History is made as Jonathan meets Obama

Date: 12-04-2010 8:06 pm (12 years ago) | Author: Daniel Bosai
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AFTER several unsuccessful attempts by a Nigeria leader to personally meet with an American President, which many believed would have averted Nigeria’s recent listing among terrorist countries by the US, Acting President Goodluck Jonathan last Night met with the President of the United States, Mr Barrack Obama.




Clad in Ijaw, his native tribe, black coloured attire, with a black hat and a pair of shoes to match, the Acting President held one-on-one meeting with US President, a feat Nigeria achieved last during the Obasanjo era; thereby bringing the two nations, once again, together to directly discuss issues of common interest.

Several international engagements involving the Nigeria Government, which ordinarily would have provided an ample opportunity for a Nigeria leader to meet with immediate past American President Gorge Bush and current Obama were never attended by Nigeria’s President.

Representatives of Nigeria’s President sent to such conferences, such as the immediate past Minister of Foreign Affair, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, never had the opportunity of meeting with the American President one-on-one.

Although details of the historic meeting was very scanty as at press time, Vanguard gathered the direct talks between the two world leaders which commenced exactly 11:30 local time held behind closed doors.

The talks took place at the prestigious Blair House, across from the White House, the venue of Obama’s meeting with other world leaders including the South African President Jacob Zuma. Others included Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

According to reports, the Nigeria’s Acting President is among some of the 40 world leaders currently attending World Nuclear Summit aimed at finding ways to secure the world’s nuclear stockpile.

Jonathan’s talks with Obama, it was learnt, focused on Nuclear Security and terrorism as well as democracy among others.

Obama was quoted as saying that “if al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations acquired nuclear weapons it “would have no compunction at using them,”.

“The single biggest threat to U.S. security, both short-term, medium-term and long-term, would be the possibility of a terrorist organization obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Obama said. “This is something that could change the security landscape in this country and around the world for years to come.”

“If there was ever a detonation in New York City, or London, or Johannesburg, the ramifications economically, politically and from a security perspective would be devastating,” the president said.

“We know that organizations like al-Qaida are in the process of trying to secure nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction, and would have no compunction at using them,” Obama said.

The Nuclear Security Summit of more than 40 world leaders in Washington this week is aimed at securing “loose nuclear material,” Obama said. He was holding one-on-one meetings Sunday with several of those leaders.

He said other world leaders including Acting President Jonathan have offered “very specific approaches to how we can solve this profound international problem.”

Hails South Africa

Obama singled out South Africa for giving up its nuclear program, and said it “has been a strong, effective leader in the international community on nonproliferation issues. South Africa has special standing in being a moral leader on this issue.”

“I feel very good at this stage in the degree of commitment and a sense of urgency that I have seen from the world leaders so far on this issue,” Obama said. “We think we can make enormous progress on this, and this then becomes part and parcel of the broader focus that we’ve had over the last several weeks.”

Earlier in the week, Obama approved a new nuclear policy for the United States, vowing to reduce America’s nuclear arsenal, refrain from nuclear tests and not use nuclear weapons against countries that do not have them.

Obama said securing loose nuclear arms is “a central part of the process, but probably the most urgent one and the one we are most concerned with in the short term.”

After his remarks, Obama met with Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani. Obama smiled and shared a laugh with Gilani, but the Pakistani leader’s words were not audible.

As reporters entered the meeting room, Obama was telling Gilani, “We’ve made some progress since then.” It was unclear what Obama was referring to.

Pakistan has a troubled history with the United States, and anti-American sentiment runs extraordinarily high among ordinary Pakistanis. U.S. leaders went out of their way to assure Pakistan that the United States will not walk away from improving relations with the country , and Congress has committed billions of dollars in new aid to the Asian nation.


Posted: at 12-04-2010 08:06 PM (12 years ago) | Addicted Hero
- mcfredie at 13-04-2010 02:32 AM (12 years ago)
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no big deal !!!!!!!
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- LaraBaby at 13-04-2010 03:08 AM (12 years ago)
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what else do you have to say? doesnt make sense!!! Huh?
Posted: at 13-04-2010 03:08 AM (12 years ago) | Newbie
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- TeresaOlajide at 13-04-2010 05:09 AM (12 years ago)
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It is a very big deal! President Johnathan has made a statement to the world that Nigeria will work with the world on stopping the terrorist threats. Nigeria has already installed high tech scanning devices in it's international airports, and taken many other actions that are not being made public twards supporting this anti- terrorist effort. 

He has met with the world in a summit, something that I don't think any other Nigerian Predident has done, and made an Impression on President Obama, who is talking with him further on economic advances in Nigeria. such monitary assistance and support from America could be all the push Nigeria needs to take off into a strong Nation! I am excited myself, because Moruf and I have wanted to start an Import business, bringing Nigerian products here for the Nigerians that live here, and I have high hopes that this has helped that goal, and helped Naija.

Put yourself in Naija's place, If you needed a little help to make yourself a bit better off financially, wouldn't it be to your advantage to have secure rich friends who might just give you a little advice and assistance? well President Johnathan, and President Obama are now friends, think about it.

Posted: at 13-04-2010 05:09 AM (12 years ago) | Newbie
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- Mekoyor at 13-04-2010 06:18 AM (12 years ago)
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Delicious to d ear.

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- Pepesy at 13-04-2010 07:48 AM (12 years ago)
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Atleast finally finally, Jonathan Met with Obama. Dats a step 4wd 2 9ja liberation!!! Smiley Smiley Smiley
Posted: at 13-04-2010 07:48 AM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- emexmiracle at 13-04-2010 08:09 AM (12 years ago)
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Good luck ur luck will lead u to meet the people that matters most in the world and ur luck will also bring nigeria out from the shameful disgrace we are facing been a Nigerian citizen
without others having know respect to our passport
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- pontiff at 13-04-2010 08:14 AM (12 years ago)
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what a great move, with God all things are possibles. al-qaida and alikes most be stop by all means......... Respect to world Leaders.
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- hansgans at 13-04-2010 08:31 AM (12 years ago)
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Good start for us i love Nigeria
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- chigozieubah234 at 13-04-2010 08:39 AM (12 years ago)
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KUDOS TO JONATHAN
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- chigozieubah234 at 13-04-2010 08:40 AM (12 years ago)
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GOD BLESS NIGERIA
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- ade_su_wa at 13-04-2010 09:11 AM (12 years ago)
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Amen
Posted: at 13-04-2010 09:11 AM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- debuchi at 13-04-2010 09:35 AM (12 years ago)
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Good move, may GOD lead GUDLUCK and connect him to those that matters in the world so that he may be able to lead naija to the expected level
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- ajanni at 13-04-2010 09:42 AM (12 years ago)
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and what is so special about that ? has obaba turns to an angel ? i don,t know why some peoples will not make use of their very common senses
Posted: at 13-04-2010 09:42 AM (12 years ago) | Grande Master
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- Miss_precious at 13-04-2010 10:18 AM (12 years ago)
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all this space for noting

Posted: at 13-04-2010 10:18 AM (12 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- eeoboh at 13-04-2010 10:34 AM (12 years ago)
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kudos to JoJo. God bless Nigeria, God bless Nigerias. Cheesy Cheesy
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- nwakama at 13-04-2010 10:42 AM (12 years ago)
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BIG DEAL Goodluck in White House ,,Vital issue, Obama in Aso Rock,,is it an irony  Huh???
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- hotun at 13-04-2010 11:06 AM (12 years ago)
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Luck is on our side now. I think he has done well .He achieved wat Yar'adua would never think of doing. GoodLuck NiGeRiA!!!
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- jojo8 at 13-04-2010 11:19 AM (12 years ago)
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What type of history? Is  it Obama that is going to tell the VP to fix the huge problems of Nigeria.This is complexity like any other Africa leaders so happy to shake hands with  the white men.Now that he is staying some days in AMERICA , let he come home and tell the Nation  if there was any day  a power failure just only one example and one of the greatest problem facing every NIGERIANS.IF THE ANSWER IS NO, then let he start to put in action all the beautiful things that he has seen for these short visit .
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- Vani at 13-04-2010 11:21 AM (12 years ago)
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Will that make any change in Nigeria?
Posted: at 13-04-2010 11:21 AM (12 years ago) | Newbie
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