“The clear danger to public affairs commentary is that we have a lot of unintelligent people repeating stupid clich├ęs and too many intelligent persons wasting their talents lending relevance to thoughtless conclusions”……Rueben Abati

Criticism is the practice of judging the merits and faults of something or someone in an intelligible (or articulate) way,but what we have in Nigeria today is not criticism but hate,prejudice and push him down at all cost syndrome.Nation's building process is a two way traffic,independently and naturally regulated by scared doctrine of "SOCIAL CONTRACT". How a society functions optimally is largely dependent on attitudes and behavioural pattern of its citizens because it is from these pool leaders will emerge. I’m very sure the president’s critics are very much aware of this concept as veritable principle for national developments and cohesion.alt

In a country,where virtually every healthy adults' sense of shared responsibility,patriotism and civic obligation to the state and its institutions are almost diminished,it will take audacious miracle for such country to progress in any spheres of human endevours.Critics of President G.E.Jonathan are not analyzing Nigeria's abysmal performance from empirical analysis based on concept of an ideal society where citizens voluntarily obey less than basic laws and regulations.It's utter disaster and inferno from hell when healthy adults cannot understand safety rules and consequences of driving against traffic,importation of fake drugs and commodities,arms smuggling,fraud,tax evasion,e.t.c,How do we intend to progress as nation with audacious criminal tendencies and unpatriotic traits as a cultural norms?All of us are yawning and praying for a better country,but how many of us are ready to sacrifice for our communal survival?

Yes,leadership is part of Nigeria's woes and neither the president nor people in position of authority can be immuned from criticism.Infact,life itself is not interesting without challenges of critics.But engaging in rumour & scare mongering tactics,smear campaign,using of foul words against a sitting president in a volatile country like Nigeria is extremely too bad and uncalled for.Some say it's the beauty of democracy but, i totally disagree.It's purely a symptoms of bad education,lack of emotional and moral confidence.You don''t degrade,damage and torment a person to make a point!Engaging in constructive criticism is best techniques to voice our opinion.Constructive Criticism is best method to engage the President,It appreciate a person strength,celebrates achievements,criticizes failures while suggesting other areas of improvements. it's not damaging neither does it make a person lesser being, infact, it will spur the person to improve his performance and persona,but what we have in Nigeria today is far far below constructive criticism.And mischievous element are really cashing in on these arm chairs and self righteous critics.Boko Haram's Menace is a good example.

Jonathan’s critics (not all) have finally thrown caution and decorum to the dogs.Treacherous,Inciting and Treasonable statements are now the hallmarks of these unpatriotic and mischievous critics,but one thing these ignorant elements should know is that President Jonathan is a captain of a distressed ship.Navigating a “quasi” eternal turbulent water with dilapidated engines is not a tea party affair.He needs absolute patriotism and cooperation of all crew members for successful voyage.Anything less is a recipe for disaster.

Personally,i sympathize with President Good Luck Ebele Azikewe Jonathan.He is presiding over a country where the voice of felons,saboteurs,arsonist,terrorists,cynics,tax evaders,coup plotters,fifth columnist,chronic unpatriotic citizens,e.t.,c, are the loudest. Can someone ask these critics to present their personal income and corporate tax payments records?

A nation on the path of greatness cannot be powered by unpatriotic citizens.It's practically impossible!


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Re: President Jonathan & His Critics
Justan234 posted on 09-03-2012, 18:14:31 PM
Yes. The same constructive criticism that's made our voices hoarse. The same cooperation that brought us to this miserable point. When a medicine is not working you seek alternative means, but I'm sure we could constructively criticize all the journalists collecting brown envelopes at state houses and the first lady that became a permanent secretary and ta da! everything would work out well. I guess I have too much time on my hands responding to this claptrap.
Re: President Jonathan & His Critics
Ariteni posted on 09-05-2012, 14:18:09 PM
M.A., This is a great piece! the uncivilised conduct of some "critics" should be condemned. Those who keep silent when they should talk should also be condemned. Few Racist Americans bitter at election of President Barak Obama are civilised enough to wait 4 years to bring out a Mitt Romney. But some Nigerians just hate the face of Dr Goodluck Jonathan. Abi, minority no be human being? Abi, Nigerians dey in soup and Govt must fail because den no elect soldier again?
Den lucky say Dr Goodluck na practising turn-the-other-cheek Xtian, den for see. People who have nothing to say should just shut the hell up! Nigerians are suffering and we know. We need no jobless critic to tell us so. And it did not start with Dr Jonathan.

This noise reminds me of a "friend" of mine who is an advocate of Igbo Presidency. His way of crusading for it was to "drive" Baba Iyabo from office by impeachment or otherwise. Then Baba left by effluxion of time. He then shouted his voice hoarse that it was turn of Ndigbo but alas it went to Ndi-Hausa - Umar Yar Adua. The moral is that you must present a viable alternative before you bring down the house or you will turn out to be like the fools who assasinated Balewa and others but ended up in prison themselves!

If Dr Jonathan is impeached today, the Presidency goes to VP Sambo for the rest of the term and then in 2015 we start zoning "wahala" again. Those who think that Sambo will out-perform Goodluck are "insane" (to use the words of Mrs Muhajedeen Asari Dokubo) Nigerians never learn! Na so we say Buhari no dey smile, the evil genius open him gap tooth we jump in and suffer for 8 good years. Lets just work with Goodluck and stop the unhealthy destructive criticism! (NB that criticism earned Abati a job in Aso Rock!)

If a man who has a case of embezzlement says scrap EFCC, Nigerians should ignore such call because he's looking to escape the law. Almost every statement by deviant Nigerians has motive! Even their silence is pregnant. Not every critic is a critic. That is why the President has to ignore many.

I hope educated diaspora Nigerians will intervene and bring class finesse and brains into Nigerian Public discourse
Re: [Articles] President Jonathan & His Critics
Agensheku posted on 09-05-2012, 16:31:54 PM
Jonathan: Criticisms, snake oil, and the way forward


On August 28, 2012, The Punch quoted President Jonathan as saying he was \"the most criticised President in the whole world,\" and at the same time vowing that \"before I leave I will be the most praised President.\" He went on to promise his listening audience that by 2013, the vast majority of Nigerians would come to appreciate him because that is when most would begin to reap the dividend of democracy and the policies he has put in place. A few days earlier, Mr. President was quoted as saying that the media was no longer the voice of the people. The Nigerian media, as the President sees it, has become injuriously partisan, politicised and untrustworthy.

On all counts, I disagree with President Jonathan. I disagree, not merely or necessarily because I think the President is wrong; but because I think he failed to take our modern history into account. And the modern history of leadership, the media, and the people's aspiration tells us three things. First, every president or head of government have been subjected to all types of criticisms. This was the case in the days of Gen. Yakubu Gowon. He believed, in many instances, that the Nigerian media (especially the Lagos-Ibadan based media) were unduly critical of him. In later years, President Olusegun Obasanjo voiced a similar complaint.

In and out of office, Chief Obasanjo continues to be a target of the media. He is also a target of very sharp tongues within the comedy cycle.
Again, if President Jonathan is feeling the sweltering heat and the saline humidity coming from the media, it is principally because of the changing nature of the Nigerian society. Millions of Nigerians now have a stake in their government. In the past, millions grumbled quietly about the government and about inefficiency, waste and corruption. Today, it is no longer enough to grumble. Millions now make their voices heard. And if it so pleases them, they are able to employ the new media: the social media.

If President Jonathan is complaining, what then should Gen. Ibrahim Babangida say or do? After all, this is a man who has been pursued, and continues to be pursued by the media and sections of the Nigerian society. Oh well, maybe this President is looking for sympathy. He is not likely to get it, though. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean was George Walker Bush. He was perhaps the most reviled and the most abused and most ridiculed US President in the last 50 years. His intelligence was called into question; his political sagacity was doubted; his bravery suspected; and his managerial skills doubted. Yet, he went about his presidency the best he could. Why is our president whining?

Third, President Jonathan can be honestly praised; or, he can be praised by yes-men and by bootlickers. Praises are like trust: they have to be earned. And this President knows what to do in order to earn the people's trust, love and affection. He said he would end up being the most praised President in the history of Nigeria. Well, let's wait and see. He also promised democratic and economic miracles by 2013. Did I hear you say 2013? Wasn't this the same President who told us, while attending the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit, that he would transform the Nigerian economy to rival those of the four Asian Tigers within the next few years?

In 2000, Obasanjo promised Nigerians and the world that the Millennium Development Goals would be achieved by 2015. The Obasanjo and Yar'Adua administrations wasted millions of dollars touting this dream. In spite of all the bravado and careless talks, we are nowhere near achieving any one of the eight goals: Eradicate poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop a global partnership for development. This President is promising us 13 bottles of snake oil?

I very much want to heap praises on this President (because) I know he is capable of good and great things. Why his abilities and aspirations have not manifested in his Presidency is what continues to baffle me and a million others. Granted governance is not as easy as most critics think, still, anyone who presents himself before the people as a potential leader ought to know what the intricacies and complexities of leadership are. Public safety and security is the main task. This is followed by what is generally referred to as development: economic, social, cultural and political development

According to James Weaver and his colleagues, \"The overriding goal of development is to improve human well-being and to enable humans to achieve their potential.\" To this end, therefore, four goals are generally pursued: (1) a healthy, growing economy that's constantly undergoing structural transformation; (2) an economy in which the benefits are widely distributed; (3) a political system that provides for human rights and freedoms and effective governance; and (4) a political economy that is consistent with preservation of the environment.

For an economy that is basically agrarian and rentier in nature, what President Jonathan should have aimed for, from day one, is what is collectively known as basic needs: quality education and quality health care; potable water and good sanitary conditions; clean physical environment; safety and security from internal and external forces; provision and maintenance of infrastructure; prevalence of the rule of law, etc. If the President had done that - if he had done so - criticisms from the media and public commentators would have been the least of his worries. But as things are, this President must worry. He has to!

He must worry about the general direction the country is headed. For instance, he must worry about Boko Haram and the general state of insecurity. He must worry about the nasty environmental conditions that have come to characterise the country. He must worry about very high rates of unemployment. He must worry about low productivity and the gradual institutionalisation of corruption.


nb: The author is a South-Southerner. Does he want the VP to take over or why criticize his bro now? Agens
Re: President Jonathan & His Critics
Icglobalsystem posted on 09-07-2012, 17:15:20 PM
@Justan234;I'm aware my views are sometimes very conservative & controversial.But in good conscience,you'll agree with me that there are no better alternative to constructive criticism.It's simply a symptom of bad education,lack of emotional and moral confidence to degrade,damage and torment a person just because things are not going the way we expected.But, if out of frustrations and uncontrolled emotion we pulled down our roof.Who is going to suffer and pay the ultimate price?..............Have a great day!
Re: President Jonathan & His Critics
Gwobezentashi posted on 09-07-2012, 18:36:54 PM
But he doesn't give a damn.


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