I Am Friend Of The North – President Jonathan

I Am Friend Of The North – President Jonathan

By News Desk | The Trent on January 20, 2015
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President Goodluck Jonathan at his official declaration to run for a 2nd term in office in Abuja (Photo Credit: Forward Nigeria)

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday, January 19, 2015 restated that he was a friend to the Northern part of the country, debunking claims that he has nothing to offer the region.

The President made the claim at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign rally held at the Shehu Kangiwa Square, Sokoto State, stating that he had done more for the North than any administration before him.

He stated thus: “When I came on board as president, I established 14 new universities, four were built in the South while 10 were built in the North, yet they keep telling you I hate the North. If truly I hate the North and I do not want the children from the North to be like me, will I take such action?

“Federal Government has no business with basic primary education because they are functions of the state government, but I took it upon myself to build Almajiri schools here because we realised there is a higher percentage of children out of school in the North than in the South. So we intervened massively. Is that hating the North?

“In the area of agriculture, tell me of any government that has supported the North with several agricultural equipment and with billions in cash loans. Is that hating the North? If I don’t like the North, will they benefit up to 70 per cent of agricultural reforms we are doing?” he asked.

“Those who say I do not like the North were also presidents in the past, but what did they do for the North? How many schools or universities did they build in the North and what did they do to ameliorate the problems in the agricultural sector?”

President Jonathan also urged politicians in Sokoto State to carry out their politicking without having to resort to violence.

Mr. President said: “We must learn to exhibit the spirit of sportsmanship in politics because on my arrival this morning, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Saadu Abubakar, drew my attention to the unwarranted rivalry that existed among political parties in the state and he condemned the development in its entirety.“I visited Ogun State recently and the state Governor, Ibikunle Amusun, who is of the opposition party accommodated me at the Governor’s Lodge, where both of us passed the night without any rancour. I believe this is what politics should be.”

 

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