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“We fought corruption without making noise” Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on the Anti-Gay Law, Terrorism, Nollywood & more to Oxford University Students Today



Goodluck Jonathan_OxfordThis evening, former President of Nigeria Goodluck Ebele Jonathan spoke at Oxford Union – one of the world’s most famous debating societies – in Oxford University on promoting youth entrepreneurship.

He also answered a Q&A from the students. He spoke about the anti-gay law, terrorism, Nollywood, Brexit and more.

Here’s a blow-by-blow account from Goodluck Jonathan and the Oxford Student – the University’s biggest newspaper.


  1. Abi

    October 24, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Absolute piss take.

  2. Ore

    October 24, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    I hardly comment on blogs but I just had to. How can Goodluck Jonathan say that? Really? Do these politicians think we have brain damage/ selective memory? I cant believe this. You fought corruption? YOU? WHERE? WHEN? HOW??

    • nene+

      October 25, 2016 at 3:01 am

      Just so you know that rabble rousing isn’t corruption fighting.

      1. Corruption in the agricultural sector ended within 90 days

      This issue was solved with a help of information technologies and a simple cell phone. The Federal Government provided an e-wallet installed phones to farmers. Now instead of getting supplies from the suppliers, the authorities pay the money directly on the farmers’ phones. The farmers buy the fertilizers themselves. Due to it N50 billion were blocked from fertilizer money thieves. Nigeria has saved more than N700 billion on food import due to success in the agricultural sector

      2. Peaceful and credible elections

      President Jonathan has mentioned for several times that “electoral corruption is the mother of all corruptions”.

      In 2010 governorship elections were acclaimed by both local and international observers to be free, fair and credible in 5 states: Edo state, Ondo state, Anambra state, Ekiti state, Osun state. It is important to mention that only one of these states has been ‘secured’ by the president’s party. The major opposition force (the APC) won in 2 states. The APGA and the LP won the other 2. Compare this to the recent win or die election in done in Edo.

      3.IPPIS payment system- 60,000 “ghost” workers exposed

      A new system for paying salaries, the IPPIS system, was implemented. Since 2012 it helped to discover more than 60,000 of ‘ghost’ workers. Every year these fake workers were stealing N160 billion.

      4. Reforms in the import sectors

      Reforms in the import sector allowed to block loopholes. Government removed taxes on economic boosting goods – goods that make the economy grow.

      5. Stealing money from governmental contracts became harder

      In 2007 the public procurement act was implemented. Between 2009-2013 it prevented N558 billion from getting to contract thieves. 180 contract-stealing companies were discovered and punished.

      6. The most controversial bill in Nigeria’s history

      The “Petroleum Industrial Bill (PIB)” was created in 2008. It is a bill that could block all the corruption loopholes in the petroleum sector of economy. At that time it was rejected. On 18th July 2012, President Jonathan resent the bill. Unfortunately, it has not passed the legislation processes since then.

      7. Freedom of information bill.
      A bill even Fashola refused to pass in Lagos state.

      8. Petrol deregulation- stifled by your uncles.
      Partially achieved

      9. BVN introduction

      10. TSA

    • Aliyu Margatakarda

      October 25, 2016 at 4:54 am

      ???Thanks for this information

    • A Real Nigerian

      October 25, 2016 at 7:04 am

      Look at all the time and energy you spent writing absolute garbage.

    • Kinda true

      October 25, 2016 at 8:41 am

      I hardly agree with you because sometimes you act blind but I agree with you this time around. Thats one thing I have an issue with Buhari, he is yet to implement any system. So after collecting all the money during this fight against corruption, then what?

    • gbaskelebo

      October 25, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Yet they say nothing was done, all they could see was dasukigate! Jonathan still remains A president that this generation of nigerians are not prepared for , his style of democracy is not for the present crop of politician, his type is for the future, not now, not the past! abegi… Second base jare!

    • Moyo

      October 25, 2016 at 10:00 am

      we agree that he did all these, but didn’t he allow corruption to destroy what he put in place.

    • Nnenna

      October 25, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Dear Nene, It sounds like you worked for the past administration so you have knowledge of some of the nicer sounding policies (mostly as a result of the key members of the Jonathan administration, the Agric and Finance ministers).

      I like the way you have conveniently merged the institutions started (or set up) by administrations as far back as the OBJ administrations as Jonathan’s. The corruption in the fertilizer industry has been in contention and the issue was under consideration from way back in the OBJ era. It is part of the battles fought by the Bureau of Public Enterprise and Oby’s ‘due process’ to clean up the public sector, contracts and procurement. This was the same case with the IPPIS system and the national identification efforts. As a matter of fact, it was under the Yar’Adua era that the institutions/processes fell apart.

      The governorship elections in Osun and Ekiti were, by far, some of the most corrupt that Nigeria has seen. When you have the government in power use the secret service (DSS) to move hard currency for bribery and election manipulation, you must know that it is a desperate situation. Your angel Jonathan wanted desperately to punish Osun for daring not to vote for him in 2011. Now that Obanikoro is back, singing about what went down in Ekiti, I hope you have a little understanding of what many of us did not see then. The successes of the elections were largely due to Jega’s competence. As the events leading up to the postponement of the 2015 presidential elections + the Orubebe saga to prevent the announcement of the results should tell you that GEJ wanted to remain in power at all costs. If you refuse to acknowledge that he conceded under pressure from world leaders even though Mama P advised him otherwise, we are not all easily fooled. Story is that the US, UK, French leadership all called him and asked him to concede so he can have this beautiful post-presidency career that he has today.

      He wants to talk about his anti-corruption fight? Which fight? Is it the one that had his wife and cronies buying properties worth millions of dollars. Or stacking them in the banks until the BVN policy has now exposed them? Take a look at the state of the Niger Delta and tell me why after GEJ’s 6 years we can now have an insurgency. Did he try to clean up his region or did he spend his administration feeding the likes of Tompolo and elevating him above the Nigerian Navy?

      I am writing this epistle because young people are very impressionable. That you listed these many ‘achievements’ of GEJ based on exaggerations will appeal to people who don’t like to engage in critical analysis of the issues.

      You are not the only that has been following events in this country. That we have a disappointing Buhari administration does not mean that GEJ was any better. He certainly cannot show up now and try to whitewash his failed administration.

      *sorry for typos jare, I’m vexed!

    • Hank

      October 25, 2016 at 11:27 am

      Yes…most African low IQ leaders are brian damaged and the people that support them are even worse. Jonathan, PhD can’t educate his own people and he goes to England to make a fool of himself…the fool is so dumb and he does not even know what he is being redicled.

    • X

      October 25, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      @Ore. That’s why he’s telling Oxford Students and will dare not say that to Nigerians back home.

  3. EC

    October 24, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    One major thing he didn’t do. Good luck would have left a bigger legacy had he tackled corruption in all places nigeria. Now you left us with this Buhari that only appoints his uneducated cousins and in laws. His wife concors, I am not spilling anything new here

  4. Kenny 1

    October 24, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Fought corruption with $2,1bn in the back pocket. We must be fools to believe this garbage.

  5. bruno

    October 24, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    ” Since passing the ban on same sex
    marriage, I can attest that not a single
    Nigerian has been discriminated
    against as a result of that law”

    gej u are too foolish. this doesn’t even make any bloody sense. so are u tellimg us the law is good and its protecting nigerian lgbt people?

    ” Criminalising same-sex marriage
    offered the Nigerian government
    “opportunity to control the population” –
    Pres. Jonathan”

    so stupid. cause its gay people over populating the whole place. its gay people marrying 80 something wives and bearing 100 and something kids just like that northern cleric.

    what he is saying makes zero sense. u did something unconstitutional and barbaric and u are trying to defend it in front of an educated audience, u are making a fool of ur self.

    gej at the end of the day u will still apologise for signing that anti gay bill, u wanna bet. there’s no were u will go to in the west world that they will not ask u about that anti gay bill cause it was a very huge scandal all over the world when u signed it. so unnecessary. and many of u nigerians applauded him. smh

    • Gloria.

      October 25, 2016 at 3:31 am

      @bruno, continue living in your false reality. You, and all your colleagues in the so-called lgbtq community are the ones performing “”barbaric acts”” on each other, depraved acts. You are the ones who will “”apologize”” and repent before God. I only hope you will not leave it till “”the end of the day”” i.e. The Last Day/The Day of Judgment because by then it will be too late. I laugh at the way you elevate the West to god-like status. So, GEJ, and all who believe in and obey the Word and Laws of the Almighty God should shiver and cower in fear because of the West? Stop living in delusion.

    • All Good.

      October 25, 2016 at 10:34 am

      I think GEJ was playing tricks with the same sex marriage question. He should be bold enough to say it as it is. My people wanted the law and I gave it to them due to religious and cultural reasons. The answer he gave was ridiculous, I will be surprised if they didn’t ask him to clarify what he meant by “the opportunity to control the population”.

      Well atleast He is consistent at home and abroad, He told us he had no shoes and we believed him, now he has told them that the same sex bill was an opportunity to control the population.

      Ps. My argument is mainly about the answers GEJ gave and nothing else.

    • Princeade

      October 26, 2016 at 12:56 am

      I’m sure u are a gay right? Sorry for u, Nigerians support him in the anti gay ban

    • Douglas

      October 26, 2016 at 11:59 pm

      You continue to prove how foolish and stupid you are Bruno. I thought there bright people on BN but I was wrong. Well I am sure the Oxford students understood him.

      When he said the bill controlled the population, you should understand he meant it controlled the population of the lgbt people in Nigeria. Your stupid brain couldn’t think that.

      And when he said he was sure none of the lgbt people have been arrested, he was only affirming his assertion that the bill sent most of them into hiding and stopped reduced the number of people who were going into it, there by controlling the population.

      Goto school, yo went to school to play instead of studying….ode!

  6. Hindsight.

    October 25, 2016 at 12:33 am

    GEJ, you are missed, flaws and all. Good to see you. Don’t want you back at Aso Rock. Most certainly do NOT want Buhari there either. He needs to exit fast. He has divided this country, strengthened and aggravated divisions, birthed and provoked hatreds, decimated the naira like I NEVER could have believed I would ever see in my lifetime, like I NEVER could have believed possible ever, smeared, disrespected, disgraced, insulted and betrayed Nigerians to the world in his utterances, and his presidency is illegal, he has no certificate (otherwise why hire 12 SANs and 12 other lawyers to play all kinds of stalling and delay tactics in court instead of just exhibiting the certificate proudly and publicly for all to see?); he encourages his fulani kinsmen, sorry, the fulani herdsmen, his cattle-rearing kith and kin to maim, slaughter, kill, rape by his ‘body language’ and silence and inaction, he even wants to give them special grazing reserves in the same communities and places/states where they have killed and destroyed; he does nothing about Habiba Isa, probably because himself and the emir of his state are colleagues since, as reports say, he married Aisha when she was 9 when he was 47, and got her pregnant at age 12. It is difficult not to believe that this is Aisha’s true age especially when we remember how very strangely, during their campaign period, official bios released about her mentioned everything BUT her age even when Patience Jonathan’s would also be released including her age and Nigerians would comment yet Aisha’s would still be released without mentioning hers. Until eventually, suddenly, they started including it, making her conveniently exactly 18 years old when married to Buhari, and many people contested and still contest it as a flagrant lie.

    You did not or were not able to bring the Chibok girls back. Why? When will you tell that true story? We know for a fact (the official letters were published and less importantly, people have testified) that the principal and state governor strangely ignored FG’s directive and from the Min. of Education to close down the school because of security reports and instead, called all the students to the school to board to sit exams. Like sitting ducks. Anyway, don’t be in a rush. God’s time is best. want you to have a chance to tell your story. And live long afterwards to rebut all rebuttals. I have always had this feeling that you have a story to tell and that it is mind-blowing, extremely explosive. Buhari claims to have brought back 21 of them without prisoner swaps, without paying any money. That is so strange that it only now makes one believe that truly he must be their leader or sponsor. I was embarrassed by Aunty Peace and heaved a huge sigh of relief that she was gone from Aso Villa but I liked one thing: her ability to give as good (and sometimes, better than) as she got, and never to be intimidated by ANYONE most especially the northern, muslim, entitled, ‘born-to-rule’ deluded elite, of any stripe. That, and her instinctive, highly vociferous and vocal defense of you any day, any time, anywhere, to any one. Ok, so, two things then.

    Despite all your failings, thank God, and thank you, Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan,you, sir, of the fedora hat, for not thinking that the blood of Nigerians and the sure descent of the country into anarchy and bloodshed such as never seen before, were worth your political mandate. No matter how the opposition try, no matter how even I try, I just cannot downplay or diminish what a truly great thing that was that you did. In a ll the accusations of weakness, I have to admit that when it was needed most, at the most crucial hour, going against all the immensely powerful voices, interests, persons, groups, forces for whom power/politics is life or death (the death of others not theirs), forces for whom the life of others, including yours, president or not, is cheap if they do not play ball, you displayed the strength of the lion you said you were not; you stood your ground immovable like the strongest mountain. For Nigerians. ALL. Not just one section or one religion or one ethnicity. For Nigeria. For me. I know there was definitely, without a shadow of a doubt, something, everything Divine in that.

    I pray you keep availing yourself of that always available grace.

  7. legal diva

    October 25, 2016 at 1:20 am

    Bruno if u r a gay beast go hide yourself in some dark hole and don’t wash ur dirty linen in public pls. U cant even make a single point without cursing how dare u call a world leader stupid and all sorts of names who d hell are u who knows u where d hell do u come frm. Even if my beloved GEJ did not do well 100% He’s still human and he’s intelligence can not be contested. He’s now a world leader hence he’s been given d platform u are still a nobody so park ur stinking gay ideology and gerrarahere. Naija gat better problems to tackle. Gosh! U stink!!!

  8. nnenne

    October 25, 2016 at 2:47 am

    @ bruno… Why should he apologize?
    Believe it or not that is what over 98% of Nigerians want !
    Even the Anglican church broke away from the church of England because of same sex marriage
    It may not mean much to the west because they don’t care about lineage
    Otherwise President G,W Bush , Clinton and Obama will do everything to get a male issue to take over from them
    Africans,at least for now don’t want LGBT ..
    They should stop pushing

  9. godwi

    October 25, 2016 at 6:06 am

    This GEJ is delusional. He put us where we are at the moment.I wonder if anyone ever listens to him.

    The worst president ever in the history of Nigeria. The legacy he left us with is CORRUPTION.

    For A 57yr old PHD holder incumbent to be defeated by a retired 73yrs old general tells you how rubbish GEJ was as a President.

  10. Benson Ossai

    October 25, 2016 at 8:32 am

    How did you fight corruption.I don’t blame you at all i blame your baba OBJ who brought you to help destroy Nigeria because he did not get 3rd term.Wicked people.We all know that you lost the control of your government to cabal.You were simply a puppet in aso villa during your reign.You were simply confused and not knowing what to do and that explains why you quickly hand over and ran away.The fight of corruption will soon reach your door-mouth if you don’t keep quiet.Abati the noise maker has been arrested by efcc ghen ghen.

  11. Mrs chidukane

    October 25, 2016 at 8:48 am

    See him talking about education as if federal polythecnics we’re not on strike for close to if not over one year during his tenure. Fighting corruption,lmao! Mtcheew

    • kilipot

      October 25, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      U dey mind am. Mshhheeew

  12. Tee

    October 25, 2016 at 8:55 am

    When I talk say some people dey on salary una doubt me, see the long epistles of garbage. May the blood of people that died in NE Nigeria and soldiers that died cos they complained of no ammunition be on you and your children, Amen! You know yourself. I’m surprised you don’t defend or comment on your uncle’s article on this blog again. Yes, Fayose, your so called brave uncle. Awon alainironu oponu ayeraye. Bet you share your loot too with the people liking your comment.

  13. #MadeInNaija

    October 25, 2016 at 9:12 am

    I can only see BVN as GEJ’s only tangible achievement just like OBJ gave us Health Insurance, GSM and the Contributory Pension. I have seen that corruption is easier to fight with mouth than in action, therefore I appeal to PMB to make energy/power or Agriculture his number one priority project so that Nigerians will remember him for that. When people are less hungry, they will think twice before indulging in corrupt acts. Another President will continue with another project. Slow and steady wins the race. We cannot do all at the same time.

  14. Onyie

    October 25, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I haven’t commented in a long time but this time i just had to. This man is the most delusional human being on earth i swear. You fought corruption? You who used NNPC has your personal bank account for you and your cronies…you fought corruption?! Nigeria was at its most corrupt during your administration you delusional idiot.

    As for the lgbt bill i work in public health and you guys need to understand that everything has consequences. How can he say that the bill has resulted in non-discrimination of lgbt people in nigeria? how?! They can’t get access to health care services because of that bill – because they are discriminated against. Then they get married to our sisters, cousins etc because of that bill and because they can’t get access to quality healthcare services those who need the services pass on whatever they have to our sisters and cousins they got married to.

    Every action has consequences and those who think logically know that this is the real danger that bill poses.

  15. Nene

    October 25, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Jonathan is mad. Which corruption did u fight? Drunk liar

  16. Hank

    October 25, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    This guy is a piece of work. Dumb PhD holder…he is being ridiculed and don’t even know it.

  17. Wake Up Naija!

    October 25, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    GEJ is as delusional as his gullible & tribally-biased followers!! He fought CORRUPTION???? How???
    He was a very lucky President to have oil price at its highest during his administration but what did they do with the proceeds? EMBEZZLE, SQUANDER and FUND THE LIFE STYLES OF SELECTIVE NOLLYWOOD ACTRESSES! This WEAK President under whom everyone knew they could steal with impunity!! Pleazze!

  18. ada

    October 25, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Like Gej passed the anti-gay law because of his love for christ and all things holy. Pls let’s us not be hypocrites.

  19. nnenne

    October 26, 2016 at 2:43 am

    I have one question :
    Where is BinTv and all those comedy shows that used to critique GEJ and his wife ?
    “Naija craziest” is the only that is still around.
    Waoo, I guess they are all in the ruling party .
    You can’t tell me this regime is too perfect to be criticized ..

    Selfishness. I can’t believe everyone of them are now quiet!!!
    With everything that is going on now??
    I give up on Nigeria .

  20. dd

    October 26, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    ‘because young people are very impressionable’. Thank you for this line, Nene. I’d like your permission to share your comment on other platforms. Let this man and his minions never think Nigerians are fools, we all know how we got here as a nation even though political correctness won’t let us see road. No nation falls into recession as a result of actions of govt in one year, it’s a result of actions over time. GEJ contributed 5 years to this mess.

  21. dd

    October 26, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    *Nnenna, that was for you, not Nene.

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