After months of speculation, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has declared his intention to contest for the office of president in the 2011 general elections. In a posting on his Facebook page, President Goodluck Jonathan announced his decision and said that he took the decision after consulting with a broad spectrum of Nigerians and will formally declare his amibition on Saturday, September 18, 2010.
President Goodluck Jonathan currently has over 200,000 friends on Facebook and promised that he would hold a strong covenant with the Nigerian people and put them first in all his dealings if elected.
The full text of on his Facebook page said, "Dear countrymen and compatriots, four months ago, providence placed me at the leadership of our dear country, following the untimely death of our dear former President, my brother and leader, President Umaru Musa YarĂ˘€™Adua. It was a very solemn and trying moment for me personally and for the country as a whole.
Ă˘€śMy immediate task and priority was and still remains to give the nation purposeful leadership and to focus on the priorities of our administration in order to maintain national peace and stability and pursue our key development priorities. In these few months as leader of the country, I have concentrated on managing the affairs of the nation, and resisted all efforts to respond to the drums of partisan politics which have been sounding very loud across the land.
Ă˘€śAs President and leader of government, I decided not to place partisan politics above the immediate needs and priorities of our people. I came under intense pressure to make a declaration concerning my political future, but declined to do so because that would have immediately distracted us from all the development initiatives we have accomplished so far. I therefore told Nigerians to give me time to concentrate on my work and that at the appropriate time I would make a public statement on my political future after due consultations with all the segments and leaders of our nation.
"Today, I confirm that after wide and thorough consultations spanning the six geo-political zones that make up Nigeria, with members of my family, my party, the opposition, civil society, the Private Sector, members of the Labour Unions, religious leaders, youths and student groups and our revered traditional institutions, I Goodluck Ebele Jonathan by the grace of God hereby offer myself and my services to the Nigerian people as a candidate for the office of President in the forthcoming 2011 elections.
"In presenting myself for service, I make no pretence that I have a magic wand that will solve all of NigeriaĂ˘€™s problems or that I am the most intelligent Nigerian. Far from it. What I do promise is this Ă˘€“ if I am elected President in 2011, I will make a covenant with you the Nigerian people to always do right by you, to tell you the truth at all times, to carry you along and most importantly to listen to you, fellow citizens in our communities and also those of you on this page. I do not want to win your affections by giving you promises of things I would do in the future which others before me have given and which have largely been unfulfilled. Rather, I would want you to judge me by my records.
Since God Almighty and yourselves permitted me to serve you in the present capacity, I have busied myself with setting Nigeria on the path of peace and progress. My team and I made no promises on adequate fuel supply in Nigeria. We simply did what was expected of those who govern, we delivered it, and you are living witnesses to that. We made no promise to revamp the textile industry.
Ă˘€śWe delivered a bailout package worth 150 billion naira that is being dispensed as I write. We made no promises of securing the highest U.S Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation clearance, the Category 1 Certificate which enables Nigerian registered airlines to fly to ANY U.S city. We delivered. We made no promise to give Nigeria a brand new INEC under a proven God-fearing and incorruptible leader. We placed Nigeria first and delivered. We made no promises of protecting your loans, deposits and investments in the banking industry over and beyond what is covered under the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Scheme.
Ă˘€śWe delivered it via AMCON. Rather than tell you what we could do to improve power, this administration demonstrated it by initiating a brand new national Super Grid as well as launching a concrete Road Map to the Power Sector with realistic goals tied to realistic dates. I understand from some of your mails that there has been some small improvements in electricity supply in some communities. We met an economy that was beginning to slow due to the global recession. Today, the economy has verifiably grown by 7 per cent this half year ending in June.
"I know you are tired of empty promises, so I will make only one promise to you today. The only promise I make to you my friends, fellow citizens and Nigeria, is to promise LESS and deliver MORE if I am elected. I call on you to join me to work together in harmony and synergy to forge a nation where we understand our differences instead of pretending they do not exist and work towards a perfect union founded on transparency, equity and justice. A nation that is on her way to repairing her International reputation and project to the world that things have changed and the people of Nigeria have now taken Nigeria back from a few into the hands of her people who are eager, very eager to pull her weight in the forward movement of the African continent and the world in the pursuit of peace, prosperity and happiness.
"I will by the special grace of God be making a formal declaration to this effect at the Eagle Square, Abuja, on Saturday 18 September 2011. I call on you my friends on this page and all Nigerians to give me your support and prayers so that together we can liberate our country from the confines and self-inflicted wounds and limitations of the past.
"My dear friends and fellow citizens, to borrow an often used slogan by our youths, please join me in proclaiming: Forward Ever, Backward Never! Please let us all unite across tongue and creed to move our long suffering nation forward together. I thank you and may God bless our country Nigeria.Ă˘€ť
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CB Ike Trenton, New Jersey, USA September 24, 2010
How many Nigerians have internet access? That was the crux of Mr. Akin's comment. It is a legitimate and retorical one. He should not be maligned for that. If Mr. President GEJ was blogging to his friends via the medium internet, and made his intention known, that's fine; "nothing spoil."
If Mr. President chose this medium only to declare his candidency, we inform him to do better as I gurrantee you there are better media Mr. President can avail himself to maximize that news. Akin, you are indeed to ask Mr Jonathan to be respectful of those he serve and inform them by several means: Radio broadcast, in as many Nigerian languages as possible for extended period, the print media and of course the internet. I will not condemn anyone and that includes Mr. President as you've asked that we do for self preservation. The time of errand by word of mouth from person to person, dissemination of news by town crier utilizing bamboo or metal gong are with the Dinosaurs. The so called "foreign media" encompasses every means you and I use.
Take courage Mr. Akintola you do not deserve some of the anger shown you and they were uncalled for. You might very well be a fan of the president, there's no telling from your article. I say we should not condemn Mr. President or else, we will be condemning ourselves for using foreign media. If we go back in time, we all will cover our privacies with only leaves and could you imagine what a disaster and uncomfortable feelings that would be at this age of enlightenment. Cheers.
Oh, by the way, Mr. GE Jonathan wise up and heed to Tejiri and Akin's advises and I add Amen to it. This idea to always address Nigerians through foreign media (by her Presidents) should be condemned by all true Citizens.
TEJIRI Brooklyn, USA September 20, 2010
Mr. Akinola, I would like to inform you that Nigeria is developing even in this era of corruption. On the other hand, it is not a good idea for the President to declare his intensions on social networks before declaring it to the general public. He should have said his intension to declare himself as a candidate on a given date, rather than further daclaring himself.
emeka okoro agbai Abia state, Nigeria September 19, 2010
I like goodluck jonathan is the man that we in nigeria!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!happy nigeria
Pastor Commander Samyoung Onwuzulike Washington, DC, USA September 16, 2010
Beloved Nigerians. Please allow President Goodluck Jonathan to continue to leads Nigeria. The reason I supported him, is because I know what it cost Nigerians mainly Ndi Igbo for the freedom of Eastern Minorities. My support has no regional, political, faith or tribal interest, but to protect Nigeria from another doom.
It cost Nigerians, and ndi Igbo their lives and properities, because of the mistakes of their leaders who failed to free their brothers from slavery.
When children of Israel failed to obeyed the law of jubilee, to free their brethren in slavery with unconditional love. God took them into slavery for seventy years, to the hands of the Babaylonia king Nabuchadnezzar and his princes.
Isaac Boro began the Movement for the freedom of Eastern minorities in Bakasi. Where he was trainning his militants. To overthrow Dr M.I Okpara Eastern Nigerian's government before Jan 15, 1966 Military Coup.
The mistake of the leaders of Ndi Igbo then was this; NCNC who were in political accord with NPC the ruling party. They freed Midwest from the West, to favor late Omomi Ejoor Festus Okotiebo. But they failed to free the Eastern Minorities because, most of them were members of AG of Awolowo. General Aguiyi Ironsi followed same mistake, that cost him his life.
Please, Babangida and others don't kill the Living Child. Save Jonathan and save Nigeria. This is the voice of God The Mother( Dionee.) NNenkeobi with Last salvation of Equal Rights. Peace, Live and let live.
Akinola Abeokuta, Nigeria September 16, 2010
We shall hopefully, emancipate ourselves from mental slavery someday. He has not declared to Nigerians his intention to run for office yet. How many Nigerians have internet access? This idea to always address Nigerians through foreign media (by her Presidents) should be condemned by all true Citizens.