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Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan Talks About His Achievements While In Office

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January 28 ,2016 – Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan Talks About His Achievements While In Office

Hear what former President Goodluck Jonathan said about his achievement in office during a Press conference in Switzerland yesterday

Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, I thank you for coming to hear me speak on the twin issues of education and security.
Though this event is billed as a press conference on a Better Security and Education for West Africa, for the sake of time, I will focus on my experience in government which gave me a practical demonstration of how education impacts on security.

I will thereafter touch on my post presidential focus which is on advancing democracy and good governance in Africa and increasing access to opportunity for wealth generation in Africa.
If you peruse the official UNESCO literacy rates by country, what you will find is that all of the top ten most literate nations in the world are at peace, while almost all of the top 10 least literate nations in the world are in a state of either outright war or general insecurity.

Lower education levels are linked to poverty and poverty is one of the chief causative factors of crime whether it is terrorism or militancy or felonies.

With this at the back of my mind, I began the practice of giving education the highest sectoral allocation beginning with my very first budget as President in 2011.
My policy was to fight insecurity in the immediate term using counter insurgency strategies and the military and for the long term I fought it using education as a tool.
As I have always believed, if we do not spend billions educating our youths today, we will spend it fighting insecurity tomorrow. And you do not have to spend on education just because of insecurity. It is also the prudent thing to do.

Nigeria, or any African nation for that matter, can never become wealthy by selling more minerals or raw materials such as oil. Our wealth as a nation is between the ears of our people.
It is no coincidence that the Northeast epicenter of terrorism in Nigeria is also the region with the highest rate of illiteracy and the least developed part of Nigeria.
In Nigeria, the Federal Government actually does not have a responsibility for primary and secondary education, but I could not in good conscience stomach a situation where 52.4% of males in the

Northeastern region of Nigeria have no formal Western education.
The figure is even worse when you take into account the states most affected by the insurgency.
83.3% of male population in Yobe state have no formal Western education. In Borno state it is 63.6%.
Bearing this in mind is it a coincidence that the Boko Haram insurgency is strongest in these two states?

So even though we did not have a responsibility for primary and secondary education going by the way the Nigerian federation works, I felt that where I had ability, I also had responsibility even if the constitution said it was not my responsibility.
Knowing that terrorism thrives under such conditions my immediate goal was to increase the penetration of Western education in the region while at the same time making sure that the people of the region did not see it as a threat to their age old practices of itinerant Islamic education known as Almajiri.

For the first time in Nigeria’s history, the Federal Government which I led, set out to build 400 Almajiri schools with specialized curricula that combined Western and Islamic education. 160 of them had been completed before I left office.

I am also glad to state that when I emerged as President of Nigeria on May 6th 2010, there were nine states in the Northern part of the country that did not have universities. By the time I left office on the 29th of May 2015, there was no Nigerian state without at least one Federal University.

Now the dearth of access to formal education over years created the ideal breeding ground for terror to thrive in parts of Nigeria but there are obviously other dimensions to the issue of insecurity in Nigeria and particularly terrorism.

You may recall that the fall of the Gaddafi regime in August 2011 led to a situation where sophisticated weapons fell into the hands of a number of non state actors with attendant increase in terrorism and instability in North and West Africa.

The administration I headed initiated partnership across West Africa to contain such instability in nations such as Mali, which I personally visited in furtherance of peace.

And with those countries contiguous to Nigeria, especially nations around the Lake Chad Basin, we formed a coalition for the purpose of having a common front against terrorists through the revived Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

Those efforts continue till today and have in large part helped decimate the capacity of Boko Haram.
Another aspect of the anti terror war we waged in Nigeria that has not received enough attention is our effort to improve on our intelligence gathering capacity.
Prior to my administration, Nigeria’s intelligence architecture was designed largely around regime protection, but through much sustained effort we were able to build capacity such that our intelligence agencies were able to trace and apprehend the masterminds behind such notorious terror incidences as the

Christmas Day bombing of the St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, Niger State.

Other suspects were also traced and arrested including those behind the Nyanya and Kuje bombings.
Not only did we apprehend suspects, but we tried and convicted some of them including the ring leader of the Madalla bombing cell, KabirSokoto, who is right now serving a prison sentence.
But leadership is about the future. I am sure you have not come here to hear me talk about the way backward. You, like everyone else, want to hear about the way forward.

I am no longer in office, and I no longer have executive powers on a national level. However, I am more convinced now than ever about the nexus between education and security.
My foundation, The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, was formed to further democracy, good governance and wealth generation in Africa.

Of course, Charity begins at home and for the future, what Nigeria needs is to focus on making education a priority.
Thankfully, the administration that succeeded mine in its first budget, appears to have seen wisdom in continuing the practice of giving education the highest sectoral allocation. This is commendable.
I feel that what people in my position, statesmen and former leaders, ought to be doing is to help build consensus all over Africa, to ensure that certain issues should not be politicized.

Education is one of those issues. If former African leaders can form themselves into an advisory group to gently impress on incumbent leaders the necessity of meeting the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recommended allocation of 26% of a nations annual budget on education, I am certain that Africa will make geometric progress in meeting her Millennium Development Goals and improving on every index of the Human Development Index.

Data has shown that as spending on education increases, health and well being increases and incidences of maternal and infant mortality reduce.

In Nigeria for instance, Average Life Expectancy had plateaued in the mid 40s for decades, but after 2011, when we began giving education the highest sectoral allocation, according to the United Nations, Nigeria enjoyed her highest increase in Average Life Expectancy since records were kept. We moved from an

Average Life Expectancy of 47 years before 2011 to 54 years by 2015.
I had earlier told you about the connection between education and insecurity.

I believe that it is the job of former leaders and elder statesmen to convince Executive and Legislative branches across Africa to work together to achieve the UNESCO recommended percentage as a barest minimum.

I intend to offer my services, through The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, for this purpose and I invite interested organizations to help us make this happen.

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  1. Bench

    January 28, 2016 at 4:16 AM

    I no know who give you that microfone.

  2. Omokehinde

    January 28, 2016 at 4:58 AM

    This animal in human body called Badluck Jonathan should be in jail by now if we practice the rules of laws governing any true democracy in Nigeria. Can you imagine Jonathan listing fraudulent achievement while he was in office for six disastrous years before those slave Masters that will never allow nor tolerate such level of corruption recorded on Jonathan watch in their countries. He claimed that he built 9 new universities in Northern Nigeria from 2010 to 2015. What a shameless liar! He would not tell those dumb listeners of his ridiculous story that he looted about $8.1 billions including $2.1 billions of the defense budget that was supposed to be used to purchase military equipment and weaponry to weigh war against the enemies of the people in Nigeria called Boko Haram. It will not make sense for PMB admistration to arrest, detain , and charge those involved in the looting of defense budget without persecuting the Master Criminal himself-Badluck Jonathan. If this shameless guy escape all atrocities committed against Nigerian masses while in office without any punishment from the government of the day, it will amunt to gross injustice against Dansuki, and other beneficiaries of Jonathan’s looting, corruption, and embezzlement. He should face Nigerian justice system to prove his innocence in the ongoing corruption probe in Nigeria. A looter, criminal, and most unpatriotic Nigerian President lecturing some dumb listeners about security and education in West Africa. What a funny world!

    • favour

      January 28, 2016 at 11:07 AM

      @Omokehinde i always enjoying reading your comment. can we be friend if you don’t mind?

  3. BOkeem

    January 28, 2016 at 5:40 AM

    Jonathan you talking shit

  4. Philip Tapia

    January 28, 2016 at 7:00 AM

    omokehinde or what do u call ********* Nigeria. At least former President Jonathan is being recognized globally for love for peace and mankind by relinquishing power after conceding defeat. A decision that only 2 out 10 Nigerian or African or even entire world can make.

    Could you tell me any Nigerian who is a saint? Can you tell that if your are given the opportunity to be a leader even in your own community that you will not embezzle money? Has Jonathan done any worse than our previous presidents in terms of looting? Despite the ongoing arms deal scam, I place Jonathan on the placard of Eulogy for at least conceding defeat without being stubborn that could have even brought you ******E to an untimely from political unrest that could have engulfed the nation if Goodluck had not conceded defeat to President Buhari. For me, Goodluck is a true democrat and must have learned his lesson of over-trusting his subordinates who actually did the looting. Anyone else in Nigeria could spent similar amount in his quest to retain power, so let us call spade a spade and stop admonishing Good luck and his wife. If not for the Boko haram issues, I think he did a great job that can be remembered in terms of infrastructural development, respect for rule of law,freedom of speech and etc. To end my comment, I would like to say that it is us the governed who are promoting corruption by choice of money,rice etc over credibility on who govern us during elections. We should always shun those who try to entice voters with money and vote those who are ready to disseminate the dividend of democracy to entire Nigerian constituencies, and someone with fear of God, who realizes that everyone must die one day and leave behind their billions of dollars. When we have this mentality, the change mantra will surely come into fruition. Otherwise I still believe we are being governed by the same crooks, change of lettered words will never be change of inbuilt character and mentality.

  5. ttt

    January 28, 2016 at 7:00 AM

    All of you who insult Jona for speaking truth lack vision bcos today FG gov is still using Jona idea to operate

  6. Amazon

    January 28, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    I really love this man

  7. John Emeka

    January 28, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    A heroe..d legend of africa….it’s only pple wit outstanding mindset can understand u gud thought 4 nigeria…ride on GEJ

  8. Omachoko Joseph

    January 28, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    Arrant nonsense.

  9. shyna

    January 28, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    This ma is a criminal.thats what he said bafore becoming president he has no shoes….stupid man.

  10. shyna

    January 28, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    This man is a criminal.thats what he said bafore becoming president he has no shoes….stupid man.

  11. sola olaniyi

    January 28, 2016 at 9:50 AM


  12. Olanrewaju

    January 28, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Which achievement???

  13. jamsolong

    January 28, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    All these *** brothers who don’t belong to cronies of Jonathan that looted our treason dry but still defending him are the most stupid human beings on earth but few of you are still pritriotism enough to call a spade a spade without being subjected to tribalism, l give u my utmost respect. Jonathan lies for the whole 6yrs he ruled Nigeria. He didn’t execute any projects

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