IT is interesting to know that President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua is aware of the criticisms that trail his administration. His long silence gave the impression that he was either unaware or he was not bothered over whatever Nigerians thought about him.

Chief Ojo Maduekwe, Minister of Foreign Affairs spoke when he  represented the President at an event.  He engaged the critics head on in a rare occasion that gave insights into the pains of the administration as Nigerians fail to show appreciation of its efforts in changing a neglected country.

“We will not join hands with those critics, the government will not be distracted by the daily torrent of abuses thrown at its doorsteps by those who do not even know the names of their local government areas,” Chief Ojo said. Those with this vital intellectual defect, have no business commenting on the performance of the administration.

The first thing critics must know is the names of their local government areas. This simple assignment has become mandatory, only those certified in the knowledge of local governments should comment on the administration.

From the way Chief Ojo sounded, once you know your local government area, you are qualified to make criticisms of the administration. When you are thus qualified, it would be understandable if you decide to throw your torrent of abuses at the doorsteps, rooftops and staircases of the administration.

Chief Ojo showed how much critics riled him. “These are intellectual hit men, seen to pull down every administration and are too lazy to fight for power,” he said. The second requirement for criticising the administration has several prongs – if you are a hit man, do not be intellectual and you must not be “too lazy to fight for power”. These coming from an intellectual bulwark like Chief Ojo should create concerns for critics.

Nigerians had thought that after 10 years of democratic rule, people should contest for power in free and fair elections, not fight for power. How does one fight for power without heating up the system? Is it an offence to be “too lazy to fight for power”? Must Nigerians fight to get things?

Chief Ojo consoled himself. “In the course of time, the outcome of our seven-point agenda will vindicate us. The people know those working for them and who their true leaders are, and at the end of the day, this administration will succeed.”

When will the results of the seven-point agenda start manifesting? Chief Ojo should know that Nigerians are more interested in how the country runs than waiting for “the end of the day”, with all the uncertainty it entails.

There are indications that President Yar’Adua would run for a second term. If he succeeds, he would be in the saddle until 2015. Will that be the end of the day for the seven-point agenda? Chief Ojo should appreciate critics even if they do not know the names of their villages.


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