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How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by dre11(m): 8:06am On Dec 16, 2023
Former Minister for Youth Development and Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi, has disclosed that former President Goodluck Jonathan restricted each of his ministers to the use of only two cars during the fuel subsidy removal crisis in 2012.

He stated that Jonathan also stopped members of his cabinet from travelling in first class with a view to providing more funds for other relevant government activities.

According to him, though some ministers didn’t comply with his directive, the ex-president told them to reflect on the sufferings Nigerians were going through by reducing the cost of governance.

The former minister spoke on the heels of the N27.5tn budget estimates for the 2024 fiscal year tagged the ‘Budget of Hope’ presented by President Bola Tinubu and currently being scrutinised by the National Assembly.

There have been mixed reactions from the public and the joint National Assembly Committees on the huge amount allocated to some items of ministries and agencies of the government in the proposed budget.

The Committee on Trade and Industry had frowned on the allocation of N1bn for a foreign trip to Geneva, Switzerland, by the Ministry of Trade and Investment.

The lawmaker representing Edo North Senatorial District, Adams Oshiomhole, at the defence of the 2024 budget of the ministry, cautioned against travelling with over-bloated teams, thereby increasing the cost of governance.

The State House had also earmarked N9.5bn for the purchase of tyres for bulletproof vehicles, Sport Utility Vehicles, operational vehicles, plain cars, and the construction of an office complex for Special Advisers and Senior Special Assistants.

Earlier, the sum of N160bn was appropriated to purchase SUVs for lawmakers of the National Assembly.

Speaking in an interview with Saturday PUNCH, the former minister expressed the need to reduce the cost of governance.

He said Nigerians would have hailed the National Assembly if they had reflected on the sufferings of the people by using part of the funds on constituencies and purchasing Nigerian cars.

He said, “I remember in January 2012, during the issue of the fuel subsidy. That was the first time the former president, Goodluck Jonathan, wanted to take the issue of fuel subsidy head-on. I remember at one of the meetings, former President Jonathan told us that as ministers, we could no longer travel first class.

He also said we could no longer move around with sirens and we could only go out with our car and one other backup car. He said we needed to reflect sensitivity to the feelings of the people. Some people complied and some others didn’t comply, but the principle was very clear, and we also tried to adjust.

“I tried to imagine a National Assembly where a decision is taken that, given the situation of the country, they (National Assembly) are going to buy from Nigeria cars like Innoson Motors and they can use some part of the money for their constituency. I can’t imagine how Nigerians would hail them if that kind of decision were taken.”

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Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by Urheadmaster(m): 8:10am On Dec 16, 2023
tongue

former President Goodluck Jonathan been mean well for Nigerians but Nigerian people don't want something good

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Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by WhisperedNoise: 8:29am On Dec 16, 2023
Meanwhile, our current tyrant is splurging billions of Naira in sponsoring clowns to Dubai while his workers are being paid #30,000 minimum wage.

Renewed hope.

No matter how much you hate Sir Peter Obi, you will agree that he will curb unnecessary spending in the government. Imagine spending billions to renovate houses when people are living in poverty.

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Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by drlateef: 8:32am On Dec 16, 2023
They don’t need to fly first class when they could buy a brand new private jet with their loot. Was Deziani’s son not seen a private jet owned by his family?

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Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by Splashme: 8:43am On Dec 16, 2023
Currently we have thieves, shameless
thieves in Aso Rock
.

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Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by slaawomirr: 8:59am On Dec 16, 2023
Damnnn niggar

Jonathan my niggar

If you criticise Jonathan, Buhari and now you no longer want to criticise tinubu because of tribalism and religion sentiments may you and your children know no peace
If you were gingered in 2012 protest when Jonathan removed subsidy and you were part of the protest but now you suddenly lost your voice for a protest when the suffering under tinubu is getting worse may you and children know no peace

The level of tribalism and religion sentiments going on in this country is getting worse

Now for all those rejoicing in my first prayer
I will also say this if you did not criticise Jonathan and Buhari but quick to criticise tinubu now may you and your family know no peace

We must unite against our politicians because they have united against us

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Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by flexyrule(m): 8:59am On Dec 16, 2023
Nigerians don't appreciate good things sir.

Fly Business classs please.

Travel with 40 V8 SUVs and make sure you triple that amount budgeted for the Geneva trip.


Double the number of aides that every political appointee currently has.

In 2024, please budget another 160b for cars for members of the national assembly and make sure that is done annually.


Before the end of Tinubu's administration, ammend the constitution to allow for former presidents to recontest presidential elections, then convince Buhari to contest, so that he can continue from where Tinubu stopped.

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Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by ShinjaWWest: 9:00am On Dec 16, 2023
God bless our Christian president Jonathan...

God bless the good people of Southsouth and Southwest..

Only Christian presidents know how to rule this country...

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Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by BluntCrazeMan: 9:00am On Dec 16, 2023
Ok naa
Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by Lannyjoe4u: 9:00am On Dec 16, 2023
The last president we had.

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Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by iscom(m): 9:00am On Dec 16, 2023
True
Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by Zico5(m): 9:00am On Dec 16, 2023
Nigeria will get it better one day. All of u are thieves.
Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by CombedAttics: 9:00am On Dec 16, 2023
There's never been a better president in Nigeria after Jonathan

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Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by ekanx27(m): 9:01am On Dec 16, 2023
Let's enjoy the monster we made

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Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by VULCAN(m): 9:01am On Dec 16, 2023
So if you were asked to summarize the essence of the story, this is what you would write?

They wasted the money spent on your education

drlateef:
They don’t need to fly first class when they could buy a brand new private jet with their loot. Was Deziani’s son not seen a private jet owned by his family?

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Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by NaijaNaWaa: 9:02am On Dec 16, 2023
These days every riffraff in public office moves around in long convoy of vehicles (without plate numbers) escorted by gun toting security men and loud sirens. Misfits in public office.

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Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by SojiSojio: 9:02am On Dec 16, 2023
Dem wan chop money
Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by ekanx27(m): 9:02am On Dec 16, 2023
slaawomirr:
Damnnn niggar

Jonathan my niggar

If you criticise Jonathan, Buhari and now you no longer want to criticise tinubu because of tribalism and religion sentiments may you and your children know no peace
If you were gingered in 2012 protest when Jonathan removed subsidy and you were part of the protest but now you suddenly lost your voice for a protest when the suffering under tinubu is getting worse may you and children know no peace


Although this prayer is sponsored by weed but nevertheless, AMEN

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Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by Starships4u(m): 9:03am On Dec 16, 2023
Now we have Private Jet and billion Naira trips.

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Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by Blaze14k: 9:03am On Dec 16, 2023
Urheadmaster:
tongue

former President Goodluck Jonathan being mean well for Nigerians but Nigerian people don't want something good

Absolute truth.. most especially our brothers up north has to stop voting based on religious lines

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Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by SALLYBERRY01(m): 9:03am On Dec 16, 2023
ok
Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by osuulola(m): 9:04am On Dec 16, 2023
So why did you resign from his cabinet when Saraki cross carpet?
Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by OBIDIENTNAIJA: 9:04am On Dec 16, 2023
Good one from GEJ.
If some stupid tribalistic Nigerians weren't deceived by the evil party APC, we wouldn't have been here today. APC is demonic. They can to steal, kill and destroy.
Now , the masses are suffering.

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Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by Lannyjoe4u: 9:04am On Dec 16, 2023
slaawomirr:
Damnnn niggar

Jonathan my niggar

If you criticise Jonathan, Buhari and now you no longer want to criticise tinubu because of tribalism and religion sentiments may you and your children know no peace
If you were gingered in 2012 protest when Jonathan removed subsidy and you were part of the protest but now you suddenly lost your voice for a protest when the suffering under tinubu is getting worse may you and children know no peace

The level of tribalism and religion sentiments going on this country is getting worse

Now for all those rejoicing in my first prayer
I will also say this if you did not criticise Jonathan and Buhari but quick to criticise tinubu now may you and your family know no peace

We must unite against our politicians because they have united against us

Peace Will be far from them

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Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by tuoyoojo(m): 9:04am On Dec 16, 2023
Jonathan had many flaws

But his biggest undoing was that he was not from the North or west, or east

He was a tribe that didn't have much political weight, so it was only natural they the west and north joined forces to pull down his govt

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Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by AareGaa: 9:05am On Dec 16, 2023
WhisperedNoise:
Meanwhile, our current tyrant is splurging billions of Naira in sponsoring clowns to Dubai while his workers are being paid #30,000 minimum wage.

Renewed hope.

The same Jonathan looted amnesty money to set up Air Peace

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Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by money121(m): 9:06am On Dec 16, 2023
Ok
Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by EnglandAmaka(f): 9:06am On Dec 16, 2023
grin
Re: How Jonathan Stopped First-class Travel Among Ministers In 2012; Ex-minister by atiku4President(m): 9:07am On Dec 16, 2023
"The Committee on Trade and Industry had frowned on the allocation of N1bn for a foreign trip to Geneva, Switzerland, by the Ministry of Trade and Investment."

The ministry has refuted this information with evidences. So why are our journalists still propagating it? It's either as a result of failed career or outright mischief

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