Changing Faces Of A Congenital Liar And The Chronicles Of Blatant Lies By Usama Dandare
In the book of Proverbs 6:16-19, Solomon the wise guy wrote: “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” and in the gospel of John 8:44, John the Evangelist wrote: “Lying is hateful to God because He is TRUTH. Satan is the father of lies.”
The above biblical view are used to emphasize the fact that all the seven actions listed above are hateful to God, He (God) will not have fellowship with those who are guilty of these sins. They are actions and attitudes that described a person consumed by the devil, those who are troubled and those who bring sorrow. The notion also characterized the characteristics of those who are hateful to the Lord and who are bound to face His wrath on the day of resurrection.
Although the Holy Bible has been in existence long before the emanation of what is called Nigeria today but despite that, i robustly envisage that the above biblical concepts were characteristically connoted for Nigerians and their leaders. In a nutshell, these biblical theory above may be specifically meant for the current superintendence of President Ebele Jonathan which appropriately fit the bills.
As the case of today may be, only what Nigerians now hope for are politicians who will be honest and trustworthy, politicians who will rule without lies but unfortunately; no matter how you feel about the afoot stewardship in Nigeria, it has become luminous over the past four years that the present administration has consistently lied about its beliefs, goals and policies ever since taking the responsibilities of piloting the avocation of this great nation. Those in the corridors of power seems to have decided that the only way they can achieve their desired political outcomes is by systematically deceiving the public about their true actions and achievements in order to divide people’s opinions to their topmost advantage.
If you are skeptical, or think calling President Jonathan a liar might be too extreme, I obtest you to loan me few minutes out of your time and read through this article which set to annals the series of “transformation lies” of President Jonathan’s transformation agenda. The transformation lies i am referring to, are not simply matters of opinion or typical political blackmail, they are both national and intentional counterfactual statements made by the President and those in his administration in their quest to deceive Nigerians and claim credit for what they did not achieved.
Those who knew President Jonathan dating back to his shoeless era upto the time he became Nigeria’s Vice-President, warned us on the inherent dangers associated in voting into power a man who never kept to his promises, we ignored them and went ahead to elect him. But today, Nigerians of all political stripes are coming to a similar, sad and vexatious realization about Mr. President. Almost 80% of those that voted Jonathan into power has now realized their collective mistakes in allowing a congenital liar to pilot the transaction of their only nation and symbol of pride.
Those feeding President Jonathan and the general public with lies aren’t Jonathan lovers, the obvious fact is they are only creating a money making ventures by going round the country trying to market an unmarketable commodity to keep the steady flow of ill-gotten wealth into their pockets.
I have no problem whatsoever if Jonathan hired the whole 170million Nigerians to campaign or rally support on his behalf, since he has the constitutional right to pursue his political interest, provided it isn’t contradictory to the provision of our constitution. My only problem is this; the same constitution that gave them (Jonathan & co) the right to exercise their political freedom also kicked against playing with the intelligence of the poor Nigerian masses through concocted lies and deceit.
It is sad and vexatious to see a much anticipated potential government squandered its goodwill and productive expectations. Several Nigerians (I inclusive), had high expectations and hopes of a better Nigeria at the onset of Jonathan administration, viewing from his vague and almost immeasurable campaign promises but now; it is a different story, those having full believe in Jonathan’s stewardship are now left bristling with rage and it is obvious that Jonathan administration seems to have forgotten the task and responsibilities before it. Perhaps, President Jonathan should have focus more on delivering good governance to the electorate which will in turns bring back the confidence Nigerians used to have in him, instead of rallying round the country selling deceit and falsehood that destroy trust and make it difficult for people to believe him, even when he is saying the truth.
There are several scenarios where President Jonathan and his vuvuzelas were publicly caught in action not only lying once but serially and yet, President Jonathan still expect us to have faith in his leadership after disappointing us and falsifying himself on several occasions, ranging from insecurity, power, asset declaration and so on.
The President and his cabinet members may indeed be telling the truth on normal issues bothering our nation today; but how can we believe them when they have shown themselves unworthy of our unflinching trust?
Come with me, as i recount the chronicles of blatant lies of President Jonathan and his transformational team of notice monkeys dancing only to the tune of their master. Note; i don’t intend to obloquy or dishonor the office of the President nor the personality occupying such office, I just want to put facts straight for the emphasis of records.
Can we now be at ease or have faith in a President telling his people that the First Lady was not sick but went abroad for holidays despite several local and international media reporting to the contrary? Mr. President denied all reports pointing to the illness of his wife, only for the First Lady to return weeks after and said she undergoes nine major operations in foreign hospitals, almost at a point of dying. There is God o!!
On 21 Jan, 2014, Jonathan government promised Nigerians that “it will bring Boko Haram insurgency in the country to an end latest by April 2014.” Here we are today, Boko Haram just seized Mubi and Vimtim few days back, murdered hundreds of innocent souls on different occasions and still counting. Is this a promise, a deal or a blatant lie?
On 27 Sept, 2014, President Goodluck Jonathan in Edo state said “his administration had reduced poverty rate in Nigeria by 50%.” I seriously doubt this development and wondered where Mr. President got these statistical figures from? Who dished out these statistics and what criteria was employed to come up with it? According to 2014 World Bank survey, Nigeria is ranked 3rd on the ranking of world top five poorest countries with 61% of it citizens living below the poverty rate of $1.25 per day and Nigeria alone constituted about 7% of world poorest. This is indeed, one among the chronicles of Jonathan’s transformation lies.
President Jonathan on the 31 Dec, 2013, said: “his administration has created over 2million jobs for Nigerians in 2013 alone.” Indeed, we have seen the tremendous efforts of Jonathan government in creating employment for Nigerians during the Nigerian Immigration Service recruitment where about six million unemployed young men and women applied for a handful of not more than 3,000 jobs, and also a similar recruitment carried out Dangote Cement where about six PhD holders, over a hundred Msc and thousands of graduates applied for just 100 truck drivers vacancies. What a transformation? In fact, under Jonathan’s tyranny, unemployment in Nigeria has grown from about 21% in 2010 to an estimated all time high of 24% as we stands.
Transformation lies in power sector: Speaking with United Nations diplomats on Monday, 31st January 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, President Goodluck Jonathan made this promise and i quote: “If I’m voted into power, within the next four years, the issue of electricity will become a thing of the past. Four years is enough for anyone in power to make a significant improvement and if I can’t improve on power within this period, it then means I cannot do anything…” four years later, Nigeria’s power generation and supply is at it lowest ever. Does this means President Jonathan cannot do anything?
In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday 23 January 2013, President Jonathan said “adequate power supply is one area where Nigerians are quite pleased with his government – that his commitments to improve power are working,” he said. “I promise you before the end of this year 2013, power outages will be stable in Nigeria.” We are now approaching 2015, where is the stable power supply? Are we still yet to reach the end of 2013?
Again in August 2012, President Jonathan boasted that “his Government has improved power generation from under 3,000 MW in 2011 to 4,300 MW by August 2012. Therefore, when the 10 NIPP projects are fully on stream, which will be within the next few months as of then, the total national generation capacity will not be less than 9,000MW, a 200 percent increase in generating capacity as compared with figures for 2011 and the highest ever by any administration since independence.” we are still waiting for the 9,000MW, another blatant lie.
Again in Jan, 2013, President Jonathan said “his government has generated 6,443MW of electricity at the end of 2012 and will generate 10,000 MW by December 2013.” is this not the same Jonathan government that said it has generated 9,000MW in 2012? How comes it dropped to 6,443MW in 2013?
On April 27, 2013: President Jonathan shamelessly changed face from his earlier statement and said “Nigeria is generating about 4,000MW of electricity and will achieve another 1000MW by December 2013.” Please i ask you; what is so special about December in President Jonathan’s calendar?
Again on May 1st, 2013: Jonathan government said the 10,000MW target of December 2013 is not feasible but something close will be achieved. The senior minister of power was quoted as saying “Currently, installed available generation capacity has risen to 6,000MW. Peak generation is slightly above 4,500MW. We intend to add additional generation capacity of about 2,200MW from the NIPP projects in the coming year.” we said okay, let’s wait and see what will happen in the coming year.
Few weeks later on May 20, 2013: the junior Minister for Power, while addressing Senate Committee on Power said: ” power generation would increase to 6,000MW in July 2013 before hitting 10,000MW by December 2013.” unknown to the state minister that his federal minister has ruled out any possibility of realizing the 10,000MW by December 2013 and while the federal minister said the nation is generating 6,000MW as at May 2013, the state minister is now saying power generation will increase to 6,000MW by July 2013. Now, between the senior and junior minister, who is lying and who is telling the truth? The reality is they are all liars telling blatant lies to protect the interest of Mr. President not minding what Nigerians are going through.
Still on power, having failed to provide stable power supply as earlier promised by the specified month of December 2013, President Jonathan again on 3rd August, 2014, said his government “is projecting a 5000MW target by December 2014.” wow!! Another lie in another December again. President Jonathan was quick to forget what he said above and again assured Nigerians of a stable power supply by October 2014. Here we are in November and nothing like power stability across the country.
Upon all these series of promises and blatant lies regarding the epileptic power situation in Nigeria, the reality of the whole issue remains a failure. President Jonathan met more than 4000MW of electricity in 2010 but today despite spending trillions of Naira on power in four years alone, Nigeria is still struggling to maintain a shameful figure of less than 3,000MW. What a transformation?
In the interim, President Jonathan failure to provide stable power have forced Nigerians to spend N796.4billion of their own hard-earned income to fuel their power generating sets annually, and it is high time we begin to ask Mr. President: what has he done with all the trillions budgeted for power generation and distribution in the past five years of his stewardship?
On October 17, 2014: President Jonathan government said “it had agreed and sealed a ceasefire deal with the violent Boko Haram sect and that the 218 girls kidnapped by the sect at Chibok secondary school on 14 April 2014 would be released on Monday 20 Oct, 2014.” despite claiming to have rescued the abducted girls on three different occasions. Here we are in November, not a single girl returned not to mention of any ceasefire. In fact after Jonathan’s administration reported the ceasefire deal, terrorist have in recent days killed hundreds of innocent souls, captured about five towns and sacked Military/police barracks.
President Jonathan had on several occasions both at home and abroad stated that no $20bn was missing from NNPC crude account, emphasing that if at all such a huge sum got missing or stolen, America must know. After series of audits and investigations, it was revealed that the sum of $20bn was actually missing because it wasn’t remitted into the crude account. Yet, another in the series of President Jonathan transformation lies.
On 30 December, 2010, President Goodluck Jonathan, said “he has no ambition to stay in office beyond 2015 if elected President in the 2011 general elections.” Jonathan said this while interacting with Nigerians mainly diplomats working in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, UNECA, and the African Union, AU, in Addis-Ababa. And again at the 2014 Democracy Day Inter-denominational Church Service in Abuja on 29 May, 2014, President Goodluck Jonathan assured Nigerians that he won’t be running for Presidency come 2015. He assured Nigerians that by that time next year, the country ‘will witness a new government’. In his own words, he said; “I can assure you that the next Democracy Day will witness a new government.” To my dismay, President Jonathan just picked up the PDP nomination form few days ago to contest in the presidential election come 2015.
Also at a press conference in Abuja in late 2010, a day ahead of President Goodluck Jonathan’s formal declaration to run in the 2011 presidential election, Mr. Dalhatu Sarki Tafida, then Director General of the Jonathan/Sambo campaign organisation, said “the president won’t seek another term in 2015 if elected” in front of Mr. president and he (Jonathan) didn’t deny or fault this arguments. President Jonathan denial that he made no promise to anyone not to run again in 2015 came as a shock to those not much familiar with him, his denials further described Mr. Jonathan as a congenital liar.
On 8th January, 2012; President Goodluck Jonathan while speaking at a church service at the National Ecumenical Centre as part of the annual Armed Forces remembrance day celebrations, Mr. President admitted that members of the extremist Boko Haram sect have succeeded in infiltrating his government, planting its members in government agencies and security outfits. As expected, President Jonathan while responding to questions during the Presidential Media Chat on May 3, 2014 denied knowledge of the whole statement saying: “I never said Boko Haram infiltrated my government.” wow!! What a president? A leader or a liar?
Jonathan led government reported that “it forces had killed the leader of Boko Haram radical sect Abubakar Shekau during a gun duel in the troubled town of Konduga in the early hours of Wednesday 17 Sept, 2014.” knowing how Jonathan government professionalized in selling falsehood, several commentators disputed the development as not true despite pictures of Shekau’s lifeless body shared by government authorities. As expected, the report of Shekau’s death as claimed by the government is again registered among the series of lies as Shekau just released a video in which he denied any report of pointing to his death.
President Jonathan on July 04, 2012, promised Nigerians that “those involved in subsidy scam amounting to about ?2.6trillion must never go unpunished”, saying that his government will not accept corruption. After more than two years now, i am afraid to say that not only the subsidy thieves went unpunished, many of them are now vying for public offices and all the investigation reports by several committees has been swept under Mr. President’s carpet.
I wasn’t surprised when i overheard the Government of President Jonathan claiming credit for the rehabilitation of Sokoto-Gusau-Funtua federal road. I failed to figure out why Jonathan led government is so desperate to achieve credit for what it did not do? The reality of the fact is that the rehabilitation of Sokoto-Gusau-Funtua federal road started during the era of PTF and was completed by the Obasanjo administration in 2006 when Mal. Yahaya Abdulkarim was the minister of works.
In Jonathan’s further desperation to deceive Nigerians, the federal government claimed to have distributed cotton seedlings to farmers in Sokoto state under the transformation agenda of President Jonathan in transforming the agricultural sector, this confused lie didn’t only made no sense but also laughable. Sokoto state has never being a cotton producing base and i seriously doubt if the whole of Sokoto state have a single square metre of land where cotton is farmed. How can you gave cotton seedlings to people who doesn’t farm cotton? This also is another blatant lie counting in the series of President Jonathan transformation lies.
The Federal Government under the leadership of President Jonathan awarded a contract to Oil Facility Surveillance Limited (OFSL) allegedly owned by a renowned terrorist, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo in February 2011, at the cost of about ?3.6bn to secure oil pipelines.
Jonathan led Government, through NIMASA, also awarded a public private partnership, PPP, contract to Global West Vessel Specialist Limited, GWVSL, again owned by the same terrorist Tompolo at the cost of over ?15bn in early 2012. As expected, President Jonathan vuvuzelas publicly denied that Tompolo wasn’t awarded any contract despite Tompolo’s acceptance to the contrary. What can we call this false account, a lie or a feing?
I would have loved to move on and on but for time constraints, above are just a few of President Jonathan “transformational blatant lies” aimed at deceiving Nigerians in search of another epoch of four years in power. As usual, President Jonathan had already began promising Nigerians on what he will do if re-elected for a second tenure despite completing not even upto 20% of the campaign promises he made in 2011, but he’s now unabashedly making new promises.
In the main time, the transformation agenda of President Jonathan has woefully failed Nigeria and Nigerians. It is also imperative to note that in a country where insecurity, poverty, unemployment, vested interest, misuse of power, greed, selfishness, gross irresponsibility, favouritism, deceit, unaccountability, human right violations, immorality, impunity, bribery and corruption among others continue to exacerbate by the day, there could be nothing to illuminate as transformational in the whole system. The slogan “Transformation Agenda” of President Goodluck Jonathan is only augur to deceive Nigerians.
It has also becomes open that President Jonathan didn’t possess the moral and leadership qualities required to govern a nation any nation, he has no track record of delivering on his promises right back to his governorship days, and it is also clear that Jonathan isn’t able to make significant differences in positions of trust. However, President Jonathan administration have only succeeded in taking away the assiduity of the ordinary Nigerian from his inability and incompetence to handle the thematic issues facing the country today, with deception and shameless lies.
Indeed, Gudluck Ebele Jonathan has done better than the administration of Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Lee Kuan Yew, Sun Yatsen, Winston Churchill and that of Franklin Roosevelt combined when it comes to promoting corruption, impunity and rascality.
Finally, only a government that has nothing to offer to it people lie, only a regime that is insincere to its electorates lie, only a leadership without conscience lie to its followers, only a regime that doesn’t respect its people lie to them, only a government full of disgraceful and inutile men lie serially to the people under it rule without shame.
I welcome both observations, criticism and insults, i am thick skinned and doesn’t get disturbed by brainless insults.
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