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New York Times: Jonathan Postponed Elections Because He Feels Threatened by Buhari’s Rising Popularity

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Jonathan hugs BuhariIn an article titled “Nigeria’s Miserable Choices“, The New York Times, expresses its perspective on why Nigeria’s 2015 elections were postponed.

The article which is credited to the Editorial Board and appears in the Opinion pages of the publication states that the primary reason for the election postponement is because President Goodluck Jonathan feels threatened by Muhammadu Buhari‘s rising appeal.

Here are excerpts from the article:

Any argument to delay the vote might be more credible if President Goodluck Jonathan’s government had not spent much of the past year playing down the threat posed by the militants and if there were a reasonable expectation that the country’s weak military has the ability to improve security in a matter of weeks.

It appears more likely Mr. Jonathan grew alarmed by the surging appeal of Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler who has vowed to crack down on Boko Haram. By dragging out the race, Mr. Jonathan stands to deplete his rival’s campaign coffers, while he continues to use state funds and institutions to bankroll his own.

That Mr. Buhari, who helped launch a coup against a democratically elected government in 1983 and ruled until late 1985, has emerged as potential winner is more of an indictment of Mr. Jonathan’s dismal rule than a recognition of the former military chief’s appeal.

Read the full article on www.nytimes.com

41 Comments

  1. lade

    February 17, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Gbamest…They got it!President Goodluck Jonathan..You are accepting that Buhari has won already before election…In the game of life..You need your mind meennn…Anyways we dey observe,closely!

  2. Fleur

    February 17, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Let the white man continue his onslaught. One thing I know is that wherever the white man puts his mouth, that is where you want to think twice before your drink. Their interests always comes first and their media is not “independent”, “free” and “democratized” as they would let us believe. So we leave this election to God, who reigns supreme in Nigeria. we will vote according to how we feel on that day, not what NY times told us because last time we listened to white folks, tribes that dont see eye to eye became amalgamated into one entity called Nigeria, and the NIger Delta became a perpetual slave camp.

    • Eric

      February 17, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Well said! Couldn’t have said it better!

    • Mohammad

      February 17, 2015 at 10:58 am

      This ya God that reigns supreme in Nigeria, where was he the past year when Boko Haram intensified their assault on the innocent? E don do! Abeg people make una no leave election to God o! Make una use una vote and where necessary insist on nothing short of revolution. The state Nigeria is in has been caused by too much inaction and leaving tinz to God. Abeg I tire!

    • Queen of the Coast

      February 17, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      You are quick to call God and then from the same mouth allude to tribal differences. FFK I see you

  3. ada nnewi

    February 17, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Gbam, Gbammer, Gbaammest! The pure truth!

    • Reverse

      February 17, 2015 at 7:51 am

      Your gods have spoken, now you can keep gbamming… nwelu oche nwata

    • Nauti

      February 17, 2015 at 11:17 am

      Lols @Reverse; don’t mind the below 30 girl

    • toke

      February 17, 2015 at 8:14 am

      Move over to Nnewi, sister ada. So an American must help you ascertain with electoral stance. Continue gbamming till you have no flavour. One thing is certain Nigeria will build her own democracy, just as the Americans have built the democracy without external influence

  4. chy

    February 17, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Reading this article validates a fool even more than necessary so the topic suffices it for me. A New Yorker Times columnist can still be paid by a Buharian to write anything that pleases them so enough said. They are the masters of corruption in suits and bribery can happen anywhere even across the Atlantic. They do not live in Nigeria neither have we seen any of them here monitoring events except 2 days ago they came.
    No one said GEJ has done exceptionally well but don’t get kickbacks to slam our government, yours is not perfect, (a’ ‘hole). Am pissed right now. Focus on your government. This is why I am still trying and trying and trying the best i can to justify or wrap my head around Chimamanda’s articles about Nigeria, i haven’t read it all so i want to restrict my anger a little bit until i do. I am trying to understand the delineation between a sellout and a good moral standing in the article. Nobody said you should call black grey but even being paid to paint your own country in dark colours is the in thing then do what suits you. Nigeria shouldn’t be where it is right now but if every opportunity she gets paid as a well-recognized Nigerian to talk about her she uses it to drag us through the mire. It’s getting tiring ma.

    • Beeeee

      February 17, 2015 at 8:32 am

      I love you …. thank you for this!

    • NagosBigBoi

      February 17, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      We are even attacking one of ours (Chimamanda) now and calling her a paid agent? Wow! All of these must be hurting you guys more than you guys show. Chimamanda wrote what most of us are going through. How can we deny that?!

    • Steve

      February 17, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      When anyone speaks the truth and reality on ground, they seem to have been paid especially when they criticize the government. You know accuse Chimamanda of being paid, would you say same of late Chinua Achebe? We are just our own problem in Nigeria…. Too bad!!!

    • NATHAN

      February 17, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      yOU SAID IT ALL

  5. The Truth

    February 17, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Colonial mentality. I don’t even know if the accusation is true but Nigerians have already been saying this same thing since day one. Now that oyibo echoes it, it sounds more credible, abi? As if the US don’t have their own agenda or bias.
    Well for those that like Oyibo news, read the article below were two independent US organizations carried out a 5 day study in Nigeria and found out that INEC was indeed not ready to hold an election despite what Jaga was saying before. What we believe is based on what we want to believe but in this case One is a newspaper spouting opinion, the other was as actual audit. The truth will set Nigeria free.

    tribune.com.ng/news/top-stories/item/29309-inec-wasn-t-ready-for-polls-on-feb-14-us-institutions

    TWO democratic institutions of the United States (US), the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI), have submitted that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was not ready for the presidential election initially fixed for February 14.

  6. trinity

    February 17, 2015 at 8:40 am

    I agree with you. The president may have made some bad choices but we cannot say that he has done nothing good in the 6 yrs he has been in office. I live in the north central of this great country & as far as I am concerned he has done well. Our economy was a hot mess that accumulated over the years and we expect one man to wave the magic wand & everything will be sweet. Oh pls! America that is even talking does not do anything for anyone or any country for free. They have an agenda. We needed to buy weapons to fight BH but they refused to help us. They predicted that by this year we would cease to exist as a nation. They have taken the place of God & that is a very dangerous thing to do. I would encourage everyone to think & speak positively about our beautiful country. God has amazing plans for Nigeria & no one can change it & I mean no one. God bless Nigeria.

    • Queen of the Coast

      February 17, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      You are a liar! What has he done in the north? I live in the North East for months during and after the period he declared a state of emergency in the three states people could not sustain themselves, their families and their businesses. Where in the North are you and what positive gains were made wherever it is you are.

  7. Ebony

    February 17, 2015 at 9:10 am

    And how did they come to all these conclusions and allegations?
    Wouldn’t extending the elections give room to increase the so-called popularity of Mr Buhari?
    And no, the funds aren’t dwindling; let’s stop deceiving ourselves.
    The security situation and comments weren’t that Boko Haram will be wiped out in weeks.
    Besides if that happens, we have a bigger/joint army, with neighboring countries and the AU joining in on the fight.
    President Jonathan isn’t my ideal president, neither is Buhari, but I wouldn’t paint GEJ entirely black for Buhari to look white.
    Nigerians clearly have amnesia

  8. ada nnewi

    February 17, 2015 at 9:23 am

    GEJites you all are earning your pay!!! Your internet crusade is epic! I hope the few nairas you earn now can continue to feed you when GEJ finishes destroying our economy…

    • Zee

      February 17, 2015 at 10:07 am

      This is the best you can do my sister?
      I was expecting intelligent rebuttal of some of their points. Has APC stopped paying you? J/k

      Everybody get agenda and I don’t know who to believe but I found the article fishy. It is well know that Tinubu’s coffers are bottomless and Buhari will benefit from increased votes in the North if the insurgency is brought under control by our neighbors armies. The only real advantage I can see for GEJ is that PVC distribution is poor in some southern states that support him. That’s my understanding as somebody who is more or less neutral.

    • NagosBigBoi

      February 17, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      @Zee, what the article is alluding to is that Tinubu’s (or anyone’s) stolen wealth does not compare to Nigeria’s resources that GEJ has at his disposal.
      On Buhari benefitting from the votes increased ability of the northeast to vote, that may be true. The best data we have right now is that GEJ and GMB are roughly equally split in support in the NE (google Afrobarometer nigerian election poll). I understand that NOI polls by PDP got similar results. So it may not be purely to GMB’s favor.
      The SW may split evenly for both men. SS and SE are all GEJ, so yes, if the collection in those areas can be increased it will be to GEJ’s favor.
      The bottom line is that NOI polls (owned by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala) also showed them that GMB would have won on February 14th. It made sense for them to delay and try to change the outcome. The question now is: can they change the outcome legally?

  9. Olori Tari

    February 17, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Lol some of yuu are ridiculous. If a black man wrote this and she said ‘gbam’ because following her recent comments she would have ‘gbamed’ anyway, but because it’s a white man yuu want her to keep quiet because ‘her gods have spoken’. Please don’t put your own insecurities and expectations on other people. Colonial mentality? Please stop playing… Why does this have be about anything about that other than well, the company who wrote it…black people will never move on and somehow it always goes back to this! People cannot even agree with who they want to agree again. It’s like me being at work and my white friend says I heard about the state of Nigeria..”GEJ must be scared because the security issue has been there but now it’s suddenly a problem’… I should turn around and say I don’t think so because she is a white person and well she is my ‘God’ when in reality she is echoing my thoughts!

    I would agree with her and shout ‘preach it sister’ like I would if it was my other Ghanaian or Guyanese colleague that said it. No it is not ‘more’ credible to me but it is. A valid point. It’s only the ones that feel threatened by the White man or feel some type of way because of insecurities would go ahead to interpret it as seeing the White being more credible. Smh…. People From all over have been saying it and they’ve been making headlines! Make it a case of what it is and leave it at that…

  10. Zee

    February 17, 2015 at 9:40 am

    When you prefer your neighbour’ s soup to your mamma’s because it has more dead animals in it.

    Meanwhile while APC is fighting to secure the presidential seat, PDP is gaining more grounds in Lagos

    • anonymous

      February 18, 2015 at 6:51 am

      You are such a joker! i swear this comment made me laugh the most. You need to print this comment and frame it o! this is damn to funny.

  11. bruno

    February 17, 2015 at 9:52 am

    at the end of the day, whether buhari or jonathan wins this election, it is we nigerians that will still suffer.

    PDP-PEOPLE DECIEVING PEOPLE
    APC-ASSOCIATION OF PAST CRIMINALS.

    your choice.

  12. Nahum

    February 17, 2015 at 10:11 am

    @Ada Nnewi, I follow you and I say GBAM, GBAM, GBAM!!!! Dont mind these GEJites, when Ebola was crushing us, these same people were calling and screaming for Western help and influence, when Boko Haram took our girls and America sent in soldiers, these same people were cheering and laughing. Now that the NYT has told them what they do not want to hear, the West is now a demon. Typical African mentality. We like to bury our heads in the sand rather than face the truth. The truth is, we were given a choice between a dictator and a failed president. The “successes” Jonathan has made, if we truly want to be honest with ourselves, are just surface successes. he revived the railway system, yes he did, but developed countries have high speed, up to date trains, we are still using locomotives. It is still faster to drive and fly than to take the train, so what good did reviving it do for us?

    He rehabilitated airports but yet we still do not have electricity in the country to fully function these airports and the last time I checked, Abuja and Lagos airports are still and eyesore. What other successes are we pointing to? At least, the Obasanjo that all of you children love attacking gave us the GSM that has helped revolutionized our society. Until our leaders start making real change and not just throwing money into elephant projects, Nigeria will always be a failed country.

    This is just my opinion and I will not dignify insulting comments with a response.

    • Queen of the Coast

      February 17, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Airports? Ahh, I’ll post pictures of some northern “rehabilitated airports” for you to see.

    • trinity

      February 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      @Nahum. You said “developed countries”. These countries did become developed overnight & it took them centuries. Where was Africa not to talk of Nigeria when Mungo Park, Christopher Columbus etc were busy exploring & making amazing discoveries. What about the huge trials, losses (both human & financial) they had to cope with. You mentioned high speed railway system. Fine, do we have the expertise to manage the facilities? Do we have people who are well trained to handle these trains in the event of an accident? Don’t you think we should start from where we are, with what we have & get to where we want to be?. A lot of these countries are centuries way ahead of us. You mentioned airports. You only mentioned 2, what about the others? We are only 54 yrs & we want to be among the developed nations. My dear it takes time, pains, losses & a lot of patience. Pls in our criticism let’s be constructive and not always ready to find fault in every action the government of the day takes. God bless Nigeria!

    • Nahum

      February 17, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      @Trinity, thank you so much for this response. I completely agree with you that it takes time and patience to grow and develop. You are absolutely correct, however, I have a problem with the GEJ administration throwing money into a railway system that is completely obsolete. What he could have done is put the money into research and development of a better railway system and then put money into training people to run such a railway system and thereby creating jobs. Raising the “mammoth” called the railway system was a huge waste of money.

      I spoke about those two airports, because these are the two I have visited post rehabilitation and I know that billions was spent rehabilitating them and still nothing to show for it. I cant speak for other airports sha

    • NagosBigBoi

      February 17, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Let us forget about his use of “developed” countries. Are we on the same page as Singapore (independence in 1963) or malaysia (independence in 1957). It has not taken them centuries! They are as young as we are.

    • Lulu

      February 19, 2015 at 11:17 am

      Ur opinion is wrong! America has never offered any help to Nigeria as regards boko haram! They have been promising but never offered any help. Secondly we conquered Ebola on our own tho we lost lives of some patriotic Nigerians along the line! America had nothing to do with us conquering Ebola! I repeat nothing!

  13. nene+

    February 17, 2015 at 11:46 am

    America got cataracts when PVC was given to the Emirs and the Sultans to distribute in the North East. More so when under aged children from the neighboring countries Niger were forced on us to register and pick PVC as a result they couldn’t see this.

    They turned a complete blind eyes when All POPULATED Lagos got less PVC than a Maiduguri.

    Emirs and Northern chiefs and entire north where enabled to pick cards in proxy while the peaceful Southern Nigeria had far less and where made to pick up in local government.

    Remember the Oyinbo electoral delegates will cowardly not monitor the Northern activities during elections and that they will claim that over 7 million of the alamajiris do not have fingers,hands,blind,chopped up fingers, washed thumbs etc . Usually prevalent in the North, thank Goodness to initiatives for polio eradication.

    Who is fooling who????
    We should go ahead because PVC have gotten into the hand of the sai Buharis???

    America stop over in my house and have a drink of water and continue talking till election is over and Jonathan is sworn in.

    Did any one blame American armies when their WTC world trade center was bombed. How much did America do to sell ordinary weapons to us???

    Abeg America carry Nigeria matter for head as gala sellers. How market???

    • NagosBigBoi

      February 17, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      @nene+, again you fail to do your research. In 2011, lagos state had a voter turn out of ~32%. The lowest in the country. It was similar in previous elections. Lagos state despite its large population has voters who refuse to participate – hence the low PVC collection. Some people have attributed it to people in lagos being too busy chasing daily bread.
      The number of PVC’s wrongly distributed is due to nigerians like you and me who do not put country first. If GEJ is so worried about people in the north voting with multiple PVC’s, why is he encouraging his people to push for our not using the card readers? The card readers will make it “one person, one vote” and foil the plans of those people.
      I now start to see that you are “anti-north” (it is your right to be anti-anything). It is great that your true bias is becoming obvious. The north did not keep the SS underdeveloped. The SS is underdeveloped because people who ran the NDDC put personal interests above national interests. 3% of the money spent by oil companies goes to NDDC. All that money goes to the SS people in NDDC’s foreign accounts. Their families are living large in the west.

  14. Chinedu Ememandu

    February 17, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    New York times , bunch of editors and Management are merely expressing their personnal oppinion. or feeling .GEJ has no hand in election postponement. INEC communicated to Nigerians and stated clearly the reasons behind it. We must learn to believe and accept our own and not whatever that new york times or any foreign media dishes to us.- Nonsense

    • ada nnewi

      February 17, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      #sigh#…another tribalist!…If GEJ has no hand in the election postponement, then pigs are now flying…

  15. nene+

    February 17, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    I will respond to you in short points

    1. I am anti APC as a party not the northerners- Do you know why? They are like convicts setting fire on a petty thief.

    2. Remember voter turn out is different from PVC collection

    3. I am happy you said Lagos people don’t pick PVC because they are very busy with their daily food-Thank you so much!!!!! that is the point! Asiwaju Tinubus APC government have succeeded in making living in Lagos miserable,Lagos inhabitants run helter skeler, traffic,high cost of living, high cost of housing, no infrastructure, high cost of education like no other,the infrastructure built aka toll gates is for a price, 120-250 per passage. If you decide to take the alternative routes, sorry your whole day will be spent in traffic.

    Traders run down and up in confusion, their goods seized day in day out, their markets stalls pulled down or burnt with short or no notice and without alternatives, Tejuoso, Jakande etc

    The drivers have LASTMA,KAI CBD,Area boys unleashed against them.

    Note that APC benefit heavily from the Chaos as many more people don’t have time to question,monitor,access, appraise and critisize Asiwajus feeding bottle called government of Lagos state-

    Government activities are secretly kept away from people- Every APC member oozes kwurupsian chants on Federal Government because they know FED government’s food and utensils expenditure because GEJ signed FOI bill- Ask for Lagos budget and you probably don’t come out alive. Hmmm

    Multiple tax traps set on the business people and companies-
    Any how you feel good or bad sha pay your tax! Asiwaju says from his Oriental Hotel Penthouse.

    Again holiday was declared for Lagos civil servant who are mostly card carrying APC member by default – Is that fair for a Lagos whose civil servants are less than 5% of her workforce? The other who may likely not like Lagos state APC are left out.

    I can go on and on and on…….

    4.Is South South underdeveloped? the answer is NO. Don’t think you have been there otherwise you wouldn’t have made such comment.

    Long and short both parties are bad but:

    PDP equals David – Repentant and remorseful sinner. Check out Yaradua agreed that the election that brought him was not free and fair, GEJ also said “if i loose i will go home”

    APC equals Saul and Herod – Obdurate and unapologetic sinner shouting CHANGE!!!!! Its FAKE,Its a FACADE
    Dogs and Baboon blood bath,parallel govt setting ups, i will make governance impossible,do or die affair.

    You can say Asari dokubo threatened but know that Asari is a third party. As for APC its their presidential candidate-Buhari,National chairman-Oyegun, Amaechi,Atiku credited with the violent speeches.

    Even FKK and Doyin has not made such lunatic statement-They only shout it is either Goodluck or badluck and other stuffs and you guys call them indomie brain but come here to praise Traitors and murderers!

    You can not tell people to get to work early and when they are late be made to frog jump when you BUHARI canceled rail way project that should make travel time short..

  16. Chichi

    February 17, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    My prediction -NW-80% gmb
    NE-95-GMB
    N.C-50% GMB
    S.W-72% GMB
    SS-95% GEJ
    S.E-70% GEJ
    DO YOUR MATHS !
    SAI BUHARI

  17. truenigerian

    February 17, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Fake chichi for your mind! Mtcheew

  18. nnenne

    February 18, 2015 at 12:05 am

    I call it “The danger of a single story. ”
    All these foreign journalist, who sit in the comfort of their office and claim to be experts in African issues. They just listen to one side of the story and sum it up.What do they care?

  19. nnenne

    February 18, 2015 at 12:12 am

    If Buhari wins, I will respect him as a leader of my country but I will continue to say that he is not the change we need. APC got it wrong. So, so sad. A country with so much manpower.
    Anyone who truly love Nigeria will not appoint Buhari as our president. .Not in this century!

  20. NNENNE

    February 18, 2015 at 12:36 am

    @Nahum….Buhari ruled for 2 years before. What wonders did he do?
    The only thing history gives him credit for is human rights abuses.
    The likes of Buhari only run for re-election in Nigeria.

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