Jonathan’s Govt, An Administration Of Partisan Agencies By @abbanani66
With less than five weeks to go before our last minute Hero and Nobel peace prize winning Dr. Goodluck Jonathan vacates the highest seat in our land, it seems like Nigerians might be in for an exhilarating suspense filled finale. Last week, it was the unceremonious dismissal of the 17th indigenous Inspector General of the Nigerian Police Force Suleiman Abba, his was the shortest tenure ever in the history of the Nigerian Police Force, spanning just a little over 9 months. In what could easily be defined as a tenure characterized by large scale controversy, beginning with the National Assembly showdown and ending with last minute romance with the incoming Government.
Those that support the now ex-IGP will call his last minute actions a non-partisan stand while those that want his head will call it an act of betrayal. Whichever the case may be, the logical and sane view to the whole saga is that the sins of wrongly processed actions by the IGP had caught up with him. The one positive about his dismissal is that it went a long way at validating claims about kidnapping the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, and disrupting proceedings while collation of the Presidential results were ongoing at the International Conference Center when it became clear the incumbent President would lose the election.
One huge question remains though; could the situation of the ex-IGP have been avoided? Maybe yes, maybe no. President Jonathan and his outgoing administration had made it a tradition to demand total loyalty from all appointees during his 6 year reign. It had become an unwritten rule that every appointee, be it in the Judiciary, the Armed Forces or the civil service would first of all owe allegiance to the President, his associates and the PDP ahead of their mandate.
Generals in the Army, DG’s of government agencies, Ministers Etc. had all become unofficial members of the PDP. From the DG of the National Orientation Agency being an active member of the President’s campaign team, the DG of NIMASA, providing funds for controversial AIT and NTA documentaries against the APC, the NCC suspending the APC recharge card portal, to the Executive Secretary of TETFUND allegedly actively canvassing for support of President Jonathan in Bauchi State, he went as far as hosting the controversial leader of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor at his hometown, Bogoro in Bauchi state during one of such campaigns which he had converted into a religious affair. Ministries and Agencies were shamefully used as cash sources to fund the re-election ambitions of President Jonathan and the PDP. Those that refused to play ball like HRH Muhammad Sanusi II (SLS) were effectively dismissed or accused of one thing or the other while those that accepted to play ball were rewarded with tenure extensions, promotions and juicy appointments.
A new leader shall be sworn in on the 29th of May, 2015 it is our hope and prayer that he and his close associates should not toe the same line as his predecessor in a lot of aspects, especially the part of mixing politics with institutional autonomy and neutrality. While it might be tempting, we pray they do resist the urge to further bastardize our fragile and already corrupt governmental institutions. We enjoin Mr. President – Elect, his incoming cabinet and Legislator’s elect to pass bills giving the police force, other security agencies, ministerial agencies and INEC more autonomy. If possible most of them should carry the same clause as that of CBN Governor’s and INEC Chairperson’s position stipulating a fixed tenure except in the case of death or National Assembly removal. Funding for most of them should be unflinching and direct, this would enable those appointed to head such positions to be dedicated and loyal to their mandates.
Sanity, integrity and accountability must be gradually restored to Government agencies, Ministries and Security outfits, Anti-graft agencies inclusive must not be seen as tools to witch hunt, settle scores and criminalize those that are critical of the Government and its friends.
We need Technocrats, seasoned and brilliant administrators, refined leaders and integrity filled persons preoccupied with making Nigeria better in their own little way at all Government institutions from the 29th of May, 2015.
God bless Nigeria!