Momentum: Ooni Of Ife, Osun Monarchs Endorse President Jonathan (PHOTOS)

Momentum: Ooni Of Ife, Osun Monarchs Endorse President Jonathan (PHOTOS)

By News Desk | The Trent on March 8, 2015

President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday, March 7, 2015 visited Osun State where he met several traditional rulers including the revered Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade and the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland.

Speaking at the palace of the Ooni, President Jonathan reiterated his determination to implement the National Conference report, which he said will move the country forward.

He said: “When some people talk about change, we are talking about moving Nigeria forward, and to move Nigeria forward, we believe that that the implementation of that report is key . Yes as a government we can work on our infrastructures like roads. But those clamouring for change, they won’t be able to bring about real change since they have refused to be part of the process that would bring about the change they are shouting about.

“Some political parties that are advocating for change I believe they don’t have  the blue print for the development of this country as enunciated in the report of the national conference. And they cannot give out what they don’t have because they boycotted the conference and I don’t see how they will implement that report and if they will not implement that report, where will they take this country to?”

President Jonathan also addressed the issue of unequal government appointments as claims from several quarters have it that the South Western part of the country were short-changed in the said appointments, pledging to correct whatever anomaly as noticed if re-elected.

He said: “One of the matters that keeps cropping up is the issue of political appointments for people from the south west. I promise that in the exit dispensation whatever lapses we have, will be taken care of. We will sit down and make sure that while appointing people into offices, the south west is not short hanged in any way.”

“We knew what happened that led to that skewed distribution in a way, over the period we tried to correct it and I believed because of that major problem at the beginning not caused by me, you know the reason, I believe my good brothers and sisters, my fathers and mothers from the south west let me promise you that in my second tenure, we will make sure that thing doesn’t come up at all.

“We promise that we will do our best for the whole country and south west must play roles in government so that whatever is due to the south westerners, they will surely get it, and we promise that we will do our best for our country.”

See photos from the visit to Osun State as posted on Twitter by Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Media and Publicity:


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