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Buhari and Atiku are failures | APC will be relevant in 2019 | GEJ is being pressured to contest – Doyin Okupe had a lot to say in new address

by Laila Ibrahim

The Presidency has refuted reports which insinuate that President Goodluck Jonathan has intentions to extend his stay in office for an added period of two years.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, while addressing journalists in the State House, Abuja, stated that such reports were untrue, saying that opposition aspirants were spreading it to embarrass the President.

He stated, “We have read the news as published in Sahara Reporters that the president is trying to elongate his tenure through means other than democratic means and that he is trying to use the excuse of the insurgency in the North East as the basis for doing so.

“This type of falsehood is quite characteristics and is the hallmark of Sahara Reporters in particular. But still, in order that the world and Nigerians in particular are not misled, I want to state categorically here that there is no truth whatsoever in that statement. It is not true. There is nothing like that on the board and this is not the president that will do a thing like that.”

“There is no reason whatsoever for this president to do that. This is the same president as you must have recently heard, over 12million Nigerians have put their signatures to papers that he should come out and run. All the agencies and levels and stakeholders, authority in his party, the PDP, have endorsed him and they are actually asking him to come out and make a declaration and run. It is quite a logical thing to do because there is no reason why anybody should be thinking of changing a winning team.”

“The issue also is that ever as it is everywhere in the world, endorsement itself is not undemocratic. It is the normal pattern in democratic parlance that when you have a sitting president and he is interested in a re-run, usually, he is given the choice of first refusal. The president is yet to make public his desire but this news from Sahara Reporters is absolutely untrue, it is falsehood and we deny it in all its entirety. It’s part of the calculated attempt by the opposition to try and throw everything into the arena to embarrass this president,” Okupe added.

The Presidential aide said Nigerians will never accept the likes of Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who had previously failed in their attempts to become president. He added that the declaration by both individuals has had no effect on the presidency.

He said, “Most of the candidates of the opposition are serial failures. Atiku has tried twice, he has failed, Buhari has done it four times, he has failed. If you present yourself in an election, the first time people reject you, second time, they reject you. So, have they gone to school, to Harvard? Or are they bringing new things? We are not worried at all. We are absolutely unperturbed.”

“The president is going to contest against serial losers. People who never win elections, people who Nigerians don’t believe in, people who have no leadership, anything. For instance, what is Buhari going to tell Nigerians now? What is the new thing? He was a former military head of state and that is what he has done? Since then and now, what is the new story? You cannot compare I’ will do’ to ‘I have done.’ It is not possible.”

Okupe also stated that Jonathan has performed remarkably well during his first tenure, adding that the APC should forget about being relevant as a party till 2019.

“And it is even now worse for them. This president has been given four years, a platform on which he has demonstrated administrative capability, efficiency and delivery. It is unarguable. This party, the APC, it is a new party, it is a good party. They will become relevant from 2019 upwards not now. Their declaration and participation is not a threat to us. They have never won an election before. Somebody who has contested four times and failed four times,” he added.

When quizzed about when Jonathan will formally declare to contest for re-election, Okupe said, “the biggest masquerade that comes out last,” adding that the president has been under immense pressure to re-contest the presidency.

“The president has been under intense pressure from ordinary citizens, ordinary Nigerians, foreign interests and local interest groups, and especially even his party. Virtually every level of party leadership has more or less endorsed the president to run and I believe the president is not going to let us down. He has done very well. We appreciate it and we are calling on him to come and run.”

“As for the timing of his declaration, it is my belief that he will be after due consideration, take an appropriate decision that would be of the best interest of the country and of the party. But I do not see this being too long from now.”

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@Ayourb : How Jonathan embarrasses himself before Nigerians

by Ayomide Oyalowo

I had refrained from jumping on the bandwagon of eulogies, following the unfortunate death of the amiable Dr. Adadevoh, the consultant who sacrificed her life to curb the spread of Ebola in our country. Since I was able to privately pay my respect to her cousin, Mr Kwame Adadevoh, who happens to be a good friend of mine, I had thought I will allow the family grieve the death of their sister in peace and solitude…

All that changed when I saw the disgraceful, reprehensible and self serving tweet from the loquacious and morally bankrupt Doyin Okupe who calls himself the Senior special Assistant to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He attempted to clarify the government’s position when he took to his twitter handle to say:

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Now, my grouse with Okupe and his principal is this: While we all understand that the law must be obeyed, we are all witnesses to the doctrine of necessity that brought President Jonathan to power in the first instance. I am a hundred percent certain that there is nothing in our laws or constitution supporting such “doctrine of necessity”. Yet the National Assembly went ahead to invoke the unknown law to ensure that the right thing is done and Jonathan was made the President.

My questions to Doyin Okupe are as follows: why didn’t the President go through the National Assembly, if need be, or use his discretionary powers to honour this great woman who, by doing the right and proper thing, ensured that millions of Nigerian lives are now spared from what could have been a dangerous Ebola pandemic? If a strange and an unknown doctrine was President Jonathan’s path to power, why can’t the same man find a way to ensure a worthy Nigerian is honoured?

As if that was not bad enough, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria flew into Lagos on Saturday 20th September 2014 to commiserate with the overseer who oversaw such mass murder of Nigerians and other people from various countries; with South Africa looking to be the worst hit at the moment with about 87 dead and 26 injured as at the last count.

Okay, I see why she is not that important. She is not a looter, nor a politician and neither is she a miracle selling charlatan!

The Synagogue Church Of All Nations (henceforth to be referred to as SCOAN in this discourse), recently recorded a huge human calamity occasioned by a collapsed building. Initial reports indicated that the church had illegally reconstructed a building within its premises, changed the original approved plan and added more floors to the collapsed building beyond the approved number of floors. If that happens to be true, one would have expected that the premise be sealed immediately until proper and detailed investigations are concluded. But what are we seeing? Not only has the State Governor paid a private visit to the man who heads the church, the church is also moving on unmolested and business is going on as usual.

As if that was not bad enough, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria flew into Lagos on Saturday 20th September 2014 to commiserate with the overseer who oversaw such mass murder of Nigerians and other people from various countries; with South Africa looking to be the worst hit at the moment with about 87 dead and 26 injured as at the last count.

But curiously enough, the President didn’t bother to even call on the family of Dr. Adadevoh, let alone pay them a visit. It therefore shows that her heroic act and subsequent death counts for nothing. No wonder President Jonathan gladly told Nigerians on a live TV show that “I don’t give a damn”. We actually thought it was a slip but we now know better.

Recall that WHO has only recently declared Nigeria Ebola free and actually commended us for a job well done in the containment of the Ebola outbreak. But the real heroine was not a factor, judging from our President’s disposition. Just imagine if Dr. Adadevoh was derelict in her duty like so many others are wont to do? Imagine if Patrick Sawyer had been allowed to leave the hospital (God forbid) when he wanted to force himself out? I shudder to imagine the impact of such action, if Dr. Adadevoh had behaved like our President and refused to give a damn.

Not conferring Dr. Adadevoh with a national honour is not a big issue for me personally, but the fact that the President of the country believes that visiting SCOAN and acting like what happened there is a “normal” occurrence, irks me. No sir, it is not a normal occurrence. What happened at the SCOAN is a clear case of willful negligence that led to the murder of over 115 human beings!

Already, South Africa has airlifted 25 of the 26 of its nationals who were injured, back to South Africa for proper treatment. Data, names and accurate figures from the incident are available to the public; putting faces to all South Africans who were at the Synagogue when the building caved in. And that is an African country. As we speak, the Nigerian authorities are yet to come up with any concise statement let alone figures of the dead and injured. As usual, it will never be known since our leaders over the years have proven and shown over and over again that Nigerians, who are not close to those in power, are expendable and life in PDP led Nigeria has now regressed towards the Hobbesian state which is short, nasty and brutish.

Coming back to Dr. Adadevoh, I won’t wish for her name to be found among the Nigeria Honours List. The current list, just like those from the recent past, appears to be a roll call of who is who in the crime world. The list is not only despicable, it is also a national disgrace. Instead of honoring hard work and landmark achievements, the PDP led government has turned the National Honours list into an avenue for patronage and reward for whomsoever catches their fancy. In the recent past, even ex convicts have successfully made the roll call.

Rather than desecrate her memory with some despicable National Honour (at least that was the position of the great Chinua Achebe and I agree with him), one would have expected that the President visits her family or even puts across a simple phone call. (I have confirmed that aside from the Minister of Health’s brief appearance during her memorial service, the FG has had no contact with the Adadevoh family). I am aware that President Obama had taken out time severally to visit the families of Americans who died as heroes. What else does a Nigerian have to do to also qualify for a Presidential visit under President Goodluck Jonathan aside being the pastor of a church that has been accused of bribing journalists to give him a soft landing after allegedly committing mass murder?

I will love to end this by saying to the President and the people he surrounds himself with–not every time should issues be about politics. Once in a while, be a statesman. Remember that our collective humanity is degraded when we cannot rise above petty sentiments and looking to garner votes.

While visiting Lagos over the weekend to attend the illegal TAN rally, a short, crisp visit to the Adadevohs would have gone a long way towards painting the picture of a man with empathy. These are the types of situations that would have shown the President to be humane, caring and large-hearted.

Sadly, in a typical Jonathanian fashion, he bungled the opportunity…

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Op-ed pieces and contributions are the opinions of the writers only and do not represent the opinions of Y!/YNaija.

The Presidency says it wasn’t aware of #BringBackJonathanIn2015 … but, Doyin Okupe championed it

by Kolapo Olapoju

The Presidency has claimed that it was not aware of the #BringBackJonathan2015 campaign banners, despite those banners being placed around many parts of Abuja, the federal capital.

Bowing to the pressure of public opinion, Reuben Abati, the special adviser to the president on “Media and publicity” released a statement to this effect, urging the sponsors of the banners to bring them down immediately.

Many believe, the reaction is in response to the Washington Post Op-Ed of Tuesday, 9 September, ‘This may be the most inappropriate political hostage of the year,’ which criticised President Goodluck Jonathan over the campaign slogan in support of his re-election in 2015.

Abati’s statement said in part, “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has directed that the #Bring Back Jonathan 2015 signs and banners around Abuja which he and many Nigerians find offensive and repugnant be brought down immediately. President Jonathan wholly shares the widely expressed view that the signs which were put up without his knowledge or approval are a highly insensitive parody of the #Bring Back Our Girls hash tag.”

Although the presidency’s statement suggests that the banners were designed without its knowledge, a prominent member of the presidency, Doyin Okupe, the Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the President, has been at the forefront of the Twitter campaign of the #BringBackJonathan2015 hashtag, even tweeting it repeatedly on Friday, 22 August.

His tweets sought to sponsor and promote the hashtag, which is in sharp contrast with the presidency’s denial of having no ‘knowledge nor approval’ of the campaign banner. Before the tweets get deleted, here are some screenshots.

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From the aforementioned facts, if the presidency was indeed unaware of the campaign, Doyin Okupe must have been working alone, which further validates his reputation as a ‘loose cannon’.

But since the campaign banners are all over the capital city, then the cars of members of the Presidency must have really dark tinted glasses, which must have prevented them from noticing the banners.

“I am a man like Elijah” | Doyin Okupe is keeping us entertained this evening (TWEETS)

by Emma Chidiogo

 

Doyin Okupe, the Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan took to Twitter some hours ago to talk about the insecurity issues of Nigeria in a rather … enterprising way.

He is ignoring the scorn, the criticism, the laughter and he is trudging as always. We present our pick of the top 10 tweets that give us a mirror into his mind today.

1) “#JehovahExposeBHsponsorsin40days #JehovahAriseDefeatBokoHaramIJN #JehovahBBOGIJN Lets all say these prayers daily for 40days
God will answer us”

2) “Elijah was a man like me.B4 God whom I serve my pronouncements over Boko Haram shall come to pass IJN. Alewilese (God) will answer us.Thanks folks”

3) “u(you) scoundrel. U call God stupid. God will surely answer u”

4) “u are a liar like yr (your) father Satan. I hv(have) never lacked or beg for bread all my life. D God u despised has always provided”

5) “I am not corrupt in anyway. There is nothing I hv I cannot account for.”

6) “Promise of God to Nigeria. JER 1vs17&18 He has made Nigeria a defenced city an iron pillar. BH (Boko Haram) shall fight bt(but) ll(will) not prevail against us.”

7) “You dont hv incompetent leaders. U hv God fearing leaders who still do their jobs bt also pray 2 God.”

8) Resorting to God on issues is not abdicating responsibility or cluelessness. Prov 3v6′ acknowledge Him in all yr(your) ways & He ll direct yr path’

9) “Unfortunately d spirit of God does not seat on human thrones. He gives power to him who he has chosen&guides him”

10) “d(the) Lord is wt(with) us as a mighty terrible 1.BH ll stumble & not prevail. they(their) & sponsors ll b ashamed. Jer 20 vs 11″

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Opinion: Patriotism, religion, #BringBackJonathanIn2015 and other things Jonathan

by Chris Bamidele

I had to settle for this title for lack of a better one, so pardon me if you think it is not fitting in any way. Now that the apology is out of the way, let’s talk patriotism and religion first before other things.

The time is 10:21 am on Sunday morning. I know I should have been in church, at least the modem I am using belong to a friend of mine who equally needs to be on the Internet but has gone to church. So, I had to use that opportunity to ask for it, so I can check my mails and do other stuff before she gets back from church.

“This guy sef, how can he not go to church and worship God who has given him brain to write and do whatever he does? Instead he is at home writing on a Sunday morning and even telling us he borrowed Internet to upload his writing. Maybe he doesn’t pay tithe sef, and that is why things are tight for him…”

This is what is going on in the mind of religious people in Nigeria, or would be going on if they read my post. I hope you get the drift. But before you crucify me for being a sinner just because I am not in church when you are, ask yourself the question. “Wetin concern me for this matter?”

Now, don’t get me wrong. Going to church is a good thing; I am a card carrying member of a very big Pentecostal church in Lagos and even a worker. But my point is, going to church to pray, sleep or check out fine girls in mini-skirts doesn’t automatically solve our problems in Nigeria, no matter what your Pastor(s) has/have told you. We are a sick Nation and we surely need more than prayers to begin the process of National healing. Prayer is good and like someone pointed out to me last week on twitter; Dr. Ben Carson before his retirement was the best neurosurgeon in America, and he prayed every time before going into the surgery room. I agreed to that fact, but I told her, prayer did not make Ben Carson the best; it was one of the things that made him who he is (You might need to read Gifted Hands). In Nigeria, the very bad ones deliberately do things to take us 50 years backward, while the good ones among us leave every other thing to chance and just pray; we contract all our problems to the Almighty, fully substituting prayers for hard-work and smart-work.

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I was on the staff bus going to the office last Friday, when we drove past one of the INEC centres where PVC were being collected, and oh boy! The crowd was massive, (And this is Calabar, I don’t want to think about what will be going on in Lagos) The lady sitting beside me noticed it too, and we got talking about it. Somewhere in the conversation I said “we always know the right things to do in Nigeria, but we simply won’t do it, we deliberately make things hard for everyone so we can profit when things don’t work”. To my surprise, she said I was an unpatriotic Nigerian who will never see anything good in Nigeria.

My jaw dropped. Where are those unpatriotic lot talking about Enugu sea… sorry airport again?

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To her, whenever anyone says anything “negative” about Nigeria even when the negative is just stating the obvious, the person is not a patriotic citizen. PDP and Jonathanian think that way as well.

This is another scam to draw all the youth to PDP offering them 30% of political offices; these dudes want to make Nigeria a one party state by all means necessary – crook or hook! BEWARE! Age is not synonymous with competence, the likes of Ohimai are in the system, what have they done differently, apart from being in the ruling party and being loyal to the party?

So, during the week, the Presidency launched #BringBackJonathanIn2015. The first one I saw was from Oga Doyin Okupe himself, the self-acclaimed Presidential attack lion (cute name). I have a simple question, have we ever had a PDP president who did not attempt a second term, and even a third term? Maybe President Yar’Adua would have proved us wrong, but sadly he completed his mission before his term. So why are we acting like President Jonathan was kidnapped by the BH and we Nigerian have to rescue him before 2015? Hashtag or not, we know he is contesting in 2015, so why the pretence?

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Akaebube cracked me up with this tweet during the week.

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Now, my question to him will be, when did Olusegun Mimiko become the most performing governor in the South-West? Before his transfer to PDP was completed, or when he was still in LP? But seriously I like Akaebube and I wish he took over Okupe’s job; that man is not on the same level with the rest of us.

Before I forget, this new hashtag in PDP is what Ohimai is promoting on his TL, #30PercentOrNothing.

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This is another scam to draw all the youth to PDP offering them 30% of political offices; these dudes want to make Nigeria a one party state by all means necessary – crook or hook! BEWARE! Age is not synonymous with competence, the likes of Ohimai are in the system, what have they done differently, apart from being in the ruling party and being loyal to the party? We don’t need 30% of the youth to be in government before the country will work, we only need the right government that will create an enabling environment for the Nigerian Youth to prosper in his country. Shikena!

I have to stop here for now, it is almost 12 and the owner of this modem will soon be back from church. Hehehehe, I already laughed at myself, you can forget about yabbing me for borrowing Internet to post. Ciao! Stay patriotic.

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Chris Bamidele blogs from http://degreatest2.wordpress.com

Op-ed pieces and contributions are the opinions of the writers only and do not represent the opinions of Y!/YNaija.

 

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Were the Chibok parents given N100 million? What do you think?

A spokesperson to President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, has denied claims that the President disbursed the sum of N100 million as compensation to parents of the abducted Chiboks girls.

In a tweet last night, Okupe said; “I want to make it clear & emphatically 2(too) dat(that) PGEJ(President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan) did not gv (give) any N100m to d(the) chibok visitors who came 2(to) d villa. D story is absolute falsehood”.

Earlier reports claimed that the President had given parents of the abducted school girls the sum of N100 million as compensation; an amount which was said to have caused some serious dispute within the Chibok community.

Also reacting to the report, another presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati said, “The allegation is completely untrue. Nobody distributed any envelope after the meeting. The meeting was held in the Villa, a public place. After the meeting, the President left and the parents as well as the children went into their buses in the presence of the media.”

“There was no time after the meeting when envelopes were distributed or money was given,” he added.

Now that Okupe and Abati have said nothing of such happened, dear Nigerians, what do you think?

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Okupe has spoken…GEJ did not give any N100m to parents of abducted Chibok girls

by Emmanuel Chidiogo
Doyin-OkupeContrary to reports that President Goodluck Jonathan had disbursed the sum of N100 million as compensation to parents of the abducted Chiboks girls, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs Doyin Okupe, has debunked claims.
In a tweet last night, Okupe said; “I want to make it clear & emphatically 2(too) dat(that) PGEJ(President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan) did not gv (give) any N100m to d(the) chibok visitors who came 2(to) d villa. D story is absolute falsehood”.
Earlier reports had it that the president had given parents of the abducted school girls a sum of N100 million as compensation; an amount which was said to have caused some serious dispute within the Chibok community.
Also reacting to the report, the Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati said; “The allegation is completely untrue. Nobody distributed any envelope after the meeting. The meeting was held in the Villa, a public place. After the meeting, the President left and the parents as well as the children went into their buses in the presence of the media”.
“There was no time after the meeting when envelopes were distributed or money was given,” he added.
Now that Okupe and Abati have said nothing of such happened, dear Nigerians, what do you think?

“No shots from PDP Voltrons yet?!” | See the top 10 tweets from Oby Ezekwesili’s interview tonight

by Hauwa Gambo

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NIgerians have been waiting to hear leader of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, Obiageli Ezekwesili speak today on BBC HardTalk on the issues aroun dthe missing Chibok girls, and the response of government to the citizen-led demand.

Just as and immediately after the interview was over, Nigerians took to Twitter to deliver their verdict, and it was mostly positive. We present our top pick of the tweets:

First, politician and publisher, Dele Momodu, set the tone:

Then, once the interview started, the praise began to pour in:

Some wondered where the ‘haters’ went:

Some spoke of a particular ‘hater':

Of course, some were not impressed:

The praise and worship continued:

And someone gave the final score:

“Definitely an anti-climax”! | Doyin Okupe couldn’t wait to respond to Oby Ezekwesili (TWEET)

by Hauwa Gambo

Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe  | credits: pointblanknews.com

Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe
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Not one to let critics of President Goodluck JOnathan get away with it, Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe was on standby today – to deliver what some will view as the official government response to the interview by former World Bank Vice President, Obiageli Ezekwesili on the BBC’s HardTalk tonight.

He didn’t disappoint – making his opinion known in one simple tweet:

Ambivalence. Prevarication. Copious. Pretensions.

For the “copious” Okupe, it’s all in a day’s job.

“God shall take over the battle”: Doyin Okupe goes spiritual, prophesies over return of Chibok schoolgirls (TWEETS)

by S’ola Filani

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Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe took to Twitter prophesying over the return of the missing Chibok schoolgirls.

Countering former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s statement that not all the girls will return, Okupe tweeted: “As an Oracle of JEHOVA GOD,  I prophesy d Chibok girls will return in less than a month. He honored d words of Elijah, He’ll honour my words.”

Over 230 students of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State were kidnapped 61 days ago with their location yet unknown.

See snapshots of Okupe’s tweets below: