Jonathan Misled Us Into Supporting Subsidy Removal - UN Adviser

Date: 17-01-2012 10:06 am (9 years ago) | Author: Daniel Bosai
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Some details have emerged about how the Goodluck Jonathan Presidency misled international figures and experts into endorsing its now controversial removal of subsidy on petrol which initially saw the price per liter rising to N141 with the resulting labour strike and street protests.



One of such international figures is the Special Adviser to UN secretary General on MDG, Professor Jeffrey Sachs, an American professor of economics, who visited President Jonathan after the removal of fuel subsidy and was reported to have praised the decision as a good move.
Sachs then commended the subsidy removal policy as “a bold and correct policy”. He described the government intervention programmes in rural development in the past 24 months as innovative.
But Sachs’ position has since shifted following the outrage expressed about his comments on micro blogging site Twitter.
In reaction to continuing criticisms on Sunday, he wrote on @ JeffDSachs that “I do my homework very carefully in general, for 30 years, but not on this one. A mistake I regret…I see better that I don’t know the specific details on the subsidy to be accurate. I’m listening and learning. Most important thing I could say is government must build trust with civil society based on anti-corruption, fairness, accountability.”
On whether he was not told about the level of corruption in Nigeria before endorsing removal of subsidy, Sachs said “They didn’t have to tell me. I’m very heartened to see civil society rising against corruption. Yes, I walked out of a meeting and into a sound bite! Not good. The situation is complex and deep reforms are needed…I’m sorry that I’ve been misinterpreted. It’s hard to be heard accurately in this noisy world!”
He assured those bombarding him with questions that he understood what they are going through in Nigeria. “I’ve noticed how the politicians barely care about the universities. Sad and costly for Nigeria!” He said.
The Professor of Economics said he had no idea about the subsidy removal until it happened, as he was “not in regular contact on macro policy.”


Posted: at 17-01-2012 10:06 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
- Idbabe at 17-01-2012 10:34 AM (9 years ago)
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The international bodies should leave us alone o.  They are part of the ppl that put us in this situation now.
Posted: at 17-01-2012 10:34 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- papyefisy at 17-01-2012 10:44 AM (9 years ago)
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I-international
T-thief
T-thief... Huh?
Posted: at 17-01-2012 10:44 AM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- blings_is_back at 17-01-2012 10:53 AM (9 years ago)
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mtchew
Posted: at 17-01-2012 10:53 AM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- ZION7ZION at 17-01-2012 11:48 AM (9 years ago)
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They are the ones destroying many countries, why it looks as if they care for nigeria is because we have oil, once they fall out with any government, they start to find a way to remove that government, just like what they did in Libya,they should just leave us alone Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry
Posted: at 17-01-2012 11:48 AM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- sonjohn994 at 17-01-2012 01:18 PM (9 years ago)
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Bunch of fulls,Badluck and others
Posted: at 17-01-2012 01:18 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Michro at 17-01-2012 01:24 PM (9 years ago)
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Are they telling
us why they failed us or what?

Posted: at 17-01-2012 01:24 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- danpatrick at 17-01-2012 01:42 PM (9 years ago)
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Why should Nigerian President seek advice from those that do not live with the reality of the Nigeria problems and suffering of the masses? This is just like imposing outside solution to homegrown problem - namely corruption - which has held the country back since independence.
Posted: at 17-01-2012 01:42 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- jocrime at 17-01-2012 01:44 PM (9 years ago)
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Abeg,anybody carry matches,make i  light my kpeff Cool Cool Cool
Posted: at 17-01-2012 01:44 PM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- Hollandear at 17-01-2012 01:47 PM (9 years ago)
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Na today?

Posted: at 17-01-2012 01:47 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- DELAT at 17-01-2012 01:47 PM (9 years ago)
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He should stay out of our business,the country is ours.
Posted: at 17-01-2012 01:47 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- vicksan at 17-01-2012 02:02 PM (9 years ago)
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animals in human skin. may God save us from their hands.
Posted: at 17-01-2012 02:02 PM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- blings_is_back at 17-01-2012 02:06 PM (9 years ago)
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fire burn them
Posted: at 17-01-2012 02:06 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- onyimau20 at 17-01-2012 02:10 PM (9 years ago)
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Ok, i dey come..
Posted: at 17-01-2012 02:10 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- kattie77 at 17-01-2012 02:12 PM (9 years ago)
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Why did Jonathan lisen to him in d 1st place?
Posted: at 17-01-2012 02:12 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- donfred34 at 17-01-2012 02:17 PM (9 years ago)
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Pretender, how can you say something like this. That you of all people, you did not get the issue cleared be4 endosing your signature. Liers.
Posted: at 17-01-2012 02:17 PM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- bright332 at 17-01-2012 03:16 PM (9 years ago)
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@ MDG, Professor Jeffrey Sachs, you better come back home and start selling akara at your mama house and stop blaming the bi JEO.Foolish people that have selling our oil over abroad and say they are there for niger come back home and face the tragedy
Posted: at 17-01-2012 03:16 PM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- Bachelorette at 17-01-2012 03:25 PM (9 years ago)
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Dez are make up stories... if you nor get good stories, nor dey post nonsense.

Posted: at 17-01-2012 03:25 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- chid0n at 17-01-2012 03:27 PM (9 years ago)
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BONGO PEOPLE LOOKING TO VICTIM SOME PEOPLE
Posted: at 17-01-2012 03:27 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- maryclaret at 17-01-2012 03:46 PM (9 years ago)
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At least he has come out to say that he made a mistake. Not many public figures can do that. It's good to know that some people feel for the masses.

Posted: at 17-01-2012 03:46 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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