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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Claus Stäcker's Misleading Report on President Goodluck Jonathan's Legacy and War on Terror in Nigeria

                       Claus Stäcker:, Deutsche Welle (DW)’s head of Programs for Africa.

 Re: Nigeria: Abducted Girls Place Dark Spot On Nigeria's Leader Legacy

Claus Stäcker, Deutsche Welle (DW)’s head of Programs for Africa wrote a misleading report on "Nigeria: Abducted Girls Place Dark Spot On Nigeria's Leader Legacy" published by AllAfrica online news website on http://allafrica.com/stories/201405080883.html. The report is full of ambiguous and erroneous statements on the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria based on his handling of the abduction of approximately 276 female pupils, kidnapped from their hostel by the Boko Haram Islamic Jihadist and Takfiri terrorist sect at the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno state on April 15, 2014.


President Goodluck Jonathan on one of his state visits for national security.

Apparently Mr. Stäcker is ignorant of the facts and realities in Nigeria and simply jotted down unverified stories from hearsay and unreliable sources.

What are the failures of the most challenged and yet the most successful democratically elected administration in the history of Africa's most populous nation? The administration that has attracted the largest Foreign Direct Investments in Africa  
 The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has ranked Nigeria as Africa’s number one destination for Foreign Direct Investment in Africa, for the second time in two years.
The latest UNCTAD report entitled, “Global Value Chains: Investment and Trade for Development”, puts Nigeria’s FDI inflows at $7.03billion  while South Africa recorded $4.572bn, Ghana, $3.295bn; Egypt, $2.798bn; and Angola -6.898bn; among others.
    http://www.nigeria.gov.ng/2012-10-29-11-09-25/news/430-nigeria-still-no-1-fdi-destination-in-africa-unctad
The administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has achieved so much economically that made Nigeria one of the MINT countries overtaking the BRICs as the best destinations for investors and then surpassed South Africa as the biggest economy in Africa now worth over $510 billion after the reassessment of the gross domestic product data for the first time in two decades. Thanks to the pragmatism of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan whose outstanding economic policies caused the quantum leap for the paradigm shift

Nigeria also surpassed the United Kingdom (UK) in the latest ranking of global information technology access recording a 200% growth in internet users between 2009 and 2013 with about 62.4 million internet users above UK that added only two million to 57 million users in 2013.

Over 130, 000 new jobs have been created for jobless Nigerians under two years of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) in the Transformation Agenda of President Jonathan.
See full report on http://www.sure-p.gov.ng/main/index.php/achievement/journey-so-far-jan-2012-jan-2013

The Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWIN) programme created over 26, 000 new jobs in two years and over 1, 000, 000 jobs have been created in Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry since the President launched the Entertainment Intervention Fund with US$200 million and another $20 million for the Project Nollywood grant and has made Nollywood the largest film industry in Africa.

These and other outstanding achievements such as building new airports and seaports have been done in spite of the incessant terror attacks of the Boko Haram in the northern eastern region where over 500 viewing centers are showing movies daily in Kannywood, the Hausa sector of Nollywood and none of the viewing centers has been attacked. And Shoprite, the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States opened a new shopping mall in Kano, the largest city in northern Nigeria and main commercial hub in the new $110-million (80-million-euro) Ado Bayero Mall, the biggest Shoprite in West Africa. And at the moment, Nigeria is hosting the 2014 regional World Economic Forum in Abuja in peace and harmony.

It is totally false as Stäcker wrote that President Jonathan is counting on the army to secure his re-election in 2015 and a libelous report that: "he has deposed even well-intentioned critics. Some of them have been sent behind bars. A state of emergency Jonathan declared has cut off roads and communication in several states for months."

President Goodluck Jonathan has not sent any critic to jail and the press is enjoying the freest era since he became President and I can testify for him, because I am one of his most unapologetic critics and his government has not touched me and none of the over 100 citizen journalists in Nigeria has been harassed or arrested. So, Stäcker's report is a fabrication of lies.

The report is full of unverified stories that makes Stäcker a lazy journalist who cannot investigate before rushing to publish rumours posted as news.

President Goodluck Jonathan has called for dialogue with all aggrieved persons and groups in Nigeria, including the Boko Haram and their sponsors among northern political and Islamic leaders and convened the on going National Conference as a open democratic forum for discussing and resolving Nigeria’s constitutional challenges. But the Boko Haram sect is yet to come or send representatives to the conference.
And the Nigerian government once engaged in peace negotiations with Boko Haram since 2012 after the sect kidnapped and executed their British hostage Chris McManus.

President Goodluck Jonathan has been doing his best to rescue the abducted school girls and set up a Joint Task Force of the Nigerian Armed Forces and Nigerian Police Force to tackle the insurgencies in the Middle Belt and northern region of Nigeria and the military commanders who failed in their duties have been disciplined and President Jonathan sacked several service chiefs and appointed new ones with a new Minister of Defence to improve the state of national security.

Claus Stäcker should do good research and investigate all sources of information on the current affairs in Nigeria before publishing future reports.


~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor, Nigerians Report Online.


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