US Embassy despatches on Jonathan: WikiLeaks

US Embassy despatches on Jonathan: WikiLeaks

Friday, December 26, 2014 10:19 pm


President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaigners started it by latching on WikiLeaks revelations about US Embassy dispatches on Nigeria’s opposition politicians, such as Maj. General Muhammadu Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Now, a web researcher, Olaniyi Precious Olarewaju has also furrowed into WikiLeaks data base to bring out dispatches on President Goodluck Jonathan.

And these documents paint Jonathan as grossly incompetent, corrupt and sectional. The researcher even submitted the documents with an open letter to Dr.Reuben Abati, who was alleged to have brought out the WikiLeaks on Buhari and Tinubu.

AN OPEN LETTER TO DR ABATI ON PRESIDENT JONATHAN’S LONG HISTORY OF INCOMPETENCE AS DOCUMENTED BY PUBLIC LIBRARY OF US DIPLOMACY LEAKED BY WIKILEAKS

Dear Dr. Abati,

It was really sad seeing a publication from your office yestersday, where you referenced Wikileaks as your source of information, since you decided to go that way, it may also be interesting to add some of the the things you forgot to tell us. President Jonathan’s incompetence had been noted right from when he assumed office as the Governor of Bayelsa State following the impeachment of his erstwhile boss, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha who was later convicted of stealing state funds running into billions of Naira. A man who President Jonathan granted a Presidential pardon in 2013. Again, kindly permit me to use the same heading for the story you ran on Gen. Buhari yesterday.

PUBLIC LIBRARY OF US DIPLOMACY

Chief of Army Staff Dambazau(2010) on President Jonathan as a sectional leader

¶3. (S) In response to the question as to whom the COAS believes is
the Commander-in-Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces at this time,
Dambazau, a northerner said, Goodluck Jonathan. In the view of the
COAS, Jonathan holds that authority until such time as either the
National Assembly implements a constitutional action returning
authority to Yar’Adua, or there is some other manifestation that
shows the President is capable and has resumed his duties. Dambazau
said it was unfortunate that the entire Yar’Adua health situation
had not been handled well. There were a few people around the
ailing President who were manipulating the situation for both power
and money, he noted. The COAS highlighted that the “Katsina group”
around Yar’Adua has “caged” the President off and even before his
departure to Saudi Arabia more and more Yar’Adua was not being seen
as a national figure. It is unfortunate that Jonathan is beginning
to do the same thing. The people that Jonathan has around him now
are behaving just as badly as the Katsina clique, with Jonathan
handing out favors to his ethnic group, which the Army Chief sid
was not/not Ijaw. Dambazau said the Acting/Vice President comes
from the smallest ethnic minority in Bayelsa State, and that he is
beginning to behave like a “sectional,” leader and less like a
national figure with national responsibilities. The COAS said he
has had several meetings with Jonathan and that he is a “simple man
who is easily influenced.” He gave the example of the recent
transfer of naira 19 billion of GON funds to a Niger Delta
environmental project that was done at the end of a meeting that
Jonathan had with a group from his region. Dambazau said this was
done outside of the normal Cabinet decision-making process based on
a meeting he had had with his “kinsmen.”
Source: https://cablegatesearch.wikileaks.org/cable.php?id=10ABUJA207&q=goodluck

JONATHAN TOLD THE US AMBASSADOR HE DOES NOT ANTICIPATE STANDING FOR 2011 ELECTIONS

¶13. (C) Jonathan said he does not anticipate standing for
elections in 2011 and that he is not working towards being a
presidential candidacy. He wants to put into place an electoral
structure that will be ready for national elections. He did,
however, note that, “if they want me to run, that will be something
to consider at that time.” However, he stressed that his focus now
and for the next 12 months will be on “doing a good job and
witnessing respectable and credible elections in 2011.”

“I was not chosen to be Vice President because I had good political experience,” he said. “I did not. There were a lot more qualified people around to be Vice President, but that
does not mean I am not my own man.”

He said he is “not a politician” and had very limited experience as
an administrator, but concluded, “I will not tolerate a brawl.”

COMMENT
“It is always hard to judge how some will
behave (or surprise you) when leadership is unexpectedly thrown in
their lap. The verdict is out on Jonathan and his previously
underwhelming personality and performance needs to keep us in the
cautious lane”
SANDERS
Source: https://cablegatesearch.wikileaks.org/cable.php?id=10ABUJA215&q=goodluck

JONATHAN’S BAGGAGE OF CORRUPTION AND INCOMPETENCE

¶5. (S) Clearly, reports of the President in a coma and on a
respirator do not bode well for any recovery. In addition,
Jonathan’s dispatching emissaries around town to take a
temperature check on the atmosphere surrounding what may be
his, sooner rather than later, ascendancy to the Presidency
further leads to the news that the President of Nigeria is in
his final days. We are preparing a report (septel) on the
baggage that Jonathan will carry with him into State House as
there have been past reports of corruption, political
thuggery, and payments to “militant factions” from his days
as Governor of Bayelsa State as well as questions about his
competency in general.
Source: https://cablegatesearch.wikileaks.org/cable.php?id=09ABUJA2173&q=goodluck

JONATHAN IS NOT A RISK TAKER

¶1. (C) Assistant Secretary Carson met with Lagos business
community leaders on February 7. Per these sources, Governor
Fashola of Lagos State is on the verge of being impeached despite
bringing new roads, hospitals, and schools to Lagos. The Governor
does not pay attention to the patronage networks. Vice President
Jonathan is neither a risk taker nor an activist but it is better
to have him than no one in the seat of power. Isolate and monitor
communities in the Niger Delta to force them to become well run.
END SUMMARY.
Source: https://cablegatesearch.wikileaks.org/cable.php?id=10LAGOS81&q=goodluck

BUHARI ON RULE OF LAW

¶4. (C) On the possibility that Yar’Adua might be unable to
complete his term due to ill health, Buhari revealed that he
had been telling other northern leaders that “no
extra-constitutional measures should be taken and that the
rule of law should be followed” (i.e., that VP Goodluck
Jonathan should take over as President). He said any other
course would violate the constitution, which “would go
against everything” he is standing for with his current
appeal before the Supreme Court. Buhari then concluded that
making progress on the issues of poverty, health, and
development should trump the informal North-South rotation of
the presidency. “Ultimately, it is a question of who can
better solve Nigeria’s most pressing problems,” he said.
Source: https://cablegatesearch.wikileaks.org/cable.php?id=08ABUJA2339&q=goodluck

GOODLUCK JONATHAN CHARACTERISED AS WEAK 22 Jan 2006

¶11. (C) In the last 24 hours, we have seen a substantial
increase in communication about the hostages through official
channels and increasingly optimistic assessments of their
condition. This appears to be good news. However, the
information is coming from a single source: the Governor of
Bayelsa State directly or through his SSG. Yesterday, we
characterized the governor as weak and out of the loop, but
today he tells us he is the only one with whom the kidnappers
will negotiate. And at least one element of the presidential
committee also appears to have ruled out FNDIC involvement
without providing any justification for doing so. The
governor’s assessment that divisions within the kidnappers
will lead to the hostages imminent release sounds positive,
but so have many other statements over the past ten days.
Most of these positive developments depend on one source of
information, and we have yet to independently confirm them.
HOWE
Source: https://cablegatesearch.wikileaks.org/cable.php?id=06LAGOS82&q=goodluck

STILL ON THE DOUBT OF GOODLUCK JONATHAN’S INTEGRITY AND COMPETENCE

As Nigerians come to grips with the probability of
Yar’Adua’s demise, there appears to be growing public support
— even in the North — for Vice President Jonathan to assume
the presidential mantle. Despite widespread doubts about
Jonathan’s integrity and competence, there is encouraging
deference, at least in public, to the principle that the
constitutionally-prescribed line of succession should be
respected.
Source: https://cablegatesearch.wikileaks.org/cable.php?id=09ABUJA2173&q=goodluck

JONATHAN CLEARLY OUT OF DEPTH

¶17. (C) A Shell member of the crisis response team also
doubts the Bayelsa team’s veracity. Bayelsa Governor
Goodluck Jonathan told a reliable contact of his that he had
been personally threatened by the militia group holding the
hostages. The contact assessed Jonathan as clearly out of
his depth.
Source: https://cablegatesearch.wikileaks.org/cable.php?id=06LAGOS98&q=goodluck

*This article was originally published @http://olarewajuolaniyi.blogspot.de/2014/12/abati-forgot-to-tell-us-about-these.html

*Olaniyi Precious Olarewaju, M.Sc Agricultural Genomics,
Christian Albrechts Universität,
Kiel, Deutschland.

.Posting updated with the original source of the WikiLeaks files.


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