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Pres. Jonathan’s Visit to Maiduguri Was “Hallmark of Deceit” – Oby Ezekwesili

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President Goodluck Jonathan‘s visit to Maiduguri yesterday has elicited mixed reactions.

While some have lauded his efforts to visit the Boko Haram-plagued region, others have criticized him, questioning why he suddenly decided to visit, now that the elections are around the corner.

One of such people who is unimpressed by the president’s visit is former minister of education and #BringBackOurGirls activist, Oby Ezekwesili.

She took to Twitter to express her displeasure:

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27 Comments

  1. NNENNE

    January 16, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    There’s truth in what Ms. Oby is writing about but CNN’s report. was disgusting. The reason why most Nigerians in diaspora refuse to come home is because of reports of that nature. You cannot imagine the fear people put on me before my visit this XMas. TOTALLY LOVE MY COUNTRY. Loved my visit too.
    The truth is , Nigeria is still a third world country.It still lacks lots of things but if all of us work together, put the right people on the job, we will definitely get there one day.
    Down with the mafia’s continous rule in Nigeria.
    Wish a well meaning outsider is running against Jonathan but between him and Buhari, GEJ is 100% better. Do your research people and vote for generations to come. Take this from an outsider with fresh views.

    • Ada Nnewi

      January 16, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      The Fear CNN is putting in people’s heart is valid…If you came back to Nigeria to stay in Bornu, You would have begged CNN to interview you so you can tell your story to the world…

    • Ada Nnewi

      January 16, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      *Borno

    • somsom

      January 16, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you my dear for this reply…i just dint know what to tell this nnenne person…pple will open mouth and be ranting..Cnn report is disgusting???my dear nnenne, that made this comment, you really need to sit down and think about your life and the silliness you are spewing..obodo oyibo is making u talk like all dem over fed children….PPLE ARE DYING AND NIGERIAN MEDIA REFUSED TO GO AND FIND OUT WHAT IS GOING ON TO GIVE PPLE ANSWERS. CNN now goes and you call it disgusting, inshort eh, e bu anumpama

    • Ada Nnewi

      January 16, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      BTW you’ve not been living with the harsh realities of the Economy while GEJ has been in power as you are in Obodo Oyibo so i really can’t blame you for your half baked comment…

    • honey

      January 16, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      You are not in Nigeria. you are not buying fuel for N97/litre. You are not sleeping everynight without electricity. You do not have to employ your own maiguard cos there is no security of lives and properties, You do not have to purify your own water. So, you are not in a position to tell us GEJ is 100% better.

      GEJ promised so many things in 2011 and he didn’t fulfill just 1 of them. So, he has to live with the consequences of his inaction.

    • me2me

      January 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      Honey, I feel your pain.

      Having said that, you all can’t say GEJ has not delivered on some of his promises. The only major problem is that he is changing things from the roots and not the surface, therefore it will really be hard to see these changes without proper research. E.g Agriculture, Railway, even Power.

      I also believe subsidy should be removed, with that, fuel price will be more competitive, corruption in that sector will be drastically reduced or eradicated. Even if it means buying fuel for between 100-140. Other countries pay more than that.

      For your concerns with light, that same corruption is the reason why you didn’t have constant light under NEPA or PHCN, but guess what privatisation will bring forth that solution. We all just have to know that Change in a decayed society is extremely difficult, therefore takes loads of time.

      Now feel free to disagree but do so constructively.

    • Ade

      January 16, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      You live outside Nigeria and you feel CNN, BBC etc is selling the world cock and bull stories right? You also believe that GEJ is the best person to move Nigeria forward? I’ve got two theories about you. One, you’re very ignorant and two you’re benefitting directly/indirectly from the rot that Nigeria has become. Please dont bother convincing me otherwise

    • tee

      January 16, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      How on earth is GEJ better?
      I like that you are an outsider so cant vote. Thank Goodness for little mercies

    • Hian

      January 16, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      Nne, sorry o but which outsider with a fresh perspective? You are not an outsider incase you have stayed in Obodo Oyibo and started thinking you are one of them. Make we bring you back to Earth, Outsider with a fresh view kwa.

  2. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN USA

    January 16, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    The president ought to know that the citizens of Maiduguri were not going to vote for him. We all know why he visited that state, ( looking for votes ) Mr. President you think they (citizens of Maiduguri were stupid ?) What do you expect from a mediocre like him? One thing I certainly know and come to expect from most Nigerians is that some of us suffered from amnesia, which might prompt them to vote for this mediocre president. Please, do not complain to anybody if this mediocre wins the presidential election again. You get what you deserved. A word is enough for the wise. I am just saying.

  3. MOSIWOMEKA

    January 16, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Its all part of his political strategy…… Shame on him.
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    Mosi Tash,
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  4. peyton

    January 16, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    As a person who has lives in Lagos State what infrastructures have been provided for the low income earners? Housing schemes? or does Lagos state need the approval of the Federal Government before addressing these issues? because it certainly doesn’t seek Federal approval when it increases taxes and creates new ways of collecting tax. The sooner we realise that corruption knows no party the better we are. I am not saying vote for anyone I asking that we wake up. How many jobs have been created in Lagos state for the unemployed?or we still need the Federal Government? Housing in Lagos is bloody expensive and it is irrelevant whether you are on the mainland or the Island? what are the provisions for those who earn N80,000 while your rent is N500,000 as that is the reality that we live in? what about public schools in Lagos what infrastructures have been provided?

    Change comes when all of us hold our Councillors, Local Government chairmen accountable our so called representatives as well when rather than act unconcerned we ask questions. Hold meetings participate, some persons bashed Agbaje for the Google hangout question and answer who says it wont work. I read bella naija daily and a lot of people do as well we can have such forums here and everyone of us talk to our leaders. ask questions demand answers be more involved You visit a government hospital and there are issues we address them. If we cannot with our experiences, education, cause a change then we will never experience change all we will see is this circle of corruption and abuse and it wont stop. Not until we take a stand, and be sincere. What are the achievements of the BRF administration? if we don’t know then how do we know we have improved in 8years? how do we know on what premise Jimi Agbaje or Akinwummi Amode will make a better governor? So that in 2020 we can judge for ourselves if he has performed well enough to give him a second term.

    • Blessmyheart

      January 16, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      But I know of a Lagos state housing scheme and I personally know 2 people who have benefited without knowing anyone or paying anyone. Just saying, I don’t support any party.

  5. marx

    January 16, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I disagree with u madam due process, the president’s visit on memorial day was a reflection of how he feels about Nigerian soldiers and the IDPs in Borno state. He did not go there to campaign, rather he went there to boost the confidence of Nigerian military towards regaining parts of borno occupied by terrorists. He went to continue in his efforts to quel the fire u people in APC started. CNN report was certainly a falise and lopsided report with d handwriting of traducers all over it. We dont need change, we need continuity, we r moving forward,,,,,,you people in APC can go to sambisa forest and form ur own govt headed by Buhari and keep moving backwards, but Nigerians hv chosen to move forward wd r honest leader who is doin his best to extinguish d fire detractors in APC ignited.

    • Blessmyheart

      January 16, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      Really?

  6. Beeeee

    January 16, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    We must not turn everything to politics…ah ah, was it not memorial day? Na wa for us o. As for this madam that is always ranting on twitter, it is enough. All these people who are “supposedly” fighting Nigerians are really fighting for their own pockets. Let someone offer this woman one huge amount of money and see if she will continue this ranting. Its becoming really annoying. Its okay to criticise but its also okay to commend. This is a time for us to come together and fight for our survival as Nigerian citizens. How many of our House of Reps members who are supposed to be representing our interests have presented our issues in Abuja. Enough of us insulting ourselves. The change truly starts from us. We need to hold our leaders accountable. Everything must not fall on the President’s head. How many of us have gone to on the doorsteps of the people who are supposed to be representing us in Abuja? All the rapes and murders happening in our community, how many of us have demanded action from those representing us in government? There was a case a while ago where bodies were found in a River. How did it end??? How many of use are willing to stick to our lanes when we are driving instead of turning a three lane road to a six lane road. How many of us a willing to wait till our turn in traffic instead of driving one way. How many of us are truly willing to change??? We need to do our own research and not jump on bandwagons because we see other people doing it. Who are the house of rep members representing the Chibok area? what have they done? Where are the Senators? We as citizens need to take our country back. I should not be insulted for being a Jonathan supporter and I should not invite you for being a Buhari supporter. I have done my research and I have my views on Buhari. I shouldn’t come here and insult my fellow Nigerian because he or she supports Buhari and vice-versa. These politicians know how to settle themselves and at the end of the day, it would still be us on our own.

    • mash

      January 17, 2015 at 8:00 am

      Mash
      I am not interested in Nigeria politics because must of them are not truthful. Only God knows the messiah that will come and save this country. Is not Jonathan nor buhari.

  7. Psalm

    January 16, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    When it happens in Iraq or Syria, they blame ISIS. They talk of sending help. They actually send help.We hardly hear of Bashar Al Assad these days. But when it happens in Nigeria they blame the government. They demonise the President. Rwanda happened mainly because people with capacity to help did nothing.
    For my part, there’s little about Jonathan’s trip to Borno that gladdens my heart but I’m more embittered by the conduct of some Nigerians who continually encourage Boko Haram insurgents. It’s disingenuous for anyone to observe that the President’s visit came just days to the election and conveniently forget that the terrorists chose the same period to execute what is described as their worst attack yet. Some of us forget that the same terrorists once gave our President an ultimatum to convert to their religion or vacate his seat.
    Serious countries never change their leaders during wartime. But in Nigeria we have difficulty accepting that we’re fighting a war let alone support our leader. News of BH attacks actually send some Nigerians to glee parties because they consider it a minus for Jonathan. Thereafter, they go to social media to make comments that Abubakar Shekau himself would be proud of. SMH … so much for a change.

  8. FEYI

    January 16, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    IT’S ONLY IN AFRICA THAT A LEADER WILL STILL WANT TO BE RE-ELECTED IN A COUNTRY WHERE THERE IS UNREST! MR PRESIDENT, WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST IN THE COMING ELECTION.

  9. me2me

    January 16, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks Marx. I always feel great when thinkers come on board. As I said in another blog, Mr president went at the right time. No one would have thought that he would visit the North during this election. Hence it was the safest move, get in and get out.

    Now Oby Okwesili, who achieved nothing but adding to the downfall of our educational system…Ogini n’emedi GI nwanyi? Igwaboro anyi ihe igholu Jonathan onyero gi. O politikal appointmenti bu iwe GI? Common, there was no single campaign done in Madugiri,the guy went solely for the soldiers , so why do you always have to be vindictive? Your bitterness is cast telling on you. Jilikwa nwanyo

  10. mulikat

    January 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    After killing innocent ,Boko takeing over almost Brono,Yobe and adamawa state,he now go to baga for first time since killing over their,i see elecetion time is comeing and he see is loseing the vote,to cry me a river,to late u are not made to rule naija only by rig,not again,we need change.

  11. Tony

    January 16, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Move all Africans to Europe and Europeans to Africa and in a few years we would start applying for visas to come back to Africa. Backward mentality. Nigeria deserves the horrible government it has. People carry sentiments and cloud their judgement. Urgent sickness requires urgent treatment. When this insurgency started there was a massive international outcry with US Drones but what did the government do? Oga on top kept CONDEMNING and Mama Peace was crying on TV. Condemnation without action is as baseless as the crying.

    The monster has grown now and rather than let people talk outrightly about the presidential propaganda, some people say its Army day.. blah blah. Campaign is not all about talking, assuring people houses is a usual chapter in campaigns. Is it now the government is realising that people had been displaced?

    Finger pointing is another typical african trait, APC vs PDP. So cliche. I would say it again and again. We need a change of mentality. If we carry one by sugar coating we would remain as backward as we are.

  12. omooba

    January 17, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    @Honey,Thumbs up.you made a valid point

  13. Agbeke

    January 19, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    GEJ’s visit was obviously arranged and calculated as a political strategy! for crying out loud how do sick and injured soldiers dress neatly in their uniforms on very neat sheets. not one scrape or bruise. no blood no plasters or bandages. abeg Nigerians shine your eye. I live and work in Lagos, Nigeria and I have voted since 1999. GEJ has done nothing. If bringing one or two refurbished trains is what people call achievements then I am sorry for us as a people. Nigeria has far bigger problems. Insurgency, corruption, power, inflation, insecurity generally, poverty and I can go on and on. I am glad I didn’t vote for him in 2011 and the people who did regret their actions. I pray BH does not take over Nigeria by the time GEJ rules for another 4 years. I shudder to imagine! As for the person who says BRF administration hasn’t achieved anything in the last 8 years abeg when last were you in Lagos and which part of town do you live in? lagos State is the only state in Nigeria that has managed to kick off Independent power projects with 4 power plants. As for rent is it BRF that fixes rent for Landlords and home owners and have you not seen the houses government built for low income earners in different parts of the state? Come on! Get your facts right and don’t misinform people. Agbaje who failed in managing his small scale pharmacy store in Ikeja is definitely not the way to go People of Lagos who have their PVCs please don’t waste your votes on PDP in Lagos they’re a disastrous lot!
    Anyways, we are tired of GEJ. We want CHANGE if it comes in the person of Buhari so be it at least nobody has accused him of corruption and he is definitely not clueless!

  14. Long Somalian Hiss... LOL

    January 21, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Abeg if you think Jona’s visit wasn’t calculated, then you need to stop drinking too much kunu, ogogoro or whatever you dey drink. See as some of you dey preach but none of you countered Oby’s questions… What is Jon doing about the Chibok girls? NOTHING. But as soon as the foreign media shows its face, he go carry madam Jona pose for camera as if dem dey lose sleep over the matter. I agree with Bee who pointed out we too should check ourselves but I ultimately agree with Ezekwesili because to whom much is given, much is expected. Jona wan take credit for every good thing way happen during his presidency, so he must be prepared to take responsibilities for all the unfilled promises, broken ones, lies, misdeeds and negative stuff. Our country took a million step backwards when they provided Mr. Olodo Febuhari as the front runner against Jokenathan. These two are pretty much same guy man in different parties!

  15. Funmi

    January 21, 2015 at 11:59 am

    @Tony you do well my brother
    ‘Move all Africans to Europe and Europeans to Africa and in a few years we would start applying for visas to come back to Africa. Backward mentality. Nigeria deserves the horrible government it has. People carry sentiments and cloud their judgement. Urgent sickness requires urgent treatment. When this insurgency started there was a massive international outcry with US Drones but what did the government do? Oga on top kept CONDEMNING and Mama Peace was crying on TV. Condemnation without action is as baseless as the crying.

    The monster has grown now and rather than let people talk outrightly about the presidential propaganda, some people say its Army day.. blah blah. Campaign is not all about talking, assuring people houses is a usual chapter in campaigns. Is it now the government is realising that people had been displaced?

    Finger pointing is another typical african trait, APC vs PDP. So cliche. I would say it again and again. We need a change of mentality. If we carry one by sugar coating we would remain as backward as we are.

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