“Nigerians are Quite Pleased with the Improvement in Power Supply” President Goodluck Jonathan tells CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in Interview | Speaks on Boko Haram, Corruption, Mali & More

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan was yesterday evening, interviewed by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour where he talked about several issues including Boko Haram, power supply, and more.

President Jonathan who spoke from Davos, Switzerland, where he is attending the World Economic Summit claimed that Nigerians were impressed with the current level of improvement in power, and that if there was one area “ordinary Nigerians” applauded his administration for, it was power.

“I would have loved that you ask ordinary Nigerians on the street of Lagos, Abuja or any other city this question about power. This is one area that Nigerians are quite pleased with the government that our commitment to improve power is working. So if you are saying something different, I’m really surprised. That is one area that even civil societies agree that the government has kept faith with its promise. 

“We have not got to where we should be and of course we know that power infrastructure is one investment that you must complete the chain before a bulb can light. You must generate, you must transmit, you must distribute and even if you have the money and the political will, you cannot do it overnight and we are working very hard, you cannot do it overnight.”

His claim was immediately challenged on Twitter by Nigerians who were  following the interview in Nigeria with many tweeting that they were monitoring the interview using generators. When Amanpour put that forward to the President, he acknowledged that his administration had not achieved the targets it set for itself and promised to deliver results by the end of the year.

Speaking on Boko Haram, President Jonathan said the violent Islamic sect poses a threat to the African continent if not contained effectively. “Definitely, Boko Haram, if it is not contained, will be a threat. Not only to Nigeria, but to West Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa and of course we know that we have element of Boko Haram link up with some of the al Qeada operating in Northern Mali and other North African countries.”

He also denied that security forces were rounding up and killing innocent Nigerians who had nothing to do with the sect, describing the reported high-handedness of security agencies as “insinuations by some interest groups.”

President Jonathan did not give a direct response on what he is doing in tackling the massive corruption ravaging Nigeria, nor the impunity that has seen culprits left unpunished.

He lauded the conviction of a militant leader in the Niger Delta, Henry Okah, by a South African court on Monday adding that Okah’s trial and conviction were an example of his administration’s commitment to pursuing suspected criminals till they were caught and brought to book.

Watch the interview below:

Some Nigerians have said that most of what he said during the interview was untrue. What are your thoughts?

47 Comments on “Nigerians are Quite Pleased with the Improvement in Power Supply” President Goodluck Jonathan tells CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in Interview | Speaks on Boko Haram, Corruption, Mali & More
  • Saralee January 24, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Abeg I am not one of the pleased Nigerians oh! Where did he get that? This guy is in fantasy land

  • Olufunmi January 24, 2013 at 10:36 am

    **faints** dunno what to say 🙁 🙁 Mr Presido :O

  • SS January 24, 2013 at 10:56 am

    God punish this man,msheew

  • banger boi January 24, 2013 at 10:57 am

    jonathan is just so daft, its exasperating!. mcheew.

  • Tola January 24, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I am quite pleased however i don’t think the increase in power supply is as a result of any direct inputs from the government. The Government didn’t commission any new power plants we’ve only had more rain which helped drive the hydro turbines and resulted in more generation of electricity. This buys some time for the GEJ administration to catch up hopefully the realize.

    • poshilla! January 26, 2013 at 6:11 am


  • ij January 24, 2013 at 11:15 am

    when did they conduct the improvement of power supply survey ? Nigerians are quite pleased ? which Nigerians? certainly not the ones that live at Lekki phase 1

    • tayotem January 24, 2013 at 11:51 am

      I wonder too. Lekki phase 1 has the worst power supply ever.

  • cynthia January 24, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Ha my sister went home last month and she said the light problem in surulere is better o, I dont know if its because a NEPA official has moved to our street o but they sha acknowledged that it is better.

    • Bleed blue January 24, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Yes Cynthia, it IS because of the NEPA official. Don’t even gerrit twisted.

      Where I used to live, for 2 years, we had the worst power supply ever, and then suddenly to our pleasant surprise we started having power almost 24 hours…and then we found out the Governor’s mistress had bought a house in the Estate, hence the enjoyment. I kid you not, the residents association was planning to go and offer her cows, she-goats and bags of rice to make sure she stays in the Estate oh. Who wan suffer?

      However, alas Madam First Lady of the state found out about her, it got messy and she left the country. The same week she left, we were back in the generator hustle. Nuff said.

  • Wale January 24, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Olodo president, idiot wayo man.

  • mikel January 24, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    lie lie lie,jonathan is big liar,which nigerians are pleased?oi am nt among then,becos over three months no light in my area in asaba,did he do survey to come up wit dis story he is telling amanpour?such a passive president.

  • rachelle January 24, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    jonny-go-slow pls dont resort to lying. It doesnt go well with your eyes. i just danced yesterday night when NEPA (PHCN) brought the light after two days of no light. ehen jonny wat were u saying about light again.

  • lovelyn January 24, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I am not pleased ooo… D only time I have constant light in my area is when d NEPA boss who lives in my area comes on hols, when he goes back to his station we are back to darkness!! Liar liar president! corrupt president!mmmmtttttcccchhhheeeewwwwww

  • ruby January 24, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    E no go better for this man…useless person…just two states out of 36 states???this guy is delusional

  • Me2me January 24, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Easy peeps, He started off well but messed it all up when he allowed Nnaji to resign. I dont agree with bleed blue who claims it is because of the PHCN officials. I can confidently tell you the officials are the problem we have.

    Thing is this, they are being paid to take light so we can buy diesel and fuel. Im so sorry but if we dont weed out this sort of corruption, den na like this we go de de.

  • Ayokunle January 24, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    You guys should really stop insulting your Head of State. We have come a long way in this country and wait till you become president to see if you can do any better before you start throwing insults.
    Its like many Nigerians have serious selective amnesia. During Abacha’s days, you couldn’t just be running your mouth like this o! Now that we have freedom of speech you choose to use it to abuse your president anyhow.
    I believe we should be patient with the president. Rome was not built overnight. Instead of abusing him, we should be praying for him and encouraging him to do a good job.
    Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

  • Retrochic January 24, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    i wish i can just slap this man, bella pls publish my comment

  • W January 24, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    We can just see it even its thr, naija’s una go criticize die kai! Yes there have been improvements its not that great but there has been better power supply. What’s even more disgraceful is Nigerians themselves KAi

  • tundey 06 January 24, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    In an expensive environment like lekki phase1, its very disappointing and shameful that we lack light!

    • cynthia January 25, 2013 at 10:55 am

      See this somebody o. What does expensive place like lekki have to do with anything? Should it be shameful and disappointing that we all dont have light, full stop.

  • Baba T aka T Baba January 24, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    This niggy right here…….. SMDH

  • Radiant January 24, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Jonathan is the weakest leader ever to surface on planet earth! The guy lacks leadership skills required from a leader. He looked so timid to answer simple question. He kept begging the international world to help him. I can imagine Barack Obama answering those questions- Lord have mercy!- the response would be been proactive and well practical- not looking around the camera surface for help. It hurt deeply to say Nigeria is a failed Nation but the truth has to be said.

  • Concerned January 24, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Does bastard describe this man enough???

  • Dr. H January 24, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Where i stay in Rivers state we had not seen light for 2 years. Then on the 18th of December, the light came. Half current. But we were grateful. And showered quite a grate number of blessings to Oga Goodluck. Then behold on the 6th of January the light left, and has not returned till today… Dunno if to say there is improvement…or hope for improvement…#wiping sweat off brows#

  • koko January 24, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    This man is deluded or living in an alternate universe. I was down there this past holidays. I enjoyed myself because I was home and spent time with my family.
    One thing I can definitely say is that the electricity situation is PATHETIC. I spent 14 days without light in most places. The electricity situation has definitely gotten worse.
    If Jonathan doesn’t know that, then someone has been lying to him or maybe he can’t tell when he is in the dark.
    Please light up Nigeria, that is the least you con do for all the money that is being squandered

  • i love sex January 24, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    worst power supply in ikorodu london is a best place to live this our President Jonathan is worst power PHCN O OVER O

  • hilda January 24, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    If only he can invest in solar panels, things will be much better.
    But hey, i gotta say hes better than Mugabe(Zimbabwe`s president). Jonathan is the lesser of two evils.

  • JIMI HENDRICKS January 24, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Anytime this GEJ opens his mouth something tragicocomedy happens,this man can’t just be taken seriously, Amanpour was so amused by his response she almost bust out laughing,infact i nicknamed him BASKETMOUTH [apologies to Fela] how did we get to this Nigeria?.My opinion is the man typifies the Nigeria state, everything wrong with Nigeria is exhibited in Jonathan, He has PHD yet he respond to simple questions the same way you would expect from a primary 2 pupil, his train of thought is incoherent at best.People argue he should be given more time, i dont think so, this man can’t perform, he does not have the intellectual capacity to do so, he is limited and restricted in his ability to reason.
    If thIS is the best we have in Nigeria, then my advise is we should all just pack our bags and live the country because sooner or later the bottom will fall out from underneath our feet.

  • Timma January 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    No,we are certainly not happy with the power supply.No,we don’t need to resort to insulting our Head of State,Let’s all do our part and look up to God for the rest!E go better!

    • bsky January 24, 2013 at 11:55 pm

      That God should se kini… abeg nigerians, including myself, are such hypocrites… all this constant prayer, prayer ain’t gonna help the situation. It actually cripples us from doin what is ryt. I rmbr wen this guy was contesting a few years ago, i was so against it. I tell u why. this man had no plans. I didnt know what he stood for. He promised good road, electricity, gbogbo evrythin. Dnt get me wrng, there is absolutely nothing wrng with making such promises. But underneath all these no road, no security, no health care, bad educational system, and all lies a bigger problem, corruption. Even a two year old in naija knows what it means to b corrupt. GEJ said lil to nothing on that issue. He didnt tell us how his administration was goin to curb such. Instead he paid the entire nollywood with nigerians’ money (my money) to support his campaign. Where are the ‘nollywoodans”… mscheww…. Stupid as we (nigerians) are we all bought it. I heard stupid stuff like He’s name is Goodluck he would bring goodluck to nigeria. He’s a christian, nigerian doesnt need a muslim. We want a person that has the fear of God. My argument was Obasanjo was a xtian too what did he bring. Honestly, i could go on and on. Now fast forward to 2/3 years later here we are now. The president we chose (heard the election was fair), is on cnn, arguing with the anchor abt facts that are so true, and nigerians are complaining. Didnt we vote for him? Sorry to say, I never seen a weaker president in my life. He had the guts to say this past xmas that boko haram was one of the signs of endtime. So nigerians should do no vex but keep praying and wait for rapture. Of course, the typical nigerian attitude is to always look for someone else to blame. But the truth is we all are to blame. The corruption in government is our fault. we let it happen. We dont choose the right people. The past campaign had likes of pat utomi, and nuhu ribadu. But nigerians paid no attention. They said stuff like who do dey know, they talked to much, they had no clue, nigeria just needs a strong leader. I used to watch patito’s gang by utomi on channels TV back when i was in nigeria. This guy had a section where abt 12 young nigerians would discuss issues esp the economic ones, pertaining to Nigerians at length. He most likely didnt have all the answers to nigeria’s problem, but He at least had a very good idea of what was wrng with Nigeria. Like i would always say, Heaven would help those that are ready to help themselves. The problem with nigeria isnt the president, the problem is the people. We may operate a pseudo-democratic society. But the truth of the matter is We are nigeria, and we make this country. Whatever happens or happened in Nigeria our doing. It’s time we took responsibilty. 2015 is comin again, and i bet you we would choose another idiot. then we would come back on bellanaija and complain again.

  • traveller January 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Goodluck, take responsibility for your failure! For goodness sake, the world is not responsible for the power shortage, the security issues, or corruption in Nigeria! You point fingers at Mali, Algeria, the U.S….Have some sense–this is an interview about Nigeria. Even a young child who watches this interview will wonder if you are hearing different questions in your head or something is just loose up there…Your responses are beyond retarded and you shamelessly go off on a tangent instead of addressing the real issues. You are a shame to Nigeria.
    Sigh… I need to go back on my knees for this country.

  • Ides of March January 24, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    How much time does he need to start making strides?! It’s been at least 3 years and he’s still asking for time to ‘start’ something?!! C’MON!! The average man cannot afford more time as he is being weighed down every single day with striving to attain basic necessities. Am I the only one feeling the frustration?!!! Nigerians should stop being passive and start demanding a better life, this boju-boju that the government is playing with our lives is enough!!! Do they delay their gratification for life’s excesses? No! and yet they want the average man to delay on getting basic things?! F9 government joh! I’m so over it!

  • Iris January 24, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    JESU KRISTI! Who told him so? Residents of Asokoro or Aso villa? This guy though…this very guy…

  • NNENNE January 25, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Ok, my people. I know how everybody feels but we can really put our anger across withou cursing.GEJ is old enough to be a father, uncle, to most of us.Two wrongs do not make a right. It is totally unAfrican to be very disrespectful!

  • NNENNE January 25, 2013 at 1:45 am

    It tales more than one person to make a country run! What has each of us done to make Nigeria function? Simple question, but huge.

  • Missbrown15 January 25, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Gooluck Jonathan is a deluded man, simples

  • Seun January 25, 2013 at 2:52 am

    Imagine our president.. Gosh am embarrassed. why this man no fit just speak Igbo (IBO) it Nigeria language anyway.. why we dey force ourself to speak english by force.. if CNN really one interview him, then they should find a Interpreter..THAT IS NOT CORRECT LOL.. Interest group.. what the fuck is this guy talking about.. where is fela when you need him..

  • peace January 25, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Am not pleased at all,ΏђεƦε is d light?uncle jonathan U̶̲̥̅̊ hv a long way to go Oo°˚˚˚°.there is neva light in ma arear,and am sick of it.

  • Toks January 25, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Light has improved in my area, cannot deny that at least 23+ hours light supply is not a joke!

  • Opsy January 25, 2013 at 9:50 am

    @Bella Naija, did you not moderate some of these comments? So many obscenities.

  • Missy January 25, 2013 at 10:29 am

    *desperately seeks another passport, anything but Nigeria* GEJ makes me sick! I was never sadder to be Nigerian than since this man came to power. His disillusionment is alarming. *looks to heaven, what did we ever do as a nation to deserve the foolishest of us all being the head?*

  • chinny January 25, 2013 at 10:46 am

    well, i have never supported Goodluck, he doesnt have leadership abilities. ant talking about the electricity issue, i live in Lekki phase 1 , and electricity here is nothing to write home about. and what about the issue with Boko haram, what is the way forward to end the killings of innocent people, if it entailes Jonathan resigning for Nigeria to be peaceful, he should do that.

  • De Just January 26, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    It is not surprising that people will vent their anger on the president. Don’t forget that GEJ was tagged the most humiliated president of all time. Remember that in one state, a coffin was made and labeled President Jonathan in the course of demonstration against the president. Unfortunately, that was in a state were youths are supposed to have respect for their elders – why won’t they do that to someone that is not from their ethnic group. The question is; is GEJ responsible for Nigerian’s woes? For me, the answer is NO. I am sure that the people vituperating here are from other ethnic groups than GEJ. They will stop at nothing lunching tirade on anything that is not their ethnic group. All of a sudden, the problems compounded by the past Nigerian leaders will be solved by Jonathan in two years. That is not realistic; especially in a country were many people are not patriotic and will not report someone destroying infrastructure facilities.
    Most people don’t know the time and stages (planning, preliminary & final design, bidding, awarding of contract) through which an infrastructure project (Road, Dams etc.) pass before the eventual construction starts. It takes years for private establishments to execute any small project. Now, think of very corrupt Nigerians (including you that are reading this) who are eagerly waiting for new project to be announced so you can siphon the fund into your pockets. Apologies if you are one of the good Nigerians as I know there are very good Nigerian who for obvious reasons will hardly be allowed to take charge of projects like that.
    I think it is high time we put in more effort to do the right thing ourselves and encourage our friends and relatives (the one close to use) to do the right thing. We should as well be more responsible not just accusing people far from us. If you are a student, your primary function is to study hard and make your ‘As’ and ‘Bs’. If you are a worker, try to report to work early and do it as if it is your own; spent more of your time thinking of better/faster ways to do/handle your work not discussing others. You must be patriotic; it does not matter how it hurts. You have got one country – Nigeria.
    We (you and I) are in a way contributing to the current state of things in Nigeria. Think about it, Jonathan was once an ordinary Nigerian and now the president. Likewise, in the nearest future, our generation will be in charge. Do you think that things will be better if our generation takes over with this mentality? The answer is obviously NO. So, you can see, we just have to develop the sense of responsibility. If you have never thought of a pragmatic way out of this messy situation, even if you become the president, you will be caught off guard. You just have to be positive, stop recounting the sins of our past and present leaders as you can’t weigh the fault of others without placing your fingers on the scale.
    If you are to answer a similar question as Jonathan, what will be your answer to these?
    • Have you ever disposed refuse on the road or in the drainage channels?
    • Do you normally switch off your light when you don’t need it?
    • Have you used expo to pass exams or conducted expo for another person?
    • Is the age of birth in your documents truly your biological age of birth?
    • Do you carry out your selection process based on merit?

  • Anderson February 26, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Jonathan is a lie.

  • Walex April 7, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    pls Nigerian’s GEJ have disappointed us already, what is d way forward to the issue on ground.

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