POLITICS OVER PEOPLE?
Nothing can stop the campaign train of Nigeria’s incumbent president in his bid to run for a second term; not even the daily loss of lives of the very people he has sworn to protect-and failed to protect for the majority of his first term in office.
In the build up to the 2015 elections, we are guaranteed the usual mudslinging, uncouth remarks and of course wild allegations from all quarters. We’ve got ringside seats so it’s best if you stay tuned!
The first shots were of course fired by the Minister of Propaganda, sorry the special assistant to the President on one of those numerous matters; Dr. Doyin Okupe where he contended that anyone who calls the Jonathan administration clueless should be subjected to psychiatric evaluation.
Be that as it may, we can only present the facts and leave you to draw your own conclusions; if the Jonathan administration finds itself continually bashed from all quarters, then the entire administration has itself to blame.
If the Jonathan led administration finds itself pummelled left, right and centre, then it handed its critics the stones with which it’s facing attack right now.
In evaluating four years of a Jonathan governance, it’s been a single minded narrative of insecurity, the intensification of terrorism and a government which has seemed out of its depths in dealing with the many issues Africa’s giant faces.
In the latest of the catalogue of gaffes, a group called the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria have announced that the “Nigerian people” have decided that because we want Goodluck Jonathan to run for a second term so bad, a bunch of us contributed money to purchase his nomination form.
It’s hard to even determine whether this is just utterly ridiculous or downright foolish; in a country which has been unable to implement a minimum wage of N18.900 across board and where the President earns millions and is worth billions, a group is trying to convince us that Nigeria’s ordinary people contributed money for a billionaire to run again?
I understand the enthusiasm of his campaign group and his publicists but I think they owe it to the sensibilities of Nigerians to at least make these absurdities a trifle believable.
The purported cease fire agreement with the fundamentalist organisation, Boko Haram has since been proved to be a farce and the deadly organisation seem hell bent on acquiring even more territory than before.
Already they control Mubi, a large town in Adamawa state and they seem to detonate bombs eevery other minute in Potiskum.
In keeping in line with the present’s administration body language of indifference to affairs of security and human lives, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan decided to announce his decision to run for a second term just a day after fifty students were killed in Potiskum.
Our President did not deem it fit to even express his condolences or show sympathy for the people of Yobe, people who also voted him in as President. Is the President telling us they do not matter?
Of course, trust the opposition to quickly catch on the President’s awful timing, in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party contends that; ”Since this President has chosen to celebrate a national tragedy, Nigerians should also be ready to celebrate his electoral failure next year.
”Today, the three North-east states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe are in danger of being overrun by Boko Haram and over 650,000 Nigerians are internally displaced in those states by the insurgency. Yet, President Jonathan says he puts Nigerians first. Lies have never worn a bolder face. The truth is that for President Jonathan, it is Jonathan first, Jonathan second, Jonathan third, Jonathan always!” it said.
While we await the reply from the Jonathan camp (which would be something predictably ad hominem by Dr. Okupe), we sincerely hope the President has a change of heart as putting politics before people.