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President Goodluck Jonathan – From 47, We Have Succeeded in Increasing Nigeria’s Average Life Expectancy to 54 Years



Goodluck Jonathan DeclarationThis morning President Goodluck Jonathan, using his official page, shared a message with his Facebook followers detailing some of the things he has done while in power.

According to him, in the coming days and weeks he will be reporting back to Nigerians on the things he has been able to achieve with his mandate in the past four years:

My dear friends on Facebook,

In the following days and weeks, I would be reporting back to you on what I have done with the mandate you gave me four years ago.

In many ways, I see you as a special constituency of mine because of the love and support you have shown me on this page since I came on Facebook on the 28th of June 2010.

At that time, the Average Life Expectancy in Nigeria was 47 years. Five years down the line, working together, we have succeeded in increasing Nigeria’s Average Life Expectancy to 54 years as at today and climbing.

And the government I head will not rest on its oars in improving all our health indices to make sure that Nigerians not only live longer lives, but that we live better quality lives.

And unity is our tool in this regard. The type of unity with which Nigeria defeated the Ebola Virus Disease will be harnessed for use in tackling the challenges in our health sector. Already, we are equipping and upgrading facilities in our teaching hospitals and many are carrying out surgeries they never could, because of equipment.

Only last year, the United Nations certified Nigeria Guinea Worm free. I am reliably informed that not before long, we will also be certified free of the Wild Polio Virus.

This is progress. This is Transformation. This is ‪#‎ForwardNigeria. GEJ


  1. Chyoma

    January 21, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Seriously???He is asking for kudos for increasing Life Expectancy by & years?? He should puhleeze listen to Barack’s SOTU report and ask himself a few pertinent questions around: Security, health services, education, infrastructure in Nigeria. #StagnantNigeria more like…

  2. moi

    January 21, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Story for Amadioha. ……..

  3. viv

    January 21, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    This man needs to be slapped really!!!! #Peevedmuch!!! If anything our life expectancy has decreased to 13. When you can be at your high school, church, motorpark, mall/shopping plazas and get blown up into pieces or get shot or sliced by a sword or is it matchet? A synonym for GEJ is failure! A PhD holder that cannot act out his role as commander-in-chief of the armed forces. Odiegwu!!!

    • Deborah Didwell

      January 21, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      I suppose you are literate, so you understand basic arithmetic and that the source of those figures is not the FGN. Thus you can state that in spite of this increase in life expectancy, you think we are living longer but perhaps unhealthier lives (that is false but perception is the relevant issue here – child and maternal mortality has reduced), or that your welfare has not otherwise improved. Life expectancy has however increased.

    • NagosBigBoi

      January 21, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      There is a difference between things that improved INSPITE of GEJ and things that improved BECAUSE of him. Life expectancy is something that improved INSPITE of him. A better case would be in things such as: power generation, jobs, nigeria’s position on the corruption index, minimum wage, businesses that have started up based on policies he introduced, etc….etc…
      For a PHD holder like him, he should understand “cause and effect”. He has told us the effect he is claiming credit for (increased life expectancy), but he did not say how he caused it. It is not ebola, guinea worm and polio that were causing the shorter life span.

    • Johnnie

      January 29, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Never knew he was the giver of life oh! Little wonder Mr Okupe said he is like (his)Jesus Christ

  4. xyno

    January 21, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Wish i could cyber smack this man. Anyways nor be our poli(thief)cians fault sha. We’ve continously allowed this rubbish.

  5. Obinna

    January 21, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Can someone please tell this man to STFU. He keeps reminding us why NOT to re-elect him with his public display of ignorance. Is he God ? What has this government done to improve the life of an average Nigeria ? Can he come up the an accurate figure of the Boko Haram casualties ? We surely deserves better than this clueless head of state of ours.

  6. Tunmi

    January 21, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    -sigh- on the upside (using that term generously), he is FINALLY focusing on his achievements. But wait oh, 6 years and life expectancy is up by 7 years. Haba na, that is a very poor rate considering the times we live in

  7. imose

    January 21, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Dear President GEJ….i would advice you to kindly watch how to be a president from the state of the union address President Obama did yesterday!! Now that’s how it’s should be done. Gibberish!!

  8. Ada Nnewi

    January 21, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    *blank stare*……he forgot to add life expectancy in the North has reduced under his watch….Ebola was mostly controlled by the efforts of the Lagos State Government…This man just keeps grasping at straws and slipping….

  9. ama

    January 21, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    so guinea worm is nigeria’s biggest problem?! nkan mbe!

  10. Progress indeed

    January 21, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    and majority of graduate are working on contract basis while another majority are left with nothing doing…… and average life expectancy is said to have increased to 54….

  11. Theresa

    January 21, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    He lost the plot long ago and can never get it back. He only listens to the likes of Doyin Okupe and Reno as well as militants and his elite friends who inflate his ego. He clearly does not know that life expectancy of the masses has nose dived under his watch.

    Is this the kind of person who should be given another 4 years to lead? Your life and that of your children depend on your vote. Vote wisely Nigerians!

  12. Prec

    January 21, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Is he serious? Like is he really serious? LMAO. Can’t even give this a serious response. And he needs to stop with taking the praise for Ebola likeeeeee the U.S and Fashola didn’t do everything. What did he in particular do, did he push laws for better health system, like pls don’t even annoy me. This is our president?

  13. okoh eddy

    January 21, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    abegi, make all of una shut up there, would anybody do close to what he has done, na buhari go come better shey? una dey eff up scarra. make dem give una seat if una go fit do anything ,just dey talk anyhow. if aint got something better STFU thank you and good day!!

  14. snake eyes

    January 21, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    so for una mind now una dey talk tins and tins, so na buhari go better abi? leave these old men wey wan still come chop money and do nothing. we dont need him. ~teamGEJ

  15. toishe

    January 21, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Ebola was sole effort of FASHOLA, if it was GEJ that was about to make a trip to Israel he would have headed there and put on hold everything till he is back when ebola would have spread across the whole country. So pls sharrrrrrrp MR. GEJ.

    • S

      January 21, 2015 at 11:55 pm

      Fashola was apparently on pilgrimage then too and he cut his trip short, ran home and dealt with the matter. GEJ made it worse by not visiting Lagos once! Fashola had to do the Presidential creremonial work of hugging the survivors to show that they were okay and people shouldn’t discriminate them. Madam patience was busy coining a special ebola greeting. I remember GEJ taking the glory for ebola and when Nigerians shouted that it was Fashola, his next press conference was one where he said the Ebola victory is for Nigerians who adhered to the laws. He was so petty that he couldn’t even give honour to the person that worked.
      With his track record, I can’t believe some people still want him yet we condemn domestic violence and those who stay in them. How is this different? We stick with the abusive partner (president) because we are afraid of change? Isn’t it supposed to be that you break up with him, move on to someone else and if the person isn’t right, break up with the person to. It’s supposed to be a pursuit of happiness. He is talking about life expectancy while ignoring the thousands that have died from Boko Haram. Life expectancy is per second now o. If you live through the day, thank your creator and hope for a better tomorrow. Also, how about the immigration exam people’s life expectancy? Nigerians, just like women in violent relationships, are so quick to forget and our problem is that if it doesn’t happen directly to us, we don’t care. Where did out humanity go?

  16. alex

    January 21, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    regardless !!! its still#teamGEJ , he will win . so better get your heads out the sky

  17. Ndubuisi Chinedu

    January 21, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    That’s the type of change Nigeria needs

  18. Divine West

    January 21, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Change that is transparent and we all know it.

  19. Dafe Sonia

    January 21, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    GMB has lived beyond the life expectancy already. why wont he rest?

  20. Uncle Charlie

    January 21, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    GEJ The change am already seeing

  21. Nwagu Sunday

    January 21, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Oga Jona is the man. Irrespective of all the verbal expletives being hurled at him here. #TeamGEJ jare

    • S

      January 22, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      No one is knocking your convictions down, all we ask if for tangible educated and even common sense reasons as to why he is “the man”. This is the problem with our educational system and we blame Boko haram people for following their leaders like dogs without questioning motive. We ourselves are boko haram people if we can’t question motives and reason and just follow blindly.

  22. Lori

    January 22, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Mr, President you cannot attribute this increase to your effort. Recently, 16000 medical students doing their residency were fired for 2 months and medical doctors went on strike for 55 days.

    Life expectancy has increased due to medical tourism. Nigerians have realized that they can easily travel to Taiwan, India, and even Ghana to receive better health care than they will in Nigeria.

    Also, the last time life expectancy was reported for Nigeria was in 2012. According to the World Bank and WHO, life expectancy at birth was 51 years in 2010, 52 in 2011 and 52 in 2012. The only medium stating otherwise is The Sun newspaper which we’ll both agree is not a credible source given that they cannot provide footnote reference to their information.

    Stop playing on our intelligence. We are not stupid. You have failed us in the component of providing adequate health infrastructure.

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