Ailing Patience Jonathan Can’t Make It To UN General Assembly, Doctors Say
First Lady , Mrs. Patience Jonathan
SaharaReporters has learnt that a team of doctors attending Nigeria’s ailing First Lady, Patience Jonathan, have ruled out the possibility of her joining President Goodluck Jonathan when he travels next week to New York City. Mr. Jonathan is on his way to New York to attend this year’s session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Ailing First Lady To Accompany President Jonathan To UN General Assembly
President Goodluck Jonathan and Patience
With an eye on public relations stunt, President Goodluck Jonathan plans to reunite with his ailing wife, Patience next weekend, and thereafter head out with her the following day to the United Nations General Assembly in New York against doctor’s advice.
SERAP Urges Pres. Jonathan To Stop Gambia From Executing Nigerians On Death Row
The appeal by SERAP followed reports by Amnesty International on Sunday that at least 9 of the 47 death row prisoners have already been secretly executed. President Yahya Jammeh had vowed to kill all 47 death row inmates by next month, in a national speech to mark the Muslim festival of Eid. According to Amnesty International, more persons are under threat of imminent executions in the coming days.
President Jonathan’s High-Priced Militants: Asari Dokubo, Tompolo, Ateke Tom Paid Millions of Dollars Annually
America’s Wall Street Journal today revealed the mind-boggling million dollar sums that the Nigerian government has been paying Niger Delta warlords to keep them off the oil pipelines in the past 12 months.
Mr. Dokubo Asari, the former warlord that first shot to national limelight collects $9million every year to keep his estimated 4000 soldiers at bay. ‘General’ Ateke Toms and ‘General‘ Ebikabowei Boyloaf Victor Ben collect $3.5million apiece while General Government Tompolo Ekpumopolo is the most priced of all: he gets $22.5 million yearly.
President Jonathan’s Spokesman, Reuben Abati, Further Sidelined
Presidency sources, one of them close to Reuben Abati, a special adviser on media affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan, have told SaharaReporters that Mr. Abati has been sidelined recently and openly shares his apprehensions about being fired anytime.
One source, a confidante of the president, told SaharaReporters that Mr. Abati’s fears are well-founded. “Mr. President is only waiting to be sure that Dr. Abati does not pose any threat to his second term ambition before sacking him,” said the source.
Boko Haram: Christian Association In Northern Nigeria Calls President Jonathan A Failure, Asks Him To Resign
For his inability to contain Boko Haram, and statements indicating his inability, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Northern Nigeria today described President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as a failure and asked him to resign.
Plateau Crisis: Implement Only Reports of FG Panels – Hausa/Fulani Community Appeals to Jonathan
Leaders of the Hausa/Fulani community in the troubled state of Plateau have called on President Goodluck Jonathan to implement only the reports of the various panels set up by the central government.
They particularly want the reports of the panels headed by both Gen. Emmanuel Abisoye and Chief Solomon Lar to be implemented, as they believe that the reports of other panels set up by the Plateau government have not only lost contemporary relevance but are sub-judice.
Boko Haram: Christian Association Of Nigeria Writes Hillary Clinton
Dear Madam Secretary: Welcome to Nigeria and thank you for taking the time to visit our beleaguered country at a time when insecurity is at the highest levels it has been in recent memory. Just days before your visit, 17 worshippers were killed in a church service so we do indeed appreciate the effort and courage you displayed in coming.
Madam Secretary, I had wanted an audience with you to raise my concern over recent statements credited to the US Government, including at a congressional hearing in which I testified last month. These pronouncements from the State Department have distortions, omissions and in some cases clearly misrepresent facts on the ground in a manner that beclouds the crisis facing Nigeria and is ultimately deleterious to the quest for a peaceful and truthful resolution.
I Won’t Meet Boko Haram’s Demands, Jonathan Says
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has said he will not meet the demand of Boko Haram that he embrace the Islamic faith and become its ardent member, or resign from office. He said the demand amounts to both blackmail and rude intimidation.
Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, Jonathan said he would not resign as president as he was in power based on the mandate given to him by Nigerians in the 2011 presidential poll.