Unemployment, Fuel Subsidy, Second Term & More: Goodluck Jonathan tackles Major National Issues during the Presidential Media Chat

President Goodluck Jonathan this evening hosted his fourth Presidential Media Chat since returning to office in May 2011.  During the two-hour programme which was broadcast live on major TV stations between 7p.m. to 9p.m, he tackled questions from a panel of senior media practitioners and members of the public who sent in their questions via Twitter and SMS.

The questions thrown at him ranged from insecurity to economy, corruption, fuel subsidy, second term, education and more.

Here are some highlights of his responses to various questions and comments which have been trending since the chat.

On the expenditure of the State House on feeding and ancillary services
“There is a lot of misconception about the State House”…. “I even eat two times a day, breakfast and dinner; and the food I eat is not very expensive.”

On Boko Haram
It was earlier reported that the Federal Government had begun dialogue with the sect, however, he said “So far, no dialogue is going on with the government and Boko Haram.”

On whether he would run for a second term in office
He asked for more time for himself and cabinet to work before he is faced with the question of whether he will run for elections in 2015 or not. “Four years is too small to make an impact, the media should give me time please… I don’t want to distract members of my cabinet.”

On Corruption 
“The effort this government has put in in fighting corruption, I don’t think any other person has done that.  This government is fighting corruption and the results are obvious.”

On Fuel Subsidy Removal 
The President said he was misquoted in some instances. “If we want to remove subsidy, we wouldn’t have made provisions for subsidy in 2013 budget.”

On Unemployment
“We are working very hard. You cannot get jobs overnight, we are coming up with programs like #SURE #YOUWIN to develop people…. I never promised to reduce poverty. I promised to create wealth.”

On Constitutional Amendment
The President said he cannot teach the National Assembly their job on constitution review even if he supports a referendum. “It will not be proper for me now to begin to impose my ideas.”

On Fuel Scarcity 
The Presidents said by the time he concludes with “the issue of sanitizing the oil sector,” the issue of queues in fuel stations will be over. “As we are talking today, there is no fuel queue in Benin Republic, and all the fuel are from Nigeria, yet there is fuel queue in Lagos,” he said blaming the human factor for the current scarcity of fuel in Nigeria.

He made some promises:
“Before the middle of next year, we would have stable electricity in Nigeria.”
“I will fix the Benin-Ore road.”

Cleared up some controversies:
“The first lady is OK. She was with us in service today. She is fine.”

And said his administration was focusing on progression
“We have set up a committee to identify why none of our Universities are among the top 100 in the world.”

The media chat ended with the president assuring that he, with his vice president and team, will “leave something behind by the end of his four year tenure that Nigerians will be proud of.”

Despite the President’s efforts at reassuring Nigerians of his commitment to the country’s development, the media chat has been greeted with widespread criticism with many having little faith in his words. What do you think about the topics raised and the President’s responses?

15 Comments on Unemployment, Fuel Subsidy, Second Term & More: Goodluck Jonathan tackles Major National Issues during the Presidential Media Chat
  • Wendy November 19, 2012 at 12:01 am

    JONA HAS ALREADY ANSWERED THE QUESTION OF SECOND TERM.”FOUR YEARS IS TOO SMALL TO MAKE AN IMPACT”, THAT MEANS HE NEEDS A SECOND TERM TO MAKE AN IMPACT. SHIKEENA

  • nich November 19, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Only idiots will believe him….

  • babes November 19, 2012 at 12:43 am

    well, i have a problem with the statement “i never promised to reduce poverty, i promised to create wealth” . Biko, who are you creating wealth for – yourself and your cabinet members?
    i believe poverty reduction is the one of the goals of every government as this leads to more income equality, thereby raising the living standards of the people.
    Mr President, you’ve gotten it all wrong.

  • Missasokoro November 19, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Lol at Wendy! But ure right and I’ve got to be honest, with the numerous issue nigeria is faced with, four years is damn too short to make a positive impact. Fact.

  • mathew November 19, 2012 at 1:45 am

    I watched him…he was just saying rubbish. He dare not contest for second time.

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  • habba! November 19, 2012 at 1:58 am

    he does not need a second term! he is a liar. All he does is carry his no nothing wife and spend our money! its getting really exhausting with these idiotic african men that have done nothing for africa aside from making our women be prostitutes or starve to death its time for a WOMAN PRESIDENT!

  • barbz November 19, 2012 at 3:23 am

    mtcheeewwwww.. dis man nd his vice re just Mannequins occupying space abeg! i see he’s trying 2 repeat a lil bit of Obama’s act here.. no 4 yrs for you, imagine “the food i eat is not very expensive” that means in a way its expensive.. sigh!! abeg! dey shld just do nd go so dat we can bring sme1 credible nd worthy enough 2 atleast do something that we will be able to see..

  • iamfascinating November 19, 2012 at 4:19 am

    to be fair, power supply has improved.Other areas still need loads of work and all that feeding expenses is just obscene. God help us.
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    • Ready November 19, 2012 at 9:58 am

      Agreed. Although it’s improved in some areas than others. In general sha, I’m hopeful. Naïve, no..but hopeful.

  • stephaine November 19, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Power supply improved? May be your area

  • Idak November 19, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Who listens to these clowns?
    For all i care and know, the country is on auto-pilot.

  • temmerzz November 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    God bless u Jonathan. Just make sure u do you work. Thats all. I believe u can make us nigerians proud we put u in power.

  • Athena Ray November 20, 2012 at 2:33 am

    This man is very saddistic and scary all he said made my skin crawl thats why this country is like this and will continue to be like this. God doesn’t want us to suffer plp should not believe that story look at Egypt and Tunsia they fought for their freedom from oppression. These plp will never change the Nigerian ppl need to change and say ENOUGH! Protest in unity all over the nation let us fight for what we deserve look at South Africa they didn’t just sit down and accept things as they are we have to fight.

  • Eggie November 26, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Saying 4 years is too small to make a positive impact is a major blunder. We are not asking him to turn Nigeria into London, rather, let us see the government at work: constructing good roads, fighting corruption, tackling poverty, implementing some of the numerous policies he enumerated during his campaign. When a government is at work, the people see some changes he should not blame his ineptitude on time factor. since he assumed office:boko haram, attempted removal of fuel subsidy, proposed 1.3bn for feeding, the list goes on.

  • Pinky December 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

    God will have mercy on u looser, cos u are a disgrace to our generation and god will punish u for dat, cos u and ur wife are busy stealing money and now u are telling us jubilish and u think God will forgive u, u are watching the masses and they are dying and u are doing nothing about it. If somebody told me dat ur dispensation will be like this i wouldn’t have believed it. U are watching buhari and his bokohalam team making a mess in Nigeria and u are doing nothing about it , may God punish u and all our past leaders….

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