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Evangelist Isaac IvbazeTuesday, April 8, 2014
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PDP AND GOODLUCK JONATHAN'S GOVERNMENT


..."A CURSE ON NIGERIANS"

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he government of Goodluck Jonathan can only be described by the words of Mahatma Gandhi "The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles." Young India, 22 October 1925)". According to Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom "A leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind. Without any equivocation, Mr. President, Goodluck Jonathan by now must have realized that he has become the worst president Nigeria has ever produced. His political ascendancy has made indelible mark in creating an epic of historic corruption in Nigeria. Good luck Jonathan must be remembered in history by transforming Nigeria into an empire of skillful thieves and robbers. His personality profile does not only suggest a man who lacks moral and spiritual credentials to rule over a nation like Nigeria, he has also established a council of cankerworms and caterpillars whose sinister intention is backed up by conspiracy to wreck the nation. As serious as it is, babies in their mother's womb in Nigeria have already begun to hear the horrors of missing billions of nairas and dollars. President Jonathan and his cabinet have laid foundation for a new level of corruption in Nigeria. Their criminal tendencies have thought the youths on How to steal billions and get away with it. That is the legacy they have established for the younger generation of Nigeria. It is absolutely clear that his government has not identified in any way or form with the wishes and aspirations of the people of Nigeria.

For the past 15 years PDP has achieved absolutely nothing. It has created and caused a monumental damage to social-economic life of Nigerians. It's careless and reckless attitude toward the management of public funds is a reflection of a nation devoid of the rule of law. According to Martin Luther King Jr. "There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right." Right now every responsible Nigeria must be able to answer to the call of conscience and to speak against the injustice, deception, lies, fraud, and economic genocide being perpetrated against the nation by the government of Goodluck Jonathan. Not only that his government is seriously involved in large scale fraudulent practices, they have failed to live up to their responsibility by containing the excesses of corrupt practices in Nigeria. There is absolutely no provision that has been made so far to create incentives for foreign investment in the country.

Electricity is still in shambles after billions of dollars had been spent on the power sector for 15 years. One would have expected that after 15 years, the nation would be able to maintain some level of power stability but in contrary, Nigerians are still living in darkness. The privatization of the power sector has not achieved anything rather it has compounded the problem of Nigerians. It is my honest and sincere advice that President Goodluck Jonathan and a host of other political criminals should abdicate their plans to continue on any plan to solicit elections in 2015. They must do that in order to allow Nigerians to reap democratic dividend because their presence are reminiscence of all the evils of corruption in the nation. Judging from the current situation, I believe it would not be difficult for Nigerians to extract and dispel all the criminal elements from among the political scavengers in 2015 including the president himself.

The situation in Nigeria does not call for re-election of PDP at the federal level. As I write this article, I still do not believe or have not seen any credible political party in Nigeria that is truly ready to identify with the problem of the Nigerian masses. In that case, Nigeria is in deep trouble except by Devine intervention. However, Jonathan and his government have mortgaged Nigeria into the hands of criminals who have opened the gate to illegal exploitation of the nation's oil. Nigeria is losing billions of dollars to illegal bunkering of the nation's petroleum on a frequent basis. For quite some time now the Central bank has declared that NNPC has refused to remit 20 billion dollars into the nations account. The other time I read on the news as the minister of petroleum gave flimsy excuses of how the NNPC had to spend 10 billion dollars for the maintenance of NNPC facility. Education is the bedrock of human advancement. It is of paramount importance to note that education is a key to unlock economic development in any nation but it is most unfortunate that Nigerian's education and intellectual disposition has not in any way helped in national development. In fact it has helped to plunge the nation into a chaotic and deplorable condition. According to Theodore Roosevelt "A man who has never gone to school may steal a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad." With the news of billions of naira embezzled daily in the nation and the 20 billion dollars unaccounted for by the NNPC, it is absolutely clear that Abacha and Babanjida were just petty thieves compared to Jonathan and his cohorts.

It was reported in October 2013 that Nigeria was losing 150,000 barrels of petroleum products daily to oil theft and vandalism. I believe those criminals are members of the president's inner circle who have turned the nation's petroleum product into their own personal commodity. http://premiumtimesng.com/news/147536-nigeria-loses-150000-barrels-crude-oil-daily-pipeline-vandalism-says-nnpc.html. While the federal government watched in pretense as if they are oblivious of what is going on, the nation's economic mainstay is dwindling away. Between January and March 2013 the Nigerian government had lost 190 billion naira to oil theft in Niger Delta. http://www.thenewsnest.com/nigeria-lost-n190bn-to-crude-oil-theft-in-niger-delta-between-january-and-march-nnpc

It is interesting to note that Nigeria's foreign reserve was 2 billion dollars when Obasanjo came into office in 1999. Though Obasanjo cannot be exonerated from the cause of the problems in Nigeria but at the end of his tenure in 2007; foreign reserve had risen to 43 billion dollars. From 2007-2014, there has not been any significant change in the nation's foreign reserve and of course it was recently announced by CBN that the nation's foreign reserve has dropped from $44.8bn on November 18, 2013 to $41.4bn on February 18, 2014. In addition to the crippling foreign reserve, Mr. Lamidu Sanusi, the longtime governor of CBN had also expressed dismay over the collapse of the excess crude oil from 11.5bn to 2.5bn just within a year. Nigerians must be aware of the fact that Goodluck Jonathan is a con- artist, betrayer and does not have the interest of the Nation in his agendas. In the past months, the governor of CBN Mr. Lamidu had continued to call on President Jonathan to check the nefarious activities in NNPC with regards to financial misconduct. With all the obvious proof of billions of dollars disappearing from NNPC, yet the presidency has continued to gamble with the lives of Nigerians by compromising their oath of office. He lamented over the reckless exploitation of the nation's petroleum products.

http://odili.net/news/source/2014/feb/20/806.html Jonathan has suspended Mr. Lamidu Sanusi because Mr. Lamindu had consistently voiced concerns against the uncontrollable level of corruption that has become a trade mark of his government. Mr. Lamidu had continued to call for investigation on the 20 billion dollars that NNPC had failed to remit into the nation's account. He also stated that since 2005, NNPC had not been audited. If within the period of nineteen months, NNPC officials have lynched 20 billion dollars, one could only imagine how much had been stolen since 2005. The government of Goodluck Jonathan is making history. The bureaucratic institution in Abuja has become a criminal organization run by mafias with Jonathan presiding over it. Mr. Lamidu in response to his suspension described the president as a man though appears to be simple "His greatest failing obviously is that he is surrounded by people who are extremely incompetent, who are extremely fraudulent and whom he trusts."- Lamidu Sanusi. I believe this is wrong about the character of the president because his refusal to contain criminal activities within his cabinet is an evidence of his complicity and his personal involvement in it. Jonathan, who was deputy Governor under the British most wanted criminal for money laundry is only exhibiting what he has been taught by his predecessor at the federal level. Mr. Lamindu Sanusi has become a subject of ridicule by criminal elements in Nigeria who have subjugated the state to financial and economic imbroglio. He is labeled as the worst criminal in Nigeria simply because of his attempt to curb the excesses of Jonathan's irresponsible leadership.

If Sanusi was embezzling money all these years why had he not been prosecuted? Is it now that he has declared 20 billion dollars missing from the nation's account that he suddenly becomes a thief? Nigeria is heading to a serious crash landing and the fall is going to be disastrous. The turbulent wave has already begun across the nation in the form of Kidnappings, armed robberies, ritual killings, Boko haram, and social anomalies. When a nation has chosen to live in wickedness and negate the moral law of God, that nation must be ready for an imminent catastrophic end. Mr. Sanusi should not be perturbed or wave his stance against Jonathan's mission to put an end to the state of Nigeria. I am completely amazed at the level of complacency of Nigerians. In my last commentary titled NIGERIANS ARE SMART BUT COWARDS, I expressed a deep concern about the way every successive government in Nigeria has treated Nigerians with regards to economic injustice, reckless use of public funds and human right violations. All these evils within the leadership hierarchy have continued to triumph because Nigerians are cowards. It is really amazing to see how Nigerians have succumbed to political and economic victimization by the government of Goodluck Jonathan. I believe they are under spiritual hypnosis, because any nation that has reached this level of wickedness would certainly rise up to find an urgent solution. http://nigeriaworld.com/articles/2014/feb/032.html

Just recently, the minister of finance announced that the removal of Lamidu Sanusi would not adversely affect the economy. She proceeded by saying "it is the macroeconomic stability that has enabled us to continue to transform the different sectors of the economy and that will not change". The minister of finance should be made to explain to Nigerians the practical evidence of economic growth that has resulted to macroeconomic stability in the nation.

Is it the rising rate of unemployment, infrastructural decay and dilapidation, constant depreciation and fluctuation of currency, and the unaccounted billions of dollars from petroleum revenues? Is it the reckless mismanagement of the nation's resources without tangible investment? She should be able to explain what constitute economic stability to Nigerians. Is it the bogus projection of GDP and yet there is nothing to show for it? Would she be able to explain to Nigerians the areas their economic transformation has affected their lives? Which areas have the federal government transformed the sectors of the economy? What statistic have they given showing the movement of employment and unemployment in the nation? Sometimes these political appointees dance to the tune of their criminal employers. They work on the brain of Nigerians by coming up with obnoxious economic jargons to camouflage their hidden agendas. This is exactly the reason Nigeria is still in darkness. What economic stability is she talking about?

I remembered When President Jonathan was asked by a CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour in 2013 about his position in view of the indiscriminate extraction of the nation's oil by criminals; he was completely incoherent in his vindictiveness. He bounced from word to word, mumbling as a thief caught in the action with an expression of a complete guilt, which means his hands are not clean. I believe the Nigeria state is too difficult for Jonathan judging from his weak personality. Nigerians are just too tough for him. The nation is in turmoil. Obasanjo ought to have been indicted for imposing a man on Nigerians who is not ethically and morally fit to become president of the nation. The criminal activities of Boko Haram are felt everyday by Nigerians. I recently read the confessions of two former leaders of Boko Haram and in those confessions, they accused some prominent individual s from the north and Niger Delta as major sponsors of the Islamic sect. According to them, those individuals are very well known by the government of Goodluck Jonathan. In spite of all the compelling evidences pointing directly at these individuals, the federal government has continued to deny their knowledge about the activities of these criminals. In the mixt of this, Christians have become the scape goat. News of bombardment of Churches and killing of Christians are reported daily in the north and yet the sponsors of these Islamic criminals are seen smiling and shaking hands with the president on a regular basis.

The security operatives in the country are porous. Politicians are squandering the resources of the nation; the Islamic insurgence is holding the north hostage, while Kidnappers and ritualist are holding the south hostage. The lives of Nigerians are under siege. The cost of living is becoming unbearable. The nation's security is in complete disarray. Innocent men and women are constantly robbed, kidnapped and sometimes killed for their hard earned money. The judicial system is infected by judges with questionable characters who are in constant compliance with high profile criminal activities in the nation. The state of the nation's Education has become the worst in Africa. Not too long ago, the university students and other higher institutions were sent home and for a period of six months the schools were closed. It is my understanding that the Academic Union of Nigeria Polytechnic Staff have been on strike now for more than six months. It breaks my heart each time I receive calls from my young nephews who have been in the university for 6 years telling me they still have not graduated with a 4 year bachelor's degree. Nigerians have resulted to sending their children to Ghana for university and secondary education. What a shame! It was just announced that over 150,000 Nigerians are currently studying at various universities in Ghana, including some institutions that are obscure and substandard. http://odili.net/news/source/2014/feb/5/609.html.

This was confirmed by the Deputy Head Mission, Nigerian High Commission in Ghana, Mr. Mohammed Kurmawa. According to him, in 2012 alone, Nigerian students spent about N1.6 billion in Ghanaian universities. What a disgrace! According to Rosalynn Carter "A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be." Unfortunately Jonathan and his government have not been able to take Nigerians where they want to go, not to mention an extra mile. Unemployment has risen to 70% and poverty rate 80%. Jonathan does not have a clue on what he is doing. This is not the time to play along with any tribal sentiment. The biggest problem in Nigeria is tribal mentality. An average Nigerian can embezzle billions of dollars and as far as his/her tribal men are concerned there is nothing wrong about it. It is a horrible mentality and its killing Nigeria. This time, it is not a joke, Nigerians must be serious; they must elect individuals based on merit, personality profile and past credibility. It does not matter if such individuals are Christians, Muslims, Hausas, Ibos or Yorubas. Evidently, it is a resounding fact that the receiving ends of all these problems caused by these terrible leaders are always the ordinary men/women in Nigeria. They are the victims of financial recklessness, embezzlement, fraud, and misappropriation.

There is no justifiable ground for these Kleptocratic pathetic leaders to continue in their bid to clamor for re-election in 2015. According to John C. Maxwell "Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another." Unfortunately Goodluck Jonathan and his gangs have not been able to influence Nigerians on any area of their lives.

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