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Good luck for Nigeria?

April 13th, 2010
08:51 PM ET

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  1. kelechi

    There is just this strong feeling everywhere in the country that he maybe the messiah that will bring about the changes that have eluded us for long. The way he is going about his Job so far is giving hope back to the people. I join the rest of the country in praying a miracle from God brings him back.

    April 13, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Reply
  2. Yakubu MAGAJI , From Bauchi State- NIGERIA.

    The vice president of Nigeria,Christian Goodman in an interview with you has said that,the most pressing issue in the minds of Nigerians now is electricity and corruption in election,so that they are expected to take these issues very seriously.
    Interesting and convincing as his words may sound to the outside world,as they always tell us what they think we want to hear, but the question which is left to be answered is,
    Don't he think that ,the major pressing issues in Nigeria for Nigerians today are that,the leadership of Nigeria must be able to determined and solve the fundamental economic issues of Nigeria and turn the economy around that has not happen for long ?.As he is aware that Nigeria is becoming irrelevant in the world today .
    2. What is he going to do with the so-called council of State,made up of persons notorious for putsch and forced suspension and rape of the Nigerian constitution and looting of the Nigerian treasury in prvious years who incidentally continue to draw Govt. pension and are holders of Govt. contracts and offices ?.
    3. What is he going to do about the Judiciary that is only taken serious,when it is pressured to rule in the generals favour ?.and the generals simply ignores court rulings and nothing is being done about them.
    4. What power is he now going to give to the so-called economic crimes commission,who has no even power to start an investigation,even if the commission has credible facts to prosecute ,until the commission has receive the personal permission of General Obasanjo before they can proceed ?.Since Obasanjo himself has once stated that ,"Nigeria is like his bride,and has therefore treated Nigeria as a worthless prostitute or harlot.
    5. What is he now going to do about the problem of Nigerian leadership structure,which is a rotten and bad structure and the people of Nigeria are forced to live within that structure ?.
    6.He has talked of the Nigeria's corrupt election to be taken seriously as his priority,but what alternative solution to our financial corruption,greediness, religious differences, Bribery,20% kickback in all govt.contracts,human rights abuses terrorism,money laundering,drug-traficking,Nepotism,sectionalism,tribalism,lack of good model for democracy or good model of governance.Discrimination, unemployment,cheats,lack of honesty,no good morals ,respectability and good values,cheating the taxe-payers ,the Judiciary,Executive,and the parliament,Govt.officials,politicians are all 100% corrupt.
    So by taken election corruption and electricity issues seriously,is just like throwing red-meat into a pool of sharks.Does that make sense Amanpour ?. Glaring corruption charges against individuals and agences are not being investigated and punished ,because of lack of effective criminal justice system,and so the power of the police to investigate and arrest all the corrupt thieves,criminals and the greedy ones has been limited,due to political interference,which have in turn tied down the hands of the law and order.
    So where is he going to start in order to save the citizens of Nigeria, living below poverty level.The educated Nigerian potentials are not being used,so what is he talking about Christiane ?. We need a mesiah directly from heaven Amanpour nothing less than that.

    Yakubu MAGAJI
    Bauchi State-Nigeria.

    April 14, 2010 at 12:32 am | Reply
  3. Rufus O

    As a Nigerian with 30 year sojourn in the US, I can't wait to see the country move forward. I hope he means what he says and says what he means. I'm waiting with bated breath.

    April 14, 2010 at 2:09 am | Reply
  4. daddy

    ..trying to cause problem in Nigeria

    April 14, 2010 at 4:05 am | Reply
  5. Florent Nduwayo

    And what about the issue of the Niger Delta dwellers? What about the religious unrests and clashes?What's his opinion on that?

    April 14, 2010 at 5:14 am | Reply
  6. Prince

    Brilliant Dr. Jonathan! Thank God for you...we're proud of you

    April 14, 2010 at 7:21 am | Reply
  7. Martins

    That was an incisive interview you had wt Goodluck. You're able to give what local media could not do.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:40 am | Reply
  8. Biodun

    Oh My Gosh!!! This is real interview. I love the pointed questions shot at the acting president. The president was definitely cornered, but I think he did well in answering those questions! Those are the questions on the minds of Nigerians! Thank God Jonathan came to America and we can hear live and direct from him. Thank you Amanpour! For once, we have trusted answers to some of the questions on our minds. Amanpour, you are the best!

    April 14, 2010 at 8:57 am | Reply
  9. Keletchy

    There are many past leaders who have shown interest to contest in 2011 and their stewardship were questioned.what is jonathan going to do with such people as regards to ther corrupt allegations. Also,if yar'adua returns and certified fit to steer the ship once again,WHAT IS GOODLUCK GONNA DO?

    April 14, 2010 at 9:39 am | Reply
  10. Chima echebiri

    I want to know more on interaction between acting president jonathan and amanpour

    April 14, 2010 at 10:59 am | Reply

    Yar’adua is good save for his illness and people around him.
    I am proud of Goodluck Jonanthan as our President ag..
    In him Nigeria will find purposeful and true leadership, humility like never before and sense of commitment like that of a messiah.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:57 am | Reply
  12. Vivica Onwuha

    Yes Mr. Ag President well said. Just tackling the INEC issue is already fighting corruption and i trust that if you say it, you will deliver on it

    April 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  13. Sandra Thomas

    Amanpour, Thanks for this, Nigerians need electricity like tomorrow...our lives have been dampened just because we cannot boost of electricity, many hospitals cannot function, lectures cannot hold n schools, businesses r going down, companies r pulling out of Nigeria, our youths r becoming unemployed....s t when our leaders hear d sounds of war that they wl know we need this basic amenity? electricity number 1.....before any other agenda.


    April 14, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  14. jare

    The PDP (peoples Democratic Party) is known to be the party behind all the heinous electoral crimes committed in Nigeria since 1999; their goal for the foreseable future is to turn Nigeria into a one-party state by ensuring that they win all elections 'by every means possible'. Can Dr Goodluck Jonathan really deliver ? Will he risk confronting the political juggernauts in his party the PDP, in order to let the will of the people reign?in my Opinion, the problem with Nigeria is not inadequate electricity,high crime rate or corruption; those are just symptoms of the real problem. Nigeria needs a visionary Leader who can champion a social change that will remove the rot entrenched in the ' system', only then can Nigeria get on the true path to economic growth. Is Jonathan the Man or Nigeria should still wait?

    April 14, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  15. Jim from casablanca

    Hello dear christiane, my question to acting president goodluck jonathan is has he made up his mind to take up his constitutional right and take nigerians to the next leavel, cause there are been using power issue playing games in nigeria, since 50 years now,

    April 14, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  16. Ola Richard A

    Ok.... AG Goodluck spoke well, lets wait and see if it turns into action, I know one thing must happend though....IWU must go!!!

    April 14, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  17. Tolulope Olugboji

    Jonathan has definitely hit the nail on the head. Free and fair elections is the most important issue. If he can do this, Nigerians will definitely have a great dose of goodluck in the years to come.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  18. Debola Mobee

    The issue is not with a name. Afterall there are many Goodluck's who haven't ever tasted a tiny-winy bit of goodluck. Our Acting President has spoken well. The Highest office in the country is not exalted for personal gains or similar hopes but for service unto the citizens of this country with a purposeful drive to improve the lot of all while maintaining great inter-country relations with other nations of the world.

    Certainly for a man like Goodluck Jonathan, contesting for President in 2011 can not be the next thing in view where there are myriads of challenges that are knotty enough to task even the best governments in the world. The man has spoken well and I believe we need more leaders like him.

    April 14, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  19. Etoama Declan

    There is no two ways about it. Nigeria is about to be amancipated from the long looting syndrome, high tech corruption and dirty politics that has characterized its existence. Goodluck is the emancipator.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  20. Prince Emmanuel O. Ohai

    I wish you "Goodluck"

    April 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  21. Etoama Declan

    There is no two ways about it. Nigeria is about to be amancipated from the long looting syndrome, high tech corruption and dirty politics that have characterized its existence. Goodluck is the amancipator.

    April 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  22. Femi

    Cool. Can't wait to see the full interview.
    Thanks for this

    April 14, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  23. G

    Admitting that the interior designer, the architect and even the contractor , and maybe goodluck himself are indiferent, why on earth is the camera angle focusing on a door with a grill offcentered??? Who moved the door???!!

    April 14, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  24. Precious

    Goodluck is already showing signs that he will do well.
    He is however to remain focused to achieve real electoral reform.
    This is the crux of the matter.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  25. babatunde Peters

    Will he run for the 2011 election? And what is he doing regarding constant electricity?

    April 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Reply


    April 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  27. muhammad ali

    goodluck is hiding his mind but we are very sure he'll wants to contest. the ruling party (PDP) put a fullstop to him. thanks

    April 14, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  28. Princeandrew

    Nigeria's problem is a complex one, its not just up to one man to change the entire country but i believe that if goodluck is given the chance we may atleast realize the true meaning of democracy. As a resident of Jos, in central nigeria, we have seen cases where leaders buy weapons to inflict harm on anyone who stands in their way of achieving political offices...the electoral reform should be implement to prevent total break down of law and order and to eliminate the ruling elite and issues of godfatherism.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  29. aleje

    You can all see why certain parts of Nigeria refuse thier people to have a valid education. someone here is dropping points of shams that have been used to deceive, delude and distract Nigerians from moving forward. Why is GoodLuck in the states, why dont you bring your brother out to answer this questions, who's mess is this? How long was he in office? Enough of all your cattle ways of thinking, and focus on ways of building a brighter future for Nigeria. I dont know if it is God or Goodluck paving this roads for him, but there's a pattern in this mans movement and it has never faulted. We have no reports of fault. He can do the job. And you that cattle farmer, educate your people on not blowing planes, and beheading people, let them knw that a reaction of acids and bases gives salt and water. Vote for progress.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  30. emiri carel

    people like yakubu maji are the problem we have in nigeria. access or judge a man objectively. the acting president have told you what he hope to acheive within this shot period. pray for him to succeed.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  31. Mohammed Bashir

    Once again am very proud to be a Nigerian citizen and Ammanpour you
    have really made my day,however there are still alot to be done by our Ag president and insha Allah he will succeed.

    Goodluck to Goodluck in the mighty name of Jesus.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  32. Yakubu MAGAJI , From Bauchi State- NIGERIA.

    Nigerians have totally forgotten that, there can be no freee , fair and credible election in Nigeria,when the citizens have no national identity cards.How many Nigerians among the 150 000 000m, citizens have their national Identity cards ?.not even 20 000 in the whole country,so how can you avoid fraud in election ,when one person will vote 50 times,without being found out ?.
    Nigeria is dreaming in terms of fighting election corruption.Do they really really care,whether you go to vote or not, the president has already been elected,what is the differences between Nigeria , Sudan, Zimbabwe and Congo ?.

    Yakubu MAGAJI
    Bauchi state-Nigeria.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  33. hin

    I am impressed by this interview especially Goodluck responds.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  34. Minie

    This is his first comprehensive interview since he became acting President. It has put Jonathan across to Nigerians as an effective leader and his trip to the US has silenced the cabal of sickness and dictatorship! He is likely to excel before the end of his tenure.

    @Ms. Amanpour, there was no official agreement for the North to rule for 8 years or any power shift. It is not in the Nigerian constitution therefore it must not be followed. I totally disagree with that part of the interview. Jonathan had to answer in the affirmative because it favours his party, the PDP.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  35. Onugha Augustne.c.

    Thank you Amanpour 4ur unpresidented interview with Jonathan Goodluck.But on a general perspective,I think Nigerian problem is a hydra-headed problem that one dont know were to start.We have no international value,even the name Nigeria is a crime b4 the so called western world.I think we should call a spade a spade.I`m pretty convinced that J.Goodluck will do his best but is left to we that are been governed to help him achieve our ultimate goal.We should also understand that as we´re saying that the government are corrupt we the citizens should also embrace obidient to our laws.There is no way we can make it without been law abiding citizens because it takes two to tango.To make it abridge,Nigeria needs Gods intervention.May the Almighty deliver our country through J.Goodluck.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  36. Prince Emeka Okoro

    Thanks Christie. We pray and hope that through Jonathan, the desire "David" will come forth to rule Nigeria. We have God sent abundant resources, but the jezebel in the past rulers has not allowed it to manifest. But now, the hour has come for the Lord to manifest Himself and make His face shine gloriously upon Nigeria. "Good luck" Jonathan!

    April 14, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Reply
  37. amira

    yakubu from bauchi state, sorry to say you dont even know the name of the acting president of your country. how sure are we you have a point in what your saying?

    April 15, 2010 at 12:19 am | Reply
  38. Bolanle Taiwo

    I wish him all the best and pray that God will grant him wisdom to implements his ambition. Stay blessed Christie.

    April 15, 2010 at 6:46 am | Reply
  39. shehu

    madalla goodluck! Allah ya taimaka maka. "good goodluck may God help you"

    April 15, 2010 at 8:52 am | Reply
  40. Danladi Umaru

    That was a reavealing interview. Goodluck should prove to Nigerians his worth for them to judge whether he should contest. all we are looking forward to in Nigeria is credible Leaders that can deliver and allow us to enjoy the boutiful resources that God has blessed us with.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:59 am | Reply
  41. Bennett Mitchel Opuda

    d ijaws and indeed d Niger Delta people has been doing everything humanly posible for Nigeria.J GOODLUCK IS AN EXAMPLE

    April 15, 2010 at 9:17 am | Reply
  42. Abdul Hafiz

    While I do not have anything against the acting president and I hope he is one of the best for Nigeria. I want to caution the entire country to be vigilant and careful of the schemes and cunning games politicians play. Goodluck J. has everything to gain and nothing to loose by assuming the role of a messiah at the point in Nigeria's history. As a politician and a member of the ruling elite, he knows quite well that going on with "popular" actions will win the love of Nigerians to him, the question we should be asking ourselves is, is he really a messiah or another wolf in sheep's clothing pretending to be good only so that he can achieve his personal political agandas. We have numerous examples of leaders like that who seem good at first only to turn away from the people when they have a grip and strong hold at power. Personally I don't trust any politician and defiantly not a Nigeria politician. I just hope he'll be better than his predecessors. I will not join those that are already concluding that he's d "messiah". Instead I will scrutinize his every action and look at his past achievement to see whether he's what he's trying to make us think he is. That's what we all should be doing!

    April 15, 2010 at 9:39 am | Reply
  43. Ibrahim Ciroma

    Nigeria is full of good people with high moral standards.The problems enumerated by Nigeria's Acting President are not the most fundamental problems. Failure of leadership is what brought about corruption, decay of existing public utilities without replacement, electoral malpractice with impunity, outright stealing of public funds, disregard for rule of law and many other ills that are ravaging us as a nation. I hope and pray that next year Nigeria will get the Leadership it deserves.

    April 15, 2010 at 11:46 am | Reply
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    April 15, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  45. Adebayo Ogungbure

    The strides of Dr Jonathan is a light in the tunnel for Nigeria. My only fear is that he has too many political gladiators to contend with in Nigeria.

    I wish him well anyway.

    April 15, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  46. Samuel Akinwande

    Hello Christian Amanpour,

    I can bet on this : If AG President Goodluck Jonathan succeeds in providing constant Electricity to Nigeria withing this short Time he has , Nigeria will ask he him to run for the Presidency- come 2011, he will be elected. We all know, good and constant supply of Electricity will trigger Economic Development. I live in abroad, but for most of us abroad like the People at Home (Nigeria) the first Thing you think of if you want to go to Nigeria is the Electricity Problem. It will also attracts Investor particular Millions of Nigerians abroad who wants to give back to their Homeland. I think he is Clever, if he follows through as I belief he would – President Gooluck Jonathan will be Great and Nigeria will be Greater.. Goodluck Jonathan!!!

    Samuel Akinwande

    April 15, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  47. Ismail D

    How do you expect someone that can't fight corruption in his own house fight corruption in Nigeria.
    On September 11, 2006, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seized $13.5 million dollars (US) from Mrs. Patience Jonathan, the wife acting president Goodluck Jonathan.
    In the same year August, the EFCC had obtained a court order to temporarily freeze N104 million she had allegedly tried to launder through one Mrs. Nancy Ebere Nwosu. The EFCC said it had reason to believe the seized funds belonged to the public. In a sworn statement, Mrs. Nwosu implicated Patience Jonathan, the EFCC said.
    If wants us to take him serious, he should prosecute his wife for starters.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  48. Jide Ige

    If Dr. Goodluck can solve Nigeria's perenial power problem and organise a credibly election, generations yet unborn will remember him for good, if on the other hand he fails, he will end up in the dustbin of history just like most of his predecessors. He needs all the prayers. Mr President, best of luck

    April 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  49. Lola Visser-Mabogunje

    Well done Mr. Acting President. You make me proud once again to be a Nigerian. Goodluck to you.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:24 am | Reply

    I believe Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has noble expectations and should be encouraged. We should all remember that people live up to our expectations of them and collectively expect the best from this gentleman as Nigerians. We should acknowledge him when he does well and chide him when he derails so that he will be encouraged to stay on course. I just pray he will be bold and decisive in causing positive change.

    April 16, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  51. I.D JOHN

    Honestly Christy, thanks a million for that well deserved interview with my Acting President. In it, you further helped Nigerians showcase the GREAT POTENTIALS Dr. Goodluck Jonathan possesses. I strongly believe he will deliver the fortune of democracy to Nigerians.
    Goodluck to you, Dr. Goodluck..........

    April 16, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  52. Daniel Og

    Dear Amanpour,
    Two important things I learnt from Mr Goodluck interviews. 1. the shipping and abandonment of light arms and weapons in Nigeria. This continues to be the evil influences from western nations, old soviet unions, and other makers/manufacturers of guns. 2. Nigerian political leaders still refusing to call a spade 'spade'. by denying and not identifying religious violences caused by moslem extremists within Nigeria, hence no solution.
    Nigeria as a nation refuses 'change' by continuing to empower old (Alzheimer prune) politicians and ignores the call of vibrant youths who either contribute in development of other national commuities or rot away oversea. I pray that Acting President Goodluck can change something.

    April 18, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  53. Daniel O

    If Nigerians can change their ways of life like someone mentioned here, from 'cattle ways of life' to 'year 2010 human being way of life' then Nigeria can at least have electricity, civilized people in government, and moderate peace and tolerance. To residents of Nigeria –it is your choice to live in stone age and die by islamist extrmists sword OR work together to change your future.

    April 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  54. Fact4Fact

    I have read quite a bit of the comments here all or most of which are in response to the first article. What truly bothers me is our allegiance to stupidity. Why is it that we blindly think that Nigeria can work? How many places on the planet do we have something like Nigeria working and progressing? Look at the countries and nations of the world and try to understand them very well. How they are organized. Why do you think that pretty much every tribe in Europe is an independent nation no matter how small? In places like Italy and Switzerland the member tribes agreed to be members of the union and to separate if they choose to. Ever wondered why in all Africa we teach our children in foreign languages and speak them in other to communicate with members of other nations[tribes]? Is the language of instruction in Luxemburg a foreign one? And how big is Luxemburg? Nigeria and the rest of African countries cannot work without some fundamental changes in the way we are governed. Do not be fooled to believe that some African countries are progressing; Nigeria was there at one time, Ivory Coast had it, it will always be temporary unless the method of governance is re-alligned. We might wish all we want that it is just a matter of getting someone "good". We can repeat ourselves all we want but I am sorry to tell you that most, if not all African countries sit on a wrong foundation if growth and progress is our expectation. I could believe all I want that the foundation for one story building could carry a 20-story high rise but that would only render my intelligence questionable. Repeating the same thing that continues to yield failure time after time says a lot about our collective intelligence, perhaps as a race among peoples.

    April 18, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Reply
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