Like I told someone earlier, I did not cast my vote for President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in 2011 and looking at the level of insecurity, unemployment, corruption and some other key indices presently, I don’t see myself voting him in 2015, unless something drastic in positivity comes up within the next few months.
Not that Jonathan is all bad since there are tangible achievements like more functional international airports, reopening of textile mills, rehabilitation of Kaduna Refinery after 15 years, rehabilitation of Benin-Ore road after 20 years as well as the rejuvenate of our comatose Railways back to life after decades of lull in the sector are worth noting but we can’t also overlook the negatives since he assumed office.
Corruption in Nigeria in this administration seem unchecked. The issue of subsidy scam and a missing $20B are just two of some isolated cases. Unemployment that he promised to tackle is still a menace. GEJ’s government has done nothing much to resolve the unemployment problem; instead, some of Mr. president’s minister and agencies swindled thousands of unemployed Nigerians and some even lost their lives in a poorly organized aptitude test. In saner clines, you would have expected those directly involved to have honourably resign after giving an unreserved apology but in GEJ’s regime, nobody has been punished or prosecuted for this.
The issue of insecurity cannot be overstated. Thousands have been killed by the terrorist group Boko Haram, not forgetting the hundreds that have been abducted. What I keep asking people that defend Mr. president that terrorism is new in Nigeria is what has he done to solve the problem beside talking about it and telling us ‘Terrorism happens everywhere’?.
You know things are out of hand when the “supposedly Commander-in-Chief” of the Arm forces of Nigeria is scared to visit a town in a part of the country because of security issues. This is someone who controls the Army, Navy, Air Force, DSS and all para-military commissions.
I also have concerns with Jonathan’s leadership style. He definitely have good intentions but his application seems not to be working or maybe like a friend once suggested, he is enclosed with very bad advisers. His halfhearted attitude are quite nauseating. When we need a father figure when some things happen, he is nowhere on ground. Imagine Mr. President dancing Skeluwa and makosa at a political rally and eating birthday cake while the nation was mourning the Nyanya bomb blast.
I can still recall Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta declared 3 days of national mourning after the infamous Mall killing. That’s a sympathetic and humane president, exactly what our Jonathan isn’t.
Recently in a media chat, he said that the word corruption have been overused and left me confused with his statement that public officers stealing funds is not corruption. Maybe the sentence has a different meaning if objectively accessed but I don’t think those statements at a time when the general perception is that he condoles corruption are expected of a sitting president.
Meanwhile, some people are already saying President Goodluck has won with or without our vote like my university roommate tweeted. I don’t see it so. Many people are much more politically enlightened now than they were in 2011. We must also not underestimate the influence of social media and how it could alter narratives come 2015.
I don’t know Jonathan on a personal level, so I can’t say with a high degree of certainty if Mr. President is a good man with good intentions but just surrounded by bad advisers. But, if I were to use his governance of Nigeria so far as a yardstick, I would score him about 48% in my scorecard.
Albert Einstein once said insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. In a perfect word, I would say we should not vote for Goodluck Jonathan so we won’t be doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result. That another hand should come in and do something different, but I am a yet to see something refreshing from the opposition parties.
I would take my time and access the presidential candidate from the APC and pick my choice to support. Hopefully, it won’t be a case of supporting the devil or deep blue sea, because many of us might just be tempted to go with the devil we know than an unknown angel in such a scenario.
May God bless Nigeria?