The Last Days of President Goodluck Jonathan and King Bibi in Office By Olakunle Somoye
The political history of Israel and Nigeria is not the same, but the dynamic trend in their politics and the idea of “Change” in the two states sparks a new conversation about their future.
Israel just held her election and expectations are high, no one is sure of Netayanhu’s victory, and here is why; Netanyahu belongs to the war brazen right wing Likud party, this will be his fourth shot at the office, he has managed to steer the Israeli’s ship for nine years through the turbulent sea of wars with Hamas, Alqaeda and Iran. In the last six years Israel has recorded macro economic growth by 4.6 percent which did not necessarily translate into higher quality of lives of Israelis, there is increase in the cost of living and decrease in wages earned, but should that be enough reason for placards that depicts Bibi’s stay in office as “Nine years of nothing”?
The answer is no, although that is one major factor, other factors include “Corruption allegations” “Security” “Palestinian issue” and strong religiousity that seem to have caused the Pariah nature of Israeli relationship with the West, the Palestinian issue have also caused a rift in US/Israeli relationship, furthermore the rise in the popularity of the opposition of the Zionist Union led by Isaac Herzog has been a thorn in the flesh of Netayanhu, many Isrealis believed that Herzog may be a plausible alternative.
Nigeria is set to hold her General election on the 28th march, it had been postponed from february 14 amidst mixed reaction, Like Netanyahu no one is sure of Jonathan’s victory at the polls, a lot of factors are pointers to this, Mr Jonathan belongs to the Peoples Democratic Party, a very strong party that emerged out of the Military Era and from 1999 PDP has waxed stronger, winning the most seats at the parliament, states and consistently at the Presidential elections, what brought Mr Jonathan former Vice president into power is what many regarded as a political blessing, After the illness of his Late boss Yaradua, many prominent partisan and non partisan Nigerians rallied round the population to support the ceding of powers to the vice president as recognized in the constitution, eventually Yaradua died after a long lag in the movement and captainship of the Nigerian Ship. Mr Jonathan was ratified by the parliament to take over and take charge in steering the Nigerian ship, in 2011 He contested under popular support for his proposed “Breathe of Fresh air” many Nigerians voted him into power because of his story from an obscure background into power without the elitist criteria of pedigree, wealth and Influence needed to win any election in the Nigerian polity, in the last six years under his rule, Nigeria has experienced a steady increase in her GDP from 6.4 in 2012, 7.4 in 2013, 7.2 in 2014 and 7.1 this year alone bringing Nigeria to the fore front of the largest economy in Africa surpassing South Africa after rebasing, but despite this macro economic growth many economic experts, and Nigerians believed that it has not in any way improve the quality of life of the citizens.
2015 will be a tough time for Mr Jonathan, what seems to be a simple win for him in 2011 will be a very tough battle between himself and General Buhari who was once a head of state, General Buhari who had lost the presidential elections three times since he retired from the Army has gained much momentum and National acceptance with the sucessful Coalition of his party, Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Tinubu’s led Action Congress of Nigeria and Atiku Abubabakars led newPDP faction into a formidable All Progressive Congress, Buhari lost to Mr Jonathan in 2011 by Ten million margin. His growing messianic popularity did not just come as a result of his “Anti Corruption” stance and his “simple life style” it came as a result of growing discontent in the country.
The Giant of Africa as popularly called has been held by the jugular by a group of terrorists in the North Eastern part, many Nigerians believed that these Terrorist festered only because of lack of political will from their beloved President, the lackadiscal attitude of Mr President to hold his own part of the social contract he had with Nigerians, to many this ‘I don’t care’ attitude and corruption stance has caused several security loopholes, from terrorist attacks to fulani cattle rearers clashes with farmers and neighbours to Militants terrorizing the populace, the abduction of over 200 girls from Chibok has sparked a world uproar for Mr president to take his constitutional responsibility of securing lives and property.
Six weeks to election, Mr President seems to have waken up from a self induced coma, The military has been fully equipped and Nigeria finally enlisted a joint Military support from neighbouring countries of Chad, Cameroun and Niger to fight Boko Haram terrorists, many Nigerians see this act as a little to late for Mr Jonathan, as weary electorates will trotter to the polls in the hope of exercising their right to choose an alternative.
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