truly find it very unnerving that university students have now been at home for nearly two months and nothing is going on in our institutions of higher learning, but Goodluck Jonathan has been busy pursuing his personal goals that will benefit no one but himself and his family, and that is the summary of the trouble with Nigeria today: personal gains and agenda, terrible leadership, greed, disrespect for the tenets of democracy and the constitution, and huge abuse of office. While ASUU strike should be a top priority and high on the agenda of the nation with no effort spared to ensure that the government is focused on solving the logjam it created, Mr. Jonathan has been busy with his dead-on-arrival agenda to get himself nominated for a second term, even as the graves of the victims of his failed first term litter the nation. The last six months has been wasted by Jonathan trying to rig a second term nomination for himself at his moribund party, a party that is at war with itself. By the way, we are enjoying the open show of madness in the PDP.
In order to have his way and with disregard for party constitution and commonsense Jonathan, who has not been putting anything close to four hours to critical matters of state on any day, has had the time to break the law and abuse his authority repeatedly by directing the chaos and lawlessness that overran the convention of the PDP in Abuja and the lockout of an elected, sitting governor in Rivers State, the very same governor who received this kindergarten leader at the Port Harcourt Airport a few hours earlier! It is shocking that the fairly sensible people he is dealing it are very tolerant and respectful, yet they are being maltreated and disrespected by a man who is clearly wearing a shoe that is too big for him. When you buy a shoe next time please avoid sizes that are too big for you, which is a good reason why your present pet project is ill advised. To make matters worse, Jonathan sacked most of the hardworking people in his cabinet!
He is going on like everything is well and normal in the nation; he has been acting like a drunken fellow who drinks from the potent bottles of power and wine. It may be important in politics to remove ministers from office for reasons other than performance, but what about getting rid of poor performing ministers? Jonathan removed ministers who were nominated by the very same people who helped him to power, the same people who failed to realize, then, that he is not a material for the post they were about to dash to him, and he that he is a very petty person who will always put self interest above national interest. National interest should have dictated to the kindergarten tenant at Aso Rock that the commitment and devotion of his ministers and their loyalty are all that are needed and essential. But a man after personal gains such as Jonathan has no room for national interests and no regard for commitment to the interests and well being of the Nigerian people.
The ministers who are performing so poorly and whose failures and misdeeds are daily reported in the newspapers are retained. The performance of the minister of petroleum is always in the news - the endless queues for kerosene by men, women, boys, and girls, the dearth of diesel and gas, the vandalization of crude oil pipelines and the stealing of crude oil on a daily basis are the terrible score card that clearly pointed to the failure of the petroleum minister. But she is kept on a seat that she barely qualify for and has failed to add any value to because there is more to her appointment than the need for performance. Mrs. Alison-Madueke is not alone in this focus on personal gains; there are several other ministers - unfortunately, most of them are from the Niger Delta - who are not performing as the people will expect and whose lack of contribution are having adverse effects on the lives of the Nigerian people.
The very moment the yardstick for measuring ministerial performance is not people-focused, but self-oriented and greed-directed, then we know we have problems. We have huge problems in our teaching hospitals (which is not the hospital of choice for the Jonathans since they go to Germany every time), we have major problems in higher education and our universities are under lock and key (most of the top office holders have spirited their own children to universities in Europe and North America), and we have serious problems in labour and employment creation considering the fact that millions of our youths and more than 40% of men and women in the age range of 39 to 55 are out of work, mainly due to the "right-sizing," downsizing," and "realignment" in the banking and financial services and the closure of many manufacturing companies in the last six to ten years, and Jonathan cannot create jobs.
Because Jonathan and his sidekicks have no idea of the pains and anguish so many families with children forced to sit at home due to the forced closure of their universities, they are going on like all is well in the nation, they are causing trouble and creating chaos here and there. Alison-Madueke's children are in Houston, Texas, United States so what does she care if the universities are closed or not. The children of the minister of finance, who proclaimed that the government does not have the kind of money ASUU is asking for, are also in the United States. Most of the ministers, National Assembly legislooters, directors, sidekicks, errand boys and contractors have sent their children overseas where health care is first class, education very attractive and well funded, social services is wonderful, and life is generally better for people.
Where is the commitment and devotion to the welfare of the people that you expect to find in those managing the affairs of Nigeria? If Jonathan puts in just twenty percent of the commitment and care he devotes to his family (such as ensuring his wife got the very best medical care in Germany) into the affairs of the nation there is no doubt that the nation's health care, social services, higher education and social infrastructure will be a lot better. If he cared about the education and future of the undergraduates and he is interested in their safety, I am sure the universities would have returned to classes by now. There should be a policy in place to ensure that the family and children of all office holders attend school and seek medical treatment solely within the borders of Nigeria. Nelson Mandela has been sick for several months and hospitalized several times but he has not been taken to any hospital in Europe or America for medical treatment because South Africa has a policy in place to seek medical solutions/care at home for everyone, the leaders and followers. I guess it is in view of the fact that the leader is seen as no way bigger or superior to the followers. The heavily corrupt way in which things are done in Nigeria, the lack of culture and values, and the illusion of superiority being displayed by self-appointed leaders in Nigeria is making rubbish of the hopes, aspirations and hard work the average Nigerian is putting into things. No responsible and committed leader will give his people poverty and death while he embrace an epicurean life devoted to the best wine, food and plenty, even claiming that he needs more, and more, and even more for his wife in billions of naira.
Reading John Milton's Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained may do the kindergarten king of Aso Rock a lot of good, but that may be too late now. Elected office holders are supposed to bear the people's burden, not corner the people's purse and their resources; only thieves are known to do that, but then there is no other way to describe or define what is going on in Nigeria in the name of leadership. It looks more like lootership to me, and it will not continue like this. It must not continue like this. It is in the best interest of those holding lootership positions in Aso Rock and the National Assembly to ensure that change is effected and accepted before it is too late. The first step is for the puppeteer-in-chief and schemer to forget the idea of a second term altogether. He does not even merit a first term and that much he has proven and confirmed by his horrendous performance, greed-driven and spirit-fueled life - we refer to the spirit that control most riverine regions around the world, particularly the Nigerian Niger Delta. But as the kindergarten king plot and scheme against the people and the poor the Lord laughs at this feather weight king from his throne in heaven, and soon he will whack the drunkard and kick him off the face of the earth. The feather weight king who lack virtues and lay more burden on the shoulders of the people, his own shoulder light and free - yet without shame.
Playing with fire seems to be a sport the feather weight king enjoy the most. Could playing with fire also be the king of sports in Otuoke or why would he ask his servant in Port-Harcourt to prevent an elected governor from entering his official residence? The ready-to-please errand boy was happy to stop an elected governor from governor's lodge in Nigeria's 21st century! Is this the best way for the discredited Otuoke boy to intimidate and show that he has power? Where does his power lie? Does he have power over the barrel of the gun? Does he control a jot of the power that hold this world together? This is an illusion taken too far by a self-deluded man who can be brought down by a bout of malaria and he will not see tomorrow. Retrace your step and look back. See where you are coming from and look at where you have been. Look at where you found the people of Nigeria and see where you have brought them today. They are more desperate than before, more unsafe and unsure than ever; unsure of today and tomorrow, uncertain about anything and everything, deprived of the basics of life and crushed by all the weight of abandonment and abject poverty while they watch as you live in splendour and go on like all is well and good.