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It’s risky to talk about Nigeria now, says Jonathan

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Goodluck Jonathan. PHOTO: bloomberg.com

Goodluck Jonathan. PHOTO: bloomberg.com

Gbaramatu people urge Okowa to end military invasion

Former President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday at Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State, said it is unsafe to talk about events and situation of things in Nigeria.

The reluctance of the former president to speak on national issues raises concern about his standing with the incumbent administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, which has accused many of his ministers, aides and party men of barefaced corruption during his six years of governance.

Against Buhari’s sustained onslaught, the expectation is for Jonathan to offer some explanation to dispel the heavy charge of corruption against him and his government. But the ex-President in pleading his constraints, said so much by saying nothing.

Gbaramatu, the hometown of ex-militant leader Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, has been under military siege. Tompolo, whose late father was the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, has been accused of short-changing the Federal Government in a contract he signed with the Jonathan administration. The military had invaded the community for at least three times in the last one year.

Jonathan who was special guest of honour at the presentation of staff of office to the 26th Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, HRM Oboro Gbaraun II Aketekpe, Agadagba, said the country is passing through serious challenges and that making comments now about it is not the best thing to do.

He said Gbaramatu has been so associated with violence and militancy that most people would not believe that such a ceremony would be held peacefully in the kingdom. Jonathan said Nigeria is a country of resilient people and that the challenges facing the country would soon be over.

The former President lauded the Pere of Gbaramatu and urged the monarch to use his traditional stool to enthrone peace in the kingdom.

The presentation of staff of office is a follow up to the monarch’s selection, confirmation and installation as Pere of Gbaramatu kingdom after following due process as specified under section 8 of the Traditional Rulers and Chiefs Edict of 1979 regulating succession to the throne.

Speaking during the event, the Ibe-Benemowei of Gbaramatu, Chief Godspower Gbenekama in strong terms begged the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, to use his office to stop the daily harassment and invasion of Gbaramatu people by the military.



22 Comments
  • Tru

    Mr Ex President, it is risky for someone of your calibre to talk about nIgeria only if you have some skeleton in your cupboard or you are a coward. Your cowardice is not a surprise to most of us knowing how you ruled the country for 5 years+. Other people like OBJ and even a sitting Emir have been talking and nothing has happened to them. Good riddance to bad rubbish!!!

    • Richard Wilson

      You are hiding under your disk top table in your bedroom
      Calling some one coward . Can’t you see how
      Foolish you are?

      • charlieakpeumoh

        Thank you my brother! There so many of these petty sycophants supporters of the present “jaundiced govt. of Gen. Buhari; even on this column. Lets name them here: one calls himself “ben”, the other “Tru”; still the other Hausaman, who calls himself, “Chukwu”! You see how wise Hausa Fulani-herdmen have become?

  • Chukwu

    Gej’s eyes have cleared and he’s now ashamed of himself for having bungled an opportunity of a lifetime to write his name in gold. The country’s huge resources he wasted far outweigh the few and irrelevant achievements he can talk about.

    May God forgive him.

    • Olusola Thompson Adewole

      I am really sorry for some of us that call our self NIGERIAN. To be Honest how many that Honestly say they are thoroughly Nigerian. As of now I don’t think any one in their rightful mind can be bold enough to say something wrong about our so-call Government who is are govern by deceit, lie and damn lie. Under our naked eyes the Country is being did-integrated and partisan and any one that say something wrong will have to face EFCC,ARMY, and other Killers.

      • Chukwu

        I don’t know what you are talking about, Mister.

        • Kickboxer

          Yariba slave………go back to school

          • Chukwu

            I should be the one telling you that, illiterate fool.

    • Stanley

      Many Nigerians don’t actually know gold when they see one. GEJ wrote his name in gold for 6 years that he ruled and on the day he conceded defeat he wrote his name in diamond. Ask the international community. Ask those that Nigeria economy has slipped out of their control.

      • Chukwu

        There’s another place you forgot to mention he (Gej) also wrote his name – The World Guinness Book Of Records for not having even a single blemish of corruption on him.

        I pity you, Mr man. I can see your own myopia has no rival.

    • Kickboxer

      Yariba slave…..use Yariba moniker

  • Sankara 2

    It is risky to do anything , but not to take risk is the greatest risk.

  • ben

    Your propensity to risk aversion is quite likely the reason you failed woefully as a leader and president.

    • Huck231

      Shut up. A wise man talks when it is right to talk. He knows what you don’t know. So don’t judge when you do not know why he is holding back.

      • charlieakpeumoh

        Thank you my brother! This fellow, who calls himself “ben”, is just one of the embarassing sycophant s of Gen. Buhari now. When this Buhari dictator, who Nigerians mistakenly elected shall pass away, just like Abacha, he will disappear. His comments won’t even show up on this column!!! For truely, these are the sycophant benefiting from the present regime.

    • charlieakpeumoh

      Null head!!!

  • Jahknowz

    Something is really wrong in Nigeria.

  • Huck231

    Buhari has turned Nigeria into a military state. We saw it but some thought we were insane.

  • Femi

    I read thru all other papers both off and online and it appears only The Guardian took this angle. How come not even a phrase of quote on a story as serious as this. How then can we confirm that GEJ said it, since the author couldn’t quote the former President from a speech I heard was live on TV. This raises doubts. The reporter and the editor that passed it deserve to be sanctioned for unprofessionalism. No wonder the self-styled ‘flagship’ continues to go down.

  • Pius Odiaka

    I actually get disturbed each time anyone wants JEG to say “something.” The headline of this story is different from the text; indicating that JEG never said such and that the reporter never filed such a dimension. What on earth could JEG say in the face of the betrayal he suffered? Members of PDP who were promised of succeeding Buhari after a term should please say the “something.” I sincerely appeal to newsmen to stop expecting certain bombshell news from JEG, especially the obvious. Obasanjo and Atiku whose administration was worse corrupt and are now repacking for 2019 should please say the “something.” In Africa, at least, the rating of past leaders places JEG ahead of all his predecessors. The prevailing poor economic situation in the country could have been worse in JEG’s time but for professional handling by his administration. Crude oil prices did not collapse over night. What does anyone wants JEG to say?

  • Kekedu

    Dumbo, you have the right to remain silent…

  • Okorobinako

    I doubt if this man is a real Ijaw man.What is risky in talking? The corruption supposedly perpetuated by this man’s regime is not more than those that happened in other regimes.
    GEJ’s flaw is that he didn’t know the value of being a president. He was so weak that everyone took advantage of him.
    But I know God brought him at the right time to vote for Israel in the last motion on Palestine at the UN.
    That was the purpose God brought him and he delivered on that.