(By Erasmus Ikhide)
“That President Jonathan falls for their bait has everything to do with his leadership credential. Even though he has everything it takes to pacify a country with simultaneous on-again-off-again rebellions in the north and south, as a PhD holder with all the Petrol-dollars, Nigeria is still firmly in the grips of power failure, more feebler than what I experienced in Somalia a few weeks ago“.
THIS is the 6th year the polyglot nation of a tens of thousands ethnic nationalities have been looking up to President Goodluck Jonathan for redemption. Unfortunately for the people, the salvation they seek seems merely blighted by issues that didn’t transcend ethnocentric or religious struggles. To this end, sadly, these issues are exploited to political ends and into a sinking foul political morass.
This is what Adolf Hitler called “spiritual terror”, in his book titled: Mein Kampf. “I understand the infamous spiritual terror which the Social Democratic press exerts, particularly on the bourgeoisie, which is neither morally nor mentally equal to such attack; at a given sign it unleashes a veritable barrage of lies and slanders against whatever adversary seems most dangerous, until the nerves of the attacked persons break down… This is a tactic based on precise calculation of all human weakness, and it’s result will lead to success with almost mathematical certainty”.
Mr President’s pestilential politics of “religious terror”, cloaking itself as democratic path way – which is absolutely divisive – is to quench the peoples’ bated breath against his ‘Transformation Paralysis’ that is slowly winding by. Nigerians have suddenly forgotten President Jonathan’s electoral promises some six-year ago that flown from the shrewdness of political emptiness.
“We will fight for JUSTICE!, We will fight for all Nigerians to have access to POWER!, We will fight for qualitative and competitive EDUCATION!, We will fight for HEALTH CARE REFORMS!, We will fight to create jobs, for all Nigerians!, We will fight corruption!, We will
fight to protect all Citizens!, We will fight for your rights!”
Those were the exact words of grinning President Goodluck Jonthan to a nation that has gone through leadership brigandage for decades. Nigerians were reeling and literarily elated on that fateful September 18, 2010. They watched the president declared his intension for the highest office in the land after the triumphant battle of succeeding his late boss, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua at the Eagle Square. He elicited unusual hopes in the mass of Nigeria following who have been tortured with unfulfilled electoral promises lurid Illusions of governance.
Those reassuringly promises of renewed hopes which brought him to power have become big bluff. His initial profile of a profound thinker and reticent leadership gave way to bewildering cluelessness, bowing rather to a ruthlessly graft-infected and fractious ruling class that brought the nation to its knees. The president who has risen from modest circumstance, whose political ascent of the hitherto obscure son of a rural canoe-carver and fisherman from the oil-producing south; decent at heart, generous, chivalrous and tolerant man, but
become suddenly weak-kneed.
That President Jonathan falls for their bait has everything to do with his leadership credential. Even though he has everything it takes to pacify a country with simultaneous on-again-off-again rebellions in the north and south, as a PhD holder with all the Petrol-dollars, Nigeria is still firmly in the grips of power failure, more feebler than what I experienced in Somalia a few weeks ago.
The populace whose civic responsibility it is to constantly put the president to task on the sanctity of the nation’s constitution and its inviolability chose to hide under religious or ethnocentric subterfuge. A nation is in danger if a backsliding president is not reminded of his avowed, “We will fight for JUSTICE” and the taunted rule of law’s matrix. We are not asking sufficient questions about the withdrawal of the security protection from the number 4 citizen where the police literarily constituted itself in a court of law.
Thanks to the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, media concerns, several rights groups and other well meaning Nigerians. The NLC and NBA came particular hardly on the presidency and distinguished themselves as the bastion of the nation’s democracy. “We at the Nigeria Labour Congress are appalled by the withdrawal of security details of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, ostensibly because he had defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“The act is shameful, distasteful, unconstitutional and demonstrates our parochial sense of power and very little knowledge of history. No part of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria says the Speaker of the House of Representatives should come from the majority
party. “Section 50(1)(b) only says, “ There shall be …a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, who shall be elected by the members of that House from among themselves…’
“In the Second Republic, the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Edwin Ume-Ezeoke, was elected from the ranks of NPP, not just an opposition party but the third strong , after UPN and NPN. We have other precedents across the world. “We find it appropriate to cite the examples of Mimiko and Ali Modu-Sheriff, governor of Ondo State and former governor of Borno State respectively. Their security details were not withdrawn when they defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). “It gives us concern that our political leaders are determined to learn very little about democracy and always seem too keen to overheat the polity over things that count for little.
“The police and other security agencies complicit in this disgusting conduct should hold their heads in shame. Herein lies the essence of strong institutions which we have always advocated. “For those who take pleasure in converting to personal use, public/state institutions, and today’s men soon become yesterday’s men. What goes around comes around.
“In light of the foregoing, we demand immediate restoration of Tambuwal’s security details and all the rights and privileges that accrue to the Office of the Speaker. It is not about Tambuwal, it is about the office which he holds. “And in any case, only few, arguably, will contest that he has not discharged and acquitted himself as speaker. We would like to be on record that we will not fold our hands while little minds threaten our hard-earned democracy. Nothing should happen to Tambuwal”, the NLC posited.
The NBA presented its objection more aptly: “There is no crime in defecting to another party and the IGP is not the person responsible for interpreting what the constitution says on any issue. That is the responsibility of the court”. “The deployment of the security personnel is not because of a particular political party but because he is the speaker.” “His defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), therefore, has nothing to do with the office of the speaker.”
Questions earlier raised whether he will have the requisite toughness to negotiate the minefield that is political life in the country has come to the fore, albeit disingenuously. Now, he has deployed his newly acquired grim stuff into negative use – meddling in the politics
of other arms of government. Nigerians will continue to remember President Jonathan for a long time to come if he redirects his combative energy into terminating the nihilist Boko Haram group.
Nigerians are not so sure Mr. President is truly committed to routing the Boko Haram militia. Evidently, they could not comprehend what drives their leader to Burkina-Faso to contrive a truce between the military and the toppled Blaise Campaore after 27 years on the saddle
at a time his country is being dynamited by Boko Haram insurgents.
President Jonathan’s promise of: “We will fight corruption!” is not in consonant with his past. Mr. Jonathan who eventually succeeded the disgraced governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, now granted presidential pardon by the same Jonathan has a tainted path with corruption. The
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC did seize $13.5 million from his wife, Patience, in 2006 on suspicion of money laundering.
These incidences of democratic desecrations or political corrosion are not mere coincidences of mishaps as he rose through to the pinnacles of his political career. They are cautiously shambled to determined end. This is the reason Nigerians must rise to end the charade,come
Erasmus Ikhide, a public affairs analyst wrote in from Lagos, Nigeria.
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