The Voice Newsmagazine
National broadcast by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan , GCFR on the 2015 General elections on Friday, March 27th 2015
As we prepare to go to the polls tomorrow, I have come before you this morning to express my immense appreciation for the opportunity you gave me to lead this great nation of ours in the past four years.
I also wish to place on record, once again, my sincere gratitude for the support you have given my administration without which the significant progress we have made in recent years would not have been possible.
Musiliu Obanikoro, former minister of state for defence, has been sworn in as the minister of state for foreign affairs II by President Goodluck Jonathan. Obanikoro, who faced a torrid time at the senate during his screening and eventual clearance, was once Nigeria’s ambassador to Ghana.
Obanikoro confirmed as State minister for Defence
Jonathan sworn- in the eight new minsters on today, Wednesday and carried out a minor cabinet reshuffle. Alhassan Khaliru is the new minister of health, replacing Christian Chukwu, a professor who resigned last year and unsuccessfully bid to be governor of Ebonyi state.
Fidelis Nwankwo, an engineer from Ebonyi state, is now the new minister of state for health.
Patricia Akwashiki (Nasarawa) is now minister of information while Nicholas Ada, a professor from Benue, is minister of state foreign affairs I.
Augustine Akobundu, a retired colonel from Abia state, is minister of state for defense. Others are: Hauwa’u Lawan Bappa, now minister of state (Niger Delta affairs); Kenneth Kobani, minister of state for industry, trade and investment; Joel Danlami Ikenya, minister of labour.
In his remarks, Jonathan said: “For the ministers, this is an injury time. It is like bringing a player when you have just five minutes to go in a football match. So everyone wants to know what that player will do, the magic the player will perform within that short period. The player himself will be struggling to be at least kick the ball before the end of the game. “So you are coming in at a quite challenging period and I believe that a number of people will not envy you because government is coming to a close. But sometimes it is even good to come at this time because you are now well exposed to Nigerians.
“Your dancing steps will be watched by everybody and we believe you will dance well.”
The All Progressives Congress (APC) through its campaign Director-General for General Buhari (rtd) and Governor of River State, Rotimi Amaechi is the person behind the signed and delivered petition making round in the Nigerian press as a purported indictment of the Nigeria’s First lady, Dame Patience Jonathan before the international criminal court in The Hague.
Continental European Media Summit was recently held in Hamburg Germany facilitated by Kenneth Gbandi of Heritage Media network Germany, the participants representing various fields of human endeavor particularly in the Nigeria media scene in the Diaspora endorsed the candidature of Goodluck Jonathan as a prefer candidate in the 2015 Presidential elections in Nigeria slated for 28th March 2015 because of its track records in the past five years in office.
The last time Nigerians enjoyed something really close to an exciting Presidential debate was during the 1993 Presidential elections. I recall the colourful and memorable encounter between the late Chief MKO Abiola of the Social Democratic Party and Alhaji Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention. At the end of that debate, it was clear who among the duo was better experienced, much more intellectually capable and more endearing to the electorate in terms of readiness for the job being applied for. That is what a debate, under these circumstances, is: it is a job interview.
There is the popular adage that’s says health is wealth and for that simple reason, Stichting Ramaya has put together a series of health education program for enlightening immigrant communities living in the Amsterdam area on their health conditions.
According to the coordinator of the Project, Jerry Sulaiman, Africans form a greater part of the Immigrant group living in Amsterdam, it is estimated that there are more than 10,000 Africans living in the Netherlands and the majority of them resides in Amsterdam particularly Southeast area.
The enormous task of superintending over the electoral affairs of any country, particularly a country where the democratic culture is just beginning to take root and one where elections take on a life of their own, requires, forthrightness, dexterity, diplomacy and above all else, a mega dose of integrity. The electoral umpire must in addition to being imbued with high level of personal integrity also, and equally importantly, be perceived by the generality of the electorate and interested parties as being a person of integrity. The reality and perception of integrity must converge on the electoral umpire. Where such convergence is not found, there is the likelihood that whatsoever outcomes produced by such electoral umpire will be viewed with suspicion by some parties to the election and may eventually lead to unsavory events including violence.
Despite the cold weather in the Netherlands, many Nigerians turned out in front of the International Criminal Court (ICC) under the Dutch police scrutiny to organize a peace, solidarity and support rally in support of the current Nigerian government under President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in ensuring a peaceful, non-violent, free, fair and credible election come 28th March and 11th of April 2015.
His Excellency. Former Governor of Anambra State of Nigeria, Chief Peter Obi is attending a crucial town hall like meeting tagged "Nigerian Dialogue in Amsterdam on Sunday 15th February 2015 on the invitation of the Voice News Magazine in a series of plan dialogue with Nigerians in the Diaspora.
Guest Speaker: Peter Obi
We find the false claims and allegations reportedly made against President Goodluck Jonathan by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday in Abeokuta very odious and repugnant.
As we have had cause to say before, it is most regrettable indeed that a man like Chief Obasanjo, who should know better, chooses to repeatedly, wantonly, and maliciously impugn the integrity of a sitting President of his country for the primary purpose of self-promotion.