President Jonathan, Please Don’t Run In 2015 By Kenny Agbo
The recent events in the country most especially in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has once again shown that all is not well and has also convinced me that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, should not contest the 2015 general election. I am making this appeal not because I feel he has not done something significant or because I belong to a Political party different from his, but I am doing so because of my love for Nigeria.
Kindly go through the facts I will state and let your conscience be the judge. I am not a politician or a card carrying member any Political Party. My opinion and position is for us to avoid another crisis based on misconceptions, greed, hatred and personal interests conflicting with national or group interests. Let m quickly add that President Goodluck Jonathan like any other Law abiding Nigerian is qualified and has the God giving right to contest any election of his choice.
The President is very unfortunate to be in power during the era of social and technological explosion which also led to media epidemic. He is the most maligned President in the history of Nigeria, though he contributed to that judging from his dispositions, reactions to issues, speech and character. The citizens are not shown courage, hope, motivation and charisma expected by a leader of such a great and well endowed country.
PDP Crisis – The crisis rocking the PDP under his watch is sad. As a president elected under the Platform of a party he midwifes, and as the leader of the party, he cannot claim ignorance of the happenings in his party, either directly or indirectly. Remaining silent in the face of all these issues are not the best. The polity is already heated by those seeking for power at all cost.
The show of shame that took place at the Eagles Square during party’s national convention depicts indiscipline and rascality. The party members showed a great disrespect to the office of the president and the president himself by their actions. Similar cases are happening in Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba and Anambra states just to mention a few. There are lots of things the President should do to convince Nigerians that those calling for him not to contest are the true enemies in PDP. His aides are not doing better either.
Security– It is sad to note that Nigeria has never been exposed to such insecurity witnessed under the tenure of President Jonathan, save for the the Civil war of 1967 – 1970. The President displayed his lack of courage, tact, naivety and total disregard to lives of citizens by his actions and statements.
The surge in Boko Haram attacks, kidnapping, armed robbery and inter communal incidents are some of the issues that got out of hand due largely to bad handling under the President’s watch. It took death of thousands of innocent lives, annexation of Borno State by Boko Haram sect before a State of emergency was declared and total war on them initiated. It is unfortunate that some enemies of the state want the president to remain in power for another four years, God forbid.
Power Sector – I was glad when the Power Reform agenda was launched with road map to back it up. On paper it was a great and beautiful document and the implementation was on course till Prof Bart Nnaji resigned unceremoniously. The programme if allowed to be vigorously implemented will surely transform Nigeria’s power sector. It is one thing to have a well written document but another cup of tea to implement same.
Two years have gone since the launch; all we hear on daily basis is that the foreign investors are coming without any tangible proof on the ground. Though we cannot rule out sabotage from PHCN staff due to their severance package demands, it does not prevent action to fulfill a promise.
Corruption – It is on record that Nigeria has never been besieged by such a magnitude of corruption witnessed during the era of President Goodluck Jonathan. Nigerians do not expect the President to be everywhere but for the fact that Looting, Oil theft, Contract inflation, High cost of governance and other corrupt practices are taking place unchecked, he has to accept the blame. Fish start to rot from the head is a popular African adage.
The enigmatic Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili threw a challenge to the High Horse riding members of the Senate and House of Representatives over their monster salaries and allowances in disregard to harsh economic realities in the citizen’s face. There was no response from the president’s mouth piece but they are fully aware of the situation and as beneficiaries they kept silent. It is a pointer that we are not waging enough war on corruption.
Since President Goodluck Jonathan took over, the anti corruption agencies, ICPC and AFCC have not successfully prosecuted any high profile case. If the president is fighting corruption as he claims, there would be robust and constant effort to tame the monster at least to a manageable level. We are yet to see that during your tenure sir.
Education – The current imbroglio between the Government and the university Lecturers can be described as pathetic and incomprehensible because we had gone this route before. This situation has made our university education more of a glorified secondary school. Our children are roaming about the streets engaging in one social vice or another due largely to the non implementation of agreement between the Federal Government and ASUU. The President cannot claim to be ignorant of what they agreed with ASSU. To allow the strike to continue for up to six months is not only criminal but mindless.
If as the President you cannot push your team to negotiate with ASSU or agree to implement what was agreed why not tell us your opinion or address the situation. What legacy are you bequeathing to the future generations of Nigeria?
I am convinced that enumerating the reasons why I feel President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan should not contest will bore many and will make others remember that his story of not having shoes can never alter events. As the president you have done well in areas like Aviation, Roads, and Agriculture to give kudos that I acknowledge your good deeds.
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