Nigeria is not a poor nation, says President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

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Nigeria is not a poor nation, says Jonathan.......

President Goodluck Jonathan, on Thursday, faulted the World Bank report which placed Nigeria among the five poorest countries in the world, saying “the nation is not poor.’’

Addressing workers at the May Day rally held at the Eagle Square, Abuja, the President said “the challenge of the country is not poverty, but redistribution of wealth.’’ He said that the realities on ground did not portray the country as a poor nation, but a nation which abundant wealth needed to be evenly redistributed.

The President added that his administration was working assiduously and putting policies in place to ensure that Nigerians had access to financial resources to create wealth for themselves. “Nigeria is not a poor country. Nigerians are the most travelled people. There is no country you go that you will not see Nigerians. The GDP of Nigeria is over half a trillion dollars and the economy is growing at close to 7 per cent.’’

“Aliko Dangote was recently classified among the 25 richest people in the World.

“I visited Kenya recently on a state visit and there was a programme for Nigerian and Kenyan business men to interact and the number of private jets that landed in Nairobi that day was a subject of discussion in Kenyan media for over a week. “If you talk about ownership of private jets, Nigeria will be among the first 10 countries, yet they are saying that Nigeria is among the five poorest countries.

“Some of you will experience that there is an amount of money you will give to a Nigerian who needs help and will not even regard it and thank you but if you travel to other countries and give such an amount, the person will celebrate. “But the World Bank statistics shows that Nigeria is among the five poorest countries. Our problem is not poverty, our problem is redistribution of wealth.’’

The President added that “probably wealth is concentrated in very few hands and a number of people do not have access to it and that is why my administration is committed in terms of financial inclusiveness and we are working very hard to achieve this.’’

Jonathan specifically noted that in the agriculture sector, government introduced the electronic wallet for farmers in rural areas so they could access income through bank facilities.

He said government was also moving agriculture from just a rural development programme to wealth creation and major business programme, adding that government had taken pro-active steps and policies to stabilise power “so that small and medium-scale enterprises will thrive.
“The key commitment of government is to make sure that so many Nigerians have access to finance so that they will be able to create wealth for themselves.’’

The President also read certain political undertones in the processes of ratings by international bodies and global rating agencies.
He explained that “so many countries were downgraded economically in the few past months including some African countries.

“They looked at Nigeria and we gave explanations and they could not see any convincing reason but to downgrade our economy, they left us as BB minus. “They said elections are coming, politicians are shouting at themselves, it may affect their economy, we will no longer give you stable outlook but give you negative outlook, which is same BB minus.

“When so many countries have been downgraded, they said Nigeria is one of the five poorest countries.’’ Jonathan assured that with the support of Nigerians and in particular, the organised labour, the nation would overcome its challenges and take its pride of palce in the globe.

“We must collectively move this country to where we want to go. Government is working with labour leaders and workers of this country to create wealth. We will sure move this country to where we want to go.’’ The President also reiterated that the on-going National Conference was not personal but meant to evolve a roadmap that would redefine Nigeria.

He said he had no personal agenda for initiating the Conference, but for the common good and progress of the country.
He added that “a number of people came to me that any President that set up this kind of conference must have a roadmap set for him. But I said to them that the roadmap is the roadmap for Nigeria. “Jonathan has no personal roadmap for the conference. You can go and ask the over 500 people that are there whether I have sent any emissary to anybody to define anything for my own interest. I repeat, the issue is not Jonathan, I have spent three quarters of my life on earth.

“What we want is a Nigeria for our future generation. We will lead our country to where we want to go.’’ The President noted that the overall interest of the country informed the nomination of many representatives of organised labour, civil society organisations and youths to the conference.
This is the first time that the government is having a national conference and labour has such a number of representatives, he added.
He said the civil society was robustly represented at the conference and the first time that youths were well represented.

“There are 18 youth representatives at the conference which has never happen. We believe that as elders, we must prepare a country for the young generation and build a nation for our children and grandchildren. “The conference is to redefine Nigeria,” he assured.
He noted that the resolution of the conference would be sent to the National Assembly to be implemented for national good. “I believe that at the end of the conference, if the resolutions are agreed by everybody, I will be able to work with my brothers, sisters and friends in the National Assembly to see that whatever they agreed on sailed through. “All what we want is to agree on something that is common and useful for the country. ‘’

The Minister of Labour, Emeka Wogu, said that the theme of the 2014 Workers Day, “Building Enduring Peace and Unity’’ was impressive, apt and relevant. He urged labour unions to have faith in the Jonathan administration as it continued to implement policies and plans for national emancipation.
He said the administration had ensured and would continue to ensure that the voices of labour was heard. Wogi added that the Labour Bill drafted to improve the lots of workers pending before the National Assembly would soon be passed into law and urged the unions to be considerate in their demands. (NAN)

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papadip at 07:14 PM, 1/05/2014 (5 years ago)
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Very interesting…..  I am assuming this is the full text.

We are very rich indeed and what makes Nigeria rich?
The Nigerian politicians and associates are filthy rich…that’s all.

papadip at 03:24 AM, 2/05/2014 (5 years ago)
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Quote from: papadip on 07:14 PM,  1/05/2014
Very interesting…..  I am assuming this is the full text.

We are very rich indeed and what makes Nigeria rich?
The Nigerian politicians and associates are filthy rich…that’s all.
I don’t buy this text but I’ll pay for this picture anytime………..
…….very satirical Grin

Mr. President the nation is not rich because 99.999% of Nigerians are living in abject poverty.
papadip at 03:26 AM, 2/05/2014 (5 years ago)
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Nigeria is truly not poor but what makes Nigeria to look poor is the number of private jet owners that the president is boastful of, which is a disgrace when you look at it from another angle, these bogus billionaires are the people that made Nigeria look poor. When few Nigerians are billionaires with private jets and ships, and more that 95 % of us cannot eat 3 squared or un-squared meal a day. The fact that we have Nigerians virtually in every corner of the world does not mean Nigeria is not poor, Many of these fellow Nigerians were driven out of the country by poverty, lack of business opportunity, lack of security, lack o0f electricity, and the President should not add that to his CV that Nigeria is not poor, Only him and his close associates and other politically connected that are not poor. There is money in Nigeria, no doubt about that, but some greedy people make all of us poor, with haggard faces and grunted appearances. Can GEJ help us and bridge the gap between the rich and the poor, I hope that is not too difficult to ask. Every Nigerian matters ooo, May God save Nigeria from ENEMIES WITHIN

....Culled from Vanguard
Larry28 at 10:34 AM, 2/05/2014 (5 years ago)
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OGA Jona again, Only the politicians are the one enjoing the riches of the country
Wysetots at 10:36 AM, 2/05/2014 (5 years ago)
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Oga Jona......No dey smoke dat thing wey dey ya hand.
schmit at 10:56 AM, 2/05/2014 (5 years ago)
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where the money na?we no see am for the citizens body
CollinsRuf at 11:37 AM, 2/05/2014 (5 years ago)
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how many of Your citizens are rich? when every one are running out of the country to make a living in other countries and yet you claim to be rich, country without power supply, good water,road etc and yet You claim to be rich,leaders who do not care about the masses. The most corrupt nation in the world, with security all over the country yet many atrocities are happening, kidnapping of students for weeks yet the leaders are yet to do any, bomb blast every week and our leaders deny not to know where it all coming from, we have securities in all the borders, yet deadly weapons are supply into the country every day, when all Our securities are corrupt with collecting bribe to allow all sort of evil to happen in the country, and yet Our leaders cares not, all on their mind is to retain their post come 2015 election
Alphaj at 11:48 AM, 2/05/2014 (5 years ago)
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Our president and leaders are most greedy and selfish people in the world.
Before they can rate nigerian among poorest country in the world, they have cross check many things abou t us. As a nigerian citizen,
Can proof out many reason that make us the 5th poorest country in the world if our president don't know it.
1. Our minimum salary wages for worker is very very poor and low, 18,000 naira per month. I want our president to tell me it that amount is sufficient for only transport fare for a month. Can any of his family live with that such amount in a month?
Let's be sincere to ourselves, the money is too poor for minimum wages.
2. Unstable light. I haven't see any state in Nigeria with stable ligh, and we have lost many innocent soul because of generator fume.
This is very bad and unbearable again, what will it cost our government to put our lighting system in order. We have money to do it, but all our leaders are greedy and self center to think of masses and put our light in order.
3. Poor medical services. In our general hospital, u can't find enough equipment and drugs for patience. The beds in most of our general hospital is worst than mouse rag, even our so call private hospital are still behind many of this modern equipment. That's why many of our selfish and prodigal leaders run to foreign country for treatment and check up.
4. Bad roads. Many of our express road was very bad and full of pot hole, we have lost many soul through accident on our bad road. I can't point out a single nice and excellent motor way in Nigeria. And our government don't have time to repair the old roads for us,.
5. Unemployment. Many of our youth and graduate holder are jobless, they join kidnappers and internet scammer because of lack of job.
If our government can spend the money they loot from our resources to create job and establish good company in Nigeria, our country will be crime free country .
There are many things to list here that make Nigeria among poorest country in the world, nobody cares of how many Nigeria has private jet or private yacht or travelling all over the world. The most Important thing to think and care about is for our citizen to live fine and earn good salary with quality and standard life amenities.
If our government can't put all this things in order for us, I think is time for us to fight for our right and be free from all this rubbish.
Enough is enough for all this bad wicked and selfish leaders, I know they won't listen to us but we will fight for our right.
When we start our own riot and protest, it will be worst than Arab league protest. We will not leave any of our past and present wicked leaders family untouched, that's for sure. There is no way they can escape it because all the security and military that guide them will surely fight against them.
daveobahon at 11:50 AM, 2/05/2014 (5 years ago)
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Una wey dey analyse get time sha abe conductor gimmie my change
daveobahon at 11:50 AM, 2/05/2014 (5 years ago)
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odprince at 12:01 PM, 2/05/2014 (5 years ago)
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steveoneal at 12:16 PM, 2/05/2014 (5 years ago)
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every time he opens his mouth, you cant stop wondering how someone with such a dumb head be the president of this country,, nigeria is not poor,, sure, we are not poor but 99 percent of the population is suffering,, he doesnt know how to answer simple question,,
winace at 12:19 PM, 2/05/2014 (5 years ago)
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Prssident, they classify only one as a rich fellow and u think dats a pass mark for nigeria??? Mcthewww
papadip at 12:57 PM, 2/05/2014 (5 years ago)
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Quote from: steveoneal on 12:16 PM,  2/05/2014
every time he opens his mouth, you cant stop wondering how someone with such a dumb head be the president of this country,, nigeria is not poor,, sure, we are not poor but 99 percent of the population is suffering,, he doesnt know how to answer simple question,,
That's why he could not debate in the last election.......
.........I am sure he would skip any debate come next election if he is running...
osarobo62 at 01:31 PM, 2/05/2014 (5 years ago)
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Quote from: Wysetots on 10:36 AM,  2/05/2014
Oga Jona......No dey smoke dat thing wey dey ya hand.
Grin Grin Grin if he no smoke that thing, he go take enjoy the ogogoro wey he dey drink.
osarobo62 at 01:38 PM, 2/05/2014 (5 years ago)
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Oga Jonah,
Nigeria is classified poor because  99 % of the people live in abject and nail biting poverty, in the midst of
an ocean of vast wealth.
and the citizens are all over the world ,not as wealthy tourists, but as refugees from government imposed poverty.
Jokxx45 at 03:13 PM, 2/05/2014 (5 years ago)
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Nigeria is actually a rich country.....however the greedy politicians are stealing the wealth, taking the riches hiding it in foreign countries.......what a shame!
Topsylucas at 03:47 PM, 2/05/2014 (5 years ago)
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I no blame world bank,na wetin dem see dem talk. Nigeria truly no dey poor,d fact be say our money dey 4 switzerland,dubai,uk & anywhere else xcept nigeria. Jona,where u put our $20 billion? Rubbish
Fazob at 04:47 PM, 2/05/2014 (5 years ago)
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Quote from: steveoneal on 12:16 PM,  2/05/2014
every time he opens his mouth, you cant stop wondering how someone with such a dumb head be the president of this country,, nigeria is not poor,, sure, we are not poor but 99 percent of the population is suffering,, he doesnt know how to answer simple question,,

Do not misuse the freedom of speech given to you by the constitution. During the military, can you describe a president or a head of state like that. This man you are insulting holds an academic Doctorate Degree and was a Lecturer in the University among others before dabbling into politics. I am not sure of your level of education but by my calculation of your English here I can presume you just finished your SSCE and you are insulting one with PhD. Sorry for you. 
The explanation of what the president meant is that Nigeria herself as a country is very rich in potentials of enormous human and material resources. if we could forget about oil and harness other economic development indices, we would compete with any economy in the world. However the quest for money and power of our  leaders have made Nigerians to be among the poorest people in the world. And that is why he has come and want to correct. Pls lets join him in this endeavor.   
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