Anniversary are usually time for the celebration achievement, milestones attained or the like.
As president Goodluck Jonathan set to celebrate the second year of his four year term in office, it is time to look at how well he has fared in his administration of Nigeria.
President Jonathan’s 2 years in office seem like 10 years of military dictatorship in Nigeria. Hardly does a day pass by without Nigerians witnessing one form of national drama or the other.
Amongst many other maladies, bomb blast has now become as regular as PHCN. His government revel in corruption and indiscipline.
Let’s take a good look at some of the negative things President Jonathan has done since his 2 years in office.
(1) He refused to publicly declare his asset at the inception of his government on May 29, 2011 and then proceeded to tell Nigerians in nation-wide TV interview, “I don’t give a damn” about assets declaration.
(2) Aso rock under Jonathan has become a grave yard of investigative committees. We have lost count of the number of committees he has set up since 2 years ago. What is very sad in it is that he failed to implement findings and recommendation of the committees
(3) His controversial endorsement of the suspension of the president of the court of Appeal, Justice Ayo salami, as many people believe is all about the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) losing Ekiti and Osun state which the party appropriated to itself through a most shameful electoral heist.
(4) On New Year’s Day 2012, Jonathan greeted Nigerian with the shock of new oil prices, as he attempted to scrap ‘subsidies’, leading to general strike and protest. As a result of this, the administration promised to establish refineries as well as execute mass public works to provide employment for the youth; we are yet to feel the impact of these promises
(5) He did not make any reference to the endemic corruption in the oil
sector, and he refused to sack petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke who has been serially accused of corruption and self enrichment.
(6) Over #5 trillion of government funds have been stolen through Fraud, Scam, Embezzlement and theft since his resumption in office. Massive frauds has been witnessed in some ministries. For instance, Ribadu’s report on the oil and gas sector put daily crude
oil theft at 250,000 barrels costing the nation $6.3bn a year. Meanwhile, the statutory institutions created to fight these monsters of economic crimes (EFCC and ICPC) have gone to sleep.
(7) Fuel subsidy and pension funds have been stolen under his watch. There is no evidence that these people involved will be prosecuted and be made to answer for the crimes they were alleged to have committed.
(8) He went on air to claim that Nigerians were impressed with the current level of improvement on power. His claim was immediately challenged on twitter by Nigerians, who were following the interview with many tweeting, that they were watching the interview using
(9) He lied to the world in his independence day anniversary speech that global corruption watchdog -Transparency international has endorsed and praised his administration’s war against corruption.
(10) He cheerfully accepted a donation of church from a government contractor which is strongly against the constitution he promised to uphold.
(11) The President go on foreign trips without minding the current security challenges in the country. His trips are often preceded with advance parties and entourages which attract huge estacodes at the country’s expenses.
(12) His administration came up with an innovation project to distribute 10 million mobile phones to farmers.
(13) The presidency as usual lied about the first lady’s health, insisting tha Mrs. Jonathan travelled for a “deserved rest”. But in February this year, the first lady narrated how she went through
“hell”, while in hospital. She said she was “dead” for 7 days and that she did 9 surgeries to correct her “unknown ailment”. The summary of it was that the presidency lied to Nigerians on simple issue. How would they expect anyone to ever believe them again?
(14) He granted presidential pardon to former governor of Bayelsa state, chief Alamieyeseigha and made mockery of himself as he continued to insist his government is determined to fight corruption.
(15) He awarded juicy contracts to ethnic militia leaders in the south-south; he also went ahead to do the same for OPC leaders, by awarding the allocation of oil pipeline security contracts to them. This shows that he encourages other people to organise themselves and take up arms so as to get a share of the national cake.
(16) For a significant part of his 2 years in office, we witnessed several episodes of conflict in many part of the country, particularly the northern side where Boko Haram, an Islamic terror sect
killed thousands of Nigerians. This is, as a result of the economic mess and high poverty rate that the Jonathan administration created in the last 2 years.
The drama is not yet over, we are still watching…