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What Nigeria and the Super Bowl have in common

February 4th, 2013
08:41 PM ET

By Luck Gold & Samuel Burke, CNN

While American waited 35 minutes for the Super Bowl’s lights to come on, Nigerians just chuckled.

They know all too well the problem of power outages: Nigeria has been plagued by rolling blackouts that last hours, sometimes even days.

So as the television audience worldwide waited for the power to come back on, Nigerians took to social media with wit.

"Power outage at the Super Bowl on Sunday. Suddenly, Nigeria doesn't look as dark anymore,” tweeted one Nigerian.

"If they had the Super Bowl in Nigeria, the power coming back on would be the real surprise," another tweeted.

Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, recently told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that his country’s electrical woes have been improving.

“That is one area that Nigerians are quite pleased with the government, that commitment to improve power. It's working,” President Jonathan told the president.

Many Nigerian viewers tweeted messages to Christiane Amanpour to express their continued frustrations about having to rely on back-up generators for power.

In the video above, you can watch an “Open Mic” series CNN conducted after Amanpour’s interview with President Jonathan. We left a microphone in a public place and recorded Nigerians expressing their frustrations with their notoriously unreliable power supply.

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  1. Romeo Romeo Ifeanyi

    Seriously, President Goodluck Jonathan has been working very hard in improving power generation and distribution in Nigeria. He has a lot of laudable programs aimed at reducing unemployment and youth restiveness. The capacity of PHCN to generate and distibute power has been greatly enhanced and this is evident in the improvement of power supply accross the federation. In most cities i have visited in the course of my business, the power outage lasts for between 20 minutes to 1hour and this is a great improvement compared to what obtained in the past. Lets give it Jonathan because he is making giant strides

    February 4, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Reply
    • Dr Olugbenga Adebayo

      Mr Ifeanyi, thats totally incorrect, i work in Victoria Island. May be you should pay me a visit, we have not had power for the past 1 hour and currently running on Inverters now. The power situation is improving very slowly. Infact i dare say it used to be a bit better when i was younger.

      February 5, 2013 at 4:00 am | Reply
      • Emeka Ezeh

        Dr. Gbenga or whatever u call urself, what has power failur in US got to do wt NIGERIA and President Jonathan. Hw many Americans are raining abuses on Obama bcos of the power failure during d so called superball. when will u pple learn to stop destroying ur own house. Stop helping external powers to destroy d image of Nigeria. Hve u congratulated Jonathan for d Super eagle's victory over Code d Voure. If u say there no power improvement in ur location, will it be a yardstick to judge a country of over 620,000 KM2 land area? Anyway, power has improved tremendously in my location and other places.
        Secondly, Amapour or whatever they call u, mind what u report about Nigeria. Stop unsulting our president. U can go and insult ur father or Obama, ur president.

        February 5, 2013 at 8:23 am |
      • debs o

        i agree with you that power in Victoia Island hasnt improved yet, cos i was there to experience it 2wks ago but it doesnt mean it has not improved in other areas, i mean there are more testimonies bout the improvement of power in most areas, i believe it will get to you soon. stay positive.

        February 5, 2013 at 9:15 am |
      • olaoluwayinkaawofodu

        We have a Delusional President. Lets face the Fact!... There is No OBJECTIVE EVIDENCE that electricity has improved in Nigeria. Except it isnt the same that I have dedicated 30 yrs of my life to.

        Let's Call a Spade a Spade... If you listen well to Jonathan"s response, he talked as though he's "the Nigerian Populace"... He shouldnt have given that biased response on behalf of Nigerians.
        He is surrounded by a Delusional Cabinet/entourage of Cabals in the name of Governmaent Officals....especially Reuben Abati,the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President, who has since decided to create a delusional report on Nigeria via his newly lauched website This is a sham and sham on the Profession of Journalism.

        All I can say is let's leave all to posterity since all our cries are falling on 'selectively' deaf ears. All the ruthless and delusional government officials will pay dearly for the cruel way they are governing the country.

        February 5, 2013 at 10:34 pm |
      • Omodan

        N/B: Emeka Ezeh is a government-paid blogger that has been working for Goodluck Jonathan since 2009.

        February 6, 2013 at 8:56 am |
    • True Nigerian

      What states or cities have this power you talk about? It must be dream land and not Nigeria

      February 5, 2013 at 5:06 am | Reply
      • ij

        i know!!! what area pray tell, definitely not the Nigeria i visited 4 weeks age , it was a nightmare

        February 5, 2013 at 5:24 am |
      • debs o

        maybe not in your area, but people have testified to the improvement of power in their area.

        February 5, 2013 at 9:11 am |
    • niyi

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      February 5, 2013 at 6:17 am | Reply
      • Emeka Ezeh

        Man what are u saying.

        February 5, 2013 at 8:27 am |
      • pete

        Come on mr Niyi must you behave like a beggar. People like you make Nigeria look stupid.

        February 5, 2013 at 10:20 am |
    • Africa will survive no matter what

      Firstly, how can you compare your downfall in your no use game to a country in another continent trying to build its own future.
      Your comparison is appalling .
      And for those Nigerians on here, your fight to grow your land should be yours to take and taking a Nigerian twit made by Nigerians between their friends and putting it into your (Amanpour) program instead of hiding in shame in the US and tell how bad you have done in even more appalling.
      You drive to scare investors from Africa is even failing more as Africa do not depend on your (Western) investment to need Africa.
      I know most Nigerians lack patriotism as we observed last week in the Afcon, but believe me, your future depend on it, if you want a better place for the is time we confront any invader in all matters, just as Americans will.
      Power will surely come, optimism is my life, we never had a stable power before in our history, that is bad, but I hope the new changes will bring good....But this is our problem and not to be discussed in Amanpour and definitely not to be compared to American's shortcomings. Have a good day

      February 5, 2013 at 6:54 am | Reply
      • Emeka Ezeh

        GOD BLESS U MY DEAR. We will survive in Nigeria and Africa in general. AMANPOUR was bought over by unpatriotic Nigerians. I just wish to have a direct chat wt her. She is very wicked to insult d President of Nigeria. Hav she insulted her president for a boy kidnap in US?. If she dont have a business, she should just go

        February 5, 2013 at 8:40 am |
      • Adams Bala

        I sure know you are responding from outside of the country or that you enjoy from the corruption

        February 5, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
      • Omodan

        N/B: Emeka Ezeh is a government-paid blogger that has been working for Goodluck Jonathan since 2009.

        February 6, 2013 at 8:57 am |
    • Flow

      The power outage at the super bowl was an American disgrace, why bring Nigeria into it? This has NEVER HAPPENED at any of our big sporting events, so why make the link. Nigerians should stop being used by the West. Live your lives and keep growing youir country. One day, we'll get there. Be patriotic.

      February 5, 2013 at 8:38 am | Reply
      • mrmacho

        Big liar! It has happened several time...even during nigeria '99

        February 6, 2013 at 12:46 am |
      • Saibu

        You must be a Nigerian living in the Moon.

        February 6, 2013 at 4:00 am |
      • demola

        there was power outage during nigeria 99

        February 6, 2013 at 7:12 am |
    • bola

      in which country brother. definately not Nigeria. 20mins outage? you must be mistaking stand by generators for PHCN

      February 5, 2013 at 10:34 am | Reply
    • Iyke

      Ifanyi the president lied about power situation in Nigeria. I stay in Port Harcourt and nothing has improved. Let me ask where are you people taking about Nigeria? I have slept under the worst condition you can think of for about five days because we do havd power and somebody who called himself Mr president went to CNN and lied against 160 million Nigerians. That too bad

      February 7, 2013 at 5:16 am | Reply
  2. Proactive

    What a great analogy!

    February 4, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  3. Uzo

    I live in Lagos Nigeria. I can say that power has GREATLY improved in my area. There is still room for improvement though because we do want 24hour power. Lets leave our president to work please. Coming from where we were, he has done a lot in this respect. Friends and colleagues from other part of Lagos and Nigeria also attest to the fact that power has indeed improved.

    February 4, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Reply
    • Eburhe jacob

      What has he done for power...pls I do not think it has improved

      February 5, 2013 at 4:00 am | Reply
      • Emeka Ezeh

        I think u are stupid Eburhe Jacob. Did listen to that stupid woman. Pitty u and Amanpour

        February 5, 2013 at 8:43 am |
    • Flow

      If Amanpour could not find a single person to tell her light had improved in Nigeria, then she's lying. It HAS indeed improved. Those writing here DO NOT live in Nigeria. Visits do not count. Those that featured on that program must be living in dungeons. I used to consume two 4 litre jerry cans every 2 days. I've been using the same cans for over a month and just poured the second one in my generator only yesterday! In my village light has improved considerably. Some places like Bonny have 24hr light, Aba is a few days away from this.

      Electricity generation has been deregulated, the governor should explain why has he has not been able to draw investors to Lagos to supply, unlike some parts of the East, South South and even Kano and Bauchi in the north have plants. This light thing started long ago under the military, Jonathan is trying to fix it. If you don't have a Nigerian passport, please do not comment on what you do not know. As for Amanpour, your report was very spiteful. You clearly had something against Nigeria. And there were Nigerians helping her to pull the country down. And you complain of being mistreated at the airport because of your green passport. Na wa for una ooo!

      February 5, 2013 at 8:45 am | Reply
      • Emeka Ezeh

        Flow, I dont think that woman will step in to the shore of Nigeria. If she is Nigeria, she should start parking her things to leave. NIS will not permit her entry into Nigeria cos she has vomited venom out of her serpentile mouth with those ignorant Nigerians that granted her such interview.

        February 5, 2013 at 9:03 am |
      • frustrated_Nigerian

        All I know is that PHCN do employ people whose responsibilities are to ensure that there is no light. Heck! Even the President has budgetary allocation for power generators. Is that a sign of Presidency that has any intention of fixing the malady? Who is fooling who? GEJ needs to get his head off his rear hole

        February 5, 2013 at 9:41 am |
      • ope

        God bless every patriotic Nigerians out there;

        firstly, this is a problem caused by past government and not president GEJ,he is only trying to fix it.

        Secondly, America as it were has undergone this phase on their race to development ,so to Nigerians we are in that phase hence we should face it ,in TOGETHERNESS AND ONE VOICE we will overcome it.

        C. Amanpour tho my favourite, you should face it the power outage at the No 1 game in USA been a national disgrace to the Americans no matter was the cause might has been, a nation so developed!!!! hence you were meant to tackle that issue and not use Nigeria to cover-up the shame.

        Also , It is enough C. Amanpour has brought this issue up internationally and spiting our President but using the Superbowl game to buttress her point was so unethical , unprofessional and has gone overboard with that.

        Here we are Nigerians,tweeting our lives away into the hands of so called !!!!!! ,is so uncalled for.
        Please i have a question for C. Amanpour the collection of your Data either secondary or primary that gave rise to your conclusion and behavior did you ask yourself if it was properly represented? hence not influencing your research objective/question and hypothesis?

        Thank you.

        February 6, 2013 at 7:43 am |
      • Iyke

        Where has the power improved. Name the state. rather the situation is getting worst why cant we tell ourselves the truth

        February 7, 2013 at 5:20 am |
    • Saibu

      Which area?

      February 6, 2013 at 4:02 am | Reply
  4. Mary

    Thank you very much C. Amanpour! If the foreign press continues to bring these issues to light, it will shame our leaders in Nigeria into doing the right thing by us! That's all we want, crack-down on corruption and proper allocation of resources. Thank you.

    February 4, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Reply
    • Africa will survive no matter what

      Firstly, how can you compare your downfall in your no use game to a country in another continent trying to build its own future.
      Your comparison is appalling .
      And for those Nigerians on here, your fight to grow your land should be yours to take and taking a Nigerian twit made by Nigerians between their friends and putting it into your (Amanpour) program instead of hiding in shame in the US and tell how bad you have done in even more appalling.
      You drive to scare investors from Africa is even failing more as Africa do not depend on your (Western) investment to need Africa.
      I know most Nigerians lack patriotism as we observed last week in the Afcon, but believe me, your future depend on it, if you want a better place for the is time we confront any invader in all matters, just as Americans will.
      Power will surely come, optimism is my life, we never had a stable power before in our history, that is bad, but I hope the new changes will bring good....But this is our problem and not to be discussed in Amanpour and definitely not to be compared to American's shortcomings. Have a good day

      February 5, 2013 at 6:55 am | Reply

    Nigerian we can understand, because is own of the biggest Country in Africa and it will take time to have light everyday, but my question is, What about Equatorial Guinea since I was born in 1984 till now we are still having problem with light imagine a little Country please Mrs Amanpour, is time for the USA and ONU to take action of this little Country we are suffering and the United State don't say nothing about it, please my country need helps we can't do it without the help of other's Country a lot of foreigners are suffering too, they can't do their business in peace because some police will come and disturb bit them up, The President his family and all his cabinet are taking everything from us.


    February 4, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Reply
    • Emeka Ezeh

      Leilia, US and AMANPOUR will not help u. She is just out to criticize and rain abuses on ur Leader and if possible bring ur country down.

      February 5, 2013 at 8:45 am | Reply
      • Mario

        And when I read your post and that of some government apologists, I can’t but wonder whether you guys live in Nigeria or do visit this country. This is a president that just removed the power minister that was doing a good job at the power ministry. The folks interviewed simply expressed their frustration at the failures of the government- not just power. If you live in this country you definitely read stories of entire families and people killed by inhaling carbon monoxide. These families live in cramped housing facilities with little ventilation. So they simply inhale the carbon monoxide from the small generators called “I pass my neighbor”
        No degree of image laundry or blind patriotism that can hide the fact the government of this country has been a failure. I live in two cities in this country. Every weekend I travel Lagos-Port Harcourt- Lagos...and the story is the same everywhere you go. You don’t need to look for long to see government failures in just every area.

        February 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
  6. Oyeniyi Bankole Abayomi

    Sincerely I see no reason why our president Should go to such an interview and lie about the issue of power which has been the real source of the Failure of Nigeria

    February 5, 2013 at 12:42 am | Reply
    • Rone

      The President didn't lie and power has not been the real source of Nigeria's problem. Poor/non-existent governance and corruption is still our problem. Power has improved in most parts of the country, obviously not everywhere but the reforms being undertaking make sense and all governments before this have totally ignored the power situation in this country. We Nigerians should also hold ourselves responsible, after all GEJ has never worked in NEPA/PHCN, it's everyday Nigerians taking bribes and making life difficult for their fellow citizens. If individuals keep waiting for their leaders to take all the responsibility without accepting their part in our situation we will never move forward.

      February 5, 2013 at 2:59 am | Reply
  7. Kenny Fisayo

    Romeo Romeo Ifeanyi and Uzo, who go about lying just to defend your president. Every common Nigerian knows that there has been no improvement in the power sector. The only time you can claim there was improvement was during the rainy season last year which is normal. There is always improvement in power during the rainy season but everything always go back to normal blackout afterwards. I was privileged to visit atleast 3 states in Nigeria last year including Lagos and Abuja and i didnt notice the improvement that you are taking about. Even most of the estates in Abuja have resorted into using solar power because PHCN has failed them and some also are using central general. You people dont have any cause to lie to defend the government even if you are part of the people embezzling our money...

    February 5, 2013 at 1:41 am | Reply
    • Emeka Ezeh

      Fisayo, I dont think u know d road to Abuja.May be u have been a NEPA staff who is angry bcos of introduction of PRE-PAID METER.

      February 5, 2013 at 8:52 am | Reply
      • Mario

        Emaka, I feel pretty disgusted at your defense of these failures of government whether its patriotism, optimism or being on government propaganda pay roll will not justify this wide eye, straight face lie to yourself and distortion of the situation in this country. The failures are just everywhere. I pay nearly $400 on airfare every weekend to make a return trip from Lagos to Port Harcourt of not more than 90 mins...and you call that what???

        February 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
  8. Robert Peters

    Mrs Amanpour,
    I careless about what the president said... cos we are still in that stage of hoping for a leader that care... am actually just waiting for the next election.. But my big concern are your visuals... the western media don't potray Africa well.... It's like showing visual of part Of BANKHEAD,GA. CANDEM,NJ, EAST ST. LOUIS e.t.c and say this is America.
    I'm sure your crew Stayed @ Victoria island, sure they heard of VGC, Ikoyi, Ikeja GRA, New Festac town, Omole, Just to mention a few.
    Thank you anyways..keep keeping our rulers honest and be fair with the visuals . God bless Robert

    February 5, 2013 at 1:47 am | Reply
    • Emeka Ezeh

      Robert, ur too fair to AMANPOUR and her crew. She owe Nigerians apology.

      February 5, 2013 at 8:55 am | Reply
  9. Henrie Duoz

    As I type this comment, there's power outage. Infact, since Saturday afternoon, I've had to rely on my generator to watch all the premier league matches and the AFCON during the weekend. I couldn't watch the SuperBowl because my generator had been working all day. This is very very sad. I don't know where people like Romeo are getting the idea of significant power improvement from. That's a statement that's far from the truth! Apart from power outages, there are lots of issues begging for explanations.

    February 5, 2013 at 2:02 am | Reply
    • Emeka Ezeh

      Henrie, if want to watch super boul, go to US where thay have SUPER POWER FAILURE. Man, if at all ur a Nuigerian, stop running ur country down. learn. Power has started improving. It is not possible to cover everywhere in a day. Gradually, improvement will get to nook and crannies of d country. Be optimistic. Find any available means to watch d match tmorow and pray Nigeria win. Then congratulate ur President for once..BE WISE

      February 5, 2013 at 9:27 am | Reply
      • lala black sheep


        Emeka, Stop lying. Super Bowl was just 30minutes of black out for technical reasons. In Nigeria you get only 30minutes of light in a day. And its not technical. We have black outs every single day for hours on end.

        Is GEJ paying you to come and defend our rubbish corrupt leaders who haven't done anything?

        Please don't compare USA to Nigeria. Unless you have not left the border.

        February 6, 2013 at 3:39 am |
  10. obiknuckles

    the president is not serious with solving the power problems in the country.i do not have light as i am writing now and i reside in Lagos. In fact you must have at least 2 generators to actually leave a life in lagos. the president kept on giving Nigerians a lip-services and refusing to solve the power problems. I am so disappointed in him.

    February 5, 2013 at 2:18 am | Reply
    • obiknuckles

      the president is not serious with solving the power problems in the country.i do not have light as i am writing now and i reside in Lagos. In fact you must have at least 2 generators to actually live a life in Lagos. the president kept on giving Nigerians a lip services and refusing to solve the power problems. I am so disappointed in him.

      February 5, 2013 at 2:28 am | Reply
    • Tony

      please stop misleading the world, is it not truism that power supply has really improved in GEJ's administration compared to previous administration?. despite the improvement,i strongly believes that there is room for more. we must learn to criticize constructively.

      February 5, 2013 at 6:12 am | Reply
  11. Babatunde Edun

    There is marked improvement in the Nigerian power situation and he is working hard at it. The problem has however lasted so long that it is a bit frustrating and that is why you are getting conflicting responses. It is definitely getting better.

    February 5, 2013 at 2:53 am | Reply
  12. Bode Owoeye

    Looking at the problem of Nigeria and Nigerians from Abuja and Lagos is like looking at the world from United States of America. If you want to know the real problem of the world you will need to visit the Tuaregs in Mali. If you want to know the suffering of Nigerians, you don't even need to go too far, jus visit Lugbe; a suburb in Abuja. The question we need to ask these leaders is, what does it take to have regular 24 hour electricity in Nigeria. It doesn't take anything if we have a visioned leadership but take too much with a leader like Jonathan. Though he's a gentle and humble man but that's not enough to give us light and put food on our tables. We need leaders with know-how to do the job.

    February 5, 2013 at 2:55 am | Reply
    • Emeka Ezeh

      BODE, Just go and be sleeping, GEJ will go to farm, harvest d food, process, cook , serve d food on ur mat ,wake u up from sleep then feed u like a baby.

      February 5, 2013 at 9:32 am | Reply
      • alifeslittledelights

        Emeka Ezeh...the depth of your ignorance is appalling! You do not know the duties/role of a president, you do not know what freedom of speech is, you do not know what an analogy is, nor do you know what facts are or patriotism or true journalism....the important question to ask you is not what you know but it is to ask: Do you know anything, ANYTHING at all? Haba, if anybody is disgracing himself, it is you!

        February 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
  13. Mr. Sims

    I live in Victoria Island in Lagos and I can tell you that the power situation in my area is nothing to write home about. For the last 4-5 months, I've averaged approximately $350-$400 in diesel expenditure and I honestly do not expect it to go down any time soon. We can all sit here and talk about how the power is better now than compared to however many years ago, but that's like saying we have more electricity now than we did in the Stone Age. Countries of similar means and ability are quickly making actual giant strides in the provision of 24 hour power, what's our excuse? Let's also not forget that we apparently supply Benin Republic with 24 hour power...Why can't that happen here? The rest of you can keep making excuses for sustained mediocrity, but I and others like me, dream of a bigger, better and brighter Nigeria.

    February 5, 2013 at 3:03 am | Reply
  14. Paulette

    I live in Ikeja Lagos Nigeria. The power distribution to my area has greatly improved. With the introduction of the pre-paid model, electricity outages for sever weeks has become a thing of the past. I applaud this initiative as it has impacted positively on the life of the Nigerian citizen. In the event that there is an outage, the issue can be traced to a major maintenance hitch. There is room for a lot of improvement and this is welcomed.

    February 5, 2013 at 3:30 am | Reply
    • jacob tunji

      paulette, you are ignorant ,and you are corrupt as well you need to go to niger republic they have 24hrs electricity and benin republic and Nigeria supply them electricity so by supporting a corrupt government you are selling your birth right,nigerian is been rule by thief ,criminal and what did you expect from them as for jonathan he is not acting on is own someone put him there and he will never yield a good resault

      February 9, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  15. Foxx

    THe only improvement I can see is that I now pay N12,000 for not having light; I pay N12,000 for darkness as compared to N3,000 some months back that I pay for the same darkness. Nigeria; even not having light at all is now more expensive. The President should go and compete in lie-athlon (if ever there is a sports like that) in the Olympics, his lies are extraordinary

    February 5, 2013 at 3:57 am | Reply
  16. chuks

    there may be improvement in some area but my own area is same old story. currently, there is a drop in electricity generation nationwide, it's not even up to 4000mw. it's between 3000mw-3600mw, so how do expect constant electricity in a nation of over 150million people with a 3000mw-3600mw electricity supply.

    February 5, 2013 at 4:24 am | Reply
    • Emmanuel

      It beats me how Mr Jonathan can open up his mouth to say there is an improvement in electricity when the facts are saying otherwise, we can't even boast of 5000 Megawatts, A nation of over 165 million people, Nigerians seriously need to stop celebrating sustained mediocrity I live in Sapele, Delta state and even with one of the biggest power plant less than 2 Kilometres from my house, we still can't average 10 hours of electricity a day.

      February 5, 2013 at 6:09 am | Reply
    • Emeka Iwuchukwu

      Its actually 4500 MW

      February 6, 2013 at 4:44 am | Reply
  17. micael williams

    To be honest, our hope as Nigerians is the next general election. The government of president Goodluck as failed us. Electricity is just one of the many areas this government has failed in, there is corruption, insecurity, nepotism just to name a few. These leaders don't know how to empathise with their pople. They are evil.

    February 5, 2013 at 4:24 am | Reply
  18. Jesse Waheo

    It will be very unfair to this government to say that there is no improvement in power, this is a persistent problem that has been there for years,you don't expect magic to happen over night,Nigeria is a very big country we need to be very patient and appreciative.As for my area there has been significant improvement the President didn't lie,lets continue to support the government and be proud of our dear country.

    February 5, 2013 at 4:24 am | Reply
  19. Emmanuel Notime

    You may have noticed a lot of people writing that they is power outage as they send their comment. They are not talking the government down but that is just the truth. There is no power at my place even as I type this despite being a major town in Abuja. You can do a little research over how much our past and present government have spent on power and it will amaze you to know we are still having this problem.

    February 5, 2013 at 4:26 am | Reply
    • Emeka Ezeh

      Emma, then make ur positive contribution. Moreso join force with Amanpour and her cohorts to rubbish the image of Nigeria. Thank u.

      February 5, 2013 at 9:35 am | Reply
      • Mikel Richard

        Mr Emeka Ezeh, its not possible for every Nigerian to see the improvement of Nigeria just as you do. People have the right to speak their minds and what they feel about the government just like you. Stop insulting people just because their point of view differs from yours. Please respect their views and yours will be respected. Thank you!!

        February 5, 2013 at 10:57 am |
      • Adams Bala

        Which Image are you talking about. Nigeria get any image..**in warri intonation**

        February 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
  20. Miss Osho

    Hello Amanpour,
    Nigeria is sure that this move of yours is just to make some 'exciting' news for your CNN as usual.
    I am very certain that you know that all forms of government/leaders are fraught with one shortcoming or the other and that of Nigeria is no exception. Our plague in Nigeria has been that of selfish leaders and outright negativity from my fellow citizens. If we had not taken to twitter, spewing our guts, immediately after the light out at the super bowl I am sure you would not have found such a fine headline to make news with. I cannot deny that Nigeria, with all the resources in place (manpower included), can conquer the world. Youths like me who have a focus and a vision for Nigeria will keep doing our bit to make Nigeria a great nation and not ignorantly slinging mud at the country at every lame opportunity given.
    Notwithstanding, I must say that the situation of electricity has improved in my area. I live in Isolo, Lagos, we only use one generator and I don't really remember going the whole night without light. There is a large room for improvement though.
    I think it is an illusion to believe that outsiders are the ones to solve the problems in your own home. Outsiders are spectators; they sit, watch, and analyse your every move. They use your situation for entertainment like one watching a movie and take advantage of you mercilessly and play you around for sport. I would like to appeal to my fellow Nigerians to STOP crapping on ourselves in public. The outside world does not care much about us; they are only out for the spoils. The media is a lie.

    February 5, 2013 at 4:28 am | Reply
    • Solomon

      I'm with you all the way,alot of Nigerians feel smart by running there country in the mud and sincerely power has improved greatly in my area YABA,LAGOS.

      February 5, 2013 at 5:34 am | Reply
    • Prosper B. Wealth

      Thank you very much!

      March 11, 2013 at 6:29 am | Reply
    • Cynthya Y

      As the light count injures to improve

      April 11, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  21. Dr Olugbenga Adebayo

    I just wonder why the program can't start with a simple pilot effort first, say...let's give Victoria Island power for 3 or 6 months and then spread the program to neighboring towns/ least, that'd show some sort of effort. Let's not even talk about water, Roads?!, Jobs?!!, Healthcare?!!!, Employment, Security, Food. yet, all my generation want to live big like D'banj and Wizkid...all messed up

    February 5, 2013 at 4:30 am | Reply
    • Jay

      Even if that is done you will still come up with some other excuse..... And Amanpour will conveniently find 3 people from other areas to interview.... Let's look at the power roadmap.. If you have bothered to??? Are they meeting the milestones proposed???

      Privatization is almost fully completed... GEJ did not say we have 24 hours power supply he said power has improved.. And there is still more to be done... I can bet that Amanpour did not include others interviewers that said power has improved....

      February 5, 2013 at 4:41 am | Reply
      • Africa will survive no matter what

        Thanks man...leave Nigerians let them kill their own before the world.

        February 5, 2013 at 7:19 am |

    Hello Amanpour, I live and work in Victoria Island Lagos Nigeria. Over the years we have tolerated repeated attempts by expatriates and quarks in resolving the appalling power situation in my country; these several attempts left us in a quagmire blemished with corruption. However things are different now….! In spite of the occasional blackouts currently being experienced in pocket locations, I must say that this government has recorded drastic improvement in the power sector……the era of prolonged blackout is gradually fizzling out!!

    February 5, 2013 at 4:31 am | Reply
    • Africa will survive no matter what

      The truth is you will never get an audience from Amanpour or any of her likes... Do not worry though, our future belongs to us and not to them

      February 5, 2013 at 7:21 am | Reply
    • Emeka Ezeh

      Onoja, pple like Amanpour a d archenemies of Nigeria and Africa, but God will silence them. Our pp still need orientation that poeple like Amanpor never have our good at heart.

      February 5, 2013 at 9:41 am | Reply
      • Mary

        Your president who budgets 1 billion naira to feed his family and that of the vice president is your archenemy! Your government who wants to spend 4 billion naira to build a "mission house" (what does this even mean?) for his wife is your archenemy! Wake up! You see people getting robbed and killed on the streets in broad daylight by men who have no hope, no jobs, and families to feed and you sit there and foam at the mouth like the true tribalist, bigot, Nigerian that you are! Wake up!

        February 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
  23. Sisi

    Why are some of you lying to defend this failed Government? You say supply has improved, considering how much more money has been spent in achieving nothing do you tag that an improvement? I live in Lagos and we now pay 400% more than we used to for darkness. SMEs are dead. I want to believe I don't live in the same Nigeria with those talking about Power having improved. I'll be darned.

    February 5, 2013 at 4:47 am | Reply
    • Joseph Adamu

      My dear we need to be very patient,change is a gradual thing at the pace which this power reform is moving we will have all cause to smile again,i believe if for nothing this government is committed to the power sector.

      February 5, 2013 at 4:50 am | Reply
      • Africa will survive no matter what

        Actually Nigeria has never had a stable power. The govt is working towards this. But there is one thing many Nigerians do lack right now it is Patriotism

        February 5, 2013 at 7:24 am |
  24. Joseph Adamu

    Hello Amanpour, Rome was not built in a day, we have been languishing in darkness for years due to lack of foresight by our past leaders,the power sector was neglected for long and it will take some time to be completely fixed.But as for now there is a shift power has greatly improved if we are to say the truth, i believe with time the whole country will be covered its so obvious that this administration will turn our power misfortunes around.

    February 5, 2013 at 4:48 am | Reply
  25. Camilia

    i believe the President needs to be commended, there are two things involve here, one , acknowledging that there is a problem, and two, making efforts towards eliminating the problem, and this i must say, President Goodluck has shown so much interest, genuine interest in the power sector, it was a problem he inherited from past governments, and for him for to make such an impact in a short while, it will be unjust to be bias in judging him wrongly, he deserves commendation ..i can confortably say that the power situation has really improved immensly, and going by what the President said, i strongly believe it will be more steady by the end of the year, it's just a matter of time. it isnt as bad as people are painting it.

    February 5, 2013 at 4:55 am | Reply
  26. Absalom

    Nigeria’s average daily generation of 3,700MW is grossly inadequate for a population of more than 160 million people. Factors affecting the generation capacity include old power plants (three hydro and three thermal plants are more than 20 years old, one thermal plant is 10-20 years old, while only three thermal plants are less than 10 years old).
    Over the past few decades, successive Governments have tried to improve the power supply. Billions of dollars have been spent; but little has been achieved! The problems we face today are a testimony to the inadequacy of past policies and the strongest possible signal that Nigeria needs to adopt a radically different approach to finding a solution. This is not about mudslinging. Let's just get the job done!

    February 5, 2013 at 4:56 am | Reply
  27. Agabi O.

    Hello Amanpour, I salute your interest in our cause if it is genuine. However, if the recent exercise is to divert nigerians attention from the regrettable power failure recorded during the Super Bowl, then I'm disappointed. Nigeria sees the US as a model, and and must vent their frustration when the states disappoint us.
    To set the record straight, Nigeria has no doubt been suffering power problem. Several billions have been allocated to the sector by previous Govt's, with little or no result. This has significantly changed. The emergence of Jonathan saw recogniseable change in the sector. Gas supply to power plant increased, power generation and supply skyrocketed. Jonathan met a paltry 2000MW or less, but today, we have reached an all time record of over 45000 MW. This isn't static. Many IPP Plants have been completed. The privatization process is almost through. The sector has been revolutionized. Power has improved. This is one area Nigerians are happy about

    February 5, 2013 at 5:24 am | Reply
    • MaryLaide

      No, Sir. I don't think Ms Amanpour was trying to divert attention from the power failure during the super bowl. It was major news, and will be for many weeks to come. She was simply reacting to the fact that Nigerians (emphasis-Nigerians) saw a similarity in their current situation, especially as the president had come on just 2 weeks prior, to say that Nigerians were pleased with the power supply. If these events hadn't happened, she would not have had any reason to do this news clip. But since we decided to wash our dirty linen in public, the journalist decided to help us hang it out to dry.

      February 6, 2013 at 2:06 am | Reply
  28. May

    They(government officials) are the same people who import Generators in our country, making huge profit(milking Common Nigerians) from selling petrol(used for generators running). now can someone tell why they will allow uninterrupted power at the detriment of their investment.

    February 5, 2013 at 5:28 am | Reply
  29. ADE

    Lagos is NOT the largest city in Nigeria...maybe the most populated,but certainly not the largest. As for power having improved,lets not make excuses for inefficiency. Whenever a time comes when NO family or business has to turn their generator on in one day,or even have a generator in the first place,then we can say Nigeria does not have a power problem.

    February 5, 2013 at 5:33 am | Reply
  30. nnamdi peter

    We re the architects of our own misfortune!!!! Both the president n all other citizens re part of this mess. Corruption, misappropriation of funds, greed and wickedness re the major issues facing Nigeria.....if we don't address these issues, no way forward. The president is culpable but maybe, he is also responsible for the vandalization of electrical cables, transformers and other electrical facilities in Nigeria. where ever we find ourselves no matter how little, lets do things that will move Nigeria forward n lets stop pointing fingers...we re all culpable!!!!

    February 5, 2013 at 5:37 am | Reply
  31. Idoko James

    Good morning Aman. You will agree with me that selecting a handful of people to interview, and sieving comments that best serve our interest doesn't reflect objectivity, neither is it in compliance with with the modern day investigative journalism. That few Nigerians expressed shock at the slight failure in power doesn't warrant a TV programme, except it was done as a propaganda. It may interest you to know that power under GEJ has improved. If others before him had put in significant efforts commensurate to what he is doing, Super Bowl would no longer be hosted in the US. Perhaps, it will be hosted in Abuja, Lagos, port, Calabar etc. without the technical hitches recorded in the last edition. don't be deceived madam, power situation has improved tremendously, though there are still rooms for improvement.

    February 5, 2013 at 5:42 am | Reply
  32. Jones Mark

    From the way the supporters of government write on this thread, you will know they are professionals working with the office of the president. Please go use your writting skills to improve our secondary and primary schools. And by the way, I use inverter,and 2 generators for my house. I spend 12,500 naira weekly on fuel. I went to europe for a while and I never had the light blink for 1 seconds. The Party in power PDP, has been in power for 14 years and yet they cannot solve the power issues and fools would type and commend them, shame on you

    February 5, 2013 at 6:00 am | Reply
    • paul o

      its really amazing how they think. PDP cant fool us forever

      February 5, 2013 at 6:08 am | Reply
    • Joseph Adamu

      We are talking about improvement here,i don't want to believe that anyone who comments that power is improving is a govt agent, some of us are angry with some policies of government but we must also comment them on areas they are making strides,it goes beyond saying that the govt is not doing anything.I believe when little things are appreciated it will more will be done.

      February 5, 2013 at 6:11 am | Reply
      • paul o

        ANd we have been appreciating littile things for 14 years abi. I guess it is rocket science to make power available to your citizens. Corruption never breeds anygood thing.

        February 5, 2013 at 6:22 am |
      • Trex

        Hmmm... if here is anything wokring i believe its the publicity department of this government. Ifeayin, Romeo , you guys are really trying your best for a government who does not even care for you. Lol. it just funny how the truth will be seen and people unrighteously will pervert it. A black kettle can never be call white! Black is black my friends. The power improved drastically during the rainy season last year where i live but its bad now. You can't have light for 24 hr. it is also rationed the popular 2 days on and 1 day off – you can't even have it all 24 hr during your "ON time". Its painful and yet people will say Nigerian are not patrotic. Patrotism is not mediocrity. Speak the truth at the face of corrupt leaders, thats patrotism.

        February 5, 2013 at 9:52 am |
    • zico

      ...and to think that we pay more money for more darkness is the most shameful....
      Do you know this same government dat claim to be improving power supply budgeted a huge amount for Fuel and Generator in 2013?...
      I think Jonathan is an unserious, corrupt leader who doesnt give a damn about the people of Nigeria.
      Ofcourse, his body language could tell d kinda person he is.....

      February 5, 2013 at 6:12 am | Reply
    • igodomigodo

      Jonathan was right and Amanpour is only beaing mischievous. Question is has power improved in Nigeria? Factual answer is YES!

      February 5, 2013 at 6:19 am | Reply
      • paul o

        The same way power hae been improving for 14 years.I guess its a snail pace. They should better watch their back, cos if the citizens get full cups of the bad governace, it would be terrible. We would shout 'UP NEPA' in those days because outagges were rare, now it is the reverse and yet it is improving. I guess I dont get it anymore.

        February 5, 2013 at 6:25 am |
  33. mameya

    Frankly speaking....the average power generation in nigeria has increased, kudos to the efforts of the present administration and just last week the vice president held a crucial meeting with stakeholders and contractors responsible for transmission and distribution of the generated power.... absolutely, Mr President was right saying light has improved...can the decadence, neglect and corruption of yester years in our power sector can just disappear over-night, obviously NO, it has to folllow a gradual process, the needed templates must be laid...perhaps, he is a human being and not a divine being that possess mystical power to call up sudden changes. For once, lets us be fair and objective, our power sector is on the process of total revatalisation.

    February 5, 2013 at 6:05 am | Reply
  34. Dankabire

    In Nigerian history, there has never been a big liar like GEJ. This a president who millions of people were watching him during the interview, yet, he wasn't shy to tell lies. This is very shameful. GEJ has no plan to develop this country. he doesn't have focus. He is inexperienced. We are just waiting for 2015, for him to fall out and go back to his village where he was born without shoes.

    February 5, 2013 at 6:05 am | Reply
    • igodomigodo

      Amanpour, it is either you do not understand the Engliah word "improving" or you are being mischievous against Nigeria – not just our president. Jonathan was right and you are wrong. Power has IMPROVED in Nigeria SIGNIFICANTLY. You cannot fool anyone. Come to Lagos, Benin, PHC, Abuja, and all over, Nigerians have never had it better than it is now in 25 years. That is a fact. Your agenda on Nigeria chaos would not work, the youths of Nigeria may be restive but they are not as ignorant as those of the 'springs'. We had our revolution in 1993 and we are now evolving slowly and surely. Deal with it. Come to Nigeria in 2025 and we would not only still be here, but also be leading the New Order in the world.

      February 5, 2013 at 6:17 am | Reply
      • Africa will survive no matter what

        Africa needs to learn and read in between the lines from a man as patriotic as you. If not the journey to success may take a little more longer...but for sure success is Nigeria's

        February 5, 2013 at 7:42 am |
    • Joseph Adamu

      The President didn't lie,he his assertion on the improvement of power is very true,maybe you didn't get him very well...we must admit that there is improvement from what we have before that's just the fact.

      February 5, 2013 at 6:22 am | Reply
    • Camilia

      i strongly disagree with u, the fact that you allow you rmind and eyes become blinded by political sentiment, that doesnt change the fact that Power has IMPROVE, no body is lying here, not even the President. If there is anybody that has shown genuine interest in matters that affect Nigeria, it is GEJ, he has the will to change Nigeria for the better, and i believe he will, especially from all improvements he has brought on board.

      February 5, 2013 at 6:26 am | Reply
    • MaryLaide

      Dankabire, leave me oh!!! Were you born with shoes? LWKMD!

      February 6, 2013 at 2:11 am | Reply
  35. igodomigodo

    Amanpour, it is either you do not understand the Engliah word "improving" or you are being mischievous against Nigeria – not just our president. Jonathan was right and you are wrong. Power has IMPROVED in Nigeria SIGNIFICANTLY. You cannot fool anyone. Come to Lagos, Benin, PHC, Abuja, and all over, Nigerians have never had it better than it is now in 25 years. That is a fact. Your agenda on Nigeria chaos would not work, the youths of Nigeria may be restive but they are not as ignorant as those of the 'springs'. We had our revolution in 1993 and we are now evolving slowly and surely. Deal with it. Come to Nigeria in 2025 and we would not only still be here, but also be leading the New Order in the world.

    February 5, 2013 at 6:16 am | Reply
    • paul o

      I guess she works for ACN and CPC shior. She must be part of the opposition that does not want the goverment of Goodluck to succeed. Fresh Breeze all the way. The has been light for 24 hours for the past 3 months in my area, real trasformation agenda is going on.Confussed and useless leadership they call PDP.nonsense

      February 5, 2013 at 6:28 am | Reply
      • igodomigodo

        Kokonsari, she works for people and she is doing exactly what she is asked to do. ACN and CPC are not even issues here. I am neither PDP, ACN or PDP. Like it of hang, Jonathan is so far the best president Nigeria ever had. See the way he handled the Boko Haram issue. Why did Amanpor not report that? See the way power improved significabntly by more capacity generated within 2 years? Why did Amanpor not report that? See the rails are working again after decades? Why did Amanpor not report that? See the road constructions from north to south? Why did Amanpour not report that? See the new airports and new river ports? Why did Amanpor not report that? See the rule of law record? Why is she not reporting that? Nigerians are not Algerians. Nigerians will never allow foreigners to destabilize us for their selfish objectives. We shall survive....We surviaved Abacha and IBB, even Obasanjo....We shall surely survive and Jonathan is our president...the best so far....hunble achiever!

        February 5, 2013 at 6:40 am |
      • Dankabire

        No, she works for your father in his farm land in the village, not CPC or ANPP.

        February 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • Emmanuel

      @ Igodomigodo, I don't intend to sound rude but you are a retard. C. Amanpour didn't start anytin, it was Nigerians tweeting about d power problem so leave her out of this. And about our a Revolution not happening in Nigeria, I say you are on your own because 2015 is the end to PDP rule in this country and what happened in 1993 (military thwarting the efforts of the electorate) can not repeat itself because Nigerians are wiser and the world is smaller than it use to be, and on this note I call on every Nigerian to be prepared to take their destiny in their hands and show corrupt PDP that true power resides in the vote of the people and any party can be displaced.

      February 5, 2013 at 6:47 am | Reply
      • Africa will survive no matter what

        No she did....she made the search, took the time, interviewed Nigerians in Nigerians, took the part which suited her and came to TV. Yes she did

        February 5, 2013 at 7:46 am |
  36. Wale

    The fact here is that Nigerians except so much to happen in seconds...personally i must commend GEJ efforts towards resuscitating the power sector of the country. it is definite that the improvement cannot be at once rather a gradual process which might take a while to achieve. We should all know that Rome was not built in a day, so we should not expect an overnight turnaround in the sector. GEJ should be allowed to work and Nigerian should learn ignore external influence on our polity.

    February 5, 2013 at 6:18 am | Reply
  37. Cynthya Y

    1. We all STILL have stand -by generators in our houses, ( in fact I have two small ones which still cannot take all the electrical appliances at the same time)

    2. Fuel or diesel STILL forms part of our household budgets.

    3. Half the city STILL gets what is called ‘estimated bills’ where one is given what the power company assumes is how much we 'could' have spent for the month (because they hoard the pre paid meters used in reading actual power consumptions.
    4. We STILL move around doing chores in our homes holding our breath, hoping 'PHCN' doesn’t strike and out power especially late at night when there is nothing to guide you but a torch , rechargeable lantern , or an inverter ( God bless you if you are not doing something precarious when indeed the power goes out.
    5. We STILL have estates, flats, luxury apartments that self generate their power, and provision of power is built into the rent of houses within the vicinity making comfortable living expensive enough to cost an arm and a leg.
    6. We STILL have 2 year olds and below that cannot talk much but shout 'light' or NEPA ( the former power holding company body ) when power decides show forth its glory OR 3 year olds who understand the concept of a Generator.
    I am a tad confused about what the topic is once again and where some comments are coming from! Are we talking power Improvement or power re- distribution?
    Improvement from 4 hours of light to 6 hours of light is no improvement ( and this is still only probably relative to certain fortunate areas if at all), if I cannot boldly discard my generator or if I never have to purchase diesel or fuel except only for my car ( in the case of fuel) .
    Aso rock where Jonathan resides, may have improved alas it never deteriorated meanwhile they still have a budget for diesel and generators which increases with every year (what a laugh and contradiction)
    Note this is not being Negative, This is being Factual. Kill corruption in the power sector (as with
    every other sector) and no Nigerian family would ever need a generator, candle, inverter, or
    rechargeable lamp because there would be power.
    Its all or nothing ........

    February 5, 2013 at 6:25 am | Reply
    • igodomigodo

      Cynthia, be honest....Agreed you STILL have generators. That presupposes that you have ALWAYS had generators. You still budget for fuel. That means you have been budgetting for fuel for a very long time, decades. Now the question is HAS YOUR BUDGET FOR FUEL INCREASED OR REDUCED WITHIN THE LAST 18 MONTHS? Therein lies the mischief and the treachery. Mine has reduced. I still buy fuel but mine has reduced by over 50%. That is improvement.

      February 5, 2013 at 6:43 am | Reply
      • Flow

        If Amanpour could not find a single person to tell her light had improved in Nigeria, then she's lying. It HAS indeed improved. Those writing here DO NOT live in Nigeria. Visits do not count. Those that featured on that program must be living in dungeons. I used to consume two 4 litre jerry cans every 2 days. I've been using the same cans for over a month and just poured the second one in my generator only yesterday! In my village light has improved considerably. Some places like Bonny have 24hr light, Aba is a few days away from this.

        Electricity generation has been deregulated, the governor should explain why has he has not been able to draw investors to Lagos to supply, unlike some parts of the East, South South and even Kano and Bauchi in the north have plants. This light thing started long ago under the military, Jonathan is trying to fix it. If you don't have a Nigerian passport, please do not comment on what you do not know. As for Amanpour, your report was very spiteful. You clearly had something against Nigeria. And there were Nigerians helping her to pull the country down. And you complain of being mistreated at the airport because of your green passport. Na wa for una ooo!

        February 5, 2013 at 8:32 am |
      • Cynthya Y

        As your light continues to improve to the detriment to the rest of the country .....enjoy

        And book haram really? It has been handled ? Wow how?

        April 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • Mfon

      I share your pain, Cynthia. My 2-year old and I travelled out recently, after a few days in my sister's house he came to me and asked "mummy, where is their gen?" Why should a 2-year old know anything about gen?

      February 6, 2013 at 2:17 am | Reply
  38. kokonsari

    Hi Amanpour,

    No thanks to your comparism of Nigeria power situation to the super bowl, but there are fundamental questions that you need to seek answers to before juxtaposing situations in any economy putting in mind that an economic system cannot be judged outside its economic, social, political and cultural perculiarity. one, the US is a developed economy, while Nigeria is developing, two, over the years, the US has achieved stable power supply, Nigeria is wallowing in darkness with little or no power supply. This made previous administration in Nigeria to even changed the name from NEPA to PHCN, coming from this background of decadence in the power sector, the transformation being carried out by President Jonathan should be commendable and not be reduced to cynicism.

    February 5, 2013 at 6:26 am | Reply
    • igodomigodo

      Thanks bro. See the effrontery of this Iranian woman! A disgrace happened in America and all she could do was to compare to Nigeria? This is an all time low. Na Nigeria matter go kpeme all of una wey nor wish us beta!

      February 5, 2013 at 6:45 am | Reply
      • paul o

        What has Iran to do with this. The same way you guys see Yorubas and Northeners as your problem, you have brought it to international light.Much like the way |Reno and the likes write on social media. You are a shame to Nigeria and may your life be run the way PDP has run Nigeria for the past 14 years.

        February 5, 2013 at 7:03 am |
      • Africa will survive no matter what

        Paul is your type africa do not need. What will her reporting this bring to increase power supply. You know nothing about how the world works. It is not about Yoruba or Hausa or PDP, it is Nigeria, Africa, our home. Her report will drive away more investments not bring them, less job for you my brother. Think again, I think we should fight the fight at home by ourselves not allowing invading journalist stop our destinies in pretense of helping solve them. Like seriously, you think Amanpour wants good for you? Go learn about journalism.

        February 5, 2013 at 7:58 am |
      • Emeka Ezeh


        February 5, 2013 at 9:47 am |
    • Mfon


      Much as I am ashamed that the wrongs in Nigeria have been brought to international focus, I would just like to point out that it wasn't Amanpour that brought the comparison to light. It was Nigerians on social media. Your "fellow Nigerians". The ones that the so-called improved power supply hasn't gotten to. They saw an avenue to express their grievance and they took it.

      February 6, 2013 at 2:22 am | Reply
  39. biggentlekay

    In as much as I hate to talk about the white elephant projects in Nigeria's electricity sector, there has been a "shameful" improvement in power generation and distribution of late. Shameful? It is shameful for Nigeria to still be in this terrible state. This is 2013 for God's sake. We (nigerians) have listened to unending promises on the final day of interrupted power supply in Nigeria. Where are the results of the promises? Nothing to show for it. Amanpour, I am with you on this. There is a disstabilizing rot in every sector of Nigeria, I stand to be corrected.

    February 5, 2013 at 7:00 am | Reply
  40. Jimmynorth

    I wouldn't say the President lied, no.

    However, it is clear that he exaggerated the improvements beyond what any polictician has a right to. I'm glad this came up, atleast we can be sure he would be on his toes to ensure he does much more and guarantee distribution to the most remote parts of the country.

    Miss Amanpour, for the sake of fair journalism, can you try not to over sensationalise the situation in Nigeria? CNN has an horrible habit of focusing on slums and shanty towns when projecting Africa to the world. Would it be impossible to have a fairly balanced projection? Absolutely Impossible?

    Thank you!

    February 5, 2013 at 7:07 am | Reply
    • ...

      Thanks bro. Why try divert attention from the American incident by dragging Nigeria in the mire, albeit our leaders have primed us to be. We appreciate the flashlight on the Nigerian Issue earlier, however, we do not appreciate being used indiscriminately as the SI unit for all things bad and terrible!

      No thanks ma'am!

      February 5, 2013 at 9:28 am | Reply
  41. Anthony

    I think we need to be objective in our opinion of the situation and have a realistic bench mark as we either support or oppose the improvement of power in our area(s). For instance, I work off Toyin street in Ikeja, Lagos State and our weekly spend on petrol has reduced to 40% for January 2013 comparing to November 2012. But this is not the case with where I live. I can't really make a judgement with where I live as I only move there in December 2012. But the power supply there in worse compared to where I was residing before the move.

    February 5, 2013 at 7:29 am | Reply
  42. Prosper B. Wealth

    USA passed through this phase in their country's growth and development. Nigerians should be proud of having a president who makes effort to counter the negative impressions that are being publicized to the world through his words and deeds.

    Dear Nigerians, if only you could see the possibilities that the business "oyinbos" (like GE, Barclay's, IMF, Nokia, Samsung, Google, Airtel, Etisalat and World Bank etc) see in your land and the rest of Africa, you will know that this is the time you should choose who you listen to and what you can individually contribute, positively, to make your nation prosperous.

    *YOU ARE NOT AfriCAN'Ts!!
    *YOU ARE AfriCANs!!!

    February 5, 2013 at 7:51 am | Reply
    • Africa will survive no matter what

      God bless you too

      February 5, 2013 at 8:01 am | Reply
      • baba

        You guys are just illiterates. She was on her own, Nigerians tweeted at her, she responded and you are crying. The other day she interviewed GEJ, twitter came down with Nigerians twitting at her and complaining about the lies, she trended for almost 2 days. Try and go to school, read the genesis of anything before you make mad mans comment. OShi

        February 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
    • Adams Bala

      Ode, you think this is motivational speaking. Prospect ko, prospect ni. I used to think they see prospect until I went abroad and sat under professors of international business globally. You need to go read and see what the world thinks of us and our leaders. Ode

      February 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  43. Endy

    I was thinking the U S was a perfect society. until they recently disgraced themselves. but why on earth will Amanpour try to cover this national disgrace by making a comparison with conditions in Nigeria.

    February 5, 2013 at 8:29 am | Reply
    • baba

      You guys are just illiterates. She was on her own, Nigerians tweeted at her, she responded and you are crying. The other day she interviewed GEJ, twitter came down with Nigerians twitting at her and complaining about the lies, she trended for almost 2 days. Try and go to school, read the genesis of anything before you make mad mans comment. OShi

      February 5, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Reply
      • Miss Osho

        I agree. We are too quick to bad mouth ourselves.

        February 6, 2013 at 1:30 am |
  44. Flow

    Thank you my brother. This disgrace was an American one, why bring Nigeria into it? This has NEVER HAPPENED at any of our big sporting events, so why make the link. Nigerians should stop being used by the West. Live your lives and keep growing youir country. One day, we'll get there. Be patriotic.

    February 5, 2013 at 8:36 am | Reply
  45. Noni

    I always laugh when I hear/read power has improved, when the provider PHCN,clearly hasn't.

    The bill of the average person has gone up, but little improvement in provision. In my neck of the woods in Lagos, which is akin to a rural area but in fact has a population that has been there since the 1970s, power is poor. When we were a smaller population, we shared a transformer. Let me not talk of the jokers acting as community leaders, but we got our own transformer late last year.

    Instead of power improving, it's been worse. One of the reasons is that there,was a fault in the area, PHCN took their sweet time to get there and repair it, almost 2 weeks. We've also found out from a PHCN guy who came to visit as a result of a complaint to NERC, that someone at our substation who he named, has been depriving us of power. I'm not sure whether we're supposed to go there and beg him or beat him as the Ikeja guys have no intention of doing anything to reprimand him even though the substation is one they are responsible for.

    We also discovered that the monies remitted to the local PHCN office to pay our electricity bills never was acknowledged or reached Ikeja after 6 years. It was only a random visit by someone from the Ikeja office that they even knew we existed!

    So the President can talk all he likes about improvement; for every area of improvement there are many more where this isn't the case.

    February 5, 2013 at 8:52 am | Reply
  46. Lalas

    if there has been commendable improvement in Power supply how come President GEJ budgeted 2 billion naira (over 13 millions dollars) on "generators, fuelling and maintenance"?

    February 5, 2013 at 9:53 am | Reply
  47. Uzo

    No need bringing in sentiments. Truth be told, the power situation in the country Is still epileptic. You might notice an improvement all week and when you are about to relax and let down your guard power will go off for days on end. You definitely can't plan with such erractic disruptions. Even if we decide to color the truth, the foreigners will find out anyhow. Even the mighty US has it's own woes..take the gun issue for instance. No nation is perfect but our leaders are definetly among the most corrupt.

    February 5, 2013 at 11:04 am | Reply
  48. Ubermom

    The truth told with bad intentions will beat any lie one can invent.
    The power isn't getting better, those saying that it has are bare-faced liars.
    This broadcast/snippet, though truthful, doesn't help in any way. In fact, it made me very sad.

    February 5, 2013 at 11:08 am | Reply
    • Adams Bala

      Dont mind gov agents patrolling every website making comments. God will definitely purnish all of them very soon. idiots

      February 5, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Reply
    • Mary

      You are right but I believe this broadcast will embarass our leaders into acting right! That's the only hope. Other than that, its all for naught.

      February 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  49. stephen

    I read some of the comments here and I weep for the country Nigera and her citizens. Why the direct insuts on Amanpour and CNN? She would have done the same if it is her country that is in darkness. We should be objective and thank her for a job weldone not to turn ourselves to mediocres praising the failed government of GEJ.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  50. Simaro

    No governments in the world know it all. Anampour and CNN has a knack for portraying the very worst scenerios of this nation , downtown lagos is a distorted picture of Nigeria and Lagos is not all about Nigeria, even the best of Countries has its slums and downside. While we struggle to get it right, CNN should give us a chance to grow and mature like other developed world and stop negative commentaries about our society, responsible journalism must be balance. The government and people of nigeria are making progress and that should be acknowledge rightly through proper channels.

    February 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Reply
    • adeoflagos

      If I may ask "who da hell is CNN". I'll rather do the fight in my backyard than come on CNN to make a fool of Nigerian collective failure. Especially when it's historically known that westerners have nothing to offer us. They always have their motives. CNN is just a news media that manipulates the opinion of the "ignorants" around the world. I think we should worry more of what Nigerians in Nigeria say/do about Nigeria/Nigerians. This is a country of over 160 million inhabitants. Why should we care about what an ordinary media house say. We just need to keep our head up to face our problems. Can you believe it, a female police officer slapped my face (true story) and you expect me to come on CNN to announce to the world, and I expect that to change things in Nigeria. How long have we been doing that and how has it changed things. So what will a poor fellow who cannot make it to CNN do or will that stop another stupid police officer from abusing another Nigerian. My point is that the "fight" is in Nigeria and no one out there will help us.

      February 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Reply
      • UgoBabeeeee

        THANK YOU get it!!! Imagine these people out here opening yansh...

        February 5, 2013 at 10:12 pm |
    • Abankele

      Lagos is not worse than their New York not the least in the unending go-slow and poorly planned road networks! And their trains?

      February 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  51. adeoflagos

    Often many Nigerians make general statement they cannot back up. Because few individuals who were randomly polled in Lagos said the power situation is not improving does not mean that it is other wise in other parts of the country. Amanpour "poll" was not scientific either. The president's statement in the interview did not indicate that the power situation has improved. President Jonathan said "commitment to improve power is working". If I interpret that correctly, it mean that ongoing (background) plan toward improving the power situation is working. The results could take few/several years. Not been a Jonathan/FGN apologist, I just believe that we need not tolerate it when western media use us as "cry-child" (i.e. the poor helpless Africans) for their own occasional failures. I spent 3-months in Lagos late last year, while I spent most of my time in a hotel, I got mixed responses from people on the power situation. Someone said he was "shocked" one day when he realized he hadn't buy diesel for his generator in days. Meanwhile there was hardly power each time I visited my family home in Lagos. I personally can't say whether the power situation in the country has improved or not because I have no concrete evidence to support either. I live in North America and I quite understand the game the big media houses play. Honestly we have no use for them. Lets face our leaders ourselves and deal with them (pound-for-pound) in our own way. While not supporting the failures of the Nigerian government, we need to stand up to these foreign media houses when they do their bad "bolakaja" reporting. In all fairness they have a right to report whatever they like but they must not be allowed to misinform people or intentionally twist people's words to drive their own agenda. Unfortunately, stupid Nigerian government does not know how to respond to such missteps.

    February 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  52. Simaro

    What relationship does American's Superbowl power outage with Nigeria infrastural needs. if CNN does not have news anymore they should not use Nigeria as diversionary tactics on the failure of the American decaying infrastructures

    February 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  53. Mztaikp

    Well! Am not joining issues with anybody. I stay in Uyo, AkwaIbom state and I barely see electricity for up to 4hours daily. So, you judge.

    February 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  54. Zedman

    Looking forward to the next interview Christiane, wonder what his rebuttal will be.

    February 5, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  55. Victor

    Emeka Ezeh please stop abusing people for having a contrary opinion to yours, its called freedom of speech. Its allowed except you want Nigeria to be an animal kingdom.
    And please give Amanpour a break, Jonathan went to her with bags of lies 2weeks ago and she is only doing a follow up based on †ђξ reaction she got from Nigerians. I have only 4hours of electricity in Gbagi, Ibadan per day, do you want me to say otherwise to paint a good picture of my country? Who would I be deceiving?
    President Goodluck has failed in my areas and the fact he is shameless makes it worse, there is no security of lives and property, a graduate in Nigeria stands a better chance of being shot dead by trigger happy police men than getting a job, there is no power, and Щέ see money being outrageously allocated to invisible projects everyday. Our president is better paid than Barack Obama for doing practically nothing, Jonathan's feeding budget is N1billion a year, and his aides are saying that's not even enough. We have more than 10 aircraft in the presidential fleet where US has only one, and some countries are even selling off their own to save cost.
    I can't be blindly patriotic, our situation is appalling and Jonathan is responsible as long as he is president. GEJ has had many chances †̥o show he can perform but he continually failed, all I want is a better place for my children †̥o live in, I don't really care if †ђξ president is Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, Kanuri, Fulani or what have you.

    February 5, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  56. olaoluwayinkaawofodu

    We have a Delusional President. Lets face the Fact!... There is No OBJECTIVE EVIDENCE that electricity has improved in Nigeria. Except it isnt the same that I have dedicated 30 yrs of my life to.

    Let's Call a Spade a Spade... If you listen well to Jonathan"s response, he talked as though he's "the Nigerian Populace"... He shouldnt have given that biased response on behalf of Nigerians.
    He is surrounded by a Delusional Cabinet/entourage of Cabals in the name of Governmaent Officals....especially Reuben Abati,the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President, who has since decided to create a delusional report on Nigeria via his newly lauched website This is a sham and sham on the Profession of Journalism.

    All I can say is let's leave all to posterity since all our cries are falling on 'selectively' deaf ears. All the ruthless and delusional government officials will pay dearly for the cruel way they are governing the country.

    February 5, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  57. Tayo

    Am not particularly pro Government but Electricity has improved in certain areas while others are being worked on. The location that your reporter chose to conduct interview is the type of area where the people rarely pay for electricity bills. it a bad representation of Lagos and indeed Nigeria. Power has improved.

    February 6, 2013 at 12:54 am | Reply
  58. dozie

    there might be an improvement in power supply in Nigeria,the problem can never be solved over night.i seems to agree to what ola said on how Goodluck responded to the questions Amanpour asked,he responded as every body is benefiting.Actually had it been that the previous presidents took the same step Goodluck is taking now,we would have gone far in making electricity supply almost steady or even steady.Nigerians keep on praying for i believe that God is atching and He will surely help us amen.

    February 6, 2013 at 2:36 am | Reply
  59. ChineduOfOwerri

    Christian Amanpour, may God bless you for this piece. Any post you see on here praising this inept and corrupt Goodluck Jonathan government is most likely done by a person of Ibo origins. do yourself a favor and learn about them. Actually, dont... ask other Nigerians and Africans that have come in contact with them about their character, then, you'll have an idea. Ok lemme give you a hint, they voted/rigged (in)GEJ in overwhelmingly large numbers (99.8% just based on his religion and tribe even though he refused to attend a single Presidential debate, refused to declare his assets to reveal how he became a Billionaire overnight even though his salary as a University lecturer was in the region of $1,800/yr, had cases of corruption to settle in court as Governor amongst other criminal sins.

    Now, dear Amanpour, go ahead and ask others about the Ibos so you wont be surprised that "certain" Nigerians think youve committed an offense by speaking the truth.

    February 6, 2013 at 3:03 am | Reply
    • Abankele

      You must be sick in the head this individual to spout out this rubbish on Ms Amanpour's blog.

      February 6, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  60. ebubec

    I believe Christiane Amanpour's piece on the super bowl power outage shows a lot of Ignorance or deliberate misinformation. I am in the business of sales and servicing of Alternative power supply solutions (UPS and Inverters) and i know for a fact that sales have dropped. We have even carried out our own industry survey that shows there has been an improvement in power supply in Nigeria. Even from my personal experience, i know my AGO monthly expenditure has reduced drastically. My second point is that the respondents to the interviews which was aired by CNN seem to be deliberately hand picked. I dont believe it is statistically possible to have all respondents in a poll share the same views. It is not human nature. I would urge Christiane next time to carry out proper investigation before airing such views, except it was done deliberately to take the spotlight off the USA super bowl embarrassment. Does she work for CNN or CIA (disinformation and disintegration).

    February 6, 2013 at 4:32 am | Reply
  61. Nneka

    I believe we as Nigerians and Africans in general should begin to look inward, build up ourselves inward than looking for a sense of belonging from other sources or persons other than us. We should be more cultured when we have to discuss certain national issues and stop using abusive language. It is unbecoming.

    February 6, 2013 at 4:56 am | Reply
    • Miss Osho

      I totally agree with you sister.
      Please follow this link to read 'the danger of a single story' by Chimamanda Adichie, I think you will like it.

      February 8, 2013 at 6:59 am | Reply
  62. Emeka Iwuchukwu

    Ms Amanpour, as I write this, I don't have power supply. The question is, has there been improvements? That's a 'yes'. You make your interview sound as if your goal is to ridicule Africa, Africans and her leaders. It gets to a stage that it becomes boring as most viewers prefer to watch other media like Al Jazeera. There are 36 states in Nigeria so when you want to sample opinions, make it across board inclusive of Abuja.
    Kind regards

    February 6, 2013 at 5:06 am | Reply
  63. Chima Orujuba

    Dear Amanpour,

    I had a great deal of respect for you and your style of journalism........until this report of course. what were you thinking? what happened to professionalism? How could you insult a nation and her leader with such disrespect and vulgarism? Why did you choose to analyze freelance tweets from individuals in a developing country instead of put a spotlight on a collective technical failure of your developed country? Why Christiane, Why?

    Yeancah is a total disappointment because she is better informed than the ruthless lie she told your reporter. I would expect that Soundcity cautions her properly and guides her through a course in speech management.

    Fellow Nigerians,
    Amanpour and her likes cannot help us with this kind of unprofessional reporting, ONLY US CAN. America is where she is because of true patriotism, not cheap and misguided criticism. We can only be as good and progressive as we think and project. A patriot stays true to his/her country, supporting her in good times and in bad. Priding in Nigeria is fundamental and should be our watch-word. That is how America stood and stands; that is how we can and will stand.

    About power supply in Nigeria;
    I am from Imo State, reside in Lagos State, work in Ogun State and frequently travel to some other parts of the country. TRUTH BE TOLD, THERE HAS BEEN A COMMENDABLY VERIFIABLE IMPROVEMENT in supply from across the various states. Generation fluctuates but supply has been improved. We hope it gets better. I believe the progress is in phases and will eventually get better, covering the other parts of the country. If we must give a child a knock on the head for bad behaviors, we must also give him a path at the back for good ones. Corruption still thrives in government and we are not happy, but talk about power, it is better now and will continue to improve, but we have to still acknowledge the various players involved.

    This is an opinion based on personal judgement and experience. NIGERIA and NIGERIANS DESERVE AND DEMAND MUCH MORE RESPECT THAN AMANPOUR'S REPORT PORTRAYS.


    February 6, 2013 at 5:58 am | Reply
    • ThankGod

      Would you please tell me if the reactions of the Nigerians in the report were staged? You can as well lose your repsect for them for saying their mind.Are sure you have not lost it already?

      February 6, 2013 at 6:25 am | Reply
      • Chima Orujuba

        Thank God you bear ThankGod. For a report of this magnitude and all the interviewed say it's bad, my brother it's fallacious and meant to spite, lacking critical objectivity. It's like coming to ONLY my residential area and asking people about power supply, of course everybody would say it has improved, but we know thats not true for everybody for now. My point is, the report is myopic and does not represent true professional journalism.

        June 26, 2013 at 3:35 am |
    • Cynthya Y

      I see the improvement now

      April 11, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  64. Ayorinde

    I write in respect of your comments at the super bowl concerning the power situation in Nigeria. Much as I believe in the liberty of free speech, I think you went/stepped out of bounds with your comments about Nigeria. The comments were very spiteful and rather unfortunate. We as Nigerians have our own problems likewise every other country in the world including united states has.

    Your comments I dare say where totally distasteful of Nigeria and her people.

    February 6, 2013 at 6:50 am | Reply
  65. Jay

    Hello ,I stay at Port-Harcourt and throughout last year we had light for 30 minutes and that was all till date no light.. in the previous years we see at least 3 hours of light a week but now no light at all the only time light came was early this year and it was flashed so I wonder what improvement he is talking about. We are suffering especially this hot season. Things are getting worse.

    February 6, 2013 at 8:03 am | Reply
  66. Cynthya Y

    Still got home last night, NO POWER! Slept with a generator till this morning in fact and no Igomi.... my budget has not decreased, some areas may have witnessed an improvement, but interestingly no one has done a scientific study to determine why this is .....its not like there hasn't randomly been periods when we have had better light than others in past areas.
    Be that as it may, why not respect the view of others that have truly not seen improvement, should improvement be nationwide? Or should it be for certain areas and not others. (again there goes unscientific judgment and mere opinions) ....
    Again what era are we comparing this improvement too, last week, last year, 5 years ago, 20 years ago
    Because in my primary school days/ secondary school era only the rich had generators.....

    Wake up to your responsibilities Nigeria and leave the western media out of your woes....Do right and give them no chance expose your mishaps ........ Nobody wants to talk out , we are either scared or sentimental about issues. Western media or Amanpour is not your problem Nigeria. Nigeria is Nigeria's problem.

    February 6, 2013 at 8:18 am | Reply
  67. Abankele

    What an insult from Ms Amanpour! That's lame journalism, I use to appreciate your doggedness in war reporting in those days but hey you don't have to slag a country like Nigeria in the face. United States of America has got more problems than Nigerian I need not mention them, I 'm sure you know them all. And to uninformed Nigerians washing their dirty linens on Ms Amanpour's blog; has any of you been to the US before? The roads are not paved in gold as the Americans would like you to believe,,,they have all the Nigerian problems even in bigger proportions.

    February 6, 2013 at 9:40 am | Reply
    • ChineduOfOwerri

      *raises hand*

      Hey, Mr.Abankele, Yes, some of us have actually been to the U.S. Oh, for your info, I was born and raised here apart from the 6 years which I lived in Nigeria as a boy. I also make an effort to visit at least twice a year, and I've been doing this for over 29 years. So, whats your next question?

      February 6, 2013 at 11:39 am | Reply
      • Abankele

        So your point is? Waiting because you haven't said anything to address my comments.

        February 6, 2013 at 11:59 am |
      • Miss Osho

        ChineduOf Owerri,
        Please tell us why you came back to Nigeria since the country is so bad. Your situation is pathetic, you are seeking for a sense of belonging from a people who do not care about you.
        Amanpour knows you not and she cares not about you.

        February 8, 2013 at 7:12 am |
  68. U.

    Oh and once again, tenants in ONE apartment complex were interviewed for this "presentation." It's hilarious what some reporters call research... looking for people to back up just what they want to hear... One could put up videos of New Orleans following the hurricane and judge the city based on that... Shedding poor light on African nations is not doing anything for the world...

    February 6, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  69. Iyke

    Thanks a lot Amanpour you did a very good job. Know it that most people in support of what Jonathan said are those he paid to do the job. Here is the truth. Nothing in terms of power has improved physically. However a lot of monies have been spent to improve power in Nigeria, but no improvement so far has been achieved. I stay in Nigeria, am a Nigerian and work in Port Harcourt. My dear for the past five days, I have not had light in my neighborhood and the country is so hot this period. Night sleep is a nightmare here. May be it will improve later but as of now my sister it has not improved and no sign of improvement. The president lied

    February 7, 2013 at 5:33 am | Reply
  70. Yusuf imam

    PHCN, the electricity power company in Nigeria use Generators most hours during the day to power their computers to sell electricity recharge vouchers. So what are we talking about, why shower Christian Amanpour with abuses.

    February 7, 2013 at 11:34 am | Reply
  71. Yusuf imam

    How can President Jonathan claim that Boko Haram is not as a result of poverty and misrule? This explains why he can't stop the crisis. Porous boarders, High unemployment, bad education system, bad health care services are all as a result of misrule and corruption; these problems, Mr. President, is the real fuel any criminal need to creat crisis.

    February 7, 2013 at 11:42 am | Reply
  72. sage

    The super bowl's snafu was America's failure. Why bring my country, Nigeria into that? Learn how to leave others out of your issues.

    February 7, 2013 at 11:47 am | Reply
  73. sage

    Miss Amanpour, go to this Nigerian Forum and feel the unbiased pulse of Nigerians on power supply

    February 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  74. IzuGod

    The problem of some of my fellow Nigerian's is that, They easily accept things they feel that can not be changed, we are talking of situations many countries has fixed many years back. People should travel around and see the benefits of steady current in other countries of the world; compared with the steady power outage presently in Nigeria. We are sick and tied of this slow progress process. Let our president speed up his actions.

    February 7, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  75. Babajide Roland

    I stand to be corrected, the recent interview was not conducted on the street of Lagos. Power supply is getting better day by day so therefore i dare and challenge Amanpour and her crew to conduct a fresh interview and go round the real Lagos street and gets fact. Go to other state and they will tell you how their power supply has been. We are not yet there but we are getting closer day by day. The problem is that we have political office holders not leaders.

    February 8, 2013 at 7:20 am | Reply
  76. mx1r

    America goofed and failed in the eyes of the world on a day that is almost synonymous with July 4th simple and short. With all the hype about the super bowl to the extent Beyonce decided to keep her voice for the half hour crap she did at the super bowl rather than sing live at the presidential inauguration. how come they did not think of a back up power supply just in case? Over confidence is what will be the demise of America. I love my country Nigeria, we don't brag too much because we know our short comings. since we know we don't have constant power supply we are wise enough to know that we always should have a stand by generator just in case of power outage.
    Ms Amanpour, if this is your idea to scare investors from coming to Nigeria, believe me it has really backfired! Investors never bothered in the first place so your news report won't bother them now.
    There are other good things happening in Nigeria, you should Chanel your awareness reporting skills to cover the projects and places in America where there are still poor and wretched people walking the streets and homeless in a country that is boasting to be the world super power... laughable!.

    The super bowl blackout happened in America! How does that concern or affect Nigeria or Africa as a continent to the extent that a comparison is being made? when good things happen in America do you include or compare it to/with Nigeria? People are mocking America and you are trying to divert attention............Ms Amanpour you lied! Abi is our PHCN now in charge of your power supply????

    I remember when you were a reporter. I loved watching you cover war torn and troubled areas with passion and dedication . Why did you not take a trip to Nigeria to see things for your self after the interview of my President like News agencies normally do. What in the name of Journalism is an open mic for a matter so sensitive knowing that there are a lot of people who have nothing good to say even though they have noticed that their freezer has Ice in it and they are drinking cold water that wasn't bought in a shop but from their fridge.

    Come and see for yourself and stop making assumptions based on a single interview and some tweets! It's called follow up. If you can't come to Nigeria, send someone who will travel to some states and rural areas to see and ask the masses. Send someone who will actually come out of their hotel room and not sit from the balcony of the Eko hotel and say they are reporting from the streets of Lagos. (sad & Very pathetic!)

    CNN, do you know in Nigeria there are good things around us and there are good people.... please stop using clips and images that do not portray our country in a good light. Over a 100 million people do not live in the slums or on the streets or on trees or in forest/bush or ride bicycles or beg/sell on the road. Every country has problems!

    Nation! Power supply is improving!

    Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    February 8, 2013 at 8:06 am | Reply
    • Cynthya Y

      So light is improving huh? Hahahahahahahahah

      April 11, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  77. Ubong Udongwo

    If the West is truly sincere in its crusade against terrorism, corruption, and the defence of human rights, it should also refuse stolen and looted funds from all questionable sources especially political office holder especially from under-developed and developing economies of the world.
    Also, it's coverage of news from these countries should also celebrate their achievements either as individuals or as a country.
    Finally, it's an agreeable fact that corruption sticks in all tiers of government in Nigeria, these include the civil service, public service, executive, judiciary, legislative and even the private sector.
    So we as a people must be determined in our little niche not to prompt, give or take bribe or any form of gratification.

    February 8, 2013 at 11:46 am | Reply
  78. King victor

    Watched the video on black-out, and I will be truthful about this, electric power supply has really improved in Nigeria. Contrary to the comments of the interview, so I guess maybe that particular area you carry the interview has a problem with the poswer supply.

    February 13, 2013 at 12:24 am | Reply
  79. Cynthya Y

    All of you that defended and praised Jonathan lying through your teeth...... How is power is your respective areas .....? Its April 11 , no light for a week or more ...... what has the Govt got to say? myopic , cover- uppers , you are all the reason Nigeria will never improve, hypocrites !

    April 11, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  80. Cynthya Y

    If light is improving please explain this

    April 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  81. Ọ~yímiká Intuition!

    ‪#‎ThrowBack‬ ‪#‎TwoYears‬ ... Nigeria can (still) provide (more) Standby Generators... lol

    January 11, 2015 at 6:16 pm | Reply
    • Sampson

      Very true. 3 years after, its another Superbowl and Nigeria is still in darkness. Number of Generators have quadrupled. what about that guy that who said there is remarkable improvement? can he still say that today? If the citizens keep running away from the fact how will their leaders accept and tackle it?

      January 31, 2015 at 10:43 am | Reply
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