Onuesoke to Masari: Jonathan was Nigerian President, not N-Delta


By Onozure Dania

UGHELLI—Former Delta State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governorship aspirant, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, has said that former President Goodluck Jonathan was president of the whole nation and as such would not have concentrated on the development of Niger Delta alone at the expense of other parts of the country.

Former President Goodluck JonathanFormer President Goodluck Jonathan
Former President Goodluck Jonathan

Onuesoke, in a statement in Warri, while reacting to Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari’s allegation, accusing Jonathan of non-performance in Niger Delta in his six years in office, observed that Jonathan, as President of Nigeria, concentrated more on the development of the North than Niger Delta, as he was a not an ethnic or regional leader.

He argued that Masari would have directed such accusation to his Northern leaders, who ruled Nigeria for a greater part of the 56 years as a nation, yet there was nothing to show for it nationally, while there was so much underdevelopment, poverty and illiteracy in the Northern part of Nigeria.

Reviewing the various achievements of Jonathan during his six years reign, Onuesoke recalled that the Jonathan’s administration diligently implemented its agenda for national transformation in priority areas, including power, rehabilitation and expansion of national infrastructure, agricultural development, education and employment generation among others.

He said despite coming from Niger Delta, it was evident that Jonathan concentrated more in developing the Northern and other parts of the country because he believed his constituency was the whole Nigeria and not Niger Delta.

According to him, “The educational sector under his administration achieved a tremendous transformation as 12 federal universities of which four are situated in the North-West cities of Dutsinma in Katsina, Dutse in Jigawa, Gusau in Zamfara and Birnin Kebbi in Kebbi State, while 125 almajirai schools were constructed and commissioned with adequate teaching facilities to provide basic qualitative education to the less privileged in the society.”

Beside the aforementioned, he said the developmental impact of Jonathan’s administration was equally felt in infrastructural development, agriculture, transport, employment equality, productivity, sports and electricity supply among others across the country.

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