Gowon Praises President Jonathan And Buhari

GowonNigerian Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), has praised Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan and the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), for their statesmanship in the 2015 election.

General Gowon, who spoke to State House correspondents in Abuja, the nation’s capital on Tuesday, after the Council of State meeting, particularly praised the outgoing President for conceding defeat and putting a call across to his opponent, the first of its kind coming from an incumbent president.

The former Head of State also stressed that future politicians and Nigerians have a lot to learn from President Jonathan and General Buhari in future elections in the country.

General Gowon said that the act had gone a long way to deepen the democratic process which Nigeria had sought for over the years.

Jonathan Promises More Support To Delta State In Campaign Speech

campaignAs political campaigns continue with few days to Nigeria’s general elections, the People Democratic Party (PDP) has taken its campaign to Delta state in the south south region of the oil rich nation.

At the campaign venue on Wednesday, the presidential candidate of the PDP, President Goodluck Jonathan, promised that the state would encounter more support from his government in all areas of the economy if voted in.

The Delta State Government has asked schools to close down on Wednesday as President Goodluck Jonathan visits Asaba, the state capital, for the presidential campaign rally of the PDP.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr Chike Ogeah, confirmed that Wednesday had been declared a public holiday to enable citizens of the state to welcome President Jonathan.

The declaration of the public holiday came as the Goodluck Support Group said it would shut down the entire state to welcome the Peoples Democratic Party presidential campaign team to the state.

The national chairman of the party is confident that Deltans are in support of the Jonathan and Sambo bid. This is corroborated by the PDP governorship flag bearer in delta state.

The president, who spoke in an official language in the Niger delta, promised to improve the maritime sector in the state.

His wife, Patience Jonathan, wooed the women and youth to cast their votes for the PDP.

Music artistes and members of the Nollywood were also at the venue to throw their weight behind President Jonathan and his Vice for another term in office.

They say the entertainment sector had had 100 per cent improvement since the Jonathan administration kicked off.

#BringBackOurGirls: Protesters Reschedule Visit To Presidential Villa

protestersNigerians calling for the rescue of  the schoolgirls abducted in Chibok, Borno State have rescheduled their visit to the Presidential Villa to Thursday, for a wider participation.

Speaking with Channels Television after one of their daily meetings in Abuja, a member of the group, Hadiza Usman, said that the aim of the protest to the Presidential Villa was to find out what the Federal Government was doing to rescue the girls.

“We have written a letter to Mr. President, we are hopeful that he will grant us audience because we believe as citizens, our president should listen to us when we ask for audience.

“We are waiting for his response, if he fails to respond, we intend to go to the Presidential Villa and demand that we see our President, our demand is to bring back our girls now and alive,” she said.

She added that the group remained resolute in mounting pressure on those in authority to ensure the release of the girls.

NLC Boss Asks Jonathan To Check Utterances Of Govt Officials

The Vice President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr Issa Aremu has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to resign if he cannot call to order the Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta, Mr Kingsley Kuku and former Niger Delta Militant, Mr Asari Dokubo as he reacted to the inciting statements made by these men.

In Mr. Aremu’s words “It was regrettable that people of questionable character were the ones speaking for the president instead of those constitutionally empowered to do so”.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives have accused both the Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta, Mister Kingsley Kuku and former Niger Delta Militant, Mister Asari Dokubo of threatening the peace of the country following their incitiing statements insisting that President Goodluck Jonathan must be allowed to contest the 2015 presidential election for peace to reign in the country.

And considering a motion on the urgent need to check the utterances of some Nigerians which is capable of causing disaffection among the people, the House resolved to direct the Police to investigate the rationale behind the utterances of  Mr. Kuku and former Niger Delta Militant, Asari Dokubo.

And in reaction to the proposed investigation by the House, a group from the Niger Delta, the South-South Restoration Forum has vowed to institute a legal action if any of them is arrested claiming that this is not the first time such statements have been made in the country and have gone unquestioned and  wondered why  this one has attracted the attention of members of House of Representatives, seeking their arrest.


African countries should focus on global exports — Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has challenged African countries to become globally competitive and begin exporting finished products to the outside world.

President Jonathan said this while speaking to the outgoing Ugandan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Christopher Onyango Aparr, in the Presidential Villa.

President Jonathan said economic growth was necessary for political stability and added that Nigeria was focused on building and strengthening mutually beneficial economic relations with Uganda and Africa.

The President commended Mr. Aparr for sustaining the warm brotherly relations between Nigeria and Uganda, and wished him well in his next post.

Earlier, the outgoing Ugandan High Commissioner thanked President Jonathan for Nigeria’s assistance through the Technical Aid Corps, as well as the strong bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the two countries.

At a different audience, President Jonathan commended Turkey for assisting Nigeria in developing human capacity through the establishment of schools in the country.

The President was speaking to the outgoing Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ali Rifat Koksal.



Constitution prohibits State Policing -George Eke

Legal Practitioner, George Eke has lent his voice to the view that the police system should be empowered and strengthened; also the recommendations of the several committees should be implemented.

FCT Minister renames Abuja’s Maitama as Goodluck Jonathan district

The FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed on Friday renamed the Maitama Extension District in Abuja to Goodluck Jonathan District.

The Minister renamed the district while performing the opening ceremony of three new districts. He said his ministry will require the sum of N104.2 billion to develop infrastructure, in the new districts.

He said it was necessary to name one of the new districts after the Mr Jonathan since none of the districts in the Federal Capital Territory had been named after any Nigeria leader in the past.

“May I suggest to the Executive Secretary of FCDA, who has the Abuja Master Plan and the Coordinator of Abuja Metropolitan Management Council to rename this place as Goodluck Jonathan District.

“This is because we have not named any district after any president in the past. The president I know is President Goodluck Jonathan and the president I know that is bringing good luck to me and to Nigerians is President Goodluck Jonathan.

“Therefore, by the powers conferred on me, I change the name of this district to Goodluck Jonathan District,” he said.

The Maitama Extension covers 231 hectares with about 460 plots made up of both residential and commercial areas.