Que: How much would the centenary cost and where is the money coming from?
GEJ: I cannot say exactly the particular cost, but we will accommodate the governors, and feed them. Every other thing is being sponsored by private sector, from America, Dubai, it’s purely commercial enterprise. SEE MORE AFTER CUT>>>>>>
Que: Regarding the national conference
GEJ: We are not saying that without that (National) Conference, Nigeria will break, people make provocative statements.
The conference is definitely not to prevent disintegration. Nigeria will not disintegrate.
GEJ: National conference will not impact on my administration, the idea is not to create any distraction.
GEJ: I don’t want to dictate for the National Conference, the result of the conference will not affect my government significantly
INTENTION TO RUN IN 2015
GEJ: The President of Nigeria, based on the PDP manifesto, is the leader of the party (PDP)
GEJ: Even if today am not contesting election, I’ll lead my party to victory.
GEJ: Presently the political atmosphere is really hot
PDP is still the dominant party in Nigeria. I won’t want to use this platform to campaign for PDP but it remains the dominant party in the country
QUE: Are you contesting in 2015 or not?
GEJ: I’ll rather leave that. If I said today am contesting, there would be issues. If I said I am, the political atmosphere is presently hot. So I’ll rather leave that.
QUE: Regarding the suspension of Lamido Sanusi
GEJ: Forget whether you like Jonathan or not, as the president, the president has absolute power to suspend the CBN governor or anybody.
GEJ: CBN reports from 2012 had issues and queries raised
GEJ: Some of the write ups on Sanusi’s sack is very unpatriotic
GEJ: Jonathan is not going there to audit CBN. It’s the FRCN that is auditing CBN
GEJ: Even in village meetings if a member commits an issue, he’s got to step aside first
GEJ: On Sanusi We must allow the financial reporting auditing to work.
GEJ: Sanusi is not the first person to be suspended by my government
QUE: REGARDING THE MISSING $20 BILLION
GEJ: The issue of $20B, I don’t know what to believe in his figures. But we must follow due process and rule of law. We were all alarmed, at first it was $49.8 Billion then 20, or 10 or whatever! I don’t even know which one to believe.
QUE: Is the government planning to prosecute Sanusi?
GEJ: Nigerians should wait, they should not just talk about prosecution. If Sanusi has no case to answer, how do you prosecute Sanusi?
JONATHAN DISCUSSES POSSIBLE AMENDMENT OF CBN LAW
GEJ: Definitely the CBN law would be looked into. There are aspects of the CBN operations that must be autonomous.
QUE: REGARDING SUBSIDY
GEJ: I was involved in Kerosene subsidy as Vice President to Yar’Adua. Kerosene subsidy was never removed.
If I had been allowed to remove oil subsidy all the stories of money missing won’t be coming up
QUE: SECURITY ISSUE/BOKO HARAM/BORNO MASSACRE
GEJ: We are not happy when people are killed, and we’re working very hard
GEJ: No country should get to where we are right now in terms of terror
GEJ: The Boko Haram bombings started in Abuja here. If the security men have not been working hard I don’t think there’ll be peace in Abuja
GEJ: We have pushed Boko Haram away from Abuja, they are now restricted to the fringes
GEJ: Niger Delta militants don’t just kill anyhow
ABOUT THE POWER SECTOR
GEJ: Global peers accepted that the privatization (of the power sector) was the best anywhere.
GEJ: They’ve even tried more than I anticipated