President Jonathan Vows to Silence His Critics By 2013
President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed to silence his critics come 2013 when the dividends of the new policies introduced begin to manifest and his score card displayed for all to see. The President said this while speaking at the 52nd Annual Conference of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA yesterday in Abuja.
“I have been the most criticized President in the whole world, but I assure Nigerians that before I leave office, I will be the most praised President. We are working hard to give Nigerians power and improve the economy. What I want to tell Nigerians is that those who criticized me should continue but at the end, Nigerians will know better”, Mr Jonathan declared.
“I have experienced that before in my governor journey in Bayelsa state. In fact, people who were close to me will tell you that even after the election, I told them that in my first 12 months please cover your ears because you will hear all kinds of things. But as we progress, you will see (changes).
“We are working very hard to stabilise power. We are working very hard to resurface our roads. We have security challenges, which we are also working very hard to bring to reasonable control.
“It is not easy; we don’t have the magic wand, except the miracle worker that with the wave of the hand, probably will help to throw all these challenges away and prosperity will appear. But in pure governance issues, it takes time.
“Sometimes, even people who have held offices in government criticise me to the extent of personal abuses. Sometimes I ask, were there roads across in the country and Jonathan brought flood to wipe out these roads? or we had power and I brought hurricane to break down the entire infrastructure?
“If they say Boko Haram is because of poverty; were there massive irrigation projects in the North where agriculture can thrive and massive farms, and Jonathan brought drought to wipe out these farms? under two years is it possible? Well, time will tell. What I can tell Nigerians is that let those who criticize continue to criticise.
“We will do our best and as we progress, Nigerians will know the truth and we’ll see that we are committed and will surely transform this country,” he said.
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