President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
Date of Birth: 20/11/1957
Place of Birth: Bayelsa
Education: St Stephen’s Primary School, Otuoke, 1961-65; St
Michael’s Primary School, Oloibiri, 1966-69; Mater Dei High School,
Imiringi, 1971-75; BSc, Zoology, University of Port Harcourt, 1977-81;
MSc, Hydrobiology, University of Port Harcourt, 1983-84; PhD, Zoology,
University of Port Harcourt, 1987-95.
Career: Preventive Officer, Department of Customs and Exise,
1975-77; Science Inspector, Education, Rivers State Ministry of
Education, Port Harcourt, 1982-83; Lecturer, Department of Biology,
Rivers State College of Education, Port Harcourt, 1983-93; Department of
Environment Protection, Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development
Commission (OMPADEC), 1993-98; Deputy Governor, Bayelsa State,
1999-2005; Governor, Bayelsa State, 2005-2007; Vice-President, Nigeria,
2007 to date, Acting President, Nigeria, February 2010 to date.
Commentary: Jonathan’s spectacular political ascent, from
Deputy Governor to Governor to Vice-President (all within two
years), began when then Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha was impeached for
violating money laundering codes. Because Jonathan is Ijaw, like most of the
militant groups in the Niger Delta, it was believed his selection as Vice-President would reduce attacks by militants. But on 18 May 2007, militants attacked his country
home, killing two policemen. Jonathan was not there at the time.
In February 2010, Nigeria's National Assembly promoted Jonathan from
Vice-President to Acting President, suspending President Umaru
Yar’Adua, who had been attempting to rule from a hospital ward
in Jeddah, Saudi
Arabia, since November 2009. Jonathan was sworn in as Head of State on 6 May 2010, following the death of President Yar'Adua in Abuja.
He won the PDP presidential nomination of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on 14
January with an unexpected 77% of the votes. Jonathan, the insiders
quickly learned, had promised all first-term state governors that they
would have the PDP nomination for their second terms in return for
their support of his presidential nomination. All 26 duly obliged and
Jonathan’s nomination was secure. The betting is that Jonathan as the PDP candidate is on course to win the presidency in April. Unlike Ghana,
incumbents in Nigeria do not lose elections. After Buhari’s convincing
campaign in the North, the parties will now focus on developing much
stronger alliances there ahead of the presidential vote. Goodluck
Jonathan has yet to persuade Nigeria that he is a national rather than
a Niger Delta leader. Doing that will be harder than winning the
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Here too, there are security concerns because grassroots supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan, who hails from Bayelsa State in the Niger Delta, are threatening to make the country ungovernable should he lose...
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The OPL 245 licence was revoked in 2006, leaving Etete high and dry until his fortunes turned again with the coming to power of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010...
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Plain speaking, combative and ubiquitous, Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Sanusi Lamido Aminu Sanusi was never going to work well with the taciturn and cautious President Goodluck Jonathan...
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8 billion: that was the oil sales revenue between January 2012 and June 2013 that should have been transferred to the federation account, said a letter written by Central Bank Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi to President Goodluck Jonathan last September (AC Vol 54 No 25, Presidential letter bombs)...
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Initially supportive of South Africa’s plan, President Goodluck Jonathan changed tack and called for tight controls by the AU Peace and Security Council on the force’s deployment and mandate...
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At face value, the Davos reception made sense: Mahama sat alongside Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan at a forum on Africa...
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ECONOMY | AFRICA
Conveniently for Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, 2014 is the year the country can claim to be Africa’s biggest economy, even though it will remain a less advanced one than South Africa...
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President Goodluck Jonathan is at war with his own People’s Democratic Party: five state governors have defected to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), as have 37 members of parliament, depriving the PDP of a majority (AC Vol 54 No 25, Presidential letter bombs and Vol 55 No 1, Goodluck Jonathan loses the numbers game)...
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This year started with a row between President Goodluck Jonathan and former President Olusegun Obasanjo; and it is ending with a second and bigger row between the two...
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The leaking this week of two damning letters to President Goodluck Jonathan was surely no coincidence and fires a powerful broadside against his government and his plans to run for a second term...