Since the closed-door meeting Tuesday where Jonathan decided on the pardon, Nigerians have reacted with anger on Twitter and elsewhere over the decision. An editorial Friday in The Punch newspaper of Lagos simply said: "The situation is becoming hopeless."
It wrote: "Ours is a government being run by narrow minds and harder hearts."
Associated Press writer Bradley Klapper in Washington contributed to this report.
The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria's Twitter account: www.twitter.com/USEmbassyAbuja
Jon Gambrell can be reached at www.twitter.com/jongambrellAP .