Jonathan to step down in 2015

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In a speech that is bound to
catch his allies, foes and
watchers of his administration
by surprise, President
Goodluck Jonathan today
assured Nigerians that a
different government and
leadership would be installed
in Nigeria in 2015.
Mr. Jonathan made the
surprise statement at a
“Democracy Day” church
service held Sunday in Abuja.
Before the president’s speech,
the head of the Nigeria
Pilgrims Commission,
Reverend John Kennedy
Opara, had set the tone when
he told the gathering that this
year’s Democracy Day would
be the last to be celebrated by
Mr. Jonathan.
When it was the president’s
turn to speak, he referred to
Reverend Opara’s statement.
He echoed the reverend’s
statement, assuring Nigerians
that the Democracy Day event
was the last for his current
A PDP official who was at the
event told SaharaReporters
that he was mystified by the
statements. He said he had no
advance notice about the
president’s remarks, and so
was in no position to interpret
its political meaning.
It remains unclear if the two
statements are indications
that the Nigerian president had
decided not to seek a second
term in office in general
elections scheduled for next
year. Mr. Jonathan continues
to face criticism both in
Nigeria and abroad for his
dismal performance since he
assumed office more than five
years ago.
Our source reported that the
church service was not well
attended. He stated, however,
that some government
officials, including Senate
President David Mark,
Secretary to the Government
of the Federation, Pius Anyim,
and some military chiefs were
present. The president’s wife,
Patience Jonathan, as well as
his mother were also in
In a minor misstep in protocol,
Mr. Jonathan recognized his
wife before he did Senator
David Mark.


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4 Responses

  1. lastdon1

    GEJ didn’t say he was stepping down , he only stated the obvious. Next year brings in a new regime. Ofcourse he has the right to contest and be the head of the new government.

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