Buhari Yet To Match My Achievements – Jonathan Explodes

On December 1, 2017 77 Comments

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has hit out at critics of his administration, saying his achievements in government are yet to be matched by his successor.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, on Friday, Mr. Jonathan said Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State’s claims that his administration was dogged by poor choices and bad governance were “parochial and jaundiced.”

Below is the full text of the statement:

Our attention has been drawn to the claims made by the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima on Thursday at a book launch to the effect that former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan wasted the goodwill he commanded because of bad governance and poor choices in office. He was also said to have accused Jonathan of believing that he was behind the kidnap of the Chibok girls.


As a man who had never seen anything good in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan on account of party and other differences, it has remained our considered view that in a democracy, Governor Kashim Shettima and others like him are entitled to their opinion, no matter how jaundiced.

However, it is a sad commentary on the character of some of our politicians that they go to any length to make spurious statements, in pursuit of the sad narrative to remain politically correct. We cannot be deceived by his crocodile tears and patronizing claim that “Jonathan is essentially a decent man”, which is a ploy he deployed to justify his false allegation of a lost glory.

The man who today speaks of squandered goodwill should be able to tell Nigerians what percentage of the votes Jonathan got in 2011 from Borno State at the height of that his envisaged glory according to Shettima, and what it became in subsequent elections. What was obvious yesterday and has remained so today is that Governor Shettima and those who think like him never liked Jonathan based on some parochial and paternalistic sentiments.

We didn’t expect anything less from Governor Shettima, knowing the ignoble roles he played in frustrating the war waged by the past administration against Boko Haram, even in his own Borno State.

He should be able to tell us if it was Jonathan’s poor choices that led the Governor to expose students of Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok to avoidable danger, in total disregard of a Federal
Government directive to the Governors in the three states most affected by Boko Haram to relocate their students writing the West African School Certificate Examinations to safe zones.

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The governor is now denying that he had no hand in the kidnap of the Chibok girls even before anybody accused him of culpability. However, we share the view of those who insist that the governor had other things up his sleeve when he promised the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) that he would secure the girls, and ended up doing the very opposite, by deliberately abandoning them to their fate, without any security presence in their school.

It is instructive that while other governors in the zone heeded the security advice, Shettima remained the only one that flagrantly flouted it. Should we also fail to point out that his decision to reward the principal of Chibok Secondary School, who was uncharacteristically absent on the night terrorists stormed the school, with the post of a commissioner, did throw up more questions than answers?

Talking about accountability, perhaps, Shettima should also do well to explain to the good people of Borno State and Nigerians what he did with the over N60 billion Local Governments fund, left by his
predecessor, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.

We understand Governor Shettima and those who spoke like him accused Jonathan of bad governance and poor choices, and we would like to know if it was bad governance that led Jonathan to assemble a-yet-to be matched crop of dynamic cabinet and economic management team made up of tested technocrats like Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in Finance ministry, Shamsuddeen Usman in Planning, Olusegun Aganga in Trade and Investments as well as Akinwumi Adesina leading the charge in Agriculture. The efforts of the Jonathan administration in repositioning Nigeria’s economy remain self-evident and it must have in deed been poor choices at their best for Jonathan and his team to have recorded the following key achievements:

* Nigeria’s Gross domestic Product rose to $503 billion in 2013 and became Africa’s largest economy and 26th in the world; from 3rd and 4th respectively.

* Nigeria became the number one destination for Foreign Direct Investment in Africa under former President Jonathan, with the numbers rising from $24.9 million as at 2007 to over $35 billion in 2014.

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* Jonathan Government delivered over 25,000 kilometres of motor able federal roads from just a quarter of that number in 2011.

* The Jonathan Administration resuscitated the railways in the country after about 30-years of hiatus

*Jonathan’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda ended fertilizer racketeering, encouraged more young Nigerians to take to farming, boosted local food production and took the country closer to self-sufficiency in food production by recording more than 50% reduction in food imports. It was as a result of this that the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, for the first time, voted Nigeria the largest producer of Cassava in the world.

* Power generation under Jonathan was boosted to about 5,000 megawatts in 2014 up from 2,000 megawatts in 2011.

* Prices of food and other household items remained stable and inflationary pressure was down to a single digit.

* Under Jonathan, Nigeria controlled clinically Ebola outbreak to the admiration of the whole world, became Guinea-worm-free and also eradicated polio, with United States billionaire and renowned
philanthropist Bill Gates, praising Nigeria’s successes against polio as one of the great world achievements of 2014. Sadly polio has returned to the country with the likes of Shettima in charge of the endemic states.

* Under Jonathan Life expectancy in Nigeria rose from 47 years in 2010 to 54 years in 2015.

*Just before Jonathan left office, CNN Money projected that Nigeria’s economy in 2015 would become the third fastest growing economy in the world at 7 per cent behind China at 7.3 per cent and Qatar at 7.1 per cent.

Was it bad governance and poor choices that reformed the political and electoral processes to the extent that the United Nations is now pleading with the government of the day to strive to maintain the standards established by Jonathan?

Fortunately, Nigerians know where they stand with all of their leaders. All those who are calling Jonathan names today, and accusing him of having become quite unpopular, should simply take a walk on the streets of any Nigerian city as real leaders do. That way, they will accurately gauge their own approval and test their popularity with the Nigerian people.

On the book entitled “On a Platter of Gold- How Jonathan won and lost Nigeria” written by Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, we have watched for some
time as some outrageous fabrications are extracted from its pages day after day by the media. When the publication of the book, with an ominous title was first mooted, we knew it will be full of bile and
sour grapes. We didn’t expect truth, sincerity and accuracy of narration, given that the author who was sacked from his ministerial position by the subject of the book, is now the spokesman for the ruling APC.

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We will therefore like to dissociate former President Jonathan from the book’s salacious contents, with all the obvious distortions, lies and exaggerations. Its pages are populated with gossip, politically influenced newspaper articles, uncoordinated raw data and unproven claims. Sadly, the author did not help matters, as there was no rigour or in-depth investigations towards establishing the veracity of the allegations the book contained. For instance, it is ridiculous for the author to have claimed that the President was forced to sack a certain minister by another cabinet member when the obvious truth known to all key members of the administration was that the President acted based on the recommendation of an internal committee that investigated the matter. This, unfortunately, is the kind of baseless claims and narrative that run through the entire book, and it would be pointless devoting our time towards making a case by case response to all its ridiculous allegations.

We will like to remind Nigerians of what former President Jonathan said earlier in the year when a similar book was published, that only the key actors in his government and in the 2015 presidential elections could give an exact account of what transpired, not speculations and conjectures by third party spectators. That time will come someday.


Comments (77)

  1. testimony david says:

    we are not here to talk of who is good and who is bad,the truth is that for now we have not seen anything like good goverment from buhari admistrection, all we have now from him is only sickness killing of innocent people,removing nigeria from diffrent organizations,and bad record from the world, we are yet to see the good part of him, if really God will agree to give him live because of his bad intentions to nigerians, we have tested goodluck and see his good and bad,at list goodluck has 67per cent good record,not all good because we expect 89 par cent from him,but buhari in power for 2year has not given up to 15 par cent very bad of him we begg him to wakeup we are waiting.

  2. Justus Agomuo says:

    Is not true but buhari’s polices are very bad it has caused alot of harm to nigeria. GEJ should know that he spent 6yrs as president so is after 4ys you comple service delivery of any person. one thing is sure BUHARI’S political, policy nd relationship are poor.

  3. Aliyu Azuka Efebeli says:

    This waif should have been cooling of in jail before now.Which achievement? How much was a barrel of oil when you were then compare to what its now and how many years did you spent ?Hide your face in shame bros.

  4. Sunny Maduagwu says:

    You remain the best that ruled this nation. I thank God for you. During your tenure, both the poor and the rich were feeding well. That reminds of when the righteous rule the people rejoice…..

    • Gbenga Michael says:

      what are his achievements that made him the best leader in Nigeria? How many poor lives did he touch, what are his plan for the poor farmers than buying stoves and phones for them, in my life, i haven’t seen a leader that ran out of ideas like GEJ, God will judge everyone of us…

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  6. Kalio Daniel Ogbas says:

    For all abusing GEJ & calling him corrupt, GEJ said he does not have a foreign account, can Buhari say same or can you prove him wrong. No, not even the EFCC has faulted GEJ on this statement. Buhari & APC apologist say it is not the right of Nigerians to know how much Buhari spent on foreign medical tour. Is that suppose to be so? No. Buhari’s regime corruption had now develop the speed of lightening, where SGF cuts grass with N250m. Where Buhari reinstated thief Maina, and gave him double promotion, after being sacked by GEJ.
    I don’t blame dis Amajiris on this platform, I blame GEJ for educating you, and gave u freedom of speech law to talk. I believe this is greatest SIN. Making ordained slaves to now rub shoulder with their masters.
    Least i forget, GEJ has 7A’s in his WAEC results, Please ask Buhari to show us his. Not the NEPA bill oh!

    • Usman Ali Liji says:

      An ludicrous post: All these happened during jonathief ruling when terrorists were slaughtering and ravaging residents in the north: Wait till you are out of intoxication before commenting

  7. Kadri Akande says:

    Alcohol consumption has turned Jonathan sense of reasoning upside down. With all the money stolen while in office this clown still has the gut to talk shamelessly like this. The God of the down-trodden must punish Jonathan and the wife, Patience.

  8. Vitalis Nwaogu says:

    Sure u achieved a lot; defeat of boko Haram, completion of east-west road, completion of 2nd Niger bridge, eradication of corruption and impunity in government, repair of Lagos – Ibadan road, repair of Onitsha – Enugu road, repair of Enugu- PH road and total upgrade of PH international airport as one of the best airports in the world. Nobody can match u.

  9. Opara Nzenyele says:

    Compare this picture of Buhari wt the present man posing as Buhari nd the diff will be staring u in the face ooo…check out the dried nd artery neck of this one wt old age eating him up… Impostor na impostor oooo

  10. Usman Ali Liji says:

    Ex-president Jonathan is thinking in a negative direction: How can a reasonable person make such comparison: It’s really absurd to to compared yourself with Buhari: You have spent eight years on power while is only two years: If not because of inanity who would dare make such nonsensical remark:

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