23 famous quotes from Pres. Jonathan’s media chat (READ)

by Ogunsanwo Bamidele

 

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These are some of the most popular quotes from yesterdays 1 hour 43 minutes media chat with the president….

ON SECURITY

“…I believe most Nigerians are happy…there is no story that any of them (referring to the missing school girls) has been injured or dead….”

“….let us reassure them that we would get their daughters out….”

“….Police has records of 44 of them that have returned, while the principal mentioned to me last night that 53 have returned…..”

“We are talking to all neighboring countries; Cameroun, Niger, Chad, Benin…and across North Africa.”

“…the issues of negotiation have not come up…”

“Unfortunately, this country for quite some time ……., we have not been equipping our armed forces that much…”

“….It is not a conventional war.”

“…I feel pained everyday that I hear one Nigerian has died….whether it is a Boko Haram or not….he is a Nigerian…and I am their President.”

“….The Niger-Delta militants are not terrorists.”

ON HEALTH

”….I promise I would not hand over polio to another Government.”

ON EDUCATION

“….W.A.E.C. almost refused to conduct exams in Borno State because last year they killed their people….”

ON ELECTRICITY

“…the greatest problem we have is stabilizing power…”

ON FUEL

“…I have no plans now to change pump price…”

“…if we didn’t change the pump price, the economy was going to collapse….”

ON THE LEGISLATIVE ARM OF GOVERNMENT

“….there is too much of politics than work…”

ON THE EXECUTIVE ARM OF GOVERNMENT

“…..the ministry of petroleum has always been using jets…”

“…I don’t think she has gone to court per se…I am not aware that the ministry of petroleum has gone to court to stop any investigation….”

ON AGRICULTURE

“…we have a robust agricultural program that would change the face of the North…”

“If you look at it (referring to GDP rebasing), the agriculture has improved in terms of percentages…”

ON UNEMPLOYMENT

“…the interest of the Government is to improve on the economy and create jobs for our people…”

“…the greatest problem that the private sector faces from world-bank analysis is source of funds…”

ON CORRUPTION

“…Almost every regime…there’s always missing oil money…I don’t want to mention regimes.”

“…there’s a narrow line between corruption and stealing…”

 

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Ogunsanwo Babajide is a data and information analyst. Get more via @ogunsanwojide

 

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