Jonathan's luck

When 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria last April, it took Jonathan 40 days even to mention the incident.

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United States Secretary of State John Kerry and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in Lagos, Nigeria on Jan. 25.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Thursday, 02/05/2015 12:59 am EST
Last Updated: Wednesday, 02/11/2015 2:44 pm EST

Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, has lived up to his name again. Three minutes after he left an election rally in the northern city of Gombe on Monday, a suicide bomber blew herself up in the nearby parking lot. “The president had just passed the parking lot and we were trailing behind his convoy when the explosion happened,” said a local witness, Mohammed Bolari. But Jonathan’s luck held.

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