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GEJ 2015 Media Chat: Transcript Of President Jonathan Interview On Wednesday February 11

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Feb 12, 2015 – GEJ 2015 Media Chat: Full Transcript Of President Jonathan Interview On Wednesday February 11

The incumbent President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan talked with some selected journalists yesterday. The President answered a lot of questions and vowed to hand over power on May 29 if Nigerians elect a new leader.

See excerpts:

Election Postponement:

GEJ sought the understanding of the international community over the postponed elections. He said the kind of scenarios where elections are postponed for the sake of perpetuating power is not the case in Nigeria.

On Terrorism

GEJ was asked why he thinks the war against Boko Haram can be won in six weeks even though the war had raged for six years. The president said he has just acquired new weapons, and
gotten support of neigbhouring countries to fight Boko Haram. He mentioned that Chad waited for African Union approval, which they recently got too. He also mentioned that the issue of security is beyond Boko Haram. The president said it runs into dangerous signals of youth restiveness. In the next four weeks Nigerians will see the difference in the security intervention in the North, he said.

The president is asked where he bought arms for the coming onslaught on Boko Haram. He said they managed to get from other sources other than America.

Do you have confidence in Jega to conduct the 2015 elections?

The president said he wished Jega was seated by his side to answer the question.

I wish Jega were here, I could have asked him to answer whether I have confidence in him Yes those who called for his sack may be close to me, but they express their own opinion. More than 80 per cent of those who sponsor messages on our behalf we don’t even know them. People use the reschedule of election to misinform Nigerians.

I have never thought about removing INEC Chairman, though I have the constitutional power to do so.” GEJ blamed his supporters for rumours about Jega’s resignation. “I have not told anybody that I will remove Jega,” he said. He explained that if there are obvious reasons to remove Jega, he would rely on “constitutional” provisions that gives him powers to sack whoever he appoints.

On Convoy  Attacks:

”The level of misinformation, especially from young people is high. Attempting to attack the president is treasonable offence.The president is protected by soldiers, not just the police. People get carried away and make some provocative statements.

Those who pelted my convoy during my campaigns in the Northern part of the country were ignorant. If INEC conducts the election poorly, it will be on my head.”

On Hate speeches and political violence by both opposition and ruling party members.

The president explained that “some people” get carried away by the political play and exude these violence. He blamed aides and associates of key political actors for the hate speeches and political violence. He did not categorically condemn the hate speeches or war threats or politically-motivated violence.
“We will make sure things are done so that nobody goes to war,” the president said when he pressed for categorical stance on the war threats by ex-militants should he lose the elections. He argues journalists have responsibility to ensure the unity of the country.

On why he frequents churches for campaign but never visited mosques:

GEJ responded by saying he does not receive invitations from Muslims to visit mosques like from the churches.

If election would hold should the military fails to eliminate Boko Haram in six weeks:

The presidents said the new dates are sacrosanct and a new president would be sworn in by May 29. He argued that the goal is not to totally eliminate Boko Haram but to make adequate security arrangement for the election.

Kidnapped Chibok girls:

Questioning moves to the issue of the president’s perceived weak support especially as it relates to the missing Chibok girls. “Just give us some times,” he said, responding to questions seeking the state of the girls at the moment. The president is optimistic the girls would be rescued with the new military collaboration with neighbouring countries. “I believe the story would be different in a few weeks,” the president said. “We would recover them alive.”

I believe the story of Chibok Girls will get better in the next few weeks, but don’t quote me. We are working with our neighbours, we will comb the whole of that place Partying after abduction? It’s unfortunate that people play politics with the issue of Chibok girls. It’s not like that elsewhere. In other countries, political boundaries collapse in the face of terror attacks, not so in Nigeria.

With regards to his weakened political base, the president said “in politics, there are only permanent interests.”

The president is asked to clarify his previous comments that “stealing is not corruption”:

He said he made that statement quoting the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Dahiru Mustafa, who explained to him that his analysis of corruption cases in Nigeria showed that most of such cases were theft. He argued that referring to stealing as corruption minimizes the crime. “Ole (thief in Yoruba) should be called Ole and given that treatment,” the president said.

“Let us communicate properly. The word corruption, we have abused it.”
“It is not actually my quotation. I quoted the former Chief Justice,” as he continues to defend his previous comments on corruption and stealing.

We have convicted more corrupt people than ever. It is just that Nigerians are confused on what the difference is between stealing and corruption.

The state of the N1 billion security loan and funds confiscated in South Africa:

He said the government have not started disbursing the N1 billion loan. With regards to the .3 million arms money seized in South Africa, he said the money does not belong to Nigeria, technically. He added that the matter was in court.

The president is asked if he would hand over if he loses the next election:

“If the elections are conducted and I lose, of course, another president would be sworn in,” the president said. He argued that Nigeria is more important than any individual.

The president is asked what he will do differently if he wins:

He said most of the problem he had in the past is related to perception and not concrete. He did not really say what he would do differently.

The president is asked to comment on his opponent for the 2015 general election, Buhari:

The president responded it was an unfair question. He however mentioned that he has recieved more criticism that Muhammadu Buhari on social media.

The president is asked if he has confidence in INEC as presently constituted:

He answered saying he appointed everyone at the management level of INEC.

Closing Remarks:
In his closing remarks, GEJ assured Nigerians that elections would be conducted and a new president sworn in on May 29. He argued that it is better for INEC to conduct an election everyone would be happy with.

The Presidential chat ended at 8:19pm on Wednesday February 11th, 2015.



  1. amy

    February 12, 2015 at 12:33 AM

    Mr. president, INDEED

  2. OLA

    February 12, 2015 at 4:43 AM

    [ kəˈrəpSHən ]
    noun: corruption
    1.dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery:

    [ THēf ]
    noun: thief · plural noun: thieves
    a person who steals another person’s property, especially by stealth and without using force or violence.
    [ ˈidēət ]
    noun: idiot · plural noun: idiots
    a stupid person AKA BADLUCK E JONATHAN….


    February 12, 2015 at 5:30 AM

    Being a red cap chief in my town i knows what leadership is all about jonathan u have tried i give u my blessings lead ahead.

  4. Adebayo Tajudeen

    February 12, 2015 at 5:52 AM

    Laudable achievements of President Jonathan:

    National Debt before GEJ= $26b
    but Nigeria today debt= $70b

    Stock market down by N3.4t in 12 months

    Excess Crude account before GEJ= $20b
    Excess crude account of today $2b

    Unemployment before GEJ= 11.8%
    Unemployment today = 24%

    Debt servicing before GEJ= 10%
    Debt servicing today= 20%

    Naira/Dollar rate before GEJ= N119
    Naira/Dollar rate today = N190-200

    Poverty level before GEJ= 54%
    Poverty level today= 71%

    Recurrent Expenditure before GEJ= 62%
    Recurrent Expenditure of today 86%

    Youth unemployment before GEJ= 9%
    Youth unemployment today= 50%

    GDP Growth before GEJ= 11%
    GDP Growth of today= 6%

    Petrol price before GEJ= N65
    Petrol price today= N97 and now N87.

  5. Harry

    February 12, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    don’t mind **** who does not know there stand, you expect a man of 6 years to restore damage of 40 year just like that *****

  6. FX2

    February 12, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Ola u r a ****, calling ur President names, can u cause ur **** or ur ***** like dat? ******.

  7. Concerned Citizen

    February 12, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    My dear President each time you make a speech on a social media I see the spirit of humility in you. The issue of insecurity in this country from my own point of view was a set-up arranged by hopeless and vicious people to destabilise your government. And they have suceeded in making your government ungovernable and same people are using it against you including people you deep your hand in the same bowl with them. Sir, your re-election would have been as simple as ABC if only you dealt with the founders of the cause of the problem of insecurity. But being a peaceful and a democratic president you allow them to parade about and make noise freely. Sir, am sorry to say this, but this is just an expression of feelings about the present happenings in the country. I wish you all the best in your political career.

  8. Iroko Gbasibe Junior

    March 17, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Well, I pray this comment is posted. Darkness and light was presented to Nigerians and Nigerians preferred darkness to light and it is going to take a long time before Nigerians get out of this.
    Just compare this interview above with any of Buhari interview and if u have a sane mind, tell me what u feel.
    Nigeria is a cursed country and they are going to suffer for a long time for the hate they paid Jonathan for his love. The Bible said, whosoever repay evil, for good, evil will not depart from that person. Jonathan loved Nigeria, defended Nigeria and ruled over Nigeria with equity but due to mere propaganda, Nigeria said they preferred tyranny, despotism and lies. I tell u once again, Nigeria will not get out of this.
    For those who think they will use their votes against Buhari in 2019, I tell u, it is only Jonathan that can conduct an election where a sitting president can be ousted. You demanded the change and u got the change so, no complain. All u can here under Buhari government is what they will do and not what they have done nor what they are doing.
    I am coming, what is the wrong thing when somebody says that you should not say a leader is corrupt but say he is a thief so that his ppl will know exactly what he did??? What is the wrong thing about that statement? Anybody whose brain is working, whose mind is not adulterated and who has normal thinking faculty knows that nothing is wrong with that statement. The only thing that is wrong with that statement is PROPAGANDA. God forbid bad thing that i will waste my time praying for Nigeria.

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