Is Jonathan Nigeria’s most corrupt president?

By IndepthAfrica
In Article
Dec 30th, 2013

by Ogbuefi Blogs

Memories are often like the morning dew: they disappear in no time. Winston Churchill won World War II and lost the next election. George H. Bush won the first Iraqi war, continued Ronald Reagan’s economic prosperity policies, but he never got reelected. No one talks about

how Obama liquidated Osama Bin Laden. Charles Taylor is still wildly popular in Liberia despite his despicable past. Buhari is perhaps the most popular politician in the North yet only few remember the terror he unleashed in 1985 when he became Head of State. — Asuelimen Aisabokhale

Obasanjo, Tawbuwal, Sanusi and some Igbo spotters and enablers are peddling these false narratives about Stella Oduah et al to redefine Jonathan and the Nigerian political lexicon, making Jonathan and his administration the monster, a president from a minority tribe trying to hijack Nigeria political process by looting our commonwealth.

When you have old tired and retired generals that have nothing good to show for their ranks gathered and ganged together, you know something fishy is going on and it will not be good.

“When Abdulsalam Abubakar began raiding 7 Billion Dollars that Gen. Abacha accumulated in Nigeria’s foreign reserve. Babangida had left the reserve EMPTY. Abdulsalam made 3 Billion off our backs in less than 6 months. Obasanjo told Abdulsalam he was pardoned. Who remembers that? All one reads here is Abacha this, Abacha that, while living thieves walk about with impunity. Shame on Nigerians!” – Peter Opara

Nigerians ate all the vomits of the last  40 years rule of Yakubu Gowon, Murtala Mohammed, Olusegun Obasanjo, Shehu Shagari, Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Sani  Abacha, Abdulsalami Abubakar and Umaru Musa Yar’adua.

Are we not suffering from selective amnesia and or we born insane.

Umu Nnakwe wrote: “Since 1967 the North and the west has shared Nigerian wealth as their grandfather’s  and  father’s property  with absolute disdain and disregard of the people whom those wealth and resources are be extracted from their  soil and in the process their livelihood destroyed.

“Do Nigerians know how many industries and business in Nigeria that went under since 1980 due to nepotism?  They all went under on our people’s watch and we should be ashamed of yourselves for suggesting that Jonathan is corruption personified:

i. Nigerians Airways

ii Nigeria Railroad

iii. Nigerian Volkswagen assembly plant

iv. Nkalagu Cement in Enugu

v. Ajaokuta Steel Project, Ajaokuta

Others are:

(ii) The Delta Steel Company, Ovwian – Aladja

(iii) Jos Steel Rolling Company, Jos

(iv) Katsina Steel Rolling Company, Katsina

(v) Oshogbo Steel Rolling Company, Oshogbo

(vi) National Iron Ore Mining Company, Itakpe.

(vii) National Steel Raw Materials Exploration Agency, Kaduna.

(viii) National Metallurgical Development Center, Jos.

(ix) Metallurgical Training Institute, Onitsha.

To mention but few, these corporation were built with public funds and sold to private citizens by Obasanjo and cronies and revenues from those sales never accounted for. Were Jonathan and his cronies in government when these businesses disappeared?”


1) Who emptied ecological funds between 2002 and 2007? 

2) Who embezzled $38 billion independent power project funds between 2004 and 2007? 

3) Who sold Ajaokuta steel mill to himself and bought it with public funds? 

 4) Who was the petroleum minister between 1999 and 2007, yet nothing was remitted to the CBN? 

5) Who sold Bakassi because of greed, in order to become UN Secretary General? 

6) Who bribed politicians with more than 2 Trillion Naira to support his 3rd term ambition? 

7) Who built a private university with public fund even at a time when ASUU was on strike protesting poor funding of Federal universities? 

See this article from Thisday backpage: Tinubu’s Canonisation of Obasanjo by Simon Kolawole!

“I thought it was designed to be a joke. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu stood reverently in front of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, pleading with him to come and rescue Nigeria along with the APC. “We’re resolved and determined to rescue Nigeria… we want you to be our navigator,” Tinubu told Obasanjo. Like seriously? All you need to attain sainthood in Nigeria today is to be opposed to President Goodluck Jonathan. If Gen. Sani Abacha were alive and had written Obasanjo’s kind of letter to Jonathan, he would have become an instant hero. Just six years ago, I would have sworn that nobody would ever take Obasanjo’s views seriously again, but this is Nigeria where our memory is so shallow. Misfits get easily rehabilitated. We are told to ignore the messenger, even when the messenger is the eternally manipulative “navigator”.

“I would like to remind Tinubu, and other easily excited Nigerians, about the antics of the man called Obasanjo. Lagos State would have been enjoying uninterrupted power supply today but for the petty “navigator” who interrupted Tinubu’s independent power projects. Obasanjo tried to frustrate the Enron-built AES power plant (which today supplies 230mw) until Tinubu reportedly went to prostrate to His Imperial Majesty inside his hallowed chambers at Aso Rock. But the “navigator” still made sure the other phases of the project did not see the light of the day.

“The 4th Mainland Bridge would have been completed by now but for Tinubu’s “navigator” who refused to give the necessary Country Guarantee to secure a World Bank loan. (The same Obasanjo is hypocritically accusing Jonathan of stalling the Rivers water project – and Nigerians are clapping for him). In the 2003 elections, the “navigator” did everything to uproot Tinubu as the governor of Lagos State. On INEC’s website, Funsho Williams (PDP) had been announced as the winner, the same way other AD governors were swept out. I still don’t know how Tinubu survived. In 2004,

“Tinubu created additional local governments. The “navigator” immediately withheld funds due to Lagos councils, describing Tinubu’s action as unconstitutional. The Supreme Court ruled that Tinubu’s action was in order but that the councils were “inchoate” until listed in the constitution. The court further ruled that Obasanjo had no power whatsoever to withhold funds due to any tier of government. The “navigator” still refused to release the funds, not even to the 20 constitutionally recognised councils. President Umaru Musa Yar’Adau released the funds three years later

“I saw General Muhammadu Buhari on the team  that went to Abeokuta to plead with Obasanjo  to come and rescue Nigeria. My heart sank. I  supported and voted for Obasanjo in 1999, but  I was so disgusted with his conduct in office  that I shifted my loyalty to Buhari in 2003. We  all know how Obasanjo won his re-election that  year. The presidential poll, conducted on April  19, was for years described as “419” election by  Buhari. For instance, Obasanjo won 72,000 votes  from 72,000 registered voters in Brass, Bayelsa  State. No more, no less. The 2003 presidential  poll was called the most fraudulent election in  Nigerian history. It is incredible how Obasanjo  is now in the forefront of rescuing Nigeria as  APC’s “navigator” simply because he criticised  Jonathan – and I am very worried that Buhari  has descended to this low level of politicking.Buhari told me something four years ago in  his hotel room in London.

“I had been agonizing  Just six years ago, I  would have sworn that  nobody would ever take  Obasanjo’s views seriously  again, but this is Nigeria  where our memory is so  shallow. Misfits get easily  rehabilitated that Obasanjo was president for eight years and still failed to address power and refinery issues. I said no matter what Obasanjo achieved as president, those two things would continue to taint him. Buhari then narrated an encounter he had with Obasanjo at a Council of State meeting sometime in 2001. He recalled: “I said Mr. President, when you came into power in 1999, you said our refineries were not working because somebody (Abacha, that is) was awarding fuel import contracts to his family members.

“Two years on, Mr. President, who is getting the fuel import contracts? Are the refineries working now? He interjected and tried to stop me… That was the last time I attended Council meeting under Obasanjo’s government.” Well, the meeting has now resumed in Abeokuta! I also saw Rivers Governor Rotimi Amaechi peeping from behind in the APC group photograph with Obasanjo during their expedition to Abeokuta. Was he also trying to pour accolades on Obasanjo? If my memory serves me right, Obasanjo callously denied Amaechi the PDP ticket in the 2007 election, openly describing his candidature as having a “K Leg”. But for the Supreme Court, which bent backwards, Amaechi would not have been governor. He should count himself lucky that the judgment was delivered when Obasanjo had left power, if not it would never have been implemented. We were all witnesses to Obasanjo’s lawlessness anytime the courts passed judgments. He often refused to obey.

“His Attorney-General always had his own interpretation, even for matters as simple as “return to status quo ante”. I am waiting for Dr. Chris Ngige to pour his own encomium on the “navigator”. I don’t need to remind anyone what Obasanjo did to Ngige in Anambra State in 2004. If you’re too young to know, please google it. I am also waiting for Chief Audu Ogbeh to take his turn. He was removed as PDP chairman by Obasanjo because of his letter on the Anambra brigandage, in which he passionately pleaded with Obasanjo not to allow “this beautiful edifice of democracy to crumble”. As an APC chieftain now, Ogbeh can follow Tinubu’s footsteps and ask Obasanjo to be the “navigator”. No wonder, some people have given up on Nigeria. With Obasanjo as the “navigator”, a shipwreck is inevitable – as Professor Wole Soyinka has put it. If I may ask: what is Obasanjo’s electoral value? He has never won any election fair and square in his life. He lost woefully in the South-west in 1999, and used state power to corner those states for the PDP in 2003 and 2007. Naked without state power in 2011, his candidate for governorship in his home state, Brig-Gen.

“Tunji Olurin, was roundly defeated – and his own daughter, Iyabo, could not win re-election into the Senate. Obasanjo cannot deliver the polling booth in front of his house to APC. His children will not even vote for him. How many Nigerians will vote for a candidate because of Obasanjo’s endorsement? Is this the kind of “navigator” APC needs? Agreed, Obasanjo has his nuisance value and his letters will always make headlines, but APC would be well advised to proceed with caution. I fully understand the disenchantment with President Jonathan. Nevertheless, APC should beware of 419.”

On Babangida

Okey Ndibe: “There is a report written by the late Pius Okigbo, a man of impeccable integrity, questioning the accounting for billions of dollars in oil revenues that accrued to Nigeria as a consequence of a spike in demand and prices during the first Gulf War. If he hasn’t done so, the president should read that report, or at the very least call for an executive summary of its pertinent findings. There is also the report of the Oputa Commission on Human Rights Violations, a panel commissioned by Mr. Obasanjo. Interestingly, the president told his audience in Scotland how General Babangida had used the courts to scuttle the report’s publication. One assumes that the president has read it. Certainly, many Nigerian and foreign frequenters of coffee shops and market places have looked at it, thanks to the accessibility and reach of the Internet. Those conversant with the report’s unflattering indictment of Babangida are aghast whenever they hear Obasanjo wondering where the “proof” was against Babangida. 

“There is, besides, anecdotal evidence, something the president is welcome to mock all he wants but which, in some cases, embodies persuasive power. Neither Babangida nor Obasanjo has ever denied that the former’s abode is a massive mansion, rumored to have fifty rooms, and perched on a hill in Minna. Nobody has officially pooh poohed the story that the ex-dictator owns a plosh private jet. Now, if Babangida ever won a huge lottery, it is news to Nigerians. If he received a stupendous bequest from some benefactor, then he and his handlers forgot to spread the news. Nor have Nigerians been informed that military officers who shot their way to power were paid millions of dollars in salaries, enough to afford Babangida’s expensive accoutrements and sybaritic lifestyle. Therefore, Nigerians take leave to believe, on the evidence at least of things seen (to say nothing of unseen bank accounts), that the ex-ruler (to put it subtly) has questions to answer.”

HOWEVER, All things having been said, while ‘Jonathan has a point that previous leaders left him a mess and they are now accusing him of not cleaning the mess fast enough, Nigerians know of only one President and his name is Goodluck Jonathan,’ He should start now to seriously fight corruption.

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