A former presidential spokesman for the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and the current chair of the editorial board of ThisDay newspapers Olusegun Adeniyi, has highlighted an often used subject, against the former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
In a public post signed by Adeniyi, the Journalist cited a particular meeting he had with Goodluck Jonathan that lasted for 25 minutes during Jonathan Regime as the country’s president.
The Post Read:
“I got a call from Fadile that the president wanted to see me in his office the next day by 4.pm.
My session with President Jonathan lasted about 25 minutes and we discussed a wide range of national issues from Boko Haram to Chibok Girls/BBOG and what had become, at that period, a systematic profiling of the North by security agencies.
I specifically cited the example of the Maitama Farmers Market that had by then been closed for several weeks. President Jonathan said he was not aware of the issue. Right in my presence, he picked the phone and asked that he be connected to the Director General of the Directorate of State Security (DSS).
When the man came on line, the former president asked him about the Farmers Market. Apparently unsatisfied with the explanation, Jonathan asked, “and because of that peoples’ means of livelihood would be closed down for weeks?” He ended the conversation by demanding immediate action on the issue. When he dropped the phone, Jonathan thanked me for bringing the matter to his attention, as he lamented the fact that the businesses of several Nigerians could be shut down in such a cynical manner.
He was genuinely concerned about the plights of those traders who were mostly Northerners yet it was one of the “sins” counted against him at the time.” – Olusegun Adeniyi
Former President Jonathan was in June 2016, named the “Father of Democracy in Africa“ by the Swisss Press, Circle of Diplomats and the United Nations for his astonishing will for peace and peaceful hand over of power in 2015.