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Friday, 6 March 2015

President Jonathan negotiating to stop execution of 3 Nigerians in Indonesia

When he hosted the new Indonesian ambassador to Nigeria, Harry Purwanto, two days ago at the presidential villa, Pres. Goodluck Jonathan began negotiations with him for a moratorium on three Nigerians who are facing imminent execution in that country.

The three Nigerians are Silvester Obiekwe Nwolise (39), Okwudili Oyatanze (40), and Spanish born Nigerian Raheem Agbaje Salami (45). They are facing execution alongside six other foreign nationals for drug-related offences by the Indonesian authorities.
Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, rejected pleas for clemency, saying the country is suffering a drug emergency and already, Indonesia’s attorney-general, Muhammad Prasetyo, says preparations have been concluded at the execution site were they are to face a firing squad. 

It is unclear when the execution will take place, but yesterday,  Australian Andrew Chan (31), his country man, Myuran Sukumaran (33), Agbaje Salami, and Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso (30) from the Philippines were moved to Nusakambangan, a high security prison island where executions are conducted. 

Other countries with nationals to be executed are Brazil, France and Ghana. 
At the meeting in the presidential villa where Indonesian ambassador Purwanto submitted his letter of credence, President Jonathan pleaded with the Indonesians for clemency for the Nigerians who were nabbed running drugs, while in prison. 

According to a source at the presidential villa who spoke anonymously because he is not authorised to speak on the matter: “The president met with the Indonesian delegation and was quite persuasive in making the case that a moratorium be placed on the execution of the Nigerians on death row.” 

The source however said that the government is not coming out to make statements or make a show about its efforts in trying to ensure that the lives of the Nigerian citizens are spared because “in this political season, if anything goes wrong during the negotiations, opponents of the president would not consider the efforts put in and will simply make a meal out of the issue.” 

Other countries, and even Amnesty International, have been pleading with the Indonesian government to not go ahead with the planned execution. Brazil postponed accepting the credentials of Indonesia’s newly designated envoy in protest, while Australia called for a ‘reciprocation’ of the $1 billion 2004 tsunami aid package by sparing the lives of its citizens.

-Declan Anosike 

97 comments:

@lwkmd_naija - follow on instagram/twitter said...

Thank you Mr president. Lindaobserve

@lwkmd_naija - follow on instagram/twitter said...

Thank you Mr president. Lindaobserve

wilheminna moses said...

Chai! Bikonuu mezienu ebere....

chigozie adindu said...

Drugs...must it be drugs? Why not be creative over there and make a good name for themselves n Nigeria? SMH.... ~ceze

Alloy Chikezie said...

I Hope it's become a reality and not just mere formalities

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Emmanuel Apalowo said...

Election don remind this man what's required of a president. I'm honestly impressed with most of what he's been doing in the last 4,5weeks.
At least when he's voted out come March 28, he won't be a total failure of a president.

March4Change
March4Buhari

Cute G said...

Way to go. They shd speed up the negotiations pls. We don't want another of ours executed. Jail terms is better.

Hypertek IshOlawale said...

Nice move from the president.

christie benjamin said...

Good work Mr jonah if there is any truth to this news


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Anonymous said...

ALL DES OLD MEN DRUG VICTIMS??HOPE DEY ARE WORTH IT CUZ IF A COUNTRY IS AGNST DRUG IN DIA COUNTRY Y WUD U A BLCK B A PARTEKER OF IT??...TOMJERRYSWIT

Anonymous said...

Hmmm that is likely impossible, Australia is practically begging to stop the execution of their citizens but Indonesia is adamant on doing the deed

@MEETDREALEVANS said...

Let's hope they listen to him...

Bishop Dammy said...

I think that's good. I pray the negotiations birth positivity. John 14:6. @Bishop_Dammy

Anonymous said...

So it's now that ELECTIONS are going on that he is now doing what he's supposed to do as president. Propaganda! Sad thing is that many gullible Nigerians will fall for this.

Damolia De Best said...

This is a tight case I jst pray tins go well ad they grant them Amnesty !!!

Anonymous said...

Wetin dis election go cause. Jona wey no give a hoot about anybody wan begin form caring leader. Abegi!

SANDRA said...

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Meje Apanmiran said...

So Thoughtful, My President. The world is with you against capital punishment, It is symbolic that Buhari executed 3 Young men in his own time for the same drug issue and here you are trying to save them. You are forgiving, we forgive you too... May they not kill those boys. Amen! Spot the difference....

9jahub.com said...

ok nA

Ogechi@ afakos@yahoo.com said...

Tamper justice with mercy bikonu.

Juliet Godwin said...

Eyaa...I just hope he keeps up all this if really he will win the elections

Anonymous said...

Good morning Dumbo!

Anonymous said...

Mr. GEJ, the Indonesian president does not abuse presidential pardons on criminals who knowingly break the country's laws on drug trafficking. Please concentrate your energies on more important issues.

oluchi clara onyeanu said...

good work GEJ

Zoë said...

This people wicked but when u enjoy the money be ready to do time or face the bullet. I hope the hear our demand.

Anonymous said...

VERY GOOD THIS IS WANT WE WANT AND IS ONLY A HEALTHY MAN THAT CAN DO IT. #GEJ2019

Anonymous said...

GEJ VALUES OUR LIFE , WE WANT HIM TO CONTINUE .

Anonymous said...

VERY GOOD MAN WHAT OBJ COULD NOT DO.

ogudu joy said...

Good move.i hope it works.

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Rex Aniah said...

Ehyaaaa. Pray their lives r preserved, hoping they'l v another chance 2do right!

Bussiechoco said...

Shameless people, i hope they'll change after being pardoned

Grace Bassey said...

All d best mr p




Gm

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

We dey wait

Anonymous said...

Na wa o. God bless Jonathan. May God forgive these men and touch the hearts of the Indonesia President. Wait for comments o. Some idiots will say its a political strategy. GEJ till 2019

Barbara Joy said...

I pray they hear our plea o...this will serve as a lesson to others that traffic drugs

Barbara Joy said...

I pray they hear our plea o...this will serve as a lesson to others that traffic drugs

Gabriel Iboro said...

God have mercy oo- Drug offense is a serious crime-face it..

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Barbara Joy said...

I pray they hear our plea o...this will serve as a lesson to others that traffic drugs

Barbara Joy said...

I pray they hear our plea o...this will serve as a lesson to others that traffic drugs

Shina Shine said...

i wish they will be consider & other punishment lesser than execution can take place




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ELVIS EMEKA said...

People sef! It's like putting ur hands on a hot coal and expecting not to get burnt. Much said and done, I hope the Indonesian government reverts her stand on this matter.

Oluchi Lambert said...

Nice one, my President. Make them no kill nigerians finish for there

Oluchi Lambert said...

Nice one, my President. Make them no kill nigerians finish for there

Oluchi Lambert said...

Nice one, my President. Make them no kill nigerians finish for there

Omoye Zenki Moye Brown said...

Good stuff

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Anonymous said...

AuthurWilliams:

Its not nice what these Indonesians are doing to foreign citizens. They should better there system so that drugs cartels cannot thrive, nobi to dey kill people to scare others away. By d way, for those Nigerians pls GEJ make dem nor kill dem with firing squad. Poison is better.


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Barbara Joy said...

I pray they hear our plea o...this will serve as a lesson to others that traffic drugs

EDDY WIZ said...

MR EDDY said this heat wan kill person o.


Phew!.. Stay in ur country, No, now see where ur fate has landed u all.. I hope others will learn.
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carina jacob said...

Good

Anonymous said...

Indonesian president has already said they will not pardon anyone caught with drugs... no need to waste time negotiating. Why should anyone get involved in a dangerous business. This should serve as a lesson to all those trafficing drugs. If you get caught in Indonesia you die so stop. LOVE YOU LIFE MORE THAN MONEY.

joshua james said...

Is execuation the panalty for drug offence,the way we are been treated outside country you will know racism still runs in the white blood..





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Njika Innocent said...

Why is it dat Ibos are always victims in stuffs like dis? Anytime u hear a crime is been committed in another country by Nigerians, there is no way Ibo pple won't be among nd its very bad. I knw Moni is gud bt I tink it's right time Ibo pple should cool down nd find beta alternatives of making moni dan for dem ending up in jail or worst been executed. I jst hope d president succeeds shaa. Wish them luck

Juliet Iwuno said...

Nice move, I hope it would be successful at the end of the day. Linda take note!

ary said...

'Do not traffick drugs' Nigerian young men and women no dey hear! Asia does not take kindly to drug trafficking, won't be surprised if GEJ is rebuffed.

Temitope said...

Indonesia is known for not sparing persons convicted of drug crime. The death sentence by firing squad has been placed on such offence, yet people still go ahead to engage in such criminal offences. A law is a law and must be obeyed, and if otherwise, its consequences must take its toll. Three foreign National were executed earlier this week by firing squad in that country.

ROYAL PRIESTHOOD said...

Hmmmmmmm, I am not really in support of dis plead for dis drugs baron. For crying out loud if u do dis for them then other Nigerians wil commit dis same crime and wil say afterall our country wil plead for us.

Kodak Emerson said...

How could someone in Indonesian prison peddle drugs?

Oludele Mafolasire said...

This is the part where the incumbent has to show that he has the expertise and skills to protect the interests and lives of Nigerians in diaspora. I wish him luck as i also urge him to make fast decision on this issue. Just like Australia and Brazil, I believe the Nigerian Government can also make the use of diplomatic and or economic sanctions just to protect its nationals on death row in Indonesia....

igwe Adaobi said...

I pray they listen o
This indonesians are mean o

Anonymous said...

Not in this case. Nigerians in diaspora in these regions have misused their opportunities and countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore have refused any diplomatic efforts by other countries in their affairs. They have a strict law on drug trafficking and a few others and they always go ahead with these deaths as planned. The last time Nigeria successfully overturned a judgement like this was in 2007 when Obasanjo begged. After that all his others pleas turned on deaf ears and (un)fortunately several deaths have taken place.

I wish him luck but frankly, I don't care. They know the law is strict in regards to drugs and they got bitten. What you see is what you get (wysiwyg).

Anonymous said...

I can't but just tie this so called negotiation for political gains, if truly GEJ cares, he had so many opportunities to proove that in past cases such as Nigerians killed unlawfully abroad ie Aisha Falode's son and many more. There are even many Nigerians held unjustly in various prisons around the world. Let him start from there

Anonymous said...

Omo! The good things ebele has done in the past few weeks of elections season...I can't even count em...na wa o!!!

Anonymous said...

This is after Indonesia executed 2 Nigerians and the Government said and did NOTHING! Now they are just waking up................ #toolittletoolate #voteforchange

ADELOYE AKINTOMIDE said...

I pray it work*
#GodblessNigeria

Subomi said...

if he makes this happen I'll start respecting him bit by bit

Anonymous said...

The once that were sentenced to death before, what did you do?? Elections has suddenly made GEJ active. Thinking we would forget his docility in dealing with national issues. They may call these PR strategy, i call it hypocrisy

Azumdialu said...

I think it is wrong to place huge emphasis on GEJ's ability to protect the lives and interest of Nigerian Citizens in diaspora, who willfully and knowingly travel to a well known country like Indonesia for the commission of a deadly offence like drug pushing, when they know the country's regime have very little regard for human life when people are caught for this offence. I think the argument should be for the Nigerian government to create more awareness about the consequences of committing such a crime outside the shores of our nation, especially in the countries with death penalty as punishment.We should look at options for curbing this kind of activities within our own shores, in order to protect and uphold the emerging positive image Nigeria now has in Diaspora.

Anonymous said...

If only Nigeria had a President like GEJ, BARTHOLOMEW OWOH (26),
LAWAL AKANNI OJULOPE (30) AND BERNARD
OGEDEGBE (29), wouldn't have died unjustly in that dictatorship era of Bokohari.

Anonymous said...

Oga Jona

ebonyz... said...

Hope he succeeds

harun said...

Nice one..

Anonymous said...

What about over a 100 they have killed in Malaysia? What about over a 100 that were killed in Indonesia? Most all this happen now that he needs our vote? When he his re-elected,then we are back to square one abi?

ebonyarena said...

For your information, the new president elect of indonesia Joko Widodo will not spare the life of an American for this offence. Forget those guys.

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Prayer changes things

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Mercy Iheanyichukwu said...

God please save there souls.... hear our pleas

PURITY JISIKE said...

GEJ abeg do ur vry best coz this indonesians no dey play with drug case atal

udeze obumneme said...

Not that easy but I wish him all the best.. I hope people learn from these

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Anonymous said...

Na now he remembers? What about the many that have been killed unjustly or executed in foreign land the past 6 years. Two weeks to elections he is doing photo ops to manipulate Nigerians. Fucking hypocrite! Please collect your PVC an vote this bastards that don't have any morals OUT!

pam eucharia said...

Ok..in dt case a 3daz dry fasting & 21daz mid9th prayers z require dt way Pharaoh ll let them gO

Anonymous said...

Yes but someone else has the final decision...bear in mind their strict laws against the offence commited...the incumbent has taken the right step as we can see...however if things don't work out well..don't blame GEJ for their crime pls

Rough Diamond said...

@oludele na wetin u talk! Who send them?

Adeagbo Kabir said...

Anyway, it's a good move by the government. But, why were they not doing this before now? Only God knows the number of Nigerians that have been killed in the foreign lands. Why did the government have to wait till election time before waking up from its slumber?

Jules Louis said...

I pray the plea doesn't fall on deaf ears. Its a great thing d president cares about the lives of nigerians in diaspora.

chinwe Nzeh said...

Nice move, I pray they accept.

VINCENT EKUMATALOR said...

THATSMY NEXT PRESIDENT.....

GEJ 2019

Anonymous said...

If Australia cannot negotiate (even with prison swap offer), it is our yeye government that will successfully negotiate? GEJ is just craving publicity at all cost.

Born Again Child said...

Its a good move from GEJ buh den if the Indonesia president agrees , meaning he wud also hav to do so wit the rest from other countries...and dat wud sure be a hard knock to crack


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Anonymous said...

For what? A wasted effort? Let them servants of Satan die and go join him in hell.

Anonymous said...

So many last minute functions. GEJ had his chance and failed woefully.

Redcandy said...

But why do we Nigerians keep doing drugs? Everybody knows that Malaysia doesn't tolerate drug trafficking. Well, I wish them well.

Redcandy

Anonymous said...

Igbo and their criminal tendency. There is nothing like Agbaje Salami. They are all Igbos. The three of them. Let them be executed so that other Igbos will desist from their criminality

Henry Avbuere said...

It beat me hollow that when people commit crime knowingly they will be begging for forgiveness. Widodo is not ready to even listen to Australia, Brazil and the western countries. Talkless of nigeria.

Anonymous said...

#gbam...failed woefully as a matter of fact..

Anonymous said...

GEJ and his crew aren't optimistic that they will be granted clemency. He is already saying that if his pleas fails ...smh

The only thing the are sure of us that they won't lose election. Lol.

How come GEJ didn't do anything about Hospitals and people are still having to go abroad to treat even headache?

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