GEJ Needs To Think Away From The Noise

Posted: May 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


By ‘Dimeji Daniels
I couldn’t help laughing when I read President Goodluck Jonathan’s address to African leaders ( I don’t know if I should say other African leaders) in Addis Ababa in which he urged them to empower youths in their countries to enable them take up their leadership roles in Africa’s future within the next decades. What I am not sure about was if Jonathan was also advising himself considering that Nigerian youths have been continually violated.

Nigeria is a country where a 30-year-old man calls himself a boy, and don’t blame him. He still lives with his parents, unmarried, clothed and fed by them. He cannot look up to himself for anything because he has lost his self-esteem due to the incapacitating economic conditions of his country. His psyche has been bastardized so much so that at 30 he feels proud being called a mummy’s or daddy’s boy.

I know politicians thrive on their ability to outshine one another in lying, but in other climes the lies are laced with half-truths. The heartless way Nigerian politicians dish out lies without blinking their eyes irritates rather than amuse me. If not, what qualifies our Otuoke-born once-shoeless President to advise anyone about youth empowerment? Does he hope to extricate himself from all blame by blurting out in a even-if-I-don’t-do-it-at-least-I-say-it manner? Or is that how he does penance?

Some people have argued that most Nigerian leaders only go through their speeches on the day it is to be delivered. So, by not digesting it to input their own ideas, they motionlessly and passionlessly read to their audience what their speech-writer has penned down for them. After all, it is not their words. Unfortunately in Nigeria, most speech-writers put in their principal’s speeches what they know, judging by his character, he could not accomplish in this lifetime all in a bid to present him like some kind of orator, only that in Jonathan’s case, the delivery would mar whatever beauty is crafted into the words.

Most Nigerian youths are disoriented, with no clear-cut vision of their future. Like their leaders, many hope to stumble and wobble to a much-desired bright future, only that we know that works one in one hundred. They bow in reverence to those not as brilliant as they are if it would ensure the day’s meal. It is their turn to serve the children of those their fathers have served. Slavery by inheritance imposed by the clueless greedy few.

Besides stopping to insult us with his Abati-written speeches and press statements, Jonathan should also spare us the agony of hearing his voice for it bears in it no assurance or re-assurance, but only non-performance and ingratitude to Providence for giving him shoes and removing him from Otuoke to Aso Rock which he has further desecrated with his own style of rudderless governance.

Instead of fouling our public space with his vocal farts, he should act on the subsidy probe and prove to us that the money was not spent on his re-election in April, 2011. The two-sides-of-the-mouth talk of his Justice Minister, Adoke, should stop.

 In a sane society, the government consults the people before taking any decision on their behalf. Without adequate consultations and the lie that subsidy would not be removed until April, the Jonathan Government unilaterally removed subsidy on New Year Day, his trojan horse to Nigerians. It started on Tuesday, 13 December, 2011 when he made no mention of subsidy in the 2012 budget during his presentation of same to the National Assembly. As it turned, the greatest daylight robbery has been meted out to Nigerians in the name of subsidy under GEJ’s nose. We now know who was right, Nigerians or GEJ.

When I remember names like Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikwe, Tafawa Balewa, I wonder and ponder if integrity has given way to roguery? Whether performance has given in to vacillation? Whether being remembered for good has given way to living good? Apart from using the name of Nigeria’s founding fathers to campaign, don’t Nigerian politicians feel bothered about how they would go down in history? Why was Jonathan named Azikwe if he has not the zeal of the great Zik? We all know he cannot be a General, but were Nnamdi Azikwe, Obafemi Awolowo and Tafawa Balewa Generals?

Most African leaders, when presented with opportunity, have failed to set their people on the path of progress. Like Koomson in Ayi Kwei Armah’s The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, they bungle on endlessly, concerning themselves only with amassing wealth at the expense of the ones they are supposed to serve, thus making corruption look like the only way out of poverty. And in the end, like Koomson, they are forced to go down the latrine of history, with its attendant odious smell, never to be remembered for anything good again. Jonathan was overwhelmingly voted in by Nigerians. He has the chance to make things right. He should push aside all his toothless speeches and go into his closet, away from all the noise and the scheming, to think deeply.

And as for David Mark, the Senate President, he should stop being Jonathan’s defendant. He should know that he is the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, accountable only to Nigerians, and not the President of the Senate of the Federal Government of Nigeria or PDP. Most of his words and actions are filled with nuances that he holds more allegiance to GEJ than to Nigerians. If truly he wants to take his turn at the presidency come 2015, that is if Jonathan does not betray him like he has betrayed Nigerians, he should know that despite PDP’s rigging prowess, Nigerians would still be the deciding factor.

‘Dimeji Daniels writes from number 6, Fiyinf’Oluwa Street, Adebayo, Ado-Ekiti



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