Daily Trust's checks on the president's page showed that his New Year message, which was posted on the site, has attracted more 7000 comments, mostly criticising the government for ending the fuel subsidy regime. Some even went as far as calling the president in unprintable names.
In his post, Matthew Arikanki said "When Nigerians voted for President Goodluck Jonathan, they thought now they have their man at the seat of government, that he will take decisions that will alleviate the suffering of the masses. But we were wrong."
Justice Emeka Obi said "Mr President is taking us to the biblical Golgotha- a place of misery, destitution and death. We must stop him now before we get there."
Adebayo Ibikunle Farounbi said "Mr President Sir, laudable as your achievements in 2011 seems, your 1st step in 2012 has rubbished them."
Shaman Felix Egi-Jesu said "Mr President, God pass you. I have been stuck in traffic at Lokoja for the past one hour. We truly love your fresh air"
Adeolu Paul said "Can somebody tell me: is Jonathan a disgrace to the entire academic world or to his alma mata?"
Amaechi Anakpe said "Why not experiment with say 25% subsidy removal and show Nigerians the benefit thereof before a dive into abyss. I only pray the complexes that abound now do not consume our entity and cohesion."
Some of the president's however pleaded with Nigerians to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Chris Okechukwu Dike said, "Nigerians should please give Goodluck a chance and let history be the judge. He is anxious to serve the nation well. Example is power, regular fuel, aviation and works. God bless us."
Mike Omeri said "If Okonjo-Iweala, Allison-Madueke and Aganga are World Bank/IMF agents and that is why they pushed for subsidy removal, I know for a fact that Lamido Sanusi is not and he was pushing for subsidy removal even before Iweala came on board. Oshiomhole, labour leader per excellence, (I'm not necessarily saying he's a good governor) supports the subsidy removal and has said as much to his labour union colleagues. If Sanusi and Oshiomhole support the subsidy removal, there must be some sense in it. Let's rally round the government to ensure the policy works for all of us."