Open Letter To President Goodluck Jonathan By Abdulkadir S. Abdulkadir
Dear Mr. President,
It is with great pleasure and utmost sense of responsibility that I write to you at this crucial moment of our nation’s history.
Your execellency pardon my medium of communication, I do not have any other expedient means at my disposal knowing the exigencies of the office of the C-in-C and the multitude of incoming correspondences, trite is to mention bureaucratic protocols.
When I read Gen. Obasanjo’s letter, I chose to be among those who kept mute at the outpouring of appraisals but I later realised it is only a civic responsibility to lend a voice to the discourse of nation building and also convey one’s thoughts to those at the helm of affairs, I am not a former President or a who-is-who, but a concerned citizen.
Mr. President, Sir, I can safely surmise that your Service Chiefs have been briefing you regarding the worrisome state of security in our dear country. Therefore I need not to further lengthen your reading depicting the security picture.
You took the oath of office at Eagle square before man and God in allegiance to the enunciations of our constitution, and to that effect, you are to be held accountable on all your actions and inactions as far as the security of lives and properties is concerned being the chief security officer of the country.
Since your return to Aso Rock in 2011, it has been ‘blood sharing after blood sharing’ sadly enough and so pathetic to note, our hearts have somehow hardened from the several bruises that now a blast incidence with less than 20 victims doesn’t even make headlines anymore. I need not to remind you sir, that you command one of the best armies in the world which has records of peace enthronement across Africa and beyond, Mr. President the Nigeria Army with over a hundred Thousand gallant men and women. To the same extend, hundreds of thousands of Police, and secret Police. Coupled to this overwhelming human resource, over four trillion Naira was expended to date as budgetary allocation to security, yet a handful of coward militia men are killing us and gradually taking over major cities of territorial land for inexplicable failure.
Your political party, the ruling PDP, through its spokes man, some of your aides, including the spokes person of the SSS and many others who flock around the corridors of power have had cause to register their voices about the sensitive security issue but in political language with accusations levelled at the major opposition the APC as instruments fuelling insurgency and preventing your government from acting against terror activities, such unguarded utterances are not helpful and you as the leader of the country must caution against this despicable drift. And if for any reason some elements in the opposition or in the ruling umbrella are party to terror activities, we cry out loud to you Mr. President to as a matter of urgency order their prosecution. I am 100% sure all the genuine law abiding critics of your government will celebrate you if you decisively solve the insecurity puzzle.
Election year is fast approaching, in some quarters they seem breathing the fresh air of GEJ’s transformation whereas in others it is a scorching heat of countless travails, missing the dots of what democracy dividends add up to, Mr. President for now I am among the greater majority who are feeling the heat of things falling apart, however hope is not totally lost because if tomorrow I wake up to breath fresh air seeing my Chibok sisters re-united with their families and back to classes, when headlines will be Borno and environs now safe; businesses and livelihood booming more than ever before, and the story of peace and progress all over the nation, I shall gladly covenant my vote to you, yes it is that simple sir.
Beside my domiciliary habitation I also ‘live’ at twitter street at the activist’s estate, house no. @Abdul003 While taking my evening walk, I saw some tags reading #BringBackGoodLuck2015, however I have heard you say elections is not a do or die affair for you, but sir, there is this poster that means life and death to many of us. It reads #BringBackOurGirls, please sir, do that before we bring you back in 2015.
It might sound awkward sir, but just dedicate a day or two to shut all doors and letters of praise singers and pick up on critics and learn from their contributions, remember some of your perceived unapologetic critics were the loud voices who stood to see that you were made Acting President while the ailing late President Yar’adua’s kitchen cabinet held sway.
The long awaited 2015 is only a couple of months away, Nigerians that have Nigeria at heart are more concerned with how the nation’s security and general affairs can get better than your re-election or voting you out. We all understand the enormity of the task of nation building and the challenges you inherited from past administrations but that cannot be the end of the story because many other countries have had similar or even greater hurdles but they evolved stronger and we can also, should you; our captain, steer our nation-ship across the tides to the island of prosperity.
May I sign off like a true Nigerian, with hearty prayers; may the Almighty God see our country through and may He give you the courage and wisdom to do that which is right.
Thank you and God bless Nigeria!!!
Abdulkadir S. Abdulkadir writes from Bauchi Nigeria
Can be reached on twitter @abdul003
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