A media publication sponsored by Rocheba Law Publishers and IKANG conglomerate Nigeria ltd listed sixteen lies on which president Good luck Jonathan should be voted by the masses. They claimed they want some Fresh Air, based on the new face of Nigerian democracy. They listed the following sixteen lies which they termed reasons to vote Jonathan on April 16th 2011.
After having observe these so called sixteen ‘reasons’ I wish to state categorically that having seen the best of president Goodluck nine months stay in office, I came to disapprove on the listed reasons and called on Nigerians to vote for a northerner, based on the zoning arrangements made by certain principal members of the ruling party, the peoples democratic party (PDP) and other well meaning leaders of thought in the country in 1998.
Former president and vice-president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar, and not forgetting that our current Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan was present at the gathering and even signed the agreement allowing power to return to the north after the expiration of the eight year term of chief Olusegun Obasanjo by 2007. The rest that follows after that is now history….
The 16 reasons which made President Goodluck Jonathan to be reelected were all false and too confusing in the eyes of the Nigerian masses. They include;
1. IS TRULLY HUMBLE AND HONESTLY SINCERE;
How can President Goodluck Jonathan be sincere when he reneged on the agreement and arrangement of the zoning formula for power to revert back to the northern part of Nigeria in 2011. What can we tell of these?
2. HAS KEPT HIS WORDS ON CREDIBLE ELECTIONS;
Their was nothing so special as free and credible elections in the just concluded April general elections, where their were wide spread cases of electoral fraud ranging from ballot boxes snatching, rigging and snuffing of ballot papers, intimidation of opposition political parties and so on. These elections will record a high rate of petitions compare to any other in the history of electioneering in country based on the offences committed.
3. REDEFINED NIGERIAN DEMOCRACY IN 9 MONTHS;
How can we say democracy has been redefined in Nigeria when common primaries of major political parties’ candidates were handpicked or selected by godfathers and political associates. Most candidates without the right ‘connections’ to high and powerful government places were screened out. Voters’ registration and card that was done electronically was on the day of the election not used to ascertain the true nature of the voters as well as in the verifications of final result collations.
4. REFORMED THE PETROLEUM SECTOR IN 9 MONTHS;
How do we explain reforms in this sector when Nigeria, an important oil producer keep importing fuel overseas? We should not be carried away by the disappearance of fuel scarcity in our country. It was a tool designed by the corrupt ‘godfathers’ who continuously enriched theirselves from the gains of hike in the petroleum product whenever they create an artificial scarcity. Infact, we should not see the so called amnesty programme as a key to describe the ratings in the present petroleum sector in Nigeria. After the general elections, let’s wait and see if ‘long’ fuel queue will not resurface in our petrol stations again!
5. MADE AIR TRAVEL SAFER IN NIGERIA IN 9 MONTHS;
When we still have rusty air craft and unsecured airport, we cry to say air transport is now safe in Nigeria. Compare the high cost of aviation fuel as well as what the charge per one flight from one city of Nigeria to the other. The fact that our airports are safe today lies in the fact that the ‘evil’ minded ones have not looked towards that direction. Let’s not forget what various media houses have been saying that ‘BIN LADEN’ men are here in Nigeria, very soon they may start hitting us hard. May God continue to save us all.
6. RESURRECTED RAIL TRANSPORTATION IN JUST 9 MONTHS;
How many Nigerian ply the train stations to make a trip from one place to the other? Have the pension of the rail way workers been paid? The much talked about mono rail is a political talk, has it seen the light of the day?
7. ESTABLISHED 9 FEDERAL UNIVERSITIES IN 9 MONTHS;
How can we say we have established Nine New universities that are yet to become operational even in terms of structures? At times the country makes me laugh. I see adverts and broadcast from close friends and political associates of President Goodluck Jonathan using this as a campaign tool. We are establishing new universities when the formers ones keep producing graduates that are yet to be employed. Haba!
8. HAS GIVEN SURE HOPE TO THE NIGER DELTA IN 9 MONTHS;
What hope is in a region yet to witness any developmental changes within the last 9 months? You only gave the trouble youths in the region who claimed at first to be freedom fighters and now militants a patry amnesty deal we called rehabilitation programme. How can you be paying close to 80,000 naira to unemployed aggrieved ‘repentant’ militant when millions of Niger delta graduates and others from other parts of the country went to school for between 4-7 years, serve their fatherland under the NYSC scheme where they were paid a patry 9,775 naira monthly for ten months and now unable to find a job? Why not the same allowance(s) be paid to them also? So we are saying except the unemployed youths in the country becomes aggrieved and take up arms in the country, then an ‘AUSTERITY’ programme will be launch for them. We should not forget what happen in Tunisia hastily.
9. IMPROVED POWER FROM 1500-4000MW IN 9 MONTHS;
Must we be using availability of electricity to Nigerian as a campaign tool? After all it is the corrupt Nigerian leaders that have stalled the steady supply of energy across the country due to their selfish gains they derived from the importation of generators in the country. When other countries are boasting of 20,000 or 50,000 mega watts, we are singing praises high above the heavens for just 4000mw. Na wa o!
10. INCREASED MINIMUM WAGE FOR WORKERS IN NIGERIA;
Increased minimum wage to what? A patry 18,000 naira that is yet to be implemented, that even most states are shouting they can’t afford to pay. A minimum wage that is yet to be implemented or paid to a single worker across the country, yet it has become a campaign tool. How do you explain the over 13 million naira earned by our legislators monthly that accounts to 25% of our yearly national budget, yet they shout over 18,000 to pay workers monthly!
11. OPENED POLITICAL SPACE FOR ALL TO ASPIRE IN 9 MONTHS;
Which political space? Instead the political space was overheated with slogan of ‘WANT SOME FRESH AIR’. What can we say about the post election violence that swept the northern part of the country? We should watch it in Imo, Bayelsa and Adamawa States, it could boil soon!
12. ACHEIVED 3 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS IN 9 MONTHS;
Under state security, a new constitution can be produce within 90 days, so why do we celebrate an amendment that would even benefit them the political class?
13. IS NOT INTIMIDATED BY POLITICAL VIOLENCE TO LOSE FOCUS;
Did we experience any major violence in the country before the elections or after the elections, let Nigerians answer for me?
14. APPOINTED JEGA SOLELY TO ACHIEVE CREDIBLE ELECTIONS;
Their we go again. Even the electoral umpire was appointed by him so why wouldn’t he do his bidding. How are sure that the much talked about direct data capture machines (DDC) were not electronically tampered?
15. BELIEVES A RULING PARTY NEED NOT RIG TO STAY IN POWER;
But almost all the party candidates rigged their respective elections to win and stay in power, so what are we talking about.
16. DOESN’T INFLUENCE ELECTION RESULT FOR FRIENDS OR ENEMIES;
The sun is still high, let wait till night falls. Until a forensic investigation is carried out on all alleged claimed votes across the country then we will all know who influence or those that did not influenced. Only time will tell us. When other countries say, may God bless them; I can only shout may God save Nigeria!