at 4:17 am | Reply
    • ugochukwu

      Power is improving in my area,but we really need more action in power sector.what happen to the country did not start today it has been there for decades, we Nigerians too much believe-in miracle, to get it right can only be done if we put the right people at the right places through our votes,corruption is very high in the system,Nigerians need to wake up from their slumber, enough is enough

      January 24, 2013 at 8:45 am | Reply
    • Olusegun Obasanjo

      If there was ever a day I felt ashamed of being a Nigerian, Wednesday it was! To think that I voted that incoherent moron Jonathan as my President, was even the worse. Never again.

      January 25, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Reply
      • Lawal Gide Malumfashi

        That is very insincere of you sir. You knew very well that this guy could not be a good president, and you also knew and still do that Buhari is incorruptable, very experienced, very patriotic,and has the courage to turn this country around possitively. You people have to rig the elections for your own self interests so that Buhari will not be. The loser is not Buhari but Nigeria. So stop shading crocodile tears.

        January 26, 2013 at 4:47 pm |
  2. Abdulwasiu Yusuf

    Blatant lie,av had 2 switch off ma generator angrily.we re disappointed in him.we v got no power.liar!!!

    January 23, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Reply
    • naijaG

      Remember that the Nigerian Minister of state for power said the lack of adequate electricity was due to evil spirits. May be you should ask 'ghost busters' to come to our rescue..or better still call your pastor/imam.

      January 24, 2013 at 4:39 am | Reply
    • Africa needs love

      Even the Taliban fighters cannot insult Pres. Kaizer of Afghanistan like what Nigerians do.
      I think we have a character problem here, born out of our tribalistic affiliation that need to end.

      I was at Schiphol the other day and I was shocked how many black people have to go through extra control.
      This comes not because they all had something to hide, but because the way which we portray ourselves to the world
      blends into the way which the world wants to see us and this make trust difficult to attain by a black man even in an obviously trustworthy situation. Do not forget the world is a game and different countries are in to compete.

      I know most of you are young and some have not left Nigeria yet, but even if revolution must happen to root out your inactive govt or whatever your grievances are, I do not think it has to play out this way to the eyes of the world.
      Do you think you will be respected for insulting your president without really making a strong argument of your points?.

      Tunisians started the revolution in their state not in any world network but by themselves in their own networks, that is why even in the last offensive the Algerians made, P.M. Cameron had to retract is statement because of the self respect which they do display when it comes to their sovereignty. I could go on. But I wish you my brothers and sister love and I expect same in return so Africa can move to higher grounds.

      January 24, 2013 at 8:42 am | Reply
      • Staj

        This has nothing to do with "Tribalistic Affiliations", even people from his State are not proud of his efforts as President.

        You never saw Citizens burn pictures of Sadaam, Gadaffi, or the Jordanian Leader in Public? I'm sure you were joking.

        You obviously don't watch enough of CNN to see how the American President and other Leaders are being heavily criticized and even ridiculed by the fellow Citizens, even when they honestly and earnestly strive to serve with dignity.

        Jonathan wants the help of the International Community but you want the shameful Governance in the Country kept in-house? Lies will only welcome more ridicule from other Countries.

        We are not double or triple-searched at Airports because we tell the truth about our President. You don't get respect from others by praising the efforts of the gross incompetence of your Leaders.

        You're not highlighting the shameless Judiciary that fined the former director of the Police Pension Board , John Yakubu Yusuf who pleaded guilty to two-count charges of embezzling about N2 billion of the total N33 billion stolen from police pensions and was only fined N250, 000, but angry and frustrated Nigerians airing their views are doing a dis-service to you how you are being disrespected by the World.

        You don't wash your dirty linen in public but the stench will kill you if non-public washing is ineffective.
        ONLY the truth can initiate the process of Change that Nigeria and other African Countries strongly desire.

        February 8, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
  3. Moses Kayode

    How did this man became the president of the most populous Black country in the world.He couldn't even answer simple question intelligently .He agreed that he is a failure in all area of governance .It is laughable to call on international community to help police your coaster water to stop crude oil thieves.Your finance minister tactically said that your government is corrupt. I think Nigeria deserve the best.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Reply
    • Andy

      You are been sillly. Where did the President say Nigeria needed 'the international community to 'police' or waters in other to reduce crude oil theft? The article is right in front of you, where did he say that? Asking the international community to do more to discourage refineries in their countries who buy stolen crude thereby making the fight against the theft here in Nigeria more difficult (and oh, the theft is significantly reducing now cos the Navy and others) is 'making unintelligent' statements? Why would some of you guys disgrace yourselves outside (cos its not the country you are disgracing) cos of political differences at home

      January 23, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Reply
      • Mint Vedutti

        He has to put a check on his waters before he calls for help. What has he done to stop the stealing? If there are consequences for the theft then they won't have to buy stolen goods. But when the government themselves steal from the well, how are they to know who stole and who didn't? And for your information, for you to be selling crude for refining and importing finished products you MUST have a license from NNPC. If you can't catch them stealing it raw, you can catch them importing it. To import you must get an import permit from PPPRA. He just told us that his government knows the thieves. Enough said.

        January 23, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
      • Ontami

        Andy, guess u're the silly person as u need to read the last paragraph all over again

        January 24, 2013 at 6:24 am |
      • Raji

        Mr. Andy Jonathan, you said that guy is Silly? if your president statements are true what are you doing abroad(i guessed you are abroad)? Also, maybe you listened to just the sound of the interview without looking at the video, even with the audio, you can tell he is just bluffing. Finally, i will advice you take off your veil and look beyond tribalism (because i can sense that in your last statement) and cast out bad government when necessary. I'm Yoruba and i will tell you that Obasanjo is the genesis of our worse predicament in Nigeria. thanks. One love and One Nigeria (you are my brother Andy).

        January 24, 2013 at 8:05 am |
      • Eyiowu

        Even if slightly better than it used to be his poor diction and apparent lack of media training makes Nigeria a bad sell.

        January 24, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • Black Knight

      'became'? I'm afraid peeps like you voted for him.

      January 23, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Reply
      • okwu

        On the other hand a back channel of trade for the remaining production capacity was opened. Since then the trade on stolen Nigerian oil has been the gain of a lot of Nigerian so called leader and there foreign friends (the Jackals).
        Obasanjo didn't have any incentive to stop it frontally. Attempts to stop it by our some :-) culminated in the insiders and their foreign friends arming the boys and giving them a voice in the local and international media about fighting for some cause, while loading of the stolen oil never ceased for one second.
        Not until Yar adua came and Started a move on it which made the Jackals and even his own people and the Media who are well versed on the goings and are part and parcel of the whole chopping setup, turn on him and branded him (Baba go slow) cause he also didn’t want to release money for so call road constructions and others that will find it way in private accounts in days. R.I.P
        Luckily he handed over to the much underrated Jonathan who has not only continued on this thread But have even added up to our official oil production capacity and fighting them on all fronts.
        Now to the Nigerian media who are misleading the people with rants like (more Nigerian oil is being stolen now).
        Do they mean to tell Nigerian that more oil is being stolen now that they are producing 2.5 million barrels of oil than when they put us down to 700,000?
        Or that that Nigeria is poorer now that the Int. oil coys operating in Nigeria that usually announces $40 billion profits annually before2008 but now announces only $3-4 billion? Common
        Jonathan may have a funny way of public speaking but he know the international connection he's facing, He’s sound upstairs I reckon.

        January 24, 2013 at 12:31 am |
    • Okon

      You have your own hidden agenda.Masquerading with a fake name. President Jonathan is the ONLY Nigerian President that truly believes in the promise of Nigeria. All the other eloquent criminals that unfortunately governed Nigeria stole more than $500 billion dollars,yet the people of Nigeria were poorer in 2007 than they were in 1960! Boko Haram menace in Nigeria is also partly a result of the backlash of these powerful former dictators inviting terror groups to Nigeria to cause instability and prevent the government from pursing a truly peoples' agenda.President Jonathan must walk on egg shells to fix Nigeria without stepping on powerful toes or these fabulously wealthy former dictators will pull the house down under him, and he knows that.

      January 23, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Reply
      • okwu

        may God bless you

        January 24, 2013 at 1:53 am |
      • Omor

        lol..smh..everybody here has their own opinions..but sometimes we have to sit and think b4 we conclude....'what is d real situation here??'.....D truth is Nigerians are naturally 'sharp sharp' people...Nigerians want to make money quick,Nigerians want to see result quick,Nigerians want to run b4 they even start crawling,Nigerians want to be betta than countries than hit civilization b4 them.."Everything will be ok in d end..if it is not ok then it is not yet d end"...PATIENCE is d key!!!!.........................That being said..I dont hate my president...I live in PH and i dint watch that interview...i slept wit PHCN power last night doe my gen is on right now...I went to a d studio at Elekahia 2days ago and wen i asked d studio owner about d type of gen he uses...he laughed nd said 'there is relatively has steady light from phcn in his studio'....I have cousins that stay at mile 3 that weneva they come to visit they boast of how theyve had steady power for days...These improvements happen in GEJ regime...Thats concerning power....now concerning corruption, Mr President is d head of The Executive....some pple fail to realise that we have a legal system...and the legal system has its processes...and our legal system is week...and oil theives have to go tru this 'weak' system to b persecuted...FYI Mr president is not part of d legal system oooooooooooo.... Stop blaming Mr President for everything unless uve been the president b4 nd uve done beta if not...Shut the f**kup nd work hard ... Nigerians too dey complain jor...some pple xpect d government to come nd pput food on their table for dem... Nigeria is a 1daful country and there is hope for the future..Best Belive me!!!!!!

        January 24, 2013 at 3:39 am |
      • Lawal Gide Malumfashi

        Okon;, regional, religious, and ethnic sentiments won't carry you or Nigeria anywhere. Why can't your president deal with anybody stopping him from functioning, if not cowardice. Nigeria lost $7Billion in 30days through oil theft, and all your president could do was to lament and blame foreign refineries for buying stolen oil. Just imagine, what a president!

        January 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
    • Pato

      Dear President, u shld kwn better as an Educated Man that we live in a capitalist society..where business is business regardless of whether it's stolen or not. As a president ur duty is to protect and stop any criminal activity, starting from government Ministers. Mr President clearly you have not shown any sign progress in governance. Corruption, power failure, security have crippled our system. Mr President Please i appeal to you not to re-contest for election again. Nigerians need a lead that can secure our Future.

      January 23, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Reply
      • kevin

        Mr pato you r either not in nigeria or is deaf....how many times do you need to hear that our navy and all vessel have been deployed to that coast to fight those oil theft and on land we have jtf fighting them which there has been imense result...Let me say this here now that every one that commented on this issue that in any way insult our president is an idiot and will always remain an idiot....this man has so many enemies now becos he is trying to fix this country..even the devilish former present obasanjo who i believ is souly responsible for all our problems now, he created this so called bad cabals in subsidy issue, he thought all the past governors how to steal confidently, he spents trllions in power but yet nothin, he disrespected court ruling becos of his selfish interest and many oda thins....and now trying to frustrate all d reform now all for his selfish interest...I'm very confident that pres jonathan will deliver to nigerian, the only problem i see him having now is fools like you all on this page insulting and taking out of sense...God bless nigeria for those dat have to hope please relocate to mali asap.

        January 24, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • Africa needs love

      Even the Taliban fighters cannot insult Pres. Kaizer of Afghanistan like what Nigerians do.
      I think we have a character problem here, born out of our tribalistic affiliation that need to end.

      I was at Schiphol the other day and I was shocked how many black people have to go through extra control.
      This comes not because they all had something to hide, but because the way which we portray ourselves to the world
      blends into the way which the world wants to see us and this make trust difficult to attain by a black man even in an obviously trustworthy situation. Do not forget the world is a game and different countries are in to compete.

      I know most of you are young and some have not left Nigeria yet, but even if revolution must happen to root out your inactive govt or whatever your grievances are, I do not think it has to play out this way to the eyes of the world.
      Do you think you will be respected for insulting your president without really making a strong argument of your points?.

      Tunisians started the revolution in their state not in any world network but by themselves in their own networks, that is why even in the last offensive the Algerians made, P.M. Cameron had to retract is statement because of the self respect which they do display when it comes to their sovereignty. I could go on. But I wish you my brothers and sister love and I expect same in return so Africa can move to higher grounds.

      January 24, 2013 at 8:43 am | Reply
    • Lawal Gide Malumfashi

      Ha.ha..! Kayode, so you have forgotten how your President came about? It was tribal and religious sentiments, no more nor less that brought him on, and the endermic corruption in the judiciary. As long as rigging of elections will stay with us, Nigeria will continue to rotate on the orbit of under-development. Nigeria needs an experienced and non-corruptable president to move forward, and not these mediocres and thieving bunch we had since 1999.

      January 26, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  4. Kasie Uddoh

    *sigh*

    January 23, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  5. TunaP

    In my Opinion Boko Haram is Political..Corruption's thick in his administration..wish u had asked him about the elaborate scam called SURE-P..Power Supply is far from Stable,I am 25years old and I ve never experienced constant power supply..

    January 23, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  6. yekaka

    Posterity will judge the president & all the leaders in Nigeria; who have used public good for their own personal aggrandising. Nigeria, wealthy but poor. Real shame that this clown would tell the world that power supply has improved in Nigeria,where people are dying daily due to inhaled carbon monoxide, sleeping in same room with generators.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  7. femi

    Why is he panicking?...... Nigeria has never got intelligent leaders in spite of their brightness in IT, Math & manipulation. This man is talking like a primany 3 pupil

    January 23, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Reply
    • Bertrand

      True , he was panicking .

      January 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Reply
      • naijaG

        Why won't he panic? Do you know how many 'small small boys' out there who can assasinate him for only 1000 naira. The president is under the protection of the so called thieves who are siphoning our oil wealth. He has to thread softly or else he will die of a mysterious illness. I am sure the man is praying for this whole nightmare of being president to end so that he can go back to his village in Bayelsa to enjoy his fishing and have his bottles of beer in peace.

        January 24, 2013 at 4:30 am |
  8. Mint Vedutti

    It is evident that our President is incapable and incompetent. One who can't take responsibility and seeks to blame others for every wrong is not fit to rule. Is He seeking help when he has not put his house on fire? Hope Amanpour is aware that all he just said were out right lies?! Corruption is at its peak, Poverty, power.... There is no rule of law in Nigeria because His government is interested in looting and enriching themselves. He is a disgrace to the country. He doesn't even have the charisma of a president.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Reply
    • okwu

      He is the most competent and inteligent ever. Wanna debate me on facts and no sentiments on this here?

      January 24, 2013 at 1:40 am | Reply
    • Africa needs love

      Even the Taliban fighters cannot insult Pres. Kaizer of Afghanistan like what Nigerians do.
      I think we have a character problem here, born out of our tribalistic affiliation that need to end.

      I was at Schiphol the other day and I was shocked how many black people have to go through extra control.
      This comes not because they all had something to hide, but because the way which we portray ourselves to the world
      blends into the way which the world wants to see us and this make trust difficult to attain by a black man even in an obviously trustworthy situation. Do not forget the world is a game and different countries are in to compete.

      I know most of you are young and some have not left Nigeria yet, but even if revolution must happen to root out your inactive govt or whatever your grievances are, I do not think it has to play out this way to the eyes of the world.
      Do you think you will be respected for insulting your president without really making a strong argument of your points?.

      Tunisians started the revolution in their state not in any world network but by themselves in their own networks, that is why even in the last offensive the Algerians made, P.M. Cameron had to retract is statement because of the self respect which they do display when it comes to their sovereignty. I could go on. But I wish you my brothers and sister love and I expect same in return so Africa can move to higher grounds.

      January 24, 2013 at 8:44 am | Reply
  9. Dashwood kenechukwu

    @Abdulwasiu Yusuf

    Relax, electricity will not improve in the whole country at once, my brother happens to be recording a marked improvement in Abuja.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Reply
    • Team Player

      And I suppose Abuja equates to the rest of Nigeria!

      January 23, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Reply
      • Dashwood kenechukwu

        Did you lose your meds or something? I just said it cannot change in all the land at once and then I gave an account for one place where I know for a fact that it is getting better. What exactly did you see when you looked at my post?

        We must always be critical of our government even when we get there( hopefully we do ) but for the love of God do try to be constructive when you argue about things, you just altogether ignored my point and didn't consider the reasoning.

        January 24, 2013 at 2:29 am |
  10. abubakar musa

    Imagine GEJ...Pls ask him about henry okah's claim of him been aware of d oct 2010 bomblast?

    January 23, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  11. Mint Vedutti

    How can he use 2 state, Abuja and Lagos out of 36 state to judge the progress in power? Can you ask someone who lives in Aba, if they have seen light in days? Even those in the supposed Lagos and Abuja, Can you ask people in Ajegunle, Karimo, Nyanya... If power is stable? People even in Area 8 the heart of the city did not have light to watch this interview and he had the guts to stand there and lie. They just focused on 3 areas, Boko Haram, Power and Corruption and he could not give a straight answer. When we talk about Education, Roads, Security, even Air and a host of other things, I bet he would pass out before the end of the interview. As diplomatic as he wants to sound, its not working for me. His government is an outright FAILURE! Even the little progress we made during Obasanjo's time They have messed it up. A President who has no solution or answers to the problems of his people, all he does is make empty promises. Hope he is not expecting us to vote for him in 2015 (He should not even bother running for any position) based on silly promises? He is not fit to be a ruler.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Reply
    • Rupert

      well said!

      January 23, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  12. Andy

    Power supply increased from a paltry 2000MW when he came in and in about 2 years, power is 4500MW and increasing. MOST Nigerians have admitted improvements in power supply, although it needs to even be much better, something the President even admitted and assures that it would be relatively stable before the end of the year. Can any one honestly fault that: about 8 new power plants are almost complete and the power sector has jst been Privatized . Has there been any time in the history of this country that the kind of work going on in the Power sector have ever taken place?

    January 23, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Reply
    • Okubule Adelumola Abayomi

      Andy forget this thing about improvement and promises regarding electricity. That is how they have been promising improved power supply since the time of President Obasanjo. You can tell from Saturday what Sunday Would look like. This government has not given any one serious signs that things will change. Majority of Nigeria is in darkness and many communities have been in darkness for months even years. Fake promises!

      January 23, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  13. Ebube Ahiarakwe

    I am a Nigerian and I quite appreiate Nigeria's government's efforts in tackling it's present challenges of security, power and corruption. The Nigerian citizens should support the Government to move forward.
    Constructive criticism of goverment poliies is only one of the responsibilties of citizens of a developing country like Nigeria. We must fold our sleeves and join the struggle.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Reply
    • tobe

      For how long do you want to fold your sleeves and watch while are resources keep going to the pockets of a select few. Yes i agree, there;s corruption everywhere but being able to draw the line and make good promises is what ensures progress. History and past governments aside, do you realize that this administration has uncovered so many thieves and there are currently free. Farouk, is a very good example, talk more of government directors that have been picked up and released.

      January 23, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Reply
    • Joy Nwanganga

      Which country is developing? How long will it take? Remember GHana must go? Maybe you weren't born then. Maybe you are one of the Nigerian politicians. What do you know of constructive criticism? Does it exist in Nigeria? Yeah right!

      January 23, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Reply
    • Oluwatope Anderson

      That is to a responsible Government, not government who steal and create avenues for stealing for their. friends,I am 28 year still wandering what is the science behind power that a country like Nigeria can not have a stable power supply and a Clown like this will come to foreign media and lie, Jonathan should be a close relative of President Obiang of Equitorial Guinea and am very sure Amanpour knows the guy is a big liar. Things are getting worse daily, instead Jonathan to take us forward or leave us where we are he took us 20 years backward. I wish I was never born in this crap nation where the nations budget is budget of the opportunist, no impact on people or the environment. I am ashame of this country and its leaders.

      January 24, 2013 at 12:56 am | Reply
  14. Mint Vedutti

    Just because the previous election was "supposedly" free and fair, that is not enough to say you are making an improvement on corruption. Since His government came into power, how many people have had to face a penalty for corruption? Let's look at the oil sector they talked about, What happened to Otedola and Farouk Lawan and the subsidy case? Otedola still has a license to operate, Farouk is still in the house of reps. What happened to the Bank governors who where accused of fraud? How many of them where locked up? and a host of other crimes that gets swept under the carpet. When you surround yourself with criminals, How to you plan on fighting corruption? That is what is eating into every part of the Nigerian government and He and his crew have done absolutely nothing about it.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  15. Ayo

    I'm highly embarrased to have this man as the president of my GREAT country, Shame on us !!!

    January 23, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Reply
    • Rupert

      This is what you get when you vote on the basis of sentiments

      January 23, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Reply
      • Nelson Abiche Obiabo

        Absolutely right! Voting with sentiments has caused us this.

        January 24, 2013 at 2:35 am |
    • Joy Nwanganga

      Ayo, No, not on us. Shame on him!

      January 23, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Reply
      • NAS

        not on us but on pple that voted for hem like Tone. even OBJ is ashame of him.

        January 25, 2013 at 3:43 am |
    • Tony

      Shame on you Ayo. Until most of you climb over your walls of tribe and ethnicity nothing good will happen to you.

      January 24, 2013 at 2:13 am | Reply
      • NAS

        IS ANYTHING GOOD HAPPENING TO YOU?

        January 25, 2013 at 3:35 am |
    • Africa needs love

      Even the Taliban fighters cannot insult Pres. Kaizer of Afghanistan like what Nigerians do.
      I think we have a character problem here, born out of our tribalistic affiliation that needs to end.

      I was at Schiphol the other day and I was shocked how many black people have to go through extra control.
      This comes not because they all had something to hide, but because the way which we portray ourselves to the world
      blends into the way which the world wants to see us and this make trust difficult to attain by a black man even in an obviously trustworthy situation. Do not forget the world is a game and different countries are in to compete.

      I know most of you are young and some have not left Nigeria yet, but even if revolution must happen to root out your inactive govt or whatever your grievances are, I do not think it has to play out this way to the eyes of the world.
      Do you think you will be respected for insulting your president without really making a strong argument of your points?.

      Tunisians started the revolution in their state not in any world network but by themselves in their own networks, that is why even in the last offensive the Algerians made, P.M. Cameron had to retract is statement because of the self respect which they do display when it comes to their sovereignty. I could go on. But I wish you my brothers and sister love and I expect same in return so Africa can move to higher grounds.

      January 24, 2013 at 9:32 am | Reply
  16. @ilola

    Big Lie. Please, tell me how power is better. I live in the city of Lagos, and it is still the same old thing. How can he open his mouth to say some regions have constant power supply? No one in Nigeria has constant power supply, no one. Ask any Nigerian.

    As for the corruption issue, this government has done nothing to tackle it. Mr president does not tackle corruption at all. As long as Farook Lawan and Otedola, and other thieves stealing our money are still working scot-free, even though they have admitted their actions, then it is safe to say that the government is not interested in doing anything about corruption.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  17. chords

    I felt so ashame to have such a president, I had to close my eyes throughout the interview, what a shamelful situation

    January 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  18. Name*Okubule Adelumola Abayomi

    Dear LORD, I do not understand this our President anymore! What did he do when Boko Haram bombed The Police Headquarters? He only changed The IG of Police. They even bombed a Church within an Army Barracks! What did he do? Nothing! That electricity has improved is a hoax! Some communities have not 'enjoyed' electricity for months, even years!

    January 23, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  19. Mary

    This guy is lying! OMG! Christine, please just go to Nigeria for only three days and you will see that this man lied to you! This is just terrible!

    January 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  20. tobe

    Its so sad that Nigerians have had to deal with this kind of crap for like forever. i am 24 and for as long as i can remember, we have had to deal with corrupt practices and manage our leaders. Nigeria is so rich, yet it can boast of being one of the poorest countries in the world, Dear Amanpour my President lied to you when he said the light situation has improved, and for those of you that say its better now and cite Abuja, i hope you know Abuja is not the only place in Nigeria, other places need development too, that was what this govt promised us. And as for you my President pls and pls Nigeria has so many young, intelligent and bright individuals that have dreams and hopes of having a bright future in Nigeria but can't get this because the system doesn't encourage innovation or development, open your eyes and make this possible, fight corruption don't just pay lip service to it. We are lost in foreign lands, contributing our quota to the development of their Economy when we could do much more in Nigeria.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  21. Adeola S

    this guy is the dullest president the world have ever seen.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Reply
    • OLuremi

      No, you can not say that. 'It' is the dullest there is, ever....

      January 24, 2013 at 5:44 am | Reply
  22. Mint Vedutti

    You talk about Security? What does the president have to say about this http://dorothynjemanzefoundation.org/home/if-govt-acted-on-dorothy-njemanzes-assault/ ? If those responsible for the security of the country are up to no good, how secure can the country be? And all this happens in the Country capital Abuja. What has he done about this? It has been on since last year and it gets worse everyday because He can't be bothered neither can the police be bothered.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  23. TheAnnoyinGOAT

    Issue of Boko Haram in Nigeria reminds me of the 80s classic American comedy "Ghostbusters". The government to containing the situation and still attempt was made on the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero which claimed the lives of six persons by gunmen. This clearly states the level of insecurity as regards to Boko Haram so called containment. The bombings may have reduced but the sporadic shootings by what is refered to as "unknown gunmen" still goes on. More like they are ghosts!

    January 23, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  24. Ken

    I can see there are a lot of haters on this platform....but it doesn't change the fact that my president spoke WELL. Even Obama and Cameron also have their haters in their own countries.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Reply
    • Rupert

      Its evident that you are another of those clueless Akpans. Jonathan is the worst pPresident Nigeria has ever produced. Citicizing him is not hating him but his failures are glarring for all to see. He is a colossal disappointment!

      January 23, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Reply
      • Tony

        Rupert where were you during the elections/ Why don't you go and contest? People like you make the world a worse place with your blinkers only seeing bad and never good.

        January 24, 2013 at 2:15 am |
      • kevin

        mr rupert i can see how foolish you are....you mean Abacha is better dan GEJ abi? and babangida too? obasanjo too right?? you need blood transfusion urgently....bcos d one u v is not blood but wiskey

        January 24, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
    • Olakunle

      Your president spoke well?? He could not look straight into the camera and he kept fidgeting as if Amanpour was going to bite his head off. For your information, coming from a president of a country, that was a dismal performance by all accounts.

      January 24, 2013 at 8:37 am | Reply
  25. trybes

    Very very lackluster interview. One would think the president of the worlds biggest black nation would put up a good defense on all questions asked but what do i hear? absolutely nothing! Its high time this country called Nigeria gets the best of us to rule us. Corruption continues to eat deep into the fabrics of this nation and sad thing is that it is being perpetrated daily by Jonathan's kitchen cabinet. For how long must we continue to suffer under the burden of round pegs in square holes? for how long must this "supposed giant" continue to crawl? For how long must the people continue to enjoy the basic things of life? Life in Nigeria, sadly is heartbreaking and that is why the youths will stop at nothing to steal from their privileged fellow human being around the world. It is high time something drastic happens in NIgeria and that time is NOW!!!

    January 23, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  26. Rupert

    The President and His wife are the most corrupt in Nigeria history of public service. His wife alledgedly demands a cut in all corrupt dealings of Female Ministers-for forwarding thieir names for apointment. President Jonathans complex is

    January 23, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  27. Black Knight

    that's the best Nigerians can do. come out here and spit nonsense. the same idiots would support those looters and act as agents of destruction. Brood of vipers.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  28. Black Knight

    "Do you hear the people sing?
    Singing the songs of angry men?
    It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again
    When the beating of your heart, echoes the beating of the drums
    There is a life about to start when tomorrow comes

    Will you join in our crusade?
    Who will be strong and stand with me?
    Somewhere beyond the barricade
    Is there a world you long to see?
    Do you hear the people sing
    Say, do you hear the distant drums?
    It is the future that they bring
    When tomorrow comes!"

    January 23, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  29. kenny

    How can a nation boasting over 160 million of people watch their leaders embezzle her wealth while the citizens suffer in abject poverty and to crown it all, there's no constant social amenities in the 21st century. Nigerians are cowards, bunch of spineless jellyfish, our leaders are taking us for a ride and we fold our hands and watch them do so why we become the mockery of the world..

    January 23, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • Dame Patience Jonathan

      I have saw all the derogate thing all of you people is talking about my sweet husband Ebele. You doesnt has clue at all. If you has clue, how will you expected my husband to not used book or information minister and answering questions like that? It is shame that even many Nigeria people that goes to school that we equipment cant spoke correct grammar in this comment place. I am so demonalize. I am read it all and if anybody said bad thing about Ebele, you will regretted it.

      January 23, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Reply
      • King

        Not funny :( ...no wonder Nigeria is a complete joke to the world because its people are suffering and smiling just like you're making a joke out of a serious situation while the government is screwing even your nostrils.

        January 24, 2013 at 5:56 am |
      • wakins4u

        LOLsss @king It's freaking funny haha!

        January 24, 2013 at 10:23 am |
  30. bala kumo

    I was opportune to work in presidential villa,there was never a power supply for 12hrs in State House not to talk of 24hrs. My problem with Nigerian Leaders, they are not a shame talking lies.On corruption, to show how corrupts this Government is, Bode George as case study was an ex-convicts, but still serving as a member of BOT in the PDP. What a shame on Johnathan's administration?

    January 23, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  31. Remoo

    GOD HELP NIGERIA

    January 23, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  32. Hmmmmmmm

    Though a few comments are on these trade, it is very obvious that 98% of the comments have said the very truth. In Nigeria, nothing has changed. Democracy has greatly failed us. Our infrastructures are basically the ones inherited from the Military era. Our leaders are continuously recycled; these guys who have being in positions of power 'ever since forever' have refused to retire and our young grow and old without been allowed to contribute positively to the growth of the economy. These bare-faced-lies of GEJ doesn't help either. Our leaders simply lack thinking order and leadership qualities. Nigerians are all over the world especially in the west as economic refugees. When your citizens begin to seek asylum without war at home, you know something is not right. Nigerians at home are jobless and those abroad are mostly scared of going back even when they suffer the most humiliating situations. Our leaders don't know how to manage or develop human capital. As a Nigerian, every child is responsible for his upbringings (family). You provide your self with education, light, water, security, name them. A Nigerian is literally a government to himself and yet this guy faces the world to talk like this. I still believe that one day we will get it right. It might not be in my time but my children may not witness this long abuse of humanity. Unlike this GEJ, we don't call on the international community to come to our help. We rather call on the international community to leave us alone and ban Nigerian political leaders from investing in their respective countries as well as place a threshold on the private investment a Nigerian can have in these countries. Close to 70% (my emphasis) of Nigerian youths are unemployed. China and the likes should stop borrowing money to the Nigerian government to sponsor their (recurrent expenditure) budgets until they can come up with feasible and genuine plans of what to do with the money as well when the can account for the income from the sale of crude oil. Thank you Amanpour and when you visit Nigeria, don't sit in the hotels. Go to the streets. Don't fly the skies. Travel on the roads. Go round our schools. Visit our hospitals. A week in Nigeria, you wouldn't have wasted your time and good effort to interview this clown or the likes. Three days on the Nigerian streets can make you, Amanpour write a PhD Theses. Thank you.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  33. Olawole

    Uhm...unbelievable, a president of a country admitting he can not protect the territorial water of the country to stop crude oil stealing,despite contract to ex-militant plus Nigeria Navy and Marine police, yet wants International Community to stop buying the stolen crude oil.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  34. okechukwu Tanko Abiodun Tambuwal

    Is very easier for a Camel to pass through the eye of a needle than Jonathan and the Nigerian Cabals to see the kingdom of the Heaven. If the Mother your Finance Minister would be.abducted for a couple of days without the knowledge of her where about. If a Man like Ado Bayero, the highly respected Emir in the whole of African Continent would be attacked in a day broad light. What rubbish are you talking about? Mr Shoeless President ....

    January 23, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  35. Onyeoghani Henry

    This is the most inept, inarticulate and the most lying President that the whole world has ever produced. it will take another 100 years to break this record. I leave in Lagos, i did not watch the interview because of power failure. Did he say anything about corruption? Farook Lawan, subsidy thieves,......
    I regret voting for this clown of a president.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  36. Tony

    For me, Jonathan has become them best of them worst president Nigeria has & would never have again.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  37. Martins

    I just hate this guy. He is a blatant liar with a fisherman hat.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  38. onayemi onalaja

    The President and His entire team has nothing to offer. The issue of electricity stability is a total lie. You will find the latest generator sale in Nigeria till date. Nigerians has two or more generators to generate electricity and they are even use to the darkness. His 2013 budget shows an estimate of #664 Million Naira (#157 to a dollar)to gas up His generator and buy new ones. Really if the electricity was stable, would he budget such amount for gas? He is a total failure!

    January 23, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  39. Joy Nwanganga

    Amanpour obviously knows that President Jonathan is full of lies. Every answer he uttered about protecting Nigerians, providing for them, oil laundering and all kinds of corruption, not true. Himself, his cabinet, Nigerian congress, his friends, and the entire Nigerian political system need to be gathered and put in prison, and the entire country sanitized of their kind. If not for me, my entire family, who are all college grads will be dying of common hunger. That is pitiful. I am so angry watching this guy standing there and uttering white lies to the entire world so shamelessly, just typical of any Nigerian politician.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  40. obolo

    I am a UK educated middle class Nigerian who relocated back to Nigeria with my family a few years back, I regret bringing my Kids back into the mess of a country and I am ashamed that the largest black nation on earth has an incoherent, dull, unintelligent and lying incompetent for a president in a world where other less endowed nations are frantically developing their economies and building infrastructures.
    Nigeria has no working ediucation, health care, roads network, electricity, food security (food is imported), basic clothing and the whole nation has become a large beer parlour and church (religion is the opium of the poor). shouldn't the world be intervening (old CIA order) in countries like Nigeria now to prevent a catastrophy in the future especially as we are headed for the 200 million population mark

    January 23, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Reply
    • gigi

      Dude go back to where you came from and stop nagging around like a lost puppy,no ones forced you to come back.

      January 23, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Reply
      • King

        You have elected to remain in the darkness, I pray your eyes to open so you can see clearly, because you seem not too far from being blind if you can't see the truth in what that man is talking about, clearly you are lost sheep and you will need special rescue team to find your course. May God help you, I'm sad for you :(

        January 24, 2013 at 5:51 am |
  41. obolo

    A country that produces over 2m barrel per day of oil should develop the African continent, Nigeria as managed today may end up as the greatest threat to world peace since all that stolen wealth ultimately filters into illegality and possibly terror funding. UAE was a poor country about 3 decades back and Nigeria a leading OPEC member imports refined fuel, shameful. Nigeria in the hands of these lying incompetents is definitely an embarasment to every living black nation on earth .... I am angry, very angry and ashamed to be a Nigerian at this moment

    January 23, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  42. Abba

    PLS!!!!!!!!!!STOP COMPLAINING GUYS AS MANY OF YOU ARE LIVING OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THIS GUY, GO BACK HOME AND VOTE 2015!! SEND HIM OUT AND ELECT A BETTER CANDIDATE.THE CHOICE IS YOURS. IF YOU CAN'T DO THAT THEN YOU SHOULD STOP COMPLAINING. CHANGE IS FROM INSIDE NOT NOISE MAKING. NO MISTAKES , I AM NOT DOWN WITH THE GUY POLICIES AND NOT A PARTY FAN...

    January 23, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Reply
    • Wahala

      Your problem is the fact they live outside the country not because there is bad leadership I guess. Wahala dey.

      January 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  43. eagleyereport

    The Nigerian President threw the Bommerang to the West in his last line asking the Veteran News Lady who buys
    the STOLEN CRUDE OIL from Nigeria ? The Lady quickly ended the interview because the answer is USA, U.K, FRANCE, GERMANY etc business men and the countries allow the crude in and turn around to call Nigeria corrupt. Aiding and abetting is as BAD as you can get. We sense a high degree of WESTERN HYPOCRISY here. Kettle must NOT call POT black because both are indeed black. The WEST must stop BUNKERING OIL in Nigeria by imposing a 10 year sentence on any of thier Citizens caught buying stolen Oil from Nigeria. Only then will thier critique and corruption allegation make any sense.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Reply
    • joseph0370

      My friend, THAT IS NOT THE QUESTION TO ASK. Admittedly, possession of STOLEN PROPERTY IS A CRIME. If you have jurisdiction over the CRIMINALS.
      THE MAIN ISSUE IS: HOW MANY OF JONATHAN'S FRIENDS, WHO HE HAS JURISDICTION OVER, LIKE DIEZANI ALISON-MADUEKE, HIS OIL MINISTER, HAS HE INVESTIGATED, LET ALONE PROSECUTE. Nigeria as a sovereign state cannot expect the international community to do its dirty work works for it. IF THEY DO, UP WILL GO THE CRY: NEO-COLONIALISTS MEDDLING IN NIGERIA'S INTERNAL AFFAIRS.
      The truth, he well knows, are they are ALL in it TOGETHER.

      AS WE HAVE POINTED TO HILARY CLINTON, THESE CORRUPTION AND INEQUALITY, ARE THE OXYGEN FUELING BOKO HARAM IN NIGERIA AND OTHER PARTS OF AFRICA.

      Dr Buki Morgan MBBS psc
      Colindale, London & Surulere, Lagos.
      25 Jan 2013

      January 24, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  44. Noel Ihebuzor

    Reblogged this on visionvoiceandviews and commented:
    GEJ and Amanpour discuss Boko Haram, Corruption and other social challenges.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Reply
  45. goodluck jonathan

    most nigerian dont know whats is rite or wrong, any goverment who cannot give nigeria electricity withinn 2 years of goverment, nigeria people should protest and send the goverment away,i always fell ashame that i come from this country, even God who create all of us the first things the God create is light, without light you cant do anythings country cannot move forward , we need stable light and good road in nigeria, i want stupid jonathan sleep in darkness for 2 weeks he will see how difficults, use to be to sleeping the darkness, everywhere in nigeria in the night time noisy of generator, in most country i even go they only use generator in farm or when they are doing road, not in the house, God will cause all our peoples in goverment bcus they doing notting to help nigerians no any benefit, for us see all country who have oil qatar bahrain saudi uae all there citizen are enjoy bcus goverment who them benefit, but for us we dont benefit notting that is why all nigeria who to travel and live good life in abroad, shame on you jonathan nigeria we have money to get a good stable light

    January 24, 2013 at 12:17 am | Reply
  46. goodluck jonathan

    most nigerian dont know whats is rite or wrong, any goverment who cannot give nigeria electricity withinn 2 years of goverment, nigeria people should protest and send the goverment away,i always fell ashame that i come from this country, even God who create all of us the first things the God create is light, without light you cant do anythings country cannot move forward , we need stable light and good road in nigeria, i want stupid jonathan sleep in darkness for 2 weeks he will see how difficults, use to be to sleeping the darkness, everywhere in nigeria in the night time noisy of generator, in most country i even go they only use generator in farm or when they are doing road, not in the house, God will cause all our peoples in goverment bcus they doing notting to help nigerians no any benefit, for us see all country who have oil qatar bahrain saudi uae all there citizen are enjoy bcus goverment who them benefit, but for us we dont benefit notting that is why all nigeria who to travel and live good life in abroad, shame on you jonathan nigeria we have money to get a good stable light and u are travelling abroad and see how other country are govern there peoples stupid leaders we have in nigeria

    January 24, 2013 at 12:21 am | Reply
  47. goodluck jonathan

    i surport boko haram to kill all this big thief in nigeria goverment not the innocent peoples,i want to ask jonathan a question what a ordinarry nigeria are benefit from nigeria goverment the answer is notting

    January 24, 2013 at 12:27 am | Reply
  48. Edegware Samuel Okome

    OMG! I hate all Nigerian leaders after watching this lies. This is a man I fought for, with my time and little resources when Yaradua's cabals refused to handover power. SHAME!

    January 24, 2013 at 12:31 am | Reply
  49. Edomo

    YOU are the one that is silly my friend. How can you try to stop international buyers from buying stolen crude? They'll definitely buy because they want to make profit. It is left for secirity agencies to stop these thefts. But if you find out, security agents are the ones that sell stolen crude. Think about it.

    January 24, 2013 at 12:34 am | Reply
  50. okwu

    Nigeria has had since the 70's the capacity to produce 2 million barrels of oil per day. But when the Babangidas of this world and their foreign friends (the Jackals) came on, we started going down in official production capacity till a time we can only cash in 700,000 barrels officially.
    On the other hand a back channel of trade for the remaining production capacity was opened. Since then the trade on stolen Nigerian oil has been the gain of a lot of Nigerian so called leader and there foreign friends (the Jackals).
    Obasanjo didn't have any incentive to stop it frontally. Attempts to stop it by our some :-) culminated in the insiders and their foreign friends arming the boys and giving them a voice in the local and international media about fighting for some cause, while loading of the stolen oil never ceased for one second.
    Not until Yar adua came and Started a move on it which made the Jackals and even his own people and the Media who are well versed on the goings and are part and parcel of the whole chopping setup, turn on him and branded him (Baba go slow) cause he also didn’t want to release money for so call road constructions and others that will find it way in private accounts in days. R.I.P
    Luckily he handed over to the much underrated Jonathan who has not only continued on this thread But have even added up to our official oil production capacity and fighting them on all fronts.
    Now to the Nigerian media who are misleading the people with rants like (more Nigerian oil is being stolen now).
    Do they mean to tell Nigerian that more oil is being stolen now that they are producing 2.5 million barrels of oil than when they put us down to 700,000?
    Or that that Nigeria is poorer now that the Int. oil coys operating in Nigeria that usually announces $40 billion profits annually before2008 but now announces only $3-4 billion? Common
    Jonathan may have a funny way of public talking but he’s sound upstairs I reckon.

    January 24, 2013 at 12:37 am | Reply
  51. Abdul

    It is quite unfortunate that Mr president always contradicts himself. He the same person who said Boko Haram is political and it has infiltrated his government. Now it is religious, however, poor power supply shouldn't be absolutely blamed on his administration, past governments have undertaken stupid concessions with the Chinese and Russian Companies. I will only implore mr. President to cancel the concessions if he is not a beneficiary.
    Corruption is on the increase, no doubt about. Claim on empty subsidy account is a thing of worry. Fraudulent claims on the oil subsidy importation, oil marketers threat to expose officials and other are all evidence of lack of will to tackle corruption.
    Lastly, Mr. President should be tactical in answering questions of these nature as the world is watching! Nigerians are educated and intelligent people respected world wide. This should reflect in our president's mode of tackling interviews especially on international media.

    January 24, 2013 at 1:12 am | Reply
    • Hakeem Akindipe

      Abdul, pardon de man na cold cause am. He lacks composure.

      January 24, 2013 at 9:14 am | Reply
    • ogbuefi

      CAN YOU TRULLY SEPARATE RELIGION FROM POLITICS IN NIGERIA? BOKO HARA IS BOTH POLITICS AND RELIGION.

      January 25, 2013 at 6:32 am | Reply
  52. Shet Gunz

    In a country where no rule of law exists, where corruption is the only way business can be conducted, how can the Boko Haram issue or the power problem be solved. President Jonathan needs to stop believing his own lies. Power problem is still endemic and the Boko Haram issue is being funded by powerful cabals in Nigeria who profits from a de-stability. It seems like terrorism shifts from one region to another. During early 2000s, it was the OPC that was terrorising the country, now the head of OPC, Ganiyu Adams is a millionaire living in luxury and no longer a terrorist. A couple of years ago, it was the MEND and it's affliates in the Niger Delta. The MEND operatives visits the presidential palace and are enjoy huge largess from the Government. I bet you, when Nigeria get a new president, the landscape of terrorism in Nigeria will change.

    January 24, 2013 at 1:32 am | Reply
  53. Tola Ojo

    7 billion! Now that's wicked. What do people gain from looting while people are hungry?

    January 24, 2013 at 2:10 am | Reply
  54. Tola Ojo

    What Jonathan had to say about corruption in the oil industry last year http://yadnigeria.wordpress.com/2012/11/20/we-wont-cover-corruption-in-oil-industry/

    January 24, 2013 at 2:13 am | Reply
  55. Yom

    I won' t say Mr. President is lieing but he did not get it right. It is 1000 % certain that he knew about the daily stolen of the crude oil. On the other hand, when he knows that electricity can never corrupted over night, why did he used that as the base of his manifesto? His a coward man. His not capable as head of a family not alone head of a nation. They are all corrupt.

    January 24, 2013 at 2:17 am | Reply
  56. Nimi

    Jonathan Lied about everything. There's no improvement in power. Corruption is at it's height in Nigeria presently.

    January 24, 2013 at 2:37 am | Reply
  57. akin

    is this a president or a reporter from Russia? OMG! what is the problem? may na the Cold

    January 24, 2013 at 2:44 am | Reply
  58. Hookz

    Some of us are not just being sincere and due to their myopic views cannot see what the present administration is doing.To the very best of my experience,if other past government did a quater of what have been done now,we would't have been in this mess.all these enemies of progress critisising OUR PRESIDENT never gave any referencce to a better government than this he/she knew existed in this country.mischief makers

    January 24, 2013 at 3:06 am | Reply
  59. rna

    THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I SEE FROM ALL YOUR COMMENTS IS THAT YOU ARE ALL THE DIGNITY WE HAVE LOST IN THIS COUNTRY..............................WHAT ARE YPOU KNOW FOR IN YOUR FATHERS LAND? ASK YOUR SELF IF YOU AINT WORST COMPARED TO HIM

    January 24, 2013 at 3:13 am | Reply
  60. JOHN

    I HAVE COME TO KNOW THAT NIGERIA AS A GREAT NATION,HAS SOME CHANLLENGES WHICH CAN BE OVERCOME WITHIN SOME FEW YEARS IF WE PUT ALL AND WORK TOGETHER AS A GREAT NATION.ALL WE MUS DO TO OVERCOME THIS IS A CREDIBLE LEADER AND THE PEOPLE AS A NATION.

    January 24, 2013 at 3:20 am | Reply
  61. jimmy

    u guys have continued to portray the existing political divisiveness in Nigeria. By the way h
    ow many of u have participated in SNG protests about unpopular GEJ policies. Venting ur hatered on the net can never be a solution it rather shows how hopeless u view the scenario. So called inefficient govts are changed through the ballot or by 'blood and iron' Guys the solution is dot on your mat.

    January 24, 2013 at 3:31 am | Reply
  62. Adim

    The guy lacks confidence! Could not even look into the camera!!!

    January 24, 2013 at 3:34 am | Reply
  63. ola

    test

    January 24, 2013 at 3:42 am | Reply
  64. EmekaJ

    Dear Folks,
    these governments we have had since this so called democratic dispensation (1999) started are all disappointments. Jonathan is not getting it right and will never get it right. I just visited Nigeria this Xmas and what I saw was more than disappointing. Amanpour raised only three issues here (and these are not the most important in my opinion) and the government couldn't record positive results here. When you think of health delivery, disciplined behaviour and education issues, your heart must bleed if u are a true Nigerian. Has anyone noticed how relatively young people die almost over nite after simple illnesses? Or the seen the results made by Nigerian students in WASCE? WE are running a criminal economy and this is destroying the country without repairs. Over 70% of drugs in our markets are fake. WE do not produce anything. And nobody seems to care.I still insist that the type of governments we have since 1985 is the price we paid (and still pay) for not supporting the Buhari/Idiagbon regime – the last regime with a clear and positive purpose in government.
    But what worries me the most is that Nigerians, educated as they may be, would never agree on issues because of politicised ethnicity and religion, it sits so deep in us! This is extremely deplorable. This, I think, will never end. And this is why I think we would never ever find a national solution to our various problems. Even reading the comments posted here, one notices immediately the roles of politicised ethnicity and religion in those. And we claim to be educated. When do we wake up? SHAME ON US ALL!!!!!

    January 24, 2013 at 4:05 am | Reply
  65. naijaG

    Let us talk about education...has anyone noticed the paucity of grammatically correct English on this forum? One might say English is not our first language, so why not write in your own language? Perhaps people are just in a hurry to type something before their pre-paid minutes on the internet expires. Should we blame GEJ for that as well or is it due to our naturally inborn impatience as Nigerians. Look in the mirror, improve yourself first, before you criticise others.

    January 24, 2013 at 4:57 am | Reply
  66. Ahmed

    This guy's a clown and a blatant liar! He wasnt even coherent. He's himself a part of the problem. Very clueless, highly incompetent and corrupt. I pity my country.

    January 24, 2013 at 5:14 am | Reply
    • Mkparu Mbazulike

      Talk if free but we should criticize,we should do that with love.

      January 24, 2013 at 6:46 am | Reply
  67. OMO NAIJA

    Well it's easy for us to play d blame game now. But were we ignorant to his flaws when we voted our dear "shoeless president" If you can't proffer solutions to Nigeria's problems and pursue them vigorously, then you are no less guilty.

    January 24, 2013 at 5:19 am | Reply
  68. Yom

    I am happy GEJ is not my father. I wouldn't have been where I am today . Clueless and confused

    January 24, 2013 at 5:38 am | Reply
    • Mkparu Mbazulike

      Let me ask you a simple question,can you lead/rule your local government area effectively without having problems?When you answer this i will reply your former message "clueless and useless"

      January 24, 2013 at 6:17 am | Reply
  69. Kolajo

    If Nigerians chose to be objective on the three issues addressed in this interview of power, corruption and security, you will find that GEJ is midwifing a privatisation process that will bring about improvements in the power sector albeit not at the end of 2013. On the issue of corruption, who has been sentenced for corruption in recents years, except Bode George (wasn't sentenced under GEJ's tenure)? Bode George was so warmly received, you could see that our society is devoid of morals and common sense. Security? Now that is the biggest joke of all............... The police college saga says it all!

    January 24, 2013 at 5:47 am | Reply
  70. Shokeye

    Shame on you Mr President of Nigeria

    January 24, 2013 at 5:50 am | Reply
    • Mkparu Mbazulike

      If you can insult your President like this you can insult your parent and any other person.The problems he is tackling are all inherited problems.He needs our prayer.Even you can't rule your LGA effectively.

      January 24, 2013 at 6:36 am | Reply
  71. OHAKWE

    Worry and anxiety exist only in the mind.They have neither substance nor part. Most of the time they sneak into the mental faculty unconsciously and if you are not careful, they would develop roots and branches and begin to manifest as if the are real and would even begin to control your thinking and imaginations. My fellow Nigerians lets come together with one mind, one heart and support the government of GEJ. With time all these will be in right position and IF GOD DID NOT BUILD A HOUSE THE BUILDER BUILDS IN FAILURE. God has the final say pray for Nigeria and Nigerians.

    January 24, 2013 at 6:08 am | Reply
  72. otuke

    Is this the best we can offer as a country? The only country in the world that has resources but whose citizens lives in lack.Our roads are worse than war torn countries and our president is lying to our face about PHCN and power generation. Do you need your neighbor to guard your home against thieves? We go to Mali to restore normalcy when Nigeria is on fire from corruption and the likes from politicians of all cadre.

    January 24, 2013 at 6:45 am | Reply
  73. Olisa

    Well Nigeria government lacks Ministral governance.. thats all the problem we have. the functions of Nigeria Ministry is really 0.00 % compare to the other western ministral functions.

    January 24, 2013 at 6:45 am | Reply
  74. otuke

    Ohakwe, from what you have just said, your are neither not in Nigeria or you a beneficiary of corrupt practice.

    January 24, 2013 at 6:47 am | Reply
  75. whole

    HE IS AN OPEN LIAR. HE STAYS IN THE ROCK OF 24HRS POWER SUPPLY... HE WOULDNT KNOW WE ARE SUFFERING.... HES JUST A ROGUE LIKE OTHER PAST LEADERS. NO FOCUS NO AIM.... JUST FOLLOWING THE WIND, DUMB PRESIDENT

    January 24, 2013 at 6:48 am | Reply
  76. Mkparu Mbazulike

    As far as i am concern,He is doing his possible best to see the nation moves forwards.All we need is to join hands together and move this nation forward.The America and Europe we look unto had their own share of problems back in those days,even up till now.To God be the glory that I am born a Nigeria.Naija for life.

    January 24, 2013 at 6:52 am | Reply
  77. Ubaka

    Nigerian President is trying his best,even if he fails to keep to most of his promises,are you not a contributor-directly or indirectly.Rome was not built in a day try regularly to do what is right and ensure your friends do same to make a nation we all will be proud of.No country achieved greatness without her citizens paying the price,sucess is expensive.Learn to do you quota to make your country the best.I am proud of my country.

    January 24, 2013 at 6:56 am | Reply
  78. otuke

    to Ubaka, call a spade a spade, Rome was not built in a day, but what is our progression rate? when you have resources, power supply should not be a problem except their is a leak, in our case, its corruption from every sector with no check in sight that is our problem, even the judiciary is more corrupt than any other.

    January 24, 2013 at 7:06 am | Reply
  79. Chudy

    As a Nigerian living abroad, I was disappointed listening to Goodluck Jonathan trying to answer questions in this interview. some of his answer demonstrate how alienated this guy is to the realities of life in thta country. When hh said that this question of power outages should have been posed to an ordinary man in Lagos or Abuja to get the real answers about improvements in electricity problems in Nigeria, I was surprised and at the same disappointment. I was in Nigeria recently and each time it seems the power problems are becoming worse. Could imagine that people were almost excited and rejoicing because there was power for about half a day? Because is just not normal to have electricity for so long on a row.

    But when those in authority create a separate area for themselves with paved and tarred roads, flowers and cleaners to live, where ordinary Nigerians are not allowed to enter, they have dont or they forget what the realities of life in Nigeria is. The ordinary man is suffering and it is a pity that such a rich country cannot manage corruption and provide for it´s citizens. Billions of dollars have been invested in the Nigerian power system, but it´s getting worse. These billions were siphoned. The Nigeria Electric Power Authority (NEPA) has been nichnamed by Nigerians as "Never Expect Power Always". Mr. President, this is the reality and poverty and inequality are some of the issues that help create such things like Boko Haram.

    January 24, 2013 at 7:17 am | Reply
  80. Chudy

    Mkparu Mbazulike, please just shut up your mouth with your prayers and questions if one can govern his or her LGA. This is crap. You can pray for a million years, these people will never change. We, the people, Nigerians must rise up and say no to the corruption and mismanagement in Nigeria.

    January 24, 2013 at 7:26 am | Reply
  81. Habeebullah Al Mustapha

    "There are elements of Boko Harams!" Illiterate so called President of Nigeria. What a shame!

    January 24, 2013 at 7:34 am | Reply
  82. Hakeem Akindipe

    Damn it. This is ridiculous. On all points and issues raised, Mr. President was too economical with the truth. It is shameful and very disappoiniting.

    January 24, 2013 at 7:53 am | Reply
  83. babs

    president Jonathan is incompetent and a ineffective leader and to cap it all,he is a liar.The solution is to vote this government out in 2015.Nigeria must wake up and vote out PDP.

    January 24, 2013 at 7:55 am | Reply
  84. JohnFat

    the President lack confidence and if what he said concerning electricity is true then he should be confident in his response.......by the way who are the people that said the govt has achieve alot in power......imaginery people.......Mr president i dey laugh oooooo

    January 24, 2013 at 7:58 am | Reply
  85. Debz

    Same on President Goodluck Jonathan!
    He lacks communication skills and I cannot imagine that such man governs over 200million people.
    God help us for we need change and that change must be today.

    January 24, 2013 at 8:00 am | Reply
  86. Gloria

    Mkparu, God bless you...GEJ inherited this power issue and for God's sake report has it that he has almost doubled the power generation he met..all this curses are so unnecessary. Regarding corruption and security, that is where he is lacking. He lack the liver to bring this people to book.

    January 24, 2013 at 8:03 am | Reply
  87. Mayowa Bankale

    Im a Nigerian leaving in lagos...its abig fat lie i am not pleased with the electircal supply i receive, this is what we are talking about CORRUPTION...according the president alot of money has been invested in the power Sector(electricity) but there is nothing to show for it, not only that our roads are bad, no access to pipe bourne water , we produce oil and we pay heavily to buy it....let us call a spade a spade our leaders are VERY CORRUPT, there is not one thing i can mention as a citizen of Nigeria that our leaders us done and as affected me personally someone said and i quote 'our officials are not only corrupt but corruption is now official'

    January 24, 2013 at 8:15 am | Reply
  88. Umar Mohammed

    As a matter of fact Christiane, there was no electricity in my neighbourhood as at the time this interview was aired.
    I do not agree with my President on the issue of electricity, the genesis of boko-haram and of course corruption but I do however, wish him the best of luck if he truly mean to transform my country to better place for all of us!
    Peace to Nigeria!!
    Long Live Nigeria!!!

    January 24, 2013 at 9:05 am | Reply
  89. Olisa

    Brothers and Sisters, What do you espect from a government where 92% of government agencies are run by oligarchy. how do you think there will be open fair or good functions of GOVERNMENT and its MINISTRIES.

    ITS HARD TIME WE LOOK INTO ONE ANOTHER EYES AND CRY FOR WHAT WE ARE DOING TO OUR SELVES, HOW MANY GENERATION MORE WILL THIS GO ON?

    January 24, 2013 at 9:51 am | Reply
  90. hallmark08

    Reblogged this on hallmarkhitech.

    January 24, 2013 at 10:03 am | Reply
  91. Wale

    But seriously, who are those saying Goodluck performed well? Are you insane? Look at his body language even before the interview started, it speaks volumes! He couldn't look straight at the camera. He was asked simple, direct questions and he couldn't answer properly. smh

    The senior prefect in my high school (several years ago) would have done something way way better than what this man did! The SU president of my previous university OAU (several yrs ago) would have performed better lol.

    Now people worldwide are going to judge me based on this man. Are you beginning to understand our grieviances with his performance in this interview? The facts of what he said is an entirely different matter altogether (5 pages won't be enough for me to express my feelings on that!)

    January 24, 2013 at 10:25 am | Reply
  92. Wale

    This is how a President of a country should conduct himself in an interview:
    http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/12/karzai-confident-he-can-get-u-s-troops-immunity/

    You talk clearly, confidently, listening, looking directly into the eyes of the interviewer AND answer the f**king questions!

    This is the Afhgan president talking.

    January 24, 2013 at 10:44 am | Reply
  93. Onuoha.temple

    We all know that no one is perfect and our president can not be different,in his chart wiht Amanpour, he did'nt look nor spoke with confidience like a president should,though he tried to be deplomatic but he lacks the skils of deplomacy which every president should have.One of my problems with him is the fact that he dosent like dressing well, what is wrong with puting on suit,dont people from Bayelsa state wear suits? anyway on the light issue, we really need to pray for God to interven because i believe the president and his team has lost ideas of what to do, both the boko haram and corroption issue inclusive.

    January 24, 2013 at 10:54 am | Reply
  94. akajos4real

    The biggest problem of my country is that leadership is never truthful because all they think about is what they can get from government and not what they want to do to improve the well being of their citizenry.
    What do they do? They lie to themselves and the world which is self denial because they are so far removed from the everyday life of the average Nigerian.
    There is really no hope for this country sadly if a Nigerian Phd holder as President can govern this way

    January 24, 2013 at 11:36 am | Reply
  95. husseinfame

    This president is a lair because as this interview is being aired we do not have power supply and that has always been. I am talking about the heart of Lagos. He should stop saying things he does not have facts on. And from his reactions to the question about terrorists you will definitely know that Nigeria will never be ready when those heartless guys struck. We just have to take care of ourselves as they are locked up in their fortress.

    January 24, 2013 at 11:45 am | Reply
  96. Abidemi Oluyemi

    GEJ doesn't have any idea about leadership. Even though, managing human being is the most difficult thing to do, but where are the advisers?
    Nigerian leaders need to seat up. Wake up to the call of leadership and make the citizenry happy. Its more than going LIVE on a satellite TV and render lie in a new dimension for international community to believe all is well. Wake up man.

    January 24, 2013 at 11:56 am | Reply
  97. Ubaka

    President Goodluck Jonathan is now a sacrificial lamb,most Nigerians travel out of the country and behave well but return to the country to become something else all may not be well with our country but other countries have their fair share of these loss of value,we can only build our nation instead of destroying it,fight corruption,favouritism,tribalism and the like and make our nation a better one.No progress could be achieve by looking for who or what to blame.Either for or against Jonathan,contribute positively to make the desired change in our nation.Long live my country.

    January 24, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  98. Aayo Ojo Gbemi

    There is no doubt that President Goodluck Jonathan was ill prepared for this interview. Perhaps he should have performed better if the interview was conducted in pidgin English. Just imagine the responses if all these questions were thrown at his Minister of Information Madu.

    January 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  99. Chijioke

    The power situation in Nigeria remains a disaster. Today alone I did not have Power in my home for over 12 hours, I ran the genetaor for over 4 hours yet I live in Abuja the nations capital, you can image what people face in the rural area. Maybe the power supply to the presidential villa is a special one that makes Jonathan completely out of touch with reality or he is simply telling a lie.

    January 24, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  100. mariah

    power supply and stolen crude? today it is publicly known how much is stolen, how much money – even from pension funds – simply disappeard on its way to local communities. persons are made responsible for this. earlier nobody even knew! some might not like this but this is part of the game. and where is the oil refinery in the north promised for so long? nothing! crude was not only stolen, it was a whole system of fraud. i think a lot has changed in nigeria and when we visit our mummy on the country side and see that there is – after many years – light in the streets – it is like a little miracle.

    January 24, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  101. uchesub

    The president wasn't saying that the power problem has been completely solved, but as a Nigerian I must say that power has improved substantially recently. As it bothers on BOKO HARAM and their threats, there's no such thing as indiscriminate crackdown. I know that the military could be forceful sometimes, but there have been a reasonable improvement in the situation the terror group presented. No government including that of the US treats terrorism with a path on the back of the terror group. If that was the case, US had no business in Afghanistan and other places where they carried out crack downs. No one is clothing our government with angelic linens, but there's no point for exaggeration and politicizing of issues we know are imminent threats even to the world. Lastly I will urge the US state department to confront our government with whatever facts they have, and seek street opinions before accepting baseless claims like "the police killing more people than a terror group". Even Americans who walk freely on Nigerian soil, do so because some uniformed heroes are out there, at the risk of being hit by flying bullets and detonating bombs, choking those cowards (BOKO HARAM) out.

    January 25, 2013 at 7:43 am | Reply
  102. Kingsley

    Why is this Jonathan not always coming out with the truth. Why is he always pretending that all is well in Nigeria when the whole world can see that alot is wrong in that country. Some people have run away from Nigeria for fear of been attack by boko haram.
    Mr president swallow your pride and cry out for international aid.
    The boko haram is not linked to poverty which is true like the president said. Boko haram is just an anti christian islamic group who´s main arm is to wipe out christians in Nigeria. But the question is? what is the Nigeria government doing about this?

    January 25, 2013 at 7:46 am | Reply
  103. CDN

    The CNN and the world, do we need interview with Mr president the face of real Nigerian will tell u if he saying the truth or not, nature is not the cause of our seconstances Nigerians is the creator.

    January 25, 2013 at 8:40 am | Reply
  104. CDN

    Chikere N, The CNN and the world, do we need interview with Mr president the face of real Nigerian will tell u if he saying the truth or not, nature is not the cause of our seconstances Nigerians is the creator.

    January 25, 2013 at 8:41 am | Reply
  105. Name*AK

    On the issue of power generation. The president is trying and I have my points. I recently relocated to a new area and I received reports that there has been stoppage of electricity supply for over a year. Ihu picked up my laptop and logged on to http://www.power.gov.ng and lodged a complain through the email, sms, and also placed a call to the electricity distribution company in the region. Believe me the electricity supply was connected and i received a phone call from the presidential task force on power asking for my feedback concerning thae supply of electricity which was affirmative. I have helped a community through the good works of Mr President.
    On the other hand of arrests of boko haram...Nigerian security forces don't have the special tactics and weapons to capture and make accurate arrests. They only arrest indiscriminately. More work needs to be done in this area.

    January 25, 2013 at 8:43 am | Reply
  106. Elijah

    I was so disappointed with mr president's speech on boko haram, electricity and corruption. Before you came into power, you (mr president) promised nigerians of stable electricity which amanpour testifies to that, for good three years now, nothing has been done. You mentioned some states in nigeria than can smile with the condition of electricity like Lagos, Abuja... That's a big lie, I live in Lagos, I work in Island, electricity is very poor in these areas.
    Well, you've made another promise, let's see the end of this year as you said.
    You failed Nigerians, especially the youths with no job, nigeria's youth destiny is to get out of this country.

    January 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  107. Trevae Oloye

    I can really appreciate President Goodluck Jonathan for his honesty about the electrical and crude oil problems in his country. I was in Nigeria for four months last year up to and after the oil strike. Nigeria has really tried to make progress since my first trip there in 1974. So, I pray Goodluck Jonathan is able to see his way through updating the electrical shortages and getting the international community on board his idea of not buying stolen crude from corrupt citizens.

    January 25, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  108. Onyeka

    I wish to add that there many problems with NIgeria: Instead of creating jobs real the system is creating more political offices and making it lucrative. Again is that Nigeria is not just Lagos and Abuja. Please making a trip to the "cities" in the Eastern Nigeria: Aba, Awka etc...... you will marvel about the inhumane treatment meted out to Nigerians by their own politicians: no road, NO Electricity, Poor academic environment, political killings and extra judicial killings going on unpunished. With all the crimes going on both top and bottom level people are not brought to book: what type of nation is this. All news are government censored. The People Need private media houses to air their views. Please come and assist us, more coverage in Nigeria. http://www.radiobiafralondononline.com

    January 25, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  109. Usman yusuf

    It is best to know that the day you point a finger at others, the rest will point at you. The President is a product of the corrupt society which we all belong to from time immemorial.

    January 26, 2013 at 2:15 am | Reply
  110. rabs

    Hes saying Nigeria needs support from the west,to stop buy the stollen crude from nigeria,he never asked the west to stop saving the billions of pounds been kept in foreighn account,Mr president can not tell me he aint got accounts abroad, hes kids or close relatives are not studying in nigeria,hes such a big liar and a thief just like his fellow ex presidents,governors and other government officials...Democracy in nigeria is taking as a trade big busines venture with life time gain so they are stealing with vengiance thats why the rich is rich by any standard ,and the poor is left to die.....I FEEL SORRY FOR MY FELLOW POOR PEOPLE IN NIGERIA..

    January 26, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  111. James

    @Christiane Amanpour: You got it very wrong. I have lived in 11 of the 36states in Nigeria. 99.999% of Nigerians have no access to stable electricity. The rich few who have electricity get it from house generators.

    There is sure no improvement or change whatsoever since he assumed office. Its being getting worst. I just can't understand how someone such a claim on the TV.

    January 26, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  112. Daniel

    Mr. President may not be very eloquent in speech as an orator, but he is surely intelligent and articulate in handling difficult situations. The president's statement is factually true on boko haram, electricity and he may be doing the right thing with regards to crude oil theft. All over the news media, there is a huge list of articles suggesting not only increase in electricity power supply but also that it is stabilising. Boko haram on the other hand has been humbled by the security agents owing to the recent call by boko haram for cease fire. On the issue of oil theft, there came a time in the history of a civilised western country (with all its might) could not guard its boarders against the influx of hard drugs from foreign country. That country's president had to declare hard drug a treat to national security and began targeting the producers of these drugs at the point of production, this was in addition to the effort of policing their boarders. I believe President Jonathan is imploying similar strategy. Just like the drug smugglers, the crude oil smugglers are powerful, dangerous and daring, believing that everyone has a price or breaking point. So, let us trust in God, stick to the system and make it work.

    January 29, 2013 at 4:07 am | Reply
  113. Jaja

    At some point Christine Amanpour had to say "OMG" ...lol cos she could not believe our presido was such a fat lier

    February 1, 2013 at 8:14 am | Reply
  114. PG

    Jonathan is Nigeria's centenary joke...He can't admit and take responsibility when people are dying daily, doctors operating in theatres with constant outages, no schools or adequate facilities yet you hear of the government investing in "handsets for farmers" project. He has recalled many convicted criminals back to his government and is wishing they change the system...in what part of the world does that work?

    February 5, 2013 at 7:58 am | Reply
  115. virtue27

    Well all i can say is that rome wasnt built in a day,some parts of Nigeria stillexperience epileptic power supply while some dont.some parts even dont see light at all,due to the decay in the grid lines that hang there for as far back as since when queen elizabeth came into Nigeria,i for one live in ikeja and power there has really improved,and its an improvement process that is gradually spreading acroos other parts of lagos,power generation is not the problem with most parts of Nigeria but distribution and also conservation is one thing we are not capable of doing,someone up there said there hasnt been ligt for over an hour and is running on inverters i wonder if he told us how long the light ws active before the blackout,i am not a government official nor am i paid for this comment,this is the first time i am even commenting on such a site and doing so because i beleive in simply the truth,Nigerians say the country aint improving but i ask if they still ply the same bad roads they say has never been touched or are been owed their salary by the government which was always a thing of the past,my house is attached to a suspending transformer that only supplies for homes,some parts of Nigeria dont have such facilities,i see at least 17 to 19 hours of light everyday and i am happy that it exists.and for those who says the leaders are corrupt,i remember the root feeds the apex of the trees,if you are not guilty of same sin of either aiding or joining them, then i agree with you.all i can say after all is said and done is GOD BLESS Nigeria. things we experience these days would be a thing of the past sometime but the change we want to see begins with us

    February 5, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Reply

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