Jonathan’s Third Years of Unending Drama, By Azeez ibrahim
As President Goodluck Jonathan celebrates the third of his four year term in office, it is time to look at how well he has fared in his administration of Nigeria.
Jonathan’s third years in office has been described by many Nigerians as a tsunami of scandals, corruption and a monument to insecurity of historic proportions.
Amongst many other episodes, NNPC ranked most corrupt National oil company in the world under Jonathan Diezani’s watch. As at the last count, over 40,000 Nigerians have been sent to their early graves by the rampaging of Boko Haram.
Let’s take a good watch at some of the drama his administration has performed since his 3 years in office.
(1) He recognised Governor Jonah Jang of plateau state as the chairman of Nigerian Governor’s forum, NGF; even though Jang lost to Governor Chibuike Amaechi of River state in what has been described as a free, fair and transparent NGF poll.
(2) Under Jonathan administration, Nigeria had become famous for out of school children. Education in all parts of Nigeria is in total state of decay. This can be justified by the recent ridiculously low performance in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), out of over one million candidates that sat for the exam nationwide, only 24 candidates scored 250 and above and also low cut off marks for admission into federal government college (unity school), which in some state in the north, was put at as low as 2.
(3) He established 12 new universities across geopolitical zones while he has failed to adequately fund the existing ones. ASUUand ASSUP strike has become one too many in recent times. His government has over the year’s demonstrated lack of honour to abide by and fulfill agreements reached with ASSUU and ASSUP on most of the issues plaguing the educational system.
(4) Nigeria has been ranked within the category of low human development index in all UNDP human development index reports. Life expectancy has also continued to lower from 51.9 in 2011 to 41.4 in 2013.
(5) He set free Hamza Al-Mustapha, the former chief security officer to late Nigerian dictator, Sanni Abacha after being confused by TB Joshua that his political fortune rests with setting Al-Mustapha free.
(6) He has been accused by former president chief Olusegun Obasanjo, of placing over 1000 Nigerians on political watch list, and financing a killer’s squad with nation’s resources to match for political purpose like Abacha.
(7) His administration alleged of non-remitting of about $7 billion from NNPC to central Bank. The allegation was buttressed by the letter of former Governor of central Bank of Nigeria.
(8) He continued ignoring of the corruption allegation against Diezani Alison-Madueke, who has been accused of approving $10 billion for maintenance of aircraft.
(9) He suspended and relieved of Sanusi Lamido, after he claimed that $20 million was not accounted for by the NNPC under Deziani’s watch. He relieved him for exposing the rot level of corruption in the oil sector.
(10) His senior special Assistance, Reno Omokiri, tried to frame Mallam Sanusi Lamido as the sponsored of Boko Haram.
(11) He refused to fire minister of interior, Abba Moro, for fraudulently collecting close to a billion naira from job seekers for recruitment jobs in the immigration service which caused the loss of about 23 lives.
(12) He confessed that Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano state, did not vote for him in 2011 PDP presidential primary election despite the fact that, he bribed him.
(13) A day after the Nyanya bomb blast, Mr Jonathan went to kano state for a people Democratic Party, PDP, politically rally. President upon leaving Kano, flew to Ibadan to felicitate with Olubadan , Oba Gbada Lana to celebrate with him on his 100 years birthday. This shows that he is not concerned by damage caused by the insurgent to his people he govern.
(14) For the first time in history, Nigeria is third, worldwide, on the list of countries with the highest number of citizens displaced by conflict and violence.
(15) At the moment, Nigeria has surpassed Somalia, Mali, Yemen, Syria and Libya in most deadly act of terrorism and sectarian violence.
The drama is not yet over, we are still watching………
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