Second Term for President Jonathan...

Second Term for President Jonathan...

By: Salisu Suleiman

Now that we are beginning the year with massive increases in the prices of petrol, transport, foodstuffs, school fees, rents and everything else, it is imperative to creatively earn additional income. In the last two years, the most lucrative occupation in Nigeria was supporting President Jonathan at all costs and by all means. Thousands of groups emerged overnight to plead, beg, cajole and threaten mass suicide if Jonathan didn't run for president. In the end, he ‘reluctantly' allowed himself to be persuaded.Jonathan

Today, all members of those groups and anyone who actively supported Jonathan are billionaires and millionaires. True, a few of them have sold the SUVs they bought and have been thrown out of the hotels they were living, but most of them will not feel the rising cost of living nor participate in the meaningless protests over fuel subsidy removal. The rest of us must find ways to survive Mr. President's New Year gift. Ironically, the most lucrative way is to support him early and vigorously - for a second term in office. It is not too early. Remember, the early bird catches the worms. In our own case, the early supporters will catch the dollars....

But more seriously, in a proper democracy, Goodluck Jonathan would not have been governor, much less president. Everyone knows last year's elections were massively rigged and outrageous amounts spent to buy or coerce support for him. And because religion and region were used to blindfold many Nigerians, the PDP had its way. The rest should be history, except that today, we have to live with the consequences of that decision: devolution of corruption, delegation of poverty and democratization of insecurity.

And just when you think that the quality of leadership in Nigeria cannot possibly sink any lower than it has with Goodluck Jonathan, take one look at those warming up to succeed him and it becomes immediately obvious that the president – dull, uninspiring and visionless as he, is not necessarily the worse specimen the world's most corrupt political party – PDP - can throw up. A look at the two potential successors within the party – Vice President Namadi Sambo and Senate President David Mark sends shivers down the spines of those who know the two men – and their largely nondescript, even poor records in public service.

As a major government contractor, Namadi Sambo has always been part of government. There are claims that his firm hardly completed projects, even at grossly inflated sums. Incidentally, contract for a major water supply scheme to his hometown was awarded to his company. He didn't complete it as a contractor and couldn't be bothered as governor; most parts of Zaria still do not have water. As governor of Kaduna state in an election he clearly didn't win, Namadi Sambo only succeeded in taking huge loans that simply disappeared. Beyond that, he had nothing to show. How two non performing governors ended up as president and vice president is a serious indictment of our political system.

As for Senate President David Mark, this man represents all that is wrong with leadership in Nigeria. From the post war panel to resolve ‘abandoned' properties of the Igbo after the civil war, this man has been part of government for ever. He was a regular at Dodan Barracks in the 1970s and later emerged as military governor of Niger State when the military disrupted our democracy. Not many people in the state remember any solid legacy he left behind before his reassignment as minister of communications where his most important achievement was his statement that ‘telephones are not for the poor'.

David Mark is currently serving his fourth term in the senate, but most people in his constituency would swear that he didn't win any of those elections. But because he understands the corrupt Nigerian system so well, he thrives in the chaos and injustice. With his tremendous wealth, the only thing has achieved for his people is a golf course in the outskirts of Otupko (where no one plays golf and whose residents would rather have the water from the golf course in their homes). The roads are bad, but he visits by helicopter. He couldn't even influence the placing of a federal university in his constituency last year when government was ‘sharing' universities for political ends. Mark supported Obasanjo's third term ambition – and the sharing of the booties – to the bitter end.

So back to Goodluck: With his laid-back mien and outward unwillingness (though his calculating and cruel character is creeping out) it is easy to underestimate President Jonathan. But the man is a much more consummate power player than we give him credit for. The greatest myth around Jonathan is the notion that he has always been a reluctant politician and that by some divine miracle, power has always come to him. To have successfully sold that dummy is one of the smartest acts of political subtlety in Nigeria.

We may all want Jonathan out of office before he completely destroys Nigeria, but if he decides to run, what can stop him?

The fact is, by 2015, Nigerians may be in for another rude shock. At the appropriate time, and with the fitting level of reluctance, Jonathan will ‘unwillingly' allow himself to be persuaded to run for a second term. He won't be running because he wants to remain in office. He will run only after ‘deeply reflecting on the calls from the Nigerian patriots home and abroad, traditional rulers, state governors and out of respect for the wishes of the Nigerian people'. It will be his ‘patriotic duty to run for president in Nigeria to consolidate the achievements of the last few years'.

So to survive 2012 and beyond, block your nostrils to hold off the stench; suffocate your conscience; lay to rest your pride; close your eyes to his ineptitude and support Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for a second term in office and watch your bank accounts grow. What do you think the $8 billion saved from subsidy removal will be used for?



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Re: Second Term for President Jonathan...
Omegaphilips posted on 01-06-2012, 01:14:36 AM
"What do you think the $8 billion saved from subsidy removal will be used for?"

That's a good question! That should be enough for the 2015 Project I guess. And that is on the assumption that the whole volume will still be handy by then!
Re: Second Term for President Jonathan...
Patcho posted on 01-06-2012, 01:14:36 AM

Second Term for President Jonathan...


By: Salisu Suleiman


Now that we are beginning the year with massive increases in the prices of petrol, transport, foodstuffs, school fees, rents and everything else, it is imperative to creatively earn additional income. In the last two years, the most lucrative occupation in Nigeria was supporting President Jonathan at all costs and by all means. Thousands of groups emerged overnight to plead, beg, cajole and threaten mass suicide if Jonathan didn't run for president. In the end, he ‘reluctantly' allowed himself to be persuaded.Jonathan


Today, all members of those groups and anyone who actively supported Jonathan are billionaires and millionaires. True, a few of them have sold the SUVs they bought and have been thrown out of the hotels they were living, but most of them will not feel the rising cost of living nor participate in the meaningless protests over fuel subsidy removal. The rest of us must find ways to survive Mr. President's New Year gift. Ironically, the most lucrative way is to support him early and vigorously - for a second term in office. It is not too early. Remember, the early bird catches the worms. In our own case, the early supporters will catch the dollars....


But more seriously, in a proper democracy, Goodluck Jonathan would not have been governor, much less president. Everyone knows last year's elections were massively rigged and outrageous amounts spent to buy or coerce support for him. And because religion and region were used to blindfold many Nigerians, the PDP had its way. The rest should be history, except that today, we have to live with the consequences of that decision: devolution of corruption, delegation of poverty and democratization of insecurity.


And just when you think that the quality of leadership in Nigeria cannot possibly sink any lower than it has with Goodluck Jonathan, take one look at those warming up to succeed him and it becomes immediately obvious that the president – dull, uninspiring and visionless as he, is not necessarily the worse specimen the world's most corrupt political party – PDP - can throw up. A look at the two potential successors within the party – Vice President Namadi Sambo and Senate President David Mark sends shivers down the spines of those who know the two men – and their largely nondescript, even poor records in public service.


As a major government contractor, Namadi Sambo has always been part of government. There are claims that his firm hardly completed projects, even at grossly inflated sums. Incidentally, contract for a major water supply scheme to his hometown was awarded to his company. He didn't complete it as a contractor and couldn't be bothered as governor; most parts of Zaria still do not have water. As governor of Kaduna state in an election he clearly didn't win, Namadi Sambo only succeeded in taking huge loans that simply disappeared. Beyond that, he had nothing to show. How two non performing governors ended up as president and vice president is a serious indictment of our political system.


As for Senate President David Mark, this man represents all that is wrong with leadership in Nigeria. From the post war panel to resolve ‘abandoned' properties of the Igbo after the civil war, this man has been part of government for ever. He was a regular at Dodan Barracks in the 1970s and later emerged as military governor of Niger State when the military disrupted our democracy. Not many people in the state remember any solid legacy he left behind before his reassignment as minister of communications where his most important achievement was his statement that ‘telephones are not for the poor'.


David Mark is currently serving his fourth term in the senate, but most people in his constituency would swear that he didn't win any of those elections. But because he understands the corrupt Nigerian system so well, he thrives in the chaos and injustice. With his tremendous wealth, the only thing has achieved for his people is a golf course in the outskirts of Otupko (where no one plays golf and whose residents would rather have the water from the golf course in their homes). The roads are bad, but he visits by helicopter. He couldn't even influence the placing of a federal university in his constituency last year when government was ‘sharing' universities for political ends. Mark supported Obasanjo's third term ambition – and the sharing of the booties – to the bitter end.


So back to Goodluck: With his laid-back mien and outward unwillingness (though his calculating and cruel character is creeping out) it is easy to underestimate President Jonathan. But the man is a much more consummate power player than we give him credit for. The greatest myth around Jonathan is the notion that he has always been a reluctant politician and that by some divine miracle, power has always come to him. To have successfully sold that dummy is one of the smartest acts of political subtlety in Nigeria.


We may all want Jonathan out of office before he completely destroys Nigeria, but if he decides to run, what can stop him?


The fact is, by 2015, Nigerians may be in for another rude shock. At the appropriate time, and with the fitting level of reluctance, Jonathan will ‘unwillingly' allow himself to be persuaded to run for a second term. He won't be running because he wants to remain in office. He will run only after ‘deeply reflecting on the calls from the Nigerian patriots home and abroad, traditional rulers, state governors and out of respect for the wishes of the Nigerian people'. It will be his ‘patriotic duty to run for president in Nigeria to consolidate the achievements of the last few years'.


So to survive 2012 and beyond, block your nostrils to hold off the stench; suffocate your conscience; lay to rest your pride; close your eyes to his ineptitude and support Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for a second term in office and watch your bank accounts grow. What do you think the $8 billion saved from subsidy removal will be used for?



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Re: Second Term for President Jonathan...
Datuouwadaberechi posted on 01-06-2012, 01:14:36 AM
mr salisu,
am glad you have realised that jonathan's potential opponents for 2015 are not inspiring. frankly the line-up for 2011 was worse.... recycled hags and a depressing former vice or acting president.

so indeed for 2015, unless someone with greater potential or ideas raises his/her head, am going for goodluck. am actually beginning to admire his bravery for being the one who belled the cat of subsidy removal.

lets see how he delivers on this. one thing for sure..... am NOT voting buhari. and am not voting sambo or mark (though a mark would be preferable to a sambo)
Re: Second Term for President Jonathan...
Ariteni posted on 01-06-2012, 06:05:21 AM
Get a life (and a job) my friend! Nigerians are suffering and you are making a pun about it. The matter of the moment is way out of our quagmire NOT useless speculative and scatological stuff.

Journalists in better climes showcase the Nations best and convince the public to rally round in the sort of situation Nigeria is. The Constructive thing expected of Nigerian youths is ideas and people that could be better than those you attacked in your piece. If you have none to suggest then keep shut.

The Presidency of a country belongs to the most acceptable not necessarily the most brilliant NOR the most cruel. The President has presented his idea on fuel subsidy. Rather than present alternatives, your speculation is that subsidy windfall will be used for election campaigns. How then can citizens trust their Govt if thats all your contribution to the issue. "Educated" people are focusing on the negative, the consequence rather than attack the idea on the merits. That is depressing to suffering Nigerians.

Ok, Dr Jonathan is not good, David Mark is not fit, Namadi Sambo is bad but who do you suggest? Who is fit? Salisu, this type of journalism is outdated. But if you want to speculate note that Dr Jonathan is not contesting in 2015. But if all that Salisu has for Nigerians as alternative is the cruel ex-Dictators or their sort, we will draft him into the race again. Buhari is not the first person to lose election in Nigeria. We have said "bye" to ex-Dictators. Their apologists should give Nigerians (and our President) a break
Re: Second Term for President Jonathan...
Mark Lar posted on 01-06-2012, 06:56:32 AM
I would rather Jonathan is returned as the president in 2015, than a no-brain kleptomanic caliphate blood thirsty religious-bigot akuya. There! Feels better; I have said it.
Re: Second Term for President Jonathan...
Debbel posted on 01-06-2012, 09:56:11 AM
Good Job "Almajiri" Salisu!! What a timely beautiful remainder, you article would not have come at a better time than now.
Re: Second Term for President Jonathan...
Kemet posted on 01-06-2012, 10:16:48 AM
QUOTE:
GEJ has demonstrated a level of courage I never imagined that he possessed. Cutting the Gordian knot of downstream deregulation, to quote Mr Biden is a \"fcuking big deal\".

Next stop, please dismember and deregulate PHCN and screw all the naysayers.



The amazing thing about all these posturing wannabe populist hacks is the way they keep pontificating about corruption and government ineptitude yet when one of the major underpinnings for graft is removed, they whine.

If all the key political actors in Nigeria are corrupt, why would any reasonable person trust, nay indeed compel them to control ever larger chunks of the lifeblood of the nation. The only solution to prevalent rent seeking is to dismantle all the toll gates.

I believe there is a proverb somewhere about trusting goats with yams.
Re: Second Term for President Jonathan...
Yankari posted on 01-06-2012, 11:57:31 AM
Was it David Mark that said phones were not for the poor or Olanrewaju?

This is what frustrates me about naija. Now that the country is crying for an opposition leader, not one is doing anything tangible, same thing when Yaradua was hospitalized in Saudi. One expects any serious 2015 contender to start setting his stall now, taking over the airwaves and be in your face on TV selling himself and getting free publicity on this fuel subsidy issue, but na lie. They will all sit in their little corners and the night before the elections the likes of Pat Utomi will come out and starting speaking Grammer and wonder why he is unknown beyond VI and why a well resourced, and rooted Corrupt PDP beats him fair and square!
Re: Second Term for President Jonathan...
Obi posted on 01-06-2012, 12:07:34 PM
While some of your misgivings are well founded, I would say that:

1) The timing of this article is spurious as it is politically expedient.

2)Initially, there were similar fears when the Telecom industry was about to be deregulated. But, today's cost of communication is 80 percent cheaper than it used to be, and with multiple telecom outlets. So, the down stream petroleum sector might well turn out to be just that. Your bet on what would happen to the 8 billion dollars is hypothetical as it is not well-wishing.




3) After 40 years of selecting leaders for Nigerians, the far North gave the Nigerian majority the break they needed last year. The election was worth striving for the change. It is only Buhari and Co saw it as rigged. In the first place, he wouldn't have worn in the SS where he barely campaigned. He had marginal presence in the SW and none in the SE. Middle Beltans, equally did not trust his secular credentials. How would he have won? Census abracadabra apart, for the number of "actual voters" from the far north to pull such wonders would be a herculean task..
Re: Second Term for President Jonathan...
MrOneNaija posted on 01-06-2012, 15:15:00 PM
AN ENLIGHTENING COMMENTARY BY SALISU SULEIMAN

Why are we not surprised that Salisu Suleiman's apt tongue-in-cheek rendition has attracted both the bile and the ribaldry of that shrill gang of rabid pro-regime toadies, sectarian bigots and purveyors of parochial provincialism apparently out to draw blood in a pedestrian surrender to sinister impulses?

That Jonathan's fuel subsidy removal scheme has become the pathetic débâcle that it is today mostly on account of the obvious ill-will on the part of its sponsors is not in doubt. The masquerade's sordid history of duplicity and treachery, not to mention his troubled ascendancy, first, as junior partner of a nightmarish tag team that a retreating despot criminally inflicted on the nation ( through the agency of brazenly rigged elections ) in 2007 as part of his demonic bid at political self-perpetuation, and, secondly, as the beneficiary and mastermind of yet another electoral heist by his anti-people PDP, does little to inspire confidence. Add to that dismal picture, the rank incompetence ( or rather, unwillingness ) on the part of our soi-disant president and his coterie of yes men and women to clearly explain to the Nigerian people their desperation to do away with what they have passed off as fuel subsidy. Mallam Suleiman's brilliant article has, amongst other things, sought to expose the opaque and clumsy manner which Jonathan and the dangerous clique he belongs to are pursuing their idée fixe.

Since he was sworn-in as president last May, Jonathan has behaved in a most reckless and tyrannical way. The corrupt police, SSS and the army have become ready tools at the beck and call of Emperor Ebele who has used them to harass and intimidate perceived political enemies. The recent deployment by Jona of a "punitive" military expedition to prevent the Bayelsa State governor from exercising his constitutional right by contesting his party's primaries ahead of the scheduled governorship polls there is a sobering pointer to the present and continuing danger that Jonathan has become to Nigerian democracy. It requires mentioning also that media practitioners have not been spared the raging despotism of Jonathan and his henchmen as demonstrated by the unlawful arrest and detention of journalists working for the daily called The Nation. And to make matters worse, like under the divisive and inept tyranny of his mentor and godfather, the murderous 'Alibaba' Obasanjo, Jona casually resorts to sectarian pontification as a ploy to divide and conquer.

By, amongst other considerations, rejecting in a legerdemain-like fashion better and more viable approaches aimed at ameliorating the economic outlook of the average citizen, preferring, instead, to truculently stick to his 'fuel subsidy removal' gospel ( which refuses to fundamentally tackle the sleaze where it matters most, namely, at the presidency, within the federal and state civil service, respectively, and at the National Assembly in particular ), Jona is invariably asking us to suspend our disbelief. This is tantamount to inviting the citizenry to participate in mass suicide that is being orchestrated by perhaps the most vile, unpatriotic, mercenary and atrocious band of scoundrels and reprobates to exist within the Nigerian political firmament since independence. Suleiman's essay is an apropos insight into the uninspiring conduct of a decadent and neo-colonialist regime manned by despotic and desperate characters who would not shy away from any undemocratic and anti-people enterprise as long as their parochial and selfish interests, as well as those of their foreign allies, are maintained.

Aonduna Tondu.
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