Subsidy: President Jonathan Not In Charge Of Aso Rock-NBA Ist Vice President

NBA Ist Vice President Blessing Ukiri
Citizen Reporter

As more condemnations continue to trail the Federal Government’s removal of the subsidy on fuel, the first Vice President of Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Blessing Emonena Ukiri, has said he is convinced that President Goodluck Jonathan has not taken charge of Aso Rock, Abuja.

 
Speaking with this reporter in an exclusive interview this morning at his country home in Owhe, Isoko North local government area of Delta state, Ukiri queried President Jonathan for taking such action that could be detrimental to his government. “Why now, when Nigeria is facing a lot of security challenges: Boko Haram, economy challenges? Why must you introduce something that can possibly pull down your government? President Goodluck Jonathan has not really taken charge of Aso Rock. He has not gone round all the rooms and shrines there.”
 
According to Mr. Ukiri, who is also the chairman of the NBA Human Rights Committee, the removal of the subsidy was wrong and untimely.  “The time the terrorists group has taken grip of the nation, almost making the security look like Boy Scouts, and you are bringing the so called removal of fuel subsidy coinciding with the security challenges.  It is not really timely, and Nigerians should be wise.  The subsidy removal and Boko Haram are deliberate. You have removed subsidy, will you account for the gains, you are saying there will be gain. This has happened before just that Nigerians don’t keep memories, when Obasanjo in his eight years said if we remove toll gates and fuel subsidy we will have good roads. I travelled from Port Harcourt to my village in Isoko, there is no government presence on the horrible roads.”
 
The visibly worried Port-Harcourt based legal practitioner said he was shock and confused about President Jonathan’s government.  “He is not a politician, not a manipulator or among those do or die politicians, he is a fine man with human heart but when we are talking about national issues bordering on Nigerians, I think there is limit Goodluck can carry Jonathan. President Goodluck Jonathan has surrounded himself with people he knows nothing about and he doesn’t take useful advice from people, if not the advice given him by NBA would have be useful to him.”
 
Ukiri cautioned President Jonathan to, as a matter of importance, tred with all carefulness on the current subsidy removal, noting, “Patriotism is lost when people are hungry and a hungry man is always an angry man. Government is making more Nigerians hungry which I don’t support in anyway.”
 
In the same vein another legal practitioner based in Kaduna, Chief Mike Edegware blasted the President Jonathan’s government for not putting in place necessary palliative measure to cushion the effect before hurriedly embarking on the removal of fuel subsidy.
 
Chief Edegware, who is the President of Delta community in Kaduna, stressed that the government was acting on the script of the IMF and the World Bank.  He said he had made the point many times that adequate arrangement should be put in place before the subsidy removal.
 
While accusing the Minister for Finance, Prof. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of being behind the removal of the fuel subsidy, Chieg Edegware, who has over 30 years of legal experience, asserted that “Prof. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is giving us the IMF pills to swallow and I am disappointed that President Jonathan has to swallow the IMF pills without looking at the landscape. Before me let the deregulation take place but what are the people going to get from it? Deregulation should not be fuel increase. Inflation has gone haywire and I don’t think is good for the economy.”
 
Chief Edegware insisted that in the absence of a national conference, Nigeria was a failing nation.  He described that the government was weak and impotent and focused on attaining certain goals that are not necessarily people-oriented.

“The issue at hand is much more serious than we think,” he said.  “We have the excess crude account and government cannot develop the country. Nigeria is the only country where several universities are established but without plans for their graduates when they leave school. Government has not thought out all the implications of all these.”
 
Chief Edgware underlined, however, that protests cannot, asking, what has Nigerians gained from past protests?

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Indeed GEJ must go! Blaming northerners for knliilg sari wiwa is not the way fwd. It wasn't a one man show in the first place. If Saro Wiwa was killed he must have committed crimes against humanity as well and it was a collective deciSion and not individual GEJ must GO period! The north has suffered as much as everyone else has. This is beyond just subsidy! This is a revolution and it has started. Militants of the niger delta have no right whatsoever to hang to all the oil there. It belongs to nigeria and not to the niger delta alone. Bloody criminals. GEJ u better wake up or die like a dog on the dirty streets of nigeria. What have u even achieved? U have sorrounded ur self with scumbags and an illitereate wife who eats akpu and farts like a pig. OCCUPY NIGERIA ..here we go!

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I quite agree with you Anu, but my major area of concern is the unabegainrd implications fighting for this cause may entail. Everyone is aware of the 0- level security in the country at the moment. Just recently, the Boko Haram sect gave an ultimatum to southerners to relocate to their states or be consumed. The protest scheduled for friday across the country may just be the next location of another bomb explosion. I would rather we fight one cause at a time, wether against Boko Haram or against deregulation or for ASUU.Anyway, the removal of fuel subsidy has definately affected my purse as I have to pay twice what I paid last year for transportation daily.

what do you know about

what do you know about subsidy, firstly Jonathan should allow previously indicted officials to vomit our money and then , he can go ahead to tackle the subsidy aspect.

A POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK!

It has become the regular Practice of Some Jobless Nigerians who desire Cheap Fame to Rain Abuses ON Mr President!This is d Case of D writer Blessing Ukiri!A popular Law Maxim goes thus" He who goes to Equity,must do so with Clean Hands",Ukiri as affirmed by a Previous Writer,refused to Pay him when he served a s a Youth Corper in his Office! What Moral Justification does he now have to Accuse D President of Inefficiency? His Case Reminds me Of Bayo Ojo who as The Natl President of the NBA Always Criticised Fmr President OBJ, But as soon as OBJ Appointed him Minister of Justice,he began singing a different Tune! President Jonathan is Fully In-Charge of Affairs in Aso-Rock!Ukir pls beware of Ur Inflammatory & Defamatory Utterance or you will be Sued for CASTING ASPERSION ON THE PERSONALITY Of Mr President!!!!!

susidy removal

I support the removal of the subsidy, its a step forward to fight corruption. The President has indeed taken a bold step to stop the cabals from taking the wealth of the country. Transformation is taking place already. Buses are available for transportation for the masses to be able to afford.

IN SUPPORT OF SUBSIDY REMOVAL

I support the removal of the subsidy, its a step forward to fight corruption. The President has indeed taken a bold step to stop the cabals from taking the wealth of the country. Transformation is taking place already. Buses are available for transportation for the masses to be able to afford.

The Federal Government’s

The Federal Government’s removal of the subsidy on fuel seems really serious to Nigeria. It is time for the Nigerian government to take some actions to cheer their people up!

Cheap Promotion

Any fuda attempt to butress our points (ie paul n myself) wil onli aid in d cheap promotion n futile image repair4 mr ukiri.tlk all u can about employment letas n investigation(i dey laugh) bt conscienc is an open wound,onli d truth can heal it n rite nw ur paymastas conscienc is such a gapin,filthy wound d stench of which is a professional metabolic disaster.n mind u,35k is d least of my wories rite nw,bt i advic u pay dat cash in2a motherless babi account n mail d deposit slip2my email cos dt debt is a sword of demacles dropin eva so slowly.

Cheap Promotion

comrade udoma or wateva u kal urself,neida i nor paul nor would giv u cheap promotion by joinin issues wit u.conscienc is an open wound n only d truth can heal it.kudos2ur naija type 'investigation',infact i dey laugh.evri1who speaks d truth in nigeria is 'payed' or 'hired' to do so.bliv wat u wil n continue wit ur image repairin agenda4ur 'masta' whose image is indubitably n irreparably tainted.n2ur 'masta',35k is d least of my worries rite nw,bt u beta pay dat sum2a motherless babi home account n kip dat deposit slip4future ref cos dt debt is a sword of demacles hanging,droppin so fast on ur head.

Cheap Promotion

comrade udoma or wateva u kal urself,neida i nor paul nor would giv u cheap promotion by joinin issues wit u.conscienc is an open wound n only d truth can heal it.kudos2ur naija type 'investigation',infact i dey laugh.evri1who speaks d truth in nigeria is 'payed' or 'hired' to do so.bliv wat u wil n continue wit ur image repairin agenda4ur 'masta' whose image is indubitably n irreparably tainted.n2ur 'masta',35k is d least of my worries rite nw,bt u beta pay dat sum2a motherless babi home account n kip dat deposit slip4future ref cos dt debt is a sword of demacles hanging,droppin so fast on ur head.

Cheap Promotion

comrade udoma or wateva u kal urself,neida i nor paul nor would giv u cheap promotion by joinin issues wit u.conscienc is an open wound n only d truth can heal it.kudos2ur naija type 'investigation',infact i dey laugh.evri1who speaks d truth in nigeria is 'payed' or 'hired' to do so.bliv wat u wil n continue wit ur image repairin agenda4ur 'masta' whose image is indubitably n irreparably tainted.n2ur 'masta',35k is d least of my worries rite nw,bt u beta pay dat sum2a motherless babi home account n kip dat deposit slip4future ref cos dt debt is a sword of demacles hanging,droppin so fast on ur head.

Mivwodere & Emerhana Wht Lawyers are?Blackmail Dnt Pay Ok (1)

Okorefe Mivwodere Esq and Emerhana Paul Esq as lawyers that both of u have stated, you will bear me witness that he who must come to equity must do so with clean hands but, in this case I am at lost with the kind of lawyers both of u will make if blackmailing is your watch word. Lawyers are known to be respected personality in the society but, what both of u have demonstrated so far here about the person of your respected senior colleague, Barrister Blessing Emonena Ukiri and the first national vice chairman of NBA shows that both of you were sponsored to disparage the name of this human rights lawyer based in the garden city of Rivers state.
I don’t know this man from Adams, have not met him in my life but have in over two decades now heard much about his human rights advocacy and his wonderful performances at the bar which are worthy of emulation by practicing and upcoming lawyers.

Mivwodere & Emerhana Wht Lawyers are?Blackmail Dnt Pay Ok(4)

This has again shows that Okorefe and his 'friend' may not really know the person they are blackmailing for speaking the mind of the Nigeria masses as a human rights advocate. The activities Ukiri’s chambers in the heart of PH Branch of NBA have been rated very positive and a source of inspiration to those who want to be great through hard work and faith in God. I am tempted to say that for the blackmailers and petty-minded ones, I say 'keep looking at Ukiri’s back'! Once again, Mivwodere pls provide ur letter of engagement from Ukiri's chambers or forever remain silent. END.

Mivwodere & Emerhana Wht Lawyers are?Blackmail Dnt Pay Ok(3)

CONTINUATION: It was also checked dat d firm doesn’t employ orally but in writing & cus of blackmailers and dupers & it document payment of salaries to its employees & dis records're b kept 4 yrs.It was further revealed that the firm never at anything issued Okorefe Mivwodere any letter of appointment because when the firm returned from its vacation in September, he (Mivwodere) visited and told the firm he was no longer interested in working in Port Harcourt and having listened him, some cash was given him and he was wished well in his endeavours. For avoidance of doubt, I want to challenge this Mivwodere to produce the letter of employment given him by the firm or mention any case he handled for it from that July to September to at least buttress this blackmail voyage he has embarked on.

Mivwodere & Emerhana Wht Lawyers are?Blackmail Dnt Pay Ok(2)

CONTINUATION: 4 dis particular reason,I took d pains 2 embark on a mission to verify ur blackmail on dis gentle man called Ukiri & in my investigations revealed dat u pple're nothing but paid agents. Mivwodere coment on Ukiri is nothing but total falsehood.It was discovered dat Ukiri neva asked 4 any Copa 2b posted 2his Firm in 2008 & none was posted.Howeva,findings revealed dat 2wards d end of July 2008,dis blackmailer approached Ukiri’s firm in PH dat he had heard about the firm’s hard work & great skills in advocacy & indicated interest in working in d Firm at the end of his service with the NYSC scheme in September,2008.Dis it was reliably gathered,d chambers' principal agreed to employ him @d end of his service in September as the firm was almost going on its long vacation which always starts from Aug.2 Sept.every yr. It is common knowledge dat d firm closes business in Aug & Sept 4long vacation & NBA conference.

Mivwodere & Emerhana Wht Lawyers are?Blackmail Dnt Pay Ok

Okorefe Mivwodere Esq and Emerhana Paul Esq as lawyers u'll bear me witness dat he who must come 2 equity must do so with clean hands but,in dis case I am @lost with d kind of lawyers both of u'll make if blackmailing is ur watch word.Lawyers're known 2 b respected personality in d society but, what both of u've demonstrated here about the person of ur respected senior colleague,Barr. Blessing Emonena Ukiri & d Ist national vice chairman of NBA shows dat both of u were sponsored 2 dis human rights lawyer based in PH.I don’t know dis man 4rm Adams,'ve not met him in my life but had in decades heard much about dis human rights advocacy & his 1daful performances @d bar which're worthy of emulation by practicing & upcoming lawyers. CONTINUES.

Is that the Issue

Your comments has no relevant in this case; the discussion is about national interest not individual personality.

Ukiri should not comment on

Ukiri should not comment on the abilities of GEJ. Its every where in Port Harcourt Bar of his activities. Wode is one of my best friend and he complained bitterly of Ukiri's refusal to pay him as a corper. If this learned senior at the Bar can not lead by example then the NBA is finished. He is one of those many lawyers that are slave drivers and would not want to pay. Let's him tell Nigeria how long lawyers remain in his employ? He will never become a SAN not even from the Oleh Bar.

...just like you gave him a

...just like you gave him a chance and voted him to power? Jonathan is not in control of his government. He once said he hasen´t the capacity to rule but many of you rather than tow the path of integrity and reality by voting for someone else you all cowardly voted him into power. Sentiments and make believe does not bring you to reality but actions and foresight will and these are some of the defficiencies of your Jonathan and all your ¨give him a chance cmpaigners¨. He was acting and you wanted a chance now you do and still asking for a chance i wonder when you will finally have that chance.

You cannot have people running your government for you as he is currently doing. Most of his ideas are arcage Bretton Wood institution ideas which no serious nations in this World have ever accepted. Nigeria is now the guinea pig of all ¨never before tried¨ ideas of the World bank many of which are mere theories and ought to remain so until your chance seeking man took over.

Village idiot

It most likely true that Jonathan is not purveyor or prime mover of this subsidy removal idea. Some wicked souls might be using him to push their own unpopular agenda for the country.
But the fact remains that the buck stops squarely on GEJ's table, and this ought not to be lost on him. It is most fearful to think that Mr president lacks the capacity for independent thought and decision! Nevertheless, as this whole imbroglion backfires on govt, Goodluck is going to receive the greater blast. The govs and ministers who are pushing him against Nigerians and against his own will would not be there to support him!
I had expected that GEJ his temperament/timidity notwithstanding should have developed enough balls by now having spent about 2yrs in power. But this man who is termed the 'village idiot' by many appears to be less!

I strongly support d subsidy

I strongly support d subsidy removal let's give our president a chance.iam a nigerian youth who has mother and father to takecare of.iam suffering it too but it only now.let's allow him carry out his action he has only been here 4 a year.let's give him a chance.he is not intrested in our 2ndterm I feel so hurt that nigerians re been used.God help our president and God help our country nigerian.let's give him some respect he is our president pls show some respect

pot calling d kettle black

I strongly implore mr ukiri to close his mouth at a time like dis.d fact dat govt is bad does nt make evri 1 gud automatically.i workd 4him 4 3months as a lawyer corper in port harcourt ie july,august and sept 2008.he promisd to pay me 15k per month bt ended up payin me jst 10k in d middle of august.upon my roundin up servic he blamed his inability to pay on d public hols,collected my zenith account numba n promisd to pay in d N35000 1st tin d followin week.as xpexted he screamd @me ova d fone(cos dats all he does well) wen i kald afta 3weeks of waitin in warri n dat was d end of discussion.if jonathan is bad,u'r a deceptiv,cheating monster and should hide ur grammer impaired,unbrushed mouth in shame.

We all need the best from

We all need the best from Mr.president

Fuel Subsidy Removal is IMF/World Bank Policy!!!!

Fuel subsidy removal is clearly IMF/World bank policy and the agent of implimentation is Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Anybody that is arguing that it is not the Finance Minister that is the originator of this wicked policy should tell that to the marines! It was shortly after the visit of Laggard, the IMF boss to Nigeria that fuel subsidy was removed. Nigerians are holding Okonjo-Iweala & clueless Jonathan responsible for the removal of fuel subsidy was was done in the most inhuman, wicked, unwise, insensitive and callous manner.

One is not surprised at all about Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's poisonous pill because her family are in the US and she doesn't care if the rest of Nigeria go hungry.

It is very sad that Jonathan is not living up to his office. He's not matured enough for that office. A school cert. holder could reason far better than this Oluwole PhD president.

Nigerians pls Leave the minister of Finance alone

Pls nigerians let the minister of Finance be , she is not the president of Nigeria , she is not the agent of fuel subsidy removal , the Governors of Nigeria are the real agents of the removal of fuel subsidy.

Nigerians pls Leave the minister of Finance alone

Pls nigerians let the minister of Finance be , she is not the president of Nigeria , she is not the agent of fuel subsidy removal , the Governors of Nigeria are the real agents of the removal of fuel subsidy.

I believe Nigerians watched

I believe Nigerians watched the minister interview on AIT today. There is no truth in the allegation that she is the agent of IMF.

What ? So your mom is sucking

What ? So your mom is sucking my dick right now ? hmmm;
Dumbass sun of a bitch.

A SENSELESS REGIME

A humble background does not necessarily translate into intelligence.Jonathan came into power riding on the back of sympathy from Nigerians.It's sad that Jonathan could allow himself to be pushed around by agents of IMF and WORLD bank,who never lived and worked in Nigeria but propounded theories that have defied workability in this country.The timing for this subsidy removal is very wrong especially now we are grappling with the problems of insecurity caused by Boko Haram.when the country goes on fire,the likes of okonjo lweala will run back to New york to hide leaving Jonathan to lick his wounds of bad policies and battered political image.A stitch in time saves nine,Nigerians should rise up against bad policies and kick out all those bootlickers and unpatriotic leaders out of this country.Jonathan should read the handwriting on the wall that says NIGERIA IS ALREADY ON THE BRINK OF DISINTEGRATION.LET US BE VERY CAREFUL.

what has that got to do with

what has that got to do with the protest against subsidy removal?u're just a shallow minded bigot hell bent on causing division and diversion with profound malice nd malevolence.Learn to shut ur trap if u ain't got nothing else to say.