blankly at the teleprompter and looking so much like an
'atoki' (atoki is a Tiv word for zombies placed on farm lands
to scare away monkeys), save for movement of his lips, the
president did not cut the picture of a man conscious that he
was addressing the whole world on a critical emergency
directly threatening the lives of over160million people. The
president did not even appear to believe in himself! It was a
somber regurgitation of poorly rehearsed rhetoric bereft of
inner conviction. Thus he failed to inspire confidence in what
he was saying. How would the people believe in someone who
does not believe in himself?
of the speech itself is a study in contradiction and
having admitted the failure of the illegal state of emergency
he declared in selected local government areas in some states
and lamenting the renewed killings after the order, he failed
to offer what his next line of action would be. His silence on
next steps speaks loudly of his resignation to fate or luck
for a solution to the crisis. Why does he think Nigerians
should trust his sense of judgment on the economy when he
admits that he has no clue to the security problems? A
president is supposed to 'know how to secure the lives of his
people fore and foremost then other things should follow.
the president claimed that he feels the pain that we feel yet
he went to court against us to stop us from complaining! Why
is he mobilizing 15000 policemen to halt protests in Abuja on
Monday thereby drawing a line in the sand for us to cross? If
indeed he believes we have a say in how our lives should be
governed, he could have asked the police to unconditionally
release those that have been arrested and are being detained
by the police in the wake of protests against the price hike.
He Did not mourn the protester that lost his life in kwara
state! Simple symbolic gestures like these cost nothing but
they send a powerful message of empathy with the people and
help to build trust in leaders.Jonathanbungled that
completely ignoring Labour and NBA as well as the NMA which
have served notice of strike Jonathan has miscalculated badly.
He underestimates the resolve of these groups but to his own
peril. It takes more effort to regain trust that is lost than
to build it from scratch. The snub of organised labour groups
is a red behavior in conflict resolution. It signifies a
complete disconnect of the government to the people. It is a
clear manifestation of poor managerial skill. If this is the
fresh air Jonathan promised then its stinking!
the claim to reduce salaries of political office holders by
25% ,apart from being an afterthought, also smacks of
deception. A disclosure of how much government would rake in
from this pay cut would have been more helpful for public
appreciation. Even then this pay cut is what Nigerians have
been calling for even while the phoney subsidy subsisted and
therefore should not be used as a tool of blackmail to justify
the fuel price hike. and why increase our suffering by 300%
when you can only let go of a mere25% of your earnings? And
just cutting salaries without cutting corruption is counter
productive. whatever these people loose from pay cut they will
recover through more looting of the treasury after all without
subsidy there is going to be more 'lootable ' funds available.
So Mr. president we are not deceived!
president said he has convinced transporters to reduce fares!
Wonderful This man surely has luck! But we beg your pardon Mr.
President; what margin of reduction did you secure from these
philanthropic transporters? I am tempted to say 'bullshit'!
most bizarre assertion by Jonathan tonight is that he has
ordered mobilization of contractors for the rehabilitation of
Port Harcourt Maiduguri Rail Line. "HABA mallam"! Does the
president now award contacts by fiat? When was this contract
tendered? Which contractor won the job? Was it budgeted in
2012? How much will the project cost and when will the trains
It is apparent that the way
they are going, this government would never change our lives
for good. therefore I agree completely with the NBA President
Joseph Daudu that if Jonathan can not improve our lives he
should leave us the way he met us!