President Jonathan’s True Achievements in the Last Six Years

Editor: This “achievements’ by President Goodluck Jonathan in the nearly six years of his administration as Nigeria’s president was compiled and sent to us by an author who choose to remain anonymous.

For those who care to know, the following are Jonathan’s true achievements so far:

President Jonathan met the National Debt at $26bn, today it is $70bn.

Jonathan met Excess Crude account at $20bn today is $2bn.

Jonathan met unemployment rate at 11.8%, today it is 24%.

Jonathan met debt servicing at 10%, today debt servicing today is 20%.

Jonathan met the Naira/Dollar rate at N119. The Naira/Dollar rate today is N225–N230.

Jonathan met the poverty level 54%, today poverty level is about 71%.

Jonathan met recurrent expenditure at 62%, today recurrent expenditure is 86%.

Jonathan met the GDP Growth averaging nearly 11%, today GDP Growth is about 6%.

Jonathan met petrol price N65, today petrol price is N87 following its recent reduction from N97.

Today the stock market that was thriving before Jonathan came is down by N3.4trillion in 12 months.

The prognosis for four more years under the same management looks dire.

The choice is yours.

 

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How President Jonathan And PDP Plan To Rig Election Before You Vote By Bayo Oluwasanmi

It shouldn’t be any surprise, but the presidential election is shaping up as a case study in how to manipulate the democratic process. That President Jonathan and  the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are hell bent to rig the March 28 presidential elections is a forgone conclusion. It’s not even a fit subject for intelligent debate any more.

Election rigging is a little more sophisticated now than in the days of the Old Republic. Under the Jonathan administration, the practice of election rigging is alive and well and more pervasive than ever. The evidence is everywhere if we choose to look.

Why do you think there is so much push to send  INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega to Siberia?  By the time you’re reading this piece, Jega would have been history! Why do you think Attorney General and Minister of Justice Adoke filed and later withdrew affidavit against the use of updated electronic voters register and permanent voters card?  Why do you think the election was postponed? Why do you think Mr. Jonathan obstinately refused to investigate the Ekitigate video on how PDP used he military and the police to rig the gubernatorial election in Ekiti State despite the fact that he was implicated by Musiliu Obanikoro?

Why do you think despite the damaging Ekitigate video that exposed Obanikoro as the principal agent of the President Jonathan saying the president sent him, Jonathan still nominate him as defense minister? Why do you think Jonathan has illegally federated all the 36 states with an army of occupation? Why do you think Jonathan wants to use the military during elections?

Of course there is a script being authored, auditioned, and choreographed by Vice-President Sambo, Femi Fani-Kayode, Ayodele Fayose, and other PDP criminals and experts in election rigging. But these are rather insignificant compared to the big picture that is being planned for the D-Day March 28.

When elements – Doyin Okupe, Ayodele Fayose, and Femi Fani-Kayode –  in Jonathan’s administration vowed General Muhammadu Buhari will never become president, do not think they were bluffing. They are working day and night to make this a reality. They have devised several plans which have been neutralized in the past. Thanks to the proactive measures of SaharaReporters and some patriotic citizens.

It should be emphasized that  Jonathan and other criminals in the PDP led government who are determined to bring Nigeria to its knees, have not relented. New plans are being devised, developed, and perfected on a daily basis. There are plans in the offing to impeach Governor Rotimi Amaechi by hook or crook in few days. This is to implicate him in many ramifications and as the campaign director of Buhari Campaign Organization destabilize Buhari campaign in general.

Suspects in prison for the murder of Funsho Williams are being primed to confess they were sent by Bola Tinubu. They have been promised heaven on earth even in prison if they can implicate him. The plan is to blackmail Tinubu into submission or at the very least distract him with a nauseous court case. It has been alleged Jonathan met with Tinubu in Badagry during one of Jonathan’s numerous visits to Lagos and tried to convince Tinubu to back out from supporting Buhari.

Jonathan told Tinubu he (Tinubu) is number one on the list compiled by Buhari of those to be probed once he becomes president. Let it be known to all that Jagaban is under intense pressure at the moment to betray Buhari. To be fair to him, Tinubu has not succumbed. It is no secret that Nigeria at the moment is prostrate in a cesspit of corruption dug by a few. It is so humongous Nigerians will shudder when they know the full details. And Jonathan has been taken hostage by the monstrous clique of corrupt people responsible for his mess.

Ordinarily, Jonathan is willing to relinquish power if he loses. But these corrupt people have planted fear in him that Buhari will send him to jail once he becomes president and discovers the level of rot in the system. That’s why he’s fighting tooth and nail to remain president. This much has been alluded to by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The Jonathan government is capable of anything to sustain the status quo. They have the resources and evil minded people to accomplish much.

The fake Shekau option has not been discarded because it was leaked last week. The Ekitigate style is still very much on the table. You can see how it was tactically nipped in the bud at the House of Reps sitting last week. There is still about four weeks to go before the elections. If one hour is a long time in politics, you can imagine what four weeks will be.

The “election will never hold” plan is still alive depending on the success of their plans to weaken Buhari’s campaign and decimate his support base in the coming weeks. If the plans succeed, elections may hold. If it does not, the Interim National Government (ING) contraption may be employed. There are many, many, other facets to this election rigging plan. I have only scratched the surface. As the election draws closer and closer, I will make other Jonathan and PDP rigging plans known to the whole world.

The March 28 presidential election is a struggle to install freedom, liberty, prosperity and the people’s will. Nigerians have resolved not to be cast into the dim past of corruption, poverty, and oppression. Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. All eyes must be on Jonathan’s government and even on some APC members.

Can we connect the dots yet?

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The Feb. 7th Jonathan Coup: Jega’s Forced Resignation Signature

By Peregrino Brimah

On the 7th of February this year, there was a military coup in Nigeria. Many of us were immediately terrified and reacted strongly to this coup. See ENDS.ng, 10th Feb., 2015- ‘The Goodluck Jonathan Coup of 7th Februray, 2015.’

Nigeria witnessed a military coup! It was silent to some but it has been a coup all the same conducted by the military who decided to impose Goodluck Jonathan on Nigeria. Not all coups are finalized in one day; the piecemeal nature of this coup confused some, others were simply disappointed, gave up hope and tore their PV cards right away, realizing the coup had been activated.

General Muhammadu Buhari, the main opposition candidate who by all measures won the elections of February 14th was complacent. The old wise General was perhaps too calm or too wise. Here Nigeria may have benefited from a younger or less composed candidate, because the protests should have been called up on the 8th of February. It was a coup and there is no reason to wait to protest loudly to the world that our democracy has been diverted. The world knows. But General Buhari recognizing this was a coup was patient to a fault and merely said – “if you postpone it a next time that will be a coup.” He was wrong; he does not choose when it becomes a coup. It already is a coup.

Recognizing that what transpired was a coup and a criminal subversion of the Nigerian constitution, our president (without a PhD) Mr. (not Dr) Goodluck Jonathan had to officially claim – during a media chat on the 11th of February – he was unaware of the coup actions of the military. This was however a full lie because the NSA Sambo Dasuki led coup was conducted with his full participation, with him hosting the 4th February council of state meeting for this very purpose and with the military coup documents presented and raised at that meeting by and with him.

And now the steps of the piecemeal coup are being put into place. Billions have been removed from Nigeria’s central bank to bribe all the corrupt community and religious leaders who have been forced by a chronically derelict system to give u on hope and lose their sense of decency and morality.

Jega’s forced Signed Retirement

Fully conscious activist SAN, Femi Falana has stated clearly that the “independent’ electoral commission chairman, professor Attahiru Jega can neither be resigned nor resign on terminal leave; however though he is absolutely correct technically he is not relating to the additional piece of the puzzle.

During the February 7th coup, Jega was at gun point forced to sign his own resignation. We have this on credible authority from Jega’s mouth itself.

When shortly, Jega announces his own resignation, who can compel or force him to stay further? The system has already been compromised. Jega himself has been compromised. By Jega bowing to the pressure of the military on February 7th and announcing their coup, he already demonstrated his inability and lack of capacity to operate under the stipulations of Nigeria’s constitution. He showed his weak human nature and lack of will to defend Nigerians and uphold the constitution on his one head.

Right now the Jonathan government is simply asking Jega which way he wants it. They will soon tender his signed resignation letter and then he either keeps shut and gets his retirement package or squeals that the signature is fabricated and forced under duress, and gets nothing and is yet never re-installed – trust Nigeria and complacent masses. Jega may simply tell us that he cannot bear the burden and has had to resign; and we will not be able to accuse him of being wrong. Have we borne the burden?

This will be Jega’s more reasonable action. Jega already failed us and at that time we did not call him out on it. Attorney Falana clearly stated that the army has no role in elections. The army position and Jega’s reasons for postponing the elections were balderdash and unconstitutional. Jega cannot claim he did not know this. Why then did he support and play the vital part in their military coup? There is only one logical answer—he has been threatened and forced. And he is still living under the same threat and force and Jega has no plans to be the martyr to saver Nigeria… and we cannot blame him. Jega himself cannot be trusted anymore because he is simply human and one human being at that.

We ought to have jumped on the streets on February 8th. We should be on the streets now. This matter is more than Jega. We all have a role to play and we must play it now or else we will keep watching the pieces of the coup fall in place and each piece will be rather too small to raise the dust about but big enough to cumulatively conclude the total subversion of our democracy and the people’s change choices this 2015.

All rigging machines are being installed; the coup is being concluded with the dictator or his junta being re-installed as Nigerians watch like mumus.

Dr. Peregrino Brimah; http://ENDS.ng [Every Nigerian Do Something] Email: drbrimah@ends.ng Twitter: @EveryNigerian

 

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In Memory Of Abubakar Gimba: Revisiting Sultan Mohammed Bello’s Principles Of Politics – By Idris Evuti

Of course, Abubakar Gimba is dead; but his name and contributions will forever live on in the Nigerian literary world – for his literary genre is classic. And, his knack for lexicology is uncommon. The first time I set my eyes on him was in the year 2005, at his house mosque, when/where I said my magrihb (sunset) prayers; he was next to me on the first row. While the last time I saw him was in my late uncle’s (Engr. Abubakar Evuti) fidau prayers, a year ago.

Although I have never met him officially: but, I have seen and discussed him at several fora. Because I had often called at his home in Okada road – Minna to see some of his children; with whom we were at ABU Zaria together. And again, during my one year National Youth Service Corps at the National Assembly, he (Abubakar Gimba) was the economic adviser to the president of the senate.

To his lifestyle: I saw in him a sort of person that is in touch with the realities of life. A down -to- earth person. For his life as a writer – having read a handful of his works – his pen speaks of a social critic, and echoes the mind of a great thinker. Indeed, in all standings Abubakar Gimba is a gentleman and an advocate of a better society for all. I have therefore, in his honour, advanced some principles of politics by Sultan Mohammed Bello.

Mohammed Bello is a son to the famous sultan Usman Dan-fodio of the Sokoto Caliphate. And he (Moh’d Bello) was the second sultan of the Sokoto Caliphate. He was born in 1781, and, reigned in the year 1815 -1837. His areas of scholarship interest were history, poetry and jurisprudence.

Because of exigencies of time, and for the sake of explicitness these principles have been altered a little. And, these principles are double-edged, in terms of aim and application. That is, on one hand those aspiring to be leaders should imbibe them, while on the other; the masses are expected to use these principles as yardsticks for adjudging and electing leaders.

  • Social Justice: Politics is associated with power and authority. And, at the centre of politics is interest. If interest is what drives politics; then man by nature is political. Because, man pursues things that only add value to his life [interest]. Consequently, in pursuing these interests; the propensities of conflicts in human societies are very high. It is therefore in the wisdom to mitigate, or better still avoid, these conflicts that sultan Mohammed Bello emphasised the need to ensure relative equality and justice in gaining access to national patrimonies, and likewise fairness be maintained in the distribution of public resources. He further argued that: the primary cause of societal backwardness and economic regression is lack of social justice. Today, in our societies, social justice is closely tied to the provision of basic social amenities, employment opportunities and security for all. It is therefore fair to say: a non-democratic regime that ensures social justice; is more likely to win the confidence of her citizens, than a democracy that promotes social inequality. For example the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Libya under Ghadaffi etc. By and large, social justice entails the fair re-distribution of a nations’ commonwealth across board.
  • Love good and Hate evil: Politics involves interactions both at individual and group levels, with the ultimate intention of contributing, as well as influencing, the decision making process of the society; through winning the hearts and minds of the general public. Consequently, those aspiring to be political leaders should identify with anything that is good, persons adjudged good, and promote good virtues. On the other hand, leaders must distance themselves from – and – condemn evil acts, and anything bad. Here the sultan emphasises on the need to relate, and as well, live in the company of good persons. Similarly, Sultan Bello admonished that politics should not be seen as something reserved for dubious and morally bankrupt persons in the society. Conversely, uprightness, accountability and transparency should be the pedigree of political actors.
  • Providing enabling environment for economic and social policies: Sultan Bello admonished leaders that emerged through democratic processes to formulate and pursue policies that are masses friendly. That is, the masses are at the centre of politics, and as such; all policies and programmes should be masses driven. Any government that promotes policies that mostly benefits the few elites as against the masses majority is a precursor to its own destruction. Obviously, everybody cannot be wealthy and rich, but let large chunk of the citizens live a comfortable life. Therefore, public policies should be geared towards bettering the lives of all citizens, across board. More so, taking into cognisance the fact that the rich and the poor operates within the same economy. Or, are subjected to same economic indices.
  • Push for the acquisition of knowledge: Knowledge is to human society what blood is to human body. And for any society to develop, or to be on the path of genuine development, it should invest heavily in its education sector. There is also the need for societies to encourage knowledge and skills that are locally generated. In addition, sultan Bello argued that knowledge should be acquired for the benefit of the general public. Differently put: intellectualism has value to the person that acquires it, only if others benefit from it. A teacher becomes relevant in the society when he is teaching, and, not because of the quantum of knowledge he has stocked somewhere up his brain.
  • Prudent and judicious management of state resources: Obviously, human beings have lived with the reality of scarce resource. Sultan Bello argued that no society will develop because of the availability of resources. But, that a society develops as a result of rational and prudent application of the scarce resources. It’s divine that: some will lead while others follow. And in line with this, sultan Mohammed Bello emphasised on the significance of entrusting public patrimony in the hands of those with managerial knowhow. If the essence of politics is to acquire and exercise legitimate power and authority, in order to control state resources; then accountability, prudence should be virtues of leaders.
  • A carefully designed taxation formula: Naturally, human beings are not equal. The human society is made up of a give – and – take relationship; which defines man to man relationship on one hand, and man to society on the other. Sultan Bello emphasised on the need for the leadership of any society to create a tax driven economy: hinged on fair assigned responsibilities across societal social strata. Differently put: individual economic status should be a veritable bases for taxing citizens.
  • Security of the subjects: Security is paramount in human society. It is a veritable yardstick for measuring the success or otherwise of any leadership. Sultan Mohammed Bello opined that those at leadership positions, as a matter of general interest, should ensure that the subjects are secured from internal and external aggressions. The justification for this, he said: if any leadership fails to provide basic security of lives and property for its subjects, life becomes more expensive for the leaders and their achievements seldom noticed. As John Kennedy posits: “if a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich”. It becomes almost impossible to showcase – and – or to convince the populace about your achievements – as a leader; if your reign is been characterised by insecurity.

Power can remain in the hand of an infidel if he is just and fair, but will not remain in the hand of a believer if he is unfair and unjust. – Sultan Mohammed Bello

May Allah (SWT) forgive Abubakar Gimba his weakness and grant him eternal rest.

Idris Evuti tweets @idrisevuti and he is the Senior Programme Manager of Young People’s Initiative for Credible Leadership.

 

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Now That The tide Is Turning Against Boko Haram By Tolu Ogunlesi

Kudos to the Nigerian military for getting back its groove. For too long, we have wondered what went wrong, thrown our hands up in despair at its seeming incompetence and confusion, at the way it allowed Boko Haram to keep it on its back foot, or even often with its back turned in frantic escape. Much has been said about how this was not the military that did Nigeria proud in Liberia and Sierra Leone. There were a couple of particularly depressing episodes that made the news; like the mutiny last year in which soldiers fired at their commanding officer in Maiduguri, and then the court martials in which tens of soldiers were found guilty of cowardice.

Now, that narrative has turned (for which we are much relieved), it is tempting to start making exaggerated or prematurely triumphant claims, as many are now already doing. I’m referring to government officials and supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan, overly eager to portray him as a miracle worker, as though he hasn’t been the Commander-in-Chief since 2010. It was the same thing that happened with Ebola. The Federal Government has now grown comfortable with monopolising the credit for its defeat, whitewashing out of the narrative the roles played by several other factors (including the unobtrusive but omnipresent Luck). With Boko Haram, as with Ebola, there is a complicated interplay of varying forces at work behind the recent turning of the tide. And what fervent supporters of the President fail to realise is that any attempt to singlehandedly credit him with the turnaround will throw up the deeply embarrassing – and unanswerable – question: Mr President, why now?

In my opinion, credit for the success should go to all of the following: the Nigerian military for waking up to its responsibilities; the opposition All Progressives Congress and activist groups like the #BringBackOurGirls Movement for consistently putting pressure on the President and his government; President Jonathan for finally realising that he has a critical role to play as the President in inspiring the troops and providing leadership (we saw him pay his first, long overdue, visit to the troubled region in 22 months, in January; someday, perhaps, in his memoir, he will be able to explain why he stayed away for so long), and the neighbouring countries of Niger, Chad and Cameroon for finally realising the need to directly collaborate with the Nigerian government. And we must of course not forget to thank the forthcoming general election, it played an important role as well in jolting the Commander-in-Chief into taking his C-in-C responsibilities seriously. There must be many Nigerians today, especially in those troubled areas, who must now be wishing that presidential election happens every other month in Nigeria. Then, they would get to see their President often, and enjoy the relief of knowing that Boko Haram can and will be restrained and even punished.

The role of the three countries that share a northeastern border with Nigeria deserves further assessment. For some reason, until January this year, all three mostly stayed away, offering very little in the way of direct help and support to their Nigerian counterparts. Cameroon was the worst offender, staying out of the Baga-based Multi-national Joint Task Force, preferring instead to operate solitarily, even though its territory offered, in much of 2013 and 2014, refuge to Boko Haram fighters in between their attacks on Nigeria, and even though its territory was also occasionally suffering attacks from the sect. Finally, in January 2015, all three countries banded together with Nigeria to present the formidable offensive that has significantly rolled back Boko Haram’s bloody footprints. (Since that collaboration started, Boko Haram has turned its sights to Niger and Chad as well, as Abubakar Shekau promised in a January video – the first reported attacks on the two countries happened in the first half of February 2015).

The discerning will of course not fail to note the irony symbolised by the operations of the Chadian forces on Nigerian soil. Three decades after Nigeria asserted its authority by pursuing Chadian insurgents out of Borno State, deep into Chad, the roles have reversed themselves. We have come a long way from the Babangida years, when “the Chadian question” loomed large on our foreign policy menu, and when we hosted, in Abuja, talks aimed at finding a permanent solution to the Chadian civil war. It is now the turn of Chad to chart out a plan of action for “the Nigerian question.”

But this is hardly the time for giving in to nostalgia. This particular end – the crushing of Boko Haram – will justify whatever means are deployed to bring it about, even if those means require the constant pricking of Nigerian pride. And now that Nigeria and its coalition partners are winning, all the countries involved need to do everything they can to ensure that defeat is not snatched from the jaws of victory.

Which leads us to the most important question: that of what next – what will follow after we have managed to push Boko Haram out of the lands and lives of Nigerian citizens in the north. A victory over Boko Haram will be, not an end, but a beginning. We will need to rebuild the schools and hospitals and prisons and villages and towns that the insurgency has destroyed. It is a task that will cost billions of dollars, and take years to accomplish. And that brick-and-mortar work will merely be the easy part. How do we rebuild the faith of citizens in a government that abandoned them to their fate for years? How do we heal the trauma of the tens of thousands who have lost family and loved ones? How do we teach people to build their lives back from nothing, in the same villages and towns in which those lives swiftly and dramatically fell apart? And, very importantly, what are we going to do with the thousands of armed civilian joint task force members, after the hostilities have quietened? Will there be an equivalent of a Niger Delta Amnesty programme, to ensure that we do not have on our hands large numbers of armed, jobless youths living on the edge of frustration? Will they be co-opted into some sort of statutory civilian defence squad, the beginnings of state police? If they are demobilised, what sort of jobs will be available to them, in a region experiencing several layers of blight?

The last time we were faced with a task of national reconciliation as grand as this one, was more than 40 years ago, when the civil war ended. The circumstances, of course, were very different from today’s – Biafra was not a terrorist insurgency by a band of psychopaths seeking to assert their authority in the most brutal, bloody manner possible.

But the reconciliation that will be required will need to be just as ambitious as Gen Yakubu Gowon’s post-war programme (and the jury is still out as to how much Gowon succeeded). Already, the Federal Government has established the Presidential Initiative for the North-East, to implement a Marshall Plan of sorts for the troubled region. There will be lessons to learn from the Niger Delta, where recent big government post-conflict. interventions – the Ministry of the Niger Delta Affairs and the Niger Delta Development Commission – have largely failed to make the sort of impact one would expect in bringing prosperity and development to the area, and have only succeeded in mastering means of diverting benefits meant for the many into the pockets of a few.

The foregoing of course assumes that the momentum against Boko Haram will be sustained in the coming weeks and months, and that things don’t somehow spiral out of control and put us back where we were in 2014, arguably the most humiliating year in the history of Nigeria’s military.

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When Change Becomes Inevitable By Joe Onwukeme

If you have been following recent happenings in our polity objectively as it concerns the general elections in the past three months, you will understand it is now clear to the discerning, obvious to the dissenting and acceptable to the pragmatic that change has become inevitable in our polity.

This article was inspired by one of my favorite songs of Lucky Dube- of blessed memory, “It Wasn’t Easy”.

In the song, he called on his mother, “mama I’m getting married”. She replied, “Son did you take out time to know her”?

The artist: “Mama she’s the best, but today it hurts me so to go back to mama and say mama am getting divorced, this choice I made, didn’t work the way I thought it would, it hurts me so mama…”.

The lyrics of the song is exactly what’s playing out in our polity today.

Rewind back to 2011 presidential election, we were so carried away by the circumstances surrounding president Jonathan’s emergence that we ignored many things and forgot to ask necessary questions. He gathered all the sympathy, popularity and attention through his “I had no shoes while growing up” quote. Thinking he’s the Moses of our time, people defied ethnic and religious affiliations to vote and ensure he emerged president.

Fast forward to 2015 presidential election, every thing has changed. The ones trusted and popular Jonathan had become the rejected stone. It is an irony that same process that ensured the emergence of a younger president in 2011 is same process that has kept him on the verge of losing the 2015 presidential election.

The ruling party in it’s quest for jaded attention allowed itself to be sub-tenanted in the last 4 years by every paid and unpaid apologist of the government. The president’s incorrigible media team didn’t help either, they were beyond reproach, with their misleading and contradicting information they made it difficult for citizens to get accurate information on the happenings of the government, they hurled bitter diatribes and tirades to every critic of the government, in doing so their language deteriorated and included every profanity and obscenity on their lips and ended up accumulating more enemies for the president within and outside the shores of the country. Thereby making change inevitable.

In the area of corruption, president Jonathan has shown little willingness to tackle corruption. He identifies with the corrupt and presides over a government that embezzle public funds with reckless abandon. After much criticism of his government, Mr. president in an attempt to demystify corruption made a political gaffe. “What is being referred to as corruption is common stealing”.

Right now our nation is hemorraging from all sides, the bleeding is imminent and inevitable, with the daily decline in our economy, there hardly seem to be anyone who is not feeling the economic hardship this government has reduced us to.

Many unfulfilled campaign promises of the ruling government have contributed to this inevitable change. The fact that Nigeria is yet to generate more than 4000 mega watts of electricity after expending millions of dollars in four years in the power sector is beyond comprehension.

Until recently, security is near zero with insecurity and insurgency taking a lead in wanton killings and destruction of lives and properties in the North East.

With its little and infinitesimal performance, the attack dogs of the ruling government have been obfuscating in defense that president Jonathan in the last six years has performed more than all our past rulers.

They pretend not to know records have shown under president Jonathan Nigeria has generated more funds per annum from the sale of crude oil alone in the past 6 years than we have made in the past years.

It is saddening that nations of equal promise like nigeria have left Nigeria in its elementary level while at different levels of advanced development, hence the need for a change of government.

The opposition APC may have its flaws but as the Economist Magazine aptly puts it, “Sometimes there are no good options… a former dictator is a better choice than a failed president”.

Back to the song, “It Wasn’t Easy”, same way the above named reggae artist went back to his mother, “mama am getting divorced”, Nigerians want a divorce from the ruling government, because the choice we made in 2011 didn’t work out the way we thought it would and it hurts us so much.

I take consolation from the words of his mother in the song, “it’s not easy to understand it son, but I know you’ll make it, you’ll be happy again”.

Nigerians will make change possible come March 28 2015 and we will be happy again.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time, we are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. -Barack Obama

Joe Onwukeme: Writes from Enugu

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Fear of Failure: The Reason Behind Fayose`s and Others`Actions By Ogundana Michael Rotimi

The narrative in this piece is not limited to Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State alone, there are many more that would do anything and say anything just to resist change and make sure status quo is maintained under the watch President Goodluck Jonathan.

But for a sitting governor, his, is particularly becoming unbecoming. One wonders why a sitting governor suddenly decided to be the media propagandist of the President, dishing out all sorts of mal-information and diabolic advertorial against the presidential candidate of the opposition party- All Progressives Congress.

The truth is; Governor Ayo Fayose does not wish Buhari well; all he wants is to see him fall ill and crash out. But God forbid, may the Lord our God behind this course of positive change be with Nigeria and the General.

It is no longer news that President Goodluck Jonathan has been alleged to be leading the most corrupt administration in the history of Nigeria. He surrounds himself with men of no or little integrity that are meant to be facing the wrath of the law for different offences they have at one time or the other committed.

Repeatedly, President Jonathan has shown continuous support and admiration for corrupt persons, protects them from the wrath of the law, shields them from facing the consequences of their actions and covered them with his immunity. These men would do anything to make sure he returns as the President come May 29th, 2015. .

These men know their offences, they know they cannot survive in a sane society and would not be relevant if the constitution is not selectively applied. Hence, they do anything and everything in making sure that President Jonathan wins the upcoming election either by hook or by crook.

These men have skeletons in their cupboards; everything they do is for their selfish interests and not for national interests. A rundown of some of these men include:

Governor Ayo Fayose

He is a sitting governor, who has forcefully forced himself on the people of Ekiti, the Ekiti rigging tape remains a problem for him, he knows the implication of a Buhari as President, he fears failure and he will do anything to make sure President Jonathan returns. So don’t blame if he refuses to keep his mouth shut. He rigged his way to power, and to him President Jonathan is the only one that can keep him in power. He is a Cheat!

Reno Omokri

He is the Special Assistant to the Presidency on Media. He has a case to answer, for impersonation and identity theft.

“Reno has also courted controversy and was caught using a pseudonym Wendell Slimlin to spread malicious religious undertoned propaganda”- Wikipaedia

Reno Omokri had used the now infamous moniker, Wendell Simlin, in his attempt to link the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Lamido Sanusi, to the terrorist group Boko Haram, but was caught in the act.

Now you know why he will do anything or say anything to keep President Jonathan in power beyond 2015. He is an Imposter!

Buruji Kashamu

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