Goodluck Jonathan for what (2)


By Igboeli Arinze

Under Jonathan, the nation moved from one embarrassing drama to the next. Take for example, the situation where a town in Borno was captured, and a president who ought to have initiated himself into such an environment since it was the main theater of the war against terrorism was said to have mouthed, “Where is Gwoza sef?”

What about the stories of the monumental corruption that was witnessed within his presidency, one will recall that with the exception of Sani Abacha, no other Nigerian leader supervised under his administration massive corrupt acts as we saw under Jonathan. It was more like a free for all, ‘A-looting Continua, Diezani and the rest Chop your own’ Even with the huge oil revenues that came in owing to the high price of crude oil disappeared into individual pockets, rather than be entered into our foreign reserves,  little wonder, the same man had his spouse forfeit huge amounts of money, neither can we forget the Dasuki Jamboree where money meant for arms to prosecute the war against terrorism found its way into private pockets while our soldiers were dealt death blows by Boko Haram. Is it any wonder that the same man did announce to the chagrin of Nigerians that “stealing wasn’t corruption”

For all that it is worth, Jonathan was everything but a Commander  in Chief. He rather would expedite his energies in hounding the opposition or those that did not agree with him or her Imperial First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan who also had a catalogue of embarrassments of her own. Or what was Rotimi Amaechi’s crime that for four years the presidency used every unconstitutional trick to edge Amaechi out of office, whilst turning the state into a theater of war on its own. Timipriye Sylvia, I am sure has not told Nigerians why he was denied a second term under the auspices of Goodluck Jonathan. The man who feigned that he was a democrat and that the blood of the ordinary Nigerian was not worth his ambition did not blink an eyelid while his associates stoked troubles in these areas and others.

In all these, one then wonders what Goodluck Jonathan forgot in Aso Rock that he now intends to go back to that office, perhaps he seeks to re-enact the political comeback tales similar to a number of Western and African democracies, after all the likes of Winston Churchill and Matthew Kerekou returned back to power after an initial humiliation from power, how this will work for him in a country with political complexities such as Nigeria remains to be seen. On what yardsticks will he be running for such an office again? Security, anticorruption, restoring the nation’s lost glories, much lost under him that a number of African and World powers began to treat Nigeria like a leper.

I will not even dwell on the constitutionality of such unbridled ambition, lawyers, typical of their practice  have contended for and against the said re-election into the office of the President owing to a particular amendment to the 1999 constitution, the said amendment it is claimed stops a vice-president who completes the term of a President from contesting to be President more than one time.

However, another school of thought holds that the  said amendments of  sections 135 and 137 of the Constitution  cannot bar the former President from vying for that office since he didn’t take his oath as president under the amended constitution.

Nevertheless, while the matter of such an ambition may be left to the wisdom of the members of the judiciary, the moral questions raised here on such an ambition ought to be answered by true Nigerians.

Why should Jonathan crossover as it is alleged into the APC for such a ticket? Should this not smack of what only political desperadoes will do? Moreso, are there not qualified southerners in the APC , from the three regions that constitute the South , fit and more qualified than Jonathan to preside over our national affairs? What about the issue of tenure? With Muhammadu Buhari completing his two tenures of eight years, the North will have used it’s part of the zoning agreement that rotates the presidency between the North and South, now, understanding that Jonathan will be entitled to one term alone, will it not be a disadvantage to the south, to be limited to just a single term?  Is such political arithmetic appropriate, given that the nation is presently riven by a number of secessionist and divisive actors who will only sneer at such an arrangement as the oligarchic attempt to ensure that power remains in the North. Or let us assume that President Jonathan is the only person endowed with the magic powers to fix the nation, should his tenure then end will the North be so benevolent to allow for a southerner to do another single term after Jonathan and then hand over to a Northerner? What stops the Southerner from seeking a second term as guaranteed by the constitution? One can thus agree that such an ambition is inherent with a poisoned chalice of its own.

Goodluck Jonathan should kindly jettison any desire to return back to Aso Rock, such an ambition is beneath the trademark of modern day statesmen.


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