COVID-19: Now Is The Time For Action – Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan (File).

 

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says more actions are needed even in this time when the world is facing a devastating health challenge occasioned by the coronavirus. 

In a communique shared on social media, Dr Jonathan said this is not a time to fear or despair; noting that it is a moment of responsibility, courage, and faith.

“It is time to demonstrate good citizenship by yielding to relevant policies and guidelines put in place by the government and its agencies to combat the challenge of COVID- 19,” Jonathan said. 

In his post on Thursday, the former president was of the opinion that though the world faces a global crisis that threatens peace, hope, and freedoms, Nigerians must not despair.

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He stressed that while across the globe there is the climate of fear, havoc, and consequences of a new enemy, Coronavirus Disease- COVID – 19, still, Nigerians must remember that as a country, many triumphs have been achieved.

The former president urged Nigerians to come together and see the disease as a common enemy, arguing that it is only in so doing that the nation can be victorious.

“As a country, ours is a history of many triumphs in times of global and national challenges. In 2014, through solidarity and unity of purpose, we combated the dreaded Ebola virus.

“More than ever before now is the time for action, solidarity, and patriotism. Let’s all brace up and work together to combat this new scourge COVID- 19,” Jonathan stated.

We Would Strive To Break Down Barriers Against Women – Jonathan

 

Former President Goodluck Jonathan (File).

 

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has hailed the strength and resilience of women. 

In a statement issued on Sunday to mark the 2020 International Women’s Day, the former president said Nigeria recognizes their sacrifices and achievements across all walks of life.

He also gave an assurance of his continued support to break down barriers against gender equality and the rights of women.

#HappyWomensDay2020 to women all over the world,” he said in the statement.

“Today the world celebrates your strength and resilience. We recognize your sacrifices and achievements in all walks of life.

“I urge that we all continue to strive to break down barriers against gender equality and women’s rights,” Jonathan added.

PHOTOS: Osinbajo, Ex-Presidents, Governors Attend Burial Of Gov. Emmanuel’s Father

L-R: Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; and former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, at the burial of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s father – late Elder Gabriel Emmanuel Nkanang – in Akwa Ibom State on February 15, 2020.

 

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, as well as former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, were among the leaders who stormed Akwa Ibom State.

The leaders visited the state on Saturday to attend the burial of late Elder Gabriel Emmanuel Nkanang, the father of Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel.

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has lost his father, Elder Gabriel Nkanang.

Nkanang died on December 1, 2019, at the age of 90.

His burial brought together prominent leaders who shunned their political differences to pay their last respect to the governor’s father.

They included the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan; as well as the immediate past Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and a host of governors and lawmakers.

The governors present were Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), and Ben Ayade (Cross River), among others.

Some of the senators in attendance included Senator Bassey Akpan, Senator Uche Ekwunife, Senator Obinna Ogba, Senator Gabriel Suswam, and Senator Olalekan Adeola.

The Akwa Ibom State Deputy Governor, Moses Ekpo, and former first lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, were also in attendance.

Highlights of the event are captured in the photos below:

PHOTO: Obasanjo, Jonathan Meet At World Summit

Former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, with former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, at the World Summit 2020 in Seoul, South Korea.

 

 

Former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday met in South Korea.

Both leaders met on the sidelines of World Summit 2020 holding in Seoul, the South Korean capital.

Dr Jonathan shared a photo of himself and his wife, Patience, standing with former President Obasanjo on his verified Facebook page.

In the picture, the couple were dressed in English wears while the elder statesman went cultural with an agbada and a cap.

“I was delighted to meet His Excellency Chief Olusegun ‘Baba’ Obasanjo at the ongoing World Summit 2020 in Seoul, South Korea,” Jonathan captioned the picture.

He explained that he and Obasanjo joined leaders from across the world at the summit to make a case for lasting peace, interdependence, and shared values among the world’s people and nations.

“After moderating a session of the International Summit Council for Peace (ISCP), where many serving and former Heads of Government made intense and exciting contributions on how to heal our troubled world, I got my faith renewed in the belief that more commitment is required from all stakeholders in the pursuit of global peace,” the former president said.

While the two leaders attended the summit, President Muhammadu Buhari was absent, and it was unclear if the Nigerian government was represented.

Investigation Ongoing To Identify Attackers Of Jonathan’s Home – Army

A file of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

 

 

The Nigerian Army has commenced an investigation into the attack on the residence of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke, Bayelsa State.

The spokesman for Operation Delta Safe, Major Jonah Unuakhalu, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

He explained that some gunmen attacked a military gunboat deployed close to the house of the former President in the afternoon while the soldiers were on duty.

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The troops, according to Unuakhalu, repelled the attack while some of the assailants escaped with gunshot wounds.

“However, during the attack, one soldier paid the supreme price and another wounded in action.” He said.

The Operation Delta Safe spokesman noted that the wounded soldier has been evacuated to the hospital and responding to treatment.

He advised residents in the community to go about their lawful businesses, saying the security of lives and properties was priority to the operation during yuletide and beyond.

The attack on former President Jonathan’s house was condemned by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) among others.

Arrest Attackers Of Jonathan’s Home, PDP Tells FG

A file photo of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

 

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Federal Government to immediately track down and apprehend the gunmen that attacked the home of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke, Bayelsa State.

It made the demand as it condemned the attack in a statement on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

The PDP described the attack on the former President’s home as extremely disturbing, stressing that an extensive investigation must be carried out into the incident.

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“Our party insists that the gun attack is a direct threat to the life and safety of the former President and members of his family and as such the assailants must be tracked down,” the party said.

It commiserated with the families of the soldier killed in the attack and urged the security agencies to go after the assailants.

The PDP also asked the security agencies to rescue those reportedly abducted during the attack.

Buhari Calls Jonathan, Condemns Attack On Ex-President’s Home

Muhammadu Buhari                                                                                                  Goodluck Jonathan

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has sympathised with former President Goodluck Jonathan following an attack by gunmen on his country residence in Otuoke, Bayelsa State.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, revealed that the President called his predecessor on Tuesday.

In the telephone conversation, President Buhari expressed sadness over the “tragic and unfortunate attack.”

He regretted that a gallant soldier lost his life but commended other soldiers on guard for bravely repelling the attack.

The President also condoled with family members, as well as officers and men of the Nigerian Army over the loss of one of the guards.

He gave an assurance that the protection of the life of former President Jonathan and all citizens of the country would continue to be the major preoccupation of his administration.

Gunmen Attack Ex-President Jonathan’s Residence, Kill One Soldier

 

Gunmen stormed the residence of former President, Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa, early Tuesday morning in a bid to steal a gunboat belonging to the military stationed at the creek.

The assailants who came in about five engine boats stormed the security post about 100 metres away from Dr Jonathan’s residence but met resistance by soldiers who engaged them in a firefight.

A statement by the Media Adviser to Dr Jonathan, Ikechukwu Eze, confirmed the attack which he said occurred by 1:30 am.

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He said that the military overpowered the criminals, forcing them to retreat, but one soldier was killed in the fight while another was injured.

Mr Eze intimated that Dr Jonathan was not in town when the attack happened, but Channels Television gathered that the former president was in his residence as at the time of the attack.

He said the former President has condoled with the family of the deceased soldier, the military and has urged the concerned security authorities to swing into action and bring the culprits to book.

Consequently, all roads in Otuoke/Otuaba is currently blocked by military personnel, with movement of residents restricted.

The former president is presently in his residence at Otuoke, getting briefed by top security personnel on the incident.

When contacted, the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 16 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Maj. Jonah Danjuma said he will issue a statement, as soon as he gets more details.

On his own part, the Bayelsa Police Command Spokesman, SP Asinim Butswat, said he does not want to talk about the military affair.

We Must Stop This Habit Of Blaming Buhari For Everything – Garba Shehu

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

 

“We really must stop this habit of blaming President (Muhammadu) Buhari for everything, including issues that are not his business.”

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, was quoted as saying this during an interview with reporters on Tuesday in Abuja.

He was responding to the various reactions trailing the outcomes of the governorship elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

Governor Yahaya Bello and Mr David Lyon of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated Mr Musa Wada and Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi and Bayelsa States respectively.

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Speaking specifically about the election in Bayelsa, Shehu faulted the purported reports that former President Goodluck Jonathan was blackmailed to support the APC.

He described such claims as false and irresponsible, wondering how such a story could be considered credible to the extent of being given space in some newspapers.

“It just doesn’t make any sense,” the President’s spokesman was quoted as saying in a statement by a deputy director of information, Abiodun Oladunjoye.

He stressed, “Our media really must learn to verify whatever they publish and people who make wild allegations during interviews should be made to produce the facts backing their claims by editors.”

“A newspaper can be sued for granting space to people who belch false allegations against individuals with no proof,” Shehu warned.

He noted that former President Jonathan had been out of power for about five years without any previous allegations of government blackmail cropping up.

Shehu, however, purported that there were more than enough reasons for Dr Jonathan to work against his party in the just concluded election in Bayelsa without interference by President Buhari.

He alleged, “Anyone who has been following the politics of Bayelsa State should be aware of the sour relationship between Dr Jonathan and the incumbent governor, Seriake Dickson.

“That’s more than enough reason for the former president to decide to work against his party, if indeed he did.”

Buhari Congratulates Jonathan On 62nd Birthday

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FILE PHOTO of President Muhammadu Buhari and former president Goodluck Jonathan.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former President Goodluck Jonathan on his 62nd birthday.

The President in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, prayed for longer life, good health and more strength to keep serving the nation.

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“President Buhari rejoices with family, friends and political associates of the former president, lauding him for good counsels to leaders within and outside Nigeria since he left office, sharing his experience of serving at different levels of governance.

“President Buhari believes the former President’s legacy of humility and patriotism will continue to resonate, inspiring generations to come on the sacrifices made for the stability of democracy and promotion of sustainable development,” the statement read in part.

He also wished the former President and his family more years of joyful celebrations.

Bayelsa Election: Ex-President Jonathan, Wife Vote

 

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has eventually cast his vote alongside Dame Patience after a delayed arrival of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and election materials.

They both cast their vote at Ward 13 unit 39 Otazi playground in Otueke, Ogbia LGA of Bayelsa state.

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The polling unit had the presence of security officials, election observers and voters who came out to cast their vote for the next governor of Bayelsa state.

INEC Officials Yet To Arrive At Polling Units In Jonathan’s Hometown

 

Voting is yet to start at the hometown of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Otueke, Ogbia LGA of Bayelsa state.

This is due to the delayed arrival of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and election materials.

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Former President Jonathan’s Ward 13, Unit 39, Otazi Playground in Otueke polling unit has the presence of security officials, election observers and voters still awaiting the arrival of electoral officers.

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