Why Jonathan's Determination for Another Four Years is Ludicrous
July 12, 2014
It is undoubtedly within the constitutional rights of Dr Ebele Jonathan to seek for another term in office at the end of his first term. Whether or not his second coming will benefit the larger Nigerian society remains to be seen. I do not want to dwell so much on what his realistic chances of successfully returning as president are. Because the fact is that whether we like it or not, with the power of incumbency in his tight grip and the formidable rigging machinery that the PDP epitomises, the most likely end result of next year’s presidential elections is a Jonathan return to the exalted seat of power at the Aso Rock Villa.
My major point of distress about a possible return of Jonathan to power come 2015 is what will become of our dearly beloved country if the incessant spate of bombings ravaging the northern parts of the country continues unabated in Jonathan’s second term. What will instigate a major shift away from the heinous activities of the depraved and evil minded Boko Haram sect, such that Jonathan’s second term in office will be relatively peaceful?
At this point, it is abundantly clear that this administration does not have the antidote to cure our land of the deadly Boko virus. Not that anyone can claim categorically to have a magic wand that will wipe out those dastardly insurgents in one fell swoop, having been allowed to entrench their roots deeply in the soil of our land. The question then is when Mr President knows in his heart that this is a problem he might never be able to alleviate, not to mention eradicating the relentless carnage, why is he so adamant, driven and desperate to rule for yet another four years?
We probably don’t understand the depth of love for our beloved Nigeria in Jonathan’s heart, which is probably his sole motivation for wanting to return to office by all means possible come next year. Maybe he has a great vision for this country that he must use another four years in Aso Villa to actualise. Or why else should it be that innocent blood is shed daily like water from a running tap, and yet one man must just remain in the hallowed Villa, irrespective of the amount of Nigerian blood been spilled? Is Mr President’s life more valuable than those of the thousands of Nigerians dying like chickens every now and again?
In fairness, I do feel a pang of pity for Jonathan sometimes, owing to the fact that some people somewhere, whoever they might be, are simply hell bent to make his time in office a nightmare. And not for any cogent reason, asides from the reality of his ethnic origin. While this is most unfortunate and condemnable, Nigerians shouldn’t be the ones bearing the brunt of the high intrigues and power games between political gladiators. Besides, the president himself has not demonstrated enough ability or capacity to move Nigeria onto the path of rapid development that could lift the millions of abjectly poor Nigerians from their miserable life of intensive drudgery. Yes he might be trying his best to do a few things, especially in the areas of rehabilitation of major roads , agricultural renewal, revival of rail transportation and one or two other little things. But the truth is as laudable as these efforts are, they are only a little scratch on the surface, given how far the road that lies ahead of us is.
To make matters even worse, the record of corruption in this current administration is simply appalling. Given that this is the single most debilitating factor keeping this country deep in the mire, it cannot be argued by any right thinking enlightened citizen of this country that Jonathan is the best thing to happen to Nigeria at this time. More so given the untold mortal sacrifice of numerous Nigerian lives because of him, just one man. Is he worth that much more to Nigeria than all those innocent lives? So on what basis could we justify keeping Jonathan at Aso Villa at all costs? So that he can continue to use federal might to oppress and intimidate anybody that threatens to reveal the alarming thievery going on in his administration, or indeed anyone who dares oppose him for whatever reasons at all. It seems a simple enough logic to me that enlightened Nigerians will rise up and say NO to the cruelty of Jonathan’s second term ambition. But then, we know that many atimes, common sense isn’t the most common thing to find amongst Nigerians. Otherwise, why have we been stuck in this muck of misgovernance and lack of credible leadership since 1960?