“Jonathan is ok; Buhari’s better as 2011 President of Nigeria to fight corruption” – says Christian Association leader.
Dr. Moses Iloh, former National Publicity Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, has thrown his support to Nigeria’s former military ruler (with the reputation of being a hardline anti-corruption leader) retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, a conservative Muslim, as the man Nigeria needs to lead it to a better future from 2011.
Iloh insists that: “I have tried to look at all the presidential candidates to find out which one has the courage to confront this monstrosity called fraud and corruption. The only one I found out and I am recommending him to Nigerians is Muhammadu Buhari.” Iloh added that Nigerians and the records show Buhari is “the most competent and suitable presidential candidate for Nigeria’s desperate need. Nigerians should support him by showing up en masse to vote for him. His tribe, religion, state, region, etc notwithstanding, he is the right candidate.”
“Nigeria is suffering from leukemia as a nation and has for decades been unconsciously dwindling in strength and health. The 2011 elections provide “the opportunity of using it to start a new journey and phase of life for a truly healthy, democratic and disciplined Nigeria.”
A member of the Jonathan campaign who was contacted by USAfricaonline.com, Nigeria360 e-group (powered by USAfrica) and CLASSmagazine said Dr. Iloh is “entitled to his opinion. But I think President Jonathan has more to offer Nigerians” — noting these are his own personal remarks not the official response of the Jonathan campaign.
Jonathan is seeking and likely to get the mantle of the ruling PDP while Buhari leads the ANPP field. Buhari was removed as ruler of Nigeria (December 1983-) in a military coup in August 1985 led (in part) by another PDP 2010-2011 presidential aspirant, former military President Ibrahim Babangida. He declared his candidacy yesterday September 15, 2010 in Abuja. The presidential elections are scheduled for January 2010; the nomination will close and be made next month, October 2010.
•Background reference and insight on Nigeria’s elections and retired Generals, written May 11, 1999 by USAfrica Founder & Publisher Chido Nwangwu “Elections in Nigeria more a battle of the retired Generals and votes buying bazaar” http://usafricaonline.com/chido.politicalgenerals.html
Nigeria’s President Jonathan confirms his gradual march to 2011 contest
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has laid to rest the suspense and speculation about his gradual, methodical plans to contest the presidential election in the country in 2011. On Wednesday September 15, 2010, he chose the platform of social media to announce that:
“Today, I confirm that after wide and thorough consultations spanning the six geo-political zones that make up Nigeria, with members of my family, my party, the opposition, civil society, the private sector, members of the Labor Unions, religious leaders, youths and student groups and our revered traditional institutions, I Goodluck Ebele Jonathan by the grace of God hereby offer myself and my services to the Nigerian people as a candidate for the office of President in the forth coming 2011 elections.”
“In presenting myself for service, I make no pretense that I have a magic wand that will solve all of Nigeria’s problems or that I am the most intelligent Nigerian,” the statement added.
“Far from it. What I do promise is this, If I am elected president in 2011, I will make a covenant with you the Nigerian people to always do right by you, to tell you the truth at all times, to carry you along and most importantly to listen to you, fellow citizens in our communities and also those of you on this page,” the statement said.
“I do not want to win your affections by giving you promises of things I would do in the future which others before me have given and which have largely been unfulfilled. Rather, I would want you to judge me by my records,” the statement added
“Since God Almighty and you yourself permitted me to serve you in the present capacity, I have busied myself with setting Nigeria on the path of peace and progress.”
Jonathan promised to make his formal declaration at the Eagle’s Square, Abuja on Saturday September 18, 2010. Today’s release, according to sources, were timed to upstage the controversial but wily former Nigerian military ruler Ibrahim Babangida who is seeking the same PDP ticket (alongside others) in competition with Jonathan. A few days ago, USAfricaonline.com reported the surprise shuffle of the armed forces service chiefs and the removal of the Inspector General of Police by Jonathan. see report “With firings of Onovo and armed forces chiefs, Jonathan enters hardball politics….” http://usafricaonline.com/2010/09/08/jonathan-firing-servicechiefs-onovo2010-by-chido/
Jonathan has not contested and won, directly, any executive elective post at the local or national level. But the man has, like his name, benefitted from a mix of goodluck, an amiable personality, strong political god-fathers and being at the right place at the opportune time. 2011 will be his first test as the top gun on the ballot. By Chido Nwangwu, USAfricaonline.com