“America will know, it is their money”: The 10 most I-can’t-believe-it things GEJ said tonight (READ)

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by Isi Esene

President Goodluck Jonathan addressed many questions from a posse of journalists today during his periodic media chat which started around 7pm today.

The President answered questions ranging from security, infrastructure, economy, insecurity, chief of which is the bomb blast in Abuja and the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls from the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state.

Here are the 10 most I-can’t-believe-it things you should know from the president’s responses.

– When asked about the location of the Boko Haram group who kidnapped the schoolgirls, President Jonathan said: “I don’t know where they are… there is no confirmation of the location of the schoolgirls, you are a journalist, you know more than me.”

– When asked about the government’s effort to bring the missing girls back home safely, President Jonathan said: “I assure you that we will get the girls out but we can only do it with the co-operation of their parents and guardians.”

– When asked about the attitude of the Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke to calls for her to appear before the House of Representative members over her alleged utilization of public funds in hiring private jets, President Jonathan said: “The Petroleum Minister has appeared before the Parliament for over 200 days [really?]… in the Nigerian Parliament you’ll agree with me that there is more politics than work.”

– While speaking about the differences between the Boko Haram Islamic sect and Niger Delta militants, the President said: “The Niger Delta militants are not terrorists, they have a reason for their agitations.”

– While adding to this statement President Jonathan revealed more saying, “I met [Mujahid] Asari-Dokubo for the first time in the State House. Whenever we [the government] call them they come.”

– President Jonathan tried to explain why no one in his government has dared to go to Sambisa Forest, the Boko Haram enclave like he visited the creeks during the reign of Niger Delta militants saying, “If I go there or send any of my ministers they will just kill you.”

– Mr. President took time out to explain that the insurgent attacks has reduced compared to sometime ago when attacks were a Sunday-Sunday affair, he said: “Even when I’m in church I am monitoring what is happening. Anytime I get reports of an attack somewhere… my face will change immediately… my expression will change. It used to happen every Sunday.”

– President Jonathan compared the Boko Haram terrorist attacks with that currently raging in Pakistan saying: “Pakistan [terrorists] has been fighting terrorism for over 10 years now so it’s not something that a 6 months State of Emergency can solve.”

– He said further, “Anytime I hear of any one Nigerian dies I feel pained… even if it’s a Boko Haram member – I am their president.”

– Mr. President tried but failed to explain the difference between corruption and stealing. He said, “People have been confusing corruption with stealing. If public officers steal money they term it under corruption….”

And one extra…

– Mr. President wouldn’t dare allow the media chat end without throwing a parting shot at the suspended CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. While addressing the issue of ‘missing’ $20 billion he said, “If Sanusi hadn’t been suspended he would have come up with a different figure… If anyone steals $50 billion or $20 billion anywhere America will know, they will tell you where it is; it is their money.”

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  • Emeka says:

    *faints*. wakes up then dies.

  • Old No7 says:

    Having read this, i’m overcome with grave sadness. How did this douce become our president? How did we let this happen? As he has spoken, so he thinks! All the while when one wonders what’s going on with him that he is letting the nation burn… It has all become clear. O my God! This man is inept, dull, out of his depth and dangerous. He does not really give a damn of what becomes of the country as long as he remains Mr. President. He just kept rambling illogical and cringe worthy answers. God we are in trouble.

  • Adebimpe says:

    The journalist knws what you don’t ? Mr president really . Who should knw everything about this case if not you ! Nigeria is a lost state

  • deejee says:

    its a just so annoying and sad that this is the state of our country, and the most annoying fact is that most of our leaders are not intellectually capable to bring innovative change to the country. any body or party that disturb the peace of a nation is a threat to that nation, negociating with that party only show that our government is not capable to secure the lives of its citizens period. its just so sad

    • Victor Okon Esin says:

      Are the youths capable? NOOO they are not. and that is evident from the noise on these thread with not a single person suggesting a possible solution to even one problem of Nigeria. Therefore, how can you say the leaders are not capable when even you your self only criticized without advocating a solution? ‘A pot calling kettle black’ is the definition of Nigerian critics

  • the 4th point raised isn't an appalling statement but rather its the truth though am not an advocate of any of the armed groups.

  • the 4th point raised isn't an appalling statement but rather its the truth though am not an advocate of any of the armed groups.

  • the 4th point raised isn't an appalling statement but rather its the truth though am not an advocate of any of the armed groups.

  • the 4th point raised isn't an appalling statement but rather its the truth though am not an advocate of any of the armed groups.

  • the 4th point raised isn't an appalling statement but rather its the truth though am not an advocate of any of the armed groups.

  • phemozo says:

    The 4th point raised isn’t an appalling statement but rather its the truth though am not an advocate of any of the armed groups.

  • @awibamise everyone is entitled to there to opinions on social media so comfort shouldn't be lashed for her viewpoint, though i personally see some of the statements made to be appalling but yet some points raised here are not out place to be uttered by the president because its a fact like the 4th point, even doe i am never an advocate of any of the two armed groups he mentioned

  • Fayomi Mercy Onini says:

    If all we know how to do is to fault our leaders statements with sentiments, then we shall never grow….this fellow simply has no point as regards the presidential chat. I watched it and i think he gave it his best shot and it was good.

  • Fayomi Mercy Onini says:

    If all we know how to do is to fault our leaders statements with sentiments, then we shall never grow….this fellow simply has no point as regards the presidential chat. I watched it and i think he gave it his best shot and it was good.

  • Fayomi Mercy Onini says:

    If all we know how to do is to fault our leaders statements with sentiments, then we shall never grow….this fellow simply has no point as regards the presidential chat. I watched it and i think he gave it his best shot and it was good.

  • Fayomi Mercy Onini says:

    If all we know how to do is to fault our leaders statements with sentiments, then we shall never grow….this fellow simply has no point as regards the presidential chat. I watched it and i think he gave it his best shot and it was good.

  • @Comfort, u go school at all?

  • Francis Wilson If someone is stupid, would I call them wise? I'm not mincing words.. If I see you are stupid, I will tell you straight. Its my opinion… Government is not easy, we know that.. In a situation where you can handle the pressure or can't govern your people as expected of you.. Then you have failed and should humbly resign!

  • Francis Wilson If someone is stupid, would I call them wise? I'm not mincing words.. If I see you are stupid, I will tell you straight. Its my opinion… Government is not easy, we know that.. In a situation where you can handle the pressure or can't govern your people as expected of you.. Then you have failed and should humbly resign!

  • Francis Wilson If someone is stupid, would I call them wise? I'm not mincing words.. If I see you are stupid, I will tell you straight. Its my opinion… Government is not easy, we know that.. In a situation where you can handle the pressure or can't govern your people as expected of you.. Then you have failed and should humbly resign!

  • Francis Wilson If someone is stupid, would I call them wise? I'm not mincing words.. If I see you are stupid, I will tell you straight. Its my opinion… Government is not easy, we know that.. In a situation where you can handle the pressure or can't govern your people as expected of you.. Then you have failed and should humbly resign!

  • Francis Wilson If someone is stupid, would I call them wise? I'm not mincing words.. If I see you are stupid, I will tell you straight. Its my opinion… Government is not easy, we know that.. In a situation where you can handle the pressure or can't govern your people as expected of you.. Then you have failed and should humbly resign!

  • A.k. Babajoe says:

    for real? @ Comfort, this is a media chat that occurred yesterday. You mean to tell me they made up the statements he uttered? oh sorry, u mean it made sense to tell the people that an allegation of fraud in that magnitude could only be a farce by simply wishing it away with a one sentence explanation? Indeed we should hide our President from the committee of nations as he is a genius!

  • When you have no respect fora leader, you spend ample time finding faults…Republicans implore rhetoric to discredit the democrats but the Northerners use the service of rapists, murderer and terrorist to disrupt the government and the people…

  • When you have no respect fora leader, you spend ample time finding faults…Republicans implore rhetoric to discredit the democrats but the Northerners use the service of rapists, murderer and terrorist to disrupt the government and the people…

  • When you have no respect fora leader, you spend ample time finding faults…Republicans implore rhetoric to discredit the democrats but the Northerners use the service of rapists, murderer and terrorist to disrupt the government and the people…

  • When you have no respect fora leader, you spend ample time finding faults…Republicans implore rhetoric to discredit the democrats but the Northerners use the service of rapists, murderer and terrorist to disrupt the government and the people…

  • Comfort, go and sin no more.

  • Its un4tunate our dear presidnt hs nt learn afta almost 5 yrs in d saddle. 4 God sak wht kind of PHD hs he rili acquired? He's nt any beta dan hs wif

  • Its un4tunate our dear presidnt hs nt learn afta almost 5 yrs in d saddle. 4 God sak wht kind of PHD hs he rili acquired? He's nt any beta dan hs wif.

  • Fayomi Mercy Onini says:

    Farouq Abdulganiyu with all due respect, this has nothing to do with his spoken english. afterall, English language is not our mother tongue, lets look beyond this man's presumed "weak point" and lets be very objective in our criticisms. Thanks

  • HayWhy Emman says:

    Farouq Abdulganiyu Don't forget, it's a Phd in fishery. We all are merely fishes in his pond

  • IT IS ONLY IN NIGERIA THAT THE EXPERTS IN GOVERNANCE ARE COMMENTATORS ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND NOT IN ASO-VILLA…lolzzz…… See a bunch of ignorant People laughing and insulting the president and Govt but not one of them provided even a single possible solution to any of Nigeria's problems…. ohhh… how the college kids of China who design Jets as their project in secondary school and an African teenager like DJ Focus, will read through the comments on these thread and wonder if the article and comments were written by kindergarten kids who are incapable of providing solutions for their wants.

  • Busuyi Oloye says:

    Comfort, abeg change ya name. You are dumber than mumudom Jonah

  • Busuyi Oloye says:

    Comfort, abeg change ya name. You are dumber than mumudom Jonah

  • Busuyi Oloye says:

    Comfort, abeg change ya name. You are dumber than mumudom Jonah

  • Busuyi Oloye says:

    Comfort, abeg change ya name. You are dumber than mumudom Jonah

  • Busuyi Oloye says:

    Comfort, abeg change ya name. You are dumber than mumudom Jonah

  • Kani Eyoita says:

    actually its not possible because of how taxes are set up..

  • @kani eyoitaThat politicians can be bribed to reduce regulation of industries like banking (what is called “regulatory capture”) means that they will be so bribed. Billions were spent and 3,000 lobbyists employed by bankers to remove cumbersome rules in the zeroes. … there's a lot of corruption in the US..its just not as blatant as nigeria.

  • Idris Dauda says:

    Bitch (Comfort) hope you have figures of what the following individuals stole.
    Lucky Igbinedion , DSP, James Ibori

    Or are you just been a die hard bitch ???

  • Idris Dauda says:

    Bitch (Comfort) hope you have figures of what the following individuals stole.
    Lucky Igbinedion , DSP, James Ibori

    Or are you just been a die hard bitch ???

  • Idris Dauda says:

    Bitch (Comfort) hope you have figures of what the following individuals stole.
    Lucky Igbinedion , DSP, James Ibori

    Or are you just been a die hard bitch ???

  • Idris Dauda says:

    Bitch (Comfort) hope you have figures of what the following individuals stole.
    Lucky Igbinedion , DSP, James Ibori

    Or are you just been a die hard bitch ???

  • With all the ten points listed out, really I do not see anything wrong with what Mr President answered. If 20 billion gets missing yes and yes US will know who stole the money, Simple logic the thief will always buy houses abroad and stash the money in foriegn banks and with just that US will always know. However, for all those insulting mr president I bet you all would be worst of if given the oppotunity. Please all we need do together is to pray for our nation and not to come here on public domain to insult our President and his wife. May God help Nigeria.

  • Bone To Shuk says:

    Fayomi Mercy Onini plz wht is his strong point…cud u tell me? if u dont see him as a confused man i doubt wht 9ja is turning into…i mean sum people still support this dumb ass after wht we'v bn tru…i doubt u'd b sayin dis if ur gal was takin from u….

  • Bone To Shuk says:

    since u say people r ignorant…u shud knw so much…well it takes nothin to install cctv and Bomb detecting devices around the country if a president can add 1billion naira as his feed allowance…..read more on wht cctv and bomb detectin devices can do….dez dumb ass wants to rule again….God!

  • Is there not an African saying that a child belongs to the whole village.So why are we all not contacting president Jonathan to stop everything he is doing and get our children these children are our Nigeria's future

  • What attracted me to the presidential media chart is not the protective statement he made about Diezani and house of representative, because unfortunately it is expected, but these statements. " if sanusi hadnt been suspended, he would have come out with a different figure'. This statement proves the hausa saying that truth doesnt not change, nor matter how many times it is told, but lies do. Mr president seemed to have forgotten he told the world that he suspended sanusi because of corruption issues. But now, he said he did that in order to stop him from changing the stolen money figure!!! May you are more comfortable with the 20 billion dollars figure, right??? The second statement " i assure you that we will get the girls out but we can ONLY do that with the coorperation of their parents and guardians" i wonder why those interviewing him didnt probe this statement further. What cooperation are you expecting from the parents mr. President? Please let them know as asap so that they will start preparing. Is it with intelligence gathering or combativeness. I suppose they did a bit of both, which you failed to act on. It is on record that they gave minute by minute report on the locations of the girls in the first 24hours of the abduction. Secondly using a motor bike, they followed the insurgents to a point but had to turn back when they realised there is not a single military presence to support them and were warned by some villagers that they mght be killed and there will be no body to pressure for the rescue of the girls. Mr president, your body language shows nothing but discomfort with these presidential charts. It is obvious that you are not comfortable in your skin and i wonder why it is so. Is it that you are camera shy or is it because of the one quarter truth you have to continuosly tell? Mr president, i love my country so much so that i dont want my president to be a subject of international redicule. Remember, international media to link up to your chats. Please enough of these chats!!!!

  • Dare Saliu-Ibiefo says:

    Truly I have come to understand that it takes a level of moderate intelligence to be a professor in the academia, but in the case of Mr. Goodluck Jonathan I am lost for words.

  • I keep wondering why GEJ is this hated. If at all he's corrupt, can we compare his with Umar Dikko's, IBB's Gulf Money, Abdulsalam, OBJ, Atiku etc. Let's fight the spirit of corruption,bad leadership, king makers in this country and not the carrier. Ngige tried bt was overpowered cos he was alone. Let's not vote for a Christian or a Moslem, bt rather vote for a Nigerian with a passion to serve and not to be served. May God help us, amen.

  • Ladee Lala says:

    I plead with my fellow Nigerians to refrain from voting unintelligent people to be leaders. We Nigerians do not fall short of intelligent men so why this? He has no clue that he was misfiring. What a shame…

  • Mayor Townsville says:

    Fayomi Mercy Onini i shall like to add to correct your reasoning without subjecting you to insult of any kind. As a PhD holder there is an amount of thesis that has to be written, how did he do it? only if he not an academia. To be called a Dr he should be able to address himself in the simplest manner. Thanks

  • Kema Amaechi says:

    Fayomi Mercy Onini Dear Mercy u need to see beyond your nose here. Our President is not capable of leading this country. Read this…..bit.ly/1iX0Pp1.

  • piwas says:

    Okon so far I haven’t seen u cum up wit any solutions either or is your own case different?

  • Akubue Arinze says:

    What a vacuous contribution! Your obtuseness mirrors that of GEJ.

  • Akubue Arinze says:

    Fayomi Mercy Onini, chief crusader of the GEJDefenseLeague, english language is the tralatitious Nigerian lingua franca. It is a pity that our great nation is being lead by a pseudo-intellectual, and far more so that he has you and your ilk in his thrall

  • Akubue Arinze says:

    @Victor, one word for you: "MUMU"

  • @Bone to Shuk, have you designed a CCTV camra to be made in Nigeria like the innoson brand of cars? @ Akubue Arinze: ??? is that your innovation?

  • Nobody will rush him into an answer, he's d president for crying out loud! Why make so many blunders in his diction? Smh

  • Kason Omega says:

    YOU ARE A MISGUIDED MIND. TALK TO OTHER POLITICIANS WHO IS MAKING THE STATE UNGOVERNABLE FOR GEJ ADMINISTRATION. TELL THEM THAT POLITICS SHOULD NOT BE PLAYED WITH HUMAN LIVES.

  • Kason Omega says:

    YOU ARE A MISGUIDED MIND. TALK TO OTHER POLITICIANS WHO IS MAKING THE STATE UNGOVERNABLE FOR GEJ ADMINISTRATION. TELL THEM THAT POLITICS SHOULD NOT BE PLAYED WITH HUMAN LIVES.

  • Kason Omega says:

    YOU ARE A MISGUIDED MIND. TALK TO OTHER POLITICIANS WHO IS MAKING THE STATE UNGOVERNABLE FOR GEJ ADMINISTRATION. TELL THEM THAT POLITICS SHOULD NOT BE PLAYED WITH HUMAN LIVES.

  • Kason Omega says:

    YOU ARE A MISGUIDED MIND. TALK TO OTHER POLITICIANS WHO IS MAKING THE STATE UNGOVERNABLE FOR GEJ ADMINISTRATION. TELL THEM THAT POLITICS SHOULD NOT BE PLAYED WITH HUMAN LIVES.

  • Kason Omega says:

    YOU ARE A MISGUIDED MIND. TALK TO OTHER POLITICIANS WHO IS MAKING THE STATE UNGOVERNABLE FOR GEJ ADMINISTRATION. TELL THEM THAT POLITICS SHOULD NOT BE PLAYED WITH HUMAN LIVES.

  • Kason Omega says:

    YOU ARE A MISGUIDED MIND. TALK TO OTHER POLITICIANS WHO IS MAKING THE STATE UNGOVERNABLE FOR GEJ ADMINISTRATION. TELL THEM THAT POLITICS SHOULD NOT BE PLAYED WITH HUMAN LIVES.

  • ajudente says:

    Omotola Adisa, Sadly, I must admit that you have spoken the whole truth!

  • adedeji ibrahim says:

    “Pakistan has been fighting terrorism for over
    10 years now so it’s not something that a 6 months State of Emergency
    can solve.” Is he telling us that we had just started, is this how he expects it to go on for 10 years?????????????

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