We certainly do not want to entrust the political process to administrators who have holes in their souls
ishonesty, greed and mean-spiritedness are the least attributes you expect to find in anyone who aspire to leadership or has leadership thrown at him by his masters, who ought to have known better, but not in this case. Beside the fact that the three terrible attributes hurts the person, they also easily disqualify him or her from gaining the respect of the people. It is very unlikely that anyone will respect a thief, a mean-spirited fellow, and a selfish person, or even avail him/her any regard. This is the reason why most of those who hold elective offices in Nigeria today are looked at with so much disrespect and disdain. Jesse Jackson, the American human rights campaigner and two-time presidential candidate spoke about the holes that prevent us from wanting to entrust our politics and nation to administrators with holes in their souls. As the Nigerian people take note and witness what is going on and see how those who hold offices are mismanaging and abusing their offices they lose respect for these office holders and the office they hold, which is why, as Jesse Jackson put it, "You may be powerful but never be good," never be respected and even looked down upon; noting further that "political strength comes out of moral authority" but when you lack moral authority, then you become a laughing stock and the butt of the people's jokes. Is anyone surprised that most members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have little or no respect for Goodluck Jonathan? He is not a man of his word, he is pro-corruption by all most of his actions, and he is a divisive person. Is anyone shocked that the average Nigerian very much see Jonathan as a lame duck and a laughing stock? Why don't they respect or regard him? He has done nothing to make them respect him and he has done everything to make them disrespect him.
People are not likely to respect you or the political authority you lay claim to if you lack the moral integrity required to lead and if what you say is the entire opposite of what you do, and if you continually act contrary to what is expected of your office and the norm. Reverend Jesse Jackson referred to the need to be in the moral centre as a leader rather than being either right-wing or left-wing leaning, but having and demonstrating the moral authority needed to affect people's life for good. The moral centre allows you to care for everyone, to provide support for the people, to put the people's interests above your own and treat them how you wish to be treated. Jesse, as he is popular called by the young and the old in America, used the example of health care in America and demanded that the health care plan available to the two parliamentary houses at the Capitol Hill and to the White House should be available to every house in America. It is true that the United States has some of the best hospitals in the world, but American citizens do not have free health care that is available to most citizens in the rest of the advanced world, and that is partly what is behind the drive by Barrack Obama in pushing the affordable health care that is dubbed ObamaCare. The moral authority to care for the people despite challenges and oppositions set Obama apart as one leader with moral authority, who is respected and has been drawing from his personal experience and sharing the pain and anguish suffered by his mother after she was diagnosed with cancer and was not able to afford care.
Before Jonathan was elected he persistently mentioned his poor upbringing and his shoe-less childhood, but for Jonathan that was where it ended; he has not mentioned that since his elections campaign and has not allowed that to influence his office. His office has been heavily focused on what he can get and WIIFM (what is in it for me). When an office holder is seen to be more interested in himself and disinterested/less interested in the people who put him in office (assuming their votes truly made the difference) there is nothing he will do to gain their respect or trust. The truth is that most citizens are not really interested in what their leaders are saying but what they are doing. Jonathan talk a lot and make a lot of promises, but he is not delivering anything to Nigerians. He has delivered (and he is still delivering) state of the art health care to his family by ensuring that they have the presidential jet and taxpayers' money to take them to Germany for treatment. What health care is he providing to Nigerian citizens? The very same antiquated, deplorable care he inherited. What moral right has Jonathan to send his wife to Germany while the rest of the nation go to local hospitals where you have to take your own medical gloves, cotton wool, water, syringe, etc or you will not be attended to? The hospitals cannot even schedule procedures because their operating theatres are too old and heavily damaged to provide any meaningful result, and then NEPA will ensure that few procedures are only possible even as people may even lose their lives as a result of power outage, which are the reasons Jonathan is avoiding local hospitals, even the Aso Rock hospital?
The other side of Jonathan vividly exposed in the last six months was his mean-spiritedness. A mean and wicked man cannot earn moral authority or gain the respect of his people. Goodluck Jonathan is heating up the national polity by creating one crisis after another, yet he has shown his inability and weakness by his failure to stem the tide of Boko Haram. Boko Haram is still alive and well in Nigeria. No one will expect an office holder who is unable to check the murderous activities of an overzealous sect to become the purveyor of crises and the fomenter of troubles. Notwithstanding that his man-made crises are to achieve personal gains - which actually makes it even horrendous - we wonder the extent a man could go and the viciousness he will take things. He is using the police to harass an elected government in Rivers State and the supporters and friends of that government. He is abusing his office for his selfish ends, he is fanning the embers of discord, and he is a role model only to Niger Delta thugs and hoodlums. He is too busy serving himself rather than serving the people. It is true that those whom the gods would destroy they first make mad, and Jonathan is walking that dangerous line that can only lead to perdition. The other day he asked barrack Obama to fix Nigeria for him. Many of us could not help but laugh. Obama should fix Nigeria and fix Africa, how dumb! The request was not only foolish but also showed how blank the mind of Jonathan is and how little, in terms of value, Jonathan can add to the Nigerian nation. How does Jonathan expect President Obama to fix Nigeria? Is Jonathan asking that Obama send an administrator to Nigeria to manage it? Could it be that Jonathan expect the US president to send financial aids to Nigeria to fix health care, education and social services, Nigeria that is one of the most corrupt nations in the world?
With holes in his soul and self-interests paramount in his actions we know that Goodluck Jonathan is not qualified to administer a village. The people will always and must always be the focus of leadership. This is the first office holder in the history of our nation whose focus is not the people, not even a section of the people, and not even an ethnic group. Jonathan lacks the moral character to make any difference beyond his family.