Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 12th 2015 Contents A20
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, May 12,2015
LAGOS---Outgoing Nigerian Presi-
dent Goodluck Jonathan said Sunday
that some of his friends deserted him
shortly after he conceded defeat to
his rival General Muhammadu Buhari
in the March election.
Jonathan publicly conceded defeat
to Buhari on March 31, a decision which
was commended by local and foreign
commentators and doused tension in
"Some hard decisions have their
own costs. No doubt about that. It is
a very costly decision but I must be
very ready to pay for it," Jonathan said
during a farewell church service in
Jonathan s public admission of defeat
in the nail-biting election came more
than six hours after he rang Buhari to
concede, earning him widespread praise
"If you take certain decisions, you
should know that people close to you
will even abandon you at some point.
I tell people that more of my so-called
friends will disappear."
Many party faithful and erstwhile
loyalists of Jonathan have either crossed
over to Buhari s All Progressives Con-
gress or made harsh statements against
Jonathan s party or its leaders.
Jonathan said he was not surprised
by the desertions or statements by his
former loyalists, adding that former
South African president Frederik de
Klerk faced a similar situation when
he decided to abolish minority rule in
He said that ministers who served
under him should brace themselves
for "persecution" following his loss
and his decision to concede defeat.
Buhari, a former military leader, is
scheduled to be sworn into office on
May 29. (AFP)
Guyana Prime Minister Samuel Hinds and his wife Yvonne show their ink-
stained fingers after voting in the general elections, in Georgetown, Guyana,
yesterday. A party in power for more than two decades in Guyana faced off
in general elections yesterday against a new coalition of opposition parties
that seeks to challenge a tradition of racial politics and accuses the
government of mismanagement and corruption. AP PHOTO
PRIME MINISTER VOTES
Jonathan says friends
abandoned him after defeat
George Zimmerman, the man
acquitted in 2013 of the shooting
death of Trayvon Martin, was
injured in a shooting in Florida
Lawyer Don West said he was
sprayed with glass when the bullet
pierced a car window but that he
was not struck by the bullet, as
local media reported.
"His injuries would be considered
minor," he added.
The fatal shooting of unarmed
black teenager Martin stirred debate
over Florida s "Stand Your Ground"
Since then, Zimmerman has had
several run-ins with law enforce-
ment, including two incidents
where he faced allegations of assault
by girlfriends, and his wife who
claimed he smashed her iPad.
Charges in those cases were
dropped or not pursued because of
a lack of evidence. The latest inci-
dent happened in the Orlando sub-
urb of Lake Mary yesterday. (BBC)
Egypt s prime minister says his jus-
tice minister has resigned amid out-
rage over his remark that the sons of
rubbish collectors should not become
In a TV interview on Sunday, Mah-
fouz Saber said judges were "lofty
and have status" and had to come
from "a respectable milieu."
The son a rubbish collector "would
get depressed and would not contin-
ue" if he was appointed a judge, Saber
Thousands of people took to social
media to express anger at his com-
In those few words, Saber encap-
sulated the system of patronage and
privilege that brought so many Egyp-
tians onto the streets back in 2011 to
bring down Hosni Mubarak and the
His dismissal is a small victory for
Egyptian liberals but also a bitter
reminder for them of how little the
system has changed, he adds.
Mahfouz Saber faced a storm of
criticism on social media, as well as
demands for his resignation.
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said
in a statement that Saber had resigned
out of "respect for public opinion."
The minister was quoted in the
same statement as saying that the
remarks had been "a slip of the
Egypt minister sacked
over 'a slip of the tongue'
George Zimmerman hurt in Florida shooting
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