As a sequel to my post stating my reasons for supporting Buhari, this post highlights my reasons for not supporting the incumbent Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan.
So why am I against Jonathan?
He and his government have failed woefully in their PRIMARY responsibility. The PRIMARY responsibility of a government is to secure the lives of its citizens and territory.
Every other thing is added to its primary function. Healthcare, Economy, Education, Agriculture, etc are secondary. Extremely important, but secondary.
1. Jonathan’s government has presided over the indiscriminate killing and abduction of Nigerian citizens right here in Nigeria
- Hundreds of Chibok schoolgirls were abducted and it took Jonathan 3 weeks to believe it was real. Taking advice form Asari Dokubo and co, it was his belief it was the work of the opposition. Sadly practically all those girls are gone for good.
- Over 100 policemen and women were slaughtered in Nasarawa State by a sect. Yes, 50 times more than were killed in New York. Nope, it did not register on President Jonathan’s radar. The only official retaliation was “forgiveness.” Yes, it is true.
- Scores of pupils were killed in Yobe as they slept in their boarding house. The condemnation exercise was delegated to Abati.
- Hundreds died in a bomb blast in Nyanya, the only “suspect” of that incident was sent free. The only outcome of that was Jonathan dancing at a rally in Kano in retaliation the day after. Oh! It was on that day the Chibok girls were terrorized.
The above are just highlights of the callousness and insensitivity to the lives of our citizenry by this president, and any of the above is enough to ensure he does not get re-elected.
There is actually a list that captures some of the legacy of President Jonathan in securing the citizens of this nation while not giving a damn.
2. Jonathan inherited a complete nation and has presided over the loss of Nigerian territory
The heading says it all. No land, no nation. Under Jonathan’s supervision, a bunch of ragtags were empowered enough to do from sporadic shootings to controlling over 3/4 of the local governments in Boronu state, a large chunk of Yobe and major cities in Adamawa state.
Jonathan actually made a speech in which is admitted treating Boko Haram with “kid gloves”. of course he once stated Boko Haram were “our siblings” It is now clear why these ragtags were encouraged to grow in strength under Jonathan’s administration.
3. Goodluck Jonathan’s government of state-sponsored corruption has squandered Nigeria’s resources
Where do we begin?
- The Central Bank Governor accused the NNPC of not remitting over $20 billion of Nigeria’s income to the federal account. Jonathan moved fast, not to investigate or clamp don on the thieves, but to fire the whistle-blower. The Minster of Finance promised a “forensic investigation” whose report is months overdue. The same minister is not aware of the bank account that holds the revenue from the sale of Nigeria’s crude oil.
- ₦2.1 trillion was paid out for oil subsidy in 2011 up from ₦168 billion in 2011. The children of PDP bigwigs such as the Ahmadu Ali were fingered. In retaliation, President Jonathan appointed the Ahmadu Ali as his campaign director.
- In an act of commitment towards the fight against corruption, Jonathan gave a state pardon to an indicted corrupt past governor of Bayelsa state , Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.
These instances above of state sanctions corruption is merely a drop in the bucket.
The worst thing is, Jonathan who has been at the helm for SIX YEARS takes ZERO responsibilities his failures and the government he leads. It is either blamed on the “opposition” and zero actions taken, or on people that were presidents 30 years ago. Give him 4 more years and it will be the fault of those that left 25 years ago.
The above are a summary of why I oppose a continuation of this government headed by Jonathan for another 4 years. I sincerely believe if this continues, there will be no nation called Nigeria.
There are several other points I have overlooked deliberately. I do not need to talk about the failure in provision of infrastructure and the failure to improve the power sector. I will not even talk about his relationship with the initial financiers of Boko Haram etc. My points above are enough and are verifiable nationally and internationally.
Come February 14th 2015, Nigerians will have a chance to either endorse the activities of this grossly incompetent and irresponsible government led by Goodluck Jonathan who has woefully failed to fulfill the oath of office he made on May 29th 2011, or kick him out of office.
The choice is ours.