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Taiwo Rotimi: Who is likely to be the next Nigerian President? Part 1

In any democratic government, history has proved that leadership must be by example. Fear and Time have been known to be the worst enemy of man. It is one thing to be constitutionally empowered, it is another thing not only to maximally deplore the power when it is seen to be necessary, right and justifiable to do so but must have been seen to have been done so.

There is no doubt that the incumbent Nigerian President,  His Excellency,  Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEF)  is the most abused, caricatured, lampooned and insulted in the media than any of his predecessors in office. This is partially due to the power of the Information Technology which has turned the world into an Internet Reception Hall. Rarely a day passes by without reading, watching or listening to one form of rude remark or another from Nigerians both at home and in the diaspora, casting aspersions and innuendos on the office of the President of Nigeria; the most popular black national state on the face of the earth. Definitely, something has gone wrong. Whatever must have gone wrong is a subject for another discussion on another day.

To answer the question of who is the next President of Nigeria come 14th February (Incidentally an International Day for Lovers) we need to assess the performances of the incumbent President from 2011-2015 only.  My own personal assessment of the Performances of Dr. Goodluck Ebere Jonathan (JEG) as the President and Commander in Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces will be in two key areas; his own personality, and on corruption.

Let me say from the onset that I am not a card carrying member of any political parties in Nigeria. At least I cannot be accused of bias or favouritism and the assessment that I am providing is based on my personal understanding of what I perceive to be the current posture and position of the present government of Nigeria under the leadership of His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ) and the People Democratic Party of Nigeria.

I have been studying the following utterances and programmes of the President for quite a while and Mr President appears to me as a complete fine gentleman who loves everybody and wishes Nigerian and Nigerians well.  I can say without any fear of contradiction that he is very humble and always mindful not to hurt anybody not even a fly. Unfortunately, these traits are at times construed as helplessness, incapability or failure to take decisions, which becomes a profound weakness and a negative characteristic that does not fit a man that is at the helm of affair of Nigeria national state in this hour and at this time. Decisiveness is seen as strength and therefore essential to govern any nation talk less of Nigerians with her teaming 180million population and over 2000 ethnic minorities. This leadership weakness on behalf of the Executive Chief Officer of Nigeria has led and  still leading to executive unruliness and  lack of accountability by some federal officers, Judicial mistrust and miss carriage of justice by some undisciplined members of the bar, and Law Makers’  boisterousness.  This is precisely what is mainly responsible for the quagmire Nigeria finds itself in right now.  (This could be his low point comes February 14).  There are so many instances of the above behavioural pattern which are well reported in the media.

Mr President (according to his identifiable account) might not have been born with a silver spoon in his mouth or even might have been walking to school barefooted because his parents could not   afford to buy him a pair of School sandals, however, he was morally well brought up by his parents and family in terms of home training. Such includes respect for one’s seniors and elders, appropriate mannerism, living with the fear of the Lord and loving one’s neighbours as oneself.  All these are well evident in Mr President’s behavioural pattern.  Except recently when he was pushed to the wall, even then he has respectively, and discretely returned the fire back to the Sender.  He is a peace loving man. He has said it many times to whosoever cares to listen that the Presidency does not need the blood of Nigerians to be flowing in the streets in the name of retaining Aso rock. He is so trusting that he would rather push any complex issues that will give him sleepless nights to his Aids who are experts in different discipline of human endeavours to deal with them.  From the look of things, these experts,  advisers or  personal assistants  would at times over sell  the Presidency brand that it would not worth the price of the ink used in branding it. There is this particular loquacious Spokesman who specialized in Propaganda and always did an excellent job in communicating the position of the Presidency to the rest of us Nigerians.  He was always giving an impression that the President is a superhuman, that he had no weaknesses of any sort. Unfortunately, for the President who sees all members of his party and appointees as honest, truthful, trustworthy and share the same aspirations and goals  with him, including his Transformation Agenda  without knowing that many of these Aids are  like Midday Vampires in waiting for the slighted opportunity to suck the anemic Nigeria dry in order for them to continue to be, in picture, enjoying the best of life,  be relevance in the Presidency but  not minding the daily heavy negative prayers and wrath of fellow Nigerians who were directly affected by such  unpopular government policies.

Watch out for Parts 2 and 3

Taiwo Rotimi is the Principal Partner of Business Skills Development Consultants, UK, a published author and a journalist

 

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