Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Mixed Reactions Trail Jonathan's New Year Broadcast

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President Goodluck Jonathan

Abuja — MIXED reactions trailed President Goodluck Jonathan's New Year broadcast on his plans for 2014.

Some members of the House of Representatives who spoke to Vanguard, described it as an annual ritual fast becoming a boredom.

But others felt that GEJ has good intentions and that all hands should be on deck to help him deliver his promises.

Minority Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, APC, Lagos, said: "We were promised a better 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. It's all the same of same. It's not by words.

"He can start to actualise his promise from today by dismissing his corrupt officials. He, like Nigerians know who they are."

However, Robinson Uwak, PDP, Akwa Ibom, believed that GEJ has what it takes to deliver and had good intentions for Nigerians.

He said: "Things can only get better. In saying so GEJ as a father to the nation wishes Nigeria well from the bottom of his heart.

" I am yet to meet an individual who doesn't wish for better things in a new year. GEJ wishes Nigeria well. "

Chairman House Committee on Ethics and Anti-Corruption, Abiodun Faleke, APC, Lagos in his reaction, said Nigerians should wait for Budget 2014.

He simply said: "We await the better 2014 as detailed in the budget."

Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Commercialisation and Privatisation, Uzoma Nkem-Abonta was, however, optimistic that with the collective assistance of Nigerians particularly the three arms of government and his aides, GEJ will deliver as promised.

Abonta said: "If he has promised to massively employ Nigerians that are jobless without the assistance of the three arms, he won't succeed."

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