This conspicuous outrage at Goodluck Jonathan’s alleged weakness and or ineffectuality calls to mind Shakespeare’s line “methinks thou dost protest too much”.
The protestations are all the more conspicuous because the backdrop of precedents in leadership is so starkly absent of excellence, the very absence which has denied us and continues to ensure our backwardness such that over a hundred years after a ship crossed the Atlantic from Britain to the US with a light bulb on, our various leadership, soaked in martyr’s blood and the people’s oil, unable to give the people electricity and other basic services and amenities, has managed only to enrich itself most conspicuously.
A denial which highlights the greatest intellectual myopia and anachronistic management style and philosophy and which should now be considered as treason against the people given the needless loss of lives we have all suffered owing to a most crass and long lived incompetence.
The leadership cabal that has been throttling this nation for over four decades cannot give voice to condemnation and judgement if it had even a micro fibre of conscience left to it. Alas, I fear that the virulent disease of gluttony has eroded everything that would naturally validate its claim to humanity.
Nigerians should be most weary of this conspicuous and spurious claim of a weak Jonathan because it is not borne out by hard facts as we continue to witness a keen and gradual expansion of our private sector by way of local content policy and the gradual untying of the Gordian Knot that incapacitated our power sector for so long that it defied even the strong reforming zeal of “strongman” OBJ; he lost $16 billion in his bid. Not forgetting the railway system which is slowly stirring from its ages-long slumber of the dead.
These are just some of the major services and policies that impact the macro dynamics from which the ebb and flow of daily life issue. To be sure, much remains to be done. Coal from Enugu and oil in the Anambra basin, and others, remain, inexplicably, untapped resources, and the second NigerBridge, a continuing mirage.
Nigerians should be wary of a leadership that in four decades constituted itself into a cabal that was only talented in simulating real succession and change as it subjected the pinioned citizenry to an endless change of guards in alternating costumes of uniform and agbada.
The unscripted appearance of a Jonathan in power is galling to this cabal in a primal sense that we need not go into here. And it is the one baying loudest with a charge of weakness.
Nigerians should ask as to the nature of this purported weakness. Is it vis-à-vis Odi? Vis-à-vis various letter, box and car bombs and murders in the land, unsolved or unsolvable because of Oga at the top? We should be looking for a way to cleanse this blood-soaked land, not looking to invite more bloodlust.
Nigerians should realise that something sinister and atavistic lurks at the heart of these charges of an incompetent or weak leadership. Had we suddenly had a 20-year spurt of growth truncated by a Jonathan presidency these calls would have had a basis in reason rather than the rancid rejection of an upsetting of a status quo that benefited a very few at the heartrending expense of a good many.
Had the self-righteous cabal put into effect a WAFTA (West African Free Trade Agreement) with Nigeria acting as a hub for various activities, particularly the refining of crude oil, or had they not contracted the economy into a singularity based solely on oil and shrunk the potentials of our youth by attenuating the educational sector into a global joke with quota system?
The only expansion and growth we have experienced in 40 years is the size of government and its executive aides and their conspicuous consumption.
What people should know is that right from inception this very powerful cabal has worked assiduously to undermine Jonathan’s credibility, his governance, his policies and programmes, as had indeed been promised. These are pretty strong challenges for a man to contend with whilst trying to crank up a huge ship for a motion that it hasn’t experienced in too many decades.
Jonathan’s most obvious shortcoming is that he is neither an ‘Agbada nor a Uniform’ politrician, and “they” can suffer him no longer. But the truth is; if he is not qualified on this spurious basis, we should all be very concerned because that “basis” disqualifies a good number of us and for that reason should be rejected as illegal and a rejection of good sense.
Mr Chidi Ejikeme, a political scientist, wrote from Lagos