By Denrele Animashaun
“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong, Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”- George Washington Carver.
So President Goodluck Jonathan went on to address a Christmas service in Gwarinpa, Abuja. Because his government appears slow he says that does not mean that his administration is not working. On the contrary, his government is taking its time to take action on urgent social and economic issues but he would not be rushed !
The people, he said do not understand the way government works. Will someone tell this Jonah that Nigerians have been so patient and any more will require the patience of a saint and Nigerians are not that way inclined.
So he goes on to say that the apparent slowness of his administration in deciding on major national issues was to avoid costly mistakes. Well, let us look at what has gone wrong on his watch: it is too numerous to enumerate and the evidence are all to see except to the president.
So he is irritated and would not be rushed, so can I ask what he is waiting for? So while Nigeria disintegrates, our president is waiting to make an executive action. The people are tired of waiting for a change and he does not appear to be listening to the voices of the people.
If only, he used the same swift executive decision and zeal that he used when requisitioning the senate for the aggrandising of the presidential palaces, salary, lifestyle, perks of the jobs, banqueting hall, fleet of presidential cars, jets and annual budgets.
The rest of the country has inadequate health, social care, high youth unemployment, training or education, needless accidents, human rights violations, and preventative accidents. There are kidnappings, sectarian killings, and youth on youth crimes, insecurities and Boko Haram.
Of course there are road fatalities, perpetual power outage, inequality, poor health, and the list goes on. Can someone wake Jonah up and tell him he has failed Nigerians and that he should get going and make good the promises, which was the ticket on which he was elected . They say a poor workman quarrels with his tool. Now this poor workman now blames his customers, the citizens for his failure. This is not the mark of a good and effective leader.
Jonathan, who said no nation could be properly transformed without reformed citizenry, stated that the church had a great role to play in making the transformation agenda a success.
He said, “You can’t transform a country without the people being reformed. I call on the church to come up with programmes on how Nigerians can be reformed”.
He does not get it: we look up to our leader to show and lead by example and if people behave the way they do, it is because of the people we have become. So he thinks we need to be reformed? And the pot calling the kettle black. So he adds salt to injury. Like any abuser it is always the fault of its victims.
Educate a woman.
You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”– Brigham Young
Some say having a girl is like tending a neighbours’ garden. This is so narrow-minded and condescending perspective of the level of low sense of value placed on females in our society. This is borne out of the way people react to the arrival of the birth of a baby boy: that of jubilation and in contrast, the arrival of a baby girl is often with muted commiserations from friends and family. If the truth be told the mother is often made to feel a failure if she does not provide the family a male and a heir.
It seems to me, the girl is disadvantaged right from the onset. So when I read that the Principal of Ajuwon High School, Ajuwon in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunke Aladeojebi, without the consent of the parents conducted a virginity test on young girls in her school, I was revolted and enraged. I felt compelled to register my abhorrence and contempt for a system that allows such flagrant abuse of power.
So, she was feared and known for being a tough disciplinarian, sorry, she was aperpetual abuser of vulnerable young people and, as result, the young girls were threatened with suspension that they submitted themselves for this forced examination. Apparently, she took this decision because of the level of immorality amongst young people.As always, the young women are to be blamed!
What makes a change was that the children reported their ordeal to their parents, who reported her to the police and led to her suspension.