The President Lied! By Yinka Odumakin

Pres. Goodluck Jonathan
By Yinka Odumakin

I have not set my eyes on Prof.Funso Aiyejina for about 23 years now but every now and then the sheer musicality of his voice resonates in my ears anytime I flash back to his poetry class.Aiyejina was one of the crop of bright intellectuals at the Literature Depatment of the  Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU),Ile-Ife under whose feet I learned  several years back.The great teachers included :Profs .Biodun Jeyifo,  Ropo Sekoni,Oyin  Ogunba,G.G Darah,Adebayo Williams and a host of others.

Aiyejina's poetry class was an exciting one for me as I looked forward each moment to listen to him sing poetry into our ears.Two poems he sang that would never leave my consciousness are "Letter To Lynda" written by him and Odia Ofeimum's " The Poet Lied".

It was the latter that rushed to my memory as I listened to President Goodluck Jonathan address a media chat on national  television on Sunday night.Under normal circumstance, the word of a president should flow with so much integrity that people would not ordinarily be tempted to cross-check as any holder of such office would not be expected to speak untruth to his countrymen and women.

However, I've learnt to double check whatever the President says ever since he said he was not aware of Article 7(C) in his party constitution until his opponents brought out his signature at the meeting where the provision was approved .I must say though that I was still ready to grant him the indulgence that he could have suffered some amnesia given that the meeting took place about 6 years earlier.

But my bag of indulgence for him became empty when I heard Dr Jonathan say "Nigerians should not forget that long  before the House of Representatives set up its probe I have set up the Ribadu Committee to look into the problems in the oil sector.If I have anything to hide would I  go for Ribadu who is accepted as an anti-corruption giant by Nigerians?"

I could not believe my ears that the President of Nigeria would  manipulate events that occurred early this year to torture our memory and still keep a straight face.Even a toddler would recall that the House of Representatives convened a special session on Sunday,6th January 2012;to deliberate on the fuel subsidy crisis during which it set up the Lawan Farouk Committee to probe the subsidy regime.It took exactly a moment after,with all the mind - boggling revelations from the House probe  for the Petroleum Minister to announce the Nuhu Ribadu Task Force on the petroleum industry .

And shortly after this blatant untruth,one of the panelists asked the president if Nigerians should still trust him in spite of all that have happened in the last one year and he still answered in the affirmative!

Now the big question is how anybody would believe the President when he denied being the director of the Otedola-Farouk opera after telling us that February comes before January and the gap between is "long"?.
I almost passed out when the President admitted that Otedola ,Dangote and co have always been around every PDP president from Obasanjo through Yaradua and to him " but they are not patrons of the ruling party since they are not on our Board of Trustees"

And the big one played out in the course of the interview when two  numbers were displayed for people to call in and ask the president questions.I felt a practical joke was on for a president who struggles with written speeches to now face live questions.Even the questions from the panel which must have been given to him ahead presented their challenges .Where the president was expected to enunciate concrete policy directives,he kept on saying "did you not listen to the minister when he talked on that", "I don't want to contradict the minister","I don't want to have the figures of our debts" and "I'm not the one managing the economy but Ngozi Iweala who has reputation".As if he was saying he lacks what NOI has!

My apprehension that the call-in gesture was a gimmick  was confirmed as I called the two numbers and none was active..I have since called a lot of respected Nigerians who told  me they had a similar experience.Among those who also tried but in vain like me are Prof.Niyi Osundare and Pastor Tunde Bakare.One of the other people I called cracked my ribs when he said " the few calls that made it in could be from Reuben Abati's office".

By and large,it was a punishing task listening to Mr President for two hours Sunday night as he stumbled from one comedy of error to another.Like him saying that he has not declared his asset as a matter of  "principle" and that when he did so as Vice-President it was at the insistence of Yaradua whom he told  they were creating an  "anomalous " situation.He went on the arrogant lane by saying that he would not give a damn if the media talked about his non-declaration of assets till kingdom come. And his parting  shot was "is it my declaration of assets that would stop Boko Haram?".But I didn't hear in two hours talking about  what he is doing to stop Boko Haram even as his June deadline to exterminate the group remains a few days to end!

If anything all I heard him do was setting agenda for Boko Haram when he said "...the same Boko Haram will start attacking mosques to instigate Muslim youths to attack Christians ".

The  most pathetic non-coordination of thought of the night came with the president defending his Brazil trip when Kaduna and Yobe were burning thus :"The day the international community gets to know that the President of Nigeria  could not travel because of Boko Haram,we are finished".

But the  President within the same interview explained that the reason he had yet to visit Damaturu  and Maiduguri ,two hottest flash-points of Boko Haram was because the airport is ill-equipped for his plane to land;and that he could not travel  by helicopter for security reasons.

Now that the international community know that our president who junkets around the world but cannot maintain airports at home  is scared of flying    helicopter in his country for the fear of Boko Haram,what is left of us?

Truth is that our rulers, which include President Jonathan- finished us before Boko Haram !

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Metu:one of them

This Metu is the PDP voice.Has the party ever said the trutn or acted differentlfrom its penchant for election rigging?

Re: worst President in history

HaLet the Yoruba's go to hell.

pls. Has your own voice been

pls. Has your own voice been heard? Have you spoken the truth and what results have you got for Nigerians. You sound like one of the Selfish, PDP members

blind patriotic bigotry

Na you be d biggest fool for supporting that fool.what did he say dat made anysense apart from nonsense?Were his answers presidential?even staunch supporters lik us from the core south were disgraced in front our frenemies.Your hero is now a Zero, n if care is not taken, from his unobjective and unfocused answers he might turn into a Nero.May God save us from this mad fool and his even madder n foolisher following.Mtschewww!!!I spit on your ignorant arrogance!!

yinka d voice of yorubas and fulanis-with a an ibo wife

Britain’s landmark Big Ben clock tower adjoining the Houses of Parliament will be renamed “Elizabeth Tower” to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year on the throne, a parliamentary official said on Tuesday.The announcement follows four days of celebrations earlier this month to mark the 86-year-old queen’s Diamond Jubilee, only the second to be celebrated by a British monarch.”The House of Commons (parliament) commission welcomed the proposal to rename the clock tower Elizabeth Tower in recognition of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and will arrange for this decision to be implemented in an appropriate manner in due course,” a House of Commons spokesman said.

let split--yorubas ibos and fulanis don kill 9ja

Britain’s landmark Big Ben clock tower adjoining the Houses of Parliament will be renamed “Elizabeth Tower” to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year on the throne, a parliamentary official said on Tuesday.The announcement follows four days of celebrations earlier this month to mark the 86-year-old queen’s Diamond Jubilee, only the second to be celebrated by a British monarch.”The House of Commons (parliament) commission welcomed the proposal to rename the clock tower Elizabeth Tower in recognition of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and will arrange for this decision to be implemented in an appropriate manner in due course,” a House of Commons spokesman said.

unilag to be named after tinubu

Britain’s landmark Big Ben clock tower adjoining the Houses of Parliament will be renamed “Elizabeth Tower” to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year on the throne, a parliamentary official said on Tuesday.The announcement follows four days of celebrations earlier this month to mark the 86-year-old queen’s Diamond Jubilee, only the second to be celebrated by a British monarch.”The House of Commons (parliament) commission welcomed the proposal to rename the clock tower Elizabeth Tower in recognition of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and will arrange for this decision to be implemented in an appropriate manner in due course,” a House of Commons spokesman said.

true talk

mr yinka, thank u for ds true talk,God save our country

Jonah is a moron

@Ayo! Ur presido is a lost dog that cannot be found. You advice will do him no good. The solution is impeachment.

REA;WRONG MAN FOR THE JOB

If they put you in his present shoes, do you think you'll wear it perfectly? Watch what you say cos we have not heard your name as a governor or president.

Let us make do with what we have.

Let us make do with what we have and BE THANKFUL.
We have BH
IBB.
OBJ.
DANGOTE.
SARAKI.
IBORI.
PDP.
MEND.
OTEDOLA.
TINUBU.
POVERTYof MORALITY and MATERIAL NEEDS.
DISREGARD for RULE of LAW.
TOTAL DISTEGRATION of VALUES and INFRASTRUCTURE.

and now making the grand entrance to mediocrity and the most loved President of Nigeria, the drum rolls for 2 minutes:

GOODLUCK EBELE AZIKWE JONATHAN.

We all voted for him and not PDP.
He is not aware of his party's manifesto or the requirements of Nigerian constitution regarding Asset declaration. He argued he was froced by Yar Adua. I am surprised he did not argue that sfter OBJ did not declare his.

He knows, I know and the Nation knows that his worth is more than that of all the Northern states combined asset!
Long LIVE NIGERIA.

Hmmm....go & drink petrol

Yinka,bakare,HELL rufai,buhari..etc have been crying all along.dnt u guys have jobs?who r u guys fighting for?i gues its not nigerians cos u guys are 500% more clueless.gej is ur president.if u cant accept dat fact then go & drink petrol.truth is we nigerians dnt like you.......losers

The President Lied! By Yinka Odumakin

Substantial portion of the problems we have now from GEJ is from OBJ who knowingly foisted GEJ on Nigeria via People Destruction Party
No doubt OBJ is regretting
Let GEJ and Vice Pesident Doom Patient Jonathan steal as much as they want like others before them, the day of Nigerians (Day of The Lord) is catching up

yinka tell buhari to end BH

ACTIVITIES of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, may get worse given revelations that the group is sharing funds and swapping explosives with two other terrorist organisations in Africa.
Commander of the U.S. military’s Africa Command, General Carter Ham, said indication of cooperation between Boko Haram, al Shabaab in East Africa, and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb could signal a dangerous escalation of security threats on the continent.The three organisations are said to be the continent’s most violent and they are believed to be sharing money and explosive materials while training fighters together.Reuters reports on

".....I Have No Enemy To Fight"

Those people who fell to the campaign of ethic/tribal sentiment that President Jonathan gave u before 2011 election. He has told u, he has no enemy to fight, now u are keeping pressure on him to fight corruption and forces of corruption. He can not do that. 2015 is around the corner if u like again vote on sentiment; u will still come back to lament like u are doing already. Vote credibility, vote integrity, vote accountability; sorry as for president GEJ and PDP for 12years plus check if they have it.
Good day Nigerian.

“If the elders in the North

“If the elders in the North cannot speak out and stop this menace, let them tell us. Let them come out and say so boldly, because the belief out there is that some elders know about these people and decide to keep quiet. If care is not taken, the way things are going, if the Boko Haram menace is not halted, it can lead to break-up of Nigeria, because there is an extent to which the people can take it.”He said that Christians should refrain from engaging in retaliation, because vengeance belongs to God.Mark stated, however, that that it was becoming increasingly difficult for Christian religious leaders to hold their followers from seeking vengeance because churches were being destroyed on a weekly basis.
“If a preacher wants to preach to his followers that they should not seek vengeance, by the time his church is destroyed where will he stay to preach non-violence?” Mark said.

lets break up- SS should speak up-or die as slaves in 9ja again

“If the elders in the North cannot speak out and stop this menace, let them tell us. Let them come out and say so boldly, because the belief out there is that some elders know about these people and decide to keep quiet. If care is not taken, the way things are going, if the Boko Haram menace is not halted, it can lead to break-up of Nigeria, because there is an extent to which the people can take it.”He said that Christians should refrain from engaging in retaliation, because vengeance belongs to God.Mark stated, however, that that it was becoming increasingly difficult for Christian religious leaders to hold their followers from seeking vengeance because churches were being destroyed on a weekly basis.
“If a preacher wants to preach to his followers that they should not seek vengeance, by the time his church is destroyed where will he stay to preach non-violence?” Mark said.

the person who lied in his article was yinka-he lied and lied

An ncultured heart attempting to impart his limited wisdom to uncultured ACN and CPC supporters club in Chad and Mali may be. Yes Emeka Offor, Andy Uba, Dangote, Otedola, Danjuma and co have always been around. These shakers and movers of the oil industry were there long before Jonathan left Bayelsa state. None was able to associate their thieveries to any of our ex heads of state until the ijaw-manu appeared on the scene. See the way 9jas think? A thief is not adjudged a thief until he shakes hands with the drunken sailor fisher man from the creeks. Yet they pee inside their smelly sokotos when we scream Nat confab. If the president of 9ja is not able to attend a summit, it clearly means we are not credit worthy. Meaning there is trouble at home! The airports have been in a state of disrepair long b4 tinubu asked lagosians to kill GEJ over MAU. Ribadu also raised the alarm on our airports in d North. BH can bring down a chopper in the North without blinking an eye 4 buhari

Why don't he set up a committee to tackle the questions

This may be a learning point. A committee will be set up to do media laundry on this past media chat then another committee will be set up to prepare a counteractive media chat. Then everything will normalize as usual.

Allah sees everything

Do not hesitate in praying for Our dear Country my brothers. Obviousely tym will come when every Leader would give account to his BAD leadership when he has no ability to eather lie or deny the apparent evilss he did to frostrate us in one way or the other.Oh Alla!h-> save us from their bad intentions.

Good Piece

This is a well written piece. Thumb up for you

To whome shall we run to

Well, Nigerian our dearly beloved nation is certainly heading for the rock . since there is no adent political will from those who call the shot to settle the many political crisi in the Nation. my fear remains that, more blood and especially those of innocent compatriots will be shed . Remember, God can not do for man what man can do for hiself . the solutions to our many problems are not far fetched.our leaders must begin to exhibit sincarity of purpose in shepherding this one time great but now shameful nation.

THE PRESIDENT LIED

Has GEJ ever spoken any truth before now but only to his hangers on.This is the worst thing to have ever happened to Nigerians

Just leave this DRUNK alone

Yes,i dont think this man should be taken seriously at all, again.Its glaring that this Jonah, is not my President, he is a DRUNK, a bad one at that. Reports have it that he passes out every night on alcohol and carried to his sleeping quarters. We are really in deep shit in this country....ITS EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF, and God for all

Online NOISE MAKERS

SR and their crew of online NOISE MAKERS can go to hell. Nigeria is making progress under GEJ. Enemies of progress can go to hell. Yinka Odumakin can have his time with few online thugs/anonymous fools on this forum. GEJ had his time with tens of millions of independent minded Nigerians for over 2hrs prime time.

anyway, u may have ur reasons

anyway, u may have ur reasons for criticising the president, for criticism is also part and parcel of democratic experiment and experience. However going out of ur way to call the president names, for me places u in thesame pedestal with touts on the street, who're unable to separate issues from personality. The president has spoken his mind and u've made ur own observations nd inputs which are in order, except for the denigrating of the personality of Mr president, u forget so soon that GEJ is yet the president of the entire Nigeria(urself included), for now he yet embodies our collective image as a nation, so abusing him or reducing his personality to nothing simply because u've got access to social network does not speak volume of u as a patriotic Nigerian. Constructive criticism is welcome, but abuse, assasination of character and denigration of personality is really not in the best interest of the nation or urself as a Nigerian! Just an advice. Shalom

EMEKA METU, DONT BE LIKE GEJ, USE YOUR HEAD

"... to stop Boko Haram and other religion-influenced violence in the north, liaise with law makers to make laws that stipulate that any state which has non-indegenes killed and/or sacked must have deductions be made on source from the state's federal allocations to compensate victims. State governors are chief security officers of their states."

ITS ONE OF THE ANOMALIES IN THE NIGERIAN SYSTEM THAT STATE GOVERNORS ARE THE CHIEF SECURITY OFFICERS BUT WITHOUT POTFOLIOS. THEY DONT CONTROL THE SSS, POLICE, ARMY, CUSTOMS, IMMIGRATIONS ETC. THEY CANT MAKE AND IMPLEMENT ANY SECURITY DECISION. SO WE MUST HOLD THE PRESIDENT RESPONSIBLE FOR SECURITY IN ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. SO ITS THE FED. GOVT. SHARE THAT MUST BE DEDUCTED IN EVENT OF SECURITY BREACH ANYWHERE IN NIGERIA. AGAIN STATE ALLOCATION IS FOR ALL INDIGENES OF THE STATE IF YOU CANT PROVE ALL INDIGENES CONSPIRE TO CAUSE INSECURITY WHY WOULD YOU PUNISH ALL OF THEM? WITH YOUR LOGIC, NO WONDER YOU HAVE GEJ AS PRESIDENT!

Be objective and say what

Be objective and say what will vindicate d president you are defending and stop using abusive words. Atuegwu, hope u are reading this?

IS NIGERIA CURSED?

Is Nigeria destined for destruction? How and why, over 160million people found themselves being led by this incompetent and pathological liar?

Posterity will hold you

Posterity will hold you accountable. Your President makes mistakes and a lot of errors yet you have never thought it wise to either counsel him or pray for him. Instead you defend the wrong he has done. Posterity will hold you and many others who refuse to speak truth ; accountable.