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Nigerian Acting President gives first interview to CNN

April 14th, 2010
09:39 PM ET

By Tom Evans; Sr. Writer, AMANPOUR.

(CNN) – Acting Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has told CNN he has not seen the country’s ailing leader Umaru Yar’Adua since he returned from Saudi Arabia in February after medical treatment for an undisclosed illness.

Jonathan also said he does not know the nature of Yar’Adua’s condition. President Yar’Adua has not been seen in public since last November.

“The thinking of the family is that they should insulate him from most of the key actors in government”, Jonathan told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in his first interview with international or local media since he assumed office as acting president two months ago.

Asked if he would like to visit Yar’Adua, Jonathan said, “Yes, of course, but I will not want to force (it).”

He also dismissed suggestions that supporters of Yar’Adua are working against him. “I wouldn’t say they are trying to undermine me, because the laws of the land are very clear.”

Jonathan refused to say whether or not he is planning to run in Nigeria’s next presidential election in 2011.

He said, “You cannot just wake up and say you want to contest an election to be the president of a country. First of all you must see whether you can you really bring the dividends of democracy. I have just set up a cabinet. We have given ourselves three months after which we review ourselves. and I tell people, if I'm not satisfied, why is it my business to contest the elections.”

He also sidestepped questions on whether he thinks the head of the country’s election commission, Maurice Iwu, should be fired in an effort to reform Nigeria’s discredited electoral system, saying there will be a review of Iwu’s performance.

But he added, “The perception is that the feeling back home and in the international community is that he cannot conduct a free and fair election.”

Jonathan was speaking to CNN this week on the fringes of the nuclear security summit in Washington where he and other world leaders discussed ways to secure nuclear materials from terrorists. He also met President Barack Obama – an indication of Nigeria’s importance as Africa’s most populous nation and biggest oil exporter.

The acting Nigerian president said there were even more pressing problems facing Africa than the possibility unsecured nuclear materials could end up in the hands of terrorists.

He told Amanpour, “Africans have died more from small arms and light weapons… and they’ve all been shipped into Africa.”

Asked whether he can re-energize the peace process in the troubled oil-rich Niger Delta, and reach a lasting deal with insurgents, Jonathan said, “You have to properly integrate them into the society. So during the process of rehabilitation, you must reorientate their thinking and make them learn some skills that will enable them (to) earn a decent living.”

Jonathan also spoke about the recent new explosion of violence between Muslim and Christian Nigerians near the central city of Jos that claimed hundreds of lives in March, only weeks after he assumed office.

He said there are a lot of settlers in the region and the indigenous community feels it has been excluded from the local economy, with the result there’s been conflict there since the early 1960’s.

Jonathan said traditional rulers, religious leaders, and opinion leaders are all responding to his appeals for calm.

“I cannot say it (the violence) will stop completely, but our commitment is to make sure that it stops”, he added.


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  1. Ben Ekejiuba

    Thanks CNN and Amanpour for the interview. We are pleased to have a Nigerian leader on the international stage once more. It is our hope that Goodluck Jonathan will match words with action. If our electricity supply can impeove on his watch, a lot of things will definitely start to fall in place. The electoral body requires indepth overhaul for the next elections to be credible. The police equally needs a lot of attention. If he can acjieve , to a large extent, these objectives, he would have etched his name in the hearts of many Nigerians,
    GOODLUCK TO GOODLUCK!!!

    April 14, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  2. Henry DONI

    Great son of africa,yes nigeria problem is not just african corruption,the west is killing us,they dont wont us to grow why?2 days ego greek ship was caugth with stolen oil where was cnn or bbc?its cool,all they do is to ship weapons to low life nigerian to kill and disrupt the country,GOD NIGERIA MY GREAT HOME.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  3. Andrew Uzomah

    I do believe if d actg pr. Gudlk is given an opport. 2 b elected cm 2011 electn, he wl do jst great! Stndg frm hw far he hd gone in sch litle while despite d oppositn.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Reply
  4. Chibueze

    If clerics can see Yaradua why cant Goodluck see him.
    Theres alot of politics in Nigeria every thing is been politicised...
    If Yaradua cant take a bow out what is preventing them (FEC and Senate) from impeaching him..
    Also the Issue of Electoral reform is vital to bringing changes into the polity and it will help to ensure the vote of the masses will count...
    I Pray our Leaders In Nigeria be sincere..
    And Have The Fear of God.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  5. Dr. Chris

    Shouldn't there be a video to accompany an article (interview) of such national importance?

    April 14, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Reply
  6. ALIYU

    I think Dr Goodluck Jonathan mean well for Nigeria,the problem is will the elite give him their support. Because to be frank for the acting president to succeed he's going to step on powerful toes. I wish him well.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Reply
  7. bimbo

    I am worried. Seriously, if my president could not emphatically assure the safety of innocent lives being lost by the day in Jos. It is really a leadership failure for Jonathan to say he cannot assure that this orgy of violence will stop. Common, roll out the big guns, work with the political & traditional leaders in the area. Absolutely no other live need to be lost.

    April 15, 2010 at 2:44 am | Reply
  8. Deessy, USA.

    Mr Jonathan should buckle up. He needs to be more assertive in his speeches if he must command respect in the international community. Or is he not the leader of the most populous black nation?

    April 15, 2010 at 4:11 am | Reply
  9. Allany

    Nigeria can be great again.Long Live Nigeria.

    April 15, 2010 at 5:59 am | Reply
  10. Victoria frank

    I think the greatest problem we are facing as a nation is dt of electricity & aving a free & fare election.moreover we are very happy 2 see our acting president on an international scene.He is a very transparent person so if given a chance wud move Nigeria 2 greater heights.

    April 15, 2010 at 6:14 am | Reply
  11. Isaac udensi

    as a student,i'm just worried about our education.student here study under very unconducive condition.

    April 15, 2010 at 6:17 am | Reply
  12. Esan oyewale

    I must sincerely appreciate the effort of the international community towards remoulding nigerian into avenue where we can express our mind on the international scenes.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:00 am | Reply
  13. simon

    Good job amanpour. Nigerians are more than pleased with H.E Goodluck Jonathan. We couldn't have asked more from him. He is simply God sent. Nigerians still want him in 2011. Keep up the good work Amanpour.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:18 am | Reply
  14. johnson.Bamidele

    With such sincerity of time and purpose attached to the works of members of the cabinet( 3 months review period), I sincerely want to believe that Mr Acting President can move the country away from its present state of stagnation economically and politically. He has the intents, he only have to shut the door on those seeking to profit from the current state of the nation.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:32 am | Reply
  15. G G LEVI.

    I really commend the Actg President for ignoring the so-called Cabal that is holding our President captive, the best way to treat a fool is to pretend as if he doesn't exist. But i must advice Mr Actg President never to spare Prof Maurice Iwu, as Chairman of the Electoral commission if not Nigerians both at Home and in diaspora will never forgive him and posterity will never hold him in high esteem.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:38 am | Reply
  16. Sopiriala Brown

    Nigerians are very law abiding and peace loving people, if you take away the bad eggs revolving at the leadership, Nigeria will become a great place. More grease to your elbow, acting president Goodluck.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:11 am | Reply
  17. Ajibola Bada

    It is a cult like arrangement to be able to be president in Nigeria, if you don't belong you don't attempt. Jonathan has been told by his party the ruling PDP that he will not be the party's candidate, albeit he should find a permanent solution to Nigerias power problem and it could be the best campaign for him

    April 15, 2010 at 8:31 am | Reply
  18. Paul

    Once again, the Acting President fails to show (in my opinion) any serious credibility or intent from his lack of answers to certain pertinent questions. Not all Nigerians are blind, and most of us are certainly not stupid. Until these politicians begin to honestly address issues that revolve around corruption and other excesses of government all I can see is more ridiculous interviews like these. How is it acceptable that the so-called Acting President has not set eyes on the President whom he is Acting for, has not heard from him, has not discussed with him, for several months on end? And it doesn't evoke genuine concern for him? Rather he is content to say that "Yes, of course, but I will not want to force (it).” This is farcical in the least...

    April 15, 2010 at 8:40 am | Reply
  19. Funlola

    I'm sorry, but has America ended the violence they started in Iraq and Afghanistan. How have they ensured the non-killing of their soldiers in those countries? You cannot stop violence by saying you will, He said, they have to appeal to consciences of the people which is true.Its not like he went there and told them to carry guns,they did it,only they can stop Goodluck for PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:46 am | Reply
  20. Mansur

    Amanpour thank for interviewing our so called Acting President. But there's nothing new in what he said, for instance, he shunned questions about his hidden political agenda, Iwu's issue and beside all his effort to resuscitate our electricity power generation. Which Nigerians desperately wanted to hear.
    GOOD LUCK TO MY FATHERLAND!

    April 15, 2010 at 9:22 am | Reply
  21. Uche

    This is a Sign of Change. Goodluck is a sincere man and I am sure he will do well. We (Nigerians) do not expect him to solve all the challenges plaguing the country. All we need is for him to solve a few of them.

    April 15, 2010 at 9:27 am | Reply
  22. Tunji Keshinro

    Dr Goodluck Jonathan has not impressed me. He recycled Aneni 's wife and old men who had dammaned thiscountry in one way or the other into his newly constituted cabinet. what a shame!.He should be serious by prosecute IBB & others. and as well givenus good Electoral reform and Power. Even if PDP faults him, we are asurring him of our vote.God has given a chance to write his name in GOLD. God bleass him.

    April 15, 2010 at 9:50 am | Reply
  23. Ikechukwu Innocent

    Ag.President Goodluck J. should stop recicling the old breed Politicians and their families. He should try young ones with repute as he know that he is ayoung politician. He should inject new young and new bleed Politicians into the Nigerian Polity. No chance should be given to IBB in Nigeria Politics any more as he is the one that plung this Country into a mess.

    April 15, 2010 at 10:20 am | Reply
  24. Chikezie C.

    The Ag. President's interview has disabused our minds of the notion that his rise has it's foundation purely in luck.
    He has demonstrated that he possesses the stuff of which great statesmen are made.
    We pray he can match words with action and show that he is the messiah we have been waiting for.

    April 15, 2010 at 11:42 am | Reply
  25. aniekan equere

    Thank u CNN and Amanpour for that wonderful interview.His excellency has spoken very well and like leader that he is.Pls Mr.president do as u have proposed.Leave footprints many pscophants have never taught about.Give us electricity and all other blessings shall be added unto u.Thank you once again.

    April 15, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  26. DR BRIGGS

    Nigerians problem is not just leadership but also over populated as a nation. there is a need to divide most expecially the niger/delta region needs independent.

    April 15, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  27. K-ONE

    Honestly GOODLUCK JONATHAN can make Nigeria change by 80%.
    he is not a boastful type of leader. he is a good educator back those days in the academics.

    April 15, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  28. Olumide

    Thanks to God that we hv a president who can travel abroad after obasanjo to tell the whole world about Iwu, electricity, violence in Jos, Niger Delta Issues and many more. i am of view among all these issues, power is require like yesterday. once there is light alot of these trouble makers will be gainly employed. i am sure if the president could sort out the power issue, i will be an hero in Nigeria and African, if not the rest of the world.

    April 15, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  29. Amazu stanley

    Our problem in Nigeria is that we leave the responsibility to one man and he takes the fall when he is wrong.it requires a collective effort to develope Nigeria.i wish the A.G luck.

    April 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  30. chuks

    I believe in the spirit of Goodluck, I can only wish my country Goodluck with Goodluck.It will be well with us here

    April 15, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  31. uche joe

    cnn and amanpour great job there.honestly i for 1 am very happy for the int'l interview held today with our dear ag presido. we the citizens of this great nation are almost gasing out becos of the way our leaders are handling us,but we believe by the grace of ALMIGHTY GOD,the acting presido will do well.

    April 15, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  32. samaila ishaku

    It's a good thing the acting president has stablized political situation in the country.Now is up to Nigerians to decid. supporting i believe will be the begining of the change we all need as Nigerians, and i urge all Nigerians to support him.

    April 15, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  33. isaac

    Nigerians are not interested in paper work or promise. I know if Jonathan can solve the problem of electricity, there is every possibility that, Nigerians may vote for him if he want to become our next president in 2011. I pray that God will help him and bless our nation

    April 15, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  34. Ifeanyi nduka

    I think he's a good man- my advice is that he forgets about 2011 and focus on things to be done, they will speak for him- and my vote will count for him- first, mr goodluck, hit the ground running

    April 15, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  35. Chukwu daniel

    I want the USA to come and help nigeria to conduct a better election and i usa to assist the acting presendent daniel from nigeria

    April 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  36. Adebayo Ogungbure

    This Interview was long overdue. I thank CNN for making it happen.

    At least Jonathan was honest enough to tell the world that he cannot give assurances as regards securing lasting peace in troubled regions in Nigeria (i.e. Niger Delta & Jos and many others).

    It speaks volume about the conundrum of helplessness many Nigerian leaders find themselves today.

    I think that The acting president should listen to the yearning of Nigerians and make Electoral Reforms his priority.

    April 15, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  37. Peter

    Well let us give him chance to see if he will follow the footstep of our stupid leaders like IBB

    April 15, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  38. Chudi Nwoye

    Acting President Goodluck Johnathan has got the world talking about Nigeria in positive terms once again.
    I hope this momentum is sustained such that after three months he'll probably address the nation on concrete achievements.

    Maybe he'll appear on Larry King life.
    We are watching and waiting.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  39. Pamela

    I believe in Goodluck Johnathan. His initial moves speak volumes, and he's not a man of many words. I strongly believe he will succeed in the power sector and the niger delta, where all other leaders have failed woefully. God bless Nigeria!!!!

    April 15, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  40. Pamela

    I only hope and wish so fervently that our brothers in the north will give him a chance to prove his worth, and to succeed.

    April 15, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Reply
  41. Yomi Adebambo

    My President has done me proud you can called him acting, he is changing living in nigeria, we could make a change, we could help ourselves without expecting self gratifications.
    the cabar on electricity is still making headline but wings has been cut.... DEMOCRACY must rule.

    April 16, 2010 at 6:21 am | Reply
  42. Andrew Isiomah

    I must commend Amanpour's interview on CNN with the acting president. That's first level of transparency where the people governed get to know the mind and programs of our leader publicly for once. I hope he's invited again in three – six months time to tell and show us how far he has accomplished set goals(good level of transparency) indeed.

    The young man is wise and I believe he will actually do well. I will also ask the United State government and his counterpart President Barack Obama to fully support him in fighting corruption and reforming the electoral process in Nigeria despite any assumed interests of the US.

    Nigeria must forward!!! In Jesus Name. AMEN!

    April 16, 2010 at 8:19 am | Reply
  43. Odah Joseph

    It's too early to judge AG. President. He just appointed his cabinet, let give them few months. an action man does not need a whole year to perform his best and deliver the dividend of democracy the the citizenry.

    We would like the AG President to take critical approach in solving these key problems- freedom of information bill, UWAIS Report on electoral reform, electoral problems and restoration of peace to Niger Delta

    April 16, 2010 at 9:47 am | Reply
  44. ikpe godwin

    With Goodluck Jonathan, i see something good coming out of Nigeria, he deside to handle the ministry of POWER, also am very happy seening my Ag. President live on CNN.

    April 16, 2010 at 10:46 am | Reply
  45. ikpe godwin

    With Goodluck Jonathan, i see something good coming out of Nigeria, he deside to handle the ministry of POWER, also am very happy seening my Ag. President live on CNN. Long live NIgeria

    April 16, 2010 at 10:47 am | Reply
  46. Dr. George Ilodi

    AP . Dr.Goodluck Jonathan , thank you for the interview.You have briefly elucidated the world on some issues .
    Please pay serious attention to kidnappers – human safeties!!
    Please pay serious attention to alectricity .
    Please pay serious attention to education .
    Please pay serious attention to PEACE .
    Please be tough : those guys are tough and need tough guy !!
    Please work diligently with other world leaders , and round yourself with wise people (MEN & WEMEN).
    Pay attention to food , developement , economy , etc
    YOUR plate is full , and you must work diligently to consume !!
    Goodluck Dr. Jonathan Goodluck !!!

    April 16, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  47. Obi

    I'm still not impressed with Johnathan, he is not assertive and like most politicians fails to answer simple questions with simple answers. What I see is fear and the need to not step on toes.
    And then to top it off he says anyone is free to contest elections including past military dictators, SERIOUSLY?

    April 16, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  48. NNAMAH UGOCHUKWU

    i am happy to be part of this association with cnn and i hope that this interview which took place in the usa will yield positive answers to our problem.

    i wish they will give him chance for 2011 election

    April 16, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  49. Agathachristie

    I think that our acting president seemed a bit overwhelmed by Amanpour or was it the line of questioning? He was completely uneasy,uncomfortable and also failed to answer all the most important questions that Nigerians so despeperately need answers to.
    Is it too soon to judge him? maybe yes but from what i saw here today i feel safe to say he was playing safe and that is not a quality we want in our leader and representative.
    Step it up our dear president. we your followers are keen on working with you to achieve the best results but we need you to have the zeal and will power.
    God bless NIGERIA

    April 16, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  50. nico

    AM happy that Christiane was able to see from this interview how confused the nigerian soceity is.This is the only country where the powers of governance remains in the hands of a man that is either dead or completly incapable of governing.The Nigerian problem is religious(christian vs muslim) and the high rate of corruption.
    One question i would like to ask is,how well did former president Babangida governed Nigeria for 8years that he has the guts to declare that he will contest for president in 2011?

    April 16, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  51. olarewaju in Abuja

    I thank God that at least we have someone at the helm of affairs in Nigeria who really feels what Nigerians are going through and what needs to be done. I pray that the good Lord help him to achieve all he has set out for himself, and that God would render the enemies of Nigeria helpless and powerless

    April 17, 2010 at 2:25 am | Reply
  52. msd

    I am disapointed by the lack of respect Amanpour has for this head of state. Putting her legs between the president legs. Does she dare do that with any other western official. Where were the nigerain protocol to allow such a setting of the interview ?

    Unless you respect yourself no one will respect you!

    April 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  53. Oluchi

    Thank you amanpour for the interview. I'm not in anyway pleased with Goodluck Johnathan, his responses to some of the questions were not assuring, how could he not be aware of the health status of the president and assure Nigerian's living in Jos of safety.
    I dont and will never support Goodluck to contest for presidency. Nigeria needs a fresh start, we need a person who sincerely cares for the well being of Nigerian people, a Man that can speak for the people without fear, a Man that can address and tackle the needs of the people. I dont see a bit of that quality in Goodluck. Asking him if he wants to contest for presidency is an exarggeration. We should cross our fingers and pray that he quickly and successfully leaves that seat for a better person.

    April 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  54. Langes

    As a student i will like Nigeria education system to improve cuz according to experts a nation with a poor educational system will never be a developed country until it education system is being fixed because in Nigeria there are much people that are illiterate and dont know their left and right. there is a proverb which said develop people and the people with develop the nation so in my opinion the educational sector should be taking good care of and by God grace Nigeria will be developed in the near future

    April 18, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  55. Nike Akanbi

    I am glad to see a AG Goodluck on the Global/international stage after, our ill president have hidden himself from the public eye. I am also glad AG Goodluck explained himself to the world the problem Nigeria face. From electricity – corruption e.t.c.
    I wish my beloved country the best & AG Goodluck needs all the assistance to get Nigeria on the right track.
    One thing I still disagree with, is the present President needs to explain to Nigerians honestly is health problems so that, Nigerian can know what his problem is. Other world leaders do not leave the country for months without a proper explanation.

    April 18, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  56. Humphrey Chidi

    It will take a long time for problems to resolve themselves. please Goodluck wake up and be ascertive. You are eating with the DEVILS from up there. Kick them before they kick you.

    April 19, 2010 at 12:27 am | Reply
  57. Akpan F

    am a true follower of cnn and was getting fed up with the round the clock reports of perplexing news of wars,terrorism and stuff.i cant explain how depresive these news have on folks.
    as a nigerian in diaspora,i find it cool getting the rest of the world to hear a bit about a country that represent in great ways the power of africa,but made timid internationally cause of its policies.bad enough,my country is a local giant.her might begins and ends within the perimeters of its schores.she is not so proud of that but have to bear with it til things change for the better.hope am not sounding unpatrotic.cant ever be.
    i applaud the first(?) in history surfacing of a nigerian president on cnn.the topics talked about were good even when my president smiled and evaded answers to some crucial questions.that too is not surprising.
    on issues like electricity supply,fairness of elections and curruption,folks should stop expecting much,cause it will hardly be realised.I wish him nothing but good luck.

    April 19, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  58. collins

    Nigeria is light years behind civilization and the truth is that there is nothing we can do about it.

    April 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  59. faith

    This issue about President Yaradua's ill health has got to stop. Nigeria must go forward. We must not allow anything at all to hinder the growth of this great country of almost 150millions of people. Nigerians, be it Christian or Muslim needs good and transparent governance. Please lets give ACTING PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN A CHANCE. We must believe in his Administration, he will make us proud. GOD ALMIGHTY IS ON HIS SIDE. GOD BLESS FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA. AMEN.

    April 20, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Reply
  60. Bari Adedeji Salau

    The Acting President , Dr. Jonathan Goodluck needs our support and prayers because Nigerians are very regious People. But what he needs most is the courage to say it as it is. I am a Muslim and I know that the crisis in Jos can not be devoid of religious sentiment. Could it be by accident that those who are killing and retaliating with killing at different times are either Chriatians and Muslim at a time ? Or could it be that the land owners and the tenants are absolutely either Christians or Muslim ? My position is that religious differences might not be the immediate causes of the killings but somehow religious bitterness gets involved to excerbate the crisis as churches and mosques are burnt in the process. From the pictures of people killed , to suggest that the crisis is a crisis of class between the landlord and tenants or the haves / the havenots would not be honest as no big guys are killed in this crisis but the wreathed of the earth being used in a game of political,tribal and religious chess orchestrated by the politicians-the same elders, religious and traditional rulers the Mr. Acting President would want to find solutions to the problems. Mr. Acting President you should allow the law to take its course and punish the bad guys as a detterance to those who might want to do evil in the future.
    Mr. Acting President , be carefull of the apostles of recource control and also the glorification of terror. The National Assembly must be carried along in any negotiation with the 'so called' ' freedom fighters from the Delta areas who encourage their governors to be so corrupt as to go away with anything as they dole to them the crumbs from their tables with the chorus of resource control.
    Nigerians leaders come raising our hopes only to disappoint us at last. How ever I wish you more luck as we keep praying for the speedy recovery of your boss, Yar'Adua.
    And thank you , Amanpour for putting Nigeria back where she rightly belongs .Long live the Republic of Nigeria, the natural leader and home for all African people-and their friends.
    Bari Adedeji Salau , a former Chairman of Somolu Local Government in Lagos is an Investigator, Security Instructor , Political Oversight Specialist based in Staten Island with his eyes in focus on Nigeria.

    April 21, 2010 at 2:22 am | Reply
  61. Daniel

    Goodluck should be giving the chance to conduct a better election i am calling for the sack of the present inec chairman prof.iwu and total overall of the inec system.

    April 21, 2010 at 8:00 am | Reply
  62. daniel

    goodluck is better if giving a chance to carryout his job.
    97% of senators in house nigeria are not duely elected into office i am calling for the sack of inec chairman prof.iwu
    ibb should not be allowed to contest any election he is bad and crupt person

    April 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  63. Tolu AWOBAJO

    My Dear president Jonathan,

    I watched the interview on CNN you gave to Christine Amanpour. I was impressed. It was good when you mentioned that one of the things Nigerians are looking for is good governance and you dismissed planning to contest the next presidential ambition as not important because you have set certain goals for yourself and your new cabinet which will be a bases of test. I admire your courage and the fact that you are wise in your prioritizing of goals.
    What Nigeria truly needs is a leader like you that will give dividends of democracy, and to make nutured a nascent that democracy in Nigeria, it better you run as the next incumbent VICE – PRESIDENT again in fulfillment our your eventual presidential calling. You need mobilise the suspicious northeners who share your values......and then you can run for president in 2015. So that the North knows that the south stick to the power sharing principle. They can have their 4 more years.
    This will not only provide stability for the next few years with you in psoition of a vice- president, it will also nurture Nigerias nascent democracy and you will be a pillar of good governance in that government.

    In my own mind, you are the kind of president that Nigeria is waiting for, but controversies and power sharing or christian versus muslim dichotomy will not permit people to see in the immediate arragement......but only wise men can understand the dividend that will be realize if you help provide good governance for this country.
    That is the mission God has given to you and that is what is in your name that has attracted the international community. I hope you can see the wisdom in what i am saying. My regards to you and your family.
    Goodluck.

    April 21, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  64. Tolu AWOBAJO

    My Dear president Jonathan, I watched the interview on CNN you gave to Christine Amanpour. I was impressed. It was good when you mentioned that one of the things Nigerians are looking for is good governance and you dismissed a presidential ambition in secret as not important because you have set certain goals for yourself and your new cabinet which will be a bases of test. I admire your courage and the fact that you are wise in your prioritizing of goals.
    What Nigeria truly needs is a leader like you that will give dividends of democracy from a nascent that democracy in Nigeria, it is better you run as the next incumbent VICE – PRESIDENT again in fulfillment our your eventual presidential calling. You need to mobilize the suspicious northeners who share your values......and then you can run for PRESIDENT in 2015. So that the North knows that the south stick to the power sharing principle. They can have their 4 more years according to the power sharing arrangement.

    This will not only provide stability for the next few years with you in position as incumbent VICE – PRESIDENT, it will also nurture and foreign confidence in Nigeria's nascent democracy and you will be a pillar of good governance in that government that Nigerians are looking for.
    In my own mind, you are the kind of president that Nigeria is waiting for in the future, perhaps controversies and power sharing or christian versus muslim dichotomy will not permit people to see in you the immediate dividend of a good president......but only wise men can understand the dividend that will be realize with a man like you in governance of Nigerians.

    That is the mission God has given to you and that is what is in your name that has attracted the international community. I hope you can see the wisdom in what i am saying. My regards to you and your family. Goodluck to my future president Jonathan (2015 it is not far off).

    April 21, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  65. Sunny Ovbiagele

    Acting president of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan has said well and we nigerians hope to see the manifestations of his good plans he has strategised for our great nation. Our electorial discredibility is not solely responsible to our national electorial commission but to; all nigerians, who believe that election period is period to make money, ...those who believe that they sould go to any length to secure one position for a godson, ... those who take absolute control of the police and electorial offices in his jurisdition to intimidate opponents and his supporters to influence an election to their advantage,
    .. those .who believe in lavishing their fortune to fight for an elected office with the motive of making that office self enriching instead of SERVING THE MASSES. Maurice Iwu, good or bad , acts on instructions. When this case is otherwise, then nigeria will experience a transparent election.

    April 22, 2010 at 12:09 am | Reply
  66. Yakubu MAGAJI Bauchi State-Nigeria

    CAN DR. JONATHAN GOODLUCK THE AVP OF NIGERIA DELIVER THE PEOPLE OF NIGERIA ? ,WITH HIS PASSIONATE SPEECH TO AMANPOUR IN HIS INTERVIEW TO CNN ?

    I am first and for most indebted to Amanpour whose involvement in one way or the other has given our AVP Dr.Goodluck JONATHAN the impetus to get this interview done in a respectable and dignified manner to the glory of the people of Nigeria. But before his interview with Amanpour,I was labouring under the same impression ,just as IKPE GODWIN said (With Goodluck Jonathan I see something good coming out of Nigeria )But as soon as he dismissed suggestions that, the supporters of Yar Adua are not working against him ,and that IBRAHIM BABANGIDA can contest for the president of Nigeria, and also his response to Amanpour's questions as to whether MAURICE IWU will be dismissed as a result of Nigeria's discredited and corrupt electoral system ?.There was no decisive statement made as regards IWU, I then realised that I was only holding a romantic idea of him rather than a realistic view of such an adventure. I became discouraged and weak in his ambitions to change Nigeria in anyway.
    If IWU, BABANGIDA who stole the whole wealth and riches of Nigeria out ?,are free in his Govt. then it means,Shagari,Dikko,Obasanjo,Dr. Ngozi , Micheal Aondoakaa former A.G. of Nigeria who stepped up to help all Governors to evade prosecution for their money-laundering and other corupt activities,Haruna Waziri, Peter Odili former Governor of River State,, and most of the typical Nigerian politicians are also legible to come back to power.That goes without saying that,all candidates will never go through any Vetting process or congressional scrutiny in your administration?.This is what I don't understand, and this has totally discourage and weaken my confidence and only hope in you.
    Surely, these are obvious signs of a state heading for failure, if those greedy and corrupt politicians, Lobbists,govt.officials are not being detered from always managing to find extremely lucrative employement after their political careers end . So where is the seriousness he said in an interview with Amanpour ,that he will surely take it serious,against the discredited and corrupt electoral system in Nigeria ?.
    If again Dr.Goodluck fail to re-energize the peace process in the trouble oil-rich Niger-Delta and reach a lasting deal with insurgents,there will be never progress that can be made on good governance in Nigeria forever,and the people of Nigeria will continue to hold the view that,they don't trust any politician or Govtmnt.official again in their lifes.How will there be good governance again in this country to make the daily lifes of the people better who are living below poverty levels for God sake with these kind of leaders in power again if by chance Babangida happen to win the election ?.
    How can we give this country a better future please Dr.Jonathan ?.
    When will Nigeria have a decent Govt. for the Nigerian people ?
    Where shall we get good governance in this country again Dr.
    Dr.Jonathan ?
    Who will give our police power to investigate and arrest the criminals who are manipulating our financial statistics and tax-payer's money without political interference again,which has always tied down the hands of the law and order in our country since 1960 mr. vice president ?
    Which president shall we have again to make jobs number one focus for the people of Nigeria Mr. Goodluck please answer us ?.
    When will the Educated Nigerian potentials be of use in Nigeria if you go ?
    When will Nigerian citizens stop living below poverty level if you go ?
    When again in Nigeria shall we have politicians who will stop putting themselves first to make big profits at the benefit of cheating others ?.
    When shall we have a president in Nigeria whose boss will be the people of Nigeria ?.So that we will have no more overchecking of the Executive by the Legislators without anybody checking them ?.
    Also the hope of every country is in the Judiciary branch,but then Executive influence is also affecting our Judiciaries what do we do if you go ?
    When shall we get in Nigeria fearless Judiciary,Educated and bi-partisan legislatures and Executive that will obey the Laws of our Land Mr. Vice president ?.
    When shall Nigeria stop Extra-Judicial killings,humanrights violations,robberies,high-profile assassinations,and deliberate failure to comply or willful defiance of police high commands to Govt. directives Mr.president ?
    When shall the idea of criminals are better armed than the police in Nigeria be stopped Mr.president ?.
    When shall the Nigeria police also stop being responsible for hundreds of unlawful killings every year Mr. President if you go ?.
    When shall we start to have good, excellent and compassionate foreign investors,foreign technologies,ideas,integration by the foreigners who cares now for the high-level of poverty in the country and not foreign investors for the untouchables only in Nigeria, so that we would be able to exports our goods too, if you go ?.The model exist mr.president you know it. For all these developments to take place,we need the country free from environmental and internal security as major problems in our country and good governance.
    When shall Violent conflicts be eradicated in Nigeria mr.president ?.
    When shall we have access to electricity and corrupt Institutions and Agencies be checked and punished in Nigeria, if you go ?.
    When shall the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will have full power to investigate,prosecute,convict and sentence those individuals and Agencies with glaring corruption charges,financial misappropriations,money-laundering,tax-payer's money for their selfish interests,if you go who will give them the power to punish them in Nigeria ?. You mean If BABANGIDA wins ? whose interest is only to try and take Nigeria into Islamic Organisations that Nigeria must become an Islamic country ?.Ah no Dr.Jonathan.
    How then shall the country be saved from being a caricature Democracy,chaotic and a total mess so that there will be political development ?. So Nigerians are now looking up unto God and You.So for you to succeed in all these projects, you desire a super-natural power and confidence to get rid of people like Babangida and the rest out of your administration, otherwise we are boud to fail.

    Yakubu MAGAJI
    Bauchi State-Nigeria.

    April 24, 2010 at 2:01 am | Reply
  67. Yakubu MAGAJI Bauchi State-Nigeria

    A QUESTION TO Dr. JONATHAN GOODLUCK PLEASE.

    For every free ,fair,credible,unconstable, uncorrupt, respectable,dignified and honest election in any democratic ,civilized,
    and unblacklisted society or country, each and every citizen of that country must have a NATIONAL IDENTITY CARD TO AVOID ANY FRAUD OR ELECTION CORRUPTION and you have told Amanpour in your interview that,this is your most pressing programme okay ?.

    The question now is, WHEN SHALL ALL NIGERIANS HAVE THEIR NATIONAL IDENTITY CARDS READY FOR A DEMOCRATIC , FREE AND FAIR ELECTION FOR THE COMING ELECTION? AS YOU HAVE TOLD THE WORLD ,?.
    Because out of the 150 000 000 ml.Nigerians in the country today, I can swear to you that not more than 20 000 Nigerians have national I.D.with them, I for one I have never had one in my life, and some times I vote 8 to 9 places just for the president I want him to win because all other presidential candidates are corrupt and I know them they will never deliver , and it has never worked for me ,but I have never been found out or caught at any point in time anyway.
    So what are your steps toward National Identity Cards ? as the world and the people of Nigeria now seems to turn their attentions and hope on you ? or you think we'll still go ahead to vote as usual ?
    What then would have been the differences if it were Babangida,or Obasanjo,or Sani Abacha,or Yar Adua, or Shehu Shagari, or Buhari or Abubakar, or IWU, or the council of States or the usual and typical Nigerian politicians taking the usual Control of the coming election ?.
    So if I dont have I.D.CARD count me out of the coming election,though I know that millions of the usual people will say what will your vote mean in a country of 150 000 000 ml people when 149.99 MILLION Nigerians dont vote and yet a president always emerges does your vote matters ?.Yes that will not come as a surprise to me to hear people say so,but be sure that, there is nothing like fair and free election if others will vote 5-7 times for lack of I.D. CARDS at the expense of others. Thank you.

    This question is directed solely to our hopeful future president Dr. Jonathan GOODLUCK. and nobody else's question please don't bother yourselves to read my question .

    This is Yakubu MAGAJI
    of Bauchi State -Nigeria.

    April 24, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  68. RAW JUSTICE - DK

    ONLY FOOLS STAYS IN SINKING SHIP AND HOPE IT WILL SUDDENLY RISE UP AGAIN.
    NIGERIA IS A SINKING SHIP THAT CAN NEVER BE RECOVERED AND UNFORTUNATELY, A LOT OF FOOLS ARE ABOUT TO BE BURIED WITH IT...
    PLEASE, THE WORLD SHOULD ACT QUICK AND SPLIT THAT MESS BEFORE THE VOLCANO WILL ERUPT AND CONSUME THE WORLD... THE WORLD MUST NOT FORGET THAT NIGERIA IS A PLACE WITH OVER 150 MILLION PEOPLE IN BONDAGE!
    THE DAY THAT THE ERUPTION WILL HAPPEN IF NOT CHECKED, THE WORLD WILL NOT EXPECT TO PLAY TO THE GALLERY AS THEY ARE DOING NOW..

    THINK OF TH SCENARIO, THE SERIOUS WAR BREAK OUT IN NIGERIA IF THE PEACEFUL DISSOLUTION OF THAT BRITISH MADE NONSENSE IS NOT CARRIED OUT QUICKLY... 10 MILLION WILL BE ON THE MARCH TO EAST AFRICA, 10 MILLION TO WEST AFRICAN, 10 MILLION TO NORTH AFRICA, 10 MILLION TO SOUTH AFRICA...
    10 MILLION TO EUROPE, 10MILLION TO AMERICA, 10MILLION ASIA, 10 MILLION TO AUSTRALIA IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR HIGH WALLS, THEY CAN TRUST NIGERIANS TO FIND THEIR WAY TO ANY COUNTRY THEY WANT TO INVADE!
    IT'S ABOUT 60MILLION ON THE MOVE AND YET ANOTHER 100MILLION WILL BE IN NIGERIA TRYING TO MOVE... NOW CAN THE WORLD HANDLE SUCH A MOVEMENT OF THE PEOPLE THEY TEND TO HATED MOST? IF NO AS I SUPPOSE, THEN THE WORLD MUST MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES, BUT IF THEY PREFER THE TASTE OF CHEAP OIL THEY NOW GET, THEN THEY MUST FACE THE CONSEQUENCES, WHEN THE PEOPLE REVOLT!!

    April 24, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  69. Faith Udomkpa

    THANKS AMANPOUR AND CNN FOR THE INTERVIEW. I PERSONALLY BELIEVE THAT ACTING PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN WILL TAKE THIS COUNTRY NIGERIA TO HER DESTINATION IF GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME THE ACTION PRESIDENT. LET LEAVE SENTIMENT ASIDE AND FACE REALITY. NIGERIA IS A COUNTRY OF OVER 150MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AND SHOULD BE RULED BY GOD FEARING LEADERS. THE PROBLEM WE ARE FACING IS ERNORMOUS, BUT MY MAJOR CONCERN IS IN THE AREA OF EMPLOYMENT. THE RATE OF UNEMPLOYMENT IN THIS COUNTRY IS MAKING ME SICK. I BELIEVE WITH THE HELP OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITIES THIS PROBLEM WILL SURELY BE SOLVED. PLEASE LET ALL HANDS BE ON DESK, TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE. GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:30 am | Reply
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