“MUST READ: Presidential Media Chat: Some of the ‘unbelievable’ things our president said last night”

The 7th edition of the Presidential Media Chat has
come to an end. A burning issue discussed is the missing school girls. President Jonathan said wherever the girls
are, the military would get them. He said security
personnel are working round the clock to rescue the
girls and also pleaded with parents and guardians of
the missing girls to cooperate with them to get the girls
freed. He said no negotiation has taken place because
no one or group has claimed responsibility for the
kidnapping.On reports of them being married off, the
president said “To who?”. He said the Principal of the school told him that 53 of the girls have escaped from the kidnappers.

On people comparing the Niger Delta militants with Boko
men, he said the BH men are faceless and so
makes it difficult to even have discussions with them.
He said he first met Niger Delta warlords like Asari
Dokubo in the state house in a meeting called by former
Pres. Olusegun Obasanjo and the militant leaders were
there to lay down their grieviances. He said Boko Haram
men are terrorists as their ideology is different from
that of the Niger Delta militants as those ones do not
go about bombing market places and killing people. He
said a lot more. Please continue…

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On rumours of helicopters dropping food stuff for boko haram members, he said no one has come out with
pictures to authenticate these claims. He said “One
does not need network to take pictures” but no one
has been able to take any picture showing helicopters
dropping foodstuff’.

On why his government hasn’t dared to go to Sambisa Forest where Boko Haram men are believed to be
staying, GeJ said “If I go there or send any of my
ministers they will just kill you.”

On the Federal Governments directive of schools and
Government offices to shut down during the World
Economic Forum Africa which is to hold from
Wednesday 7th to Friday 9th, he said the move was
needful so as to control free flow of traffic. He said
Nigeria is not the first place to do such and that when
he was in Netherland for the Nuclear summit, some
institutions were shut down during the course of the
summit. He said that places like Davos where the World
Economic summit takes place cannot close down
institutions because every year the WEF takes place
there and the place has been designed to host the
world yearly. He said private enterprises were not
compelled to close down but are only advised to close
down so as to help traffic free flow. (See scope)

On seeking international help for the security challenges
Nigeria is facing, Pres. Jonathan said he has reached out
to Pres. Obama twice on the matter and security
personnel from America were sent down to Nigeria. He
also said he has reached out to the Presidents of
France, China and other neighboring countries such as
Cameroon, Ghana and Benin republic for assistance. On
some Northern Governors visit to the US, he said it is
not a Federal Government arrangement. He said he is
always pained whenever he hears any Nigerian passes
on as a result of the madness called Boko Haram.
On the Rebasing figures and unemployment, Pres.
Jonathan said even with the Economy rebasing, Nigerian
Government cannot employ everyone but would only
create the best environment for the private sector to
excel. He said it was a good thing for Nigeria to be
hosting the WEF Africa and said according to the
Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, visitors for
the WEF Africa have began to show interest in
investing in Nigeria.
On the alleged missing $20b, Pres Jonathan said its
now a phenomenon for any government in power in
Nigeria to record a story of missing funds. He said with
the money being claimed to be missing, such moneies
would no doubt have adverse effect on the economy.
He said if such amount of money is missing, America
would know about it and said nobody should deceive

On Minister of Petroleum Dieziani Alison Madueke going
to court to stop investigations on the N10b private jet
scandal, Pres Jonathan said he is not aware she’s gone
to court. He said as a Minister, she has spent more of
her time appearing before the parliament than doing her
job and said it appears there is a case of parliamentary
dictatorship by the members of the house of
Representatives. He said they are all politicians and so
would also bring politics into their activities. He said he
does not see Dieziani as being corrupt and so cannot
drop her as a Minister. According to him, there is nothing
wrong in her hiring private jets and that other Ministers
and politicians also hire private jets.

On his declaration to run again, he said he believes that
is not what is important to Nigerians. He said security,
food etc are the things on the minds of Nigerians and
also said the PDP which is the “Champion, one with the
cup” is waiting for the opposition to field their
candidates so that the PDP would know who they are
up against.
On claims that he said Boko Haram has infiltrated his
cabinet, he said he never made such a comment, and
that the way journalists twist words makes one
wonder sometimes. He said what he said was that
Boko Haram has infiltrated the Government which is
made up of the Judiciary, Executive and the
Parliamentary. He said he never said they have
infiltrated his cabinet which is made up of the Vice
President and the Ministers.
On the strike by Polytechnic lecturers, he said “we are
handling it”.

On the recommendations that would come out from the
ongoing National CONFAB, he promised that whatever
recommendations from the confab would not be
While ending the chat, Pres. Jonathan pleaded with the
Parents and Guardians of the missing Chibok girls to
come out with the identities of the missing girls. He said
with the list from WAEC, its obvious that most of
them, about 90% are Christians. He pleaded with the
parents to cooperate with security agents.

Some of the funny comments he made
* “I don’t know where they are… there is no
confirmation of the location of the schoolgirls, you are
a journalist, you know more than me.”
* “If I exercise 40/50% of my powers, Nigerians
would say I am a dictator. Some African leaders who
used only 60 were condemned as dictators”
* “I assure you that we will get the girls out but we can
only do it with the co-operation of their parents and
* “Over 70% of what they call corruption in Nigeria, is
mere common theft. The word corruption is being
abused, it’s just mere theft.”
* “Even when I’m in church I am monitoring what is
happening. Anytime I get reports of an attack
somewhere… my face will change immediately… my
expression will change. It used to happen every Sunda
* “Anytime I hear of any one Nigerian dies I feel pained…
even if it’s a Boko Haram member – I am their
* “Pakistan terrorists have been fighting terrorism for
over 10 years now so it’s not something that a 6
months State of Emergency can solve.”
* “The Petroleum Minister has appeared before the
Parliament for over 200 days… in the Nigerian
Parliament you’ll agree with me that there is more
politics than work.”
* “People have been confusing corruption with stealing.
If public officers steal money they term it under
* “PDP is the champion. We are the ones holding the
belt. We are waiting to see the challenger”
* “The popular Nollywood wasn’t captured in the
assessment of the economy as Africa’s strongest’
* “If Sanusi hadn’t been suspended he would have
come up with a different figure… If anyone steals $50
billion or $20 billion anywhere America will know, they
will tell you where it is; it is their money.”

Finally, I see no difference between president Jonathan and his wife.



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