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President Jonathan Misses Speaking Slot At African Union Conference

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President Jonathan Misses Speaking Slot At African Union Conference

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May 26, 2013 – Nigeria’s President Jonathan Misses Speaking Slot At African Union Conference

President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday missed the opportunity to give a speech at the ongoing Special Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the African Union (AU).

Two members of President Jonathan’s delegation spoke to SaharaReporters from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia which also serves as the secretariat of the AU. They reported that there was confusion among delegates as well as embarrassment on the part of Nigerian officials when Mr. Jonathan failed to show up in the hall to deliver his speech.

Mr. Jonathan’s “no-show” reportedly set tongues wagging as delegates from other African nations asked confused Nigerian officials why their president did not appear to address the AU on an occasion as important as this year’s assembly. The AU was inaugurated 50 years ago and known for many years as the Organization of African Unity (OAU). In the 1970s and 1980s, Nigeria was one of the organization’s most dynamic members, using international diplomacy as well as funds to push for the liberation of Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Our sources offered conflicting accounts of Mr. Jonathan’s whereabouts. One Nigerian source said he heard that Mr. Jonathan had gone to the toilet when he was called. He added that a presidential insider later said Mr. Jonathan was having a bilateral meeting with a head of state from another African country.

But another source scoffed at both excuses. “If the president was in the toilet, his aides should have informed the protocol at the summit to delay in calling him to speak. And if the president wanted to hold a bilateral meeting, why should he fix it during the time he was told he would address the assembly??” He added that somebody within Mr. Jonathan’s inner circle disclosed that the Nigerian president had stayed up till late eating and drinking with members of his inner circle. Mr. Jonathan also reportedly spent a long time consulting with some of his governor associates back in Nigeria about ways to push back against the Nigerian Governors Forum that yesterday elected Rivers State Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as their chairman. Mr. Jonathan, who has had a long-running political feud with Governor Amaechi, had backed Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State for the post of chairman of the governors’ group. Mr. Jang’s defeat rattled the president, several sources told SaharaReporters yesterday.

“Mr. President was up very, very late. But he had been up that late at night and still woke up in time to honor his appointments,” the source said. “But today, he did not seem to realize that addressing the assembly was an important obligation.”

Our two main sources said they and other Nigerian diplomats were shocked and embarrassed when Mr. Jonathan’s name was called to give his speech but the Nigerian head of state was nowhere to be found. “The official summit announcer called Mr. President a few more times, and then the program went ahead to another speaker,” said one source.

Mr. Jonathan later showed up to join in the photo-op session at the meeting and disappeared shortly afterwards without offering any explanation for his absence when it was his turn to speak.

Among those at the AU’s assembly were President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe as well as former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

[Report by Sahara Reporter New York]



  1. Madueke Sylvanus kelechi

    May 26, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Does it mean that our so-called presidoo is not prepared for the address or what? Why is he embarrassing our country like this. Imaging that he even came late but instead of him to explain to them he ran away. Infact let him face that humiliation alone cos he’s the one they know they don’t know me. He’s illiterate. May be his pa who loss his mother didn’t prepare address for him. SHAME ON U EBERE BADLOCK.

  2. Yusuf

    May 26, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Wat a shamefull and an indecent act, datz y he’s incapable to b a president in all ramitification. Anywhr, is nt strange bcos he has disgrace d nation several times both at home and outside. May b he’s afraid of adressing d congregation wit his jagons as he did in his interview wit d CNN reporter some months back… I wounder hw ppl adressed him as dr., what a shame 4 nija.

  3. Yusuf

    May 26, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Badluck jonathan, ur ntin bt a disgrace to naija.

  4. ugochi

    May 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Na wa oo

  5. ogepearlmarc

    May 27, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    @yusuf you can abuse him as you like but bear it in mind that Buhari and co(your people)can never rule Nigeria again.They should be more ashamed of themselves for wasting lives by sponsoring boko haram. Obviously they are frustrating his administration as they vowed to but soon they will see the wrath of ALMIGHTY GOD for vengeance is of the Lords

  6. Ahmed

    May 27, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    jona is not ready to became nigeria president, people push him for their own selfish interest, jona realised that istead of bad dance he should better stay behind watching others dancing, it is very unfortunate.

  7. Yusuf

    May 27, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    @Ogepear….or watz dat ur dirty name, u dnt even knw wat ur saying. Go and die if wat i said is wrong. To hell wit u and dat badluck jonathan.

  8. wumi

    May 27, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Its a shame on dat idiot to add disgrace to d problem that just overwhelmd Nigerians recently he is a disgrace from the highest order.Badlock ebelebewo

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