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“Don’t Insult Goodluck Jonathan on Facebook” – Youth Group



If there is any platform that has provided Nigerians the opportunity to throw darts at leaders who are not meeting the expectations of the people in recent times, it is social media. The most commonly used sites being Facebook and Twitter.

Only last week, President Goodluck Jonathan came under serious attack by lots of Nigerians after he posted his Christmas message on Facebook. Lots of his Facebook friends accused him of unfulfilled promises and pointed out lots of the problems bedevilling the country.

However, a group called the Niger Delta Youth Initiative for Positive Change, has risen to his defense. The group has appealed to Nigerian youths to desist from insulting the country’s President on Facebook and other social media. They added that some Nigerians had taken delight in using abusive words against President Goodluck Jonathan, adding that such attitude was not common in other countries.

According to Punch, the National Coordinator of the group, David Ato, who made this call while speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Friday, explained that President Jonathan meant well for Nigerians.

He said people using abusive words against the President should realise that Jonathan did not create the economic and political problems facing the country.

The youth should desist from using abusive words against the President of the country. We should learn how to respect our leaders and we need to support him because we elected him into that office.

“Insulting him on Facebook and other social media is not the best. The truth is that Nigeria has been facing a lot of economic and political problems for a long time. President Jonathan did not create these problems.

He, however, urged the President to begin to deliver on his election promises in 2013, adding that Nigerians were waiting anxiously to see the manifestation of his transformation agenda.

This news has created a huge debate online as many argue that people use social media to attack their leaders in other countries contrary to what Ato said. Some also argue that President Jonathan should take the blame for the current state of the economic and political problems facing the country.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think Nigerians go too hard on President Jonathan and other leaders on Facebook and other social networking sites? Should Nigerians stop insulting him on Facebook?

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. nnenne

    December 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    he brought the insults up on himself. whether its right wrong, depends on how one is looking at it. one thing i know about we Nigerians is that we praise people when they do good and lash out when they do wrong. so if GEJ wants the insults to stop, he should do right.

  2. Princess

    December 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Our so called president deserves whatever he is getting…!

  3. dapo olamide

    December 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm


    • Jia

      December 31, 2012 at 4:04 am

      He aint sh*t. Insult Ebele jare.

  4. Bimpe

    December 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    That is a very very stupid statement to make coming from a leader. Getting at officials reminds them that people are relying on them, reminds them that people are in need and are dying to speak. If no one spoke via social media regarding the fuel subsidy, do you think president Jonathan would have made a reduction? As a matter of fact we are not shouting loud enough, we need to speak louder and clearer. The youth leader mentioned how president Jonathan wasn’t the one that made the economy that way. I think that is a very unjust statement to make, he didn’t make the economy that way but we put him there to make nd bring forth a change, a change that will benefit all of us. Instead the corruption is increasing immensely under his nose, therefore, he is contributing to the to the failure of the economy. He is too nonchalant

  5. Change2013

    December 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    who the hell is David Ato?what is he talking about??- GEJ

  6. nikky

    December 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    My dear youth group you cannot tell people what to do with their Facebook, if the president has an issue with the amount of insult he receives on his Facebook page he can very well delete those people or just shot it down. The last time i checked freedom of expression is allowed.

  7. intheoverseas

    December 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm


  8. ChiboyChuks

    December 30, 2012 at 5:09 pm

  9. ola

    December 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Mr president deserve that from Nigeria… more gist and news here at

  10. goodie

    December 30, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    hurling insults is very much different from expressing personal opinion and or agitating for accountability from government. Nigerians insult too much and is not good. Btw, Jonathan didn’t create those problems, we all want him to buckle up. Insulting him on social Media is not d solution. Rather use it as a medium to point out to issues that should be adressed. dont even know what people fink constructive criticism is… It has nothing to do wit insult.

  11. T-boy

    December 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    @Nikky that’s just it, if he’s not pleased he can F’n delete his profile or get someone who can help him moderate the page anyone who uses abusive words would be tagged as Spam! Or he can F’n STFU its not by force u come on Facebook n talk to Nigerians like everything Is fyne Mtcheewww!!!

  12. Tosin

    December 30, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I do like to report on the progress that Jona and team have made, and to try to be (a big) part of making Nigeria better, in our hearts and in reality. It starts with our vision…
    That said, I notice that a lot of people can’t stand to see the guy, hear his wife, or even look at their country. Well, he said he’d give those people cause to celebrate later, that he’d go from most hated to most loved. What can I say, I’ve already made the switch…

  13. faith

    December 30, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Yeye president!mtsheeww…since he came. Into POwere its been death! Death! Deat! Shame on him!

  14. judyfeng

    December 30, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I agree.

  15. Winny

    December 30, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    The youth leader, said that Jonathan didn’t make the economy bad well, neither did Obama. He is cleaning up Bush’s economic mess without complaining, he met the economy in ruins Americans blamed him,but he put the interest of the nation and its citizens first. Jonathan should take a leaf from him and stop the jubilation that he provided railway lines from Lagos to Kano at N1500 and increased electricity supply to 4500kw. Infact, Mr President you should hide you face in shame if this your achievement to your electorate.

    • x factor

      December 31, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      @ Winny…..good talk….

  16. Me

    December 30, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Hehe, you’re now regretting voting for him? Don’t be. You elected him so, bear with him. Although, I believe that this is the worst administration Nigeria has ever had.

  17. website hosting

    December 30, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Interesting indeed.

  18. chimanu

    December 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Hi Peeps, we can all put our hard earned degrees and invested education into putting our points across without insulting the man. its a skill set all of us can do well with especially in our careers and relationships. i dont know anyone who has read through a page of insults and was edified or decided to take any good points from it. My thoughts

    • Idak

      December 31, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Some insults are very edifying,especially when directed at inept leaders. They reassure you that holy rage is not an exclusive right of yours. In addition, some have resorted to insults because no amount of proper counsel will ever get across to this clowns. Maybe a few choice insults will reach their seared consciences.
      However some of us have even passed the level of throwing insults, we just have gotten numb and have passed caring.

  19. Tim

    December 30, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Who the f- is GEJ that no one can insult for being a dump head president, is he better than Obama, who is a great and smart leader of a greatest nation on the planet earth USA. GEJ is better of has village principal, he lacks charisma and not smart enough to lead a nation. He is also better of in managing wild animals may be zankari park in sokoto. He has no balls no lead a nation, his wife control him,dummy head president GEJ.

  20. Temitope Adewoye

    December 31, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Hmmm while there’s is a big difference between insults and constructive criticism, this youth group really has no right to tell people what to do I take it that they need cheap publicity! Our dear president should be respected yes! But I think getting feedback negative or positive helps to know where you are and where you need to be.

  21. Feisty chic

    December 31, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Does this not smack of someone seeking for the presidency to notice them?

  22. Justy

    December 31, 2012 at 9:44 am

    A careful analysis of all those who ABUSE,
    CURSE and INSULT Mr president on this
    forum and other fora will CONFIRM that
    these were THE SAME persons who
    FIERCELY OPPOSED Mr president during
    the 2011 elections. Some persons in the opposition camp,including some of the
    12million Nigerians that voted for
    opposition candidates in the 2011
    elections, have refused to accept the
    humiliating DEFEAT they suffered in that
    election. These SORE LOSERS, have refused to accept the FACT that 2011 elections
    had been WON and LOST. They have
    carried the BATTLE and WAR pre-2011
    elections into post-2011 era. Other
    countries unite immediately AFTER any
    election for the purpose of NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT but the we dont see that in
    Ladies and gentlemen, permit to
    reiterate for the uptenth time and for the
    benefit of those who are still living in
    DENIAL, that the 2011 elections had been WON and LOST.
    The 2011 elections had been WON and
    The 2011 elections had been WON and
    The 2011 elections had been WON and LOST…
    The 2011 elections had been WON and
    2011 Election is OVER. Pls can we UNITE
    I didn’t support Buhari during the 2011 elections, but I cant imagine myself
    engaging in abuses, insults, BAD-
    BELLEISM and MISCHIEF had Buhari won
    that election.
    Shame on all SORE LOSERS!!

  23. Blamaco11

    December 31, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Like everything else…Nigerians bastardise every thing….so why should Facebook be any different? I am at the moment reading a book written by Richard Dowden called “Africa- Altered States, Ordinary Miracles” Go and read what outsiders think of us Nigerians across the world, maybe we need to look at the ugly traits bedevil us rather than abuse leaders who cant answer back.

  24. Ayooluwa

    December 31, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Oga wat r u saying? 2011 is in d past nd forgotten self. Those Niger Delta group or whatever they call themselves should go find work to do. What they are pointing out is not the solution. President Jonathan should buckle up nd work then people attitude will change towards him. Most people r not happy with his administration so much death. President Jonathan has only ruled for 1 year and 7months and its like he had ruled for 8years. When pple start feeling that way, its devasting.

  25. Busy Sade

    December 31, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    OMG! Only one year and 7months , he is worrying about insults , when he should be worrying about people who are dying everyday from his inability to secure the citizens of the country that he was elected to protect. He Is busy partying and paying some jobless people to tell us how to talk to him imagine the arrogance. It is this arrogance that makes them think that an elected position is a birthright. GEJ concentrate on the things that need to be done , just in case you don’t know what they are let me refresh your memory, PHCN, refineries , good roads ,health care, shelter , corruption, need I continue ? Stop fooling yourself because Nigerians are no longer fooled

  26. NNENNE

    January 1, 2013 at 4:41 am

    There is a great difference between constructive criticism and disrespectfulness.
    As an African, I choose the later over the former.
    Again, GEJ , deserves some respect because he represents the office of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. When you disrespect him, you disrespect the entity he represents.
    Constructive criticism is ok. It is not always what you say but how you say it!
    The Northern oligarchy is causing death in Nigeria not GEJ.
    The country belongs to all of us. There is no one group that must rule all the time.
    We should learn to be tolerable of each other. If you fail the election this time, try another time.Do not turn the country upside down just because you lost… two cents!

  27. Busy Sade

    January 1, 2013 at 10:23 am

    The easiest thing to do is point at someone else while leaving what is supposed to be done. He is elected to solve the national problems not seat doing nothing tangible but complain about losers of election who will not let him perform, what kind of lame excuse is that. What GEJ fixes now is what will determine if he gets a second chance. All of you who always rise to his rescue tell him to do the job he was elected to do and stop complaining about people who are making the country ungovernable. He is the president so he should act like one not like a houseboy begging his master to allow him do the job.

  28. Busy Sade

    January 1, 2013 at 10:38 am

    He has been elected president so he should BE THE PRESIDENT and solve national problems like a president does; decisively, effectively and efficiently so that those of us who had enough faith in him to vote for him will not be put to shame. Work GEJ work and stop chasing shadows.

  29. ify

    January 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    @busy sade u re so on point,itz high tym we cal a sped a sped in diz country

  30. Abdullahi Yunus Husaini Hadejia

    January 26, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    realy mr president, youl try for youth.

  31. David Ato

    January 5, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Those who are accusing me of being paid by President Goodluck Jonathan for telling them the need to put the energy, time and money they use in insulting our God given President on the media should also know that they have been paid by the opponent to insult the President. I pray that God should have mercy on them and also give them the wisdom to contribute to improve our young democracy. God bless Nigeria

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