President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
Nigeria

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

President

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 primaries.

 


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AFRICA | FRANCE

Africa policy moves up the agenda

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan attended the Elysée summit and in May asked Hollande to host a regional summit on tackling the Islamist militia Boko Haram...

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NIGERIA

Sanusi's political throne

From any angle, the appointment of Sanusi Lamido Aminu Sanusi as the 57th Emir of Kano is bad news for President Goodluck Jonathan and his government...

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NIGERIA

Jonathan faces the north

A month ago it was France that hosted the regional summit at which President Goodluck Jonathan declared 'total war' on the Jama'atu Ahlus Sunnah Lidda'awati wal Jihad, widely known as Boko Haram, dubbing it the Al Qaida of West Africa...

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NIGERIA

Trust still dormant

is now a special assistant for media affairs and civil society to Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan...

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NIGERIA

Amnesty anomalies

As social media resonated with reports that the government was about to offer an amnesty to Islamist insurgents Boko Haram, on 28 May President Goodluck Jonathan vowed again on national TV to wage 'total war' against 'international terrorism'...

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NIGERIA

Everyone loses

In the short term, the crisis triggered by Boko Haram's kidnapping of more than 230 schoolgirls from Chibok in Borno State damages all those involved in addition to the students: President Goodluck Jonathan and his government, the military and police, taciturn oppositionists – and the insurgents, who now face a more assertive local and international opposition...

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AFRICA | CHINA

Red flag over Africa

Li’s presence at the WEF on Africa in Nigeria on 7-9 May was a demonstration of critical diplomatic support at a time of acute pressure on President Goodluck Jonathan...

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NIGERIA

Buying while there is blood on the streets

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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NIGERIA

There will be blood... and oil

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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NIGERIA

Oil theft row escalates

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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