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jon et buWho will make a better president? Is it current President Goodluck Jonathan, or presidential aspirant, Muhammadu Buhari? This is the pervasive topic on the minds of Nigerians, as the 2015 elections approach.

Former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Charles Soludo recently gave his controversial viewpoint on the matter. His verdict is that no matter who becomes president, neither Jonathan nor Buhari will keep promises made, as both candidates have not given Nigerians a candid explanation of what exactly it will take to implement the reforms promised.

Here’s an excerpt from Soludo’s article, as reported by Vanguard:

The presidential election next month will be won by either Buhari or Jonathan. For either, it is likely to be a pyrrhic victory. None of them will be able to deliver on the fantastic promises being made on the economy, and if oil prices remain below $60, I see very difficult months ahead, with possible heady collisions with labour, civil society, and indeed the citizenry. To be sure, the presidential election will not be decided by the quality of ‘issues’ or promises canvassed by the candidates.

The debates won’t also change much (except if there is a major gaffe by either candidate like Tofa did in the debate with Abiola). My take is that more than 95% of the likely voters have pretty much made up their minds based largely on other considerations. A few of us remain undecided.

During my brief visit to Nigeria, I watched some of the campaign rallies on television. The tragedy of the current electioneering campaigns is that both parties are missing the golden opportunity to sensitize the citizenry about the enormous challenges ahead and hence mobilize them for the inevitable sacrifices they would be called upon to make soon. Each is promising an El-Dorado.

Let me admit that the two main parties talk around the major development challenges—corruption, insecurity, economy (unemployment/poverty, power, infrastructure, etc) health, education, etc. However, it is my considered view that none of them has any credible agenda to deal with the issues, especially within the context of the evolving global economy and Nigeria’s broken public finance.
Read the full article on Vanguard
What’s your take on Soludo’s perspective?
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  1. bruno

    January 27, 2015 at 11:18 am

    nigerians are the losers of this coming election. whether jonathan wins or buhari wins, we nigerians will still suffer terribly at the end of the day, that’s why I’m not even bothered.

    PDP-people decieving people
    APC-association of pass criminals.
    choose one.

    • bruno

      January 27, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      association of past criminals

    • CommonSense

      January 28, 2015 at 4:11 am

      oooooo bruno, what will Bella Naija be without you!!

  2. Nelly

    January 27, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Jonathan will do better in his 2and tenure. Buhari should sort out his certificate issues first as he claims to be without sin. Jonathan has my vote.

    • CommonSense

      January 28, 2015 at 4:16 am

      lol so that’s the only issue you have with Buhari…LMAO

  3. yea

    January 27, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Soludo did not say that, he only said if Jonathan wins, then he must appreciate God for giving him another chance because he failed woefully in the last 6 years and if Buhari wins, there won’t be much honeymoon because he would need to get his hands dirty real soon because of the mess Jonathan and his cohorts have created with the economy. it was a long read and i guess BN didn’t read it through before looking for a sensational part to publish.

  4. spoonfullofsuagr

    January 27, 2015 at 11:30 am

    He is stating the obvious. Jonathan and Buhari are literally the devil and the deep blue sea.

  5. WENDY

    January 27, 2015 at 11:35 am

    The are all the same…

  6. Brown

    January 27, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Cant wait for all this madness to end. February 14 should come and go biko.

    • Laura

      January 27, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      Its your civic responsibility.

  7. Dame Marian

    January 27, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Exactly my point,but we should give change a try. Buhari may not have done well in the past but with his VP l think there would be difference in the country in some areas they mention the y will work on..
    The truth is Jonathan and his groups of lazy criminals ,not dedicated team should sit and watch.l am not a politician,but PDP should sit and watch ACP take charge for 4 years .it will then be left to Nigerians to decide or give their score card.
    Same thing goes for Lagos state,PDP should take charge for 4 years while ACP sits to watch.These people have nothing really to offer but we all desire CHANGE this TIME around.

    • amaaa

      January 27, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      I don’t think his VP has any constitutional powers to make him do well. Unfortunately the VP is a puppet with no real powers to affect change. maybe if they had made GMB the VP maybe just maybe I would have considered.

    • Fatimah

      January 27, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      Considering how he gave Idiagbon free hand and the way his VP is taking charge of some parts of their campaigns, discussions etc. He would obviously not become a siddon look VP.

      It is only in the hand of an unwise president that a VP is a puppet, if not for Obasanjo’s problem with Atiku, was Atiku not in charge of a lot of projects in the First Term? Jonathan was a docile deputy governor, more docile VP and he is definitely used to that style, which is why he has an ultra-mumu as VP whose #1 duty is to represent him at inconsequential events and clap for him at campaign rallies. I am definitely happy that he chose Osinbajo over Amaechi and co.

    • C'est moi

      January 27, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      Ditto, Buhari is letting Osibanjo speak for now & using him as a mouthpiece for issues he doesn’t want to profess with his own mouth or commit to – ie Osibanjo’s recent article on BH. I’m yet to hear Buhari condemn any islamic fundamentalism /terrorism.
      Nigerians are really between a rock & a hard place with these elections. Both are indeed putting for a wishlist of empty promises and no one is asking them the right questions – re the how & strategy

    • Dee

      January 27, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      PDP had nothing to offer Lagos, just take a look at Ekiti

  8. @edDREAMZ

    January 27, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Buhari for president…..

  9. mrs chidukane

    January 27, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I read the article yesterday, afterwards I felt like giving GEJ and his team a hot slap. Either way, Nigerians are in for it this year. I just realized and correct me if i’m wrong, that GEJ doesn’t have any egghead in his team apart from NOI. In 1999 there was this aura of hope in the country. Now under his watch it has turned to hopelessness and confusion. God help us

    • NagosBigBoi

      January 27, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      Those eggheads left amazing plans (a foundation) to build on. All GEJ had to do was execute and we will be asking to make him a saint! What did he do? Nada! Zilch!
      His gofment has not even drawn up new plans for anything! I am glad that someone has taken the time to put the facts on the table.
      We as the citizenry need to rise above useless issues and ensure that who ever contests in 2019 gives us tangible plans in advance.
      I urge all of us, you cannot say both of them (GEJ and GMB) are the same – that is a “cop out”. One has to be better than the other (even if only slightly). Please vote for whoever you think is better. Sitting on the sidelines does not help our maturing democracy.

    • Idith

      January 29, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      lol… slap

  10. NNENE

    January 27, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    @amaaaa…You are so brilliant. Well said. .

  11. Nma

    January 27, 2015 at 2:39 pm


  12. Ready

    January 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I don’t know why that shameless political prostitute Femi Fani-Kayode called Solude a confused person. The man said nothing but the truth, and not many high profile people were willing to use their platform to say it where/when the right people would have heard. How will FFK think it’s sensible to say that Nigeria was awarded the honor of largest economy in Africa under Jonathan? That’s crap, and we all should know it…all he did was the rebasing, and the National Bureau of Statistics should have done’s its statutory job. And the economy was growing before Jonathan…he merely directed NBS to measure the growth well.
    Then Doyin Okupe-the man with noodles for brains- says that even if Nigerians will not acknowledge Jonathan’s work, God is on their side. This is the fate of a nation…what is all this emoting and calling upon ancestors about? He will soon end up the same way as Labaran Maku. To be a fly on the wall when these people are alone or to read their minds and see the crap that goes on in there.
    Obviously, Soludo is right. The nation is going broke. Petrol prices are so low, yet the PPPRA says it’ll pay N555B in subsidy because of the N2 the FG is allegedly still paying as a result of the reduction of pump price to N87. Smelling talk.
    The Minister of Finance speaks of austerity, but even she admits the political nature of getting FG to cut costs. Senators are talking about waking up to reality, but none is discussing a slash in their allowances. Yet they want to hike up taxes and “accurately” tax the average Nigerians…as if the big companies aren’t still evading taxes.

    Buhari has not done anything of note other than keep running for president; what new leadership skills he has learned, and what he has done to personally improve the country, I do not know. And although I will cast my vote for him and advise others to do the same, my Buhari vote is an anti-Jonathan vote because PDP must learn that underperformance will be punished.

    So, yes..yes I agree with Soludo, and as the debates approach, I think we should ask the harder questions. Show us the figures! Show us your creative revenue generation ideas because while beautiful, Nigeria will not become paradise by words. #StillAngry

    • NagosBigBoi

      January 27, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      Thank you! I agree with you. I am mighty disappointed that after 3 tries GMBH does not have a plan he can articulate. Just like you, I am for GMBH because I have finally concluded that GEJ does not have a tenth of the “gumption” that GMB has.

  13. stanley s batty

    January 27, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Well well well!!!.If u want 2 dIe a broke ass n* den vote GEJ.he is nothIng but an opposIte of good luck

  14. bb

    January 27, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    I know APC could win BUT Tinubu will be the real loser. If for a second he thinks, he will be in charge of Buhari. He is in for a huge surprise, ever heard of the Machavellian way, ahh the Northern Cabal will move to Abuja, replacing the Ijaw crowd, and cut the Lagos crowd. Have we ever asked ourselves why all our former leaders become activists after they leave office but when they are there. They do next to nothing, every 4 years we shout, CHANGE! Okay, let us see where this one will take us, Nigerians we forget so soon, how Yaradua Cabal kept this country hostage, we forget so soon how Obasanjo was killing his opponents like flies, we forget so soon how Obasanjo deliberately sabotaged the capacity of our army by retiring qualified soldiers, okay. Buhari too will come and disappoint us, like GOOD LUCK did. The problem with Nigeria is a structural one anybody you put there will disappoint you, we need regionalism or Nigeria will continue to be a place where one part of the country is dragging the other, down. How can you have 10 million children out of school and 90% of them are in a section of the country? How can the brains of half of the population be firing the 100%. The others just want to stay there and feed fat from the country and ask to rule us. No problem, by this time next year after your CHANGE would have ruled for one year. I will see how happy and changed Nigeria will be. I want APC to win so that we will compare which yoke is heavier.

    • NagosBigBoi

      January 27, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      Given the depths we have sunk to, it will take more than 4 yrs to fix our problems. For me, I will be happy if in 4 yrs we arrest the decline and lay a good foundation.

  15. lobotan

    January 28, 2015 at 5:24 am

    Not Another “One Chance.”

    “An instable pilot steers a leaking ship, and the blind is leading the blind straight to the pit.” – Saint Jerome

    In Nigeria, there is no Christian south voting out of their Christian convictions.

    What we have is a voting system subject to occultic manipulation, leading a bunch of blind voters from perdition to perdition.

    When Buhari had a pact with a thoroughbred Christian pastor, he was largely ignored but after he joined up with Tinubu, even proposing a Muslim – Muslim ticket, the South are rooting for him. He now has a politician pastor, who is an ally of Tinubu, as running mate.

    Probably, ten thousand deaths could have been avoided; billions of dollars saved and prevented from being stolen; and we would have maintained a lofty position in the international community, if Buhari was elected in 2011.

    …but one man is rumoured to have taken 20 billion, and asks lagosians not to vote for Buhari for stopping the metroline rail project loan. He makes the southwest vote for Jonathan (through bribery, occult manipulations and barefaced intimidation) forsaking the candidate of his own party. Afterwards, he poses as the opposition. Can he be in opposition to the party he actually voted for?

    The blind still follow him. OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE, DON’T BE LED TO THE SLAUGHTER.

    What God does not give you, the devil will, if you persist. That is why ambition is listed as a sin in the Bible.

    Buhari and CPC were chosen. Not Buhari and APC. Buhari should know that to dine with the devil, he needs a very long spoon. If he intends to jettison the devil after using him to win the election, such a Buhari reign will be jinxed. Ngige is an example.

    As it is now, if Buhari wins…trouble; if he doesn’t…trouble.
    Nigeria, as one entity, is doomed.

    Jonathan is the new Abacha

  16. Politbru

    January 28, 2015 at 2:18 pm


    • Idith

      January 29, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Politbru……well said

  17. donmozarti

    December 21, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    we are now suffering from buhari’s government now high cost on fuel

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