By Augustine Adah and Ifeoma Ononye Lagos



President Goodluck Jonathan on May 17, at a special thanks-giving church service to end his tenure as president of the country, held in Abuja, pleaded for forgiveness from those he had offended through his policies. Said he: “We have certainly done things in a way that probably we wouldn’t have done, but we didn’t do them deliberately. For those we have offended, it was not deliberate, but due to circumstances of the office. So we also plead that those people should forgive, as we think we did our best.”Jonathan

In the People’s Court

Expectedly, the president’s apology drew reactions from stakeholders. While some regarded the apology as unnecessary, others noted that to err is human; to forgive, divine.

For example, Lt. Col. Silas Jack (retd), said that there is a limit to how he can forgive the outgoing president because he failed to address the case of his premature retirement. He explained that many aides and ministers in Jonathan’s administration frustrated all his efforts at getting justice. There is a limit to how I can forgive Jonathan’s ministers and aides who refused to treat my case through the period of this administration. He said that he can only forgive partially and not fully. Jack who worked at training and Doctrine Command of the Army was retired about 14 years ago and all his efforts to get justice has not yielded result. Read More →

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By Festus Akanbi in Lagos, Ndubuisi Francis, Onyebuchi Ezigbo, James Emejo in Abuja and Wole Ayodele, Jalingo

Says wage increase caused huge debt profile
. Danjuma wants Buhari to probe Jonathan’s regime

Coordinating Minister for the Economy (CME) and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Saturday put the nation’s total debt stock at $63.7 billion, which encompasses multilateral as well as domestic loans by successive federal and state governments since 1960. She said that of this figure, $21.8 billion was incurred under the outgoing government of President Goodluck Jonathan.Ngozi-Okonjo-Iweala

Her disclosure is coming on the heels of remarks by Vice President-elect Yemi Osinbajo that the outgoing administration of President Jonathan will be leaving a huge debt of $60 billion for the incoming administration of Muhammadu Buhari. Read More →

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.Gets Epitome of Peace Award

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said he would be engaged in preaching peace to all religious faithful when he leaves office. Jonathan spoke after he was presented with the 2015 Epitome of Peace Award by the Field Superintendent of The Apostolic Church Nigeria, Federal Capital Territory Field, Apostle John Buzu, at the Presidential Villa.Jonathan

“One thing I have decided I will do after leaving office is to be talking to faithful of all religions – Christians, Muslims and others – on the need for Nigerians to live in peace. “We need peace in this country, no matter our religious persuasion or belief.

That will be one of my main commitments when I leave office, to reduce discrimination in this country based religious divides or ethnicity. I believe I will have so many apostles that will follow me to do that. Read More →

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Agency report

The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat at the March 28 Presidential election.Muhammadu-Buhari

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Buhari gave the commendation in Abuja on Thursday when he received Nigerien President Issoufou Mahamadou on Thursday. He said Jonathan’s action turned around Nigeria’s nervous political process.

He said, “The Nigerien president purposely came to congratulate me on my victory and President Goodluck Jonathan for the maturity and statesmanship that he exhibited by accepting that he had lost the election. Read More →

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Ateke Tom was a general in the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND. In this interview, the soft spoken ex militant General bares his mind on his expectations from the incoming All Progressive congress, APC led government at the centre. He dismisses fears that hostilities may resume in the region when President Goodluck Jonathan finally bows out of office on May 29. He fielded questions on why he rears lions in his Okrika residence. Excerpts:Ateke-Tom

What are your expectations from the President Elect, General Muhamadu Buhari

I expect him to lead the country on the right path, provide quality leadership. And I am sure the President Elect will make positive impact.

I am sure he knows what to do, he knows what the country expect from him. He should give all Nigerians opportunity to contribute meaningfully to his government.

Let me just add that the Niger Delta still needs serious attention. He should develop the region. Later, we will tell him some of the things we expect him to give special attention to.Tom

There are fears that some boys in the Niger Delta may resume hostilities, militancy at the end of President Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure

No! No! I don’t see militancy coming back again in the region. Niger Delta will be very peaceful than what it was under President Jonathan.

Well I want to say that nobody will go back to the creeks. Anybody who does that has no reason for that and should be treated as a common criminal. We don’t have any reason to resume militancy in the region. So there will be peace. Read More →

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Olalekan Adetayo

Anxiety on Tuesday gripped ministers and other top government officials in Abuja ahead of the last meeting of the Federal Executive Council under the Goodluck Jonathan administration scheduled to hold on Wednesday (today).Goodluck-Jonathan

The apprehension was triggered by a report (not by The PUNCH) credited to the Minister of Information, Patricia Akwashiki, that President Goodluck Jonathan would dissolve his cabinet during a “valedictory session” of the FEC on Wednesday(today).
But Akwashiki on Tuesady refuted the report and urged the general public to disregard it as “false and malicious.” Read More →

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By Perez Brisibe

UGHELLI – FORMER Niger Delta warlord, Alhaji Dokubo Asari has described President Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure in office as a period of restrain on the people of the Niger Delta region.

Asari while speaking during the 2015 annual Major Issac Adaka Boro day organised by the Niger Delta People Salvation Front, NDPSF, at Ughelli, Delta State over the weekend, stated that Jonathan’s Presidency has been a mitigation and a restraining order on the advancement of the self determination struggle of the Niger Delta People. Read More →

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