President Goodluck Jonathan Responds to Outrage over his Trip to Brazil | Travels With 116 Delegates

President Goodluck Jonathan has responded to the outrage surrounding his trip to Brazil amidst violence and killings in Kaduna and Yobe states.

Yesterday, Boko Haram sent out another threat that June would be a very bloody month as it has planned massive attacks on churches and government buildings in the coming weeks further heightening the apprehension in the country.

Despite this, Nigerians were upset that the President wasn’t in the country to address the security issues and condemned his action.

However, President Jonathan has responded to the outrage saying that he hasn’t responded his responsibilities.

Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, he said he needed to attend the conference because of its importance to Nigeria and because commitments had already been made on his attendance.

“The conference, Rio+20, is very important and nobody can doubt that. The issues that will be discussed at this conference are also issues that are relevant to Nigeria’s interest. It is also an opportunity for Nigeria to promote its interest in terms of its place in global community.

“The crisis in Kaduna and Yobe occurred almost on the eve of the President’s departure for this event and commitments have been made.

“I think what we can do is to appeal to the opposition not to always play politics with everything; that is the major challenge we face, people always want to play politics with everything.

“If the President had refused to come to Rio, the same persons will turn around and say that there is an important conference attended by world leaders and the Nigerian President stayed away from it.

“It is as if there is nothing you can do to please our people. It is not that Nigeria is going to lose anything by Mr. President’s presence here rather, the country is going to gain a lot from his presence.

“He is here serving the interest of Nigerians, it is not as if he has abandoned his responsibilities.”

Similarly, Nigeria’s Information Minister, Labaran Maku, declared that President Jonathan can rule from anywhere he chose in the world.

Mr. Maku described those criticizing President Jonathan for abandoning the country to travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as ignorant.

Meanwhile, media reports say President Jonathan traveled to Brazil with the largest national delegation comprising of 116 men and women.

•    25 personal aides
•    18 aides of Patience Jonathan
•    2 members of the National Assembly
•    5 Ministers
•    2 Governors, and
•    63 officials from the Ministries of Enviroment, Foreign Affairs, National Planning and Petroleum Resources.

What do you think about the President’s response and his delegation to Brazil?

News Source: Punch | Sahara Reporters

106 Comments on President Goodluck Jonathan Responds to Outrage over his Trip to Brazil | Travels With 116 Delegates
  • Me2me June 21, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I think you all should let the president do his job. Leave the man alone

    • TessySays June 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      We will not leave him. He is complete idiot and this coming from me the biggest idiot that voted for him.

      • just saying December 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm

        Um, can comments be made without rendering insult to ourselves or others.
        If you feel the need to criticize the president, then do so in a more constructive manner

    • anyaya June 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      we should let him do his job ke? are those 116 delegates going to improve the environment in our country wasting public funds for frivolities?
      and what exactly is Patience doing with 18 personal aides? if she was bored in aso rock, she should have asked her companions to relax at home with her as they enjoy nkwobi and peppersoup. this woman’s activities and the whole “office of the first lady” bull**** is too nonsensical.
      I don tire for all this nonsense…since 2009 they’ve been saying they will put an end to BOKO HARAM. But look at us now…first half of 2012 gone and they’re still “dealing” with the issue.

      Forget the RIO summit. Focus on our priorities. Nigeria is in a State of Emergency. No be ASA talk am: “there is fire on the mountain and nobody seems to be on the run”

    • Teslimat July 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Even if the summit is important ,the 116 delegates is to much.BIKO!!!

  • Anonymous June 21, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I begged people not to vote this clown. It was a passionate plea. He’s either too dull to appreciate the enormity of the situation at home or too wicked to care. As regards the gargantuan delegation, its only one with a certain degree of presence of mind that can that its a waste to travel with such a large delegation, from one of the poorest countries at the conference. All those that voted PDP and GEJ, thanks for inflicting such pain on me and my children. #Godiswatchungyou

  • anonymous June 21, 2012 at 10:31 am

    rubbish. excuses, excuses, excuses

  • lADI June 21, 2012 at 10:34 am

    WOW, imagine the estacode?

    I understand the president, governors, his wife (maybe) and the Federal Ministry people but why does Patience have delegates?

    Vagabonds in Power ooooooo!!!!

  • yk June 21, 2012 at 10:36 am

    oh my goist! This is so sad! our president jetting around when d country is falling apart!! pathetic. and wif 116 delegates? na wa!! billions will av been spent for this useless trip. pls tell me what our dame went to do? I can forgive all the others attending but her? no no no. what is she going to do dia? ” is it her kind dey are finding dia?” Sometimes i imagine her having a meeting with michelle and hillary. she sef no fit try am… its just so sad for this nation..it hurts so much reading the dailies now, May God heal our land!!!

  • Bimbs June 21, 2012 at 10:37 am

    President Jan must be out of him mind.
    his sure talking like someone under the influnce of some alchohol and stuff.
    what d F…. is he saying. Whena d if an attack occurs again he will say he registers his displeasure, really who cares. Just act. Do something before it gets worse than what it is now.

  • ade June 21, 2012 at 10:51 am

    18 aides for ‘Dame Patience’ – aides for what ? Who elected her ? in what capacity is she there apart from the wife of GEJ that she needs aides for ???? Father Lord rid of us of these people please !. Maku and Abati – exactly what good is GEJ presence going to do in Rio – will it restore our dead power/electric infratructure ?, will it bring about more good roads, will it resotre our health facilities o r make our avaiation sector safe and secure ?? – tell me – which one is it. Its like they are in a parallel universe. Father please, i beg, please rid us of these people, how long will they put fingers in our eyes and laugh at us !!

  • judge June 21, 2012 at 10:53 am

    whether home or abroad, what difference does it really make. God is the only one that matters.

    • Nike June 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      OH SHUT UP!!! Its people like you that encourage mediocrity

    • Ijeoma June 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Plix, excuse, what is the correlation between your comment and this article? In fact, taking your sentence (or is it two phrases with a fullstop between) on its own, what does it even mean? It’s like you put random words together, threw in ‘God’, and assumed that would make your sentence sacred and your contribution meaningful. I’m very confused.

  • Wallex June 21, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Abati is a disgrace! I have leant not to take most of these jouralist serious any longer. They shout, they condemn when they have no opportunity to be in power. But give them the slightest opportunity, their name will turn to FAPONDA (they change tune). As for GEJ, i wonder why people are complaning his leaving the country for Brasil. Even when he was around, what did he do? I don’t think Nigeria will miss him even if he chooses to remain in Brasil for the rest of his life. Shioor!!!

  • eesha June 21, 2012 at 10:56 am

    116 DELEGATES? IS IT A MUST FOR PATIENCE TO GO? 18 AIDES FOR HER ALONE, I WONDER WHO THE REAL PRESIDENT IS BTW THE 2 OF THEM.

  • Jess June 21, 2012 at 10:58 am

    “it is as if there is nothing you can do to please our people” Seriously??? How does this guy even manage to write such things in all seriousness. I’m guessing all those delegates are absolutely needed as well as this is clearly a conference that is fully in the interest of the Nigerian people? Sigh.

  • Berry Choco Latte June 21, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Don’t slaughter me, but I don’t see what the uproar’s about. It’s not like he’s gone on vacation. In addition, even if he stayed here, what would he be doing – considering that he’s been doing pretty much nothing in response to this terrorism?

    Now, I do have an issue with the number of people he’s gone with. Completely unnecessary!

    http://ajebutternysc.blogspot.com

  • oziodovidi ozieruru June 21, 2012 at 11:04 am

    It is not proper for the president to abandon us even if he has the time or no time to decide wether to go or not to go. Charity begins at home.

  • Turn turn turner June 21, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I can even maybe understand the President ensuring he stamps his presence at international matters but pray tell, why did he need to travel with such a large number of people?

    I feel sorry for my country. I really do

  • Ella June 21, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Na wa ooo 18 aides of patience Jonathan, ma ka why na. I just dey laugh….

    • sandra June 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      the 18 aides would be fixing her brazilian hair for her mschew!!! yeye woman

  • oziodovidi ozieruru June 21, 2012 at 11:10 am

    It is not proper for the president to abandon us even if he has the time or no time to decide wether to go or not to go. Charity begins at home.
    It is outrageous for Jonathan to have gone along with that large number of people for that trip. He is just crippling our economy.
    The productive sector, the back borne of our economy is dead. If this his attitude will help us, let him continue.

    • peace December 21, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      I beg to differ on this statement ‘he is just crippling our economy’
      Have you ever thought of the situation in this manner.. ‘maybe the president didn’t have to spend a dime on that trip to Brazil, maybe he didn’t use the public funds for the trip, maybe the Brazilians paid for the trip to make sure that there is no excuse whatsoever for the president of Nigeria not having to attend, could it be that the Brazilians sent a private jet over to Nigeria to pick up the president and his delegates(which can be done by the way)..
      I’m not supporting the fact that the president left for Brazil with so many of his delegates, leaving behind perhaps a few officials in Nigeria under such derogatory state of massive attack from the boko- harams but the situation shouldn’t be viewed lopsidedly(looking at things from just one perspective)..
      If he wasn’t present for the meeting in Brazil maybe the president of America wouldn’t have offered to help Nigeria fight Boko-Haram, maybe talks about our natural resources and how it can be used in a way to boost our economic stability wouldn’t have been implemented, maybe talks about learning how not to view our natural resources as our only hope for survival but instead investing on other areas of development such as tourism to help boost the economic status of the country and thus benefit you and i wouldn’t have been given.
      Never thought of it in this way right?
      No president is perfect, even the president of the most beautiful and peaceful country you have ever seen can still have flaws.
      My advice to Nigerians is to NOT jump into conclusions before the genuine fact is even realized.
      There is no need to make assumptions if one does not understand the full facts behind an action no matter how reprimand-able we think it is. Be careful cos if you over throw those in power who has good intentions for that country Nigeria(Jonathan, Fashola and his likes), you might as well be ruled by corrupt politicians who will drag you down the mud with them.
      The current president needs encouragement, supporters not critics to help him serve the nation well.

  • amy June 21, 2012 at 11:13 am

    God help us all.. am tired of speaking English…let us start to pray

  • Concerned Native June 21, 2012 at 11:13 am

    This people governing us are perfect mugus, and infact people with missplaced priorities. Why the hell does think he has a vice president? So how does what they talk about in brasil help fix the bombing, the terrorism,and looting going on in nigeria? This is one of the worst choice we as nigerians made the day we voted this man and his cabinet into office. Imagine, 18 aids for his wife, are you kidding me, what the hell does she do for nigeria, except spend our money? This man is just taking vacations while our country is on fire without a care in the world. He was summoned to explain how to fix problems in the north, but his busy dinning to brasilians. God where are you? Infact i would be lying if i said i wish them a safe journey. Certainly people need to understand that nothing happens by mistake, jonathan and his cabinet is end time and a warning to us nigerians. We need a government with equal checks and balances at each branch, so that one branch, the executive branch wont hold all the powers and feel it can do anything. May God protect my homeland and give our leaders consciouness,morals and bless them with ethical mindedness so that our country will move from daily bloodsheds and continues looting, to a stable peaceful and non corrupt government, so that we can build this country to realize the dreams of our forefathers that agreed on our behalf to remain one upon independence from Great Britain. Sometimes though, I wonder if truly we deserved independence, for our own brothers, like in the past are selling and stealing from us to dash to the whiteman’s land, forgetting that charity begins at home. May we not continue to go to sleep with bitter taste of betrayal by our leaders in our mouth, but that we start demanding actions first, before continuous talk, for the past promises we have been make have been all empty.

  • Alpha Bah June 21, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Nigerians,this Boko Haram issue shouldn’t be taken lightly because this is how the civil WAR started in my beloved country Liberia,so my advise to u people is that u shouldn’t be blaming everything on ur president cause this man is just one,n u knw there re many oppositions out there who want to see ur country come backward so they will always find means of saying bad things about ur President.SO I AM BEGGING U PEOPLE TO PLS BE WATCHFUL,N MINDFUL OF WAT U SAY ABOUT UR PRESIDENT.

    • Me June 22, 2012 at 3:41 am

      Bah, most Nigerians want Jonathan Goodluck to succeed. It’s beneficial to us if he implements the right ideas. But, this man has constantly failed to implement anything sensible. His main problem is not his distractors (who by the way, most Nigerians hate with a passion cause they are enemies of progress) but rather, it is his lack of vision. For example, where is the vision in: changing a university name to the disadvantage of its students? standing idle while Boko Haram (the snake of Nigeria) kill innocent people? making stupid statements that make the citizens lose confidence in him? Letting ex-military Dictators (wicked men) use you as their puppet? Where is the vision in all of this!

  • Abs June 21, 2012 at 11:16 am

    “The conference, Rio+20, is very important and nobody can doubt that”……ermmm your Excellency some people are doubting oo :)

    http://www.abadawoode.blogspot.com

  • Light June 21, 2012 at 11:17 am

    okay! someone has definitely misplaced his priorities here and these “closed minds” speaking on behalf of d president should borrow “closed mouths” somewhere there too.

  • Olinya Osita June 21, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I think president Goodluck Jonatan is doing his best towards achieving peace, security and progres of this country, i therefore employ all Nigerian to excercise patience and stop critisising our president. Some bad Nigerians are doing to marr the leadership of our amiable president.

    • Seeking Answers... June 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      I JUST HAVE A SIMPLE QUESTION FOR YOU @ ….HOW???

    • peace December 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      I agree with you. Nigeria citizens just see things on a national level, the president on the other hand sees things on an international level.
      Nigerians do you not realize that the way you negotiate with the world at large(other countries- international and national) is as important as the way you negotiate with your own country. Both are important – foreign affairs and local affairs.
      If you do not attend the meetings held by foreign affairs in how to better the world and get rid of terrorists, your country will be at loss at the end of the day

  • Iheanyichukwu June 21, 2012 at 11:26 am

    D deligation no is un called 4.d presendent hav his security men on ground.was his wife voted 4.obama do travel with his wife too but not with all this AIDS

  • Earnest Joseph June 21, 2012 at 11:34 am

    God should interven in Nigeria Situation! The Best way for this Boko Haram is to Deal with all those Corrupt leaders but why are they killing the innocent soul?

  • shanday June 21, 2012 at 11:38 am

    GEJ never ceases to amaze me. People are being slaughtered like chickens yet he is busy gallivanting. Imagine the audacity

  • partyrider June 21, 2012 at 11:40 am

    i don’t have strength again for the madness going on in Nigeria,so on this issue…No comment!

  • lekan June 21, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Their is nothing wrong with him traveling to brazil.When he was in the country, Nigeria still experience bombings. The number of delegates is my concern.Who will be paying for all expenses of course nigerians.I pray for wisdom for our leaders

  • Anike June 21, 2012 at 11:51 am

    18 aides of PATIENCE JONATHAN!!!!!!!!!!!!! 18!!!!!!!!

  • chydee June 21, 2012 at 11:57 am

    “The crisis in Kaduna and Yobe occurred almost on the eve of the President’s departure for this event and commitments have been made.”… it is surprising that the President forgot his commitment to Nigerians to tackle this menace called boko haram by June – June is almost ended. Also, how can you protect your interest in the global community when the country is at the brink of disintegration?? the opposition has every right to play politics because they are ‘the opposition’ – this is why we have a democracy (at least we assume). Furthermore, Mr. Information minister does not sound so well informed since the president CANNOT rule from anywhere he chooses in the world. What i think about the president’s response? he is still clueless as to what his responsibilities and priorities are.

    • Naveah June 21, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      Abi o!!! I can’t even run my house from another state when I’m on a business trip. There are somethings that I need to be at home to do, talkless of a whole country! Even when there has been crisis in the US, the President is taken away to Camp David where he remains to run the affairs of the country, he doesn’t take off to Portugal and run the country from there!

  • ejiro June 21, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I onli hop dat among d 18 delegates of mma patience,english teacher go dey included b4 she embarasses her husband again

  • Abiola June 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I can’t believe “Dr. Reuben Abati” could actually release this press statement as a justifiable reason. REALLY???? Has the money made you STUPID????
    I’m tired of hoping for CHANGE!

  • Johnson June 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    In saner climes, Dr. Reuben Abati, a one-time conscince of the nation would have thought twice before reading his prepared ‘jargons’ to the nation. What on earth is more important to the interest of the nation than the souls of her citizens? Power truly corrupts!!!

  • Dor dor June 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    This guy needs to be impeached!! High point of irresponsibility and insensitiveness!!!We pray for you if this is witchcraft Manipulation..Cause a Sane mind wont rule like this (I wont use the word LEAD) Cause no sign of leadership.

  • busarni June 21, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    yawnssss: make una try respect jonathan; americans do not disrespect their presido de way yu guys do. No mata wat,show a lil respect. Jus wondering what majority of yu wld have done in his position as a presido;probably worst. But jona sha;the 118 delegates is too much naaa.

    • intelligent June 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      you obviously dont live in Nigeria hence your issue of respect,you just sit over there and assume Nigerians enjoy murmuring and complaining, you arent there in the incessant darkness and poor hygine and medical facilities made available to us. if only the President can show Nigerians a little respect then we can then say some respect is deserving.

  • Odior June 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    24 personal aides common, pls what will they be doing for God sakes….18 personal aides for patience and 63 pple from other ministries for what?

  • LPS June 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I am done praying for 9ja! 62 what? That’s a whole church congregation menh!
    http://personalstuvs.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous June 21, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Food for though:
    Estacode estimate: President = 30,000 USD/Day
    Ministers/Senators = 5000 usd – 9000 usd/Day
    First lady unknown
    Aides = 500 usd/day

    My estimates are based on gossip shared amongst delegates on a recent trip i joined with Senators, governors and DG’s of ministries.

  • paddy June 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Money makes man mad! Reuben Abati is d typical reference. I honestly find it disgusting when I remember d old Reuben of d PATITO’s GANG fame.

  • Web Hosting Tips June 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I thought they said is on an offical assignment, why all the hassles,

    is he not suppose to travel again, is he the one to stop the bombing :)

    Why are the other arm of government doing, are they not suppose to run other thing aswell

  • Chika June 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Mr President, tell that to the marines.

  • omoibo June 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Thunder fire Reuben Abati’s mouth!! What does he take Nigerians for?! fools? GEJ continues to show how misplaced his priorities are & the lack there of judgement. Your house in on fire & you still find the time to travel to brazil for a freaking summit that has no effect whatsoever on the crisis in your own house . Whatever happened to sending a representative to attend the flipping summit on behalf of you? Man, I feel so bad for naija because this GEJ dude is just drifting through with no direction. SMH

  • Anonymous June 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Those trips are for profit. once you understand that logic then you would not debate why they go on many trips and carry alot of delegates. Those delegates are brought along for ”compensation” for their services to the government not to attend meetings or network with other global leaders – half of them would be sleeping at the meetings!

    So before you argue – please understand that those trips are a way for officials to swallow Egunje!!! Especially Presido who gets an unreasonably high 30,000 USD a day in Estacode when more than half of the nation lives on dollar.

  • chinedu ohiri June 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    i guess our problem has notting to do with mr president trip to anywhere bcos i know too well that mr president can rule frm anywhere but let us look at it from the bad orientation given by our so called religious nd cultural leaders making some tribes believe they ‘re born to rule the earlier we fish this bad leaders out the better for our country.

  • eddy June 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Animal dey wear agbada!

  • TobechiD June 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    An empty suit in power? No. More like an empty agbada in power. What is his explanation for 116 delegates. What extravagance at the expense of Nigerians!
    http://tobechidaniel.blogspot.com/

  • Nwachukwu Godwin. June 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Jonathan has lost focus.
    We should continue to pray for him.
    Nigeria will outlive all these irresponsibilities!!!

  • Newbie June 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    If his son had died on the bombing that day…is he saying he still would have left?? May God forgive our leaders and protect us.

  • Anonymous June 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    why does Patience have to go and more so with 18 aides. What is wrong with hat country. Only a revolution will bring sanity to this madness

  • timma June 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Hmm!The number of people in the team is just too much,and Mr.President. Should know that nobody wants to abandoned cos thatz what he just did!Couldn’t his Vice represent him?????Only God can save this country so sad

  • G June 21, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Many leaders as you see them, na different disguise them they use (Fela you were so right). I honestly can’t understand why official statements are riddled with emotion. Stick to the facts mate! Keep it short, simple and intelligent. Complete wankers, the lot of them! Dr. ko Dr. ni, na so them dey give doctorate, olodo oshi. Sorry readers:) That’s my rant for the week. Bisous x

  • NKELLY June 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Your house is burning but its easier for you to run and enjoy yourself in a calm environment, when in your own country, innocent people cant even come out in the day………..Jona well done oh.

  • Ann Okorie June 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Nigerians are heart broken… Christians are hurt….which way Nigeria?

  • mma June 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    totally a waste of nation funds…smh.. wat does our said 1st lady have to say in the conference only to go and fall our hand more with her grammar..rubbish

  • Tabitha June 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Delegates to help her launder money……Bunch of clueless bastards!!!!!

  • revivedafrikana June 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    116 people following him is too much sha. Like the minister who was photographed sleeping at the queens event, same thing will happen here.
    This pple go and sleep and waist our money
    http://www.sweetmothermag.com/

  • Observer June 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    The blood of all those innocent lives that have been lost due to the violence in the north will be on President Jonathan’s hands because he has refused to defend the defenseless!

    • candythot June 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      der blood will be upon d head of dos who dosnt wnt peace in nigeria.God is watching dem!

  • Angry citizen June 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    People need to shut the fuck up for real! Leave the man alone… Some backward Nigerians are so prone to judging, jumping the gun and overly criticizing people in positions of leadership. Criticize, criticize, criticize… Let’s see where it’ll get y’all.. For once, people need to shut the hell up

    • Doesn't matter June 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      Angry Citizen- It is that anger that will kill you. Be angry. Nigerians are stupid I swear. The biggest fools on the surface of the earth. How can we all be so educated and let these uneducated, country looting fools rules us. 150 million of us left about 5% control our lives and take this country to an almost irrepairable state. We need to wake up and stop saying God will judge them. Foolishness, God will judge them but you don’t have to be so damned stupid, God will not come down from Heaven to make Nigeria better we have to do it ourselves with his help.

  • Observer June 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Are u people suggesting that the president shouldn’t be at the Earth summit? What is his vice doing?Cant he hold up for hi s master for a few days? Did yaradua not abandon this nation for months plus without a word? Is it that the nation should stand still for boko haram?Nation is falling apart and is it not Sanusi and buhari that were celebrating his turbaning the other day? Can people please leave Jonathan alone

  • prettyjules June 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    ok……guys i can explain wat the 18 aides for madam patience are for…to help her lift her legs and wear her panties..and bra tooo…while some others brush her brazilian weaves as she cant lift her hands and legs/thighs up!! she has quite a body mass so….now we know!!! God bless Nigeria

  • Ijeoma June 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    More annoying than anything else is how stupid they think we are. Is he the first president who has had to attend a conference in the face of a crisis? Do they think we all don’t understand how important Rio + 20 is? In the past, Obama has abandoned a conference in the face of a disaster and I’m sure other presidents have. If the world was desperate to see Nigeria in Brazil he should have sent a representative. It’s not like Nigeria is a leader in climate change so I’m pretty sure no one there is falling over themselves to talk to him. Nigeria just goes to these things to pledge BS about their commitments to this and that. 116 delegates! What concerns Mrs. Umblerra with climate change? Meanwhile I’m sure all of them on that plane stressed the need for the plane to be new and well maintained before they boarded. I can’t shout. God dey.

  • candythot June 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    u pple should liv dis man alone to rule.is neva like dis wen oda prsedent wer ruling.is it bcos he’s a gud man or rada frm southern part of d country.d funi part is dat dos complaining can nt do haf of wat he has done or wat he will do.we r givin in to dos who dosnt wnt Nigeria as a country to be in peace ,bcos is nt who dey wnt.all dis conplains will nt help nigeria but rada,worsens d situatn.let us collectively support mr presdo in anyway we can n stop condeming him bcos most of us can nt do betta if givin d opportunity.let nt forget dat der is power in d tonge.d more we use our mouth to condem him d more inefficient he becomes.give him ur full support and prayers and see hw betta he will perform and hw betta nigeria will become.peace!

  • sumby June 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Nwachukwu he never had one…..he’s the most ridiculous president naija has ever had…good grief!!!!!God help us o

  • candythot June 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    der blood will be upon d head of dos who dosnt wnt peace in nigeria nt mr presdo.God is watching dem!

  • Naveah June 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    This man’s priorities are misplaced! What does he have ministers for? Couldn’t he have sent several ministers from the petroleum industry to this meeting as well as the Nigerian Ambassador to Brazil? Why is Mrs. Money Miss Road Jonathan on this trip? Doesn’t she have some platform to promote at home? 116 delegates? Even Barack Obama doesn’t travel with that many people, wow! I can’t wait for THIS MAN AND HIS STARK ILLITERATE EMBARASSMENT OF A WIFE to crawl back to the village in Bayelsa they came from! He has not been able to do anything substantial for Nigerians, Boko Haram has slowly inched forward in their attacks while he’s traisping from one country to another, lame duck that he is! Is it easy, no but show some effort! All the noise surrounding the aviation industry and the Dana crash has died down, people have gone back to their normal routine, has anyone been held accountable? Has the president pushed for laws that would change industry standards?

    I PITY NIGERIANS o! Suffering and smiling…then we were all talking about the Arab Spring, see Syria…dem gree die, Naija? For where!

  • Desire June 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    And shutting up is going to help? I think u need to shut up. Its our country and we have a right to express our greviances and vent if need be even though the government is insensitive to the people’s plight.

  • olumi June 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    trust they are in brazil to see how far they have gone with their preparations for the forth coming word cup.

  • Ola June 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    he is simply lost at running this country so he should step aside….well if the bombed had being thrown inside aso rock he would have known what to do

  • MASC June 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I don’t think it was really necessary 4 d president 2 go 2 brasil when he has a vice who can represent him.he should be here,sorting the main problems of this country,& what’s with the 116 delegates?he is just unnecessarily spending the county’s money,money dat can be put 2 good use 4 dis nation!& seriously,wat is his wife doing there?!with 18 aides 4 dat matter!smh.he so nids 2 get his priorities straight.honestly,I think he doesn’t know wat 2 do about d situations on ground.he’s just mooning about,bringing foreigners 2 invest.invest in wat?the power situation is a mess,the cost of fuel is ridiculous,small scale businesses aren’t thriving well because of dat.infact,everthing’s a mess!d rich are getting richer,& d poor are getting poorer.

  • BK June 21, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Please could someone hire me to write these speeches. Please contact me through BN. I’ll write what you want and make us sound good. abeg please :)

  • Bk June 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    http://www.factcheck.org/2011/07/the-traveling-president/ “When President Bush traveled to England in the fall of 2003 for a state visit, the Guardian reported that “Mr. Bush, his wife, Laura, and a 700-strong entourage worthy of a travelling medieval monarch, flew into Heathrow airport.” And the Telegraph broke it down further, reporting that “Mr. Bush will be accompanied by a retinue consisting of 250 members of the Secret Service, 150 advisers from the National Security Department, 200 representatives of other government departments and 50 political aides.” Also traveling with the president were “his personal chef, personal assistants, four cooks, medics and the presidential 15-strong sniffer dog team,” according to the report.”

  • Pastor Omijie H.O.T June 21, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    President Goodluck Jonathan should not be so blamed for anything, be it dullness or insensitivity as the few people who believe the leadership or ‘rulership’ of this country Nigeria is their birthright had before he even came to indicate interest in running the presidential race had boasted they would make this country ungovernable for him. And exactly a day [May 30th 2011] after he was sworn into power bombing started. We Nigerians have forgotten that we are all leaders and that as such we as individuals or groups can correct any anomaly.If the President was weak,[ of course he was] to boldly use his power as an EXECUTIVE President to dare the so-called ‘undarables’ who uttered such unpatriotic and selfish statements and get them apprehended,we knowing that we would be in trouble when we were ungovernable would have shouted on the President to do what he was supposed to do.

  • marvel June 21, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    The men went to Brazil for only one thing. The women, maybe weaves. I don’t think you need not travel in hundreds to learn about recycling, cutting down on greenhouse emissions, gas flaring, cleaning up oil spillage in the Niger Delta etc It is a disgrace!

  • TRUTH June 21, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    NOT 1 NOT 2 NOT EVEN 3 SEF BUT 18!!! CHINEKE NIAJA EFUGO OOOO *SCRATCHES WEAVE BADLY* HOW ROTTENLY SPOILT IS THIS WOMAN! AND SHE DOES NOTHING BUT DISGRACE THE COUNTRY WITH HER UNEDUCATED MOUTH! JUST BE THROWING BOMB EVERYWHERE WITH HER ENGL.. excuse me>>> with her SLANGS! because SHE DOESNT SPEAK ENGLISH AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED.. MOVING ON TO THE MOST IMPORTANT SUGGESTION, THE MONEY FOR 116 PEOPLE HE TOOK FOR THE CONFERENCE WOULD HAVE BEEN USE TO HIRE 116 PROFESSIONAL ASSASSINS TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE STUPID BOKO HARAM THREATS TO THE NATION WHILE, HE ATTENDED THE MEETING WITH ONE OR TWO MOST CRUCIAL OFFICIALS! …. THAT WAY HE WUD BE MULTITASKING WHILST AVOIDING ALL THESE INSULTS HE HAS INFLICTED ON HIMSELF KMT

    • sandra June 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      truth nah true you talk btw what is KMT?

  • Nwakaego June 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    It is such a pity I must say. 116 delegates 4 what?? Am sure 9ja is the country with d highest delegates and am sure d trip was financed by the tax payers money. See scam!!!
    What did Patience doing there?? Am sure to buy Brazilian hair in bulk to start selling it and 18 personal aides?? Yea I forgot she is…
    What a shame!!

  • Person pikin June 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I nearly suffered a hear attack reading the breakdown of the delegates.

    JESUS WEPT!!!!!

  • Bola June 21, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    I am utterly disgusted and i am more disgusted with Reuben Abati.This guu used to write against the government and fight for the masses and now he turns his back on his people. What a retard!

  • primrose June 22, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Dame is there to strike a deal to to be d official importer n distributor of Brazilian human hair,very soon u go hear say human hair depot dey bayelsa

  • anoymous June 22, 2012 at 2:03 am

    116 aids…… omg….. waste of resources!

  • The real TRUTH! June 22, 2012 at 2:37 am

    I have a big problem with the number of delegates on this trip but the PRESIDENT IS JUST TRYING TO DO HIS JOB!!! the nation cannot be on stand still…. he is not the best leader but he has had the toughest tenure of any president in the history of nig and he has faced the most opposition. let us give the guy a break! he is not the cause of all the problems in nigeria and he is not the 1st president to travel with a lot of aides!!
    Let us focus some of the anger on the northern elites who have chosen to sponsor boko haram and shed the blood of innocent lives everyday! they want to make the country ungovernable for jonathan so that power can return to the north! IT IS ALL ABOUT POWER! and POWER=MONEY (oil money)

    NIGERIANS DONT BE DECEIVED!!! let us know who the real ENEMY is!

  • Me June 22, 2012 at 3:14 am

    WAIT! LET’S ESTIMATE THE COST OF WHOLE TRIP. Remember it’s 116 delegates so we have to multiply the total cost per person by 116. Okay, we know these thieves will get the best of the best: on the way to Brazil, during their stay, and on their back. first of all 116 can’t fit on presidential jet, so most are taking commercial airlines. So that’s a cool $6000 to/fro per person. 5 star hotel, that another ice cold $2000 per night (including meals and drinks). Allowance, another frigid $3000 (and these are moderate estimates). That’s already over a $1 million. 80% of that money should have been used to buy new equipments for hospitals.

  • lola June 22, 2012 at 7:44 am

    It is the wrong plane that crashed!

  • Xtians spokesman June 22, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Enough talk! Lets talk about There negotiation wit Brazilians national team over up coming world cup….. Mr president? Nigeria go win?….or may be we should carry Boko haram’s as substitute in the upcomin world cup! Lolz

  • eye June 22, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Shuuuushh, these ignorant citizens!! we are always blaming and cursing. Please spare me! Until President Jonathan sacrifices his life for his country, we will not hear word! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SPARE HIM JOOOR!! Thats all we know in this country, crucifying and judging people who manage to do their very best. Nonsense!! Jonathan should arm himself and then guard all church premises and govt offices abi? JOKERS!

  • kem June 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    blaming and cursing the president, yet we have governors, chairman’s on every local government area. police force, boko haram are human beings and not ghost,they pass through roads, wait for goodluck in abuja to come secure calabar when it has to start with us, everyone need to be patriotic on these, be on the look out and report any suspect…….we kep judging even if he had not gone to brazil, they will still complain, very typical of human beings, never satisfied, can never be pleased, all i know s that one day na one day, all the troublers of these country will be disgraced

  • Angry citizen June 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    @Eye – Well said!!! People don’t realize, President Jonathan’s intentions towards Nigeria are for good and the man IS actively trying to make Nigeria a better place. Unfortunately, there are some bad eggs working under him or in the mix so its not gonna be 100%.. Let the man do his job

  • NNENNE June 23, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Bella, a lot of our people are ignorant and that’s a shame! Please leave the president to do his work. Other officials should also do theirs and report to the president.He cannot rule Nigeria all by himself. The entire Nigerian community should work with him. If anybody sees or hears anything ,report it. That is an important way of dealing with BH.
    By the way, if you detest Mr. President vote right the next time. That is how democracy works.
    Even if he is the worst president all we can do now, is come together, tolerate , support and work with him.
    As for the opposition party people, stop being sour losers! Start planning strategies of how to win the next election. Show the people why you deserve to be president and they will vote for you.
    Mr. President do the best you can for Nigeria because it is your country, too. History will remember you by your deeds and nothing else.
    PEACE…

  • Amber August 14, 2012 at 9:18 am

    116. Awon onijekuje….2 months ago I saw Sanusi lamido at MIA with about 20 people clearing the way for him…am like where is the oga sef…very tiny thing..I thought there was a bombblast with that crowd.nigerians love crowd,they don’t like fresh air,they love attention.they crave for it.

  • Debs November 28, 2012 at 11:09 am

    It was a long line to write in my comment but had to say my mind.

    Its irresponsible of the Govt to travel with a retinue of aides. Thank God I didnt vote for him, would have had much more regrets by now. mschew

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